Toy company ThreeA, owned by ex-2000AD artist Ashley Wood, sent the community into meltdown this week by releasing the first ‘blurry’ image of one of the forthcoming 1/12th 2000AD figures. The image showed a hazy image of none other than Judge Death – a real surprise as this was not one of the figures mentioned in the company’s original announcement. Initially, Wood announced seven characters in the first wave of 2000AD figures, with the terrifying Dark Judge conspicuous by his absence.
I thought I’d post an image and a brief bio of each of the forthcoming characters. It was next to impossible to choose only one image for the characters as each have been designed by, or worked on, by some of the biggest, most influential artists in the comic world. So, in alphabetical order we will see…
Created by: Pat Mills and Carlos Pino
Bio: See Ming’s brilliant thread on the ThreeA Forum for all you need to know about Hammerstein: http://www.threeaonline.com/forum/index.php?topic=3072.0 Hammerstein was a War Robot and is now one of the ABC Warriors – Robots who are designed to withstand Atomic, Bacterial and Chemical attack. In his long and distinguished career he has fought in countless wars, been a disaster/rescue droid, a terrorist and a protector. Despite the ambiguous motives of the ABC Warriors, Hammerstein is always depicted as noble and good natured, if a little naïve at times.
ThreeA thoughts: The perfect droid for ThreeA, I’m gutted we won’t see him in 1/6 scale to go with Mongrol and Ro-Jaws as he would have been awesome. Chances are we’ll get him in the version shown below with his ‘War’ head on as Wood tends to favour the classic 2000AD era…
Name: Judge Anderson
Created by: John Wagner and Brian Bolland
Bio: Cassandra Anderson is a Psi-Judge in Megacity One. As a part of the justice department she is judge, jury and executioner, able to carry out on the spot sentencing for the many ridiculous crimes in the future city. Anderson has limited psychic powers meaning she can read people’s minds, pick up latent thoughts of the recently deceased and battle foes on a supernatural realm. This allows for more fantastical stories set in Judge Dredd’s world, for example, Anderson is often on hand to take on Judge Death and his dark cronies. Anderson is perhaps best known for being Dredd’s rookie sidekick (psi-dkick?) in the recent Dredd movie, however in the comics she is extremely confident and capable with a wicked sense of humour – a perfect balance to Dredd’s grumpier, more direct persona.
ThreeA thoughts: Another perfect fit for ThreeA with their fine line of female characters. Depictions of the character over the years have differed significantly from artist to artist however she’s always been damned sexy, something ThreeA is sure to pull off!
Name: Judge Death
Created by: John Wagner & Brian Bolland
Bio: Judge Death was a judge in another dimension who noted that all crime was committed by the living. His twisted logic decreed that life itself should be made a crime before committing genocide on his planet. Not satisfied by bringing justice to his own world, Death used dimension jumping technology to enter Dredd’s reality to continue his twisted sssentence…
ThreeA thoughts: A surprise, but welcome announcement. Let’s hope we see the rest of the Dark Judges in Wave 2…
Name: Judge Dredd
Created by: John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra
Bio: The deservedly flagship character in 2000AD’s rich history and possibly the most iconic British comic character ever. With over fifty years experience on the mean streets of Megacity One, Joe Dredd is the toughest, most feared law man of all. Dogmatic, no nonsense and hard as nails, Dredd patrols his city 23 hours a day bringing his brutal brand of justice to any who dare cross the line. Dredd’s grit, determination and tenacity have saved his city from disaster several times however as he ages, we are consistently seeing him develop a softer, more tolerant side.
ThreeA thoughts: TAKE MY DROKKING MONEY THREEA!!!
Name:Nemesis the Warlock
Created by: Pat Mills and Kev O’Neil
Bio: Nemesis is a powerful, mysterious Alien freedom fighter at war with a xenophobic regime led by the fanatical Torquemada in Earth’s far future. The demonic Nemesis is terrifying and a real anti-hero, however the reader can sympathise with him as the bigoted, zealous humans he fights are much worse.
ThreeA thoughts: Kev O’Neil’s Nemesis design is absolutely amazing. If ThreeA pull this off this will be a crown in anyone’s collection…
Name: Sam Slade – Robohunter
Created by: John Wagner and Ian Gibson/Jose Luis Ferrer
Bio: Sam is a grizzled private detective who specialises in cases involving robots. An obvious play on the hard boiled Sam Spade-style detective novels, Sam’s ridiculous cases were twisting, riotous, hilarious affairs as straight man Sam bumbled his way from one silly disaster to the next. He was ‘assisted’ by a feisty, robotic Cuban cigar called Stogie and an idiotic, clueless robot called Hoagy who is more of a hinderance than a help.
ThreeA thoughts: Initially I was surprised when Ash announced he was making Sam as effectively, he’s just an old man in a cap and waistcoat. However, due to the robo-centric nature of the strip, he’s perfect, and I reckon he can keep all my WWR robots in line!
Name: Sov Judge
Created by: John Wagner and Brian Bolland
Bio: Judge Dredd was first published in the UK in the 1970’s, slap bang in the middle of the Cold War. For better or for worse, the Judge Dredd strip has always served as a pastiche of society as a whole so many of the earlier strips focused on tensions between Megacity One and East Meg One. Those tensions eventually spilled over, leading to the catastrophic Apocalypse War which saw the destruction of the Soviet nation at the hands (or indeed finger) of Dredd.
ThreeA thoughts: A strange choice, however, The Apocalypse War is an exceptionally popular story among Dredd fans and was a real world-changing event in Dredd’s bloody history. The design is deadly too!
So there we have ’em – keep an eye on ECBT2000AD and we’ll let you know when they’re coming and how to order them!