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For the past few years, mini brands have been a huge toy trend that kids are obsessed with. The charm of these toys is they hide a collectible mini toy inside—but you never know which one you are going to get. They are a triple-whammy of collectibility, blind unboxing and ridiculously cute toys all rolled into one. Kids love them and—even better—they are perfectly sized to be the ultimate stocking stuffers for kids.
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Great for schoolyard trading, and just the right size to take with you during holiday travel, here the cutest, most collectible mini toys around.
1. Zuru 5-Surprise Minis
From the brand that started it all, Zuru 5-Surprise Minis came on the scene to dominate TikTok in 2019, and have been a sensation ever since. The fun of these little spheres comes in their unboxing. Each of the five chambers is sealed and, once opened, reveals a miniaturized version of top brands of household items and food. Part of the appeal of this trend-setting toy is that kids love miniatures and the display aspect of this toy makes it fun for kids.
Once they’ve got a collection going, get the 5-Surprise Mini Mart to display their collection.
2. Lucky Fortune Collectible Bracelets
The top tween on your list will love these collectible bracelets. The surprise isn't just in the bracelet, but in the fortune cookie unboxing of these exciting little gifts. These fun and colorful bracelets are hidden inside of two fortune cookies, along with a propitious paper fortune.
3. L.O.L. Color Change Surprise
Submerge these color-changing surprise dolls to reveal new hair colors, clothing colors or makeup shades. Each aqua ball comes with surprise clothes and accessories and a carrying strap, so they can take their new, miniaturized L.O.L.s with them wherever they go. These fun blind balls can contain an L.O.L., an L.O.L. baby or even an L.O.L. pet!
4. Harry Potter Magical Capsules
Did a Reducio charm take hold of these toys? Nope, it’s just a mini collectible set for Potterheads. Your child will feel like a muggleborn witch or wizard waiting for their magic powers to be revealed as they unveil each collectible character. These come in packages of two to unveil 10 different mystery characters including Harry, Ron, Hermione, Luna, Snape, Malfoy and more.
5. Disney Doorables
From villains to princesses to Disney icons, these 1.5-inch, wide-eyed figurines are a play on words: They're completely a-doorable. (See what they did there?)
Their mystery aspect has them cleverly hidden behind a row of doors (hence their name). What’s more, they are perfect for play. Keeping with the door concept, all of the play packs that accompany these cuties include little doors themed to match movie motifs.
Peek packs include five, six or seven collectible figurines. You can shop by theme, or purchase random sets to up the surprise quotient.
6. Playfoam Pals
Fun and fidgety, these minis hide in a ball of sensory soothing play foam. The foam itself can be reused and never dries out. Each "party pod", as they are called, comes with two-toned foam and one collectible animal figure.
7. Mini Mandalorian
If you have a Mandalorian fan in your family, they will love these Funko Pop-style minis. With 12 to collect in all, all the favorite characters from the popular series are revealed. While we certainly won’t mind opening a Kuiil or a Cara Dune, we can’t help but get excited that there are three different Grogus hiding in these packs—all in adorable poses.
8. Angel High
Come for the fashion, stay for the friendship. There are six best friends from the celestial Angel High to collect, each one reflecting an individual style with epic hairstyles and fun accessories. With 10 surprises in each pack, this set provides for an epic unboxing that prolongs the fun. Color-changing hair helps amp up the style. Keep an eye out for collectible shimmery angel wings that are highly coveted and hidden in random packs.
9. Present Pets
The unboxing of last year’s hot toy Present Pets is what made this blind box toy so popular, and it doesn’t disappoint in the mini size. Pull open the tabs for the box to immediately convert into a tiny dog house and reveal your cute and cuddly new buddy. In this galaxy-themed three-pack, each pet has some seriously stellar stylings. One of the three boxes doubles as a carrier and each pet comes with stickers and an adoption certificate.
10. L.O.L. Surprise!
These limited edition, holiday-themed mystery balls double as shimmering holiday ornaments where your doll can be displayed. Each comes “dressed” in her holiday pajamas, but when they get cold (or when you submerge them in snow or ice cold water), a Christmas sweater is revealed. In true L.O.L. fashion, she comes with a stylish outfit and accessories. Some come with a special, collectible accompanying holiday elf, which escalates the excitement of opening.
11. Funko Snapsies
The fun of Funko Snapsies goes far beyond their collectibility. These adorable, snap-together creatures are cute to collect, but what’s even more fun is their snap-together interchangeability. You may find a uni-kitty or mer-pup or zen llama in your reveal but, once you get to collecting, their interchangeability is revealed and that’s where the real fun starts.
You can pull them apart to create new and exciting mythical creatures that are all your own, which is why we are excited for the forthcoming Snapsies Gems 5-packs. They’re available for pre-order and each comes with five jewel-toned Snapsies to assemble, collect and customize.
12. Smashers Ice Age
What would happen if dinosaurs made it to the Ice Age? These cool surprise toys aim to find out. Smash the eggs to reveal either stretchy snow or crystal slime. Rip and tear through the freezing compounds to reveal dinosaur parts for you to build your prehistoric creature. These dinosaur parts are mix and match, so this toy only gets better with the more sets you have.
13. Plush Crush
For the kid who loves their plushies, these mini stuffies are super snuggly—in spite of their diminutive size. Each comes with little loops to hang on a backpack or a Christmas tree, so you can display them through the holidays and then take them with you wherever you go!
While the surprise gifts inside are adorable, the six-piece puzzle ball that each surprise toy comes in is every bit as fun. You throw, toss and crush the ball to reveal the toy, and then try to piece it back together again.
14. Disney, Marvel, and Space Jam Mystery Minis
Funko Pops are sought after collectibles. Now they’ve been miniaturized as blind bag keepsakes! Pick a theme to reveal favorite characters from such movies as Toy Story, Space Jam, Spiderman and more. We happen to be partial to the Disney/Pixar combo set that features characters from both animated worlds, including Maleficent, Tinker Bell, and favorites from Monsters, Inc.
While there is no secret reveal with this set, the mini craze is all about trends; if one thing is trendy this season it’s pop-its fidget toys. This set of 16 is perfect for handing out to classmates for a holiday trinket. They attach to a backpack, have a cool tie-dye design and they help keep test-day jitters at bay.
16. Wacky Packages
If the editors at Mad Magazine developed a mini line, it would be Wacky Packages. This will appeal to kids who love silly humor and potty jokes. A spin on the 5-Surprise Mini trend, Wacky Packages takes recognizable brands and does some funny word play, like Sneez-Itz (instead of Cheez-Its) and Anvil (instead of Advil) to bring the laughs.
17. Cry Babies
Open the mystery bottle house capsule to reveal one of the 12 collectible babies inside. The capsule transforms into a tiny home and carrying case. Each baby comes with eight accessories, including a high chair, a bib and a feeding bottle. These minis are lovable and interactive: They drink from their bottles and then, when they are hungry again or need comfort, they shed a tear to remind you to care for them.
18. VIP Pets
With water activated makeup, accompanying temporary hair dye and luxurious and vivid manes that go for miles, these colorful pooches will be a hit with any kid who loves to primp. There are 12 to collect and each comes in their own mousse bottle-style container. Twist the bottle to reveal the pet and the nine accompanying surprises, including hair accessories and fashion pieces.
19. Paka Paka
Fruit Bats, Soda Kats, Twisted Treats and more! Funko’s Paka Paka line has so many minis in so many different themes, it’s hard to choose our favorites. Tweens will love the adorably serene Soup Troop, while the potty-obsessed will find the Toilet Ninjas hilarious.
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