Mattel Monster Mystery
August 15, 2011 2:08 PM   Subscribe

Can anyone name these plastic snap-together creatures made by Mattel in 1996?

I purchased a large lot of these toys recently. There are 8 types of creature, along with a variety of connectors. Most are marked "©1996 Mattel Inc." I've found a few of them for sale online, but no one seems to know what the toys were called.

Anyone recognize them?
posted by Knappster to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (5 answers total)
I don't remember the monsters, but they appear to be part of the Tangle toy series.
posted by phunniemee at 2:12 PM on August 15, 2011

Yes! Here they are! Thanks!
posted by Knappster at 2:21 PM on August 15, 2011

Ha! I was JUST NOW coming back in to say that after further googling, it looks like the monsters were part of a McDonald's promotion. Yay, teamwork!

p.s. Also, now I'm sad that I stopped eating at McDonald's so young, because those toys are awesome. I loved the original Tangle I had.
posted by phunniemee at 2:24 PM on August 15, 2011

It seems that they were sold independently from the promotion as well.
posted by Knappster at 2:29 PM on August 15, 2011

Tangles! I have a *big* shoebox full of Tangle bits. We started with a few from McDonald's, but my kids liked them so much that I bought a couple of big sets. And a set with extending (accordioning) bits (although those weren't quite as sturdy as the rest). I remember one big extended family party where a few of the grownups spent the evening putting together an entire menagerie of critters for the kids to play with in the morning.
posted by jlkr at 5:02 PM on August 15, 2011

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