As if you hadn’t had enough of minis, Coles Little Shop returns with a ‘Back to School’ range.

There’s a rumour going around that Coles Little Shop minis will return just in time for the back to school rush, with around six to eight new minis set to be introduced. The original promotion was so successful, with Coles reporting a huge increase in sales, that we can’t say we’re surprised they’re bringing it back.

Insider Information

A forum user, who claims to work at Coles, has shared the news and hinted that the new range will be available before we know it. “After the success of the first run, they discussed bringing out a Xmas version and a Back To School Version,” they said. “We’ve seen the Xmas ones, so chances are we’ll have Back to School ones on the way too. The case will probably be a mini school bag, from what I’ve heard, and there will be about six to eight to collect.” While we think the idea of a miniature schoolbag sounds super cute, we’re not sure all parents will be thrilled at the idea of once again forking out $30 every time they shop at Coles in an attempt to collect all the pieces!

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A Bit Ironic

Despite the success of the Little Shop range, Coles have frequently come under fire for introducing the plastic minis just weeks after banning plastic bags from their stores. After launching the range back in July, a Coles spokesperson defended the decision in a statement to SBS News. “The idea behind Little Shop is that customers can keep and collect them rather than throw them out,” they said. Environmental groups have criticised the supermarket chain expressing their disappointment, saying it is a step back for Coles in their push to be more environmentally friendly. “These toys are so fad-based, they are prone to being thrown away en masse,” Planet Ark communications manager Josh Cole said. “You can almost see it come in waves – when the new set get released, the old one gets thrown out.”

What do you think of the Coles Little Shop minis range? Tell us in the comments!


  • they’re cute,my kids love them but the don’t know when they re out it is just a toy mummy picked up for them


  • Will there be enough cases for everyone this time?


  • Really enjoyed the first lot and thought the kids would also love the Christmas lot….they didn’t. Yep over with that fad.


  • Of course they are, it has been quite successful for them


  • I know a lot of people hate these but I absolutely love them and can not wait for each new line to come out. They bring my children such joy, and a lot of them (aside from the oak milks, which keep falling apart) will be passed down to their children one day and so on. I also enjoy playing with them (along with the kids) as it adds more depth to their games


  • I like the fact that my kids have no interest in them.


  • Possibly useful as additions to the play kitchen for a youngster.
    Will the youngsters hassle the parents to buy those brands when they are shopping for real products? I would be interested to know.


  • I liked the first lot but am not really interested in any more. I think the fun/fad is over now.


  • I’d love a new range and so would my kids. We keep all the spares to use at school in my Year 2 classroom so they get plenty of usage.


  • I like them but don’t go out of my way to collect them. If I reach the amount needed fine, otherwise it’s fine too.


  • Not interested don’t bring them back


  • I can’t say I really feel the need for these.


  • We haven’t thrown any out but I wasn’t impressed with the Christmas set.


  • I’m not overly thrilled about them, but my daughter likes to play with them.


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