|Gogo's Crazy Bones|
Gogo's Crazy Bones are small colorful characters that come in hundreds of colors and designs, each one with a unique name, design, personality and special ability.
Gogo's were inspired by games from ancient Greece where children played by bouncing and throwing the carved knuckle bones of sheep, called astralgus - the game was called Astragals. The game has survived for over 3.000 years, and is known today as "jacks"; marbles are another variation. Each Gogo has a unique number for collecting and are designed so you can hold and throw with one finger.
The 'Gogo's' name is a reference to 'Gogo Jacks' which is the English name for the ancient game of Tabas. And their name (Bones) is a reference to how the original game was played with real bones.
Gogo's originally released in 1996 and were unpainted, small figures shaped like blobs and heads and featured characters drawn in a style that resembled classic cartoons. As time went on and more sets were released, figures went from blobs and heads to characters with full bodies.
These sets are referred to as the first generation of Gogo's, but are often known as "classics". Gogo's were produced in this style from 1996 up until 2007.
In 2007, the Gogo's brand relaunched with a brand new style that was much different from the classic figures. These new Gogo's all had full bodies and were also painted (the only classic figures that were ever painted are the Aliens series Gogo's). These newer, modernized Gogo's were strongly influenced by street & graffiti art as well as vinyl figures.
This generation of Gogo's is referred to as the modern era. It ran from 2007 up until 2019.
For more information on the history of Gogo's Crazy Bones as a whole, please select the timeline tab at the top of the page.
- Speed: This shows you whether the Gogo will gain speed and crash strength.
- Bounce: This tells you if it will be easy to predict where the Gogo will land after it's thrown.
- Balance: This tells you whether the Gogo will stand up easily after it has been thrown.
Gogo's are sold and distributed by different companies all over the world. They are distributed by Magic Box themselves in European territories. The original releases of classic Crazy Bones sets were distributed by Toy Craze, a company created solely to sell the figures in the United States. Canadian toy company Playtoy Industries (later renamed to All4Fun Inc) handled distribution for in Canada during the late 90's. Playtoy released a number of sets and promotions that were exclusive to Canada.
In 2009, Canadian company Irwin Toy brought the modern Series 1 as well as the Advance tin to the United States and Canada. No other Gogo's products were officially sold in North America until 2011, when distribution rights were given to yet another Canadian-based company, Jonic Distribution North America (www.jdna.ca). JDNA relaunched the brand and released 3 additional series, as well as a number of exclusive figures.
In Israel, they were sold by PMI inc, who helped sell several exclusive figures such as sets of then famous Israel football players, metallic Evolution characters, and an entire series based on the 2012 London Olympics that wasn't obtainable anywhere else in the world.
They were also distributed by Panini in South America, where six sets of figures were released by them. 2019's Avengers series was not released by them. Panini also created several lines of figures similar to Gogo's such as Skyzos, Gatoons[, and Abatons.
Topps distributed Gogo's in India and select other countries, but never released anything beyond the Urban Toys set.
In March 2009, to mark the release of the Explorer series in the UK, the Daily Mirror newspaper ran a week-long promotion where they gave away free figurines, stickers and sticker books. Two of the figurines were exclusive to this giveaway.
In April 2009, the Entertainer toy shop in Kingston upon Thames held a 'swap day'. Every swapper received a special 'Laser Mosh'.
C1000, a supermarket in Holland, created four promotions from 2010 to 2012 where Gogo's would be given away with every 10 euros spent in the store. The fourth promotion (X-Gogo's) was an brand new series and could not be obtained anywhere else.
In April 2011, Walgreens gave away free samples to customers. 5,000 of these Gogo's were very rare Miro-K figures.
In early 2012, Free Gogo's were included with Panasonic batteries in Germany. These Gogo's used the same sculpt as the Daily Mirror Gogo's from 2009. Disney Gogo's were also given away in German "Rewe" supermarkets in 2014, albeit under the name "Wikkeez".
Each pack of Gogo's (excluding England 2010, Edge, and Power) comes with stickers. Every series also has a sticker album where stickers from the corresponding set can be placed. The Power series replaces these stickers with trading cards and replaces the sticker book with a card storage binder.
