I often lament that I don’t spend more time and money on the vintage portion of my collection. It tends to be a fallback for when current releases are slow, but with a list of pre-orders longer than my arm I’m having enough trouble keeping up with new stuff. That having been said, a huge part of what makes me a toy collector today is still fueled by nostalgia so it’s fun for me to look back whenever I get a chance.
In 1985 Ideal invited unsuspecting children to “enter a world of unspeakable horror” with Rocks & Bugs & Things. R&B&T were toys that I never had as a kid, but one of my best friends did. He had a lot of oddball stuff that I loved playing with whenever I went over to his house. Bloodstone scared the shit out of me because he reminded me of that freaky claymation thing from Troma’s Basket Case. Seriously, I was terrified of that toy! But any toy line that had characters named Gravel Guts, Blooderfly and Wicked Cricket instantly won my undying love, even if they didn’t get any of my parents’ money. R&B&T also featured the creepy little Mordles, which were basically food for all the horrible critters. Anyway, fast forward to now and intrepid toy collector and all around jewel of the community, John Kent, secured the rights to some very cool, but mostly forgotten, toy licenses. R&B&T is one of those licenses and he has seen fit to once again unleash Mordles upon the world!
These brand new Mordles come in a pack of 10 and they are baggied with a printed, folded and stapled card. The artwork is cool and the back of the card has a little blurb about the origins of these extraterrestrial critters and a nod to the original toy line. While the packaging may seem simple, it harkens back to the kind of cool little collectible toys that I used to toss away my allowance on at the corner Rite Aid. I almost didn’t want to take them out of the bag, because they all look so adorably angry at being all jammed in there together. Nevertheless… let’s bust them out!
Looking like an unholy mash-up between angry gummi bears and marshmallow peeps, each of these ten little guys are unique and brimming with personality and attitude. I’m betting the group I have here could strip the flesh off a man’s arm in about sixty seconds. Seriously, they’re all looking at me like they hate me! They’re each molded in bright yellow plastic with blue paint apps for their eyes, teeth and toenails, but they are also available in a reverse color scheme. I half expected these to be super bendy and squishy, but they’re actually made out of very nice, high quality plastic. I thought I’d be able to choose a favorite, but each one has his own charms, and it’s just impossible to choose one over the others. These things are loads of fun and I’ve already used them as a plague of creatures sent by Skeletor, a gaggle of imps summoned by the evil wizard, Kelek, and extraterrestrial pests that have infested the TARDIS.
The yellow set also comes with a very cool bonus… a Manglor Egg! I may not have had any Rocks & Bugs & Things, but I sure as hell had me a Manglor and it was awesome. Truly a stroke of toy design genius, a Manglor was a rubbery figure that you could rip apart and stick back together. They were tons of fun to play with, but sadly, once you ripped that sucker apart, it was never going to be quite the same again. Why a Manglor Egg with a set of Mordles? I’m guessing it harkens back to Toyfinity’s philsophy that all toy lines are beholden in some way to their predecessors and that toys are the most fun when you mix them up with other toy lines. In this case, it certainly rings true, since the Manglor Egg makes a great storage vessel to contain my unruly Mordles and keep them from infesting all my other toys.
The regular pack with egg is $16 and the “Crawler” set is only $12 and you can buy both over at Toyfinity’s website. Nostalgia was the main drive to get me to purchase these, although I’ll confess I also felt obligated to buy a set because I really respect the initiative and what these little guys represent. It’s sad to think how many toy licenses that mean something special to us collectors are just wasting away and it’s pretty damn cool that someone is able to breathe new life into some of them again. I really dig these little guys and I’ll definitely be picking up a batch of the blue ones as well. But above all, these little guys make me excited to see what Toyfinity has in store for their up and coming Robo Force figures.