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Gross Out Gang - Skilcraft 1987

Gross Out Gang – Skilcraft 1987

Gross Out Gang
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Gross Out Gang - Gross-looking group of kids in red capes - Skilcraft 1987

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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Gross Out Gang - Gross Out Gang -

Egg Brain
Incredibly enlarged brain gives him super intelligence, light years ahead of ordinary geniuses
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Gross Out Gang - Egg Brain - Big-brained nerd with glasses, red cape and Top Secret briefcase - Skilcraft 1987 Gross Out Gang - Egg Brain - Big-brained nerd with glasses, red cape and Top Secret briefcase - Skilcraft 1987

Wired Wilma
Braces like high tension wires conduct electricity like lightning rods. She can give Airheads the charge of a lifetime.
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Gross Out Gang - Redhead with huge teeth and big braces - Skilcraft 1987 Gross Out Gang - Redhead with huge teeth and big braces - Skilcraft 1987

Seezall
With his four enormous eyes and special glasses, he can see far into the future and back into the distant past.
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Gross Out Gang - Seezall - Bulging-Eyed nerd with glasses, red cape and eyes on the top and back of his head - Skilcraft 1987 Gross Out Gang - Seezall - Bulging-Eyed nerd with glasses, red cape and eyes on the top and back of his head - Skilcraft 1987

Blow Hard
His enormous lips could actually blow a semi off the road. When he whistles, it unleashes a devastating tornado!
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Gross Out Gang - Lips Kid - Goofy Guy with huge, drooling lips and puffy cheeks wearing a red cape - Skilcraft 1987 Gross Out Gang - Lips Kid - Goofy Guy with huge, drooling lips and puffy cheeks wearing a red cape - Skilcraft 1987

Fat-so
He makes the earth quake with a mere footstep! Can eat over 100 times his weight in matter of any form.
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Gross Out Gang - Pie Kid - Fat kid in a red cape with a pie in hand, in mouth and all over his face - Skilcraft 1987 Gross Out Gang - Pie Kid - Fat kid in a red cape with a pie in hand, in mouth and all over his face - Skilcraft 1987

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?

Info Update

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Gross Out Gang - Package Gross Out Gang - Package

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.


8 Responses

  1. jroyale says:

    Just picked up a set on ebay after looking for years for even one! No nose crutch though.

  2. OX_Bigly says:

    This toy line was trying to cash in on the fame of the Garbage Pail Kids.

    I think the “Gross Out Gang” mentioned in the Cosby show has absolutely nothing to do with these toys. I think they came up with the idea to somewhat hint at the GPKs.

    I just wish I can find the sceen from the Cosby show so I can hear what the “GOG” says on the TV

    Thanks

  3. Justin says:

    @OX Bigly – Yeah, this is definitely a cash-in on the gross-era of toys started by the GPKs. As far as the Cosby reference goes, I figured it was unrelated… I just thought the coincidental reference was funny.

  4. Jeff Easley says:

    I actually did the concept art for this series.I had done work for Monogram models and was contacted to do this set of figures.They wanted to jump on the GP Kids bandwagon but hedged their bets by trying to be “empowering” to the misfit kids they were parodying.They had me redo the art several times to make them less gross…might still have some of the early versions.I didn’t even know they were produced until years later when I found Wired Wilma at a toy show.

  5. I have a Blow hard in package says:

    I found a Blow hard in its original package while cleaning out my husband closet at his mothers house. The date on it is 1987. Is it worth anything?

  6. Blow Hard in his package might be worth something for someone seeking the toy. That’s the challenge. The toyline is so obscure, there’s not a huge demand for it.

  7. Josh.A says:

    Hey there.
    I am after any of these guys MOC or loose.
    Can anyone help me out?
    Cheers.

    Josh

  8. Matt says:

    When I was a kid I had the entire set! They were so ridiculous, but I really liked them. I’m now in my thirties and thought of these toys the other day. I haven’t searched for a set to buy, but it would be a real blast from the past if I could find some.
    These were not popular toys at all. I believe I found them on clearance at Big Lots, lol!
    Great blog. Thanks for all the info….brings back memories.

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