Kenji “Rain” Shinto (2010 Corps!)
Storm Shadow is the leader of Ninja Force–excuse me, got confused there. Rain is the leader of Shinobi Squad, a specialized ninja assault team and sub-group of the Corps!
When Lanard’s Corps! line transitioned to the T-crotch in the 2000’s, I found most of the figures to be oddly proportioned and a little too busy with details. But over the past couple of years, some of the newer figures have really begun to appeal to me. They seem to have toned down the amount of straps, belt and pouches, and have also tightened up the sculpting, although the cartoonish proportions still remain.
Rain was originally released in a blue and grey color scheme that didn’t do much for me. This latest repaint however is a vast improvement, and while the paint apps are limited, the stark new color scheme has really brought some interest to what was a fairly boring figure. Of course, limited paint apps are a common complaint with a budget line like the Corps! and it’s a shame that some of the nice detailing on the torso armor isn’t highlighted with a bit of contrasting color.
I’m a sucker for figures that can store their weapons, and Rain impresses me to no end, because all three of his accessories can tuck away somewhere on his person. The sword has a built-in sheath in the figure’s back, the throwing blade plugs into the backpack socket, and the sidearm slips into an (inconveniently placed) leg holster.
Sure, the modern Corps! figures don’t fit in as well with Joes as their old O-ring brethren did, but the line has I think found its own sort of fun niche with some decent offerings, and you can’t beat the price either. $1.77 for a figure–unheard of!