I’ve saved my favorite Ori figure for my last Ori-Toy review. But never fear! I’ll be back next week with a particularly special treat, an interview with the company founder and Ori-Fig designer, Mo Mou! Until then, take a look at my review of Liao Yuan Hou.
Liao Yuan Huo is one of the two main characters in the dramatic Chinese manhua (manga), The Ravages of Time. The series is a fictitious tale that weaves through the historical events of the Three Kingdoms period, often putting a unique spin on the people and events of the time. The character of Liao Yuan is the leader of a group known as the Handicapped Warriors. They are a collection of assassins who have various forms of physical disabilities, yet those same disabilities allow them to specialize in specific fighting and killing techniques.
The Ravages of Time is ongoing and is up to its 350th issue. So far, I’m only on the fifth, but one of the more interesting things about Liao’s character so far is the fact that he’s not actually handicapped. The eye patch he wears is a ruse, and if anything he’s actually got a bit of a super power. His hearing is so great that he was able to completely understand another character’s whisper from across a river.
The design for Liao Yuan’s Ori-Fig may not be as gleaming bright as XiaHou Yuan’s, but he does have the most colorful. The upper torso is an interesting grayish blue with red highlights that are the same color of his bandanna and pants. The robes that he wears around his waist are also highlighted in red and yellow, but were also given texture lines that make them look much more like fabric.
The robes themselves are two new pieces that connect underneath his waist joint. They’re made of the same soft plastic as previous character’s capes, beards, and bandannas. This allows Liao Yuan to retain his full range of motion, while adding one more design element that sets him apart from the other figures.
But his robes aren’t all that’s different. Liao was given a plethora of new pieces. Coolest of which are his four throwing daggers. The daggers are pretty small, but can easily be placed between a figure’s fingers. They can also be stored on the back of Liao’s new belt, which I think makes them much cooler.
Liao also comes with three more very unique accessories, two traditional Chinese steamed buns. I haven’t gotten to this yet in the comic book, but apparently Liao really loves his steamed buns. The bun accessories are different from each other in that one is sculpted complete, while the other has finger indentations so that he can hold it with his open hand.
Last, but definitely not least, Liao has the ring he wears as the Handicapped Warriors’ leader. The ring fits over the index finger of his left hand and has a fantastic caricature of a skull sculpted onto it. Continue to page 2…