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Title: Pocket critters ...
Post by: robinharper on Thursday 13 October 2016, 02:41 pm
Who doesn't remember them?  The egg shaped keychains that hide in their belly a cute animated scene?

Originally they were brought out by Takara in 1993 but later on they were remodeled into a newer shape by Z Wind Ups although personally I do prefer the ones from Takara.  Sorry Z Wind Ups.

Takara brought out several series of these egg shaped keychains.  You had categories as:
  - sea
  - jungle
  - farm
  - family
  - tropical
  - chicks
  - ...
And that is only counting the ones in which animals play the staring role.  Takara also brought out pocket critters around themes as:
  - sports
  - tv shows (Babar or Astro Boy for instance)
  - people (a hula dancer for instance)
  - ...
And even cooperated with other brands for unique pocket critters like the ones made in association with Sanrio for Hello Kitty.

Some examples:

(http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b638/fabt1/The%20Mortal%20Instruments/pocket%20critters/007c8d8a22829631e71ac7b06f5c971e_zpsy9mmvf2q.jpg)  Takara examples for the jungle assortment

(http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b638/fabt1/The%20Mortal%20Instruments/pocket%20critters/63d5a0a81984ef8b4a08e01d41f7af6d_zps9jkcpdaa.jpg) Takara examples from the assortment cats, dogs, pigs and farm

(http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b638/fabt1/The%20Mortal%20Instruments/pocket%20critters/465d554faeb87dd3159b889673a5ce54_zps7epymenf.jpg) A few examples from Takara's chicks and bunnies assortment

(http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b638/fabt1/The%20Mortal%20Instruments/pocket%20critters/sports%20assortment_zpsc8xb4sx0.jpg) Takara's sports assortment

(http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b638/fabt1/The%20Mortal%20Instruments/pocket%20critters/6a4e5e94359f5d68b0dc4b9fb5ca2bbc_zpsg6vi8gtg.jpg) Barbar from Takara

(http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b638/fabt1/The%20Mortal%20Instruments/pocket%20critters/dc28fc135e93079a3fd187e27d92e8dc_zpsdzt0hsl0.jpg) Takara's pocket critter made for Coca Cola

(http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b638/fabt1/The%20Mortal%20Instruments/pocket%20critters/371724937d9ff47ba425c38aa386fd37_zpsn43qtyqr.jpg) Takara and Sanrio joining forces for pocket critters Hello Kitty

(http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b638/fabt1/The%20Mortal%20Instruments/pocket%20critters/3973c194c52a92268e85bcb6ac999845_zpscgaxa4ty.jpg) Astro Boy from Takara

(http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b638/fabt1/The%20Mortal%20Instruments/pocket%20critters/870200e903125bbb884efdfd8f7df586_zpslpx2zy9r.jpg) Z Wind Ups Dinos

(http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b638/fabt1/The%20Mortal%20Instruments/pocket%20critters/1952ff9a81d2adba3997dc61bcaf09e1_zpspkyw8ham.jpg) Z Wind Ups Dolphins

(http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b638/fabt1/The%20Mortal%20Instruments/pocket%20critters/2ac0bfeac1506fa297629e8173dd148f_zpstqvhnfbg.jpg) Z Wind Ups Cows


Please also note that Takara themselves too have brought out some of their pocket critters anew in a slightly different version.  For instance the "Mooo" pocket critter was later replaced by the "Farm" pocket critter:

(http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b638/fabt1/The%20Mortal%20Instruments/pocket%20critters/d0b4ad5088041b8105ec8b6ed6a9ff10_zpsengcd6xz.jpg) The original pocket critter for the cow from Takara

(http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b638/fabt1/The%20Mortal%20Instruments/pocket%20critters/883e06f3d1b35a6d70b8d7ec14ab5691_zpsphomhcvv.jpg) The later brought out pocket critter by Takara for the cow


Site of Takara with some listed pocket critters: http://www.javys.com/takara/

Pictures on my Pinterest account of the ones I have found so far: https://www.pinterest.com/faoabt/pocket-critters/  (note that I am only interested in the "animal" pocket critters and a few of the "special" ones.  The "people" pocket critters are passed by by me)


Title: Re: Pocket critters ...
Post by: robinharper on Saturday 15 October 2016, 02:43 pm
By the way, should you own some pocket critters yourself and have pictures of them you don't mind sharing ...  ;D   I am still hunting down pictures for my Pinterest board about this lovely toy.  There are pocket critters currently on there for which I lack sadly a good picture  :-\ and wouldn't mind changing into good and clear ones.  And pocket critters that aren't on there are of course also very much appreciated cause I am convinced I am still lacking many ...  :'(  Or if you have good links for this toy, please, pretty please share.  :-*

Thanks to anyone who can help out.

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Title: Re: Pocket critters ...
Post by: robinharper on Monday 28 November 2016, 03:48 pm
They are indeed a great childhood memory  ;D
Title: Re: Pocket critters ...
Post by: jazzmatazz on Monday 10 April 2017, 05:33 pm
I forgot all about these! I know I had one as a kid.  I feel like I got mine from a zoo or something.
Title: Re: Pocket critters ...
Post by: robinharper on Monday 10 April 2017, 07:54 pm
Perhaps they sold some from the jungle assortment?  :D

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