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Just when we’d nearly forgotten about Steel Age, 3A Toys snaps us to attention with a tantalizing teaser for Steel Age Batman, the first in a new line of 1/6th-scale collectible figures.
Steel Age was announced in July 2014 as a collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment in which Ashley Wood envisions a new universe in which the villains have won: “The rebirth contingency plan is initiated – Steel Age. Robotic versions of the fallen heroes are forged. Constructed to wage war on crime. A new League to carry on their legacy of Justice.”
Despite the popularity of the Transformers toys and cartoons during my formative years, I’ve never been a fan of the franchise in its many forms. However, this amazing-looking Starscream collectible figure from 3A Toys could just force me to reconsider that position.
Based on the Decepticon’s appearance in the 2011 film Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the figure stands 16 inches tall and features more than 75 points of articulation (including articulated fingers), LED light-up eyes and an interchangeable missile-cluster arm. The Bambaland-exclusive version also comes with an interchangeable saw blade arm.
Ashley Wood’s 3A Toys has partnered with Frederator Studios to produce a series of action figures based on Bravest Warriors, the animated web series created by Adventure Time’s Pendleton Ward.
The 1/6th-scale collectibles are fully articulated with detailed fabric clothing. The line debuts with Chris Kirkman (11.9 inches tall) and Beth Tezuka (10.4 inches tall), which are available for preorder beginning Thursday for $100 each (including worldwide shipping).
Following a handful of teasers, 3A Toys has at last fully revealed its 1/6th-scale Ultron collectible figure, designed by Ashley Wood.
“I have to say, I’m super-proud of him,” Wood wrote in 3A’s latest newsletter. “I aggravated many making sure it was how I wanted it. I’m lucky to have very patient pros working to help me realize my vision.”
If you thought Ashley Wood’s 3A Toys was finished with its Invincible Iron Man series of figures, think again. The company is back with another take on this Golden Avenger, this time the all-white Ghost Edition.
Standing 13.5 inches tall, the figure is fully articulated, with soft PVC covering the arms and legs. Six AG1 button cell batteries power the LED light-up eyes, palms and arc reactor.
Robo-Hunter will follow Judge Death as the second 1/12th-scale collectible figure in 3A Toys’ new 2000AD line.
Based on the cigar-smoking, renegade robot-tracking bounty hunter introduced in 1978 by John Wagner and Ian Gibson, the Sam Slade figure is equipped with a blaster, his Robo-meter Cutie and his Cuban cigar bot Stogie.
Ahead of the beginning of preorders on Wednesday, 3A Toys has released additional details about its Judge Death 1/12th-scale figure, the first in the company’s 2000AD line.
Based on the twisted version of Judge Dredd created by John Wagner, Alan Grant and Brian Bolland, the fully posable figure stands 6.6 inches tall, and features a tailored mock-leather outfit.
Judge Death is available for preorder beginning Wednesday at Bambaland, where the $60 price includes international shipping.
Initially teased in June with the familiar phrase “The crime is life, the sentence is death,” the figure now has a price and a preorder date — $60, beginning Jan. 14 — along with the promise, “Death Isssss Coming!”
While we wait, however, the company provides a look at all colorways for the 1/6th-scale figure: Classic Edition, Ghost Edition and Stealth Edition. 3A’s Iron Man figures are kind of pricy, and I’m guessing these will be in the same range. Still, they’re pretty amazing-looking.
Earlier this month we mentioned that Ashley Wood’s company 3A planned to follow its 12-inch Invincible Iron Man figures with more Marvel collectibles, and at Toy Fair in New York City they delivered with the debut of Doctor Doom. Or, rather, an incomplete version of the ruler of Latveria, courtesy of Action Figure Fury — enough to let you know the finished version is going to look pretty incredible.
There’s no word yet when Doom will go on sale. 3A is only now taking pre-orders for those Iron Man figures (to the tune of $220 each), so it’ll probably be a while yet. Start saving those pennies.
Last year news bubbled up that Popbot artist Ashley Wood was working on a highly detailed line of toys/statuettes based on Marvel’s Iron Man. Fast-forward one year, and they’re almost here.
On Feb. 13, Wood’s company 3a Toys will release four Iron Man figures as the opening salvo in a larger line of Marvel toys. These first figures (highlighted below) are dubbed “Classic,” “Silver Centurion,” Stealth” and “Stark Industries Prototype,” with the latter exclusive to 3A’s online webstore, Bambaland.
Although Wood is best known for creator-owned work, the artist states on the 3A forum that he had a childhood dream of drawing Marvel characters and the opportunity to do his own version of Iron Man with this toy line is “incredible.”
“Now if only I could make the comics based on the toys,” Wood writes. “These designs are linked in my mind, a 3A secret war if you will!”
While a Ashley Wood-drawn Marvel comic is something only Marvel can decide, the artist has more Marvel figures planned after these, including Captain America, Thor, Spider-Man, Doctor Doom and Ultron.