Spider-Man and Judge Dredd Sign Up With ThreeA’s Bravest Warriors
ThreeA has long been crafting original figures and collectibles based on the art and designs of co-founder Ashley Wood, but in recent years, the company has expanded its reach with a variety of licenses in comics, animation and films. That essence of Wood's aesthetic is still ever present though, and his influence still informs the design sense for many of ThreeA's upcoming pieces.
At San Diego Comic-Con this year, the company went all out with a major presentation of its upcoming slate. Normally included as a small part of IDW's booth, ThreeA's installation this year was set up like an art show, and showed off a great deal of promising figures in a range of scales and sizes. With figures from Frederator and 2000 AD, as well as Marvel, it appears the company is finally ready to make a big splash in the market beyond its original works.
We've known about ThreeA's 2000 AD line for a bit, but beyond the release of Judge Death and Judge Dredd (as well as SDCC exclusive figures Judge Fish and Gronk), the line's future remained a bit of a mystery. We hadn't even actually see Judge Dredd in full before the show, though he'd been teased in images alongside Judge Death. It's strange that we're living in a time now where multiple companies are releasing Judge figures, when previously you had to scour eBay to find long out-of-release toys if you were a fan. ThreeA's taking it a bit further, developing a Judge Fear next, which by the way, looks amazing. I don't know if the rest of the evil Judges will get made (how would you even do Judge Fire and make it look good?), but with Dredd, and his counterparts Death and Fear on the way, 2000 AD is going to be very well represented for collectors.
ThreeA had some surprising new Marvel figures on display as well. Spider-Man will soon join Iron Man, Doctor Doom and Ultron as the next Marvel character to get the Ashley Wood touch. Though not necessarily a full metal work-looking figure, this Spider-Man still shares some design similarities with the others. Both a standard red and blue and a symbiote Spidey will be released, with loads of articulation to put him in some classic poses. It's tough to get an idea of what the figure will really be like without holding it, but they look sharp and stylized, and quite unlike any version of the character currently available. A Batman was teased with a big banner at the show, but wasn't on hand as the prototype wasn't ready for display. Needless to say, if there are going to be Wood designed DC heroes on the docket for 2016 and beyond, we can't wait to see them.
The final, and arguably most anticipated, new pieces on display featured everyone's favorite Frederator characters, the Bravest Warriors and Bee and Puppycat. Chris and Beth had already been announced, but seeing Danny and Plum rendered in figure form was a treat. Wallow is potentially planned, but first we've got to get through the rest of the normal-sized characters. The clothing looks great in person, and though the paint apps looked a tiny bit rough in person, the final versions will feature dyed plastic to alleviate such an issue. As these were prototypes, there is still some work to be done on the likes of Bee and Puppycat and Catbug, but these figures do look really nice this early on.