For those collectors who have a strong visceral reaction to Chibis and other abstracted superhero forms, you're going to just love these little monstrosities. I definitely had a similar negative reaction when I first saw these. It took me about a year to warm up to them, and now they just make me giggle. When trying to describe them to someone who has never seen them, I can't seem to avoid the imagery of a small caramel candy that has been pinched and prodded into a shape. This is especially true for Rogue whose hair gives her the right coloring for my analogy. A big perk for me was also the character selection. The first (and only) series had 45 characters, including seven females - pretty impressive for a debut aimed at kids. They are made from a really dense plastic that click and clack like dice when jostled together. There are actually some games you are supposed to play with these - seems like a cross between craps and marbles. (The tag line on all the packaging is "Heads will Roll!") Let's check them out!
Before I get started, I must give a huge shout-out to Whosdamaster Collectibles on eBay. I wouldn't have had the patience to assemble this collection on my own. They carry huge selection of mini-figures (of all varieties) with great prices. They're really nice, too. Go buy stuff from them!
Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!
Here is a comparison with some other popular mini figures. From Left to Right: Squinkies, Superhero Squad, Nog'nz, Mini-Mates, and Chibis.