Q&A session with Ashley Wood

Hope everyone is having a great Sunday and to make it even better here is our latest Sunday Q&A with Ashley Wood! Lots of World War Robot, Popbot and 3AGO Worlds Best Robots questions covered and there are questions about our licensed lines: Marvel; Destiny; Metal Gear Solid and Reservoir Dogs.

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: I remember reading about more than 20 colorways for Mighty Squares, do you plan to offer them all at once on September 28th or pushing the sale date to October? Would love to have some time to come up with funds, if possible.
A: The process requires that we do it at once, as it's more difficult to revisit over the months as we need to set up the hatchery to facilitate each project. We shall leave the Mightys up long as we can though, to help out etc!

Q: Is there any chance of a test figure being made to gauge interest on the metal gear toys?  It looks like support for the Metal Gears themselves was fairly strong, so I figure it might be worth a shot. I just got finished watching the graphic novel you did for MGS1, as well as PeaceWalker, and I'd love to see Ash styled renditions of Snake, Grey Fox, Meryl, Big Boss, and the full crew!  
A: Well we can’t do a test, it's in or out, the license and path to make them is compacted and really expensive. We don't want to fuck around, do it or do not! Might have some news soon on the MGS front!

Q: Any chance you could mention what Dr. Doom colorways we are going to see offered shortly?
A: Well there is Doc Doom and the ubiquitous Stealth Version, we should have the images and info next week!

Q: I noticed that the Juicy Racer Set had a previously unannounced chase color (white hair Miyu) inserted in it. I love chases and was wondering if any other upcoming sales/releases may have some chase versions ?
A:  Well we like it too, but most times we get complaints, as we do throw in some chase/ rates etc. With our new selling system in the new year this will be easier and the scope for more oblique tracks possible!

Q: Are there any news you can share about “Reservoir Dogs” and when we might see the teasers?
A: Robots in suits, and colorful names!

Q: I read that Zombies vs. Robots line is in the works, is it possible to give us an update? Fingers still crossed for a new 1/6 Warbot!
A: Well I have the 1/6th Bertie coming, and I have a two eye’d head, so maybe just maybe throw that starfish on him this time !

Q: Just pre-ordered MARS - you mentioned William Best and Squidicorn next in the lineup.  Those (tentatively) slated for 2014 pre-orders? Can't wait to see Squidicorn!
A: Best soon, Squidicorn later, big toy!

Q: Now that we have a little more information on the three main WBR can you tell us a bit about the Ghost of Guangzhou and Blue Ghost? How do they fit into the world of WBR?
A: The Ghost was purchased by the city of GUANGZHOU to defend it against the terror of the SQUIDICORN which attacks on a regular basis, only to be bitch slapped by the Ghost of Guangzhou!

Q: Any chance of seeing some Destiny figures in 2014?  With the game out now, I can't wait to see these guys. Do you plan on making vehicles with this line? Some of the speeder bikes and alien tanks look amazing!
A: We are aiming to offer the first TITAN before Xmas!

Q: I would love to know more about Mega Zomb! How big is he, are there a lot of them and what is Mega Zomb’s weakness?
A: Well he is really big and zombi-ish, it is kinda epic and silly, can’t wait to show him off! Mega Zombs weakness is the amount of energy needed to be, well mega! One of our proto’s was 15” tall,  that kinda height is the aim… shouldn’t be long now!

Q: Did you ever think about Paratrooper Grunt for WWR? Maybe a H.A.L.O paratrooper. That would be so cool!
A: Did A HALO jumper TK once, should finish and release. Need to just release more soldiers full stop!

