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Mr. Orange

Reservoir Dogs
by yo go re

"This ain't no joke; I'm in there."

They were four perfect strangers assembled to pull off the perfect crime. Their simple robbery explodes into a violent ambush. Realizing in the aftermath that one of them is a rat, no one can be trusted.

Mr. Orange is the main character of Reservoir Dogs, even if it's not actually about him - after the introductory scene in the diner, the first thing we see is Mr. Orange bleeding to death in the backseat of a car. From that point, the film runs as long as it takes for Mr. Orange's life to slip slowly away; he's nearly gone when the film reaches its denoument.

Despite just being four guys in black suits, the detail given to each the figures is quite impressive - every part of every one of them is unique. Though it would have meant cheaper production costs, nothing was reused; they each even have their own style of shoes, and their jackets hang differently. Mr. Orange wears his jacket open, and his tie is blowing slightly to the side. He's got a very odd pose, with his entire weight resting on one heel, while his other legs sticks way out in front of him. Admittedy, it's kind of goofy-looking. And it's not helped by the fact that his arms are too short for his body, and his fingers are long and knobby.

Mr. Orange was a relative newcomer to this type of crime, but still knew how to hold his own. Purportedly Quentin Tarantino wanted the part of Mr. Orange to go to James Woods, but his agent turned the role down because the fee was below the actor's usual. Woods was entirely unaware of this until years later, when he finally met Tarantino; informed of what had happened, Woods began seeking new representation immediately. Ha! Take that, professionalism!

The figure stands about 7" tall, and features 20 points of articulation. The series is in scale with McFarlane Toys' Movie Maniacs, but the Dogs can move a lot more: Mr. Orange moves at the neck, shoulders, lower biceps, elbows, wrists, waist, hips, thighs, knees and shins. You can tell that this is a representation of Tim Roth, despite the fact that he isn't as realistic as McToys' offerings. Heck, it's easier to tell here than in the Planet of the Apes figures, though it's fun to put Thade's head and hands on Orange's suit. High fashion monkey!

Mr. Orange comes with a section of parking lot base, marked on the bottom with "O3" - buy all the Dogs, and you can put the bases together to duplicate the iconic slow walk from the opening credits. He has a second disc base to assist hard to balance poses, which is useful with his right leg kicked out in front of him like a Rockette. His removable sunglasses have a gold frame, and they're held in place by nothing more than the sculpt of his hair. Finally, there's a pair of alternate hands designed to hold the last two accessories: a black pistol and his identification.

These figures can be found for about $15, but I got mine for only $10. I do recommend this figure to fans of the movie, but be forewarned: once you've got one of the Dogs, you'll want to get the rest of the pack. Mr. Orange isn't the best of the bunch, thanks to his generally poorly proportioned body, but he's still an integral addition.

Mr. Blonde | Mr. Brown | Mr. White | Mr. Orange | Mr. Pink

-- 09/11/02

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