The Club Mordle Packet was the first thing sold by ToyFinity, which served many purposes: one, it allowed members an early release window which in turn resulted in figures going out earlier to members than the general public, and to bypass on-sale night sell-outs. (As of early October when I write this, none of the items sold out.) Two, it was an envelope full of goodies. And three, I think it existed primarily just to put a spring in ToyFinity Poobah John Kent's step. You can tell, he really dug this.
For most collectors, the Big Deal was a surprise Vision Mordle figure which wasn't even announced as being included. One random yellow plastic figure with green highlights was thrown in with each kit, as a limited run of them were made and rather than horde them all, Mr. Kent sent one out as a bonus with this kit, which in turn was shipped out with that month's orders of Sonesidar and Nebular editions (wave 3). As such, few or no collectors have a complete set of Vision Mordles at this time and few have come up for sale - think of it as a nice bonus test shot in your collection if you were fortunate enough to get one. And if you don't want yours, let me know, I'm interested. The yellow plastic is similar to the Standard Mordles, while the green paint is close to the Sonesidar release.
The Checklist Card was a neat wrap-up and sneak peek of the company's wares - both eggs and all six colors of Mordles were shown, as were silhouettes of the three new colors - Sect of Rand, Imbalance of Blood, and Underworld editions. The back also teased Robo-Force's Maxx Zero, which as of my writing this has yet to be shown to the public. (You in the future have seen it and probably have one by now.) The card itself is of a nice cardstock and has a fold down the center, for those of you who would do such a thing. Mine is staying in the envelope once this article is done.
I laughed out loud when I saw the Membership Card, which asks you to "Choose Your Allegiance" between Rocks, Bugs, and Things. I was delighted. The stock feels quite durable, not Credit Card-strong but certainly better than most club cards I've had the fortune of owning. It's cute, I like it.
A Sticker Sheet of full-color line art of the Standard Edition Mordles features all 10 of the critters. The tallest sticker is about 1 3/4-inches tall, while the sheet itself is 5 x 8 1/4-inches. There's a lot of white space. An extra, random sticker is stuck to the envelope containing the kit, and I assume many of you are like me and too anal to actually use these stickers unless you get a second sheet some how, which will probably never happen. The graphics are clean and look great, I assume we'll see these in more colors in the future.
My second favorite item was the Club Mordle Membership Certificate, featuring the green Commander Zogg granting you his approval as a member of the club. I'm totally going to frame this. It's just so utterly goofy and delightful, I can't not love it. It needs to go in your office, or your basement, or if you're me these are both the same thing and they don't let you out very often.
Was it worth the $10? Yes and no - the warm fuzzies, exclusive Mordle, and paper goods made me feel that I was sufficiently entertained and tickled by the presentation enough that I would jump on board again if we got a new batch of hopefully other equally fun flat items next time. The exclusive ordering window turned out to not be particularly valuable, but that's OK. I didn't miss any figures, nor was I in any danger of doing so - and let me tell you, there's no other toy line in the market today that offers that kind of guarantee to you. If you love Glyos or Power Lords, your window of opportunity may be mere minutes and luck plays a big part of it. John Kent loves his Mordles, and he wants you to love them too - as such, I really appreciate this item. And of course for full disclosure, I regularly corresponded with Mr. Kent for months prior to the release of the kit and these figures, and I freely admit his enthusiasm for the brand may be infectious.
Without the Mordle, I think the dollar value of the kit might not be quite worth it - but I will say if Onell Design offered a similar packet with an early window on Glyos so I could avoid sell-outs (or missing something if I was on a plane, for example) I'd sign up in a heartbeat. The Four Horsemen did a similar, far more expensive option for Power Lords (I signed up for the $60 level) and I doubt I'll feel as good about that as I do about the cheaper, more spartan Club Mordle. It delivered on what it needed to be, nicely, and without making me wait too long. Roughly two months and change for a mail-away kit in the 1980s was about normal, so I'd say this set was by and large a success from where I sit. (Plus I'm sure it helped subsidize future releases in the line, and I'm OK with that.)
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