Mezco was actually my first stop during Preview Night (if you don’t count the stop on the way at Mondo, to sneak a quick look at the 1/6 scale Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). I wanted to get there to get my hands on the one of the 150 One:12 Collective Batman / Mutant Leader 2-packs that was on sale for the day. I was lucky and got a set (haven’t had the chance to open it yet), and asked if they had any more figures coming in the line. I was told to look around the corner.
In past San Diego Comic-Cons, 3A Toys has shared booth space with IDW. With the clamor for their exclusives, this has led to some funny situations. At the top of the list was the year the 3A line for exclusives wrapped around the entire IDW booth, effectively blocking out a George R.R. Martin signing for IDW. This was before his fame extended into the mainstream with the HBO Game of Thrones show, so some of the guys in line were asking stuff like, “Who is that Old Man Gimli cosplayer and why is he shaking his Sharpie at us?”
That’s changed this year, with IDW helping 3A to secure nearby booth #2743 so they could have their own dedicated space. And 3A has upped their game by planning more exclusives available at the show.
One of the benefits of having his own company is that Ashley Wood gets to make what he likes. It’s great fun to see what he comes with, but as his tastes have veered to more eclectic selections like the Isobelle Pascha hyper-sexualized line or forays into new scales like the 3AGO / MEGO tribute 8-inch scale, my own tendency to purchase is down. Another case in point, for the 2000 AD line, now firmly ensconced in 1/12 scale, his choices for exclusives are the Gronk from Strontium Dog, and Judge Fish from Judge Dredd.
Personally, I’d have liked to see some of the bigger hitters from 2000 AD get made, as the line has had many fits and starts. I don’t think Gronk and Judge Fish will register with most Con-goers these days. Then again, Wood has never been concerned with mass market appeal for his toys.
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of what Mezco has done with its One:12 Collective line – and that’s having held just one production figure in hand. I’m psyched to get Judge Dredd when he becomes available later this year, but I’m even more pumped that Mezco is making an in-scale Lawmaster for him to ride down perps.
I went back to the Mezco booth yesterday to shoot a fly-by of the Lawmaster. Enjoy!
No offense to Living Dead Doll collectors, but when that was the bulk of what Mezco was making, it was a far cry from those heady days when Hellboy comic and movie figures were dominating my shelves. But with their recent license acquisitions, coupled with setting a new bar for mixed media action figures in the 6-inch scale, Mezco is back, baby!
Today I got a closer look at the One:12 scale Batman and Judge Dredd, the Mortal Kombat X figures, and some upcoming figures for Breaking Bad.
3A Toys has held its 2000 A.D. license for several years now, but they’ve released figures more slowly than we’d like. In 2010, they released Tharg, followed by ABC Warriors Mongrol and Ro-Jaws in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Today’s pre-order for Judge Death marks their launch into the more widely known Judge Dredd domain and their transition to the 1/12 scale for 2000 A.D. (Tharg was a 1/6 scale figure, and the ABC Warriors came in both 1/6 and 1/12 scales.)
Judge Death features a new 3A super-articulated body, fabric apps, and will come in two colorways – a standard colored version and a 3A-exclusive “classic comic” grey-scale. Both versions of the 3A Toys Judge Death are available for pre-order at Bambaland for $60 each. Dredd and Hammerstein have been teasssssssed as the next figures in the pipeline.