Stikeez reach ‘fever’ pitch

2015-09-03 06:00
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Addin Eshete and Hayden Moonsamy give the thumbs up for Pick n Pay’s Stikeez.

PHOTO: candyce krishna Addin Eshete and Hayden Moonsamy give the thumbs up for Pick n Pay’s Stikeez.

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IT’S official - the South Coast has gone mad over “Stikeez” and it’s not only children.

Adults are also collecting and swopping these toys over social media.

If you’ve never heard of, or seen these miniature toys, they’re part of Pick n Pay’s new promotion, which enables customers to receive a Stikeez for every R150 they spend.

Social media has erupted with Stikeez hunters and teachers are sharing stories of having to break up fights on the playground over them.

Adults have also been on the prowl on Facebook and have even engaged in online fights over who claimed the Stikeez on offer first.

There’s now a Facebook group called ‘Hibiscus Coast Stikeez Swap’

There are four categories - monster­, farm, jungle and ocean - with a total of 24 to collect.

Once you have all 24, you receive a collector’s bag. The hype over the tiny, rubbery toys takes one back to the days of Pokemon and Tazos.

On Tuesday, a single post on the popular Hibiscus Coast Seconds gained over 60 comments.

A local posted that she would like to swop a few of her Stikeez, which she had duplicates of.

Others latched on to the same post also wanting to swop toys, and they were all adults prepared to travel distances to get their desired Stikeez.

While some are having great fun, it’s fast becoming a nightmare for some mothers who constantly find the “things” scattered all around the house.

Margate’s counselling psychologist Dr Bernadine James says humans are natural collectors, which is how we are programmed.

“Collecting is part of our needs as humans and it can arise from the need to belong,” said Dr James.

She said it can be a positive thing as it can be a way of reducing anxiety and connecting with others.

She said the negative aspect of it is when the collectors become extremely competitive and agressive towards others

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