Crazy Bones History
|“||"More than 2000 years ago... NO it's not a mistake. More than 2000 years ago the boys and girls of the ancient Greek and Roman empires played a game using bones, throwing and bouncing them in village squares and in their own homes. We know this because some ancient paintings on marble were discovered in the city of Resina, which date back more than 2000 years, these paintings showed children playing this game. This ancient pastime known as "Tabas" has been kept alive throughout the years and now you are about to discover how much fun it can be. Here's your chance to trade, collect, play, and go crazy for Crazy Bones."||”|
–Crazy Bones handbook
Knucklebones is the game that had inspired the Crazy Bones franchise. It is a game that originated in the ancient Greek and Roman empires, played with usually five small objects. Originally, the game used the "knucklebones" (actually the astragalus:a bone in the ankle, or hock) of a sheep, which are thrown up and caught in various ways.
Games played with Knucklebones
- Over hand ones, twos, threes, fours—First "jockey" then eliminate all you have caught except one. Throw this one up and whilst it is in the air quickly pick one (two, three, or four) up off the ground, and then catch the one you threw up. Repeat with remaining knucklebones. You are able to sweep the knucklebones prior to picking them up.
- Scatter ones, twos, threes, fours—Scatter all five, select and pick up one, throw it up and without "sweeping" proceed as above.
- Dumps—Hold five knucklebones in the palm, then dump them in a heap on the ground. Select one which you must take away without disturbing any others. Throw this one up, pick up other four, and catch the first one.
- Overhand scatter ones, twos, threes, fours—First "jockey" then proceed to scatter remaining knucklebones.
- Clicks—First "jockey" then proceeded as with over hand ones. When catching the one you threw up the knucklebones must click.
- No click—Same as above but knucklebones must not click
- Through the arch—As above, but only make one arch with the thumb and forefinger, and allow only one 'sweep' to get each jack through.
- Over the jump—As above except you put your hand vertically on its edge instead of on the ground so it makes it harder.
- Thread the needle—Same as above except the jacks have to be dropped through a circle made by the thumb and forefinger that is held about 8 inches from the ground. Once all have gone through—pick them up.
- Eggs in the basket—Same as above except the your hand is cupped palm up to form the basket, the Knucklebones have to be placed in the "basket" without clicking, as this will break the eggs
- Catching flies—As 'scatter ones' but the catch must be done with a quick snatching downward movement making it much harder than the ordinary system of catching with palms upwards.
Other challenges include:
- Down the chute
- In the cave
- Playing golf
- This is the house that Knucklebone built—The house that knucklebone built is when you separate your knuckle bones into a square form. Then you go around the square with your finger saying this is the house that knucklebone built then you throw it up in the air catch it and put it in the middle. but if you land in an empty space, your turn is over.
- Cut the cabbage—The same as "catching flies" except instead of a downward swipe, a horizontal swipe is performed when catching the knucklebone—as if a whole cabbage is in front of the player and is being sliced through the middle.
- Flush the Toilet—Like "Big Jingles" except you must hit the ground twice (flush the toilet) each time you throw the knucklebones up.
Now Knucklebones are known as Crazy Bones (or Gogos Crazy Bones), and are now sculpted into characters, and are made in various colors. There are two areas of Crazy Bones. The first one is the Crazy Bones series, also known as the classics. These Series were never painted, except for the Aliens series. These were sculpted into characters. This area lasted from 1996-2006. Then in 2007 and/or 2008, a new area started, these were called Gogos Crazy Bones, mostly known as Gogos. Most of these were sculpted like people, but some were different with a more humanoid form. The newer ones were all painted, except in some countries, they are not painted as much.
|Magic Box Stamp|
Magic Box Int, Coca-Cola, PPI Worldwide, Panini
Everywhere Gogo's are available
The second most common stamp is the PPI stamp. This is used in countries outside Europe and North America (Example being Brazil or Israel), though Miro-K, the Diamond tins, and the UK's release of Megatrip (Edge) use it.
A different PPI Worldwide Stamp was used for Mega Foot Gogo's, Mega Megatrip, and Mega Turma Da Monica. These special figures use PPI's company logo as the stamp, ditching the rotating text. All of these figures have text that says "2009, 2010, or 2011 PPI Worldwide Group" at the top. The Mega Turma Da Monica Gogo's have the words, "Mauricio De Sousa Producoes & 2011 PPI Worldwide Group" above their stamps, in a similar fashion to other licensed Gogo's.
