Mork from Ork's spaceship was shaped like one; Batman once described them as nature's perfect container; and Japanese TV hero Monkey sprang forth from a stone one. That's right, we're talking about eggs.
Why? Well for some strange reason eggs and cult figures go together like bacon and...er, eggs. Maybe that's why we were instantly drawn to the Neo-Kaiju series of mini-figures, as each quirky little monster comes in its own translucent egg capsule.
Despite sounding like a Matrix-influenced jazz-fusion band, the Neo-Kaiju Project is actually a series of Japanese-style mini-monster figures, created by top US contemporary artists and designers. And as sure as eggs are eggs, these weird and wonderful art toys are already creating a monster buzz in the ever-expanding world of collectable mini-figures.
The first Neo-Kaiju series features ten original designs by top-banana creatives Gary Baseman, Tim Biskup, Seonna Hong, Kathy Staico Schorr and Todd Schorr. Each artist has designed two figures, one referencing a classic Japanese monster (Kaiju) and another of their own choosing.
Just like Qees, Neo-Kaiju figures are blind packed so you don't know which one you're going to get (and neither do we). But that's what makes collecting these bizarre, beautifully detailed PVC figures such fun. Who knows, you could open your egg and discover Steam Punk, the winged weirdo by Todd Schorr; or you might get Birduzasu, the feathered freak by Tim Biskup.
Just like other limited edition art toys which are being traded on the net, Neo-Kaiju will be available in restricted quantities, so there's never been a better time to start collecting. Excited? You should be totally egg-static!