My Orcus & Me!

Today I got my Orcus, Prince of Undeath Gargantuan Figure. I was so excited to get the news that my FLGS had received it that I spent all day daydreaming about it. To the points where I remembered an old toy commercial from the late 80s for a doll for boys, My Buddy, and spent the whole day singing my version of it on my head. My Orcus!

You say you haven’t seen that commercial? Let me illustrate…

Just imagine me as an adult running around with a gargantuan sized (in D&D terms) figure and having all sorts of fun, ridding the tricycle, playing fireman. Well not exactly that, more likely thrashing Bloodstone Pass, but you get the idea.

Let me go back in time a little. I used to be a big buyer of the D&D Miniature Game expansions. Often getting a whole case, sometimes two, and greedily grabbing all the Icons large sized dragon figures they put out, including the Colossal Red Dragon I’ve used ONCE during actual game play (almost a TPK in case you are wondering!). So when I saw an Orcus miniature in GenCon 2007 I was ready to buy it!

Quick forward to 2010… Some time ago I realized I have more miniatures that I could possibly ever use and stopped buying the D&D miniatures. I gave up plastic crack (what a friend called the D&D and Star Wars minis) and also stopped playing D&D, switched to Pathfinder, and for over two years purchased no miniature at all. When Orcus was finally announced I told myself, “You’ll never have any use for that miniature and it will linger in the closet with the dragon clan and their Star Wars At-At buddy!”  I ignored it and put it away from my mind.

Then on impulse some weeks ago I called my FLGS and Comic Shop where I worked during college and asked the owner if she could get an Orcus miniature for me. She said she’d try and we left it at that. I knew there were arriving at stores and since I had been so late in asking for it I was trying not to get my hopes up. Imagine my surprise when a store employee (a friend and regular player of my weekly campaign) called me with the news it had arrived.

As soon as I left work I drove straight to the store and paid for it. It is an expensive figure, MSRP is $74.99 and with taxes and all that it ended costing a few dollars more. I was a little underwhelmed when I looked at the box. In all my excitement I had built up Orcus to be this gigantic figure that would forever change my gaming experience, but it’s just an expensive piece of plastics, a pretty, well sculpted and well painted piece of plastic, worth every penny I paid for it!

On this post you can find some (hopefully humorous) snapshots of me getting the figure, opening it and examining it. I found it to be a cool accessory; it comes with a detachable base of the appropriate D&D size, the box is nice and the display case serves as a nice place to store the figure. It also has a card with Orcus’ stats for D&D 4th edition. Since I no longer play the game I just glanced at it but really spent no time examining it.

When compared with the other figures in the D&D Icons lines, i.e. the dragons, Orcus is really bare bones. At least the dragons had maps and in one case other miniatures. So can I say I got the most bang for my buck? No… Still I like it. I had a Paladin who fought Orcus for a couple of rounds in an AD&D 2st edition game, and Orcus’ statistics are available in at least four systems. This is a multi platform accessory that I can enjoy in many games and systems. It can be used as a stand in for all sorts of gargantuan humanoids, so I will definitely place this miniature on the table more often.

Now my players know who the BBEG for the current campaign is going to be! Good luck, they’ll need it…

11 thoughts on “My Orcus & Me!”

  1. Consider me completely jealous!

    He's a wee bit smaller than I had anticipated, but it definately looks like a figure that I will have to acquire at some point.

  2. What a great post. I picked up the Orcus on Tuesday at my local game store. I only found out the Orcus even existed on Tuesday. Then my local game store put out a twitter that they had a couple come in. So right after work I ran down and picked one up.

    I agree with your review. I do feel a little cheated that all It came with was a mini and a card. The other Gargantuan figures I own at least came with a battlemat. This one didn't. For the price I wish they had put something else in.

    I am so jealous you have a Gargantuan Red Dragon. I so want one.

  3. Daneofwar, if you can, get one! It may look small in the box, but once you get to play with it you’ll be dying to unleash it upon your players.

    “What do you mean you are all 10 level, of course you can take on Orcus. This has nothing to do with me buying it last week. Roll for initiative!”

    Youseph, aren’t they adorable? With the skull mace and the hoofs! I feel like Rosemary in Rosemary’s Baby!

    The Gargantuan Dragon is cool, I only took it out and placed it on the table during actual game play once, but you should have seen the faces of the players. Utter panic. They were a high level party (18 to 22 level range) in a D&D 3.5 game and even then they trembled.

  4. That's a nice miniature! (not so mini, but you get the point)

    I wanna buy it here, but I think that the hobby stores in my city wouldn't import it, how bad :(

    But well, have a great time with your Orcus, its something you should use in at least a One Shot 4E LOL

  5. Any idea on the stats for the big guy posted? I still have him in the case in the original wizards case… he is wrapped up sitting on my sons dresser in a box taunting him ;-)

  6. Storm, I just looked the card over and put it away since I’m not playing D&D 4th edition. I’m not copying the whole card here (because I don’t think I’m supposed to) but just to give you an idea:

    Orcus is a 34th level Brute (Leader), all his defenses are above 40 and over 1,000 hit points, he’s got power over the undead (no surprise there!) and the wand! I really don’t know if these stats are a reprint of his other stats, I don’t have my 4th edition books hand to compare… Sorry for not being more informative.

  7. Amazing story! I didn\’t know MetroComics sold Orcus :D! I\’m a D&D collector my self! And also raised and living in PR. I thought I was the only one of my kind here D: I\’m a DM of a small crew who know nothing of D&D,(except for my self of course). Good to see that there are others here in zee small Island.

  8. Amazing story! I didn't know MetroComics sold Orcus :D! I'm a D&D collector my self! And also raised and living in PR. I thought I was the only one of my kind here D: I'm a DM of a small crew who know nothing of D&D,(except for my self of course). Good to see that there are others here in zee small Island.

  9. Greetings fellow island dweller! I don’t know how many Orcus they had at Metro. I sued to work there (1991-1995) so I had asked the owner to get one for me. Don’t feel alone there are a LOT of role players out there, young and a little less young (ahem!). We actually have a group in Facebook, Puerto Rico Role Players, here is the link:

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid

    We will also be participating in Kaisen, a local convention this next weekend!

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