Sunday, December 2, 2007
Name of Toy Line: Gremlins Water Hatchers
Production Company: LJN
Years of Production: 1984
Countries/Regions Available: UK, USA
Size/Scale: Approximately 1"
Figure Trade Markings: none
Approximate # of Figures: 2
Details: The first Gremlins film saw many, many spin off items. One of the cooler products were T9.
Although the detail in these tiny figures is not amazing any 1", mono-color, rubber Mogwai or Gremlin can't help but be appealing to any Keshi collector.
The now familiar idea behind these figures was to drop them in water and watch them grow "over 500% larger"! The packaging claims that if you wrap them in margarine covered paper they will shrink back to their original size (seriously!). I have yet to see this in action...
Fortunately these figures came with a water tight storage pod, the two figures pictured here were kept moisture free for over a decade (so far) in the weird Gremlin shaped capsule:
Internet legend would have us believe that these figures were withdrawn from the market after a small child choked to death on one. How true this is I do not know but it may explain why there is such a stern warning on the reverse of the packet "never, never put them in your mouth". But nothing can explain why there was a need to warn us "never flush them down the toilet"...but then again it could be fun to watch!
To see a detailed article on the figures actually growing in water see the X-entertainment link below. We at Toypedia like our figures small so will not be trying this out! If you are like us I wouldn't worry too much about feeding them after midnight, maybe avoid bright sunlight but never let them get wet!
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