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A Chinese Toy Company That Specializes In Making American Soldiers

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Toys coming out of China have long had a bad rap. There's often talk of lead paint, dangerous and sometimes exploding parts, but the overall argument against Chinese toys is that they're boring and low quality (not Western branded toys made in China). Despite all it had going against it, a small Chinese toy company has "made it", and for the past three years has been churning out some of the coolest toys available.

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The almost appropriately named Dam Toys company, based out of Hong Kong, makes toys you wouldn't expect from Chinese company; they specialize in 1/6 scale action figures of the US Army. That's right, a Chinese company making US Army-themed toys.

Many of the figures produced by Dam Toys are based on different soldiers, everything from regular infantry to marines, but they also make their own line of gangster figures, which are relatively new to their catalog. These gangster figures look almost as if they've stepped out of a Rockstar game.

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Perhaps the most awesome thing about these toys is that they're so detailed. For instance, the 12-inch US navy seal corpsman has a medical supply set in its backpack, which opens up. In the medical supply set, there are miniature bandages and tools—the scissors actually work!

While they're currently focusing their toy lines on the US military, Dam Toys says they're looking into expanding their gangster line, as well as designing a Chinese military figure.


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Why so surprised? Dam Toys is based in Hong Kong, a former British Colony with a different mentality than mainland China. Hong Kong is a international city where the east meets west. Kids in Hong Kong back in the days grew up with He-man and Doraemon. And Hong Kong was known for making many toys for ages ago with "Made in Hong Kong" before it became "Made in China".

And about the lead paint, didn't Mattel apologized to China, since the choice of lead paint was not made by the Chinese but by the American company many years ago?