Articulation in robot mode is surprisingly good for such a stout fellow. Like in tank mode, the dome and guns swivel. The shoulders are swivel/hinges. There’s a bicep swivel and then his elbows are hinges, and just below the elbow there is “wrist” swivel which moves the cannon barrels.
Quadeyes waist is another swivel joint. The hips are swivel/hinges, which gives him the ability to turn his legs so they don’t have to be parallel. He doesn’t really have a knee joint. Instead, the top and bottom armored pieces are attached to the treads with hinges. This allows the leg to move forward and backward without having to bend.
Almost every single joint on this figure is ratcheted, giving Quadeyes the ability to take and hold dynamic poses.
The Stronghold’s paint job is very similar to something you’d see from the 3A company. The figure has been molded and painted in green, tan, and gray. But it is also covered in gritty weathering effects that make it feel like it’s been trudging around in acid rain for years. This is exactly what you’d feel through that hole in the box too.
Stronghold’s cockpit is large enough to accommodate thin or bulky 1/18th scale figures. The area itself is very simple, but it consists of two details that I love. First are the two small screens on either side of the driver. While the screens don’t actually display anything, they do light up! What’s even better is that the battery was designed to fit into the engine, so it doesn’t break up the design of the vehicle itself.
The second detail is just pure fun: a pin-up poster of a scantily clad girl has been pasted to the cockpit’s main hatch. Neither the poster nor the working lights were necessary for this vehicle, but all the tiny details like this certainly give this toy a sense of realism and atmosphere that you don’t normally see on vehicles of this scale.
Last but not least, Stronghold comes with four mortar shell accessories. Each one fits snugly into the cannon barrels and there’s enough room to close the hatches over them. Again, this is another nice touch to the overall vehicle. I’d really like to see it expanded as the line becomes more successful. Effects part of muzzle flashes for the machine guns and blast effects for the cannon arms (which the shells could plug into) would only make this vehicle a better display piece.
Overall I’m extremely happy with the first release of this new line. The plastic quality of the vehicle is just as sturdy as anything Hasbro would make for GI Joe, so you can tell it was made to be played with. But there’s also that high level of paint detail and unique designs like the lights and poster that also make Stronghold a perfect display piece. Ori Toy has found a way to merge the best of both worlds for us adult collectors who still like to play and pose our toys.
Unfortunately Stronghold has already sold out on foreign sites like Amiami or HobbyLinkJapan. But for those of us in the West, BigBadToyStore will be carrying this item soon. I’m not exactly sure when it will go up for pre-order, but I’ll be sure to post about it when it does. The first run is going to be limited, so don’t be surprised if it’s a bit expensive. But Mo from Ori Toy has already confirmed they are planning more runs with different paint deco’s and designs (personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing the yellow construction colors). Mo has also confirmed that their first 1/18th scale soldiers for this line will be showing up near the end of the year.
If you’re interested in learning more about Ori Toy, check out our coverage of their past products and an interview with the Mo Mou, the company founder.
Lastly, check out the official Acid Rain blog for more info, stories, pictures, and glimpses at upcoming figures and vehicles.
Thanks again to Mo from Ori Toy for making this review possible!