Doctor Who Figurine Collection: Cyberman (Nightmare in Silver), Omega, Vashta Nerada, Fourth Doctor and Slitheen

I’ve held out posting, as I received parts 16 and 17 (the Vashta Nerada and Fourth Doctor) before 14 and 15. The Emperor Dalek I’m still waiting on.

The sculpts and paint jobs on these villains are excellent. The ‘Nightmare in Silver’ Cyberman is strutting with intent, which Eaglemoss seems to enjoy doing with their cybermen. No bad thing! Omega from the Third Doctor story ‘The Three Doctors’ nicely captures the Time Lord engineer’s impotent rage, as he’s trapped within a universe of his own making. The Vashta Nerada is almost twisted in a lurching gate, as the skull of its victim hangs uselessly behind the spacesuit’s visor. Of these regular releases, the Fourth Doctor is a bit let down by the paint job. However you can definitely make out a comparatively strong sculpt of Tom Baker as he appears in the TARDIS during the first part of ‘Pyramids of Mars’.

The Slitheen is a very strong figurine. As much as I’m not the biggest fan of this family of alien con artists, mainly due to the belaboured flatulence jokes, this particular release really shows what a strong creature design it is, replicating the chase scenes in Number 10 Downing Street from ‘World War Three’.

Of interest to collectors is the new online Doctor Who Figurine Collection shop. You can order back issues, binders, plinths and that big ol’ Emperor Dalek!

Doctor Who Figurine Collection: Ood Sigma and Supreme Dalek

dr who figurine OodThe most recent releases of the Eaglemoss Doctor Who Figurine Collection are issues 12 and 13, Ood Sigma from ‘Planet of the Ood’ and ‘The Stolen Earth’ respectively.

I know I’m not doing in-depth reviews, but I’m really loving how Ood Sigma has been sculpted. The addition of the glass of Klineman Halpin’s ‘hair tonic’ is brilliant, and gives a real element of character to the piece.

The Supreme Dalek is a bit disappointing, which I think is down to the fact it isn’t as big in scale as it should be. I don’t know if my eyes are playing tricks on me, but I think the Supreme Dalek from the last couple of episodes from the last full Tenth Doctor series should be larger. I’ve added a comparison with the dalek figurine so you can see for yourselves.

The Doctor Who Monster 3D Print Figurine Project

3d printed zarbi 2A few months ago I bought myself a 3D printer. It’s been my dream for many years to make my own toys and figures, as well as explore using such a machine for artistic expression.

When making 3D prints of any decent quality, this can be very time consuming. I have experimented with making Doctor Who figures to go with the 5″ range, but the Eaglemoss figurine scale is far more accommodating for printing time. By way of explanation, a 4″ figure with a decent print quality might take 10 hours!

The Eaglemoss range will be covering figures from the classic series as well half yeti-4as the new series of Doctor Who. However, I wasn’t sure how frequent the releases from the classic series would be, so I thought I’d bolster out the collection of figurines from my own designs.

It seemed a good idea to approach some of the creatures that are unlikely to be featured. Some nice, obscure creatures that casual buyers of the figurines wouldn’t buy. The Hartnell and Troughton eras were the best ones to approach. Although Doctor Who has never been nervous of going out on a limb with some weird and wonderful monster designs, there’s something quite special about the sixties creations.

So far, my own Doctor Who Figurine Collection boasts a zarbi from The Web Planet, a monoid from The Ark, The Tenth Planet cyberman, an ice warrior, a yeti from The Web of Fear and a quark from The Dominators.

The first one I designed was the quark, and built purely on Tinkercad. The cyberman, was part Sculptris and Tinkercad, and the rest were designed purely in Tinkercad.

tardis figure setTinkercad is a brilliant way of creating 3D models by moving and adjusting shapes. Sculptris is a free program that enables you to freely sculpt a ‘clay’ ball.

I built the elements separately of each figure and assembled them like kits in Tinkercad, adding the base to reflect the Doctor Who Figurine Collection style.

