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:
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.
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)