Mattel brings back Manglors!

No, not really (sorry for getting your hopes up, Manglors fans!).

One of my favorite toys as a kid were Manglors. Made by Ideal in the 1980s, Manglors were rubbery figures, and the idea was you could tear off their limbs and then stick them back on. It didn’t really work out in practice–once you’d torn off the limbs and re-assembled them, they looked pretty sad and were never quite the same. It’s the sort of toy that lasted maybe a week.

Photo from Plaidstallions.com

Memories of those toys came to me today when I saw Mattel’s pics of Swamp Thing’s articulation, with noticeable tearing at the wrist.

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Of course, this is (presumably?) a prototype, so it’s hard to know whether this will be an issue with the production figure. Mattel’s track record has most fans assuming it will be, though.

On a side note, a lot of people are already comparing this to DC Super Heroes Clayface. I must admit to having never encountered any problems at all with my Clayface (knock on wood)–after plenty of display and posing, both of my figure’s arms are dark and there is no tearing. Perhaps I just got a really good one.

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  • This is sad.

    I want the Un-Men, but not Swamp Thing, not particularly.

  • Funny, I had the humnoid lookin' Manglor and used him as a Swamp Thing figure. But yeah, its very debatebale how well the limbs re-attatched.

  • Oh man, I'm not the only one who thought of the Manglor's when I saw this new Swamp Thing? (Who looks amazing by the way) I think this endoskeleton design is awesome, although this isn't the first time I've seen soft rubber used to hide joints on a figure, I remember there was a Violator figure from McFarlane toys back in the early 2000's that used a similar technique over the elbows and knees, a sculpted joint that blended into the aesthetic of the figure while hiding the hinges underneath.

  • If there are hinges in there, that presents a problem I've seen where you can't see which way you're bending this thin skeleton and it can break in there. I've seen it on the kid's Barbie knees and on the McFarlane Headless Horseman who rides a horse(aside from the eventual break, the knees were well done!)

    They did say it's a better rubber this time, so hopefully it's just an early sample issue. Maybe they really went to town bending that one like crazy to see what kind of punishment it can take.

    Also, I hear mixed reports about Manglors. Some people claim they worked, while my brother had the orange one and once we got his stupid head off it never really went back on convincingly. Smelled bad too.

  • This was my fear as soon as the SDCC figures were announced. I can't risk $30+ on an overpriced figure that's going to do this.

  • Yeah I saw this yesterday, makes this figure an inevitable disappointment in that way. I'll still get him, in hopes that strong sells might lead to a real Swamp Thing down the line.

    The skin also bulges up when articulated. He's got a "fat roll" in a few of the pictures. Pretty disappointing.

    I honestly don't know what the point of this was. It's a gimmick. Collectors inherently don't like gimmicks. It adds very little to the figure. It's an exclusive aimed at adults. Why the gimmicks?

    I mean, it's not like breaking up the sculpt with articulation is a problem for collectors. If it was, nobody would buy any DCUC. So I don't really get why they thought this was a good idea.

  • Well, what I wonder is why would you let these pics by the pics? The cracking was the 1st thing I noticed when I saw these on TNI site. I imagine the conversation went like this:

    Billy: which of the 3 swamp thing figures should we use for the exclusive pictures?

    Tim: well, can you the one for my office I used it to react two-girls-one-cup.

    Billy: while I did coke off mine all day yesterday, so mines out.

    Tim: well I saw one in the four horsemen’s trash we better go see if we can still get that one.

  • Poe needs a edit button (well not Poe I need the button)

    Well, what I wonder is why would you let these pics be the pics? The cracking was the 1st thing I noticed when I saw these on TNI site. I imagine the conversation went like this:

    Billy: which of the 3 swamp thing figures should we use for the exclusive pictures?

    Tim: well, can't use the one from my office I used it to react two-girls-one-cup.

    Billy: I did coke off mine all day yesterday, so mines out.

    Tim: well I saw one in the four horsemen’s trash we better go see if we can still get that one.

    Sorry hope that's better 🙁

  • I still don't think it is too bad and am glad that they are going this route for Swamp Thing. Swamp Thing would look odd with the extremely clear joints on a normal DCUC figure. I think this works best too on a collector figure as kids would be the ones most like to pose him in multitudes of ways while I will only move him around now and then (probably less than other figures since Swamp Thing doesn't have many figures to interact with in my DCUC collection).

  • Yea I've been posing my Clayface since I got him in the original Batman/Superman line and never have had any issues at all with him degrading or tearing.

  • I think the 30 bucks – or more like 40, with shipping – that I would have spent on this will now go towards a DC Direct Swamp Thing.