ThreeA x Valve - Production Toys in the Pipeline?

Every week, the Ashley Wood founded toy company, ThreeA, release a newsletter which summarises current affairs and toy production updates. A bit of a predictable affair to some who follow ThreeA religiously, but every now and then Ashley Wood drops an unexpected bombshell, and today’s newsletters was one of those cases…

In VOX 7, the weekly newsletter, ThreeA reveal the above teaser image with a massive Valve logo, and the message couldn’t be any clearer. Below the image Ashley made the comment, “Ordinarily, I wouldn’t contemplate them… But these *are* extraordinary times.”. 

Extraordinary times indeed!

Now this isn’t the first time ThreeA is partnering up with video game companies. Ashley has had a fairly long relationship with Konami, the people behind Metal Gear Solid, and have just recently released their highly anticipated 1/48 scale model Rex, and it’s also pretty recent news that they are also involved introducing figures for the Xbox Halo franchise. The Valve partnership is yet another high profile team up, and what they have planned with Gabe Newell’s company is intriguing and exciting all at once!

With original franchises and game series under Valve’s belt, like the hugely popular Half Life series, the zombie survival Left 4 Dead games, Portal, and the multiplayer frag fest, Team Fortress, the library of characters and inspiration they can draw from is pretty endless. 

So I guess we shall have to wait and see what’s in store!

Why do YOU guys hope to see coming from this new partnership?

ThreeA x Valve - Production Toys in the Pipeline?

Every week, the Ashley Wood founded toy company, ThreeA, release a newsletter which summarises current affairs and toy production updates. A bit of a predictable affair to some who follow ThreeA religiously, but every now and then Ashley Wood drops an unexpected bombshell, and today’s newsletters was one of those cases…

In VOX 7, the weekly newsletter, ThreeA reveal the above teaser image with a massive Valve logo, and the message couldn’t be any clearer. Below the image Ashley made the comment, “Ordinarily, I wouldn’t contemplate them… But these *are* extraordinary times.”.

Extraordinary times indeed!

Now this isn’t the first time ThreeA is partnering up with video game companies. Ashley has had a fairly long relationship with Konami, the people behind Metal Gear Solid, and have just recently released their highly anticipated 1/48 scale model Rex, and it’s also pretty recent news that they are also involved introducing figures for the Xbox Halo franchise. The Valve partnership is yet another high profile team up, and what they have planned with Gabe Newell’s company is intriguing and exciting all at once!

With original franchises and game series under Valve’s belt, like the hugely popular Half Life series, the zombie survival Left 4 Dead games, Portal, and the multiplayer frag fest, Team Fortress, the library of characters and inspiration they can draw from is pretty endless.

So I guess we shall have to wait and see what’s in store!

Why do YOU guys hope to see coming from this new partnership?

The Given’s Mickey Piece for Play Imaginative x Disney Custom Show


Local custom toy artist, Abe Viljoen aka The Given, has given us a glimpse of his Mickey piece he has designed for the Play Imaginative x Disney custom show that he has been invited to contribute towards.

The Given said this about the show..

I was very happy to be invited to be involved with this custom show, as I actually have a love for old school cartoon characters like Mickey Mouse. Naturally I had to go with the vintage colour scheme and what is fast becoming my calling card with the added gold.

The custom is titled “The House of Mouse” and features a custom helmet, as well as bullet band and custom grenades.

As always, we are super excited to see our local South African talent making their mark and appearances in international toy shows. And we wish Abe much success with his piece when it’s unveiled with the rest of the world’s best efforts sometime this year!

"MGS REX will go on sale at Bambaland on March 2nd at 9-00am HONG KONG TIME, $490USD which includes world wide shipping.  MG REX will ship in AUGUST.”
Let me remind you about the journey this amazing furni-toy has been on… 
http://vinyl-destination.tumblr.com/post/5204270743/vd3arex

"MGS REX will go on sale at Bambaland on March 2nd at 9-00am HONG KONG TIME, $490USD which includes world wide shipping.  MG REX will ship in AUGUST.”

Let me remind you about the journey this amazing furni-toy has been on… 

http://vinyl-destination.tumblr.com/post/5204270743/vd3arex

Cris Rose’s Robotones Series - Valentine Pink

Continuing his monthly Robotone series, Cris Rose has dropped the second colour in the series this month, aptly titled Valentine Pink.

If you missed what these are about, Cris has began a series of single colour resin figures which will be released monthly - a colour for every month over the course of 2012. Every colour will be somewhat related to the month in question, with last month seeing the release of January Blues, and February being the Valentine Pink colourway. 

