I’ve been hearing a lot about Acid Rain, the 4″ scale sci-fi military toy line created by Hong Kong based Kit Lau and a company called Oritoy. With Hasbro’s GI Joe toy line largely absent over the past year, many collectors have migrated to this intriguing new toy line, which draws from both modern and World War II aesthetics, along with a healthy dose of anime-like vehicles, weaponry and yes, even mechs. The overall look and feel of this universe– set in the midst of combat in a heavily polluted near-future– blends into one cohesive and intriguing style, which can be seen in each figure and vehicle release.
I admit I’m kind of late to the party with Acid Rain, but I decided to take the plunge with the 2014 exclusive set, a three pack of army building Agurts Infantry soldiers, cast in a medium green to give the appearance of being giant sized green army men. The concept is totally fun, and works well… while the fully painted Acid Rain figures add yet another dimension to these highly detailed figures, the solid green plastic allows the sculpts themselves to really shine through. And the color is perfectly in line with the classic little green army men, right down to the stands each figure includes, which their ankle can be plugged into.
I love the design of these figures, with their gas masks and futuristic helmets playing off their chunky, WWII style web gear. Each figure is completely uniform, with a shirt that bleeds into a tunic, forearm and shin armor, combat boots and a big machine gun. The various pieces of the uniforms are mostly accomplished by some soft rubber overlays, which cover up articulated joints while also allowing a nice range of movement from underneath.
Speaking of articulation, this is one area where the Acid Rain figures truly shine. Each figure features a wide range of moving parts, including a ball socket head, ab crunch, swivel waist, ball shoulders and hips, half-ball elbows and knees, swivel-hinge wrists and rocker ankles. Each joint provides a good range of motion, allowing each of your soldiers to be posed in a wildly different fashion. The soft rubber hands are great, in that they are malleable enough to hold the rifle in a very organic way, while being tight enough for the gun to stay in place snugly.
Once I opened up the package (a simple baggie with backer card, another nod to the army men inspiration of this exclusive), I have to admit I spent way more time than I had anticipated simply playing with these guys, posing them around and finding as many of those perfect action poses as I could think of. These toys not only feature a very cool aesthetic, but they’re incredibly well engineered and a total blast to play with.
After having such a positive experience with these Agurts Infantry figures, I highly doubt this will be my last encounter with the world of Acid Rain. I’m totally excited to check out more of the cool looking figures– as well as some of those badass vehicles– which Oritoy has available now. For more on Acid Rain (the concept and the toy line), you can visit the official Acid Rain blog HERE.