With all the excitement over the Target exclusive "Pick your Pack" Crayola sets, it would seem Walmart wanted in on the Crayola exclusive band wagon again. But this time, it was a bit odd because while they contracted with Crayola to develop the new Meltdown set, the set wasn't actually exclusive to Walmart stores. Although that has been the only place collectors have found these. And in terms of finding them? Good luck! So far, they've been very difficult to get. I used my entire network to track a set down. While I found many of the Target set boxes at my local Target stores, none of my local Walmart stores had them. And as seems to be the norm lately, these weren't available online. That makes them quite a rarity given that they are on the market right now.
The point of the set is that they were supposed to be especially coordinated for melting effects. The crayons inside the boxes are once again just repackaging of the same colors found in other crayola assortments. There's nothing special about the wrapper or color names in any of these other than what colors are featured together in each of these 8-color boxes. They also use wrapper type 10 with the tri-lingual color names. Each of the 12 box set has colors selected based on the theme for the box with a little saying on the back.
Here are the boxes in the set:
1. Blue Fondue: Babbling Brook of Bubbling Blue! Contains: aquamarine, blue, blue green, cerulean, midnight blue, pacific blue, robin's egg blue, turquoise blue
2. Bubblin' Sun: Shimmering Shuine of Sizzling Slush! Contains: macaroni and cheese, neon carrot, red, red orange, scarlet, sunglow, unmellow yellow, vivid tangerine
3. Cloud Burst: Soupy Stream of Stormy Strata! Contains: deep space sparkle (which is part of the Metalic FX line and has their wrapper design), indigo, manatee, navy blue, outer space, silver, sky blue, wild blue yonder
4. Glamour Ooze: Gloppy Glimmer of Gushing Glam! Contains: All glitter crayons which are no longer named colors on the label. From the apparent color (what you see when you look at them) there is one from the green family, orange family, yellow family, red family, two from the purple family and blue family.
5. Lime Slime: Slow-Mo Slick of Slippery Slime! Contains: One unlabelled color from the green family of the Glitter set, electric lime, green yellow, inchworm, screamin' green, sheen green (from the Metallic FX set with their wrapper design), spring green, yellow green. It's interesting to note that plain old Green isn't in this green-themed set.
6. Magenta Melt: Perfect Palette of Pinkalicious Punch! Contains: cerise, fuchsia, jazzberry jam, pink sherbert, plum, purple pizzazz, razzmatazz, wisteria
7. Molten Metal: Silky Shades of Streaking Steel! Contains: These are all from the Crayola Metallic FX line and have that line's wrapper. alloy orange, b'dazzled blue, big dip o'ruby, bittersweet shimmer, cyber grape, illuminating emerald, metallic seaweed, metallic sunburst
8. Neon Soup: Fizzling Flow of Fluorescent Fun! Contains: atomic tangerene, carnation pink, laser lemon, melon, outrageous orange, shamrock, shocking pink, sky blue
9. Oozie Smoothie: Fabulous Fusion of Flowing Fruit! Contains: dandelion, goldenrod, orange, orchid, purple mountains' majesty, sunset orange, yellow, yellow orange
10. Runny Rainbow: Congealed Collection of Cool Colors! Contains: blue, green, indigo, orange, red, violet (purple), white, yellow. Couple of interesting notes here. White isn't really a color in the rainbow, white is more an absense of color. A couple of the core colors repeat from other themed boxes in this set.
11. Streamin' Green: Gelatinous Gobs of Goopy Green! Contains: granny smith apple, green, inchworm, jungle green, mountain meadow, pine green, tropical rain forest, yellow green
12. Sundae Slide: Drippy Dollop of Dairy Dessert! Contains: apricot, brick red, burnt orange, fuzzy wuzzy, mahogany, peach, tickle me pink, wild watermelon
All-in-all, this was a nice theme set for Crayola and crayon container collectors. 2012/2013 have been pretty dry in terms of new colors coming out from Crayola but the containers have been coming out a furious rate and many are very hard to obtain.