Mordles Review by Doc Thomas
Mordles are great. Make no bones about it. These little guys rock.
Others have already conclusively covered Mordles and their origin as part of Ideal Toys’s 1980s toyline Rocks & Bugs & Things, so I wont go into that here (I highly recommend Dinosaur Dracula’s terrific rundown). As far as I know Rocks & Bugs & Things never made it to my native Australia, so I never had the chance to sample the delights therein. Because of the recent popularity of the series and the subsequent insane rarity, I suspect Bloodstone will forever be on my Wants list, but John Kent of ToyFinity has done collectors worldwide a favor and brought back the amazing Mordles, making them easily available in packs in a variety of different colors (often with bonus figures)!
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This isn’t the most thrilling story ever, but I find it interesting so I’m following up on it.
Phil Reed of Battlegrip.com puts forth the theory that if Chewbacca is in an upcoming wave (as is rumored), Hasbro may have wanted to make sure there were Hans on the pegs when Chewie came out. It’s possible. I was ready to blame the retailers, but Phil doesn’t think they’re to blame:
I’ve personally met with buyers at the large retailers and my opinion is that these buyers are professionals and know their lines far better than many collectors seem to think. They also track sales history and keep a close eye on demand, so in my opinion the retailers may have commented on case mix, but I doubt any retailer said “Stick Han Solo in this case or no!”
I still think two Stormtroopers, or a Stormtrooper and Boba Fett, make more sense for both Hasbro and the retailer. Throw Han in the actual wave Chewie’s in.
Another possibility is that this was a last-minute decision due to yanking Anakin from the third series, and there wasn’t time to produce more Stormtroopers so they threw in Han because he was already in production at the time. That doesn’t quite work, though, because that suggests they probably could have swapped in Boba Fett instead of Han.
So…I really have no idea why this happened.
Happy Thanksgiving, all!
I’m heading out to celebrate with my family, but before I leave I thought I’d mention this little news tidbit. As I mentioned yesterday, Game of Thrones has been rumored as one of the licenses in Funko’s upcoming 6″, realistically-style “Legacy” action figure line. But I hadn’t found any hints of official confirmation…until now. And it is a hint, but given that it comes from the president of Funko, it seems pretty promising.
From the Funko Fanatic forums:
Can we get some hints as to what’s going to be happening with the Legacy line? I mean, those two major licenses can’t just wait until February! Build the anticipation now!
Look, Winter is Coming…so maybe more hints then!
It seems pretty safe for GoT fans to get excited. Personally, I’d recommend waiting to see the figures. Funko has a lot of fun products out there, but no track record on realistically-sculpted articulated figures, whose collectors are notoriously hard to please. I’ve got my fingers crossed.
BBTS has Star Wars Black Series 3 up for preorder, and the case assortment appears to be: 1 Bespin Luke, 1 Prequel Kenobi, 1 Stormtrooper, and 1 ANH Han Solo.
Huh? As fond as I am of that Han, this doesn’t make sense. The first and obvious figure for that last slot is another Stormtrooper. After that, based on current sales, Boba Fett, or even another Sandtrooper.
And I’m guessing the reason BBTS upped the price of the individual Stormtrooper to $30 (and he still sold out in pre-order) was to cover the warehouse costs of all those Hans.
The only way this move makes any sense is if Hasbro’s thought process is the hoary adage that kids want heroes. But kids aren’t the real consumers of this line, and given that I’ve seen tons of Pilot Luke’s and R2s pegwarming but scarcely any Sandtroopers, it’s the wrong call.
UPDATE: Poester T16SkyHopp points out it’s possible – maybe even probable – that the big retailers dictated this case ratio, demanding another high-profile hero due to the aforementioned hoary adage. If so, that means the retailers are definitely not checking their own stock or paying any attention to what’s actually selling on their shelves.