Ashley Wood Answers our Top Questions about the ThreeA Toys and Marvel Collaboration

3A Toys Marvel Collaboration - Golden Age

It’s no secret – I am tremendously excited for (and a little scared of) the collaboration that 3A Toys announced with Marvel Comics on Friday. My re-entry point for toy collecting started with 6-inch Marvel Legends, but 1/6 scale figures have started to break my toy budget wide open – Hot Toys and 3A Toys are the main culprits. With the Marvel movies, Hot Toys might as well take my ATM card and PIN, and now 3A Toys will threaten to do that with its re-imagined comic book figures.

Fans of 3A know that they’ve got a very unique style – for those of us with mainstream taste, this combination with Marvel might seem odd. That’s one of the things on my mind as I reach out to Ashley Wood. Ash is the artist and design force behind 3A Toys. I’m sure there’s many more questions, but I wanted to know what Ash thinks of when he thinks Marvel, and how that’s influencing the Marvel figures 3A is making.

AFP: What were some of the Marvel Comics you first read? Have any personal favorite books, teams, or eras of comics? What books are you reading today?

Ashley Wood: I always enjoyed the Avengers, Spider-Man, Iron Fist, Marvel Team-Up, the X-men, Captain America, Tomb of Dracula, Daredevil and so on. The late 70’s to mid to late 80’s are my personal golden period. But I’m very fond of the Tales of Suspense with Kirby Captain America stories in them. I kinda collect the trades from that personal golden period now, but that’s mainly due to not visiting comic shops like I once did and not knowing what the great titles are.

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Quick Pic – Judge Dredd vs Judge Death and 3A Zombs

I saw Dredd 3D a couple of weekends ago and liked it very much, despite some excessive use of slow-mo – I am referring to the visual technique vs. the Slow-Mo drug that is central to the plot. And speaking of plot, the movie plays out much like a video game – after all, it follows Judge Dredd and Anderson through (was it 300?) levels of a Mega-complex, as they work their way to the final boss. Even with these flaws, the movie packs some great action and Karl Urban’s characterization of Judge Dredd is right on the money.

For a more informed and well-formulated opinion, please see Dredd – Urban Justice Is Served! by Jedd-the-Jedi at FwooshFlix.com.

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threeA Toys 2000 A.D. Mongrol On Sale 2/27

The first of a series of seven A.B.C warriors, Mongrol goes onsale this Monday. 250usd which includes worldwide shipping from Bambalandstore.com or from your local classy toy retailer.

2000 A.D. fans, your next installment, the humongous Mongrol from ABC Warriors, goes on sale this Sunday. It’ll be Monday morning in Hong Kong, but for the time zone challenged that’s actually Sunday 2/27 at 8PM EST. Mongrol will have a black variant that will only be available with the drop on bambalandstore.com.

3A has revealed that more 2000 A.D. is coming – Hammerstein will be next, and Dredd is also in the works. If you missed Tharg earlier, he’ll be getting re-released too, and is being called a 2.0 version.

The first of a series of seven A.B.C warriors, Mongrol goes onsale this Monday. 250usd which includes worldwide shipping from Bambalandstore.com or from your local classy toy retailer.

three A Toys A.B.C Warriors Mongrol Preview

I don’t know much about about 2000 AD beyond Judge Dredd, but ABC Warriors looks like it’s right in threeA’s wheelhouse. I’m looking forward to Hammerstein!

Text is from Gimbat’s Daily News thread – glad to see he’s recovering from a recent health issue.

2000 AD Mongrol will hit us in January 2011. It means that currently we don’t know what will be available from 3A in December and it’s certainly very exciting. I personally hope for Grunts, though it’s kinda impossible. Check out Mongrol arms, it’s going to be a piece of art.