Strongarming Our Toy Shelves: ThreeA Toys WWRP Armstrong Review

Ashley Wood is a one helluva creator and it definitely shows in the designs for his line of World War Robots from ThreeA Toys, based on the IDW comics! The figures produced through the company are more art than action figure, and manage to have a unique feel in an already crowded market. We've been wanting to snag a couple of these for a while, but held off knowing that once the addiction set in for these robotic war machines we'd stay broke from then on! Well, thanks to our local comic shop's distribution of Sideshow Collectibles merchandise, we finally gave into temptation. Today, we're gonna check out the Gerry 1G and Mod 7 1G Armstrongs from ThreeA's WWRP line!

While both of these 1G Armstrongs are part of the WWRP (World War Robot Portable) series, here's the small bit of text available form the packaging of their larger WWR brethren:

Armstrong is still an enigma, only glimpsed in blurry combat footage and never officially acknowledged by Rothchild. The name Armstrong Lunar Defence only appeared once on a manifest incorrectly transmitted from Rothchild's lunar facility, thus Armstrong is the assumed name for this bot. All persons who have seen this manifest have consequently disappeared or have met an untimely death.

The difference between the 0 and 1 designations come from the 0G being the Lunar Gravity and the 1G meaning the Armstrong has been prepped for Earth Gravity, hence the different type of packs on the bots.

Standing at a whopping 7 1/2" tall, the WWRP Armstrong series is a sight to behold. Each robot in this series has the same sculpt that features a tall, cylindrical body surrounded by lanky arms, stubby legs, and a big-ass jetpack. They are constructed from a rigid plastic that skirts the line of durable and brittle. While we're sure you COULD let a kid play with these (their rated 15+ on the box), we wouldn't recommend it. However, posing them is not a problem as you'll find out in the articulation section of this review. The sculpt is very identifiable with Ashley Wood's art style and we love the simple and tight detailing on these toys. The bots also have soft goods added in the form of two ammo pouches mounted to their waists by way of small j-hooks. Honestly, just look at the photos. It's tough to describe the badassery of these squat-legged enforcers given our current state of toy-induced euphoria. Please excuse us while we geek out for a few minutes...

Ahhhh, that's better! Now onto the paint! The paintwork on these figures, and everything else ThreeA releases, is astonishing. That's right, "astonishing". While these toys are constructed from the usual PVC plastic, thanks to the paint they look battle-worn scratched, rusted, and abused. Gerry 1G has been painted in gray, gold, and red but the additional paint apps make it seem as if he's had replacement parts, oil leakage, and soot build-up around the exhaust port. The same goes for his massive jetpack. On the other hand, the Mod 7 reminds us more of oxidized and tempered iron with yellow graffiti covering his body, including the (MOD)ERATOR name and an Ashley Wood-designed pin-up model. When looking at these two, you can really see the genius behind ThreeA's varied paint apps. Yep, THIS is where the cost comes in.

When it comes to articulation, these zombie-killin' robots are all business. There's a camera port towards the top of each figure's body that seems to be a ball placed inside, giving full rotation. Also, the cylinder itself has a swivel midway down. There are also ball-joint shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, ball-joint wrists, ball-joint hips, hinged knees, and ball-joint ankles. However, the big thing that just blew our minds came in the form of the hand articulation. Ball-joints are present at the base of each thumb and finger, followed by two separate hinge joints. That means these robot's hands are probably able to grip stuff better than our own, keyboard-ravaged digits! The thickness, and amount, of the paint caused a couple of our figure's articulation points to be stuck when we opened them up. Thankfully, after taking a deep breath and praying we weren't going to break our pricey new figures, we were able to break them loose and they've given us no problems since.

The jetpacks and ammo pouches are already attached to the bots in the package, so their sole accessory ends up being their massive guns-- which is really all they need, right? It looks like a beefed up version of the Bren Light Machine Gun and even has a top-loading magazine. The magazine is removable ad has a bullet sculpted and painted into the top of it so if you wanna have your Armstrong posed in the middle of a reload, that's totally doable. The guns are made form the same plastic as the bots and are painted differently to fit the style of the figure they're packaged with as well.

All in all, there's nothing really to trash on these guys. They are just as cool as we thought they'd be and are now kicking ourselves for waiting so long to start collecting. New figures are available through the online Bambaland Store, but these Retailer-Exclusive Armstrong's and a few other bots are also available at Sideshow Collectibles, Big Bad Toy Store, and of course Ebay. Be sure to hit up ThreeA Toys' official website as well for news, great photos, and all the info about the entire WWR line.

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