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One of only two Alicorn's (mythical horse creatures sporting both wings and a single horn), Orudios is a Pegasus type Zoid created by the Helic Republic. First released in 1989 as part of the Zoid's Grade Up line, Orudios is prized amongst Zoid collectors due to it's rarity, indigenous design, chrome color scheme, and movement.
One of the largest flying Zoids ever created, the Orudios is also one of the quickest aerial designs ever to be seen on Planet Zi. Despite its high speed capabilities, it's highly agile for its size, and rather well armed. Orudios is equipped with a pair of powerful armor-busting electromagnetic beam cannons, and four missile pods. The Zoid's most noticeable (and noteable) weapon is the massive Thunder Blade mounted on its head. Designed to ram and impale opposing Zoids, the blade is capable of penetrating even the thickest of armors. Orudios also sports a plethora of equipment including two active radar systems, a high powered cooling system, high maneuverability thrusters, and the staple grade up port allowing the unit to further expand upon it's already deadly arsenal.
Born out of necessity, Orudios has a colorful history matched only by its appearance: The year: ZAC 2055, the Republic army is devastated by the Gil Vader driven Empire. With major cities and bases destroyed the Republic, suffering massive casualties, also began to face the lose of various major industries. It's not clear where or exactly when the design originated, but almost overnight there was a glimpse of hope for the Republic in the form of a new Zoid design.
As if by magic, a winged horse could be seen gliding through the smoky, war torn skies. With the grace of a falcon, the small fleet of red white and blue horses performed amazing aerial maneuvers stalking both dynamic and static Gil Vader units. Under the command of a Republic Colonel known as Kruger, the single horned, winged horse units known as "Orudios" would deliver new hope to the Republic. Overcoming the mighty Wyvern-type, one Orudios versus Gil Vader battle would become legendary.
This battle (Störmer vs. Kruger) could be considered one of the most pivotal points of the war. During the battle Colonel Kruger, piloting an Orudios, managed to lead the Gil Vader piloted by the Guylos Ace pilot Störmer away from the main battleground. With the Gil Vader isolated, Kruger executed the infamous Kamikaze move in which he plunged his Orudios's Thunder Blade deep into the cockpit of Störmer's Gil Vader successfully destroying both Zoids. Amazed and confused that their "unstoppable ace pilot" was defeated, the other Gil Vader pilot's retreated. During the confusion the Empire was tricked into believing that the Orudios was both more powerful and numerous than it truly was. It was during this "down time" that the Republic was able to fabricate more Orudios. The Orudios would become a standard Republic unit for the remainder of the war, giving the Republic both a capable and competent defense up until the infamous meteor disaster that successfully ended it all.
Designated as RPZ-18, the Orudios was produced in 1989 and released in small numbers throughout Japan, with very few examples found in Comic Book Shops here in the states. It was housed in the old school style Grade Up box, complete with push pin corner border graphics. The few Orudios that were seen on auction demanded quite a hefty price tag often reaching $500-$1,000 for a mint in box unit. The Orudios molds would lay dormant for a decade until Kenner released the Techno Zoids which included Evil Pegasus. An almost "dark" version of the Orudios, Evil Pegasus was created using same molds. The mold would again lay dormant for another 13 years before being resurrected in it's original color scheme and released as the Zoids Monthly Graphic EX 2 which included both the kit and a book which are already quickly becoming harder to find.
Most collectors either love or hate Orudios's classic color scheme. The red, white, and blue seem very patriotic to us Westerns symbolizing independence and victory. Taking a look into Japanese symbolism it seems that these are also very prominent cultural colors. Red is a traditional color for a heroic figure, blue can stand for life and purity, and finally white which I speculate may have been used to sacredness and purity. Digging a bit deeper I actually found that the color combination of red and white (known as "Kohaku") are used to symbolize happiness and celebration. Relating this to the battle story makes the colors of Orudios a bit more logical and understandable. Orudios could have been a very symbolic representation of a new hero that would save lives, bring forth happiness, and begin celebrations for the decimated people of the Republic.
The construction process is unique as far as a "standard Zoid build" goes, and is relatively complex as well. Building an Orudios or an Evil Pegasus is an experience that can be appreciated by any hobby model enthusiast. Orudios's movement is a sight to behold, and it's one of very few Zoids that have dual operating modes. The first mode allows the Zoid to walk forward in a very equestrian manner, while the second mode activates the additional features allowing the wings to flap and the head to raise and lower. While in secondary operating mode the grade up port spins allowing the Orudios to power one of two additional Grade Up weapons that are able to fit the unit without interfering with the wings. Orudios can mount either the GU-02 (Pulse Cannon) or (GU-03) Eye Flasher. In closing Orudios is an excellent addition to any collection, and is an integral part of Zoids history. The unit displays well with it's chrome accents, and certainly strikes up conversations when seen. If you have a chance to grab the re-issue don't be afraid to take it, I'm sure you will enjoy the results.
Orudios and Evil Pegasus
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