The Iron Shoes, which is a pretty cool short story about the creature. Most sources seem to call the creature a Redcap, but Matchbox apparently put a space between the red and the cap, so I'm using their version. Ready for a look at a spooky little Monster in My Pocket? Then let's check out the Red Cap after the break...
Height: 1 1/2 inches
Original Year of Release: 1990
Monster Number: #25
* The Red Cap is a diminutive little figure that's sort of like an evil faerie or a brownie. If you look closely, you can see his sharp teeth, which are a common part of his description. He's wearing a tunic-like outfit, a cap (assume it's red), and some simple shoes. Iron shoes or boots are another prominent part of the Red Cap stories, though it's tough to tell if these are iron or not. He's also wielding a small knife though some stories depict him with long, sharp fingers. The knife is certainly gruesome, though.
* The Red Cap has a small "10" on his back which was part of a game of sorts you could play with these. It basically revolved around the monsters each having a power level and a stronger monster beat a weaker monster. Kind of simple and pointless, I guess, but fun still the same.
I really like the Red Cap. He's actually one of my favorites as he has some cool little details and is just a weird looking little guy. He's pretty unique, too, in that he's based on a folklore character that isn't exactly popping up everywhere and in everything. I love how Matchbox explored a wide variety of monsters, creatures, and characters from around the world. The Red Cap is a Great little minifigure and another spooky figure from this incredibly cool minifigure line. I really wish Monster in My Pocket would reappear again someday, don't you?
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