The Grossery Gang was a toyline from Moose Toys that followed on from their previous Trash Pack line. The main line was rubber Shopkins style miniature weirdos that came in blindbags and multi-packs.
The additional spin off line (of Grossery Gang) was these semi-articulated figures and a few small vehicles and mini-playsets. Unfortunately the later waves never made it onto any store shelves in Perth, some may have been in other states, but Perth being the ass end of the world (and a wonderful place thank you….) it’s pretty typical – the first couple of waves shelf warmed and went nowhere.
Adding brand confusion if you walked into a typical chain store here when these toys were released you would see a flood of blind bagged miniatures from a dozen different companies, many jumping on the Shopkins bandwagon that sold well to younger kids, but had played out by the time other companies crapped out their various clone products.
The Grossery Gang articulated figures were cheap around $10-15 AUD each, but a higher price point than the rubber multipack miniatures, not such an impulse buy in a floating aisle for the parents.
The Grossery figures may have an appeal to adult fans of say vintage Ninja Turtles, Toxic Crusaders, Mighty Max and other gross out weirdly detailed toys, but most adults don’t buy figures and if they do – it’s the icons like Star Wars and Marvel etc. Leaving the kids with the budget priced rubber miniatures, and not enough units moving on the semi-articulated figures to have kept the series going.
Homaging the gross out disgusto brightly colored toys of the late eighties and early nineties – and more specifically the old Mattel Food Fighters line, the bigger Grossery Gang figures here clearly did not move enough units, with most of the later waves only turning up online and typically scalped on release at double or triple retail price, or just were not available at all. A shame.
With the line a bit of a failure and a year or two on – not being able to pick up any of the later wave toys whatsoever, now is a good a time as any to take a quick look at the early releases that I picked up here in Perth.
I don’t really care for food themed toys in general, that part did not appeal to me at all. What did appeal to me was the day-glo colors in a non glossy finish combined with the disgusting, oozing putrid elements that made the Playmates Toxic Crusaders and Ninja Turtles lines so great.
Speaking of Playmates toys, that is where my Grossery Gang figures live, amongst my various lines of Turtle stuff.
One of the stand outs is this disgusting pizza themed dude, it’s like something out of a Ninja Turtles’ nightmare, the pizza that tries to eat you.
Of the limited range of mostly excellent vehicles I picked up the Garbage Truck and a Motorbike. The garbage truck fits surprisingly well with Playmates style figures. The gimmicks are great with two side doors that open, a raising fork with skip and a level platform thing on the back, plus the front canopy opens to put small figures inside, and of course the wheels roll freely.
The motorbike is rather excellent with slime green, bright purple, orange, black, silver and grey colors and a carry box on the back with opening lid.
I repurposed it again for Playmates figures, Bebop is a bit big for it but…
Fishface from the NICK Turtles line fits on their great, and his colors match the bike pretty well.
Kind of wish I had picked up a second one, as now these are double to triple price on ebay from the usual fuckwits who picked things up on clearance and never seem to actually sell anything on their shitty scalper ebay stores, and try to artificially jack the price up on cheap items, ignoring actual sold price listings.
This little vac dude is one of the bad guys apparently. There is some sort of story with a short animation that was on Youtube as a tie in, and some sort of phone app bullshit for the kids that I have never looked at.
This trash gutter mouthed weirdo is pretty cool. Is he eating the trash or vomiting it up? I don’t know, but I dig the slimy mutant colors and disgusting details.
A big crowd of mutated idiots mixing it up.
This tar baby looking chewing gum fella is pretty cool.
I had a barrel of slime around and took some pictures with him that turned out to be a fun bit of mucking about.
Missing at the moment is this Banada dude, he’s around somewhere but damned if I know where. Luckily I had an old photo of him, as I forgot I even had the figure seeing as it’s been missing for months, no doubt in a storage tub somewhere.
Currently my disgusting putrid trash pals live on my TMNT plasyset/backdrop and they fit in just fine.
The other stand out figure is that fly guy, possibly my favorite of this lovable munch bunch.
Wish I had bought several of the fly dude as minions, he is such a great little putrid pustule of a figure.
That about does ‘er. I don’t know about you, but It’s good to know the Grossery Gang is out there, takin’ er easy for all us sinners.