Q: What's the deal with Devilbots? Where do they fall in the hierarchy of Mortis forces? There was one named Schattenform mentioned in Popbot. Was he a particularly famous Devilbot, and if so, why?
A: It's a big ass Dark bot ol' Schatten, only famous as a he existed before and after, that's a key position in the PB universe, before and after!. There are many robots at the disposal of the Mortis, they don’t like to actually sully themselves fighting etc. Devil bots are mid range at best!
Q: Mortis figures were mentioned as a possibility this year, but I assume that with so much on 3a's plate, that they may be pushed into 2015. Did the re-tooling of Lass' skin complicate the prototyping of the Mortis? In essence, how much closer are we to seeing some Supermenses?
A: Just manpower and time, we have little of each. The Lass tooling didn’t hold anything up except the Lass, the Mortis is different, as mentioned Lass is only half skinned, legs and groin, the Mortis will have to be full skinned, which now we know we can do. I can’t stress enough how small the team is making all of the toys, hopefully gods willing we shall make all the toys we dream of! 
Q: Is there a character from any one of your illustrations/paintings/books that you just can't ever see working as a 3A figure? Have you ruled any characters out completely?
A: Nothing, I want to make them all, but I think time is the complexity I face!

Q: Are Tomorrow Kings motivated to kill because they hate the Mortis, because they love mankind, or are their motives not directed by anything other than blind duty? Are they capable of feeling love, even among their own ranks (does a TK feel sorrow when another TK dies)?
A: Where is everyone else ( other fighters, soldiers, why do they carry the burden of defending humans? They feel they should feel, yet can’t… the TK isn’t a simple linear beast, their story has not even started yet!

Q: It’s so upsetting that I haven’t seen anyone sharing Marquis de Plume sketches yet. Curious to know how many were there and how big were my chances to score one in Dead de Plume box?
A: Upsetting you didn’t get one, I don’t get it? Shouldn’t be upset! The % of sketches to ordered was minute, I am guessing people don’t like to share or they have not opened their boxes yet to see..OPEN THEM!! The chance was always small, never implied otherwise, just an aside to make it more fun! Eventually all the sketches turn up, I know last time it took forever, but eventually we get the pics of the happy owners and drawing!

Q: Just got Marquis with prey box, great set thank you! Can you give any more intel on Marquis? Is he able to track down and kill fallen plume Barguest? What about Kuan? Seems like Marquis is getting more gas than the average plume, based on the dual tanks on his back....  is that true? Does that give him more abilities?
A: The double tank denote a different make up of veil parting gases, they have many varied mixes depending on their path! Marquis are strong and talented bunch, but as evolution has shown there is always bigger and stronger, on both sides of the path. The NOM story is great fun for me, I will be introducing some new players soon, Fallen and the Callen!

Q: Why are pistols the adopted standard weapon for all NOM and nothing else. Do they prefer a close and personal combat style? Doesn't seem like the NOM rely on firepower.
A: Firepower isn’t the way on the NOM, though they don’t avoid it either, they rely on their smarts and cunning mostly!

Q: Any news about the orange space suit Tomorrow King (Bambalandstore Kozo variant)? What is his name? What’s the story behind him, KOZO and LONELY STAR WARRIOR TK? Can't wait to see more photo and have information about these guys!
A: We are pre-making the orange KOZO, on sale this year. Lonely TK too!

Q: I'm a huge WWR fanatic (WF for life yo!) There is so much to like about WWR, you and TP have fleshed out the world so much that its never boring. Some days I am all about NOM and the power of the supreme other days I am all about Rothchild and his metal children or the life of soldiers fighting along side robots etc. WWR will always be at the top for me I think because its so rich with intel but I am also really liking what we have seen of EVENFALL and WBR so far! Do you plan on fleshing out those worlds/stories as much as you have with WWR?
A: I think the only way to offer you guys a good experience is to flesh out these worlds, I am working with IDW and some super talented comic folks to do this, as much as I want to do it all, it would be a disservice to you guys and me to hold back the stories trying to do it all etc! More news soon!

Q: Hello, thank you for making Marvel series toys that I'm very interested in. Will we see the big boss Magneto in 3A Marvel line?
A: If the support continues I want to touch upon all the major characters, and Maggy is just that!

Q: Any chance of seeing another Gatling Bramble in 1/6? Lots of people have got into WWR since the Deep Powder was released, and they are crazy money, the molds are there, so production shouldn't be too bad. Personally I’d like to see Winter Defence, one of the greatest paintjobs ever or the MERCS as they were done in portable.
A: We are doing just that, we started making a HK LION ROCK 1/6th  Bramble with some tweak, but essentially it's the classic Bramble, slight different arms as I always thought they were too skinny!

