REVIEW: Mutant Mania
Mutant Mania is a new series of mix and match wrestler toys from Australia-based Moose Toys. The figure is made up of four pieces – the head, torso, legs, and a band that connects them together. Each figure features a funny name and is available in a solid or translucent version.
The Mutant Mania characters can fall into one of seven categories: Astro Mutants, Brutal Beasts, Evil Zomboidz, Insect-A-Zoids, Mutant Men, Reptiles of Rage, or Robo Mutants. Each class of characters has a slightly different look. And the Reptiles of Rage actually glow in the dark. Also, individual figures are rated Common, Rare, Ultra Rare, Special Edition, or Limited Edition. In all, the packaging claims “Over 120 to Collect” and the ability to “Build Millions of Combos”.
We received a Mutant Mania 8-pack to check out for this review.
Manufacturer: Moose Toys
Dimensions: About 1.5” tall
Points of Articulation: 2 (neck and waist)
Designs: Over 120 designs
While I wasn’t able to take a photo of the exterior packaging – my kids got ahold of it before I did – the 8-pack comes carded in a plastic bubble. Inside, there’s a nice little Mutantade soda can that opens up and acts as a storage container. And the packaging includes a checklist of all of the available figures and their names.
Not only are small indie artists and designer toy companies reliving the 1980’s M.U.S.C.L.E. craze, but there are some larger toy companies getting in on the nostalgia. While Moose Toys’ Mutant Mania line doesn’t consist of those traditional solid, flesh-colored figures, it still builds on the premise that kids like to play wrestling with weird, unique characters.
Each figure is made up of four different parts: head, torso, legs, and a rubber band that holds them all together. The parts are all interchangeable, so you can swap out parts to create any number of new characters.
I like that they’ve divided characters into seven different categories. Each group has its own unique look. I’m sure folks will be drawn to one faction or the other.
And as far as playing, the Mutant Mania figures are much more playable than lines such as M.U.S.C.L.E. Being able to bend at the waist and neck, you get greater articulation. That means, if you’re actually playing with these toys, you’ll be able to smash them up without damaging them.
In addition to individual figures, Moose Toys has also released the Mutant Mania Mutant Masher, a truck that you can use to transport your wrestlers, and the Mutant Mania Rampage Arena, a Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robot styled wrestling ring.
You can currently purchase the Mutant Mania figures as singles, in a 4-pack, and in an 8-pack.
You can pick these up at the following:
Amazon.com : 8-pack - $7.77