Wikkeez figures still have PPI's name on the back, but do not use a stamp.
Licensed sets of figures will have the copyright symbol (©) along with the company that owns the franchises' name. For example, the Toy Story and Disney series have "Copyright Disney" above their stamps. The only known exceptions to this are the figures in the very rare Shin Chan series, which do not have "MAGIC BOX INT" printed on them. The spot for stamps are still molded onto the figure, but there is text that reads "©92UY" in that spot. This stands for the year of 1992, the year the Shin Chan TV series began airing in Japan, and the UY Team, the studio that owns and created the franchise.
- The Panini Stamp was only used in South/Central America and is only used on Gogo's in the Urban Toys, Megatrip, and Fut sets. Later releases in these locations used the PPI Worldwide stamp instead.
- There is a different Panini Stamp used for the Urban Toys Gogo's. It is different than the first stamp. It is very similar to the Magic Box Stamp. It has the Panini Logo on the stamp and it says Made In China at the top.
- The Gatoons line of figures uses the exact same Panini stamp used on Gogo's years prior and even have the same stamp mold.
Other Official Stamps and Additional Info
- The Coca Cola stamp is used on Hielocos, the name for Classic Crazy Bones in Mexico.
- There was a Bazooka logo on Rockers figures obtained through a Bazooka Bubblegum promotion.
- Power Bombers do not have a circle for a stamp molded onto the figure. However, the curved "MAGIC BOX INT." text is present alongside a "CE" marking under it. It should be noted that these and the Kellogg's bombers (see below) are the only Gogo's with the CE (Conformitè Europëenne) mark on them.
- A Kelloggs stamp was used for Macro Boings figures. It is simply the Kellogg's company logo stamped onto the figure's back, similar to the Coca-Cola stamp for Hielocos. The Spain release of these figures have the same "CE" used on Power Bombers.
- Monster Crazy Bones have text that reads "MFG. FOR McD Corp. CHINA/CHINE MT 13" above the Magic Box stamp. This text can be found on most of McDonald's promotional Happy Meal figures.
- The Megatrip figures obtained through Carrefour and C-1000 promotions are the only versions of the characters to have the Magic Box stamp on their back instead of the PPI or Panini stamps.
- England 2010 and Supergol figures have the name of the soccer player they represent on the back. Supergol 2010 figures read ©supergol 2010. Later Supergol figures say ©PMI LTD on them instead.
- Superstar Gogo's do not have readable text on the stamp, as it is covered by their fur. Removing it reveals that the Magic Box Int. stamp is still there. Two letters can be found at the center of the stamp mold, but their meaning and purpose is unknown.
Figurines created by other companies that attempt to mimic and imitate Gogo's have been released on many occasions throught the brand's lifetime, usually as competitors. These figures often even have a stamp of their own on their backs, making them blend right in with official Crazy Bones.
- Matutolas use the Matutano (Frito Lay) logo as their stamp.
- Simpsons have CE stamp & Matt Groening's signature.
- Frikis have a stamp that reads "inc TM & ©NES TM" as well as a logo that reads "E-MAX" under it.
- JoJo's Bouncin Boneheads have an Imperial Stamp, and/or CHINA. There is also a stamp for Laor Toys, the original company behind Jojo's.
- Tim'Foot JoJo's also have an Imperial Stamp on them.
- KnuckleHeads have a Moose Toys stamp.
- The Barjo's figures have a stamp mold with a giant 'B' on it.
- Little Tokyo's have text that reads "LITTLE JAPS" with each figure's number under it. In later releases, the text is changed to "LITTLE TOKYO'S" stamp.
- Mega Millennium Bugs have a Hungry Jacks (the restaurant that gave away these figures in Kids Meals) stamp.
- Bulls-I Chibis simply have text on them that says "MADE IN CHINA."
- Dragon Hunter Dracco Heads feature no stamp. Instead, there is a small circle molded in the bottom left corner of the figure's back with its number inside.
- Toonz figures have the Toonz logo and number under the figure. While the figures retained the "TOONZ" text and number when first released in North America, they were removed shortly after, most likely due to the name change (Blinku).
