World War Robot Portable
Medic Bertie
6 Inch Scale
By: Three A
$45.00

I first learned of the World War Robot toys way back in June of 2009, with Philip Reed’s BattleGrip.com Review of the WWRP Desert Bramble. At the time, it was easily one of the coolest toys I had ever seen. The esteemed Mr. Reed said there were quite a few hang ups, though. First and foremost, was the $150 price tag. Secondly, he complained how fragile the thing was and that it broke on him right out of the box.


Eventually I learned that the price tag wasn’t for the individual figure, but for the membership to the WWRP club. Philip’s Bramble was part of a collector package. Like Pre-Eternian He-man, only not gay. I also learned that the first WWRP Bramble, had some defects but the official first release figures weren’t as fragile. In addition, the Brambles themselves, were actually priced around $50, which was pretty reasonable. By the time I had worked up the courage to try my hand and plunk down the dough on a Bramble, they were impossible to find.


The toys are part of Ashley Wood’s designer vinyl world. If you don’t know anything about designer vinyl, the basic premise is that neat toys are made in short runs and as soon as they sell out they immediately jump in price. With the price of a WWRP Bramble out of my range, I opted to get a few of the second major WWRP release… The Berties. They are a similar model, but they had a more cylindrical design. Originally I preferred the Bramble, but now I think I like the Bertie best. Plus the Bertie models came with a free additional 2 inch Square robot. Yes, they’re actually called Squares.


So I ordered several Berties at the tail end of December. At the end of July, nearly SEVEN months later, these guys finally showed up at my door. That’s my one major issue with this toy. I had no idea I would be waiting seven months. In fact, I had no idea when I was going to get this toy. The wait and the lack of any idea when these toys would be released, is enough to make anyone not want to collect these damn things… But the toy itself? Oh man. This is what toy collecting is all about. Come with me on a 40+ photo journey through the world of the WWRP Medic Bertie.

Packaging:
Ashley Wood, for those that don’t know, is a bit of a eccentric fellow who’s cut his teeth in art. Not just toy art, but like, legit art. This means the guy knows style, both classic and modern. The Bertie box has some basic designer vinyl elements, with a fancy window box.


The rather cool part about the plain white box, is that when you open it to see the window you’ll find that it’s latched via a magnet. This means you can reseal this figure forever and ever and shouldn’t ever have any issue. It works surprisingly well and much better than something like Velcro.


Open it and you’re treated to a sampling of Wood’s artwork and a nice display of the figure inside. There is also a little bit of a generic story about how the Berties fit in the WWR universe. It’s a simple bubble he’s encased in. Nothing fancy, just effective.

And just so you don’t get confused:
WWR = World War Robot
WWRP = World War Robot Portable (Smaller versions of the toys. The actual full scale figures are 1:6 and cost like a bajillion dollars)


The back has an ominous black shadow design of a Bertie. Again, it’s minimalist, but definitely eye catching. It feels like a high quality box.

Sculpt:
What can I say about the sculpt? I could yammer on and on about it, but instead I’m just going to hit you up with a few basics and the rest I’m going to let the pictures tell the story. They’re each worth a thousand words anyway, right?


Upon first glance, you can immediately tell that this figure is nicer than anything that Hasbro, Mattel, NECA or even Mezco is putting out on the market today. In fact, only Mezco at their prime is really comparable. This is even nicer than 99% of the Japanese import toys out there. It’s just that freaking good.


The other thing is that this dude is made of vinyl. It makes him have a slightly different texture and feel, but suffice to say he’s surprisingly non-hefty. While perhaps not this design, many designs look so much like metal that it’s almost hard to believe they’re not when you get them in hand.


The paint scheme just blows away anything else on the market. Compare this to a $30 MOTUC figure and tell me that it doesn’t make the former look paltry by comparison. There is just so much awesome weathering and paint application. It makes me wonder if it’s not cheaper to do this sort of paint detail as opposed to smaller intricate stuff? If not, Hasbro and Mattel are overcharging us!


This is one of the most fun figures I’ve had to take pictures with in a long time. As much as I liked the Ultra-Act Ultraman figure, a lot of the fun I had with it was based off a love for the character. With the Medic Bertie, I have NO connection to the character whatsoever. Yet, despite that, I still had an absolute blast dragging this guy out for all kinds of pictures. His scale lends him to some great usage too. He looks good with 3 3/4 GI Joes and looks just as good with 6 inch scale figures.


The included Square robot, really puts this one over the edge. This guy is worth $8-$10 by himself. While the face is sort of “cutesy”, the toy itself is just insane. Some of the details on this little guy are even more impressive than the Bertie itself. I can definitely see these things roaming around in a post apocalyptic world.

Articulation:
Perhaps in another Bertie review I’ll attempt to count all the points. For now, I think I’ll just put it as simple as I can. Everything on this dude is articulated. Every joint on the fingers. Tons of cuts and swivels. Stuff like the arms and feet are actually on ball joints.


The end result is an incredibly poseable figure. Some of the range of movement on the ball joints isn’t full, but those ball joints are more for stability than mobility.


The amount of posing opportunities with this figure are nearly limitless. Even the legs on the Square are ball jointed. Again, it’s a limited range of movement, but what it does is allow you to pose the Square (which looks like it shouldn’t be able to stand at all) in a ton of poses and remain very stable.