The process took a while, tweaking and changing them. I don’t think they’re perfect, or up to a professional standard, but really helped with my understanding of 3D printing.

I attempted a specially designed display plinth, like Eaglemoss’, but I found a cheap TARDIS case in a bookshop, which I think was for a trading card game. I pulled out the sections inside, designed and 3D printed shelving and found a TARDIS roundel backdrop from the Troughton era. It came together quite well!

Doctor Who Figurine Collection: Dalek Supreme (Rare Dalek 1)

The Supreme Dalek from The Daleks’ Master Plan is the first of the special subscriber edition releases from Eaglemoss, and also their first Doctor Who ‘Classic’ era figurine.

The figurine itself comes in a red coloured box instead of the normal dark blue, and an 8-page, A5 size leaflet dedicated to The Daleks’ Master Plan. 

I’m expecting the next shipment to come along soon, which will be Ood Sigma and – from my understanding – the Dalek Supreme from The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End.

I’m thinking of doing the planned retrospective feature when the first 20 figures are released. That seems a good point to do it. I’ve also been working on my own customs, which I’ve been 3D printing (to various degrees of success). Look out for this in future!

Doctor Who Figurine Collection – Rassilon, Silent and US releases

As I mentioned last time, I’ve decided not to pass a critique on each release. It’s easier to just provide images. Here are the latest figures to add to the collection (which came with another display plinth – excellent!).

In this new format, I’m probably going to do an overview of all the figurines so far soon. I should have received the first subscriber dalek too, but it wasn’t sent with this last batch as it should’ve been. I’ll add that when it arrives.

So here are both issue 10 and 11, a Silent from ‘Day of the Moon’ and  Rassilon from ‘The End of Time’ respectively.

There’s also other news about the Doctor Who Figurine Collection that will be of interest to US fans. The main line of figures are being released through Entertainment Earth this year. The first few figures seem to be starting to hit.

The presentation is different as the magazine isn’t included (this seems to be due to certain licensing conditions). It also seems that this won’t include the special subscriber releases.

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US info from The Doctor Who Site

Big Chief Fourth Doctor And Tenth Doctor

I’ve been thinking about the whole review thing. I mean, who the hell am I to pass criticism on products that are beyond my capabilities to make myself? With that, and the release of Big Chief’s quite stupendous Fourth and Eleventh Doctors, I decided that it might be a good idea to just try and […]

Doctor Who Figurine Collection: Tenth Doctor, Ice Warrior, TARDIS and Plinth

10th Doctor Doctor Who Figurine CollectionI’m starting to get it now! The regular releases of the Eaglemoss Doctor Who Figurine collection is fortnightly.

For subscribers who get their issues delivered, this is done monthly. Makes sense when it comes to postage. This does mean that I’m getting quite the box of goodies each month.

S and the plinth to stand the figures on.The most recent package, which I received last week, comprised David Tennant’s portrayal of the Doctor from the episode School Reunion, General Skaldak, the Ice Warrior from ‘Cold War’, the Eleventh Doctor’s TARDIS and the plinth to stand the figures on.

So let’s get cracking!

The Tenth Doctor his sculpted from the “Hello, Sarah Jane,” scene in School Reunion. A good choice for the sculpt, as it was a key moment in the new series that really helped to bridge the connection between the new and classic series. This is the sombre side of David Tennant’s portrayal at work here, which works well for the figure.

There does seem to be a problem with the ‘human’ figures so far – although we’ve only had two Doctors as yet. Underneath the paint job is a pretty solid sculpt that seems to be far better in likeness to David Tennant than the first release was to Matt Smith. The crumples in the suit and folds of the coat are great.

The paintwork really lets the figure down though, but there’s no denying the details are hand painted. I think it’s a good idea that Eaglemoss didn’t go ahead with painting the pinstripes. Unlike the Matt Smith, at least the face sculpt isn’t too lost. While there’s a little, I think forgivable, paint slop, the Converse trainers are very messy.

Overall, I like the figure, but some paint details do let it down a bit.

