Warning: This next little bit is just my jabbering on about the blog and my discovery of the Gross Out Gang.
This entry is particularly special to me, because a couple of months ago, when I started this site, I had a simple vision of sharing some weird toys with toy collectors around the world. I hoped to learn some things about the oddball toys I've featured, and if lucky, I'd have the opportunity to make contact with others like myself with information or better yet – toys they'd like to donate, sell or trade 😉
It all started with my first toy entry. This lip guy was one of my favorites. I found him years and years ago, and I had absolutely no idea what he was (I admit I hadn't really done any "research" prior to creating this site, but I didn't really feel the need to at the time). Just weeks after my first toy entry, I stumbled upon this pie guy, who I immediately recognized as a related character. It wasn't until I found this Japanese toy website (the only other site I've found that presents any info about Skilcraft's Gross Out Gang figures), that I had any clue what these things might be. I finally had an idea of what I was looking for. And, I don't know if it was desperation or destiny, but i discovered this old Skilcraft toy ad on eBay and bought it solely for the image of the Gross Out Gang (It may sound dumb, but at least I was finally going to get a look at the entire gang).
Things have been going well enough for this site. Some people drop by and are genuinely interested. Some leave in the split second it took them to arrive. I've even had friends and family bring odd toys my way hoping they're "weird enough" to be featured on the blog, but finally, just a couple of weeks ago, I actually struck a deal with a reader who discovered my blog and its articles regarding the Gross Out Gang. And now, with pleasure, I'd like to announce my first "toy blog vision" has come to fruition. The Gross Out Gang now have a home at weirdotoys.com (now I just need to make the visions for this site a bit more" grand").
Now let's meet the gang!
Nose Ark (he's missing the crutch shown in the ad, but hey, beggars can't be choosers)
He uses his super nose to sniff out oil in the ground of danger in the air. He can smell Airheads a mile away!
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If any of you happen to see a little nose-crutch lying around and want to give it a new home, just contact me. Please. Anybody?
I found four of the Gross Out Gang figures still in their packages, so now I know all the characters names, their origins, etc. You can read all about it in detail here.