Will You Be Able to Face Your Fears With ThreeA’s New Judge Fear Figure?
Soon Judge Dredd will find himself outnumbered by the Dark Judges... at least as far as ThreeA's 2000 AD figure line is concerned. Last year, the Ashley Wood-led company unveiled the first figures in the partnership with 2000 AD, including Judge Death, Judge Fish, Judge Dredd, Sam Slade and Gronk. 2016 will see even more of the classic British comic characters come to life, starting with the terrifying Judge Fear.
Based on designs by Brian Bolland, the new Judge Fear figure will feature the imposingly-helmed Dark Judge with all the accouterments expected of the undead master of fright. Sure, he might be remembered best by more casual observers for that panel where Judge Dredd punches him square in the "face," and orders him to "Gaze into the fist of Dredd!" That doesn't mean the guy isn't deserving of his own highly-detailed and articulated figure. I mean, who doesn't want to a toy of a man so assured in his own abilities that he wears giant bear traps as pauldrons and has giant bat wings sprouting from his furnace-like helm?
Created by John Wagner and Brian Bolland, the Dark Judges served as an antithesis to the real-world Judges; incorporeal forms meant to deal out rulings to suit their demonic whims. This of course goes against the clear-cut justice of Mega-City One's most infamous Judge. ThreeA teased Judge Fear at San Diego Comic-Con this past summer, and gave a glimpse at what to expect from its version of Judge Mortis at Toy Soul not too long ago. I'm interested to see how they plan to bring Judge Fire to life, if at all, but I'm getting a little ahead of myself.
Judge Fear will still fit in the 1/12 scale the rest of the 2000 AD figures followed, and at 6.6" tall, he'll be almost a full half-inch taller than Dredd. There'll be a few different pairs of hands to swap around, as well as a massive bear trap on a long chain for Fear to wield. In addition to his standard closed helmet, ThreeA will also be including an open gaze version, which offers a look at Fear's face. The dozens of eyes are just one of the two faces Fear has shown over the years (the other being tentacles), but are definitely creepy as hell.
You'll also notice his belt has the trademark shrunken heads, which may have explosive capabilities, depending on which stories you've read. It doesn't look like they'll be removable, but that they're getting the same detailed sculpting as the rest of the toy is a nice touch.
Judge Fear will be available for pre-order beginning on Jan. 13 for $65 on the Bambaland store. The other Judge Dredd figures have gotten two variants, but there's not mention of a black and white version being made available just yet. Perhaps those details will come next week, if at all.