Shipments of Pudgy Monsters have begun to leave Tatuaje headquarters. While the cigars are now leaving, many of the details surrounding the cigars remain publicly scarce.
Pudgy Monsters is a 10-count sampler based on the Tatuaje Monster Series, the popular Halloween-themed release that Pete Johnson introduced in 2008. The Monsters Series is not just named after popular monster characters like Dracula and Frankenstein, but it also features big, bold and oftentimes gritty-looking cigars. Johnson provided a different take on the series in 2012, when he introduced Little Monsters, petite versions of the first five releases in the Monster Series.
Pudgy Monsters was once referred to as “Fat Little Monsters,” which is arguably the easiest way to describe them. It takes the length of the Little Monster sizes and combines them with the ring gauge of the original Monster Series releases.
Five cigars follow this form exactly.
- Frank (5 5/8 x 49), based on The Frank (7 5/8 x 49) and Frank Jr. (5 5/8 x 44)
- Drac (5 x 52), based on The Drac (6 3/4 x 52) and Lil’ Drac (5 x 48)
- Face (4 3/8 x 56), based on The Face (6 3/8 x 56) and Baby Face (4 3/8 x 50)
- Wolf (5 1/2 x 52), based on The Wolfman (7 1/2 x 52) and Wolfie (5 1/2 x 48)
- Mummy (5 3/4 x 47), based The Mummy (7 3/4 x 47) and Mini Mum (5 3/4 x 42)
The JV-13 was released last year and as such was not part of Little Monsters. It will be 5 1/2 x 52, based on The JV-13 (7 1/2 x 52). Each of these six cigars will be represented once in each of the 10-count boxes.
Two completely new cigars will be included in Pudgy Monsters, Chuck and Tiff—based on the characters of Chucky and Tiffany from Don Mancini’s Child’s Play films, specifically Bride of Chucky. Both cigars are 4 x 50 and each box of Pudgy Monsters will include two Chuckys and two Tiffs. Johnson declined to comment as to the blend details behind the cigars.
The suggested retail price for each 10-count box is $95. There will be 20,000 boxes produced with shipments expected to last well into summer.
Unlike with Little Monsters, where Johnson previewed The Mummy blend in June 2012 before its October release, there is no preview for this year’s Monster Series release. Chucky and Bride of Chucky were once thought of as a possible Monster Series release, but that changed last year. Johnson has not officially announced this year’s Monster Series release.