Doctor Who Figurine Collection: The War Doctor, Special Weapons Dalek, Scarecrow and the Ninth Doctor

Behold! The four most recent releases from Eaglemoss’ Doctor Who Figurine Collection. As a side note, still playing around with this lightbox and camera settings. Not entirely sure I’m getting it right!

It’s a nice collection for issues 24-27. The high standard of paintwork from the last few issues is maintained, with the ‘human’ (Time Lord) figures holding their own against the monsters this time.

First off, we have the War Doctor from The Day Of The Doctor as played with delightful gruffness by John Hurt. You can see the grizzled likeness of Hurt’s portrayal quite clearly in the sculpt. The detail of the costume is picked out brilliantly with some detailed paint work.

From the Sylvester McCoy era of Doctor Who is the Special Weapons Dalek, or Gunner Dalek, from the outstanding story Remembrance Of The Daleks. The figure is fairly crisply painted, but doesn’t quite have the heavy weathering of its on-screen appearance. It’s possible that in this scale, added dirt might detract from the figure. My Special Weapons Dalek has a slightly of centre gun, but that might be a one-off mistake. It’s only really noticeable when looked at from above.

Also from a great story, The Family Of Blood (the second part of Human Nature), the Scarecrow is wonderfully replicated. You can easily make out the roughly hewn material of the Scarecrow’s head, with great detailing in the shabby clothes and straw hanging from the sleeves. What’s really nice about this figure is that it’s frozen in that memorable lurching gait, which could easily be sculpted a little off.

Last in the list is the Ninth Doctor, as played by Christopher Eccleston. This is my favourite of the Doctor figurines so far as it’s been painted with a little more care and attention to detail than his other selves. This time, the paint job seems to work with the sculpt so the likeness isn’t lost, which must be tough in this scale.

Really nice to see these figures come out so well. Looking forward to issue 28 – Morbius!

In other news, after the US, it seems that Australia will soon be getting the Doctor Who Figurine Collection. I’ll post pics of packaging designs if they vary from the US editions.

Doctor Who Figurine Collection: Sycorax, Invasion Cyberman, Rare Dalek 2, The Host and Zygon

Here’s the latest update of photos from the most recent of Eaglemoss’ figurine collection range, with a great excuse to test out a new lightbox!

These include the subscriber only second rare dalek, Heavenly Host and the new Zygon.

As I’ve already taken a look at Doctor Who Figurine Collection issues 18 and 19, I’ll go straight on to issue 20, the Sycorax Leader from The Christmas Invasion. I mentioned the quality control earlier, because the Sycorax Leaders paint job is superb! The detailing is incredibly well represented, which makes me have high hopes for the future.

One figurine I’ve been really looking forward too since I knew it was coming out is the issue 21’s Cyberman from Patrick Troughton story The Invasion. There is something so good about those early Cybermen that the modern versions don’t quite capture. Again, it’s a good sculpt, capturing the figure striding purposefully to complete its mission.

From issue 22 is the Host from Voyage Of The Damned. Although very much a poor man’s robot from Robots Of Death (can we have a D84 please, Eaglemoss?), the figurine is a good sculpt and accurate to the screen version.

From the cracking Doctor Who 5oth Anniversary special, ‘The Day Of The Doctor’, is the re-imagined Zygon. Again, this is bit more of a dynamic pose as the Zygon is reaching out to kill or copy its victim. The series of washes makes this figure look particularly organic.

Embarrassingly, I thought I was already a premium subscriber, as that’s what I had selected when the range was launched proper. Turns out that it was a breakdown in communication and now I’ve settled the outstanding bill, I’m getting the figures I should be getting (fingers crossed).

This is mainly the subscriber only Daleks, which seem to be released at around one every ten issues. The second release is the Oswin Dalek from Asylum Of The Daleks. It’s a nicely painted figure, with real chains to tie it down. I was wondering how they’d manage to include the chain on a figurine without a base, but they’re attached to posts on the Dalek’s bumper.

Also, in a bit of news about upcoming releases, Neil Corry (@londonconcrete), the man behind the Doctor Who Figurine Collection, has been posting more pics.

The first, I’m a bit in two minds about. As a sculpt, the third in the special releases, the Cyberking from The Next Doctor, looks rather impressive. However, I can’t help feel there are so many more deserving creatures/characters/robots that are more deserving. Of course, I haven’t done the research. Maybe people are clamouring for it. However, as I say, it does look like a beautifully made figure.

The other, more exciting image is of issue 28’s painted Morbius monster from The Brain Of Morbius. Nice to see a few more classics being trotted out!

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Doctor Who Figurine Collection: Judoon, Dead Planet Dalek and Dalek Emperor

At last, the Dalek Emperor from the Parting of the Ways has finally arrived, and it is magnificent!

It’s a really great size, which will need a lot of space on your shelf. It’s a freebie for premium subscribers, but you can order it from the Eaglemoss figurine shop.

I was very impressed with the Judoon, with it’s nice sculpt and tidy paint job. The Dead Planet Dalek from the dalek’s first ever appearance is a bit of a sloppy mess. You can see this in the gallery pictures.

Also, there have been some great images released of upcoming figurines, including a 3D mock up of the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston), test passes of the Gunner Dalek from Remembrance of the Daleks and Bracewell’s Ironside Dalek from Victory of the Daleks. There have also been leaked images of sculpts of the Scarecrow from Human Nature/Family of Blood and perhaps most excitingly, the Morbius Monster from Brain of Morbius!

 

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.