Stay tuned for the legendary anime “Robotech” collections

For most kids who grew up in the 80s, “Robotech” was a household name. The story starts with an alien battle fortress that has crashed on an island in the South Pacific. Mankind repairs and refits it by using the advanced “Robotechnology.” Once the repaired fortress is ready to launch, the aliens who seek it discover its location. Hence, a series of wars between mankind and alien invaders is about to begin…

Long under development with Funimation and announced last month at the SDCC 2021 Special Edition Harmony Gold panel, threezero is thrilled to reveal more information about the upcoming ROBO-DOU series of projects based on mecha from the classic “Robotech” anime series, which is now available on Blu-ray and to stream from Funimation.

threezero’s ROBO-DOU series has redefined robot and mecha action figures with its advanced die-cast zinc alloy interior structure and high-value materials to offer a product with high range of articulation, satisfying weight, and tactile playability!

The first release in our Robotech series will be Rick Hunter’s classic white 1:72 VF-1J Veritech! The highly-detailed design will capture the appearance as seen in the original television anime series with an extremely high attention to detail that threezero is known for. The ROBO-DOU VF-1J stands approximately 20cm (7.8”) tall and can be fully transformed between the three modes: Fighter mode, Battloid mode, and Guardian mode. Accessories will include multiple interchangeable hands as well as a GunPod and missiles.

With our specialized engineering, ROBO-DOU Robotech figures will be presented with the same ultra-rigid structure that ensures stable posing experience and our signature detailed paint application that threezero is known for.

This collectible is a must-have display for all Robotech fans!

*Product is available worldwide – excluding: Japan and the Crimea Region of Ukraine

Get a sneak peek at threezero’s upcoming G.I. Joe collection

“Wherever there’s trouble, G.I. Joe is there!” G.I. Joe is well known as a team of elite and mysterious heroes who have dedicated their lives to saving the world from Cobra, a ruthless criminal organization bent on global domination.

Due to huge fan interest, threezero and Hasbro are delighted to announce that we are continuing the expansion of our 1/6 scale G.I. Joe collection throughout 2022 in part a celebration of the original toy’s 40th Anniversary! This series of fully-articulated collectible figures are redesigned by threezero creative team as inspired by Hasbro’s classic G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero action figures from the 1980s and 1990s.

The goal of threezero’s design and engineer teams have been to retain the original retro look while incorporating modern design elements in the costume, form, head sculpts, and equipment to offer a contemporary new presentation of the familiar characters you know and love.

The next characters in our line-up include Roadblock, Lady Jaye, Scarlett, and Duke from Team Joe.

Of course, we have not forgotten the ruthless Cobra organization, and you can look forward to Firefly, Baroness, and Destro who are also in development!

Thank you for your interest and support in this new series, and make sure to reserve enough space on your display for your flourishing G.I. Joe collection!

Get to know the emerging Chinese artist Zao Dao

Zao Dao is a passionate Chinese artist who was born in the 1990s. She has created many artworks which contain dreamscapes evoking strong senses of calmness, peacefulness, and courage.

Her first artbook named “Song of Sylvan” was published in 2015, Where she introduced us to her fantasy world with her unique style of ink painting. The elves and monsters in her paintings had left a strong impression on readers around the world. Since then, threezero had begun developing a series of 1/6 figure projects with Zao Dao; leading with Crow Teeth from “Song of Sylvan.”

In 2016, Zao Dao’s next artbook “Ink of Wild” was published. This contained her short comic illustrations from the period of 2012 to 2016, including works from her childhood and teenage years, a chapter about the monsters she had created, a chapter about her journeys travelling, and some sketches from her previous work.

With her unique style of painting, Zao Dao has become an emerging artist in China. In 2018, threezero collaborated with Zao Dao again for the project “Little Bugs.” This time, Zao Dao had shown a lively and subtle side in her work, in contrast to the moody style as she always claimed.

