Shipping update

This week we will be shipping out following figures:

  • Dodgy Wonka Square
  • Lost Planet 2 GTF-11 Drio Vital Suit & Pilot 1/12th scale collectible figure set

We plan to start shipping 3AA 2014 membership package in early October, please watch our official sources for the update and enormous thank you goes for your patience.

Recently shipped Bambalandstore releases (for you to keep easier track of things):

  • TK Mook (to all customers who bought all three TKLUB releases and covered Mook shipping)
  • WWR EVOL Marquis de Plume release (t-shirts shipping out later on)
  • Juicy Racers
  • Metal Gear Solid: Metal Gear RAY (Bambalandstore orders)

If you haven't received tracking of the recently shipped releases and want to request tracking number or have any questions about your awaiting fulfillment orders, please never hesitate to contact our Customer Service professionals at cs@threeAonline.com , we will be delighted to help you! If you prefer social networks, you can reach out for advice and direction to @WorldOf3A on twitter or engage with our official WorldOf3A Facebook page.

Gimbat

Q&A session with Ashley Wood

Excited to share with you our latest Sunday Q&A with Ashley Wood. Always such a pleasure to do these sessions and lift a curtain a bit, to show what is happening in World of 3A! Impossible to highlight everything covered in this one, but trust me, it's going to be a fun ride!

Before we proceed, here is how you can submit your interesting and original questions: by contacting me via mail gimbat@threeAonline.com ; by using Ask thread at official 3A forum; submitting them by posting at WorldOf3A Facebook page wall or via WorldOf3A twitter and your question might get featured (as sadly we can't answer on each and every questions here) in one of future sessions. Thank you for all your questions and interest.

Q: Any news you can share with about unnamed 24’’ line of figures, which debuted at NYTF? I’m especially looking forward to a TK!
A: Working on them all, lots to figure out on these as you can imagine!

Q: Anything you can share regarding new YAMA/NAGA TK? Are they gonna be TKLUB members?  
A: They will be!

Q: The price for MARS is astonishingly low, is there a chance that TK Hunter will be in the same range due to similar size? Or not because of part count and complexity?
A: Completely different, the TK Hunter is a much more complicated undertaking. MARS was an experiment, it didn’t seem that the price made much difference, sales were no better than expected due to the basically break even price.

Q: Which sale are/were you looking forward the most this year?
A: Mmm Birdcage, Doom, the Pascha cosplay are super fun and have a great sexy edge, Alberto… actually sounds trite but I look forward to them all!

Q: What city would you most like to visit that you have not yet had an opportunity?
A: Vienna..

Q: Since WWR Harolds fully shipped a good while ago, is there a chance for more colorways?
A: We shall see, one of the best I think, and no doubt the dearest of all the WWR bots out there!

Q: How can WWR EVOL Roth/battlechild be effective or any help or a threat on the battlefield with no prior military experience or training? Seemed like per the art for the set he is on the front lines. Is that cuz he is being protected by his bots to the point where its near impossible to kill him? Does he stay in Columbia with the WF during EVOL?
A: When someone is trying to kill you, you learn quickly to fight back. Rothy ain't no fool either, he wouldn’t stand out in front taking the first bullets. I would imagine that shot would be an edit or a larger image showing the main battle some distance away. He doesn’t stay in Columbia, that is where he ponders his future and learns to be a leader, not an industrialist!

Q: Are we going to see Adventure Kartel classics in 3AGO scale anytime soon?
A: Over time, 3AGO is meant to represent a giant sandpit of fun, with all stories mixing and playing together from all my worlds and select IP that I love. If all goes well it should be an exciting time for 3AGO over the coming year!

Q: You mentioned that you will create WBR comic. Is there a plan for a mini-comic included with the figs and are we going to see William Best himself in 3AGO or 1/6th scale?
A: Whenever I have time and the reasoning to do them they will be there, I'll always make comics when possible. But I’m sure you understand when a toy just sells in the 200’s it's not possible to make a comic for it, the printing and time needed just to make it isn’t feasible. Best case, every toy has a comic, I mean that, nothing would make me happier, but to get that many comics made, keeping the quality bar high requires much work and many more people than I have access to…shame it is…William Best is 8”, part of the 3AGO line.