Skaldak the Ice Warrior is a quite different story. This is a lovely sculpt with Ice Warrior Doctor Who Figurine Collectiona very satisfying paint job. Admittedly, an Ice Warrior is primarily green, but this lends itself to the figurine format very well. The sculpt really shows a powerful, impressive character. There’s a sense of ‘heft’ behind the figure.

Admittedly, an Ice Warrior is primarily green, but this lends itself to the figurine format very well. The sculpt really shows a powerful, impressive character. There’s a sense of ‘heft’ behind the figure.

As I say, it’s probably a very different kettle of fish painting a human in clothing than an armoured alien in almost one colour. However, the gold dry brushing of the armour really makes the detail pop out. I think this and the Cyberleader might be my favourite figurines so far.

TARDIS - Doctor Who figurine CollectionThe TARDIS is a special release, and retails at twice the price of the standard figures (£15.99/subscriber price £14.99). With it comes a really nicely put together magazine. In fact, although I absolutely hate the word, it’s very much a ‘bookazine’. There are some nice references for the TARDIS included too for model makers and customisers.

The model itself is a bit of a mixed bag. Look, it’s the TARDIS, and it’s a nicely chunky, hefty TARDIS made of the same resin as the figurines. That in itself is worth the price. Like the dalek, I can imagine just this issue being bought for the replica to go on a desk somewhere.

As a sculpt, it seemed perfectly fine to me. However, after reading a IMG_3715comment on my previous Doctor Who Figurine post, I thought I’d give it another look. Is it too skinny? It’s hard to tell when comparing with pictures sometimes, but it seemed okay. I then looked at it next to the Character action figure version. I don’t know. I think it seems like a good, solid representation of the current TARDIS.

There is a minor wonk to some of the decals. To a very, very keen eye, I imagine it’s really frustrating. The same goes for the windows. The lamp on the top however, wow. That leapt out as particularly messy. Again, I have to remind myself about the quantity being shipped out and the speed with which these need to be made available. All in all, a nice sculpt, just a bit quick on the execution.

You might think that at the price it should be perfect, but this is one of those times when the magazine really backs up that overall cost.

Between the TARDIS and the plinth, this made a weighty parcel. My poor postman. I love the plinth. It’s hefty, it’s black and it’s sleek. It really gives the figurines an edge for display. You do need to juggle them around as the visibility of certain figures can be tricky, but that’s half the fun.

Doctor Who Figurine Collection Plinth

The plinth does just support 10 figurines though. That means there’s space for only one after the most recent release. I’ve not heard that Eaglemoss are sending another for the next 10. It might just be a case where you only pose your favourite figures on the base. If they do all 11 Doctors (correction, 12… uh, I mean 13, um…), then there’ll be figurines running alongside.

Looking forward to the next package, which I believe could contain the Emperor Dalek from ‘Parting of the Ways’, along with the Silent and Dalek Supreme from ‘Journey’s End’. I managed to catch a glimpse of the Emperor Dalek at the Doctor Who 50th Celebration at the ExCel centre. It looked incredible. Again, my poor postie.

To finish, there are some shots of upcoming Doctor Who figurines in the planning stage. I’m actually excited for the Slitheen. Never thought I’d say that! But that Tom Baker and Invasion Cyberman. Wow!

Also, these images are too small. Urgh. Sorry about that.

The Doctor Who Figurine Collection: Update

Doctor Who Figurine Collection Weeping AngelI’ve been very, very quiet over the last few months following the decision to review the Doctor Who Figurine Collection on this blog.

It’s all been very up in the air, because – after the initial releases in the trial period – everything just stopped. Yes, I hadn’t heard a thing following the Cyber Controller figure. I think that Eaglemoss were planning on doing a proper release in, which was due to start around now, but due to the popularity of the test issues and general demand, they seem to have brought it forward.

And I waited.

And waited.

Until, after chasing Eaglemoss up a week or so ago, it was confirmed that I would be receiving all the issues I needed to get me up to date. So, along with the relevant issues, and the binder for them (free for subscribers), a couple of boxes containing the Weeping Angel, Dalek, Silurian and a Sontaran arrived in the post. A very exciting morning!

