Welcome to our latest Q&A session with Ashley Wood! You can find sneak peek of stuff coming in 2015; answers about pre-made sales and limited pre-orders; plus fresh info about Transformers! Have a great Sunday folks!
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Q: Hey Ash! I know you’ve got changes coming up next year. Do those plans involve releasing more figures from your in-house brands (AK, TK, etc.) to every couple of months or so? I know you've got a lot of projects going on but would LOVE to see more 1/6 AK figures in 2015!! Thanks for all great work you and your team do — taking the time to answer all of our questions every week means a lot!
A: My main love is my own creations, AK, POPBOT, WWR, EVENFALL and ISO etc are the main focus for 2015 re 12”, also my versions of Marvel and DC fall under that creative umbrella too. I am going back to what i know best, over 6 years we have tried this or that, but I still think my original outlook for 3A is best and that's what you can expect. My main interest is to make great things, I have no interest in Walmart, Target or Toys R Us selling my toys or shit, in fact I go against that by making sure I never tone down or dilute for a quick fuck. I will be wearing white at the funeral!
Q: Is there a chance that the upcoming releases you have planned have some unusual accessories to go with them. My first purchase was the Bromwich (Pinky) 3.5 Bertie and that Gas can is what made me to fall in love with him. Anything like that coming up ?
A: Well maybe, it's just what seems right, and makes sense I guess. I just trundle along, just do it and see what pops up!
Q: Will the OG style Popbot make a reappearance at all or no plans yet?
A: Nope not in 1/6th, a new version is coming, I am thinking of doing a 3AGO version, but I’m not sure, see how the line goes. I think the first Pop figure is great, proud of that!
Q: A: Do TK children get to eat sugary cereal and watch Saturday morning cartoons, or do their early lives strictly consist of learning battle strategy and physical training? B: Do TK children look up to, or admire their full grown brothers? Or are they automatically indoctrinated with the understanding that we are all just meat for the grinder?
A: Sure they can have those memories.
Q: Has there ever been an adolescent TK so amazingly gifted that he graduated into service early? A sort of ‘Wunderkind TK’?
A: Most are young, 18 etc, when they start.
Q: When can we expect the Last stand of Yama and Naga? And will they drop as a TKLUB release or a standard Bambaland release?
A: When they are ready, we work everyday on everything, just some stuff has priority, Archer has it now!
Q: threeA does great weathering, but it would be so cool to see a TK very heavily weathered and bloodied after a right good fight. What do you think about this?
A: Never like the way it sits on a toy, also my art doesn’t have blood really, they are an extension of my art so they have a pretty blood free time of it.
Q: Saw pic of Eddy on your Instagram, such a great cat! Now what are the chances to see 1:1 Eddy at Bambalandstore?
A: Doing a 1:1 version, this year…
Q: Severed Bot Head has been offered more than few times, have you been thinking about other supersized parts? Maybe Bot Hand? I think it would be very fun to have big hand to grip Tomorrow Kings.
A: Well I like the heads, like busts almost, they have a presence with or without other toys, the other parts don’t talk to me as much, though a giant hand could be cool I agree!
Q: We assume, that the 7 Bones colorway may be coming to an end, in the not too distant future. Is there another squad of particularly interesting characters in the TK universe that you will be concentrating on, in lieu of the ol' Bones? Or, is it a bit premature to give any information at this time.
A: Well in my mind there are many groups, take TKYO they are not just a group of stupid fuck pop singers but an A-TEAM style spec group, they use the pop band guise to freely move around without anyone knowing the wiser. I have always envisioned their end as epic and pivotal, a stand of a few against many… GIRL R/C as mentioned before has heritage and isn’t just a pretty face, but a master strategist and key member for their final act. With TK, some are what is called enlightened some are what is know as asleep at this stage. But getting back to your question yea, there are many, whether I will do them, or if in fact you guys want them is still a question for later on!
Q: I beg of you please! Ashley Wood styled 1/6 John Constantine would be so great, like world stopping good. A headsculpt that would fit in with Adventure Kartel, a nice slightly weathered trench coat that only 3A could do and maybe some clear plastic parts for magic effects and of course his smokes! I can imagine it now... and want bad, take my money. Take it please!
A: Well the AK world has its own magi, such Aleister Left, or his counter Madam Down. Appreciate the idea that I could do a great Constantine, man I dreamed of drawing an issue of Hellblazer back in the day...