Q: What are the differences between MARS, ROMULUS and REMUS? Beyond the obvious colorway differences do they each have a specific purpose or personality?
A: Well MARS is the lead WBR robot, the most famous and recognized of William Best’s robots, Remus and Romulus are the back up, when multiple threats around the globe arise at the same time, they all go out and take care of shit. There are others too, unseen as of yet!

Q: I remember you mentioning an interest to do a NOM pilot. Is that still on the table? Sounds cool!
A: There are many NOM, I would like an example of them all, the Astro NOM is before the pilot.

Q: 1/12 is an excellent scale for me. We have Queeny...when will we see more AP Seven Bones? How about Ronin TK Sun? I think many of us are looking forward to them. Thanks!
A: I love the scale but as I have said before there doesn’t seem to be much support for it, we have supported the line over the years, the upcoming AK retailer box is evidence of this, it's really nice, great detailed toys with great packaging! We shall continue to offer this scale until we can’t, but I'm a huge fan of it, as it was my passion for the scale that got it started in the first place!

Q: Will Dark Deeds be released on any other 'bots? I’d love the see a Dark Deeds Caesar in 1/12.
A: Yup, Mighty Square this month, then a Dropcloth in 1/6th.

Q: Will there be a case for the new iPhones coming? I always wanted to have 3A one and speaking about iPhones, will you be going for 6 or 6+?
A: Got a 6+, love it, I’m a big guy so it feels just right, the normal iPhone always felt too small to me. Cases would be cool, I guess we could, but I would need some with that design skill to lead it up, I’m more painter guy than case engineer!

Q: Will we see female NOM operatives or Grunts in WWR EVOL?
A: There are female NOM, basically they are the secret police of NOM, even the best NOM operatives fear them. Regardless of your dedication they will find a crack. Best to stay clear of them on either side of the conflict. Eir, Var and Gna.

Q: I like the EMGY colorway for EVOL Square. What’s MLTA means (rather than usual EMGY/TRG) and I hope to see more EMGY colorways for WWR EVOL!  
A: MLTA stands for Militia, the EMGY has been disbanded post EVOL due to causing more trouble than fixing, the newly formed MLTA is a group for hire, basically you need a militia call us at 1 800 MLTA.

Q: There are few retail figures this year, which I would love to get but I don’t know who is going to carry them. Maybe you could announce retailers list on the blog or have some sort of retailers section introduced or I could contact CS to find retailers in my area?   
A: Well the major guys carry them (ha, bet that helped a lot). Diamond distribute to many specialty stores as well, but yea, we should have a retailer list on the website! I’ll see if this can be done, Gregory ????

Q: Will Peppermint Grove come in a 1/12 scale, maybe with another wave of boxed Action Portable figs?
A: I would say the next wave - if the first wave is a success, the retailer counter box itself is a awesome, stuffed with the figs, a great sight!

Q: How many Cosplay Paschas will be there? Loving all three shown so far! Will there be some Cosplay love for Bambaland as well?
A: 7

Q: Do you or your sons like Fallout game and how about making some figures from that game? Would love to see something like that!
A: They love it, if the Fallout people drop me a line we can talk!

Q: I was really looking forward to check out the Adventure Kartel book and The Beautiful War comic. I was wondering if there is any written in stone dates for them? I checked the IDW website, but there is no news.
A: AK should be in stores any time, there are copies floating around, I'm not privy to the exact dates, but anytime soon! BTW I held back so the gaps between issues wouldn’t be top crazy, just crazy!

Q: Once you mentioned CHERRY & PHILIP in last Q&A, I can’t wait to see some bots! Do they make unique bots or perhaps they replicate Rothchild’s ones?
A: They use classic Roth design troupes plus their new ideas to sell their gear, the CA001 “BIRDCAGE” is the first C&P release as mentioned, you will go, ahhh I see, but with a big difference.  Well from past iterations!

Q: I know that you love articulated figures, but would you be interested in doing some statues in smaller scale (1:4 kitty, maybe?) and not in 1:1 (as it’s expensive and so hard to get them)?
A: Well the 1:1 Eddy I’m making is vinyl so the cost will lower! We are working on a range of statues as we enjoyed making the Destiny Gift statue so much!

