Toyark was given a chance to do an advanced review of the Toyfinity Toys‘ new Mordles toys. For those that don’t remember, the Mordles were the tiny creatures that were part of the Rocks & Bugs & Things toy line by Ideal in the 1980’s. The Mordles, quite simply, were food. Tiny, colorful, adorable (and apparently delicious) little creatures that have made an impression on collectors of tiny figures.
So what did we think of these new takes on a classic series? Read on to see our review as well as over 45 images.
What are Mordles?
As stated above, The Mordles are tiny beings, originally from the Rocks & Bugs & Things toy line. They originally came in a variety of bold colors and were packaged with the assorted creatures as the food for the Rocks & Bugs & Things. Now, Toyfinity Toys is bringing a new take on these figures. Here’s what they had to say a few weeks back in press release:
Rescued from obscurity with the assistance of the curator of ToyMemories.com, Toyfinity Toys – in conjunction with Onell Design, creators of the Glyos System (www.glyos.com) toyline – has recreated the full set of the ten vintage Mordles in all-new colors…and for the first time, with painted toenails. Mordles love to arrive in groupings called waves; the first wave consists of six editions, released two editions per month starting June 28th, 2013. The first two editions are:
Standard Edition Mordles (yellow) ten pack with special bonus item – $16.
Crawler Edition Mordles (blue) ten pack – $12
And with Today’s review and photos, we know that the special item coming with the Standard Edition Yellow Mordles is a Manglors Egg! The Manglors Egg can act as a container for your Mordles figures, but we hear that a more defined purpose will be outlined very soon!
So what do you get?
Mordles come in packs of 10. Each figure is a unique design in either yellow or blue, depending on the pack you choose. They’re packaged in plastic bags with a cardboard bag topper. Except for the Manglors Egg, these bags are not resealable. So once you open them, there’s no putting them back. And if you do open them, the Manglors Egg, as stated above, can act as a container for your figures. I was able to fit 20 Mordles inside a single Egg, so if you don’t have a ton of display space, you always have a spot to store the figures.
Who are these aimed at?
Mordles as well as their parent line, Rocks & Bugs & Things, have a pretty deep collectors base. Just look for the original Mordles on Ebay. These things don’t come cheap, with an individual Mordle easily going for $60. When they acquired the license, Toyfinity Toys clearly were striving for the authentic look of the originals. So fans looking to flesh out their Rocks & Bugs & Things collection, without killing their bank accounts, now have an official and affordable alternative. But, with Onell Designs (creators of Glyos) involed, I’m guessing these little guys are going to really appeal to fans of the Glyos System figures, like the Outer Space Men.
So what did I think?
Honestly, I only had a vague memory of the original Rocks & Bugs & Things. But I had a chance to get an early look at them in May, and was surprised at how much I liked them. Now that I got my hands on both sets of Mordles, I have to say, these guys are pretty awesome. Having looked up photos of the original toys, these guys would clearly fit right in. They’re made of a dense rubber, so they actually have a bit of weight to them. The sculpting is super clean and the paint applications are sharp without much, if any, bleed. They’re very small, each one standing around the 1″ mark, so displaying them is easy as they don’t have any tendency to topple over (which is important when army/troop building things like this).
Each of the figures has a unique design. When you get the 10-pack, you’re getting 10 different Mordles. That was a nice surprise and great for those looking to quickly build out fodder for their vintage Rocks & Bugs & Things, or looking for companion creatures to the various Glyos System figures. As you can see they look really good together.
They also can be displayed with the Manglors Egg. The Egg itself comes packaged separately. It is nearly pure white (under exposed the photos a bit so you can see the details) with detailed cracks and fossil sculpting. It pops open at the center and you Mordles can pile in.It might be good to find a stand of some sort to prop up the egg for display. for the shoot I used a bottle cap, which propped up the Egg with and without the Mordles inside.
How can I buy them?
The Mordles go on sale this Friday, June 28th, at the Toyfinity Toys Store. As stated above the cost is as follows:
Standard Edition Mordles (yellow) ten pack with bonus Manglors Egg – $16.
Crawler Edition Mordles (blue) ten pack – $12
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