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.
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
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!
In 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. Aside 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.
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 pose 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.
It 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. The 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.