A couple of joints have started to get a little loose on me, but nowhere near as loose as I typically consider “loose”.


If you’re disappointed with the articulation in this figure you need serious mental help.

Accessories:
When it comes to accessories, you don’t get a ton. What you do get also sort of depends on which Bertie you picked. The Medic Bertie comes with a backpack thing, his pistol, the Square and his belt bag. His holster actually works with even a little Velcro latch.


While the belt bag could be removed, it’ll leave you with some unsightly hooks.


The backpack thing is removable, but it’s really intended to be a part of him. So in essence, you get the gun and the Square as accessories. Both are pretty fantastic though. The pistol even has a rotating chamber. It’s plain in design, but fits.


The Square has a lot of personality, though.

Additional Notes:
This figure is just a lot of fun. I really liked having this guy hang out with my ROC GI Joes. Those Vipers just make excellent Bertie fodder. Plus this guy is cool with Doc!


The big caveat with the Berties (or any WWRP) figure is the availability. While it’s definitely easier to order one of these guys, than say a typical MOTUC figure, it’s still a headache. You can preorder from a variety of sites, but then you may end up waiting seven months. The 3A store at Bambaland does releases and you can get the figures sooner, but their schedule is wonky and requires a lot of trolling around on their forums to find out release dates. No matter what you do, you’re going to be dropping mad cash weeks, but likely months, before you ever see the product in hand. Definitely a major sticking point and one, folks should be aware of.


If by some chance you live somewhere that has these at a local store… Then pick one up and see for yourself. I don’t live near anywhere that has stuff like this, so my online ordering will be sporadic at best. I have a hard time preordering stuff and waiting seven months to get it.

Value:
At the end of the day, you can find the Bertie figures for about $50 shipped. At first thought, that sounds expensive. It is. However, think about some of the other toys out there which go for $50. I doubt you’ll find a single toy in the $30-$50 range that comes anywhere near this level of detail and articulation. The WWRP series is made of sheer awesome.


Score Recap:
Packaging – 8
Sculpting – 10
Articulation – 10
Accessories – Backpack, Pistol, Square
Value – 10
Overall – 10 out of 10

How can I not give this guy a 10 out of 10? This dude will crank out a 9 from even the harshest critic in my mind. The biggest flaw with these figures is the ridiculous means it takes to get them. I can’t hold that too much against the toy itself.


FLAWLESS VICTORY!


I could probably think really hard and come up with a thing or two that I wouldn’t mind seeing changed, but at the end of the day this is an incredible high end toy. It doesn’t feel flimsy in the least and only the finger joints worry me. I suspect they could break over time. Clearly this isn’t for kids, but for grown ass men who like to pose toys and take pictures… This is nirvana.


What else can I say, this toy is made of bad assery!

8 Responses to Ashley Wood WWRP Medic Bertie Review

  • Anarchy says:

    very cool review, ive heard of ashley wood and heard the toys were cool, but this is the first time i've ever seen one reviewed!

  • Thanks. As popular as these guys are, they haven't gotten a ton of traction in the usual circles. Hopefully I can shine a little light. Just as I was enlightened, so too, shall others.

  • wesitron says:

    I read that same review at Battlegrip and it got me started too 🙂

    The price as much as I hate to say it is actually quite reasonable. And thinking that originally the Brambles were the same cost is insane. I just got my first Dropcloth in the mail the other day and it's really ridiculous. I didn't think the size would make much difference (I've only got WWRP Medic Bertie, Daywatch Bertie and a couple Brambles), but it's really an awesome toy. It's the Slaughterhouse. I preordered three but can probably only afford to keep one and it's probably not the one I'll keep, but it is a fantastic toy.

    Awesome review, couldn't agree with you more!

  • Yeah, I mean the price isn't cheap, but it is, like you said, reasonable. I see a lot of people freaked out about the price, but you can get these guys for a little over $40, unshipped. That's really not bad at all for the quality. Especially compared to some other stuff on the market. Sure the $100 AT-AT might be a better value, but not a whole lot else is these days.

  • Fengschwing says:

    Yeah, the wait can be a bit tough for these things but you wait because they don't get released until they are perfect. I'm still waiting for my Adventure Kartel Little Shadow, should of been with me in May and will probably arrive in September, but considering the detailing on her clothes an accessories, I'm more than willing to wait, the clothes on ThreeA 1/6 figures are insane.
    And you can keep track of the releases on the forum on the 'shipping next' thread, not too tricky.
    I'm currently saving for Mongrol, the second release in the 2000AD license. Tank Girl is coming soon too…

  • erak82k says:

    looks like a walking toilet with a Red Cross. one man's treasure..

  • truedave says:

    the fact that it's a silly simple design I could make out of old plumbing parts.

    And a sloppy wash paint job is a cool thing?

    And $50 is "reasonable?" that's half a weeks groceries for me.

  • There is a ton of work that went into the paint job on each and every one of these. The design may be silly, but it fit's with the artist's work. However, if you can make one real easy out of old plumbing parts, you should get on it. These things sold like hotcakes. Make sure to have all the articulation as well!

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