Q: Many of the books you released on Bamba over the last years were great stuff. KUNTSLER will be another fine publication, no doubt about it. Can you please share a bit more about the technical side of the making process of your books? What program is used to make the books, who makes the layout and who actually puts them together? Where are they printed etc.? Thanks!
A: Well it varies, sometimes I make them, sometimes Brent Ashe will put them together etc, standard programs, Photoshop, Indesign etc. Always obvious when I or Brent does it ( plus there is always a credit for Brent ) no credit its my work. I will say this, the only person who I let make books for me is Brent, If I’m not doing it, Ashe is the man. I love books, putting them together is a pain though as you have to look at your own work, and be subjective without getting caught up in your own shit.
Q: I was thinking about future pre-made sales, would you be considering splitting the batches to offer few times per day for different timezones or you prefer to offer them all at once and at the same time?
A: Well these are the issues I have, first there is timezones, then the peeps who order and don’t pay for one reason or another and that holds stock from serious buyers etc. I am thinking on this and discussing ways of getting around this, I want the true fan to get the toy, but it's not that simple. Any ideas how to battle these issues are welcome here at 3A. Like I said I know how many figures are kinda needed for say AK, we are not trying to build the market there, but cover the fans who support it. Say we make 500 figures, because we normally sell 500, as this should cover the market, but alas flippers will take a portion etc, leaving some fans left out (which is bad ). We are aware of this, but also we want to change things and be able to deliver quicker toys to our supporters so it's gonna be a bit hit and miss at first, but we will try and make it as best as possible experience. Now before you say fuck 3A, think about what I am doing, I’m not trying to sell as many toys as possible, but try to deliver good quality pre-made toys in a timely manner. We want the experience to be different and fun, not boring as the majority of toy buying is, I am not a business guy, or I would just put every toy on 12 month pre-order window, but to me that's so boring and counter to what I’m about, that's a “business” plan that makes sense, I don’t make sense. I see myself as an artist, not a machine to make higher profit and build a bigger market for the sake of it. That will end in tears and be fucking boring, why should I dedicate myself to a boring path, I want to give you something I’m passionate about, fucking I believe in! So yea, we will have pre-made toys, we will have shorter turn around pre-order toys as well. Let's see how it turns out, but my main focus is to offer you guys toys that are fun, exciting and different. We can always fix as we go, this is the adventure of 3A!
Q: Can you tell us please who is the first up in the Transformers line? Will it be from the Bay Universe or classic? Thank you, I’m dying to hear!!!!
A: Well it's Bumblebee and he should be a December sale, this is really Kim’s side of 3A and he should talk about it, though I will say they are pretty amazing, remind of our Real Steel toys.
Q: Will you be attending Supernova Adelaide later this month? If not, any plans for the future events in Australia?
A: Wasn’t asked, guess I’m persona non grata at Supanova…. I really enjoyed Adelaide last year, hanging with Joe Casey, meeting you guys, super cool, guess I’m not sexy enough comic guy.. slumps in chair and tries to draw Wolverine hoping for phone to ring..
Q: Is there a way to get a physical LOOKBOOK from you guys in the future? Would love to buy one!
A: Well I hope to publish a book of them one day, I think Brent does a wonderful job with them, you know what would be great, if a toy that has a look book gets a proper copy.. maybe I will see if this is possible!
Q: Will you be interested in ever doing Kang the Conqueror figure?
A: Love Kang, love all the classic villains, I don’t see why not, I would buy him! Actually I guess it's up to Marvel, some IP is off limits or they have plans for it, I will ask!
Q: After I POed 3AGO Hemingway I tracked down the full set of Automatic Kafka comics at one of my local comic shops, reading now for the first time and loving the fuck out of it, so great! Any chance we will see more members of the $tranger$ in the next wave of 3AGO? Would be awesome to have a fig of The Constitution of the United States!
A: Wha, no connection , different, Hemmingway is another bot in the tradition of fine writers, would love to do an origin of Hemmingway with Joe Casey. Funny thing, when me and Joe did Auto Kaf, the general mood was fuck you, its shit, and it was for all purposes a flop in sales and a stain on the haughty comics scene, though I thought it was some of our best work, I always say it’s my Watchmen, hoping to seem cool, but it really is a good comic and can be read on many levels, Joe really gave me great stuff to work with with that series…DC PLEASE REPRINT THE BOOK, I'LL DO A COVER FOR FREE C'MON GUYS, GIVE A K A SECOND GO….. isn’t there a website where you can petition or sum in, now getting A K back into print is a worthy cause…. Baby bombs my friends, baby bombs!
