Saturday, September 11, 2010

Gormiti



Name of Toy Line: Gormiti: The Invinsible Lords of Nature
Production Company: Grani & Partners/Gruppo Preziosi (Giochi Preziosi)
Distributor: GiG, Giochi Preziosi, Flair, Playmates + more
Characters and Elements: Grani & Partners/Gruppo Preziosi
Years of Production: 2005-2008
Countries/Regions Available: Italy, Europe, US
Size/Scale: 1.5" - 2"
Figure Trade Markings: China
Approximate # of Figures: Hundreds

Details: Gormiti started life in Italy back in 2005 as The Invincible Lords of Nature!



"The magnificent Island of Gorm was once inhabited by peaceful, nature-loving
people until Magmion, the lord of magma destroyed everything they knew. By
awakening the sleeping volcano Fire Mountain Magmion destroyed the entire island and all its inhabitants. Only the wise Old Sage survived and using his
extraordinary magical powers he gave life to new creatures to rebuild their
once-great island. From the natural elements the Old sage created the Gormiti
tribes. The four good tribes of Earth, Forest, Sea and Air whereas Magmion
created the bad tribes of Magma and Lava. Great conflict has broken out again as Magmion tricked the good tribes into fighting each other as well as their sworn enemies. Can the Old sage’s dream of peace be restored? Which heroes will
emerge in this titanic struggle? Who will survive and claim the Island of Gorm?"



Series 1 has 42 figures from 6 different regions; People of the Earth, Forest, Sea, Air, Volcano Magma, and Volcano Lava. Six of these figures (one from each set) are slightly bigger than the rest. Each figure comes with a game card that you'd expect to see with mini-figures.

Credit Gormiticlub.com for several of the below images.

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December 2005 saw the release of Serie 2: 35 new sculpts this time split in to 5 different regions, Magma & Lava being replaced simply with Volcano. Again one figure from each region is larger but now each region also has a play set exclusive figure.

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Barbataus | People of the Forest

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People of the Air

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Play set exclusives

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La Tana di Murena (with Tartantica)

Part of Serie 2 also included metallic repaints of all 42 of the original series - these repaints are known as Serie Mystica!

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The Gheos character was also available in a much larger, articulated version accompanied with a DVD.

After a long wait, in July 2006 something interesting appeared in Italian news stands... the first Gormiti Magazine! Not only was there a very cool magazine/comic and a diary with amazing illustrations but something exciting...a new figure! This was a repaint of Gheos from the first series, not any repaint though - it glowed in the dark! Was this going to be the next series? Glow in the dark first series sculpts?

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Another magazine came out in September this time accompanied by a translucent green Tasarau!

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Well we didn't have to wait long to find out where these pointers were leading us - still in September, Serie Atomic was released!

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Atomic used the same new sculpts from Serie 2, but each region had something new to offer.

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People of the Earth: Glow in the dark highlights

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People of the Forest: Semi-transparent parts

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People of the Sea: Change color in cold water 8°

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People of the Air: Transparent parts

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People of the Volcano: Change to color in lukewarm water

And here's a look at the color changing ones in both states:

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Hot & Cold!

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Atomic (left) and Original Tartantica

The 5 large figures were also available with 12cm versions of themselves with interchangeable magnetic parts!

In February 2007, Serie 3 was released - new characters and the introduction of Light and Shadow regions.

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Display box Artwork

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People of the Light

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People of the Shadows

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People of the Air

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People of the Sea

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People of the Earth

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People of the Volcano

January 2007 saw the release of Gormiti Mini Figures as premiums with potato chips:

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These 15 mini versions of Serie 2 figures were later released with other products; and there was even a set for Serie 3:

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In March 2007, another strange little set of small Serie 2 sculpts in the Atomic colors was released - Gormiti Minimagnetici:

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Tartantica People of the Water

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Sentinella People of the Forest

More Minimagnetici figures were to be released later, slightly larger than the originals and with vehicles!

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Next in the standard line came Mythos & Energheia.

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Mythos were repaints of Serie 3 sculpts and in a similar pattern to the Mystica and Atomic series, this time they had metallic paint, new bright colors and translucent plastic!

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People of the Water

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People of the Forest

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People of the Earth

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People of the Air

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People of the Volcano

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People of the Light

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People of the Shadows

Energheia were Series 1 characters, in the original color styles, but much chunkier versions:

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People of the Earth

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People of the Sea

It's at the Energheia series that much of the rest of Europe and the US picked up the line (at last!). To confuse matters Energheia is known as Series 1 in these countries!

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UK Packaging

The Italian Serie 2 playsets are re-used in Europe and the US, just packaged with different figures:

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Next for Italy was Final Evolution.

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As we've seen before in the Gormiti line, this series is set in to 2 parts. Re-sculpted Series 3 characters:

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Part of the Final Evolution story involves the creation of two new groups, People of the Sun and People of the Moon. You may also notice that the existing groups looks somewhat different....they've evolved!

People of the Air -------> People of the Fossils
People of the Earth -------> People of Diamond
People of the Forest -------> People of the Forest Infuocata
People of the Sea-------> People of Ice
People of the Volcano -------> People of Metal

The second part is repainted Energheia sculpts in the style similar to the previous Atomic series.

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People of the Forest

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People of the Volcano

It looks like the rest of Europe and the US will pick up the Italian Serie 2 as Series 2 (minus the Mystica set). Lets hope Final Evolution isn't the final installment for Italy!