Q: You made a 1:1 Zombs and other Adventure Kartel characters heads for display at ACG event in October, 2013…would you be interested in making 1:1 Rothchild or de Plume heads runs for Bambalandstore? Basically any 1:1 heads at Bamba would be a win!  
A: Always trying to get right, I as of yet have felt I want to offer them, I want a combo of price and quality!

Q: In the Popbot Universe there is vast room and story to create a MMORPG with TK's being one faction, TQ's another vs Robots. The Combinations for players to build their TK Character would be endless. Have you considered this?
A: Everyday, just need a good game studio to step up, over the years I have been offered the opportunity for a TK game but the deal wasn’t right, or they wanted to change them, etc. The world is there, just need a helping hand!

Q: Really glad that you are making Marvel Comics toys, will you be making toys of these character: Dr Strange; Moon Knight; Ghost Rider ( Johnny Blaze ); Iron Fist; Machine Man ( Jack Kirby version ); The Invaders; Dare Devil?  
A: Machine Man Kirby style would be epic, cmon, who wouldn’t want that! Iron Fist is on the list! I have thought on Ghost Rider too...

Q: Hey Ash, have you ever considered doing a 3A version of the Classic Gundam Mech? I reckon that would be a huge seller for 3A, and personally I’d love to see/buy the funked up Ash Wood version!
A: Nothing is ever a huge seller, I would do a Gundam Mech, I’Il wait to be asked!

Q: Do you have plans for the new Bambaboss? Maybe for next 3A Anniversary, love Bambaboss and really curious how it’s going to look?
A: Well I have a new vinyl Bamba that we will hopefully offer…. been in sculpt mode for over a year…

Q: For me 2014 will be highlighted in 3A history, as the year of Isobelle Pascha and new lines and reinvented ones (adore WWR EVOL concept). What’s your vision for the next year and how you would like it to be remembered?
A: Well that would be telling, I think EVENFALL will gain traction next year, but we have tried to step out of our box for the coming years, to augment our classic stuff, I want to challenge and entertain with 3A, Pascha is a good example of 3A taking chances, but it also shows that our supporters are adventurous and willing to enjoy stuff out of the norm. I think we made the best female doll bar none of the last 12 months from SWANK to Pascha, we have plans to amp it up and push further! You know that ol' chestnut, you're only as good as your audience, well 3A has a great, diverse, intelligent audience so i think we are doing good and 2015 looks to be a great year, stuff will change, some will stay the same, but all the time pushing and striving to be better!

Q: There are couple of sales for this month in Tentative list…I wonder who are going to be next? HALO, Cowgirl, 10” Shadow, Dr. Doom or maybe Mighty Squares?  
A: I have that list somewhere, better find as time creeps up… Cowgirl I think, that's a cool Pascha right there! Doom is close too, just waiting for the powers that be to approve everything… Doom is cool, can’t wait to show how he turned out!

Gimbat

Blog recap (September 13th - September 20th)

Welcome to another weekly blog recap, covering everything posted on the blog from September 13th until now, to make sure that you haven't missed a thing. Have a fun weekend everyone!

All dates are in Hong Kong time format.

SATURDAY – SEPTEMBER 13h, 2014

  • Weekly blog recap (link)

SUNDAY – SEPTEMBER 14th, 2014

  • Sunday Q&A with Ashley Wood (link)

MONDAY – SEPTEMBER 15th, 2014

  • 6th Anniversary Tomorrow Kings for Guangzhou, Taipei and Bambaland (link)

TUESDAY – SEPTEMBER 16th, 2014

  • LOOKBOOK3A Issue 12 - 3AGO Worlds Best Robots (link)

WEDNESDAY– SEPTEMBER 17th, 2014

  • IDW NYCC'14 WWR EVOL 4SQUARE exclusive  (link)
  • 3AGO 25" tall Worlds Best Robots – REMUS next to 3AGO 8" tall Tomorrow King (link)

THURSDAY – SEPTEMBER 18th, 2014

  • 3AGO Worlds Best Robots: MARS and ROMULUS (3AA) pre-order info  (link)
  • 3AGO Worlds Best Robots pre-order started  (link)

FRIDAY – SEPTEMBER 19th, 2014

  • 3AGO Worlds Best Robots pre-order ends today (link)

Gimbat

RE WBR #1 sale

Sale leaves Bamba today guys, thanks for the support, seems yo guys want more Mars variants etc, so we shall deliver some over time!