- Jumpers figures have a stamp with curved "JUMPERS" text on it that looks nearly identical to the Panini stamp used in South America. There is also a second stamp that reads both "JUMPERS" and "NITSUS", the alternate name for the Jumpers brand.
- Abatons figures have a larger stamp with the name or logo of its tribe on it, as well as circled text that says PPI WORLDWIDE GROUP, similar to official Gogo's.
- The elusive Bimbo Tabas from Portugal have a stamp with a large "B" at the center. The B stands for Bimbo, the snack company that made these figures.
Crazy Bones almost always have numbers on the back, but they are organized in different ways.
- Standard numbering: This is commonly used in nearly all sets of Gogo's as well as similar products like Dracco Heads and Jojo's.
- A1 to A78 - Used for Buddies and Mutants. These two sets were combined in all releases outside of the USA.
- S1 to S60: Used only for Sports (Series 2) figures. The "S" stands for spots. Some variants of figures from this set use standard numbering instead.
- 1M to 8M: Used on the US exclusive Mega Mutants figures.
- F1 to F60: Numbering used on the 60 ghost Gogo's found in the New Generation and Ghosts series. The "F" stands for fantasma, the Spanish word for Ghost. Oddly enough, the Monster series figures released alongside Ghosts use the standard numbering system.
- R, L, C, P, S, N, M: Characters in the X-Gogo's series that are based on Dutch athletes. The letters stand for their first names (The exception being, Cheryl, who uses the letter "M". The "M" stands for Maas, her last name. The letter "C" is taken by Curren.) They are not officially numbered but are always listed at the end of the series.
- S (number) Used on Most Wanted stickers in the 1st edition of Series 1 released in Europe. The "S" is inside a red circle.
- Silver Star (number) Used on stickers for Wanted figures in Series 1.
- Gold Star (number) Used on stickers for Most Wanted figures in the 2nd edition of Series 1.
- (number) W or (number) MW: Abbreviation for "Wanted" and "Most Wanted".
- None: Dragon Ball Z and Toy Story figures do not have numbers printed on the back. Official numbers could only be found via checklists and albums.
Old Timeline for reference
- Crazy Bones are a new product.
Series 1 and 2 are released in Canada.
GoGo's is released in the US.
They are already a huge craze.
Bombers are released in Canada
- Series 3 in released in Canada, along with Rockers.
- Crazy Bones are launched in Mexico and Brazil as Hielocos.
- Matutano releases unofficial Matutolas.
- Things are released in the US.
Mega Bones are released, along with Sports and Ailens.
Unofficial JoJo's are released.
- The Original GoGo's series is discontinued.
- Buddies are released.
- Crazy Bones are now sold in Europe, with the first series being Buddies and Mutants combined.
- Mutants are released at Target during October along with New Mega Bones.
- Mega Bone Skinny Bombers are released in the UK and Germany.
- Monster Bones are given away with McDonalds Happy Meals.
- Dragonball Z Gogo's are released.
Sports Series 2 is released in Germany and Australia.
Shin Chan is released in Germany and Spain.
Unofficial Dragon Hunter Dracco Heads are released.
Medabots is released in Europe.
- The New Generation is released in Europe
- Ghost is released in Spain and Italy.
- Character Cases are released in the UK.
Mags are released.
Marvel Heroes is released.
New Generation is released in the US.
Crazy Bones are sold in Five Below stores.
- Crazy Bones return with a new urban art style look with a new series called GoGo's.
The Evolution series is released.
- Explorer series is released.
- Power series is released.
- Dracco's unofficial Toonz are released.
- 15 new "Wanted Gogo's are released in North America.
- Megatrip is released in Brazil.
Unofficial Frikis are released.
- Superstars are released.
- Foot is released in Isreal and Brazil.
- Gogo's are given away at C1000, Real, and Carrefour supermarkets.
- Unofficial Skyzos are released.
Magic Box takes a break from Gogo's and released Heroes.
1 Million Gogo's are given away at Walgreens stores.
A Trick Shot Competition is made.
Edge is released.
Fusion is released.
Olympics is released in Israel.
Unofficial Toonz X Ray are released.
Avengers Endgame Wikkeez is released.
2020Original Draccoheads are re-released.
This arbitrary scale may serve as a guideline when assigning degrees of rarity. It runs from 1, common, to 7, extremely rare, providing insight as to how readily availability may be to collectors.
