Katita happened around four AM in a hotel room in Hong Kong, a child of severe jetlag. The key is an allusion to the leather hats ""Cangaceiros,"" the herdsmen of Northeastern Brazil wore in the past. Katita was named after a small female mutt in Rio who had just given birth to a litter of six puppies. She became a national hero in Brazil for having saved the life of a three-year-old boy that was being mauled by two vicious pit bulls. She was very badly hurt after fending off the beasts, but survived. This product is homage to Katita's courage.
Sparklz thinks it is one of those Greek gods of lightning, but it's still trying to get the hang of thunder and rain. Meanwhile, Sparklz just wobbles around aimlessly with its little rudder, looking for a meaning in life. A straight descendent of the Japanese Critters from Mxyplyzyk, Sparklz actually hates fire. It loves nature and water, dense forests, and the creatures that live in it. Just to be on the safe side, you should keep Sparklz away from any flammable liquids, or vapors.
Cosmojetz is the last, and final item from the series of five products using the gearbox with a single spinning off-center weight. The idea here is to have an absolutely out of control creature, short circuited, disoriented, but, having a lot of fun in the process. Since the person who created Cosmojetz has severe ADD, perhaps we're dealing with a self-portrait situation here. Cosmojetz is a little hard to wind-up for mechanical/physiological reasons, but it is worth the effort once you see it catapulting itself weightlessly, and fearlessly across your table.
Le Pinch was one of the most complex windups to develop. Getting the articulated halves of Le Pinch to relate to one another was intense, but in time, we managed to coordinate Le Pinch's front and rear ends quite nicely. Le Pinch loves to climb over small obstacles, just like its cousins Bonga, and Awika!
For some reason of which we're not aware, Awika seems to always be in a big hurry.
Awika was born when Bonga and Sparklz got together. She has the characteristics of both parents; the tenacious pace of Bonga, and she "does the Sparklz" as well. Awika also has glowing parts, like her uncle Svrocket.
Awika is a very good climber; test her with different small objects on your desk to challenge her up and down obstacles. You can also let her climb over your hand, an open book, or, whatever else is on your desk.
MxyKikker, celebrating 15 years of Kikkerland's foundation, and 15 years since the first Critter was sold at MXYPLYZYK in New York, is an inspiration from our climbing windups, Bonga and Awika, but with long legs, and more radical ascending capabilities. The key system is different as well, incorporated into the center, right set of legs, marked on the hub by a coil icon, and an arrow. It works by rotating those legs backwards, with one finger until the spring is fully wound. MxyKikker does some fancy climbing, and it walks upside-down if needed.
Samu has sixteen legs to enable it to perform a type of athletics previously unthinkable to any critter we've known. Samu puffs over obstacles valiantly, climbing through small obstacles with great enthusiasm, but with tenderness at the same time for Samu is incredibly sweet, and mild-mannered.