If you happened to have grown up or been around in the late 1980s, you might recall a line of toys that were marketed as “outrageous creatures that come alive in your hands!”

Boglins were originally sold by Mattel and their success was both massive and short-lived the first time around. Over the past 30 years, the toys have amassed a cult following with vintage examples fetching a premium on sites like eBay. Now, a new generation can get in on the action without hitting the secondary market because the Boglins are back!

The hand-controlled figure puppets have a rubbery feel and moveable glow-in-the-dark eyes, and are inside packaging that recalls the originals with “wooden” crate-like boxes with bent plastic jail bars. Boglins were co-created by Tim Clarke and Maureen Trotto, both of whom met while working with Jim Henson on The Dark Crystal and later created the Sectaurs: Warriors of Symbion action figure line for Coleco.  Clarke is leading the relaunch of the line in all of its original glory with TriAction Toys set to produce and release the updated line.

“What was cool in the ’80s is about to be a hit again with the much-anticipated release of the Seven Kings from the Seven Bogs of The Boglands,” says Chris Cofoni, founder and CEO of TriAction Toys.

The Boglins official launch is on Kickstarter this Friday, but as an early Halloween treat, the Toy Insider, alongside the Pop Insider and the Toy Book, can exclusively reveal that the campaign is open right now.


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“The only difference now is that Vlobb, Drool, and Dwork have evolved to become Kings in the Boglin kingdom,” says Clarke. “I’m really looking forward to seeing how fans respond to this new and amazing adventure.”

Kickstarter backers who pledge $39.99 or more will be able to bring the Boglins home in March, a full month earlier than their debut at specialty retailers across the U.S. Production will be limited to foster collectibility and the thrill of the hunt. Early backers will receive a boxed Boglin that includes one of Clarke’s illustrated maps of the Seven Boglin Kingdoms.

The 2021 Boglins launch collection includes

  • King Drool: Reigning King of the Land of Gaul.
  • King Vlobb: Overseer of the Land of Gourch.
  • King Dwork: Ruler of the Land of Fergus.

TriAction Toys plans to bring all seven kings to market next year along with a pair of Halloween 2021 exclusives, including the sought-after Bog-O-Bones and Blobkin figures.

The Boglins World Domination Kickstarter campaign runs through Dec. 17.

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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn, AKA The Rock Father, is Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book, a Senior Editor at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider, and Editor of The Toy Report, The Toy Book‘s weekly industry newsletter. As a pop culture and toy industry expert, Zahn has appeared as a panelist and guest at events including Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) Wizard World Chicago, and the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy. Zahn has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment, retail, and publishing industries, and is frequently called upon to offer expert commentary for publications such as Forbes, Marketwatch, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Post, and more. James has appeared on History Channel’s Modern Marvels, was interviewed by Larry King and Anderson Cooper, and has been seen on Yahoo! Finance, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, CBS, WGN, The CW, and more. Zahn joined the Adventure Media & Events family in 2016, initially serving as a member of the Parent Advisory Board after penning articles for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family, PBS KIDS, Sprout Parents (now Universal Kids), PopSugar, and Chicago Parent. He eventually joined the company full time as a Senior Editor and moved up the ranks to Deputy Editor and Editor-in-Chief.