Kinder Surprise, also known as a Kinder Egg or, in the original Italian, Kinder Sorpresa (Kinder is the German word for “children”, sorpresa is Italian for “surprise”), is a chocolate manufactured by Italian company Ferrero and invented by William Salice (1933–2016).Originally intended for children, it is also popular with adult collectors and has the form of a chocolate egg containing a small toy, usually requiring assembly.(With reference from Wikipedia)
Interesting Kinder Surprise Facts
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Kinder Surprise originated in 1974 in Italy as Kinder Sorpresa
There are more than 1.000.000 collectors all over the world with 800.000 of them located in Germany.
The greatest, registered , private collection of Kinder Surprises is more than 8.200 pieces big (this was registered in the ‘Guinness Book of Records’).
There is an estimated production of 1.2 billion (1.200.000.000) toys (Kinder Surprise Toys) a year and this is equal to a production of 40 eggs/second or a production of about 100 tons a day.
Every autumn the toys are changed, and over 150 new toys are released, including character sets.
Ferrero is a company with more than 15.000 employees and is active in more than 45 countries but Kinder Surprise eggs are not sold in the USA.
The toys are designed by both inside designers and external freelancers.
Limited Editions (With reference from Wikipedia)
In addition to the regular collectible toys, Kinder Surprise series generally contain special limited-edition sets. These sets tend to vary greatly between countries, with many variations in toys, but more especially paper instructions, which tend to be unique to the specific countries in which the sets are released. Some sets are released in many countries, while others are only issued in one or two.
Hand-painted figurines are solid toys that generally do not require assembly. They are for younger children, but older people have been known to keep and collect the Kinder Egg Surprise toys. They are very popular with collectors. They can be broadly divided into two types: animal themes and cartoon characters. The earliest sets were released only in Germany and Italy, but after about 1993, they were released in many different countries. There have been many sets of metal figurines, the majority of them being soldiers, issued since late 1970.