True Legends Orcs by Chap Mei Toys
I’ve recently started to rekindle a decade old love affair with Chap Mei. This makes the third piece of coverage the mysterious toy company has gotten out of me on Doom Kick and I hope it won’t be the last. I have discovered that Toys R Us is selling Chap Mei toys but without the company’s name anywhere on the packaging or the toys themselves. There’s several varieties to choose from but the one that really caught my eye was the True Legends series.
These Orcs come packed together for $10. That is an unbelievable value these days. They are scaled to work with 3.75 inch figures but are actually larger than most other toys in that scale. These are supposed to be big beastly creatures and their added size works to their advantage. The True Legends line includes other Orcs including some packed with two headed wolves which I would love to pick up next. Naturally there are also elves in the line and strangely there are Ninjas as well. I haven’t quite figured out where the Ninjas come in but I love the idea of Elves and Orcs at battle with one another.
The detail on these guys is amazing which is par for the course with Chap Mei. Their sculptors do an excellent job. The downfall with most Chap Mei offerings is paint. While they do a wonderful job in the areas where they apply paint it’s actually the lack of paint apps that hurts their products. They leave many areas unpainted which is reminiscent of the older TMNT figures from Playmates.
Articulation is usually the basic 5 points in a Chap Mei figure (swivels at the neck, shoulders, and hips). These guys are quite different though. Three of these four Orcs are missing the hip swivels and have an added waist swivel as a replacement. I like having the waist articulation but I really miss the hips even more. I’m not sure why they went this route, especially since one of these guys does have the hips but maybe that one Orc is an older sculpt. Chap Mei is known for reusing pieces amongst their lines when it seems to fit and seeing as how this isn’t their first fantasy line that may be the case. I do believe the two headed wolves and the griffons that are a part of True Legends are reused from older Chap Mei lines.
There are two big bruisers included in this four pack and they are my favorite of the Orcs. There’s a lot of detail packed into their armor and we get some really nice paint work on these guys. There is still plenty of missing paint apps but for what amounts to $2.50 each these are still an excellent value.
It’s great that Chap Mei really made these Orcs diverse. They look like they belong together but they are each quite different from one another as well. They are all different variations of green and have completely different looks to their armor and even their physical designs.
The use of different sizes and different armors really make these guys seem like a rag tag group of nasty Orcs who have come together to wage war on the puny Elves.
There’s several weapons included in the set and as far as I can tell no weapon belongs to one single Orc other than perhaps the hammer pictured with the hairy Orc in the package art. The variety of weapons is nice and though a few have a little paint to set them apart it really would have gone a long way if all of them were painted.
My favorite accessory in the pack is this lizard. How cool is that? I don’t know if it’s supposed to be considered a weapon or not. It seems to me more like something for these guys to snack on. It is totally unique that they threw something like this in and that’s one of the reasons why I love Chap Mei. They seem to really be using their imagination when making toys.
The biggest area on all of these figures where paint is lacking is the back. There’s lots of sculpted detail back here too but it doesn’t show as well without some paint. Some of these areas are continued from the front of the figure and are even painted on the front but ignored on the back. It’s not something I love but I will admit that I don’t plan to display these guys with their back showing so it’s not a deal breaker.
Finally we have this guy. He looks like a wiry psychotic Orc to me. He makes me think he would be played by Andy Serkis if there was a Chap Mei movie.
Even an Orc would have to be crazy to have a big lizard wrapped around his arm for armor! I love that detail. There’s also a big snake wrapped around his leg but unfortunately it’s unpainted so it’s harder to notice. There really needs to be some customizers getting their hands on these, painting them up real nice and selling them for $20 each!
If his wildlife isn’t enough to win you over maybe the mushrooms he is growing on his shoulder will do the job. I bet whoever designed this guy had tons of fun.
I gave him the rope with the large stones attached because he just seemed like the kind of Orc who would be jumping all over the place, swinging this sucker at any Elf (or Ninja!) who came near.
This guy also gets a pretty good looking axe which fits on his back. I always love when figures can carry weapons somewhere besides their hands and it’s a nice addition to this crazy little Orc. The axe itself has a painted blade which is something a few of the other weapons in this set need.
Although these are still supposed to be 3.75 inch scale figures their larger than normal size means they are compatible with many different toy lines.
They can fit in with many fantasy lines easily. I could even see someone incorporating them into Masters of the Universe as a group of goblins.
I can’t wait to get my hands on more of these True Legends toys that Chap Mei is making. Those two headed wolves that the Orcs can ride are just calling my name and I’ve seen a huge dragon that totally rules! I need more Chap Mei!