3A | Q+A
With Ashley Wood
Q: Whatâ€™s Zomb MDâ€™s deal? Whyâ€™s he gotta make trouble and turn everybody into Zombs? Whatâ€™d the Mission family ever do to him to put that bug up his ass?
Ash: Itâ€™s more the other way, the Mission family have a bug up their collective asses about MD, though typically any adventurer will always fall on the side of dislike for the psychotic! Zomb MD! Reason for being is like all great villains - tragic, but for now, a mystery. The piss and vinegar level needed to sustain his level of hate for all living things is quite extraordinary and awsome to sniff at, truly his greatest power is the sustained emo he has attained, maybe Tommy should shave a chat to him about it!
Q: Who creates the elixir and drugs that make the Oracle Zombs speak? Is there someone above manipulating all the changes and dealing these elements into that world?
Ash: Zomb MD creates the juice that powers all Zombs, in the case of the Oracle itâ€™s introduced into their limited system (head) via the feeding canister. Zomb MD is the brains behind the MD Empire with the help of his loverly nurses of course!
Q: Is the Meta-Popbot just a bit of fun to make some figures of the creators involved at 3A? Will we see a Kim TK or Ms74 TQ? Are there other staff you wanna make toys of?
Ash: Popbot is a meta story, it doesnâ€™t just follow a classic fiction narrative, much of the story exists outside what is seen as fiction. The meta line wonâ€™t be for parody or just because, the characters are pivotal and not throw away at all. So donâ€™t expect to see anything that wonâ€™t appear in the comic or just for shits or giggles!
Q: What factions do Herbert and Spencer adopt? Will there be multiple faction options for Alberto when he gets released?
Ash: Always! As H/S release their company cannot survive by supporting one faction, the robots cost a lot to make for a single outing!
Q: I always see you say make some noise, show the support, but how? Who do we need to talk to? Or- more importantly - what do you need the legion to do to show the support is there? I desperately want to see that Brambleton happen and for the Bertie mk2 to see every colorway imaginable (mmm like the Caesar sale of yore) and especially a Stealth or Medic Dropcloth 1.5 and I think there are enough people out there that would buy them! Kickstarter? Polls? Petitions?
Ash: Well itâ€™s kinda hard to answer, as to show support is quite a nebulous request. Ever since Nom De Plume there has been nothing but support, 3A is built on that support, the Legion, that passion.
Iâ€™m not fond of Kickstarter, we have always delivered on toys even when the sales have missed the financial waypoints, I donâ€™t and wonâ€™t offer toys and then say sorry, not enough want it, it wonâ€™t happen. Seems counter productive to me. So Iâ€™m not asking for that, I guess Iâ€™m saying on the most basic level if we are to make more say 1/6th WWR robots, then we at 3A have to see there is a market, whether you guys want them, so we donâ€™t take a bullet on them. On many of the large WWR we have taken hits. I love making them, but there is a point where Kim and me go, well maybe this is silly, all this work and $$ and we donâ€™t break even, eventually that will kill us.
Itâ€™s hard to tell what will work and what doesnâ€™t and normally I just follow my heart and go with what feels right, stuff you think has the support and interest flops, and stuff you think well this isnâ€™t gonna fly really shines through like Pascha of example. We have support, I guess I mean if say you all wanted a 1/6th Gravedigger Bramble, keep telling us, e-mail, Facebook us, let us know, and we can see if it's possible!
Over the last 7 years the support for 3A has been stunning and Iâ€™m grateful for the chance the chance to make and offer what we have!
Q: Where do Zombots fit into the equation? Security? Myths? Joke gone too far? Speaking of - any plans for more Zombots? Maybe ones with articulated hands?
Ash: Zombots are just that, like Zombs are infected with a virus, Zombots with a code based infection in their case. As we have a film in dev with them, no one else can claim such a mighty title/name! If the powers that be donâ€™t seem to have what it takes to get the ZvR film made (so called Inherit The Earth - I mean who changes a cool title like ZVR to Inherit The Earth, wtf) maybe ZOMBOTS can take that place on the big screen!
Q: Now that there's the 10" female body, what are the odds of seeing a shorter male body or a taller stockier one? I looooooove playing with scale and having those sorts of options. The 1/6th world is too bent up on everything being the same height. I want more diversity. I like shit that reflects the world I see in my mirror and out my window.
Ash: Well I have the short person body from the Threezero Game Of Thrones figure, anyone want a TK like that? We have a shorter stockier female body nearly finished, which I think is all kinds of cool. I agree there should be all kinds of bodies, but I think the lack of sizes is all down to $$, as moulding a 1/6th body of any size is an expensive proposition and taking risks isnâ€™t on everyoneâ€™s must do lists!