Q&A session with Ashley Wood

Welcome to the latest Sunday Q&A with Ashley Wood! Lots of Popbot Tomorrow Kings related questions in this one; EVENFALL T.H.U.G and upcoming releases ; WWR Dropcloth 1.5 and general World War Robot universe info ;  Steel Age and much more!

Before we proceed, here is how you can submit your interesting and original questions: by contacting me via mail gimbat@threeAonline.com ; by using Ask thread at official 3A forum; submitting them by posting at WorldOf3A Facebook page wall or via WorldOf3A twitter and your question might get featured (as sadly we can't answer on each and every questions here) in one of future sessions. Thank you for all your questions and interest.

Q: Can you please share a bit more about 6th Anniversary TKs? Is there one of each for Bambalandstore, TTF and Guangzhou? I guess red t-shirt one (Mae No Ni) is for Bambalandstore, green t-shirt (Tsuitachi No Ato) for Guangzhou and black t-shirt (Tsuitachi Ni Ushinawa) for TTF? How did you come up with these names and do they have any specific roles or tasks? Thanks!
A: Pre Made for Guangzhou, Taipei and Bamba, I came up with them in English then translated, they are the direct lineage of the original release TK’s, all are missing in the Underverse, these 3 are on the hunt for them!

Q: Will we see NYCC’14 EMGY EVOL Square at Bambalandstore as well or that’s strictly IDW exclusive?
A: Strictly IDW, more 4Square soon though!

Q: You mentioned that your decision to make T.H.U.G as a robot,  helped round up EVENFALL story. Can you please share some more about EVENFALL and how T.H.U.G robot is controlled? Is there a command center with pilots somewhere or robot comes with it's own AI?
A: Actually they kinda function like a modern jet, the main bot is autonomous but there is a control team that is seeing what it see's, etc, and can augment the decision making processes of the T.H.U.G.y, etc. Imagine if you will, the T.H.U.G. is deep underground in a crypt type environment, above in an OP’s base the handlers watch monitors etc, looking for movement, or sublet shifts that the A.I. couldn’t catch.  

Q: Will see Team Fortress 2 Ghost this Halloween or it will be 1/12th Ghost/Milky Charkin, or perhaps we will see few Halloween releases?
A: Well we are looking to make the ghost available for Halloween in a pre made fashion, and some other other surprises...

Q: Is there any progress on the Modern Girls line, which yo can share?
A: Too busy on other stuff, I think most of out female’s represent Modern Girls anyway, just have to release some vehicles!

Q: Now that there are 10” female bodies being made, are you any further along with the “chunkier" bodies that were once mentioned?
A: We have them, just never really found a character that fits, Ms Shadow was originally the chunky, have the samples somewhere, just didn’t suit… Have a few ideas for the body, a female Zomb hunter etc.

Q: When we might see T.H.U.G offered for pre-order and do you have your mind set on third release from EVENFALL? Really curious what it might be!
A: We have a new Strigoi/SWAT Totem thingy, an infected TOTEM SWAT basically, different version of Strigoi, the T.H.U.G. should be close to end of year, I'm very fond of it, looks good with most figures big or small, always a win!

Q: Are SGR JC still have another variant? Maybe something kinda like Tracky JC or Blood Splattered JC, or any unseen JC, maybe 2-pack JC with Zomb? Evil still too many and there's not enough JCs in AK universe to kicked out evil's ass!
A: A new JC, well I think REVELATION JC is soon… can’t have enough JC’s. Need an ESCAPE FROM NEW ALEXANDRIA JC too..  

Q: In WWR universe, are there any factions who didn't belong to Rothchild, Terran, or Martian & Martian sympathizers? I mean any factions like a pirate, they move around and don't care about War, just care about themselves, stealing and raiding other factions…?
A: Well yea, but they use other machines, a company called CHERRY & PHILIP makes bots for groups without connections to large forces, C&P bots take cues from Rothchild design,  especially now Rothy is outta the mass production game! Naturally Rothy hates these guys!