They go on sale on the 7th of every month till the end of the month, or until stock lasts, and sell for $25 each. There are two different 3” styles to choose from, and if you can’t pick a specific style, they are cheap enough to grab both!;)

Get them now while you can! Even if it’s not for yourself, the pink colourway would make a sweet and cute Valentines day gift for that special someone in your life.:)

Buy them from Cris Rose’s online shop here..

New Trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man

For the first time we see some actual glimpses of the film’s villain, the Lizard, and get a better idea of the story of the film. The trailer is really moody for a Spider-man flick, almost akin to that of Nolan’s ‘real world’ Batman movies, though we do see some wise crack humour played by Andrew Garfield as he is dressed up as the super hero in hopes to lighten up the overall dark mood of the trailer.

So what do you think? Think Andrew Garfield is a turning out to be a good Spider-man so far? Like the look of the Lizard? Let us know! 

Huck Gee x Beast Brothers - Ivory Warrior Skullendario Azteca

From the hilltop overlooking the expansive Jungle comes the leader of the Ivory Azteca Warriors. Carved out of prehistoric mammoth tusk, adorned with ancient rubies and raising the tribes flag high.

This epic piece is brought to you by two artist powerhouses Huck Gee and The Beast Brothers in a unique collaboration.

This 8-inch hand crafted custom will go on sale for only 24 hours starting Saturday, February 18 at 1pm EST only in The Beast Brothers Webstore
Each hand painted sculpture comes signed by each artist, adorned with red Swarovski crystals, a custom flag, and safely entombed in a laser engraved wooden crate.
Each Ivory Warrior will only cost $475 plus shipping.

The Avengers Superbowl Commercial

The group shot towards the end is the money shot!

Excited! 

DC ENTERTAINMENT OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES “BEFORE WATCHMEN” SERIES

Havent been following the comic scene all that well recently it seems, since this announcement came completely as surprise for me..

Today, DC ENTERTAINMENT announced it’s plans to expand on the best selling graphic novel of all time, Watchmen (originally penned by the incredible Alan Moore, and illustrated by the equally talented Dave Gibbons), by producing a collection of stories set as a prequel to the original, titled ‘Before Watchmen’.

For those who are unaware of the critically acclaimed graphic novel, which is listed as one of TIME’S Top 100 novels, and of it’s (impressive) big budget Hollywood film adaption by Zack Snyder, you’re missing out on a great piece of fiction. Alan Moore has a way of tapping into the areas not commonly explored by writers at the time and has created a chilling and interesting story which explores an ‘alternate real world’ occupied by wanna-be super heros, freak accidents of nature, and a political world crisis. 

It was an original story, created by Moore, which had a definite beginning and a definite end, and that was his vision. Though out of his hands, Moore even refused to have any part in the Hollywood film adaption, as it went beyond his original vision of his story.

So it’s now a bit of a shock, to me at least, to see DC wanting to expand the series Moore created, without Moore’s consent. DC have assembled a whole new group of writers and illustrators that will take the prequel series into a ‘relevant and new direction’. It will be an ‘inter-connected’ prequel mini-series that promises to build up the foundation to the original story.

Don’t get me wrong. The teams that DC have organised for the effort are impressive and will no doubt do a good job, but I just feel that one should respect the original series creator and his original vision of his story and universe that he created.

So I approach this with some unease. I’m a fan of the story, and would love to see the characters explored more in some way or another, though I believe that if Alan Moore himself isn’t guiding the project with his creative input, then it goes against everything which made the orginal so great. But with that said though, I would more than most likely buy the series, as I’m truthfully interested to see the new set’s of creative vision the new writers and artists have for the characters and universe. 

But let me put my negativity aside for a second, and let me admit that more Watchmen, while might not be needed, certainly ain’t all THAT bad!

Anyways, so enough about my opinion on the matter, I wanna hear yours. Do you support the new series and will you read them? Or do you feel that this prequel series without Moore is not worth your time and interest?

Let us know!

Head over the break to read the media release about the series supplied by DC..

This summer, DC Entertainment will publish all-new stories expanding on the acclaimed WATCHMEN universe. As highly anticipated as they are controversial, the seven inter-connected prequel mini-series will build on the foundation of the original WATCHMEN, the bestselling graphic novel of all time. BEFORE WATCHMEN will be the collective banner for all seven titles, from DC Comics.

