Woolworths' 'mutant' Ooshies up for sale for thousands of dollars after Disney+ promotion ends
First there were Lion King Ooshies, then there were Disney+ Ooshies, now “mutant” Ooshies are deemed the next big thing, set to make lucky collectors a fortune.
As Woolworths shoppers go into a frenzy over the collectables, which were so popular the most recent promotion ended a month early, unusual “mutant” toys are starting to surface.
The toys are defective, showing bizarre quirks such as toys which combine two characters or toys in the wrong colour.
Needless to say, the lucky ones who snagged them are now demanding thousands for the unique pencil toppers — despite getting them free with a $30 spend at the supermarket.
A Facebook page dedicated to Mutant Ooshies shows off countless examples including a Woody Ooshie without an arm or with a whole in his head, and Elsa toys in the wrong colour, no mouth and even pimples.
The ambitious owner of an all-white Elsa Ooshie is demanding $2000 for the toy, joining the thousands of shoppers trying to make a buck off the freebies.
But Woolworths says the toys were unintentional and considered part of the “rare” collection.
The supermarket giant has also hit out at those trying to cash in on the toys.
“While some Disney+ Ooshies may have unique markings from manufacturing, these are not considered rare and there is no prize or reward attached to them, they are just for fun,” the spokesperson told PerthNow.
“The Disney+ Ooshie collectables have been designed to create a fun and exciting shopping experience for our customers and we do not encourage resale of these items.”
A day after Woolworths pulled the pin on its Disney+ collection, hundreds of new listings appeared on WA auction pages.
They include one who claims the $1000 price tag on their Captain Marvel Ooshie is justified since it’s “very rare as Woolworths have stopped giving out Ooshies”.
Woolworths said it will not reintroduce the collection, saying each range takes 12 months to plan.