I’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 a 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.
The 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 comment 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.
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.