Q: Is William Best planned for a 2015 pre-order or maybe some sort of surprise release later this year?
A: Well soon as I can, Mars wants his boss around!
Q: I been checking tentative Bamba sales schedule and was curious about TK Hunter price? Is there some sort of estimated you can share?
A: Well the TK hunter is taking longer than thought as it's quite a feet to make a large articulated robot toy, price won’t be known until close to the sale when all costs are known. Soon as I have a candidate I will let you guys know more!
Q: Is the Deimos DIV/Faction colorway no longer being used? I know its a very small team of bots that occupy the little moon but I have always been curious if there is any plan on continuing this faction? I am familiar with the 1/12 Caesar that was a Deimos II faction which does add some question did they change once they were liberated? I only own the small number of bots that was produced for Deimos and would always love to collect more.
A: I like Deimos, don’t count them out !
Q: How do you come up with Adventure Kartel characters? Do you remember the moment you came up with Tommy Mission, Cherry Bomb or Handsome Wu?
A: I just have laugh and think what I always want to see in comics or cartoons, normally I have a name, then work backwards. I like to take what is seen as pretty normal clothes or a look, and just twist or add to it etc. AK is me not be concerned with logic, or having any rules. I find many are years old, small sketches or ideas that just resurface etc.
Q: What’s the situation on the Iron Panda and WF supersets? Will we see them offered this year or they are slipping into next and going to be pre-made? As it’s a big set, some notification well in advance would be much appreciated to make sure funds are set aside.
A: Well we want to ship Wu and Co first, we have the Little Shadow Panda soon!
Q: Are you planning to make a TK print in which we can follow and enjoy the story? I'm a big fan and it's impossible for us to get the whole story so far. The very little Intel you give us with the toys is not enough and I would love more!
A: You're not supposed to have all the story, you can continue your own story, different threads and universes, or wait as I tell mine. I don’t see storytelling as a simple one-way street, the story of TK isn’t simple nor the way I’m telling it, the toys themselves have much to say, without me writing a word of story for them.
Q: The new ball joint on 3AGO Bertie, which you shared on your Instagram looks great! Is it possible to confirm if the new 1/6 versions will also have them?
A: Yes I have right here, working on colorways now for the 1/6th which is on sale in December, December is WWR month at 3A!
Q: After seeing how great the 3AGO Bertie is, any chance of a ZvRvA 3AGO box set with Warbot, a Zomb and Amazon? 3AA version could come with a merman as well!
A: I think so!
Q: Several months ago you had mentioned that the Downside was one of the craziest looking characters in the AK universe. Any plans to make him in 2015? Also, is Public Opinion coming in 2015? I'm looking forward to him and the Spank! We need some villains.
A: They are all on the go, but other priorities arise, I get into other stuff, then change course back. Sometime when a natural break happens in the process you just move on and almost forget them, then rediscover and get it done in no time. Its a weird process how I do it, some stuff sits fully designed on my desk for months till I scan and start the sculpt, dunno why, I just go with it!
Q: Ever since you mentioned that Tommy On the Run was wielding magical weapons I've been intrigued, what sort of magic weapons will Tommy be coming with? Any hints? Swords? Daggers? Axes? Perhaps a magical baseball bat? Or an enchanted machine gun? Please do tell!
A: You will see, still playing around with ideas, but I want some absurd as swell as cool!
Q: Dear Ashley, thanks for your art. But packaging is worth revising. My husband keeps ALL the boxes because they are beautiful. May be you'll switch to ordinary boxes or "bags" and include a poster inside? We are now thinking about where to put the future boxes, as my husband is awaiting 3 orders. Oh my.
A: Indeed, I can concur with your issue, but for every toy we make it could be someone's first 3A toy and we want to give as best a box as we can! I say build a space fortress with them all, eat ice cream with your husband in it, I can promise you will both smile!
Q: I am trying to come up with funds to buy all three Doctor Doom editions. Can you please tell me when the sale is going to end or post announcement 48 hours prior? Do you have more Doom editions in mind?
A: I am leaving up as long we can, though as of this writing they will probably come down on Monday 10th.