If you have some Mordles odds are you don't need to collect them all - but you might. The insanely bright Solar Storm (Hot Pink) Mini-Figures are so bright, there's probably something wrong with them. By selecting a color more in line with a Lisa Frank notebook, team ToyFinity brought out something unexpected and interesting, which is a nice change of pace. The line of Mordles will probably feature repaints for quite some time, so this is a nice place to start rather than going to, say, red or brown.
As usual, you get 10 of the little buggers with hand-painted blue highlights. It's a bright blue, and the figures' claws, eyes, and teeth/mouth are decorated. Each figure is hand-painted but the results are consistent and clean. I have about 41 Mordles now and none of them are in any way sloppy or questionable, which is nice to see from such a small run. They're only making a few hundred of each colorway from the look of things, so you really ought to grab a set.
Each of the 10 figures is a little different - there are no repeated sculpts from within the packet, but if you bought a previous wave you've got these sculpts. At this point it's more about collecting the weird color combinations John "The Crazy Doctor" Kent comes up with, and this one I'd suggest just grabbing because it's nutty. The figures stand out in a dark room. They also stand out in a light room. You really can't ignore them.
The sculpts are slightly modified from the 1985 originals, lacking copyright markings and being generally a hair smaller. (Shrinkage.) Some have frowns, or grimaces, or toothy grins. They look either ferocious or irate, and it's hard to tell which is which. The original toy line Rocks & Bugs & Things cast these guys as victims in a world where everything wanted to eat them like some sort of delicious meat treat, but here they're the stars and as of the second wave, the characters had little characterization or background. Are they evil Smurfs or basically some form of alien Marshmallow Peeps? With their tridactyl feet and pointy ears, they're certainly appealing.
It's increasingly difficult to explain to people why unarticulated, underdecorated figures are interesting. The whole Keshi/Rubber Figure craze never really caught on like I was hoping it would a year ago, but it's proving to be a viable format with releases from October Toys, ToyFinity, and others with appropriately lower expectations than Jakks Pacific had for the underrated S.L.U.G. Zombies line of minis. As a 1980s toy line, Rocks and Bugs and Things' Mordles has a built-in cool factor that just so happens to have a high secondary market price. ToyFinity basically drove a stake through the heart of vintage Mordle rarity, allowing new fans to buy dozens of the little guys for less than the cost of a single Vintage Mordles figure. They're sized just right to stand on most flat screen monitors and are, surprisingly, something that you can show people and then be shocked by how many will go "Hey, I used to have that as a kid!" For that reason alone, it's worth snagging a set of these.
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