Darwin Rothchild is a warmongering megalomaniac and owner of Rothchild Corporation. He is a creator and manufacturer of robots designed and built for war. He sells these robots to both sides of the Great War, between the Earth based Terrans and the Mars based Martians, while he sits upon his self-made throne on the Moon and watches it all unfold.
So for a corporation that is producing robots of war, where does the pacific looking Steve J, the AP-PEL colourway Caesar, fit in all of this?
The answer so far? Nowhere.
Steve J is obviously a tribute to the former Apple Corporation co-creator, CEO, front man, and arguable genius, Steve Jobs. It evokes the colour of the old style Apple Macintosh computers that you probably had in school. The colour of this figure certainly oozes nostalgia and although I have some of the Apple Corporations recent products, I am by no means an Apple zombie. But even I find this figure to be a fantastic tribute to a revolutionary.
I was so tempted to title this review as iCaesar or iThreeA but I thought that might be a bit too cheesy. But not as cheesy as saying an AP-PEL a day keeps the Doctor away ☺
When I first opened the large box it came in I was surprised at the size of the figure. I had only seen pictures online and even though this is in the 1/12 scale it is much larger than 6 inches. I haven’t measured it but it must be close to 8 or 9 inches tall.
The figure is very light for its size and this was another surprise to me. I was initially a bit concerned with trying to pose the figure as the joints were extremely stiff and I had read of some horror stories of ThreeA figures breaking. I was sure to be careful when I started manipulating the joints and they eventually started to loosen up somewhat to make moving them require less force.
The amount of articulation in this figure is nothing short of phenomenal. Swivel joint in the head, ball joint shoulders, hinged elbow, ball joint wrists, and this is where it gets crazy. Each individual finger and thumb is on a ball joint and is fully articulated. On top of the ball joint for the finger there is also an addition two hinge joints for each finger. One hand of this figure has more articulation in it than the whole package of some of today’s most popular action figures of similar scale. There are also ball joints on the hips, hinge joints in the knees, ball joints in the ankles and another hinge joint in the feet. The large shield on the shoulder is also on a ball joint so it can be positioned in various ways.
Speaking of the shield, it is given the colours of the rainbow in homage to the colour of the original, multi coloured Apple logo from years gone by.
Because this is not a robot built for war, the accessories are also perfect for a pacifist robot (which is what I view this figure as). Steve J comes with a green apple and ROTHTAB which, of course, looks like an iPad. The figure also has the regular “skirt” and various pouches that are found on the other Caesar colourways. As these are reused from the standard Caesar robots they also have sheaths and holsters for the gun and knife even though those weapons didn't come with this figure.
The pouches are once again a manufacturing marvel with the small scale stitching holding them all together. The pouches can be removed or relocated depending on your preference. I only found this out during my handling of the figure as they started to come out from the belt. Once I worked out what happening I removed all the pouches, and then the belt and then the skirt. It actually surprised me with how much extra play value these have. And by play value, I mean futzing, which is something I learned about during my interest in Sideshow GI Joe figures. For the uninitiated, "futzing" is the term used to create the look of naturally placed clothing.
The pouches were very easy to get back in to position but that is only because I had a pair of tweezers handy so they must be a trick of the trade and a requirement for these figures.
So, where does Steve J fit? Considering there is no official story behind the character, well none that I could find anyway, I have decided that this character will be an assistant to Darwin Rothchild himself. The story of World War Robot has not been told in full and the gaps, which are many, can be filled in by imagination. So in my ThreeA-niverse™, Steve J is the assistant to Darwin Rothchild. I don’t care if this is exact, it works for me.
I presume Rothchild would need an up-to-the-date summary of his design and production schedules, not to mention full coverage of the war that he dearly covets and profits from so Steve J would fit this role perfectly.
The Caesar robot is probably the one figure that I will have the most colourways for. Including AP-PEL I also have it in Grave Digger, Dutch Merc, RIP 001, RIP 002 and on preorder in RIP 003, Auspublic and BcELL. The red RIP 003 Caesar is the figure that started my journey in to ThreeA so the Caesar is basically my most significant robot. That is not the reason I really like it though, I like it because it is another well-constructed and designed figure. A cool toy is a cool toy and the Caesar is certainly a cool toy.
The Caesars are a relatively new release and although there are none available to buy from Bambabland they can still be had at a pretty decent price on the secondary market.
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