"Counting bodies like sheep."
That's the heart-warming mantra emblazoned on the arm (and incredibly huge rocket launcher) being toted around by the Grave Digger version of the Mk3 Heavy Bramble. His job is to kill zombies... or humans... or whatever the hell else he feels like! threeA Toys has been making quality figures based on the artwork of Ashley Wood and IDW's World War Robot comics for a while now and they just keep getting better. While the larger 1/6th scale releases are in the WWR line, this little pile of awesome is part of the WWRP, or World War Robot Portable. We previously reviewed a couple of the Armstrong series of mechanical soldiers, and pre-ordered this figure around the same time. Was it worth the wait? Read on to find out!
Here's all the info on the Bramble, straight from the back of his package:
Rothchild Bramble Mk3 Heavy
Dimensions: Height 2.7m; Width 2.2m
Armor: 120mm; Plates 130mm
Armament: Aunty Jack 4 Way RPD
Power Plant: Brink Twin Diesel Mk2, 900hp
Bramble Mk2 was a major success for Rothchild and the forces that used it, but a call to ENLARGE its firepower did not fall on deaf ears at Rothchild
A larger engine, upgraded head array, and greatly enhanced arms almost make the Mk3 a new bot, and the Aunty Jack 4 Way RPD and you have what many have called the best all-rounder bot available from Rothchild. Though not able to deliver the continued heavy barrage of Large Martin, the Mk3 easily counters this with greater mobility, speed and the ability to handle other weapons and tasks without further modification.
The sculpt for the Mk3 Bramble follows the familiar design aesthetics of the WWRP line, while still being unique in shape. His cylindrical body is wider than the Armstrong version and he also sports larger arms and hands. His legs, while still scrawny like the rest of his robot brethren are attached to larger feet that have treading on the soles. That'd definitely come in handy when needing to stand your ground while blasting rockets into crowds of the undead! Also, considering the bulk of the body, those tiny legs and wide feet manage to keep him standing upright almost no matter how their positioned. The exhaust port on his back, along with the front shielding, and the pouches, helps to break up the lines of the round torso. The Mk3 Bramble also has a head that rises a little over the top of the chest and is brandishing a single eye lens. The top of the head is a flat plate and gives the look of being able to retreat into the chest for shielding. Not only do we find no fault with the sculpt, but it is personally our favorite robot design to date.
As with the other entries in the World War Robot line, the Mk3 Bramble has a number of different variations that are designated almost solely by their differing paint schemes. This Grave Digger version has white decals printed on an all black base that has been worn away over years of fighting and destruction with primer later added to cover the exposed metal-- or so it would seem. In actuality, the base plastic for these figures is an almost milky white, which goes to show just how expertly this figure has been painted. The gray, the worn-away black, the coat of gravel dust, and the dirt are all added through layers and layers of incredible paint applications that have a combined effect of making this little plastic robot look like he's made of combat-worn steel. The tampographed lettering and symbols all match up to the rest of the figure and help to add a little personality. From the roughly painted crosses, to the shovel with the heart-shaped head, each decal makes the Grave Digger more distinguishable. The only problem with the paint comes from the inevitable thickness of adding so many layers-- but we'll cover that more in the articulation section.
While it might look like just a piece of art, the Mk3 is far from being a statue. His articulation comes in the form of a ball-joint neck, ball-joint shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, ball-joint wrists, ball-joints at the base of each finger and thumb, hinges in two places on each finger and thumb, ball-joint hips, hinged knees, and ball-joint ankles. All of the joints on our figure are tight-- and upon first opening him, some were a little too tight. This seemed to be brought on by the large number of paint applications, but they all broke free without much force-- and then our Bramble was ready to bust some zombie skulls! The small, flat head that peeks up out of the chest can help give this robot personality since it can be tilted in every direction due to the ball-joint neck. The hands though, are the real draw for fans of articulation. The individually joint segments of each finger are surprisingly easy to pose and, even more surprisingly, have no trouble having enough tightness to hold the grip of the rocket launcher, or even the Bramble's own weight (as you can see in the picture above).
The Mk3 Bramble also has a few accessories: the rocket launcher, and four cloth ammo pouches. The pouches are made of stitches cloth and utilize buckle fasteners to hold down the lids. These are very well done and mimic the same pouches you would see on a soldier's lbe harness. They also benefit from painted weathering, which gives them the look of being covered in drying mud and sand. The Aunty Jack rocket launcher is a huge weapon that clocks in at around 11 inches long from exhaust fins to tip. When we first saw the launcher, we had our doubts as to just how well it could really be held by the figure. Our fears were quickly dispelled as soon as we felt the deceptively light weight of the piece. As a testament to the paintjob, even though they match, the rocket launcher isn't made out of the same material as the figure itself. Nope, in order to be light enough to be held up on the Mk3's shoulder, the weapon is constructed out of a rotocast PVC which is much lighter and softer. With its length, there would normally be problems with bending and drooping, but this has been remedied by attaching a hard plastic brace within the center of the tube. Also, the fins, grip, and scope have been added to the base piece. Also, the grip and fins both made of rigid plastic.
Once again, we're reminded why these WWRP figures are worth our collecting dollars thanks to the overall quality and attention to detail as seen on the Grave Digger Mk3. We love the color scheme, the weathering effects, the design, articulation, and especially love the massive rocket launcher on this figure and we're happy to have added him to our shelves. Although the price of this guy may be steep for some, if you're an avid toy lover then do yourself a favor and pick up one of the many versions of the Mk3 Heavy Bramble. While most of the threeA releases are found in the Bambaland online store, this version is a retail release, and we were able to score it over on Sideshow Collectibles. Also, be sure to check out threeA's upcoming releases (like the 1/12th scale Caesar) on their official website!
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