Yes, Madballs are back for another go-round, and one of the product categories this time is a line of 1½" blind-bagged balls. Since one squishy foam ball feels pretty much the same as the next through a foil bag, the "squeeze test" that so many of us have honed by working over Lego Minifigures is mostly useless. Despair not, dear reader, for the bags have a simple code which will help you find what you want!
Stamped at the rear bottom of the bag is a numerical code. The last digit in the line will tell you what's inside the bag. Here's Series 1:
1 Skull Face
2 Horn Head
3 Screamin' Meemie
4 Dust Brain
6 Oculus Orbus
7 Glow-in-the-Dark Skull Face
Despite the fact that the back of the bag entreats you to "collect all 13," they didn't all ship at once; it took half a year for the second lot to appear.
08 Bruise Brother
09 Swine Sucker
10 Snake Bait
11 Fist Face
12 Buzz Off
13 Lock Lips
There's no change in the bags to tell you the new half has arrived, you'll just have to check. And they seem to be mixed in with more of the first ones.
Series 2 is out, in purple bags, and mixing repaints of old characters in with the new ones.
14 Horn Head MX (blue repaint)
15 Screamin' Meemie MX (teal repaint)
16 Dust Brain MX (blue repaint)
17 Slobulus MX (magenta repaint)
18 Oculus Orbus MX (yellow repaint)
19 Skullface MX (green repaint)
20 Freaky Fullback
22 Wolf Breath
26 Horn Head (golden)
Series 3 will be out sometime in 2018, featuring a mix much like Series 2: six new characters, six repaints, and one solid-color release. No numbers yet, but the new characters are:
?? Blackout Horn Head
?? Blackout Slobulus
?? Blackout Screamin' Meemie
?? Blackout Skullface
?? Blackout Dust Brain
?? Blackout Oculus Orbus
?? Mucho Grosso the luchador
?? Spike Face the knight
?? Body Blow the boxer
?? Blech Beard the pirate
?? Dead Beatz the music lover
?? Poppa Pimple the nerd
?? Slobulus (silver)
Let me know when they get to Wolf Breath...
They got to Wolf Breath.
i got a wolf brath
Awesome, been looking for a decoder for a while now. I noticed the codes, but didn't feel like paying so much for them all at once.
I got Fist Face at Wal-mart. It's made upside down! If you have it posed so the thumb is up, the molded legal text and the printed batch info are visible right on top. Is there any way to remove that without ruining the foam?
Series 1 just showed up in Oz. Managed to get Skull Face, Glow Skull Face and Dust Brain. Hopefully series 2 will show up soon....very keen to get hold of a Wolf Breath.
Just noticed these in Big W in Oz, bought myself a set for Xmas, second one I opened was the Glow-In-The-Dark!! I went back for more but luckily found this page first, saved me buying any doubles, thanks! Can't wait for wave 2.
Anybody come across any series 3 blind bags in the wild yet?
Not yet, but Toy Fair is only about a week away, so hopefully we'll learn more then about what Just Play plans to do with the third series.
Unfortunately, no. I’m in Cincinnati and have not seen them anywhere around here.
Yeah nothing here in Central Ohio either. Also absolutely nothing since the initial promo/tease images and no info from any of the companies either yeah? Feel like these launches are....slow and light on info. Bummer.
Got some intel on series 3 blind bags....it’s looking like they won’t be coming out in 2018. No info on why... but explains why we haven’t seen any in the wild.