In 2021, Zao Dao’s first long comic “Fishergirl and Little Sea Elf” is under developed, for which threezero is going to launch a new 1/6 project based. “Fishergirl and Little Sea Elf” is under the product line of threezeroX, which is the high-end collectibles brand from threezero in which “X” means “crossover.” In addition to the Standard Edition, Zao Dao – 1/6 Fishergirl and Little Sea Elf (Deluxe Edition) will include the 6” Fishergirl and Little Sea Elf figures, a fishbone statue, an old dog statue, as well as an artbook to round out the set.

Interview with Zao Dao

Q.1 You always shares your daily life in your blog, and could feel your passion and love, how do you get so many twinkle ideas of creation?

A1: I am an introvert and always on my own when I draw. And I’ve begun paying attention to the interesting people and objects around me, and I want to record them down. Gradually, I have started meeting more and more great people through my work. We exchange and share thoughts; I am opening up and growing up at the same time.

Q.2 Why do you chose ink painting in your work? And what difficulties have you encountered so far?

A2: My hand was shaking so bad when I first practiced using the Chinese brush for ink painting, so I switched to fountain pen for few years. But then I felt that my work was missing the liveliness, so I picked up the Chinese brush again. Painting with the Chinese brush can give a strong sense of liveliness and I am addicted to it.
I think the most difficult thing in my career so far is to maintain my physical energy. So, I have to exercise everything.

Q3:How do you feel when seeing your work turning into sculptures?

A3: I think it’s fascinating seeing the highly detailed figures which are made based off of my sketches by threezero’s team. The figures look so lively and lovely.

Q4:Is your artbook a spontaneous workpiece or you have been planning it for a long time?

A4: I have been continuously working on some sketches, gradually they become some short stories and turned out to become an artbook.

Q5:Have you ever thought of turning your work into anime?

A5: I haven’t thought about this at this moment, because unlike painting, making an anime requires lots of manpower and teamwork. At this moment, I will pay more attention on my next artbook first.

Q6: If you had not chosen Art as your career, what do you think you would become?

A6: I love drawing since I was a kid and all my hobbies are art-related, such as sculpting, fashion de-sign, gardening, and so on. I am a person with a lot of curiosity, I love to explore new things like food, music, sports and other hobbies, but I give them up so easily. Only drawing could keep me interested.

Q7: What do you like to do except drawing?

A7: I like hiking and gardening. I feel relaxed and alive seeing the plants grow.

Q8: The theme of your work is mainly related to fantasy world, why is it so interested to you?

A8: I think most of my work might be influenced by my childhood and the village where I grew up in. Stories with monsters and elves were so popular in the village. Also, movies involve vampires and martial arts were my favorite since the 90s, I started falling in love with these cultures. Later on, I did some research on ancient tales and found out that our ancestors had great art sense in expressing cultures and religions. Therefore, I always have this sudden impulse to create some-thing whenever I come across these ancient tales which are full of imagination. I think I will carry on this topic.

Q9:What is your inspiration for creating Fishergirl and Little Sea Elf?

A9: I don’t remember the exact time, maybe couple years before the pandemic. I took my parents on vacation in a village. The environment was so calm and relax, dogs lying on the ground, palm trees growing everywhere. I saw the sunbeams reflecting on the water while snorkeling. Every-thing was so chill and mellow. I could really focus on thinking about life.
I think I really miss the time there, so it inspires me to start the story of Fishergirl and Little Sea Elf.

Q10:The style of your work recently is quite different from your previous work, have you expe-rienced something different during the time of creation?

A10: Yes, I have taken a long break before I start this project. I am now in a half guilty and half pleas-ure mood when I draw.

Q11:Could you describe the characters of the fisher girl and the little elf?

A11: The story is about the adventure of a cute and brave fisher girl Simu with a 21 years old senior dog, and the little elf Shu who likes to hide his power and wit. They like hanging out all the time.

Q12:Since you have created a lot of artworks, which one is your favorite so far? Is there any message you would like to deliver to the readers?

A12: I like all my work. I hope my readers can also enjoy the simple and mellow feelings from my work.