Axes3D from mpl_toolkits.mplot3d does not override set_*ticklabels.
this bug is about the issue.
to get a crude replacement, i have to do the following:

for x, s in enumerate(ticks):
ax.text3D(x, -.1, -.5, s)
for a in ax.w_xaxis.get_ticklabels():

 is there a way to do better and hack my values into the real tick labels (i bet they are drawn internally the same as text3D, but there is no way to access the values)?