One of the best things about four inch figures is the relatively easy ability to make vehicles and playsets. Sure, every once in a while we’ll get something amazing like NECA’s upcoming Power Loader, or even Castle Grayskull. But these are just crumbs compared to the plethora of universe expanding vehicles in lines like GI Joe or Star Wars. So as our 4” celebration comes to a close, I thought I’d help wrap up the week with a look at a line that was based on the vehicles first.
The post apocalyptic Acid Rain line is quickly becoming one of my favorite toy lines. There’s still not a lot on the shelves, but each new release is packed with so much detail that I can’t help but admire them for what they’ve accomplished in this scale. The tank-like Stronghold was my first experience with the line. It didn’t even come with a driver, but that didn’t deter from the amount of fun I had with it. In fact, it might have even helped. I used similarly scaled figures to take pictures with it, which allowed me to compare it with multiple lines.
But while I was waiting for the next release of products in April, the folks over at Ori Toy were nice enough to send along a sample to whet our appetites. Like Stronghold, the Speeder comes well packed in a nicely designed box. I don’t usually care about packaging, but so much thought has been put into these boxes that I find myself unable to just toss them in the trash. Not only do we have a nice art print on the front, but the box under the sleeve has been colored with a worn feel. The back also has one of those holes that let you feel the texture of the toy too.
One of the nice bonuses about the Speeder is that it comes with a driver. Since this is the first action figure to be introduced in the Acid Rain line, I’m definitely going to hit up his basics for this review. But I’ve got a two-pack of these guys ordered for the next drop, and I want to save some of the little details for that review too. But suffice to say, this little guy rocks!
This guy is just one of the many grunts in the AR war, so he doesn’t even have a name. But that doesn’t detract from the figure in any way. Standing just a smidge under four inches, this grunt has a pretty standard build that’s comparable to GI Joe or Star Wars but still has its own unique style. His head is a gas mask, while the body definitely has a military feel only with a bit more armor and padding throughout.
The paint job is like everything else in the AR world, dirty and worn. There are a few places on the body that have a gritty feel, but for the most part it’s just painted on flecks of grime and rust. This is probably for the best since his movements might wear down any raised gritty textures.
Speaking of articulation, this grunt here can definitely move well. His head is on a double ball joint, allowing him to lean forward or look up without any issues. He’s also got a single ball joint just under his chest and at the hips. His shoulders, elbows, wrists, and ankles are all swivel hinges. He’s got swivel cuts at the waist and hips, while his knees are double hinged.
Unfortunately the grunt doesn’t come with any weapons. He does have a helmet though, which fits over the gasmask nicely. You can even lower it over the eyes, making it look like he just has goggles on. The grunt also has a removable vest. I don’t really consider this an accessory, but it does lead me to think we’ll see future body armor designs being mixed and matched.
One thing I was particularly impressed with is the inclusion of a sheet of paper that had newspapers, letters, and envelopes that you could cut out for the figures. Little details like this are what make this line truly amazing. It’s something that doesn’t need to be included, but the fact that it’s there just adds to the appreciation. Continue to next page…