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For the past few years, the Mini brand has been one of them biggest trend with children. For those unfamiliar, mystery minis have been a social media sensation, fueling the toy trend of unboxing and appealing to anything small and pocket-sized.
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Chris Byrne (aka toy boy) says that one of the reasons why these toys are so popular is the social aspect; They are great for the schoolyard business.
“Kids have long been in and away from their peers,” Byrne says. “These are tradable gifts that allow kids to relate to each other….they’re great conversation-starters.”
Cute, collectible and—possibly—the perfect stocking stuffer. Here are some of our favorite toys that jumped on the mini trend.
1. Zuru 5-Surprise Minis
From the brand that started it all, the 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 smaller version of top brands of home goods and food. Byrne says part of their appeal is that kids love miniatures, and the display aspect of this toy makes it fun for kids.
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2. Disney Doorbells
From villains to princesses to Disney icons, these 1.5-inch, wide-eyed figurines are a play on words: They’re totally a dourable. (See what they did there?)
Yes, they are adorable and their mystery aspect has them cleverly hidden behind a row of doors. What’s more, they are perfect for playing. In keeping with the door concept, all the play packs that come with these cuties include small doors that match the movie motifs.
The Peak Pack includes five, six or seven collectible figurines. You can shop by theme, or buy random sets for a truly amazing experience.
3. Harry Potter Magical Capsule
did reducio Attraction grabs these toys? No, this is just a small collectible set for Potterheads. Your child will feel like a sorceress or sorcerer waiting for their magical powers to manifest as they unveil each and every collectible character. These come in packages of two to unveil 10 different mystery characters, including Harry, Ron, Hermione, Luna, Snape, Malfoy and more.
- Series 1 Harry Potter Magical Capsules 2-Pack on Amazon $21.99 . get in
- Series 2 Harry Potter Magical Capsules 2-Pack on Amazon $21.99 . get in
4. LOL Color Change Surprise
Dive into 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, smaller size LOL with them just about anywhere. These fun blind balls can hold a LOL, a LOL baby or even a LOL pet!
5. Funko Snaps
The fun of Funko Snapsies goes far beyond their collectibles. These adorable, snap-together creatures are cute to collect, but even more fun is their snap-together interchangeability. You may find a uni-kitty or mer-puppy or zen llama in your revelry, but once you’re ready to collect their swag, and that’s where the real fun begins. You can tear them apart to create new and exciting mythical creatures that are all your own, which is why we’re so excited for the upcoming Snapsies Gem 5-Pack. They’re available for pre-order and each comes with five jewel-toned snaps to assemble, assemble, and customize.
6. Mini Mandalorian
If there’s a Mandalorian fan in your family, they’ll love these Funko Pop-style minis. With 12 in total, all the favorite characters from the popular series are revealed. While we certainly wouldn’t mind opening Cuil or Cara Dunne, we can’t help but get excited that there are three different grogs hiding in these packs—all in adorable poses.
7. Angel High
Come for the fashion, stay for the friendship. There are six best friends from 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 offers an epic unboxing that adds to the fun. The color changing hair helps to enhance the styling. Keep an eye out for shimmering fairy wings hidden in random packs.
8. Current Pets
Unboxing last year’s hot toy current pets This blind box toy is so popular, and it doesn’t disappoint in its mini size. Open the tab for the box to instantly transform into a tiny dog house and reveal your cute and crazy new friend. In this galaxy-themed three-pack, each pet has some seriously stellar styling. One of three boxes doubles as a carrier and each comes with a pet sticker and adoption certificate.
9. Surprise lol!
These limited edition, holiday-themed mystery balls double as shimmering holiday ornaments where your doll can be displayed. Each comes “dressed” in their holiday pajamas, but when they get cold (or when you submerge them in ice or ice cold water), a Christmas sweater appears. In true LOL fashion, she comes up with a stylish outfit and accessories. Most even come along with the holiday elf!
10. Smashers Ice Age
What if dinosaurs reached the Ice Age? These cool surprise toys have to explore. Break eggs to reveal stretchy ice or crystal slime. Rip and tear through freezing compounds to reveal dinosaur parts to build your prehistoric creature. These dinosaur parts are mix and match, so the more sets you have this toy, the better it gets.
11. Plush Crush
For the kid who loves their plushies, these mini stuffies are super snuggly, despite their small size. Each comes with little loops to hang on a backpack or Christmas tree, so you can display them during the holidays and then take them with you wherever you go! While the surprise gifts inside are adorable, the six-piece puzzle ball that contains every surprise toy is fun in every way. You throw, toss and crush the ball to reveal the toy, and then try to piece it together again.
12. Disney, Marvel and Space Jam Mystery Minis
Funko Pops are sought after collectibles. Now they’ve been miniaturized as blind bag keepcakes! Choose a theme to reveal favorite characters from movies like Toy Story, Space Jam, Spiderman and more. We’re partial to the Disney/Pixar combo set, which includes characters from the animated world, including the favorites of Maleficent, Tinker Bell, and Monsters, Inc.
While no secrets are revealed with this set, the mini craze is all about trends; If there’s one thing trending this season it’s Pop-Its Fidget Toys. This set of 16 is perfect for handing out holiday trinkets to classmates. They attach to a backpack, have a cool tie-dye design, and they help keep test-days at bay.
14. Playfoam Buddy
And speaking of fidget toys! Fun and playful, these minis hide in a ball of sensory soothing play foam. The foam can be reused and never dries. Each “party pod,” as they’re called, comes with two tons of foam and a collectible animal figure.
15. Wacky Package
If the editors of Mad Magazine developed a mini line, it would be the wacky package. This will appeal to kids who love silly humor and potty jokes. A spin on the 5-surprise mini trend, the Wacky Package takes the recognizable brand and sports some funny words like sneeze-itz (instead of cheesy-its) and anvil (instead of Advil) to bring in the laughs.
16. Cry Babies
Open the Mystery Bottle House capsule to reveal one of the 12 collectible babies inside. The capsule turns into a small home and carrying case. Each baby comes with eight accessories, including a high chair, a bib, and a feeding bottle. These minis are cute and interactive: They drink from their bottles and then, when they’re hungry again or need a rest, they shed tears to remind you to take care of them.
17. VIP Pets
With water activated makeup, temporary hair dye and a luxurious and vivid mane that lasts for miles, these colorful pooches will be a hit for any kid who loves to primp. There are 12 to assemble and each comes in its own mousse bottle-style container. Twist the bottle to reveal nine surprises, including pet and hair accessories and fashion pieces.
18. Park Park
Fruit Bait, Soda Cat, Twisted Treats and more! There are so many minis in so many different themes in Funko’s Paka Paka line, it’s hard to pick our favorite. Tweens will love the insanely cool soup troupe, while potty-obsessed toilet ninjas will find it hilarious.