A rare number of “defective” Woolworths Ooshies have hit the market but you might have to break the bank to buy one.
Dubbed “Mutant” Ooshies, a number of Facebook users have shared their unusual-looking collectables including a Scar Ooshie with an extra scar and an Elastigirl with only one arm.
There is also an “overweight” Buzz Lightyear, an Elsa “with acne” and a Scarlet with a third eye.
While they might not look like your usual Ooshies, therein lies their apparent value with some collectors asking thousands for them in online auctions.
One eBay seller is promoting a “one of a kind ultra rare” white Elsa figurine listed for $2000.
“We have not seen another one in circulation,” the listing reads, however one Yahoo News Australia reader claimed the particular Ooshie was not all that uncommon.
Another person has a Simba figurine listed for $2,500.
The listing claims it’s “one of a kind” due to its “misprinted eyes”.
Meanwhile a Sully Ooshie with no hands has an asking price of $500.
The misfit characters could be even rarer in the days to come as Woolies earlier this week announced it was pulling the plug on the much loved promotion.
The supermarket anticipates stock will be gone by the weekend.
While availability of Ooshies will vary from store-to-store in each state and territory, customers will no longer be able to redeem theirs when they shop online, with the exception of Victoria.
Due to the surge of COVID cases in Victoria, Woolworths delayed the launch state-wide, meaning its allocation of Ooshies was separate from the rest of Australia.
“I want to reassure our Victorian customers these lower stock levels do not apply to them,” Woolworths’ Chief Marketing Officer Andrew Hicks said.
“We created a separate allotment from when we delayed the launch of the program due to Stage 4 lockdowns and they can continue collecting in the weeks ahead while supplies last.”
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