Q: I am interested to know more about Wonka/Wanka Squares! How many variants are there in total and anything you can share about them?
A: 3 versions in the wild, plus prototype flavors. Actually you guys got the 3rd version, my youngest is in possession of all the previous versions. We might do more as one offs and show exclusives etc. I love them, Brent did a great job on the wrapper, I like my Square designs, probably not everyones thing, but I rate them a high point in Square stuff… I want a Mighty Wanka now!

Q: Does every EDO have different capabilities based on color? Are EDO sentient robots, do they have separate personalities?
A: They are aware, aware of their job, think of them as a prototype TK, each color does indeed indicate a different skill. Prototypes from the past, for the future!

Q: How did the supreme become the supreme? Was she a normal woman at some point or has she always been the supreme?
A: Well in the NOM world all women are supreme, as they represent a good balance, to become the supreme is based on genetic lineage and training, the first NOM mother was known to have existed in the 19th century, their path and mission is long and steeped in history!

Q: Who would win… Mars or Godzilla? Would you enjoy the opportunity to design your own ver of Godzilla? Or MechaGodzilla?
A: Mars would give Godzilla a bitch slapping, then blow his head of with the ol' love missile!

Q: You mentioned a strong tie in with magic and the Adventure Kartel universe. Was magic always there or did someone unleash it on the world. Considering Tommy's mom is a witch and him and the shadow family have definite ties to the supernatural. Could they be somehow involved ?
A: Not magic, the occult if you will, metaphysics etc is the backbone of the AK universe, much based on ancient lore, Egyptian being a pillar of it, mixed with classic 19th/20th century English mysticism!

Q: You know with the recent Cowgirl/Cowbot sale, it would be cool if you could release a Zombie Minotaur type figure...You know a Cow/Bull-man type figure...Do you think you would be interested in making that type of figure?.. And speaking of Cowbot, is there anything you can share about him and his looks?
A: Funny, TP said the same thing about a bull headed character, as in COW BOT etc.. so with that kinda blessing you never know! COWBOT is a classic Ash Wood robot rustler, and cutter offerer of feet, he will make you happy to have scored one!

Q:  Can we please have some intel on the current whereabouts and status of the Martians in WWR? What are their plans? Will they go on the offensive? How has NOM effected their plans? And will the reds do anything about NOM?
A: They are waiting with the other characters that have to wait, as only one guys works on all of it, don’t hate that guy he is trying!

Q: Moveable hands really add to the expressiveness of figures like Junglevet in 1:6 but do you have any thoughts on 1:12 articulated human-size hands? The 1:12 Dropcloth hands were an engineering marvel but very fragile so maybe just jointed at the knuckles so that the whole fingers move?
A: We decided to stick with molded as the articulated just caused too many headaches for us and you guys, the best way to offer multiple hands per figure when needed!

Q: I've always gotten the sense that growing up with toy lines like Action Man/G.I .Joe, Mego, Big Jim, and Action Jackson are a big inspiration for what you do with threeA. One of the really cool things about those lines were the accessory sets... Like they knew you already had the figures, but that you might want to just swap out the gear for a scuba diver or arctic explorer, etc. Is this something you've ever considered? Maybe cheaper blister-card packs with just the gear (clothes, helmet, weapons, accessories) would be another occasional way to extend the threeA worlds.
A: Yup and yup, but I guess this stuff is always on the back burner as we struggle to find time to work on all the main toys etc. I am always hoping to found that person to help with this stuff.. waiting waiting

Q: Like a fool I didn’t act fast enough and sadly do not have MARS on pre-order.. want one really bad now. Any idea of what the new colorway version will be? Any chance for a second version of MARS? Battle damaged maybe? Heavier weathering or one thats tied to a specific WBR storyline you may have in mind? Or a 2pack with William Best?
A: Don’t worry I will offer more down the line, different colors and tweaking! Don’t forget you can get Remus from your fav retailer, quite the stunner in person!