Kinder Egg Toys

Kinder Surprise, also known as Kinder Eggs, is a confection originally intended for children in the form of a chocolate egg containing a small toy, often requiring assembly.

Kinder Surprise originated in 1972 in Italy. The manufacturer is Ferrero. The toys are designed by both inside designers and external freelancers, for example the French artist André Roche based in Munich, and manufactured by many companies worldwide such as Produzioni Editoriali Aprile, a small company based in Turin, Italy, run and founded by two brothers, Ruggero and Valerio Aprile.

Kinder Surprise egg

Kinder Eggs containing toys are not suitable for children under the age of three due to the small parts which may be ingested or inhaled. They are sold all over the world excluding the United States, where the 1938 Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act prohibits embedding "non-nutritive items" in confections. Additionally, the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall on the eggs in 1997. Kinder Egg-like confections are available, but only in a form filled with small candies and/or stickers. There are some stores in the United States that sell genuine Kinder Eggs, often in conjunction with other imported British or other European sweets, although their importation is technically illegal due to the 1938 law and 1997 recall.

In Europe, their popularity has spread beyond their intended market, and they have become a minor cult phenomenon among discerning adults. There is even a thriving collector's market for the toys. This is especially true in Germany, where the manufacturer includes higher-quality toys than those available elsewhere (more details below). There are many types of toys available, but some of the most popular with collectors include the ever-changing series of small hand-painted figures (some have to be assembled), which are said to be in every seventh egg (ad slogan: "Jetzt in jedem siebten Ei"); cartoon characters (sometimes called "stick figures", which is a mistranslation of the German "Steckfiguren"); metal figures and jigsaw puzzles. Seasonal eggs are introduced around the holidays, such as the limited-edition creche collections (featuring such characters as the three kings, baby Jesus, and assorted barnyard animals) found around Christmas, and the huge ones found at Easter (extremely popular in Italy).

Are they expensive?

Kinder Egg toy collectibles are highly popular among collectors and some can be quite expensive and worth a lot of money. One example is the 'baby series' from the 1980s. A French seller sold his set of 18 figures for EUR 133. Want to see what 's expensive right now? Click on the right on 'Change selection' and select 'Highest price' to get an impression of what's being sold at the moment.

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Updated: 22 November 2020

Kinder Surprise value and price guide

What's your Kinder Surprise worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items.

Item Title Date Price
mega easter chocolate mix egg hunt kids party bunny Mega Easter Chocolate Mix Egg Hunt Kids Party Bunny 10/2021 £382.49
kinder surprise toys over 200 1980 s Kinder Surprise Toys Over 200 1980 S 08/2021 £343.57
bundle kinder egg toy collection 500 plus figures all Bundle Kinder Egg Toy Collection 500 Plus Figures All 10/2021 £100.00
4 pin s pin kinder bueno chocolate delice country 4 Pin S Pin Kinder Bueno Chocolate Delice Country 09/2021 £127.62
kinder joy 96 eggs 48 boys 48 girls surprise toys Kinder Joy 96 Eggs 48 Boys 48 Girls Surprise Toys 08/2021 £111.31
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Comments (4)
Willow - November 9, 2020
What is the most expensive kinder egg toy ever?
No idea, I can't find any info :-) I'll update this page as soon as I come across the most expensive Kinder Egg toy.
Judine - February 24, 2020
I have several sets from germany . Trying to get an idea of what they are worth
You can find some Fancy Fuxies here.
Jeff - February 17, 2020
I have a lot of kinder toys I would like to sell?
Hi Jeff, I guess eBay and Craigslist are great places to start. But I reckon there are also some Facebook groups dedicated to collecting Kinder Eggs. Good luck!
Sorin - December 27, 2019
Hi there!