Genetically Engineered Dinosaur-Mushroom Hybrids Are The Cutest Collectibles Including C-Rex… A T-Rex Mash Up With A Woolly Chanterelle
Los Angeles, CA (June 23, 2020) – What do you get when you genetically cross a Velociraptor dinosaur with a Chicken of the Woods mushroom? Why even ask? Because kids everywhere have discovered Fungisaurs ($10). These imaginative collectible toys expect to be the next-big-thing with kids ages 4 and up.
The whole family will dive into the topics of nature, science and biodiversity once they interact with Fungisaurs. The irresistible combination of cute toys, games and animation will soon have youngsters naming a Mica Cap versus a Scaly Hedgehog. There’s also a travel element, as just like mushrooms, Fungisaurs’ spores disperse in the air, so the creatures quickly spread (in a good way) to all corners of the globe.
Like many collectibles, not knowing exactly which character is in the mystery box starts the fun. Fungisaurs toys have an added bonus –free entry into an AR mobile game! The dino-mushroom fun continues with eye-popping Fungisaurs enamel pins ($8) and stickers ($8) and more products in development. The entire edutaining line can be found at www.fungisaurs.com/store.
Collect them, swap them and get ready to create imaginative play time. All ages will be enchanted with the eight dino/mushroom mash ups:
Bracko is a combination of Brachiosaurus and Witch’s Hat
Chick-Rap is half Velociraptor and half Chicken of the Woods
Pterocap is an intriguing combination of Pteranodon and Death Cap
Scaly-Anky mixes an Ankylosaurus with some Scaly Hedgehog
C-Rex is a mash up of T-Rex and Woolly Chanterelle
Paradots combines Parasauralophus with Fly Agaric
Sailamander is a mash up of Dimetrodon and Turkey Tail
Trishroomops is a genetically mixed Triceratops and Mica Cap
Apple device owners can extend play and learning by downloading the free Fungisaurs AR App (not yet released for Androids). The Fungisaurs Instagram page has fun demo videos for how to 3D scan your toy to unlock the character in the app (example https://rb.gy/ceucun)
Or, you can interact on your browser at https://rb.gy/ceucun. Young explorers unlock new characters using the Toy Scan and collect up to eight Fungisaurs. With each Fungisaur found, kids become experts on dinosaur data and spotting native mushrooms! That’s STEM learning with an ingenious twist.
“Fungisaurs is a storytelling medium,” explain co-creators Aiman Akhtar and Faa Kinoshita, Team Fungisaurs, “and the main theme we want to tackle is the importance of bio-diversity in creating strong natural ecosystems. What would happen if a new and untested genetically engineered species got out into our world? We feel this is an important line of thinking to encourage in children’s entertainment today. We believe that Fungisaurs stories can really help promote science education, travel and inspire kids to spend more time outdoors appreciating nature.”
To date, Aiman and Faa “report” world sightings from bustling cities to remote national parks across North America, Europe, and Asia as the Fungisaurs spores travel on the world’s winds.
A Toy Story Is Born
As the story goes, Aiman and Faa were driving back from a camping trip to Yosemite National Park when they stopped at an In-N-Out Burger and were given some dinosaur stickers. The couple happened to have a mushroom identification guide out as well, and the sight of the mushrooms next to the dinosaurs led to a flash of inspiration. Aiman pulled out his sketchbook and began drawing a dinosaur-mushroom hybrid creature – what would become the first series of Fungisaurs.
Giving Back To the Community
Earlier this month, Fungisaurs donated 100% of proceeds from Fungisaurs toy purchases to Campaign Zero and The Conscious Kid in support of Black Lives Matter. Campaign Zero fights to end police violence. The Conscious Kid is an advocate for “parenting and education through a critical race lens.” Aiman and Faa are both People of Color (POC) and want to support these causes they care about.
Single Fungisaurs characters measure about 2” tall and are sold in a sealed Mystery Box ($10) with a total of eight Series One characters awaiting their new home. The handy 3-pack ($30) starts the collection in an instant. An impressive 12-pack ($100) features the 8 characters, plus four duplicates to share the fun — although what’s in the box remains a mystery until kids open them up on the kitchen table.
Fungisaurs Mystery Box Collectible Toy – Series One • $10 • Ages 4+
Fungisaurs Mystery Box Collectible Toy, series one. Each box is a mystery, even to us… Enjoy the surprise!
3-pack – Fungisaurs Mystery Box Collectible Toy – Series One • $30 • Ages 4+
The limited First Edition 3-pack allows the whole family to get in on an AR adventure (free iOS download on the App Store)
12-pack – Fungisaurs Mystery Box Collectible Toy – Series One
• $100 for the month of June (normally $120) • Ages 4+
Collect all 8 series-one Fungisaurs Mystery Box Collectible Toys with this 12-pack complete store display set.
Fungisaurs AR • FREE
Now available on the App Store, this App requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Kids create their own playground by unlocking new characters using the Toy Scan feature. Swipe along with the music in the Dance minigame or uncover the many character stats and descriptions of each Fungisaurs collectible.
Introducing Fungisaurs, original dinosaur-mushroom hybrid species. We hope to inspire adventure, science education and appreciation for nature through toys, games, and animation. A new dinosaur-mushroom hybrid species is popping up all over our world. No one knows where they came from or how many species are yet to be found, but we’re on the case! Follow us for the latest Fungisaurs news and sightings, never know where they’ll turn up next! Find out more at https://www.fungisaurs.com/