I’m going to cover issues 28 to 31 and two special releases this time.
It was very exciting to see Morbius from The Brain Of Morbius for issue 28. It’s such a great look for a monster! It’s handled very well, especially the satisfying goldfish bowl brain. The figurine of the Morbius monster is somewhat more buff than its TV counterpart, but it’s beautifully handled.
Issue 29 brings the Catkind, more specifically Brannigan from the story Gridlock. It’s a somewhat contentious figure as there are other more deserving characters perhaps, but it does represent the cat characters in the Tennant era. That said, it’s surprising that Nurse Hame didn’t make it as a figurine as she featured more prominently.
The Cyber King is another controversial choice, at least to me. The Doctor Who Christmas specials aren’t always the strongest entries into the canon, but the Cyber King scene in The Next Doctor is perhaps one of the silliest. That said, it does make for an incredibly striking figure. I really admire the work that’s gone into the sculpting, which has been brought out beautifully in the paint job. For a figurine I honestly wouldn’t give two hoots about on paper, it’s become one of my favourites in the collection. It’s such a good figure, I’m not even worried about the scale, which if it was kept in the 1:21 format it would probably be about a storey high!
Much like Morbius, it’s great to see another classic figure in the range, namely a Sea Devil from The Sea Devils in issue 30. I’m actually nicely surprised in the frequency that many classic figurines are coming out. Not as many as I’d like, but considering the need to sell the line to a newer audience, I think it’s a fairly good mix. The Sea Devil’s handled quite nicely, especially the way the string dress has been brought out in the paint work.
Kahler-Tek from the Eleventh Doctor episode A Town Called Mercy is another striking figurine. Again, not one I’d necessarily think of, but it’s made me realise how this range is covering characters we’ll probably never see in the action figure lines. It’s a pretty good figurine, with all the detailing on the costume making it earn its place as a well done figure.
The third rare dalek is the Saucer Commander from The Dalek Invasion Of Earth. A nice choice as I love the Invasion of Earth daleks, with their dishes and big bumpers. However, it seems that after an improvement of paint jobs over the line, this dalek lets the side down. I’m concerned that all the rare daleks have been done already, it was at a time when the quality control wasn’t at its height. I’m hoping the future rare dalek releases don’t have this problem.
In the gallery for these figures, I’ve also included a couple of shots that I’ve taken from the twitter feed of Neil Corry, the editor of the Doctor Who Figurine Collection: Genesis daleks and excitingly, a Draconian.