Millennium (1999) was announced to come to
the United States theaters, I instantly did a search
for it online to find out more information. What I
found out was that there was a new kaiju in the movie,
but that isn't what grabbed my attention. What did
grab my attention? The fact Japan was filled with countless
figures of all of my favorite kaiju! I wanted some!
Saving up some money, I managed to get my first ever
Bandai Japanese figures. I wanted the latest foe and
the latest Godzilla, so naturally, I got the releases
of Orga and Godzilla 2000, each at around $12. Orga
didn't disappoint in the least.
The massive alien stands at a nice size of six inches,
allowing it to be placed nicely with most of Bandai's
other figures. The kaiju's appearance matches Orga
nearly flawlessly. In fact, the creature retains
everything his movie counterpart has right down to
its yellow eye color. The monster also features moveable
arms, legs, and tail, allowing the beast to be put
in different poses, but the best pose is easily the
basic, fist-walking (or in the figure's case, finger-walking)
Sadly, there is one major qualm to be taken up with
this toy and that is the back of the alien beast.
In particular, the upper portion of the toy is quite
clearly created from a different mold compared with
the rest of the body. This creates a small problem
as it's quite obvious where the two pieces are attached,
creating a slight eyesore, while the paint job is
also inconsistent, which draws further attention
to this. Furthermore, the process used by Bandai
for applying the two pieces also appears to have
been haphazard at best. While the one pictured has
been assembled decently, there were others released
during this run where the back is noticeably akilter
with the lower half of the body, causing the design
to not line up very well in the least. Thankfully,
this problem is not noticeable when one views the
figure directly from the back, but is very appareant
when looking at it from the side.
Overall, though, it's a typical Bandai figure that's
a good representation of the movie monster. Orga
can also easily blend in well with any Godzilla toy
collection thanks to it sharing the more common height
dimension of these vinyls.
Like all figures released by Bandai, a tag was attached
to the toy. The tag features a shot of Orga on the
front side and a picture of one of the posters used
for the film on the other. Like all of Bandai's kaiju
tags from this era, it also gives the figure's number.
Orga's is G-17, meaning he is the seventeenth kaiju
placed in this figure line. This particular run of
toys was started a year earlier as well in 1998.
It was christened as the Godzilla
named after the TV show of the same name that began
airing in 1997. It's worth noting, though, that Orga,
like all of the other characters numbered after G-12,
never appeared on the program itself.