FEATURE: World War Robot Portable (WWRp)
In collecting mecha and robots, there are usually two styles a collector is exposed to. First is the (often) Japanese style of elegant-looking humanoid machines that follow a motif (i.e. Samurais for Gundams) and second is the weathered, worn-out look that one often sees in novels or games. (i.e. MechWarriors/BattleTechs). This separation is further emphasized by the availability of merchandise that represent the robots in question. There is an abundance of the ‘clean robots’ while it’s quite difficult to see the other as it’s not as marketable as the former. This is where the ‘designer toy’ manufacturers excel and shine, as defined in Wikipedia:
“Designer toys is a term used to describe toys and other collectibles that are produced in limited editions (as few as 10 or as many as 2000 pieces) and created by artists and designers. Designer toys are made of variety of materials; ABS plastic and vinyl are most common, although wood, metal, and resin are occasionally used. The term also encompasses plush, cloth and latex dolls. Creators of designer toys usually have backgrounds in graphic design, illustration or self-described low brow art; some are classically trained in art and design, while others are self-taught. Designer toys first appeared in the 1990s and are still in production today.”
And for designer toys, one of the better known (and gaining popularity) manufacturers is threeA Toys. A collaboration between Ashley Wood and ThreeZero, threeA basically manufacturers anything that Ashley Wood conceptualizes. Now who is Ashley Wood one might ask. He is an Australian-born comic book artist and illustrator known for his gritty and weathered style of drawings. He has done work on IDW Publishing as well as teamed up with Hideo Kojima to create the Metal Gear Solid comic book series. Currently working on his “World War Robot” graphic novels, threeA is releasing figures of the mechanics in two lines. There is the 1/6-scale World War Robot (WWR) line and the smaller 1/12-scale World War Robot Portable (WWRp) figures.
Despite the extremely weathered look of these figures, there’s a certain appeal to these oddly-shaped-still-humanoid machines. The sheer amount of detail present in both the larger and smaller scale representations is a remarkable feature present in every threeA figure. From the LARGE MARTIN image above, those backpacks strapped in the front have actual working buckles. Looking further above in the ARMSTRONG picture, each figure has fully articulated individual finger joints that would normally be overlooked in mass-released figures. They also feature paint that while it looks overly-weathered, they’re pretty durable and won’t scratch easily — though it’s not really advised to scratch them due to their price tags.
Being designer toys, they’re produced in limited quantities and prices for these figures may shoot up outside the budget of a typical collector. Ranging from $50 to $80 before shipping, many will be easily turned-off by their prices. But if one considers the amount of detail that are present in these figures, every single dollar spent on these are worth it. For more details, head onto this awesome video review c/o Vangelus Central below.
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