Kinder Surprise, also known as a Kinder Egg or Kinder Joy or, in the original Italian, Kinder Sorpresa, is a candy manufactured by Italian company Ferrero. Originally intended for children, it is also popular with adult collectors and has the form of a chocolate egg containing a small toy, often requiring assembly.
“Kinder” is the German word for “children”.
Each Kinder Surprise egg consists of a chocolate shell, a plastic container, the contents of said container, and an external foil wrap.
The chocolate shell is shaped like a chicken’s egg. It is only about a millimeter thick, and consists of two layers: a milk chocolate layer on the outside, and a white chocolate layer on the inside. The shell is not a singular piece of material, but rather two identical halves split down a vertical line. These are lightly fused together just before the egg is wrapped, to prevent the halves from coming apart under the light pressures expected during transportation.
During the egg’s production, before the halves are fused together, the plastic capsule containing the toy is placed inside. This capsule is made from thin, flexible plastic, and is yolk-yellow. The capsule is made of two non-symmetrical, overlapping pieces.
The plastic capsule contains the toy itself (either in a single piece or in several pieces requiring assembly) and at least two pieces of paper. One paper lists the “choking hazard” warnings in multiple languages. The other paper shows assembly instructions for the toy and a picture of the assembled toy (if applicable), and/or an illustration of all toys belonging to the same line as the one contained within this particular capsule.
Over the years, Ferrero have also created a variety of no-assembly toys, whether more complex toys that can be used immediately or simple character statuettes made of a single, pre-painted piece of hard plastic.
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.
The hand-painted figurines are solid toys that generally do not require assembly. They are for younger children, however 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.
André Roche, born in 1952 in France, is an artist, an illustrator and an author of comics and children’s books.
In 1987, he created, for Ferrero, the characters “Happy Hippos”, which over the years came back as “The Fitness Hippos”, “The Happy Hippos’ Dream Cruise”, “The Happy Hippo’s Enterprise”, “The Happy Hippos Get Married”, “The Happy Hippos Hollywood Stars”, “The Hipperium”, “The Happy Hippo Talent Show”. The popularity of the “Happy Hippos” characters led Ferrero in 1993 to put new products on the market: the “Kinder Happy Hippo Snack” and the “Kinder Happy Hippo Cacao”.
A while ago I posted this little 3D-printed figurine of a hippo, that adapted the Design of André Roche. Even if it took me a few days to model the character and make it printable, I wasn’t quite satisfied with the result and decided to start again and create a whole series of Hippos.
After a lot of postponing, finally here it is in process!
Since every line includes 10 different figurines and has its own themed title, I decided to model the hippos in the likeness of the my family’s members.
I printed the sets, colorized and packed them, mixed the figurines and gave them away for christmas. Collecting and trading.