Ensnare 'em, Ensnare 'em, Havta Ensnare 'em all, CATCH "A" MONSTER!
Confused? I can understand why. Like many horrible, horrible man-children, I enjoy finding bootleg or otherwise "odd" toys in dollar stores and the like. There's something so enchanting about finding pieces of crap someone half-assed just to make a buck at the expense of an established brand.
All the better if they actually succeed on their own as legitimately cool toys!
Meet the Catch "A" Monsters...
Sold seperately, these toys are each about two inches at their longest points be it vertical or horizontal. They had no names on the packages, and yes, the quotation marks in the name Catch "A" Monster were right there on the boxes.
(Boxes I didn't save because this was around the year 2000 or so and I hadn't yet fully blossomed as a jerkwad.)
I found these in a dollar store and bought a set. Actually, I bought two sets and stupidly gave the second away in a raffle to promote something nobody cared about anyway. (The theme was that all the prizes were cheap dollar store knock-offs.)
They also came with one
... er... ORIGINAL ORB each. They have faces and are attached to a stretchy band. They also snap shut, so you can "throw" the Bootlegball, have it snap closed on a monster, and have the thing come back to you on the retracting band. Photos pending.
I learned right away that trying to catch the figures in their orbs is the best way to put creases in your figures from the ball snapping closed.
Let's meet the crew according to my own naming...
Probably the most basic of the group, Horndog appears to be... a dog with horns. Admittedly, I haven't seen many green canines, so that's pretty special.
Raadvark is some kind of Aardvark with Rad Sunglasses. If he had a special attack, it would probably involve walking away from an explosion without looking back.
The ancient mummy/alien/thing with a glowing face. The better to draw you into his tomb with.
Is it displaying its teeth as a threat? A sign of friendship? ... Are those even its own teeth, or has it done something nefarious with Grandma?
It's Sledgehog, the giggling, spiky, living battering ram! NO BARRIER SHALL RESIST THE WILL OF THE SLEDGEHOG.
Part Whale! Part Walrus! 100% Party Animal! He's an aquatic air breather who's about to knock the wind out of you!
I'm pretty sure the "Sledgehog" is a Bulbasaur ripoff. Could "Whalerus" be one of the seal Pokemon? I find the majority of their designs completely banal, like "Horndog". Not much creative elbow grease there.
However, I'm glad I picked these up. The handful that I really like would've made this one of those "ones that got away", as I've not seen their uncanny little faces on shelves since!