3A | Q+A
With Ashley Wood
Q: Is there any chance of making the Mobile Kunstler in 1/12th or 1/6th? Design of the suit is fucking awesome! Will we see WWR suits like this?
Q: Any plans for more 1/12th Bertie Mk 3.5 this year? Maybe a box set of colors like the previous ones, but with a variety of battle damaged and regular editions?
Ash: Thatâ€™s a Kuntsler design for now, not related to WWR. I was thinking of making a vinyl of the pair one day though!
Ash: We have some street battle scene sets coming and a Bertie or two via the GS HOBBY JAPAN 1/12th Shitty 9 Series! The first release from that is a Martian Harold which will be in stores next month, pre-made and ready to go!
Q: Just seeing that Saturn preview is awesome. Iâ€™ve been eyeballing and from the blur alone does this mean that Saturn is taller than Mars? Or will it be a smaller bot?
Ash: His design makes him taller, but they are similar in size, prototype was at the Thai Toy Expo last week!
Q: Will you be doing your interpretations of Han Solo or Chewie for Star Wars Alternate? Not as in realistic likenesses, but your styled faces and hands? OR the idea of a 10â€ Leia is just too cool
Ash: Yup, Iâ€™m very lucky to have this opportunity, itâ€™s gonna be fun!
Q: I want more EVENFALL! Are there Modified THUG suits or different strains of Strigoi? Do the THUG suits have a personality A.I. or do they act as avatars of their Operators?
Ash: More aliens next, and of course you can read all about how the THUG operate in the upcoming comics for free online or you can buy a monthly or so printed round up of them! There are many THUG suits, well variations, and yes they have personality, the term TOTEM refers to a system, of digital and human combining their minds in a virtual sense, hence the totem, head on a head.
Q: Whatâ€™s next for HALO? The Jorge proto at SDCC looked fucking beastly!
Ash: Need to ship Master Chief and co first, clear the decks and figure it out, I want the Elite!
Q: When working on a licensed line that you get to redesign, how do you pick the characters and line up? Is it chosen by the licensor? If you get to pick, does it simply come down to personal preference or is it an itch youâ€™ve always wanted to scratch?
Ash: I pick what I want to do, soon as Iâ€™m told, I run away. Iâ€™m lucky that the companies we deal with are incredibly gracious and pretty much let me do my thing! Anything that I redesign is only because I have a love for it, the Marvel and DC stuff is integral to me, Iâ€™m a comic geek for over 35 years! Star Wars again, I still remember that first day I saw it, I know the change that happened in my mind, Microman the same etc. Contrary to popular belief doing license stuff isnâ€™t a way to print money, for me its a chance to play in park I never thought possible!
Q: The logistics behind making a Weapons Pack seems insane. I know its been long rumored for years, but what are the odds of it finally happening this year? Gun-metal or black/neutral colors could go with any faction. I guess the other question is is the weapons pack meant to be for Grunts or for Bots?
Ash: I want it, just we are always too taxed to get to it. Itâ€™s a true for the fun of it thing, it will lose money, but itâ€™s still worth it just to do it! The only reason anything is delayed is due to lack of man power, whether it be samples or shipping, never because we donâ€™t care, or give a shit, we work 7 days a week to bring you the best we can! I did the box design for the set 3 years ago for the weapons set, maybe we can break with tradition this year and release it!
Q: Seriously though - that Star Wars trailer - thoughts?
Ash: All great except Solo, looked old and fucked, made me feel old and fucked and that fucking Wookiee looks younger! Fucker is going the DYE! I thought it looked great, shit wish I was making SW films!
Q: Will we see any of the characters age like Roth or some of the TK's? Does Tommy ever get older and start looking like Merde? Will JC's beard go grey?
Q: In regards to the new Shitty9 group, will each toy release through Goodsmile represent a group member of the Shitty9? If this is so, and since you only mentioned six months worth of releases, are the last three members going to be on Bambaland?
Ash: WWR is being told in a different way, the story is moving at a different pace, the AK world is moving much slower as itâ€™s more a soap opera, where WWR is almost a trilogy of films!
Ash: Each release is a member and yes the 6 releases will cover the 9, the next set is a Dropcloth two pack, so 3 members over two releases!
Q: Will the Hobby Japan comics be translated and collected in a book at some point?
Ash: Iâ€™ll just put them online for free for now, Iâ€™m sure they will turn up somewhere, as a point, the Hobby Japan are translated from English, they are ready to goâ€¦ maybe I should post em!
Q: If extreme religious rhetoric is the major force running the Earth Coalition, are there any visible signs of it? Any symbol or background information on what exactly it stands for? Is it a cult? Is it a fanciful twist on any real world religion? Like in Marvel comics is there any type of â€œHail Hydra" greeting or secret password between people of extreme devotion?
Ash: FUCK MARS is their inner cry, they are like a more forceful United Nations, they are a bunch of powerful nations that have chosen to gang up and make Mars get into line. They represent the old, Mars represents the new.
Q: Since there are conflicts between different factions of the Earth Coalition over Earthâ€™s treatment of Mars, do the less extreme factions think that Mars should be free to do as it pleases? Is there a sense of a renaissance on Earth in regards to freedom of expression and individual rights that fight against whatever oppressive religious rhetoric rules the Earth? What do the resisting Earth factions think should be done with Mars and the Earth?
Ash: Yes ,there are nations that believe Mars should have free reign and that diplomacy and working together is the right path, these nations are at or on the brink of war with the coalition nations. This part is really the back bone of the WWR title, Earth is falling into war while Mars watches. Itâ€™s actually where the cool stuff is happening, inter planetary war is slow and boring, the shit on the ground is where the good stories are!
Q: Are the N.O.Ms agents of chaos or something more? It is said that some of them are truth seekers (the Fallen), so that must mean that Supreme's plans would be no more good for the human race than whatever extreme religion is currently running the Earth Coalition. The fact that there are fallen N.O.M must mean that there is a way to some truth or good that Supreme, Earth, Mars, and Rothchild don't represent. Are the N.O.M just in existence to defeat Rothchild? What purpose do the N.O.M serve if not to only advance the agenda of the Supreme's plans for Trinity? What is Trinity?
Ash: NOM believe they have the right path for all, the Trinity is a balance of Mind, Spirit and Body. They embrace all aspects of humanity, their leader, the Supreme NOM, represents the Divine Feminine harking back to the dawn of religion before organized church made it a man only affair. The NOM are complicated and do not want anyone but them running the show!