This line has seen many many spin offs. Everything from underwear, to trainers, to scooters, to video games -- the list goes on! -- has been released with Gormiti branding. It's a truly successful line, showing that mini-figures can still hold their own in a modern market flooded with hi-tech toys.

(Update)

Final Evolution was not the final series for Gormiti! As the Gormiti range continued to grow, a cartoon was created - which has had three successful seasons - and luckily for us mini-figure collectors, each of the three seasons has a series of figures released with it. The figures have been a departure in style from former Gormiti figures, as being based on the cartoon they are more "cartoonish."



Let's have a brief (and we do mean brief) look at the Gormiti toy series that were released in conjunction with the cartoon, shall we?

The Lords of Nature Return



The first series was simply and aptly named: The Lords of Nature Return! Introduced were a number of new 2-inch tall figures.



Elemental Fusion

Nature has generated these new and extraordinary creatures... The fusion of the elements is complete...

On Myth Island, Mother Nature has manifested her explosive power. A fusion of all the elements has created an unstoppable magic... Water, air, earth, forest and fire have conferred upon the Lords of Gorm impenetrable armour. Thanks to these new protective coverings, your favourite warriors are now endowed with a strength like no other before!

Next came the Elemental Fusion release which introduced nine (9) different articulated figures that were 5 inches tall. Of course, true to its mini-figure roots, there were a number of new 2-inch sized sculpts as well. (You can read more information and see more pictures in the Elemental Fusion thread at the Little Rubber Guys forum.)


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Nick Lord of Earth | 5" Articulated Figure


Pignavex | 2" Figure


2" Figures and Accessories

This series also saw the release of a truly awesome forest play set!


Forest Playset | Closed


Forest Playset | Open

Supreme Eclipse

Finally, we were given another cartoon series, Eclissi Suprema (Italian).


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You can view images of all the figures in this series in the Supreme Eclipse thread at the Little Rubber Guys forum.

Neorganic

Info and pics coming soon.

Morphogenesis


Toy Line: Gormiti Morphogenesis

Sculpt Name: Poison

Color: Blue, White, and Grey

Collector's Note: This new Gormiti series really deserves an entire entry of its own; instead I will just make this a very picture-heavy Figure Foto and will then add this information - with larger versions of some pics - onto the end of the already created Gormiti entry. (As all the information on the following materials is in Italian, my knowledge about this line is limited. Nano Fatato, who is much more knowledgable about Gormiti, may want to chime in too.) For now, more pictures!



As you can see, the appendages of the figure - head, arms, legs, and wings - are removable. They are easily removed from their joints by simply pulling on them with a little force. They pop back in just as easily. Along with the appendage snap-in points, the arms are articulated at the elbows.

So far, they seem to retain a secure, snug fit. The figure itself is made of a nice, sturdy PVC and has a nice feel to it.


From what I've been able to gather, the idea is that parts from various figures can be switched and swapped. Thus the name of the line, Morphogenesis. It's a pretty neat idea. (If you like it, be sure to check out Onell's Glyos toy line.)

Along with the figure, the packaging included an instructional page for disassembling a figure, a bio card of the character - Poison, and a graphical checklist of all the figures in the line (I think).


Instructions



Card



Checklist

For those who like mini figures, but prefer some action figure-like qualities, this interesting Gormiti line might appeal.

Super special thanks to my mate, nano Fatato, for hooking me up with this great piece!


Luxion

Info and more pics coming soon! Until then, here are some pictures taken by nano Fatato, MinifiguresXD contributor and webmaster of RubberFever. And be sure to check out the Gormiti Luxion entry at RubberFever.

Gormiti Luxion

Toy Line: Gormiti Luxion

Sculpt Name: Cactus (Tribe of Forest)

Color: GITD Green, Green, Brown, Yellow

Collector's Note: New series of Gormiti, where 29 of 34 characters glows in the dark!

Gormiti Luxion

Toy Line: Gormiti Luxion

Sculpt Name: Cerbante (Chief of Evil Tribe)

Color: Orange, Yellow, Black and Grey

Gormiti Luxion

Toy Line: Gormiti Luxion

Sculpt Name: Saettante (Tribe of Wind)

Color: Yellow, Light Blue, Blue and Semi-translucent White

Special thanks to Aikola and Strontium Dog for help with this entry. Check back soon for additional information and images of the figures and packaging!

Related Web Sites:

Gormiti @ eBay Italy

Gormiti @ eBay America

Official Gormiti Site

Discuss Gormiti at the Little Rubber Guys forum

Rubber Fever

Several of the images in this entry are stock photos taken from sites on the internet. In most cases, noting the original creator of the image is impossible as the images are shared by many sites. If you are the creator of the image and would like credit, please contact us!

4 comments:

giochi said...

It’s hard to come by knowledgeable people for this subject, however, you seem like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

Anonymous said...

what happened to the MAIN gormitis like jessica or lucaus what happened to that group of gormitis because jessicas now a EAGLE!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

one of my gormiti figures has a hole in his foot with 2 pins in what does it do and what do I use to do it.

nanoFatato said...

Hi,
that hole contains a microchip and is supposed to plug into a stand called "Mystic Altar of Life" that has a little built-in speaker.
The chip contains codes for a small audio, basically a catchphrase for the figure, you can see it better here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGTKiI1zWj0

It's in Spanish but you'll get the idea :/

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