Q: The TK Hunter drop is approaching in a few months, according to the tentative schedule, have there been any tweaks to the design of the Hunter since last we’ve seen prototype photos?
A: I tweak till the end, but it's essentially the same design, finalized the main design a while back, the engineering is what takes the time! Cant wait to show them!

Q: You mentioned in a previous Q&A that TK weaponry is made by TK forgers, as I remember. Is there a class to these swordsmiths, or is it safe to assume that they are all absolute masters of their craft in the utmost? Which leads to the question; is there a legendary Master TK Swordsmith, or particularly famous (named) swords among TK and their enthusiasts? Like a TK Masamune?
A: Of course, each weapon the TK use is made by a weapons master, though their names are not common knowledge and their origins and whereabouts are clouded in myth and lies! The TK primarily use blade weapons against big ass metal robots, if those swords were not bordering on the mystic they wouldn’t survive long!

Q: As we know, most TK/TQs don’t have long lifespans; what TK/TQ has reached the oldest age, and how old was he or she when they died?
A: Some are chosen to live longer as their knowledge and guidance is commanded by the Whisper, the TK and their lives is still an unknown, most info on them is  conjecture and speculation. Their story is indeed a complicated path...

Q: Will we see members of the Doom Patrol in Steel Age?
A: Well I would love to..

Q: What colorways will be available for the 1.5 Dropcloths in December? I know there’s a good chance stalwarts will be represented (Iron Panda, JEA, Medic, Desert, etc.), but I’m personally hoping that there will be an UNCLE5 available to go with the MK1 Grin?
A: The classics and new, as it should be!

Q: Who is girl Neptune and why there is one with green skin? Maybe some sort of virus or she is an alien?
A: Well she can change her skin, she is one of the SEVEN, which Lady Sham and Neptune can do just about anything...

Q: With the variety of weapons at a TK’s disposal, how do they decide which weapon suits them?
A: The weapons talks to them, they just know where and who to be!

Q: Earlier in the year, you had mentioned several AK releases (The Spank, Mort, Big Shadow, Tommy on the Run, F-Legion).  With the year winding down, are there several AK releases scheduled?  I know you want some surprises, just particularly curious about The Spank.
A: On The Run Tommy, Little Shadow and Cock Wobbler are close, the White Panda is ex F-Legion and he ships soon!

Q: Any chance we will get to see the first Transformer pre-order in early 2014?
A: That's the plan, but as we have to go through the process of working with other companies things do change.

Q: Can you share some ideas and concepts you are playing with for Batman and / or Steel Age in general? Also, any chance you can make a regular Batman figure based on your past artwork?
A: Each toy release will expand on the story, I'm really only interested in doing Steel Age design, so many regular Batman out there it would seem a little redundant etc.

Q: With MARS and company up for preorder next week, when can we expect news the next WBR release and what it might be?
A: Well it could be the SQUIDICORN or a smaller bot, plus there is William Best the owner of WBR. The WB in WB originally stood for William Best, but then he thought, fuck it, they are the best in the world, it just kinda works due to the initials to call them… World's Best Robots.

Q: Do Tomorrow Kings still hold a sponsorship from Carnaby and Co.? Are TK with graphic tees a thing of the past?
A: And the future, they love their shirts, but there are many variants from today and tomorrow, remember the TK fight in the past, today and tomorrow, shirt companies come and go….

Q: Is it possible, that we will see Popbot 7Bones stand alone comic book release? Also is YOSHITSUNE of the 7BONES will be lined on TK Classics?
A: Well the 7Bones story is critical to the main Popbot story, it will be in there, one day, and yes the packaging for all 7bones follows the same line!  Seven lives for half a breath, that's all it took to change the future… or so they say!

Q: Is there a chance we see a threeA Astro Boy at some point? I'm a big fan of your 2-D takes on the character, and though It seems that you may be a bit bogged down in requests for licensed figures, I thought that I would ask. I'd give my left nut for a 1/6 3a Mighty Atom.
A: Well I might make an ASHTRO, that's the one I paint :)

Q: You mentioned in the previous Q&A, that  you would like to do Metal Gear Solid figures as well. Would you base them on original game art or the comic you made? Or will you be given a choice to redesign them completely?
A: Based on my art from the work I did for the series.

