“ Brand: Flair / Age: 4 Years+ „
Gormiti is a series of collectable action figures, trading cards and playsets aimed at young boys. The Gormiti are the "Invincible Lords of Nature" and hail from the island of Gorm. Made up of six tribes of elemental warriors - representing Air, Earth, Sea, Forest, Magma and Lava - the Gormiti wage war with each other. This battle is now in your child's hands!
Although they have been around in Germany for a few years now, the Gormiti have only just come over to our shores. The toys we have are 'Series 1', and are made up of a collection of warriors, plus a few playsets of various sizes that represent the warriors' homes. Similar in style to the Nineties' Monster In My Pocket series, only bigger and better, the Gormiti are two-inch high plastic monsters, painted to represent their elemental style. The "Air" creatures are blue, white and yellow, and most of them look like humanoid birds, while the "Magma" creatures are red, demonic beasts. Although they are not poseable, they have a professional look to them and appear to be well put together.
Each figure has a point value on the base of its foot. This represents their strength, and is vital if your son wishes to play the Gormiti game. Basically, each character has a corresponding trading card, which also has a strength value on it. If you have both figure and card to hand, you can add these values together to form your warrior's total strength. This is pitted against a friend's figure/card combo, with the highest number winning. A pretty basic game that doesn't really inspire me, but my son seems to enjoy it to a limited extent. Luckily, the Gormiti are fun to play with just like regular toys, and it seems they're better suited to that use.
The 4 Figure Pack we are looking at it is, shockingly, a pack of four figures. It appears to be a random mix of troops from the various armies, stored in typical cardboard-and-plastic action figure packaging. As a bonus, the relevant trading cards are also included. The pack that we bought included two Air figures, one Magma and one Lava. At least, it did eventually. You see, I have a little story to tell.
When you buy the 4 Figure Pack, only three of the figures are displayed. The fourth Gormiti is a "mystery" character and is concealed in a cardboard box at the base of the package, and his trading card is hidden by the packaging. In theory, anyway. When my five-year-old got his toy home, he excitedly opened the little cardboard box to find that there was no "mystery" toy. The card was there, but there was no fourth figure. I don't know... it's been a long time since I last bought toys, so I don't understand them that much. Maybe this is some sort of magical invisible Gormiti? Maybe it's a limited edition. Who knows.
I e-mailed Flair plc, the company behind Gormiti, and asked them what had happened to the final figure. The e-mail was sent in the evening, and I received a reply at 9:30 the following morning, so excellent customer service from Flair there. The lady I spoke to at the company had no idea why the toy was not included, but she offered to send out the figure in question, plus a figure of my son's choice, as a goodwill gesture. These figures arrived three working days after that e-mail. Very impressive. Well done, Flair. However, the missing figure concerns me, and I hope it doesn't happen too often!
For collectors of Gormiti or children new to the craze, this is probably the best way of getting your hands on a decent amount of figures and cards. Economically, it's the best option. Single figures can be bought from newsagents for £1.99 a pop, although these are concealed in packets so there is no way of telling which toy you are buying. Two figure sets can be purchased for £2.99, which balances out to £1.50 per toy. So, for the RRP of £4.99, this pack has the lowest cost per figure.
As mentioned, these packs are in most shops for £4.99. However, at the moment they can be bought from Amazon.co.uk for £2.88 a pack. In Toys 'R' Us, buying a £19.99 Gormiti playset will earn you a free pack of these figures. Finally, buying one of these packs from Argos for £4.99 will earn you a bonus DVD with a nine minute Gormiti cartoon on it. These are good quality toys, and obviously they're going to be expensive if you want the whole set, but clever shopping can get you a nice little army of Lords of Nature for a reasonable price.
4 Gormiti collectable character figurines with a unique power values printed under their feet numbered 1-9 with 4 trading battle cards detailing the description of the characters and their story. There is also a 1st series poster showing all the 6 tribes and the 42 characters available to collect. There are hundreds of combinations between action figures and battle cards. Game for two players: the player with the highest score between card and figurine wins!