World War Robot is a graphic novel illustrated by artist Ashley Wood and written by both Ashley Wood and TP Louise. The picture book combines an unconventional use of pairing painted images and essays to tell small parts of a larger story. The prose include excerpts from various diaries, journals and transcripts based around the humans involved in a fictional war in the 1980-1990s known as the Great War.
The Great War takes place between multiple different factions; the most obvious are the Martians, humans who have left Earth and settled on Mars seeking refuge, and the Terrans those who remain on Earth and seek to subdue the Martians to their fanatic religious ideals with violent means. Both sides utilize warbots in their ongoing conflict. Most of these are manufactured by Darwin Rothchild, but there has also been mention of Hobson and Dolch, a competitor of Rothchild (Corporation). Further factions within the war include N.O.M. and M.O.D.. Due to the storytelling format that Ashley Wood and TP Louise have closen, many plot details are left open to the imagination of fans as the story and universe is explored in greater depth with each book release.
WWR format figures are 1/6th scale toys of the various bots and humans of the WWR Universe, while their smaller WWRp counterparts are half that size at 1/12th scale.
The above story (text and links) is taken from the ThreeA Wiki, which is a great resource for the newbie that wants to learn more about the universe that Ashley Wood has created. If you'd like a more hand-on introduction, we highly recommend that you pick up a WWRp-sized ThreeA figure like the Heavy Brambles we currently have up for preorder. The WWRp-sized toys are quite affordable, priced between $45 and $65 each. At about 7 inches tall, all of them feature a mind-boggling level of technical detail. There are so many points of articulation that it's nearly impossible to count them all. The weathered paint technology is more detailed than that of almost any other toy manufacturer.
The figure pictured here is the Gravedigger colorway of the WWRp Heavy Bramble. You can preorder one from us here. All the figures have backstories and interesting things painted on their weapons and bodies... Gravedigger has "text on his right forearm and on his Aunty Jack 4 Way RPD weapon [that] reads: 'Counting bodies like sheep' and [it's] a quote from the song 'Pet' by the American band A Perfect Circle."
We also have several other colorways up for preorder, so go to our ThreeA page to check them all out! There are about 8 "retailer" colorways of the Heavy Bramble available: 5 main colorways available to all retailers, and regional exclusives that are only available to retailers in that region. I believe the 3 regions are USA, Europe and Asia. There is a distinct difference between the normal ThreeA toys offered directly to consumers, and the ones sold to retailers: ThreeA will offer certain colorways or figures to the collectors and others to retailers, which keeps the act of collecting pretty interesting. You can't buy all the ThreeA figures from any one source.
We'll cover the other 5 Heavy Brambles we're getting in subsequent blog posts.