Q: MARS! Loving the design and debating getting one, the price range is amazing its just the size. No idea where I'd fit him. Would there ever be a possibility of the big bots being done in a smaller 6 or 8 or 10 inch size? I guess the same could be asked of things like Zaku, Real Steal, Iron Man etc? Would really dig a smaller Zaku or will we ever see Zaku in its iconic green, or that's a done book and you don't want to return there?
A: Well some WBR will be small as it's the 8” line, some big, actually MARS is the biggest, you ask where, I say in the living room on the floor, shit's like furniture, hoist the flag high, just present! Thanks for recognizing that price is amazing, basically I’m giving it away as that will just cover costs if it does well, but fuck, c'mon who wouldn’t take a chance to make a big ass robot if they could… why I do 3A...

Q: I recently got Sea Monkey and absolutely love it, any plans for more stuff like this with Kenny? Or even just an alternate colorway?
A: Door is always open for Kenny, I want a 1/6th Seamonkey, love ya Kenny!

Q: You mentioned on Instagram “Yama’s Last Stand". Could you please let us know a bit more about it? Would he look the same as the OG?
A: Well it's Yama, but shit ain't gone so well over the years for him. Plus he sports a big ass gun now, too many targets for one sword! Has the beard and shit!

Q: Not really a question, more of a request. Would love to see your take on the current incarnation of the Guardians of the Galaxy! Would that interest you at all?
A: Only the Raccoon , as I liked the ltd series as a kid, well liked the Mignola covers… I'm still waiting for HOT TOYS to send me a Raccoon figure….. waiting……waiting.

Q: Got JEA MIM set on hand, looks great indeed, when we expect to see other big sets, like IRON PANDA at Bambalandstore?
A: Soon as the samples are made, I know it sounds old, but we are so few trying to make so much, the production line for samples is long!

Q: Are there any more Ronin TKs that you have not introduced to us yet?  Can you give us a name?  Are there any Ronin TQs as well?
A: Well there is an army of Ronin TK’s they are Ronin as they didn’t like who their master was, they are from the edge of time, they are not just shit heels on the take, but saw the unseeable and went fuck, we need to scamper.. that's the technical term the TK use…scamper… it all ties into the last TK story. I would love to make the Last TK comic, grrr nash grrr

Gimbat

Blog recap (September 6th – September 13th)

Here is another blog recap, covering everything posted on the blog from September 6th until now, to make sure that you haven't missed anything. Hope everyone is having a nice weekend!

All dates are in Hong Kong time format.

SATURDAY – SEPTEMBER 6th, 2014

  • Introducing blog recap (link)

SUNDAY – SEPTEMBER 7th, 2014

  • Miss + Mrs Sleeper Nabler and Nabler V.2 price and pre-order info (link)
  • WWR EVOL Rothchilds (offered for pre-order earlier this year) photos (link)
  • Some of The World Of Isobelle Pascha Cosplay retail assortment – available soon (link)
  • EVENFALL T.H.U.G photo (link)
  • Sunday Q&A with Ashley Wood (link)

TUESDAY – SEPTEMBER 9th, 2014

  • Miss + Mrs Sleeper Nabler photo (link)
  • Another photo of Miss + Mrs Sleeper Nabler (link)
  • Miss + Mrs Nabler V.2 photos (link)

WEDNESDAY – SEPTEMBER 10th, 2014

  • Miss + Mrs Nabler V.2 and Sleeper Nabler pre-order started at Bambalandstore (link)
  • Worlds Best Robots: Mars, Romulus and Remus photos (link)

THURSDAY – SEPTEMBER 11th, 2014

  • Miss + Mrs Nabler V.2 and Sleeper Nablers are leaving the store (link)

FRIDAY – SEPTEMBER 12th, 2014

  • Worlds Best Robots: Mars, Romulus and Remus price and pre-order info (link)
  • 6th Anniversary Tomorrow Kings photo (link)
  • October 3A Tour: China International Comics Festival; Taipei Toy Festival; New York Comic Convention (link)

Gimbat