Mordles: Seas of Uzalek and Geist Editions by Toyfinity

I’m a little pressed for time today, so I wanted to feature something very cool and simple and my two new batches of Mordles fit that bill just perfectly. If you’re a regular reader here you may remember Mordles, as I’ve covered previous editions of them HERE and HERE. For those of you who are just joining us, these little plastic critters hail from a fun but largely forgotten 80’s toyline called Rocks & Bugs & Things. The fine folks over at Toyfinity obtained the license and have brought these nasty little beasties back to life. In the original line, these creatures were nothing but nibbles for the larger toy creatures of R&B&T but I like to think that these new Mordles have evolved past that and have gone on the offensive. After years of oppression, they are finally having their day! As a kid, I used to peddle my bike down to the corner Woolworth’s with allowance burning a hole in my pocket and these are exactly the kind of simple but collectible toys that I would have blown that money on. Toyfinity has been releasing various different colored waves of Mordles and I’ve slowly been working on getting my hands on as many as I can. Let’s take a look at these new styles!

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The “Seas of Uzalek” Mordles are grey with black accents and this may be my favorite colored set so far. I like them because they look like stones and they could probably camouflage themselves among rocks pretty easily in order to leap out at their prey. The plastic is a really deep and satisfying shade of battleship grey and it looks outstanding with the glossy paint apps. It’s a sinister deco that really takes these little guys in a new direction. The ten Mordles in this pack are the same wonderful designs that Toyfinity has been turning out since the beginning. Why mess with perfection. I seriously think that at this point any new Mordle design that got dumped into these packs would get immediately devoured by the others. Each one is these fellas is brimming with personality and when assembled together they make up quite the Menagerie.

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And yes, my favorite is still this guy…

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He’s the Grumpy Cat of the Mordles Universe and I love him.

Of course, if there’s one thing the toys of the 80’s taught us all it’s the simple truism: “Glow-In-The-Dark plastic makes everything better.” It didn’t matter whether it was an action figure, an accessory or a Wacky Wall Walker. Any toy that glowed was way cooler than any one that didn’t. That’s the philosophy embraced by this next set of Mordles, “The Geist!”

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Cast in the true miracle of science that is GITD plastic and kissed with electric neon green paint apps, this new breed of Mordle horrors now peer at me through the blackness of the room while I’m trying to sleep. Through the din of the room I can make out the sickly green glow. Again, they’re the same molds as previous packs, but somehow these appear less angry and more sardonic and disaproving. Despite the fact that I placed them on the stand near my TV, they have somehow reassembled themselves on the shelf across the room and now conspire with the kindred spirit of Scareglow and plot my destruction.

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They huddle about the feet of Scareglow like he is their surrogate father. It would be interesting to see another pack of GITD Mordles with purple paint apps, as they would match Scareglow perfectly.

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And I’m still not done! I must have pleased the Mordle Gods because included in my shipment were these two strays: One cast in clear plastic with green apps (only on the eyes) and one in translucent blue with green apps. I have dubbed the former one “Hologram Mordle” and the latter one “Force Ghost Mordle.” If GITD plastic is science’s principal gift to the world of toys, than certainly translucent plastic would be the penultimate gift. Either way, this pair is awesome!

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If you fancy a set of Mordles head on over to Toyfinity and grab some, goddammit. These little guys are only $10 a pack and for a bit more you can get a Manglor egg to keep them in. And man, these things look great when displayed in multiple packs. I’m already eyeing my next two sets and I’m rather tempted to try my luck with a random pack as well. I’ve yet to bag me one of the elusive Giant Mordles, but I hope to remedy that in the future. Truth is they’ve been selling out too fast for me to get in on them! These little guys always put a smile on my face and the best thing about them is that they can comfortably infest almost any of my toy displays from Doctor Who to Star Trek to Masters of the Universe to AD&D. The Mordles are content to make themselves right at home wherever they damn well please.

Mordles: Commander Zogg and the Rampaging Storm by Toyfinity

It’s Pub Night, as some of my friends are taking me out for my birthday since I’ll be working all weekend. Boo! Anywho, before I go out to get blitzed, I’m just stopping in today to take a quick look at another batch of Mordles from John Kent and Toyfinity. If you’re out of the loop on these curious little fellars, you can get up to speed by checking out the last Mordles feature.

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The new batches of these horrible little creatures consist of the Solar Storm Edition (pink) and the Rampaging Edition (green), which we’re looking at today. Just like last time, they come bagged with an illustrated, stapled card on top. I expected it to be the same card, but no, not only is it colored green to match the Mordles within, but you get a very cool new narrative of Mordles history specific to the infamous Mordle Commander Zogg and his Rampaging Storm. What an awesome surprise!

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This batch consists of the same ten great molds as last time, cast in a new green and purple color palette. I can’t get over how much personality these little guys have. It’s hard to believe you can sculpt this much malevolence into such a little figure. I’m still quite fond of the yellow originals, but I couldn’t resist a set of these in green. I think the colors will mix well with the yellows and there’s just enough room in my Manglor egg to keep them all inside.

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Oh yeah, and last time I said I couldn’t decide on one as my favorite, but I have since decided it’s this one…

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Behold… The Grumpy Cat of the Mordle world.

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There was also a very cool bonus Mordle running around loose in the mailer. This one is orange with green accents. I sense something different about him and I think it wise to keep him quarantined from the rest of the brood. He just looks like trouble.

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This evil brood, along with the other editions, are available at Toyfinity for twelve bucks a batch plus shipping, and for that you really can’t go wrong. They also have a new glow-in-the-dark Manglor egg up for sale as well, which is a must for keeping your packs of unruly Mordles locked away thus preventing the rotten little buggers from killing you in your sleep. I know, I’ll be going back soon for the Crawler Edition and I’ll be needing a new Egg to store them.

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Kneel before Zogg!!! …C’mon, you had to know it was coming.

Mordles by Toyfinity!

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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.