Editor’s Note: This article is the first in a new series titled “The Races of Mythoss”. These features will look at some of the individual races that make up our fantasy world, detailing the figures that have been released for that particular race to date and offering insights into this corner of Mythic Legions.
Ask Mythic Legions fans what their favorite race of figures from the line is and you will undoubtedly hear “the orcs” given as an answer by many of those fans. Consistently amongst our best selling figures in any wave where they appear, the orcs are also the most diverse race that we have released into the wave to date. From named characters to legion builders, the orcs are one of the most fearsome forces in all of Mythoss.
The First Orcs
When the Mythic Legions line was first made available for sale during our Kickstarter campaign in February of 2015, a pair of orc warriors were part of the lineup. Shown as “stretch goals” for the campaign, Urzokk and Urkku quickly shot to the top of many fans' "most wanted" lists.
Like most Kickstarter campaigns, Mythic Legions 1.0 started with a rush of pledges in the first few days, but that rush slowed before we hit our funding goal. We knew from past experience that the pledges normally ramp up again near the end of a campaign, but we did not want to wait that long. We wanted to hit our funding goal quickly so we could start opening up stretch goals for fans! Knowing that there was significant interest in the orcs, we worked with our factory to adjust tooling patterns so we were able to move the Urzokk figure into the initial offering of figures for this wave, opening him up for pledges immediately instead of as a stretch goal. This orc’s popularity gave us the push we need to cross that funding goal for Mythic Legions, and stretch goals began to quickly open up as our funding amount climbed higher and higher! The Urkku figure was quickly made available to fans and we even added a third orc to the mix – the Orc Legion Builder.
Responding to fans’ requests for a less expensive orc which they could buy in larger quantities to build out their armies, we created our first “deluxe” Legion Builder. This trio of orc warriors were some of the most popular figures in the Mythic Legions 1.0 wave, and they remain some of the most sought after characters today! The Urkku and Orc Legion Builder figures make wonderful army builder figures, while Urzokk is a key character in the storyline of Mythic Legions. He is a "high ranking advisor and strategist" for the evil Gorgo Aetherblade and an important member of the orc forces that make up the Legion of Arethyr.
Diversifying the Orc Armies
The second wave of Mythic Legions figures would also include an orc, and this character also happened to be our first Power-con debut figure – the orc weapons master, Unkann. With his orange and blue armor, this figure was clearly a nod to another well known character from a different fantasy line, but he also provided a nice contast to the other green-skinned orcs that had been released so far.
As we entered the Covenant of Shadows wave, we had already released 4 green-skinned orcs and knew we wanted to add some diversity into this warlike race. The Covenant wave included Gorthokk, the dark skinned cavern orc, or “Shadow Orc” as they are commonly known. According to the character’s bio, these orcs “are so brutal that other orcs fear their ferocity. These grotesque inbred creatures are born deep below the surface, cursed to live a life mining for metals and forging deadly weapons.”
The Gorthokk figure came with a pair of heads – the “helmeted” head that we had offered previously with most of the orcs, as well as the “unhelmeted head” which had only come with Urzokk at that point. These two heads allowed fans to add multiple Shadow Orc warriors to their collections, using the normal head as the named Gorthokk character while the helmeted head could be used to army build this terrifying sub-race of orcs.
We would later add even more diversity to the orcs with the “Fury Clan Orc” from the Soul Spiller wave. Like the Shadow Orc, this figure came with a pair of orc heads so fans could army build these red-skinned warriors. According their bio, the Fury Clan Orcs “are known as much for their intellect as they are for their savagery. These fiery red beasts are often recruited as assassins among the ranks of Arethyr’s armies. Unsettlingly precise in their methods, the ways of the Fury Clan’s warriors stand out in stark contrast to those of their green-skinned cousins. These discrepancies in style and method are so pronounced that they often lead to unwelcome infighting whenever the varied clans are stationed together.”
The Females of the Species
The Advent of Decay wave was our first big update to the Mythic Legions line, introducing new body types to our parts library. These body types included parts to make female figures, so we obviously wanted to add some female orcs into Mythoss! The “Orc Legion Builder 2” and “Queen Urkza” figures were both included as stretch goals in the Advent Kickstarter – and since that campaign hit its funding goal in under 24 hours, those female orcs were almost immediately available for fans to add to their pledges!
As the Advent of Decay campaign’s funding amount continued to climb, we started to release more and more stretch goals, including extra heads that were added to existing figures from the wave. One of these additions introduced yet another orc sub-race into the line, as we included a “half-orc” head with the female Barbarian Warrior figure.
Everyone Loves Green-Skinned Orcs
While the various orc sub-race figures have been popular sellers for us, it seems like everyone's favorite color for orcs remains the original green version. As such, we’ve offered this skin color a few other times during the line’s history. These included the “Orc Legion Builder 3” figure, which is often called the “Coliseum Orc” since he came from the Coliseum wave, as well as the Vorthogg figure from the upcoming Arethyr wave. This later figure includes our first new male orc head sculpt since the initial 1.0 wave of the line, as well as bare hands and feet and some of the brand new armor pieces that were first introduced in the Arethyr wave.
Orcs in Disguise
While the aforementioned figures listed in this article are all of the “official” orc figures in Mythic Legions, there are a few other releases to be aware of if you like the orcs – namely the Cowaross and Purrrplor figures from the Soul Spiller and Wasteland waves respectively (these also made their debut at Power-con in 2018 and 2019).
Both of these “Jaguallian” warriors were offered with secondary orc heads. Cowaross came with a helmeted orc head with a brighter green skin color than the normal green-skinned orcs have, while Purrrplor came with an unhelmeted orc head in a new purple skin color! Additionally, each of these figures included the large “neck” attachment initially found on the Asterionn minotaur figure, allowing you to create orcs with big, bulky shoulders if you want to add even more variety to the look of your orcish warriors!
Orc Family Portrait
The photo below shows some of the orc warriors available in the Mythic Legions line to date, including the various sub-races we have made available for sale. As the Realm of Mythoss continues to grow and we explore new areas of this fantasy world, expect even more orcs to invade you toy collections!
Here's some additional information on the orc race and how they have appeared in the Mythic Legions line.
- Every orc released so far (up to and including the All Stars 3 wave), have all been members of the same faction - the Legion of Arethyr. There is apparently some discord in this affiliation, however. If you read the bios for Queen Urkza and Vorthohgg, you will see mentions of a growing unhappiness within the orcish ranks!
- Orc figures have appeared in 8 of our 13 waves to date, but they have never appeared in any of our 3 "All Stars" waves.
- To date we have revealed 4 different sub-species of orc, starting with the traditional green-skinned variety, but also including Shadow Orcs, Fury Clan Orcs, and Half-Orcs. You can also add whatever the purple-skinned variety is that can be made from the Purrrplor figure into that mix to add a 5th distinct sub-species of this diverse race.
Published on 05.01.20