Tazos are round circular disks, which are found in packets of chips made by Frito-Lay and its subsidiaries around the world. The idea behind Tazos started out similar to Pogs, whereby each Tazo contained a score value, and a game was played to 'win' Tazos from other players.
Tazos have been released in several different formats, ranging from the original circular disks, to octagonal disks, and in later years, to resemble more of a collectible card. In addition to the Japanese Pog Battle game, some Tazo series feature small incisions around the outside, allowing players to fit them together and build things. The Star Wars series also included additional pieces which allowed players to construct notable space ships.
Tazos started out with a set of 100 tazos featuring the images Looney Tunes characters and 124 Tiny Toons tazos in 1994. Other sets from around the world include Chiquito de la Calzada (1994, set of 10 in Spain), Disney (1994, set of 91), Pocahontas (1994, set of 50), Los Caballeros del Zodiaco English: Saint Seiya (1994, set of 40), The Simpsons (1995, set of 100), Looney Tunes (1995, set of 100), Sailor Moon (1996, set of 100), Pokémon (1999, set of 51), Dinosaurio (2000, set of 51), Pokémon 2 (2000, set of 100), Pokémon 3 (2001), Cubi-Tazos featuring Scooby-Doo (TV, 2001, set of 24), Medabots (2002, set of 70 classic and 70 metalix), Dragonball Z GT (2003, set of 60 metalix), Yu-Gi-Oh! (2004), set of 101), Mucha Lucha (2005, set of 150), Mucha Lucha 2: La Revancha (2005, set of 180), Los Simpsons English: The Simpsons (TV, 2006–2007, set of 144), Bob Esponja English: SpongeBob SquarePants (TV, 2007, set of 163 plus 5 in Cheetos), Pokémon 4 Generación Avanzada (2008, set of 235), El Tigre: Las Aventuras De Manny Rivera (2008, set of 200), WWE (TV, 2009, set of 176), Bakugan Battle Brawlers (TV, June–August 2009 in packages of Cheetos in India, set of 26), Nickelodeon (TV, 2010, set of 195), Shrek: Para Siempre English: Shrek Forever (film, 2010 in packages of Cheetos in Peru), Bakugan Battle Brawlers (TV, 2010 in Cheetos Sorpresa in Peru with the slogan "Descubre el Poder de los Tazos" English: Discover the Power of Tazos, numbered set of 120), Star Wars, Australian Football League and National Rugby League and Beyblades. The most recent (2011) set feature Angry Birds characters and are found in packs of Sabritas products in Mexico. Some of the Tazos contain codes to unlock special branded levels of the Angry Birds Vuela Tazos game (although the competition has now ended and all levels are unlocked).
Tazos have been released around the world, in packets of chips including Cheese Tris, Cheetos, Cheetos Sorpresa, Chizitos, Doritos, Lay's Potato Chips, Sabritas, Piqueo Snax, Simba Chips, Smith's Potato Chips, Thins, Twisties, Uncle Chipps, and Walkers.
Countries that have had Tazo releases include:
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- New Zealand
- Puerto Rico
- Russian Federation
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- South Korea
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
- spakatak.com International Tazos Guide