One thing I have to say, from the early, tentative days of the line, the communication wasn’t that great from Eaglemoss. Now, the customer service team seems greatly improved, and my enquiries have been handled bril

Doctor Who Figurine Collection Magazine Binder

liantly. I think it’s important to praise where it’s due.

Because of the catching up, I’m not going to go into masses of detail about the supplied magazines. I’ve mentioned the standard of the magazines before, and I’ve been impressed with the tone, as well as mentioning the sources of anecdotes and interviews. The binder is simply designed and securely holds your magazines, with slots for 16 issues.

On to the figures!

A really nicely sculpted range here, that maintains the standards of Davros and the Cyber Controller.

Doctor Who Figurine Collection Weeping AngelIn order of release, here’s the Weeping Angel in its attacking, or ‘screaming’ pose from ‘Flesh and Stone’. The Weeping Angels tend to work in a toy or figure version because of the nature of the creatures themselves, but these are especially good. I can imagine that, like the Dalek, the Weeping Angel will be bought on its own and placed on a few office desks. Doctor Who Figurine Collection SilurianAside from a little flash on the fingers, the sculpt is very sharp and dynamically posed.

Taken from the episode ‘Cold Blood’, the masked Silurian is posed for battle, with weapon targeted on her quarry. There’s a lot more detail to pick out here than the Weeping Angel, so its perhaps unsurprising that there’s a little bit of inaccuracy in the paint job, but all told, another nice figure.

The Dalek is as it appeared in the Christopher Eccleston episode ‘Dalek’. The figure is satisfyingly heavy and chunky, using what appears to be parts made in metal. The plunger arm has a bit of a droop, and I didn’t completely straighten it for fear of breaking it. The paint work seemed a little bit sloppier.

Doctor Who Figurine Collection Dalek

Perhaps it’s more noticeable because of the straight edges, but there’s an odd scrape

across the horizontal band. What is interesting is that unlike Davros, or the other fi

gures with bases, there is no sticker underneath. Instead is a sculpted underside of the Dalek’s motive power generators. I don’t know if that’s the right name for them, but it sounds pretty good.

The final piece in this post is the Sontaran General Staal from ‘The Poison Sky’. Staal’s Doctor Who Figurine Collection Sontaranpose is perhaps a little more understated than some of the other figures, but the malice in the face sculpt is a perfect representation of Christopher Ryan’s portrayal of the part. The armour is also very crisply sculpted, with a very tidy paint job.

The next edition, part 8, comes with a figure of the Tenth Doctor, David Tennant from the story ‘School Reunion’. It’ll be interesting to see how well the likeness is pulled off on this ‘human’ sculpt after the slightly disappointing Matt Smith of the first issue.

Doctor Who Figurine Collection David TennantIt also seems that according to the Facebook page, the specially designed display stand is starting to be shipped. I’m rather looking forward to displaying the figures this way.

Also, the first of the special issues has been announced for release in December. TheTARDIS Figurine Collection Flyer most recent version of the TARDIS itself will become part of the figurine collection then. As it’s in the same 1:21 scale as the figurines, it’s perhaps a little unsurprising that the issue will be costing about twice as much as a single figure release.

Doctor Who Figurine Collection Issue 3 – Cyber Controller

IMG_2418 The third issue in the fledgling Eaglemoss Doctor Who Figurine Collection features the Cyber Controller from the episode ‘The Age Of Steel’.

The magazine features details of the figure, so it’s business as usual there, while going over other appearances of the cybermen in the show’s history. I particularly liked the concept drawings for their return in 2006. There’s a feature on the Time Lords, and a feature on the show’s timeline from the early days. Each issue covers another part of the show’s history, and this one goes over events in 1964, both in the production of Doctor Who and events at the time.

