Mordles Are Back!

I have a saved search on Ebay. I have several, actually. One of them is for mordles, the little, unarticulated figures that came with the Rocks, Bugs, and Things toys from CBS. Apparently, real mordles are real rare and real valuable, because I hardly see them, and when I do, they are priced at $50 or more. Today, though, I got an email about the 2013 mordles. “Ruah?” I asked in my best Scooby-Doo voice. It turns out that Toyfinity has acquired the rights to Rocks, Bugs, and Things as well as to Robo Force and Manglors. I’m not exactly sure, but it looks to me like they are going to start producing replicas of the original toys. Here’s an example of their mordles, which look pretty spot on to me.rsz_solar_storm1
If you’re interested, you can check out the mordles and the glow-in-the-dark Manglor eggs here. And here’s hoping we get a complete Gravleguts figure soon!

Playing With Rocks??

I always thought rocks were the worst playthings ever. I’m not exactly sure why this is, but it could stem from the many times Dad threatened to get me rocks for Christmas. It also could come from The Great Pumpkin, in which Charlie Brown keeps getting rocks instead of treats.
You can imagine my surprise, then, when toy manufacturers started putting out rock toys in the middle 80s. The first rock toys I remember (though perhaps not the first chronologically) were the Go-Bots Rock Lords. Being as skeptical of rock toys as I was, I really couldn’t believe it when Tonka released the Rock Lords. I figured they had run out of real things to transform and were left with nothing else. I still think it is kind of a stupid idea. It seems like it wouldn’t be as hard to transform into a rock as it would be to transform into a plane or other vehicle. It also seems like it wouldn’t be a effective. I mean, how can a rock fight evil?

Next was Rokkon and Stonedar from the Masters of the Universe series. I thought these were direct rip-offs from the Rock Lords (again, I could be wrong, but that’s how I saw it as a kid). The same questions about the effectiveness of transforming into a rock were there, as well as a question of why MOTU characters were now transforming.

Then there were the Inhumanoids. Now some of the Inhumanoids were rather cool, but as far as I could tell, the Granites were just rocks and subject to all the problems of the Rock Lords and Rokkon & Stonedar.

So as you can tell, I was not thrilled with this trend in 80s toys. I do have to admit one thing, though. They are all better than the Pet Rock.