have you guys ever heard of ThreeA toys? Omigod. Guys. GUISE. I have to share this with you because it's amazing.
ThreeA is a toy company co-owned by comic book artist Ashley Wood. He reminds me of artists Dave McKean and Bill Sienkiewicz. ThreeA takes the characters that Ashley creates and turns them into 1:6 and 1:12 scale toys. Well, dolls. No, toys. Both.
I'd never seen any in person, but I always would look at the Blind Cowboy figure online and think how awesome it must be, and then see a resale price of $300+ and quickly close the browser because that is crazy.
Then, a little while ago, I walked into my local Newbury Comics and on the counter was a box of the smaller, 1:12th scale Adventure Kartel figures.
It was destiny. I had to have one. So I picked up "Colde Merde"
He's crazy. He's six inches and he has all kinds of fabric clothing and guns and holsters all over him and a big puffy winter jacket and zippers that zip and a little cigarette that is almost impossible to find when it falls out of his mouth and causes all kinds of frustration while trying to find it on the floor.
I kept looking at Merde and saying to myself "Man, if the tiny 1:12th scale look this good, what the hell do the 1:6th scale look like?"
I kept thinking about that - about these silly toys. Then I started looking at them on eBay. One that looked kinda cool came up and a somewhat decent price (who am I lying too? He was expensive. But he came with a poster and a t-shirt and a cool box) so I took a chance and bought him.
The 1:12 figures were cool. But the 1:6th figures are BONKERS. Like, oh-my-GOD bonkers.
1:6th sale is basically doll size. They are 12 inches. One foot of super posable toy, with ball joints and joints everywhere. Super posable. All the clothes are fabric. The pockets on the cargo pants open. The laces on the shoes are string.
And the accessories. Oh My God, the accessories. Backpacks and satchels and bags and straps and sheaths and swords and belts. And the bags all open; they all zipper or snap or clasp. They hold things.
The figure I got, named "KDA" is part of the "TOMORROW KINGS" line of comics/figures. As the story with Tomorrow Kings goes, the TK's are a race of genetically cloned fighters bred to fight giant robots with swords to prevent the robots from taking over the world. They chop off robot's heads with swords. Giant Robots.
Guys, this company makes giant 1:6 scale decapitated robot heads that you can pair them with.
GIANT DECAPITATED ROBOT HEADS. !!!!!!!!!
KDA is a bodyguard to the leader of the TK's. He's covered in dirt. He's got some bandages on his face and arm. His clothes are stained with dirt. Everything has been covered with a layer of dust and painted dirt. It's amazing.
His shoes come off. He has feet underneath with toes! Depending on how you turn KDA's head, his expression seems to change, even though it's a molded plastic face.
He's so awesome. And he also instantly addicted me to the 1:6th scale. So much so, I got a second guy. Another Tomorrow King.
His name is Cornelius.
He's got crazy pointy orange hair. He has a turtleneck that zips up over his mouth and nose and looks like a ninja. He has pouches out the ass and comes with a messenger bag full of orange hand grenades. He has three swords. He has orange cargo capri pants. He's absolutely beautiful.
The images above were taken shortly after they both arrived and I simply had to photograph them right away.
I've had to stop at two of them. I was eyeballing a third recently, but I had enough strength to not buy it. These things could be the end of me.
I can't wait to get these guys outside and set up some little photo shoots with them. Rusty, dirty environments for them to roam and explore in.
These things are awesome.
Photograph what you love.