If you're a robot fan, it's a forgone conclusion that that you've seen the work of Ashley Wood. His World War Robot (WWR) series features characters from Ashley's graphic novel of the same name. ThreeA Toys (a joint venture between ThreeZero and Ashley Wood) has released a number of retailer figures in their time.
For this review, we are going to take a look at a trio of retailer exclusive WWRp Large Martins: Auspublic Region Def, Mr. Frosty, and Sanddevil.
According to the packaging, here's a little background info on the Large Martin:
Large Martin is the successor to BOB, a moderately successful stop-gap artillery robot from Rothchild. Large Martin was initially released with single cannon configuration, later models were fitted with twin cannons and became known as Damn Large Martin.
Large Martin does not have the land speed of Bramble Mk2 or Bertie Mk2, but coupled with the standard Square2 accompaniment running support and retrieving field data in advance makes Large Martin a formidable robot to face.
Series: World War Robot Portable (WWRp)
Manufacturer: ThreeA Toys
Artist: Ashley Wood
Material: Rotocast vinyl and hard plastic
Dimensions: 9” tall (1/12th scale)
Points of Articulation: 19 points
Designs: Auspublic Region Def, Mr. Frosty, Sanddevil
Accessories: Two removable backpacks
The Large Martin box is largely black and white on the outside. There's a silhouette image of the character on the rear, as well as some background info. The box has a front flap that's held in place with a magnet. The flap has an image of one of Ashley's Large Martin paintings. On the other side, there's a plastic windowpane . The figure is secured between a pair of snapping plastic trays.
Thanks to Sideshow Collectibles, one of ThreeA's authorized retailers, we get to take a look at three of the retailer exclusive Large Martins – Auspublic Region Def, Mr. Frosty and Sanddevil.
As with many of ThreeA's figures, the first thing you notice when breaking open the plastic is the smell of paint. They actually paint the two backpacks, that are hooked to the Large Martin's front, to give them a weathered look. I usually have a two day “out in the garage” quarantine for the smell to dissipate.
Another staple of ThreeA and Ashley Wood is the detail of the paintwork. All three of these figures are painted to look weathered and rusty from battle. And each one is done slightly different. The applied decals have also been hit with the weathering.
The WWRp Large Martin (WWRp is the 1/12th scale) is extremely articulated. It features 19 points – from my calculations. The cannon twists up and down. The arms and legs have all sorts of articulation and there are actually a pair of points on the head.
And while I can't comment enough as to the quality of these figures, an impressive number is 50...as in you can pick one of these up for less than $50.00. Just looking at these three Large Martins, I imagine a $100.00 price tag for each figure. Luckily, you can get these for less than half that.
OVERALL: Sometimes you can describe to someone why a toy/figure/etc. is great...but I think photos speak louder than words in this case. I'd definitely pick up one, or all, of these.
You can pick one up at the following:
Sideshow: $49.99 ea. (Wait List)
WWRp Large Martin Grades
Figure Quality: 10/10
Fun Factor: 9/10
Auspublic Region Def: 9.4/10
Mr. Frosty: 9.5/10