Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Until recently I never paid much attention to Gormiti, a toy and cartoon series that originated in Italy and revolves around a variety of fierce-looking, nature-based characters (for example, battling creatures of the forest, air, sea, etc.). That's probably because I never realized the figures came in mini monochromatic versions different than the slightly larger, painted ones I had seen in photos. If you read this site regularly, you know I'm all about the mono minis and can sometimes glance over painted figures.
Not too long ago I won a whole bunch of these smaller "Gormiti Micros" as a prize in a contest over at LittleRubberGuys.com, and I'm so glad I did. It turns out they're much more interesting figures than I had ever noticed.
The Gormiti Micros were released around 2010 from Italian company Giochi Preziosi and marketed in the U.K. by Corinthian. I'm pretty sure they were never available outside of Europe (but someone please correct me if I'm wrong).
The set consists of 15 different sculpts that each come in painted, monochromatic gold, and mono chromatic silver versions. Two figures came packaged in a single box with jelly beans. The box actually refers to the silver and gold figures "really cool." I agree!
To the right you can see all 15 sculpts in painted and mono form, and below are scans of a Gormiti Micros box as well as a pamphlet that came inside showing all of the characters to collect.
The figures are around 1" tall and made of a firm, but not brittle, plastic. It's impressive how much detail the creators of these toys got into the figures, considering they're so small. All of the figures are feature a lot of fantastic texture, from the feathers in the wings of the Solitary Eagle to the crevices and bumps on the Lord of the Forest's wooden limbs and tendrils. The details pop especially well on the silver and gold mono versions, where you can see all the miniscule elements most clearly.
To give you a better idea of the size, here's a comparison shot of some Gormiti Micros alongside MUSCLE, Monster in My Pocket and Garbage Pail Kids Cheap Toys figures.
I was definitely glad to add these guys to my collection.
What about you? What do you think of them? Do you have any Gormiti in your collection?