Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Orguss Orgroid II

Here's a little something I picked up on e-Bay recently.


What you're seeing here is the culmination of at least 10 years of scouring the internet. It's rather sad really, that I spent so much time and energy on trying to find this one thing, but there it is. For those that don't know, this figure is based on a mecha from an anime called Super Dimension Century Orguss. I've never actually seen the show, but the story sounds rather, interesting. I had no idea who this guy was when my parents gave me the toy, and up until a few years ago, I still didn't have a clue. Of course, thanks to the internet, I was able to figure out who that green and brown robot was years after it had been tossed out.



Even though I could never think of the figure's name, I always remembered that blue and yellow box with the green robot on the corner. On the back are directions showing you how to transform the Orgroid into its different forms. My favorite was always the Gerwalk mode, because it reminded me of the mechs from Robotech. That was the only anime I had seen at the time, and I was fascinated by the jets that turned into robot suits. The Orguss Orgroid wasn't quite a Veritech fighter, but it was close enough for me. This was my favorite robot toy out of all the ones I used to own. That's why I was so disappointed when I realized how cheaply these things were made.




Takatoku made several different versions of the mechs from Super Dimension Century Orguss. Some were of much higher quality, with extensive use of diecast metal in their construction. They also produced a line of smaller 1/80 scale plastic figures like the one you see here. The problem with the 1/80 scale figures, is that most of the ones that made it to our shores were actually knockoffs. From what I understand, if the box has English on it, it's a knockoff. Guess what language is written on the box for this Orgroid..I also forgot how wonky the articulation is on these guys. It's pretty much impossible to get this thing into any pose other than standing with its arms at its sides. You can get the arms turned so they're out to the front, but then they're cocked at a weird angle. Basically, the articulation only exists on this figure to facilitate the transformation. Other than that, it's pretty much useless.


Changing the Orguss into different modes is a risky procedure. The areas most likely to break are those pegs for the shoulders. That's what broke on my original figure, and I came close a couple of times when I tried transforming this one. They're just  poorly designed, and are destined to snap eventually.It's odd, but I just feel like my original Orguss figure was a hell of a lot sturdier than this one.  Being a 30 year old toy made out of cheap, fragile plastic doesn't help either.


I had convinced myself that this was one of the best things I'd ever owned, and I think my initial inability to find any information on Orguss just added to the mystique. Unfortunately, I've started to realize that not everything I loved back then was actually good. I think I was starting to get into the trap of thinking that I needed to re-buy my favorite toys in order to enjoy them again.  Now I'm finding that some times it may be best to look back on some things and say, "Yep, I used to enjoy that", and move on. So, thanks for the lesson Orguss Orgroid, but most of all, thanks for the memories.

7 comments:

  1. They don't always hold up to our memories, do they?

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    1. No, unfortunately they don't. I just wish I would realize that before I spent money on things though.

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  2. I seem to remember a smaller version of this from years ago I could be wrong but I swear seeing one or had friend had it when we were younger.

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    1. There was one put out by Megahouse a few years ago. It was part of their Palm Action line. It was quite a bit smaller than this version, if I remember correctly.

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    2. Maybe am thinking of that one but i swore it was something i saw in my earlier youth but maybe am mixing up the Select Convertors Macross knock-offs with this.

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  3. There was a Select Convertor knock-off of this in the 80s! I just sent you a gmail Chris with pictures of it let me know if you get them or not.

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