The original series of Monster in My Pocket hit the shelves in 1990, produced by Matchbox. Forty-eight monsters were in the original series, and four different colors -- red, yellow, green (light olive) and purple. Four neon colors were added later:neon-green, neon-yellow, red-orange, and violet. Premium colours, available with such items as the board game, included pink, neon orange, blue, pine green, a brighter neon green (similar to that of Series 2 figures) and glow-in-the-dark white. The forty-eight original monsters were used for the comic books, cartoons, and video game, with some additions. Each monster had a points value, representing the monster's relative power and the figurine's scarcity. These ranged from five to twenty-five points. The figurines were released in single packets (with an appropriate Battle Card), four packs (usually comprising lower value monsters), 'Secret Twelve Packs' (in which only a single, 25-point monster was visible without opening) and a 24 pack, the packaging of which functioned as a basic display case.
The series proved particularly popular in Europe and the United Kingdom (some of the later lines only had European releases), and had a later distribution in Latin America. However, the series did cause some controversy in the United Kingdom due to its representation of the Hindu deity Kali as a monster. Similar problems arose with following series, which featured further deities as monsters - Ganesha, Hanuman and Yama. Public outcry from the Vishva Hindu Parishad led to these monsters being recalled from later rereleases, with the exception of Yama. Other than this, the first series was particularly popular in the UK.
Releases in other countries included a number of unusual colours. Italian releases came in blue, orange-red, yellow, neon green and gold, while Mexican, Argentine and Peruvian figures included a large array of colours including black, white and clear. Argentine and Peruvian figures tended to be of a lower quality than the European and North American releases.
List of monsters
An awesome, very powerful monster with many poisonous heads and wings.
Greek; a flying serpent. When it loses 1 head, 2 more grow in its place.
A cursed man who turns into a wolf every full moon and must hunt and kill.
Jewish; An outrageously huge beast which some say is the king of all beasts.
Medieval Europe; this beast has the back half of a lion and the front of an eagle.
The king of the dinosaurs.
A monster that is part serpent, rooster and bat, and can kill with its gaze.
Greek; a race of giants with one eye in the middle of their foreheads.
Japanese; these winged beasts capture those who are in the forest after dark.
Greek; a being with the upper body of a man, the lower body of a fish.
A sea creature so huge, sailors mistake it for an island and get their ships crushed by it.
Scandinavian; children of the Norse god of frost. They cause snow storms and avalanches to trap victims.
Violent creature made up of pieces robbed from graves and then brought to life.
Persian; Has a lion's body, human head, and poisoned spines that it can shoot like arrows.
Egyptian; underworld god who destroys those who violate sacred temples.
Aztec; has clawed hands and feet, eats filth, and breathes it as a weapon.
This huge hairy beast is thought to be the missing link between man and ape.
Russian; flies in a pot to stir up storms and hurricanes to catch victims.
Indian; the Hindu goddess of destructive forces with skin that sheds like a snake.
A beast who walks with his head near the ground. If you look into his eyes you die.
Greek; evil, twisted creature that can shriek to drive its victims to madness.
A huge head with many rows of teeth and legs. On its snout is a lure to catch prey.
A goblin that is mischievous and plays childish pranks.
Algonkian indian; a man-eater. You can become one by resorting to cannibalism.
Scottish; evil goblin who lives in old ruins and dyes his cap with blood.
Greek; a woman with snakes for hair. Look at her and you turn to stone.
A very mean, distorted being who hides in dark places to scare people.
Greek; the watchdog of Hades. Has 3 heads, a snake tail and snakes as a collar.
Dead person who has been re-animated. Used as a weapon he can't be killed.
Greek; a fire-breathing lion with a snake's tail and a goat head on its back.
The spirit of a person who died too soon. They scare the living as revenge.
A giant that eats people. He is scary, but stupid and easily fooled.
A living corpse that feeds on the blood of the living and makes them his slaves.
Arabian; an enormous scavenger bird big enough to carry off two elephants.
Small flying creatures who love to bother pilots or cause aircraft trouble.
The eternal mate to the vampire, A vampiress was a vampire's victim who now helps him.
A very mean little monster that robs graves, feeds on the dead and helps the evil.
A man that hides because of his disfigured face. Hurts anyone in his way.
A crazy genius who made a potion to bring out the violence in every person.
This beast has all the strength of a panther but can also fly.
Egyptian; this dead person has risen to get revenge on anyone who disturbs his rest.
Greek; a cruel, filthy old man that ferries the souls of the dead into Hades.
This is a knight that is now a wild beast. Can only be tamed by a woman.
Female who practices black magic with potions, curses and spells.
English; has eyes of flame. Can jump hundreds of feet; is a bogeyman.
A mad scientist who made himself invisible to commit crimes.
Human bones which capture people as revenge.
A horribly disfigured man that lives in towers and dumps hot melted lead on his victims.
Legend of Monster in My Pocket
"Now you can collect the greatest REAL monsters of all time and, best of all, they'll fit in your pocket. Since the beginning of time, man has battled Monsters and great Monster Legends have existed in every culture. Now you can learn the facts about the greatest REAL MONSTERS of all time. This information has been carefully researched and each monster's point value is based on their intelligence, strengths, weaknesses, speed and range. The more you know about these Real Monsters, the more fun it is to collect, trade and play with them."