1. Common – easy to find; average, widely available – 1 in 5 (or less) average chance of finding. The majority of figures in a set go under this category.
2. Infrequent – not as common – 1 in 25 (or less) average chance of finding. Figures such as Mosh and Powi fall under this category.
3. Uncommon – special – 1 in 100 (or less) chance of finding.
4. Unusual – very special – 1 in 500 (or less) chance of finding.
5. Scarce – hard to find – 1 in 1000 (or less) chance of finding.
6. Rare – atypical; only thousands in existence – 1 in 5000 (or less) chance of finding. An example would be the classic metallic gold and silver bones.
7. Extremely rare – extraordinary, exceptional; only hundreds in existence – 1 in more than 5000 chance of finding.
This is just a quick list of the rarest Gogos from 2007 onward.
Black/White Diamond tins, each containing 10 gogos, that come in 5 colours. (So a total of 100). Rarity: Uncommon in the U.S. Very Rare outside of the U.S
Danone Dino Collection, with 10 exclusive dino gogos, and 20 gogos from the Edge series with the danone logo printed somewhere on their body or face. Rarity: Rare (Spain) Ultra Rare (Other areas aka U.S, U.k, etc)
Miro-K (Red) Extremely Rare (Only 5000 available, only released in the U.S)
Miro-K (Yellow) Very Rare (Released for a few months in the U.S. in a Target value pack)
Mr. Peako Extremely Rare (Only in the U.S, Only given away in contests, less made there Miro-K Red).
J-Box and Q-Mack Extremely Rare (Only given away in schools, U.S Exclusive)
Laser Mosh Extremely Rare (Only released in the U.K in a Toy store for one day in a swap event, you could swap a gogo for him).
Golden Tau, Golden Ayu, and Golden Suti. Extremely Rare (Less then a thousand of each were given away).
Series 1 MOST WANTED (5 gogos, Fist, Angiru, Ichiro, Hiraku, and B-boy) Ultra Rare (Rare but not to rare do to not being U.S exclusives.)
Secret Rares Series 1 (Purple Fist, Red Angiru, Purple B-boy, Red Ichiro, and Orange Hiraku) Unknown (Theres is no proof that secret rare gogos are actually rare but these colors so up the least on eBay).
Series 4 (Power) MOST WANTED (10 Gogos, Welu, Horo, Gat, Tego, Frug, Hiid, Gi-Kao, Doda, Diro, and Rein) Ultra Rare (Rare but somewhat common compared to other rare gogos)
Series 5 (Superstars) MOST WANTED (4 different Gogos, each in 2 colours (8 total), Hiroki, Hirchan, Tai-Umu, and Hazard) Very Rare (Never released in the U.S)
North American Wanted, Series 1 (15 Gogos, Skull, Hazard, Codi, Mc-Toy, Cho, Tremi, Tube, Ufus, Egbot, Atori, Usuzi, Oh!, Awa-Shima, Tut, Kokubu) Rare (U.S) Ultra Rare (Outside of U.S) (They were U.S exclusives).
Daily Mirror Exclusives (2 gogos, each come in both green and blue (total 4) Uncommon (U.K) Rare (U.S) (To many were made for the Daily Mirror promotion, this is why laser mosh is so rare, Magic box didn't want to much stock again)
Panasonic Series (2 gogos, each in 3 different colours (total 6) Ultra Rare (Were never made in the U.S)
England 2010 Crest Rare (U.K) Very Rare (Outside U.K)
Maccabi Tel Aviv Crest (Normal and metallic Gold colours) Unknown
Maccabi Haifa Crest (Normal and Metallic gold colours) Unknown
Tel Aviv Hapoel Crest (Normal and Metallic gold colours) Unknown
Beitar Jerusalem Crest (normal and metallic gold colours) UnknownSonol 95 Gogo Unknown
If you are having trouble identifying a Gogo/Crazy Bone, then here is a list of places that may help you.
- Checklist - Here is a checklist for every classic, modern and unofficial character.
- Numbers - Here is a list of characters organized by number, if you know its number then there is a good chance you will find it here.
- Ask for help - If you still cannot find it then you can try posting a photo or describe it in this thread and a member of the site will assist you.