First Look: Mondo Games and Collectibles

First Look: Mondo Games and Collectibles

One of the things I missed about not being able to attend conventions last year is the opportunity to learn about new products as well as new-to-me companies. Sure, I subscribe to a lot of newsletters, see things on social media and read or watch videos so I learn about a lot. But there’s nothing quite like walking through a convention like Gen Con and discovering it all for yourself. Like this year, we found a couple companies that specialize in geeky tea and tea merchandise! Then there are cases where we’re familiar with a company, but unaware of the extent of their offerings. Such was the case with Mondo. We had no idea the amount of pop culture merchandise they have in their various product lines! They offer games, puzzles, vinyl (yes, those round things for music!), movie posters and other collectibles. Soooo many collectibles! So let’s go into a little more detail as we take a first look at Mondo.

Mondo Games

Mondo is a one-stop shop for cinematic games, movie posters, puzzles, collectibles and more! - SahmReviews.com

It’s no secret that our specialty is games so that seems like the perfect place to start. Mondo has a handful of games in their lineup and they’re all very different. A Gentle Rain is more of a solitaire puzzle or cooperative game than anything else. It’s serene and relaxing. The object of the game is to assemble a grid where four squares have connected flowers. You draw one tile at a time then align it with flowers already in your tableau. If you cannot place it, the tile gets discarded, but if you are able to place it then you must.

Mondo is a one-stop shop for cinematic games, movie posters, puzzles, collectibles and more! - SahmReviews.com

If you create four complete flowers then you place one of the blossoms in the middle. It must be one of the four you’ve just completed. You’ll continue adding tiles until either all the tiles are gone or you’ve placed all eight blossoms. You tally your score based on how well you did. It’s mostly based on the luck of the draw and knowing what flowers aren’t next to each other on the tiles. Copies of A Gentle Rain are available on Amazon or direct from Mondo.

Mondo is a one-stop shop for cinematic games, movie posters, puzzles, collectibles and more! - SahmReviews.com

Mondo also has more strategic games such as Fate of Fantos: The Iridium Wars. It’s a tableau building game for 3-6 players with both competitive and cooperative aspects. Each player acts as individual Citadels, controlling resources, finding ways to protect themselves and facing the consequences of any damage they are causing.

Mondo is a one-stop shop for cinematic games, movie posters, puzzles, collectibles and more! - SahmReviews.com

There are opportunities for players to work together to resolve issues, but also options to simply go it alone. Players take multi-step turns that include things such as replenishing cards, harvesting, engaging in war, dealing with trials and hiring aid. There are ways to customize the difficulty and length of game, too. If this is more your style of game then order direct from the Mondo shop or ask about it at your local game store. Keep an eye on Amazon for it as well!

Mondo Puzzles

Mondo is a one-stop shop for cinematic games, movie posters, puzzles, collectibles and more! - SahmReviews.com

One thing I learned during this visit is that one of Mondo’s strengths is their connection to the movie industry. They produce a great deal of entertainment collectibles including. Their movie posters are so hot, they have a cult following of collectors gobbling them up within minutes of dropping on their website. In addition to movie posters, they sell a lot of vinyl. Their licensing deals in the entertainment industry has carved a path for them to release motion picture soundtracks in The Record Shop. While I love movie posters and appreciate the sound quality that comes from vinyl, my favorite surprise discovery was that they have puzzles!

Mondo is a one-stop shop for cinematic games, movie posters, puzzles, collectibles and more! - SahmReviews.com

We scored a Back to the Future 1000-piece puzzle while at Gen Con and I’m glad we did. Thanks to the pandemic, quarantine and supply chain issues, finding new puzzles can be challenging! While they have a lot of puzzles on their website, this isn’t one of them. If you fall in love with it, grab it from Amazon before it sells out. If you know someone who has a passion for puzzles and pop culture, point them to Amazon to see the variety of licensed puzzles from Mondo.

Mondo Tiki Mugs

Mondo is a one-stop shop for cinematic games, movie posters, puzzles, collectibles and more! - SahmReviews.com

By now you can probably understand why I said that licensing is their sweet spot. In addition to the puzzles, games, records and posters, they also have a huge assortment of toys and collectibles such as action figures, apparel, enamel pins and Tiki mugs. If you’re a pin trader, then you know how exciting it is to find unique enamel pins, especially licensed ones! I absolutely love pins and collect them at conventions, during trips to Disney and wherever I can find them. While I don’t recall seeing the enamel pins at Gen Con, we couldn’t resist getting a Thanos Tiki mug because, you know, we’re kind of Marvel geeks like that. As you can see from the picture, these mugs aren’t small. Scott and Kennedy were talking about using it as a vase and putting flowers in it to match the Infinity Stones.

There’s a lot going on at Mondo and I haven’t even scratched the surface of what’s available in their Mondo Shop. All I can say is that you might find some unique gift ideas (for yourself or someone else) on their website or under their Amazon listings. And to think… we learned all of this because we stopped to talk to them while at Gen Con.

What’s something unexpected you discovered while attending a convention?

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About Nicole

Founder and owner of SAHMReviews.com, Nicole has been involved in social media marketing since 2007. She has partnered with a number of major corporations who utilized her skills to improve their social media outreach and online presence. Nicole has worked as an ambassador for brands such as Netflix, U.S. Cellular and K'NEX, has been featured in McDonald's videos as well as Maria Bailey's book "Power Moms". Always a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) and mother of two beautiful teen daughters, if you can't find Nicole, she is probably somewhere playing board games.

24 comments on «First Look: Mondo Games and Collectibles»

  1. Mia Rose says:

    I like the Gremlins 1000 piece puzzle.

  2. Dale Steele Nicolov says:

    I love jigsaw puzzles.Your post offers lots of great suggestions. Thank for sharing.

  3. Kelly VanAuken says:

    I love the Tiki mugs.

  4. Penny Branson LeBaron says:

    I like the Tiki Mug and the Back to the Future puzzle

  5. Sue E says:

    I love the puzzles! The Back to the Future puzzle is awesome!

  6. Michael Shea says:

    TIKI TIME!

  7. Tony Platz says:

    I like their jigsaw puzzles .

  8. Donna L says:

    I like the Back to the Future puzzle!

  9. Kristin Troska says:

    Puzzles! That flower one looks neat!

  10. Donna says:

    The Back to the Future 1000-piece puzzle is my favorite. That would be so fun to put together with my daughter!

  11. Pavlos says:

    I like the puzzles, especially Back to the Future.

  12. John Dickson says:

    love this.

  13. Angela Newton says:

    Love the tiki mugs

  14. william gossage says:

    I like the back to the future puzzle

  15. diane sabatini says:

    The Back to the Future puzzle looks cool and that mug is super sweet.

  16. Kristi Arens says:

    The Tiki mugs are awesome!

  17. Thanay Binford says:

    puzzles

  18. Vladimir says:

    Fun!!!

  19. Anna G. says:

    Quality family bonding games

  20. James Hamilton says:

    Gentle Rain looks nice to play.

  21. Pete Donegan says:

    Fate of Fantos: The Iridium Wars looks like it’s the most in my ball park. I love semi cooperative games

  22. Liz Kilcher says:

    i like the back to the future puzzle

  23. Darren Green says:

    I like tile laying game. Gentle Rain seems like a nice game/puzzle.

  24. Jessica Peeling says:

    A Gentle Rain looks awesome!

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