But, onto the figure.IMG_2419

I was impressed with the previous release, the Davros figurine, but I was even more taken with the Cyber Controller. While I am not as enamoured with the design of the cybermen in their reimaginings of the last few years – preferring the designs of the Troughton and Davison eras – it does work well with the dynamism of the pose.

The figure is frozen in a strident march, looking quite menacing, despite his reduced dimensions. The cast is crisp, showing very tight edges of the armour, and details such as the IMG_2413cables and other elements. The paintwork was a bit heavy handed across his toosh, but it’s an even, steel tone. What impressed me most was the use of clear plastic placed over the brain. If you have the action figure of the Cyber Controller, it replicates this exactly, but much smaller.

Overall, this is the best of the three figurines so far. The next figurine is a Weeping Angel from the 11th Doctor episode ‘Flesh and Stone’, which I’m quite looking forward to.IMG_2438

Kitt-O! and Tarco Doctor Who Toys and COMPETITION!

IMG_2450I’m always interested in the latest toy ideas that are tied into Doctor Who. Well, not always interested, but more often than not  I like to see what people come up with.

This weekend I popped into Forbidden Planet and noticed a couple of new Doctor Who products: Kitt-O! Collectors Construction Figure kits and the Tarco vending machine toys. What made them stand out for review? Mainly the price. The Kitt-O kits were priced at £1.99, and the Tarco toys were £1. In today’s financial climate and the rising price of kid’s toys and collectibles, this makes for a nice alternative for parents whose children love the show.

Still, I am a firm believer in the idea of getting what you pay for.

Kitt-O! Weeping Angel and Cyberman

The point of the Kitt-O! line is to create a 3D card model that slots together simply, without IMG_2448the aid of glue. It’s part model kit, part cardboard standee. It’s a simple idea, but not without its faults. The kits come in flat, economic packages. Inside, the front and back sheet opens out to show the instructions. Inside is a single card sheet with all the parts to pop out and construct. Characters featured in Series 1 are Silurian Warrior, Weeping Angel, Sontaran, Madam Vastra, Vashta Nerada and a Cyberman.

I’d bought a Cyberman, Weeping Angel and Madame Vastra.

IMG_2454The Weeping Angel was fairly easy to put together, but do take your time. Before you know it, you can pull a piece from the card and some of the printed detail can be torn from the part. The Cyberman was far more complex, and I had some real problems. The piece that was supposed to slot in the back of the head ripped completely. I also hadn’t realised that another piece of detail had been torn from a leg.

So what can I say about these kits? They’re made for children 3 years and over, and make IMG_2456good pocket money toys. For display, they strike me as a little underwhelming, however I can see young children enjoying building up a collection fairly quickly. That is the trick with this sort of line. Presumably, a wider range of characters can be produced very quickly and simply. With the price point, these kits might be a passable alternative to expensive action figures.

Tarco Ood and Cyberman

IMG_2458I wasn’t sure what to expect when I dropped my pound coin in the vending machine and twisted. A blue and clear ball dropped with a clack, and inside was a little cyberman. “Fairly cute,” I thought, but I really wanted the TARDIS. I tried again. This time, the machine yielded an ood. I was more impressed with this one.

There’s a certain charm with these figures, and at the cost of £1, it shouldn’t be too much of a hardship to buy on the odd shopping trip when your kids want a treat.

Expect to find these in supermarkets, shopping malls and cinema foyers.

For children aged three or over, the Tarco Doctor Who figures includes the Eleventh Doctor, the TARDIS, Cyberman, Weeping Angel, Ood and a red, yellow and white dalek.

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Competition time!

Remember I said I had bought the Madame Vastra Kitt-O! figure? After completing my reviews of the other two kits, there was no need to do a third. So I’m giving you the chance to win the Kitt-O! Madame Vastra.

To win, all you need to do is write a Doctor Who limerick. The funnier the better. Nothing filthy if you can help it.

IMG_2457I’ll give you until next Sunday.

Post the limerick in the comments below. All entries in by the 5th of May please.

Also, UK entries only.

I’ll contact the winner via e-mail to arrange an address to send Madam Vastra to.

Good luck!