“It’s our responsibility as publishers to find new ways to keep all of our characters relevant,” said DC Entertainment Co-Publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee. “After twenty five years, the Watchmen are classic characters whose time has come for new stories to be told. We sought out the best writers and artists in the industry to build on the complex mythology of the original.”

Stepping up to the challenge is a group of the comic book industry’s most iconoclastic writers and artists – including Brian Azzarello (100 BULLETS), Lee Bermejo (JOKER), Amanda Conner (POWER GIRL), Darwyn Cooke (JUSTICE LEAGUE: NEW FRONTIER), John Higgins (WATCHMEN), Adam Hughes (CATWOMAN), J.G. Jones (FINAL CRISIS), Andy Kubert (FLASHPOINT), Joe Kubert (SGT. ROCK), Jae Lee (BATMAN: JEKYLL AND HYDE), J. Michael Straczynski (SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE) and Len Wein (SWAMP THING).

BEFORE WATCHMEN includes:

  • RORSCHACH (4 issues) – Writer: Brian Azzarello. Artist: Lee Bermejo
  • MINUTEMEN (6 issues) – Writer/Artist: Darwyn Cooke
  • COMEDIAN (6 issues) – Writer: Brian Azzarello. Artist: J.G. Jones
  • DR. MANHATTAN (4 issues) – Writer: J. Michael Straczynski. Artist: Adam Hughes
  • NITE OWL (4 issues) – Writer: J. Michael Straczynski. Artists: Andy and Joe Kubert
  • OZYMANDIAS (6 issues) – Writer: Len Wein. Artist: Jae Lee
  • SILK SPECTRE (4 issues) – Writer: Darwyn Cooke. Artist: Amanda Conner

Each week, a new issue will be released, and will feature a two-page back-up story called CURSE OF THE CRIMSON CORSAIR, written by original series editor Len Wein and with art by original series colorist John Higgins. There will also be a single issue, BEFORE WATCHMEN: EPILOGUE, featuring the work of various writers and artists, and a CRIMSON CORSAIR story by Wein and Higgins.

“The original series of WATCHMEN is the complete story that Alan Moore and I wanted to tell. However, I appreciate DC’s reasons for this initiative and the wish of the artists and writers involved to pay tribute to our work. May these new additions have the success they desire,” said Dave Gibbons, WATCHMEN co-creator and original series artist.

“Comic books are perhaps the largest and longest running form of collaborative fiction,” said DiDio and Lee. “Collaborative storytelling is what keeps these fictional universes current and relevant.”

RETAIL NKD NOZZEL AND QMPNT PAC 5 & 6

ThreeZero is about to release their retail version of the NKD NOZZEL, along with Qmpnt Pac 5 & 6.

The NKD NOZZEL figure is 6” tall and includes 3 sets of eye lenses, 2.0 arms, union suit with not so hidden tanto knife, and as always a removable helmet.

WIth the release we will see Qmpnt Pac 5 (Fr33dom Club), and Pac 6 (Fort Burnout).

Qmpnt Pac 5 (Fr33dom Club)


Comes with : Zip-up hoodie, duffel bag, homemade pistol, pipe bomb, and silver lenses.

Qmpnt Pac 6 (Fort Burnout)


Comes with : FB shirt, scarf, sM4 with scope/supressor, sling bag and FB patch).

These release will be shipping late February 2012.

So which is your favourite set-up? NKD Nozzel in his standard get-up? Or you more a fan of the Fort Burnout or Fr33dom pacs?  :)

Dark Knight Rises Statues and Busts

So some images of collectible 12” collectible figures and busts from the upcoming Dark Knight Rises movie has serviced on the web, from where I’m not entirely sure.

What we see though are some pretty decent representations of 3 of the main characters from the film, namely the villain Bane (Tom Hardy), the hero Batman (Christian Bale), and the new love interest, Catwoman (Anne Hathaway).

These give us a pretty good overall idea on the the designs of their standard ‘costumes’ in the film. Bane looks full on knuckles military, and Catwoman looking slinky and pretty hawt in those heels and body suit. Batman, well, he just looks like he’s in for a loooooooong day when Bane finally appears in Gotham town.

Overall they’re pretty decent. Not a HUGE fan of the Catwoman bust though. The face looks a little… off. Not sure if it’s the mask design, or if it’s rather poor representation of Anne Hathaway. Anyways, Bane looks surprisingly venomous and can’t wait to see him in full action this ‘American Summer’ when The Dark Knight Rises hits the theaters worldwide in July, along with these figures.

So what are you thoughts? Keen on getting any of these for your DC/Batman collection?

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