If you didn’t own a Boglin, you really lost in life.
Produced by Mattel in the late ’80s (and a short revival in 2000), the Boglins were rubber puppets that resembled all kinds of monstrous goblins. Some were aquatic in nature, but they all had a Gremlins/Critters/Ghoulies attitude going for them. Just a bunch of ugly dudes out to annoy and pester anyone they could.
One of the coolest features about them was the packaging. They were caged in crates and the bars on the front of box were shifted just so, appearing as if the Boglin had tried to bend the bars to make an escape.
For the few years the line was around, they sure did produced a bunch of spin-off lines. “Boglins” was the main line and featured the larget figures, but there was the Mini Boglins (probably the most notable spin-off) and other lines included: Small, Hairy, Acrobat, Soggy, Bash ’em, Action and Talking Boglins! Honestly, that’s only naming a few.
Most importantly (as if Boglins weren’t cool enough to talk about in October anyway), there was Halloween Boglins! There were only two different molds — one resembled a pumpkin and anothe resembled a skull. The pumpkin version is easily the coolest and there’s such a sinister look to it. Reminds me of Sam from Trick ‘r Treat!
As was the case with many lines of toys in my childhood, I only owned one. Perhaps I never built up a strong collection of toys outside of G.I. Joe, TMNT, wrestling and super hero figures because I was always getting hooked on the next new toy. I can’t find any type of name database anywhere, but at least I found a picture: