Doctor Who Figurine Collection: Wooden Cyberman, Quark, The Empty Child, Gellguard, The Mire, The Second Doctor, Flamethrower Dalek

I hold my hands up. It’s been a while since I last posted about the Figurine Collection.

It’s been a busy few months and my mind’s been on other things (wedding plans and kooky political situations), but I’m getting it together. Thing is, rather embarrassingly, it’s like Eaglemoss has called me out and sent me my next shipment of figurines a bit early I think. So bumper crop today of seven figurines from issues 72 – 77, plus a special to talk about.

Before I start, however, I want mention that I was lucky enough to meet Neil Corry, who edits the Doctor Who Figurine Collection, and whose pics I’ve been known to purloin from his twitter account. While did my best to extricate some news from him, he kept his cards quite close to his chest, but confirming that the line was doing well, which is evidenced by the extension of the line to over 100 releases.

One thing I will say is there is no doubt how much Neil Corry cares about the line, asking me questions on how satisfied I was with particular releases and getting the details right. Lovely chap!

So, did you hear the one about the cyberman with wooden arms and wooden legs, wooden heart and wooden brain? It wooden go!

I’m sorry.

From Matt Smith’s final outing as the Doctor, The Time of the Doctor, the Wooden Cyberman is one for the cyberman completist really. That said, the details of the wood grain stand out on this unusual take on the  cyber-race.

I might have emitted a slight squeal of glee when the Quark from The Dominators was delivered. Any 60s monsters are a win for me, and the Quark is one of the daftest, yet somehow pleasing, of the classic ‘monsters’. Hailed as the new rivals to the daleks and the cybermen (that was NEVER going to happen), these little boxes of chirruping firepower are completely evocative of the Troughton era. More please!

Just as short, but far more sinister, comes the Empty Child from the story of the same name. The outfit is quite plain, but the detail of the gas mask really has be brought out perfectly. This was one of the first stories since the show’s return to make a huge impact that resonated in playgrounds and offices through the country: “Are you my mummy?” “Shut up, Derek, it’s not funny.”

The Gellguard (or as I always knew it ‘Gel Guard’) from The Three Doctors is a nicely chunky figure that has quite an impact in the display. It almost falls within special release category. All the lumpy, blobby bits are picked out in that inimitable seventies way.

The special release comes in the form the Mire from The Girl Who Died from Series 9. These lumbering battle suits were quite impressive on screen and the sculpt captures a lot of that bulk and weight. You can’t go wrong with armoured battle suits and heavy weathering and it works really well. I did have to straighten up the antennae a bit, but that’s all.

At last, we have all the Doctors with the release of the Second Doctor, Patrick Troughton. I really like the slightly nervous pose, with an expression that looks as though he’s about to speak out against some terrible injustice. As the figure is apparently inspired by his final story, The War Games, it’s pretty much on point.

Finally, we have the Flamethrower Dalek from the Harnell epic The Daleks’ Masterplan. Silver and blue daleks always work for me, and this one has a really tidy paint job on it. It’s a bit disappointing the flamethrower isn’t throwing any flames, but I understand there were some issues surrounding this – sorry I can’t remember exactly what it was. If the line is going to go down the ‘daleks with different arms and attachments’ that’s a lot of daleks

 

 

Doctor Who Figurine Collection: Colony Sarff, Silurian, Supreme Dalek, Axon Man and Throne Room Dalek

The last two months have included the Eaglemoss Doctor Who Figurine Collection releases of issues 68 to 71. This means we’re now at the original number of suggested releases. The line seems to be really popular, with an extension to a possible 110 issues, or even more.

Issue 68 sees the release of Colony Sarff, Davros’ right hand ‘man’ from series 9’s The Magician’s Apprentice. The impact of the character was undoubtedly down to the inventive transformation into Sarff’s snake form, but some of that detail of the splits across the face seem a little lost. It’s good to see more strong releases from Peter Capaldi’s era, showing that Eaglemoss is keeping its finger on the pulse.

The Silurian from Doctor Who and the Silurians is perhaps my new favourite figurine in the whole collection. The digital sculpt is outstanding. No detail is lost, even with a uniform colour covering much of the figure. This really does the original Silurian design much justice – it’s easy to imagine the creature lurching across the moors.

The oddly shaped Supreme Dalek from Peter Davison’s era story Resurrection of the Daleks is released with issue 69. There seems to be some confusion at Eaglemoss, however, because the box the figurine comes in seems to think it’s the Dalek Supreme from Remembrance of the Daleks. But that’s by the by. I love this dalek’s colour, with the striking white on black. Adhering to the odd design of the body also shows Eaglemoss’ commitment to accuracy, which should be applauded. I for one would probably not have noticed the difference had it not been explained in the magazine, happily accepting a plain repaint.

Claws of Axos’ Axon Man is a surprising addition to the range. I would’ve thought the actual Axon monster would’ve been more visually interesting, but perhaps it’s coming later. The cream and gold outfit is right and the decision to sculpt the gold pattern lifts the detail, instead of simply having it flat like the original costume seen on screen.

The most recent subscriber only Rare Dalek is the Throne Room Guard Dalek from Asylum of the Daleks. The sculpt is great and full of detail, painted to reflect the state of neglect from its time in the dalek asylum. It makes sense to have the dalek from that story, but a shiny, Throne Room Guard from The Evil of the Daleks would have been good too.

 

 

 

Big Chief Studios 11th/12th Doctor’s TARDIS

12th Doctor Big Chief TARDISIt’s been about a month since I received this huge and weighty package in the post, but the Big Chief TARDIS still blows me away.

In fact, I would say it’s one of the best things I’ve ever owned, which includes a lot of figures and TARDISes over the years!

This is going to be a short ‘review’, because I’m very taken with it and the pictures will speak for themselves.

If there’s anything to note before ordering the TARDIS from Big Chief, it’s the following:

  • It is VERY heavy, weighing something up to 10kg. Think about that when finding a place to display it
  • The TARDIS takes 3 x AA batteries, which are not supplied
  • When adding a backdrop for the TARDIS interior, put it in like the picture below, ensuring the lights in the roof go behind the backdrop so all the windows will be illuminated

Insert backdrop into Big Chief Studios TARDIS

As I said, this was going to be brief, but I absolutely love this TARDIS and if you’re a Doctor Who fan able to get the cash together to do it, it’s worth buying. It makes an impressive standalone piece, even if you’re not interested in collecting the other Doctor Who 1:6 scale range of figures.

 

 

Doctor Who Figurine Collection: Supreme Dalek, Sixth Doctor, The Fisher King, Scaroth and the Face of Boe

City of Death Figurine Scaroth.JPGThere’s definitely more of an even mix between classic and current Doctor Who figurines now, especially as witnessed in the most recent two months worth of releases.

While they’re not without their problems, design-wise, I rather liked the Dalek Paradigm when they first appeared in Matt Smith’s first series episode Victory of the Daleks. I always like a colourful dalek livery, although I can see why Eaglemoss went with the white Supreme version for issue 64’s release.

With the release of Colin Baker’s Sixth Doctor, we only have the Second to go. If anything, it’s a testament to the range that it looks like all the Doctor’s will see a release and the line wasn’t cancelled prematurely. A sure sign of success for any partwork!

The work that’s gone into the lurid costume of the Sixth Doctor is incredible, especially considering the size of the figure. Very impressive work.

The Fisher King from series 9’s Before The Flood is a sight to behold, with its striking and well-executed creature design. The sculpt captures each ridge and fold of armour and rough-hewn cloth, with a paintjob that brings out these magnificent details.

Issue 67 sees the release of Scaroth, last of the Jagaroth, from my favourite Doctor Who story – 1979’s City of Death. With gun in hand, Scaroth has torn off his Julian Glover mask and is ready to stop his pre-historical self from jumpstarting life on Earth. I’m so happy to see this figure, which is rather nicely finished, make its entry into the range. Perhaps there could have been a little more of a wash or detail to break up the suit, but then you might be dirtied up a little bit. Something Count Scarlioni really wouldn’t put up with!

Lastly we have the most recent special, the Face of Boe. It makes a good release, in scale with the main range of figures. The sculpt of the face and the machinery is rather good, but the paintwork is perhaps a little flat. What I’m more disappointed about is the clear plastic that works as a screen for the front and the top of the figure. Mine seems a little pushed in and there doesn’t seem to be a way to correct it. Other than that, it’s a smart inclusion for fans of earlier series in the show’s return. In my pictures FOB seems a bit distorted, however that’s just the camera. He’s all in proportion. For a big old face.

Doctor Who Figurine Collection: Imperial Guard Dalek, Eighth Doctor, Chantho, Sensorite, Revenge Cyberman

Now the dust of Christmas and New has settled, it’s time to get back into it!

With the Doctor Who Figurine Collection, it’s remarkable to think we’re nearly at the point of the original suggested number of releases – 70. Remarkable as, I imagine, there’s always a risk on long-running partworks that interest will just fade.

But the Doctor Who line seems to still be going strong, since it’s likely the range will reach the 100 mark, excluding specials and extras.

But enough of that, let’s have a look at the releases that hit over the Christmas/New Year for subscribers.

We have the fifth subscriber only dalek, the Imperial Guard Dalek from Christopher Eccleston’s final story, The Parting Of The Ways. It’s a pretty cool colour scheme, although I’m still not sure how accurate it is to what appeared on screen. Admittedly, some of the dalek scenes are busy and it’s easy for me to get it wrong, but I’m not sure about the paint job other than the black dome. However, the supplied booklet claims otherwise, and I’m really in no position to argue! It’s a bit tidier than the other ‘Rare’ Dalek releases, which is good to see.

Issue 60 brings the Eighth Doctor as he appeared in the superb 50th Anniversary online short The Night of the Doctor. I was very much looking forward to this figure, as I am with all the Doctors, but I’m not sure about this. It’s a smart choice of costume to bring to the range as it’s the most recognisable for people’s recent memory, but it seems oddly, um, grubby. A ridiculous criticism when you think about what the Eighth Doctor goes through in such a short space of time in that episode, but some of the nicer details, particularly the quite recognisable sculpt of Paul McGann, seems a little lost.

Chantho from the Tenth Doctor story Utopia is replicated in her charming, insectoid glory for issue 61. Again, it’s one of those figures where you know it’s there for variety of sculpt, more than actual importance as such. However, it’s a bit of an ultimately bland figurine as all the detail is in the wonderful make up design. In this scale you end up with a lot of white coat.

Rather pleasingly, in issue 62, we have another 60s entry to the line in the shape of a Sensorite from the earliest days of William Hartnell’s era of the show. While the story does fall apart a bit as it progresses, exposing sensorites as being the ultimate racists as they can’t even tell each other apart, these telepathic cousins to the ood have a rather eerie, psychodrama entry into the series. It’s a good sculpt of a simple design. Some of the paint has missed, but I’m just pleased to see more older monsters.

Finally, I’m covering issue 63’s Cyberleader from Revenge of the Cybermen. Often maligned, Revenge is one of those stories that I hold much fondness for because of the early days of BBC Video, when I’d almost wear out the tape. It’s a good version of the Tom Baker era cyberman. I particularly love the continual pose for the cybermen that the sculptors have chosen – I’m sure there’s been a few ‘Abbey Road’ pictures taken of these figures!

Future release news, as nicked from The MindRobber and Ben Robinson‘s twitter come in the form of issue 64’s Paradigm Dalek Supreme and, magnificently three great classic releases: my personal favourite Doctor, Patrick Troughton (digital pass only so far), a quark from The Dominators and an original silurian.

 

 

Big Chief Studios Series 8 Twelfth Doctor

Just the other week, I received another spankingly good release from Big Chief Studios. Their latest release, along with a Series 4 edition of the Tenth Doctor is the current incumbent in the role, Peter Capaldi.

I’ve very much enjoyed the slightly harder edged portrayal of the Doctor in his inaugural series. It marked a striking contrast from the lighter tones of the previous incarnations of the revived series.

As before, I shan’t bang on too much for a review an just let the pictures speak for themselves.

To order this remarkable figure, or check out exactly what’s in the box, take a look at the Big Chief Studio’s Capaldi figure page.

Doctor Who Figurine Collection: The First Doctor, Dalek Sec Hybrid, Auton, Necros Dalek, Evil of the Daleks Emperor

Evil of the Daleks emperor figurineIt’s been a bit of a bumper month! Instead of receiving a shipment of two figurines (specials notwithstanding) there have been deliveries bookending October, covering issues 56-59. I’m not sure what this means for November’s releases, but there seems to be some speeding up of production. Especially as this has also included another special very soon after the last one in the shape of the Emperor Dalek from Evil of the Daleks.

Issue 56 brings the rather excellent First Doctor from The Reign of Terror. It’s a good, generic version of William Hartnell, with a very good sculpt. Perhaps one of the best of the Doctors that have been released. The checked trousers and waistcoat stripes have been painted in nicely. There’s no mistaking the likeness of Hartnell either. Very impressive.

The Dalek Sec Hybrid from The Daleks Take Manhattan is one of those figurines that has a bit of a weird. ‘please miss, can I go to the toilet’ pose going on, but the sculpt is pretty good, with a paint job that brings out the details well.

The Autons have popped in and out of Doctor Who’s history as many times in the series’ return as much as they had in the 70s. It makes sense to feature figurines of their appearance from the 2005 episode Rose. However, with a monster in a suit in the previous release, being the humanoid Dalek Sec, it  does mean that’s two monsters in suits released close to each other. The figurine does, as I’ve said, makes sense, but I can’t help feel that a figurine of one of the Autons handing out plastic flowers from Terror of the Autons would’ve been a bit more visually interesting.

Revelation of the Daleks is hailed as one of the best of the Colin Baker stories, which is understandable with its macabre overtones and sardonic script. It was also the first appearance of the striking white and gold daleks, which do look impressive even in this scale. There’s a little bit of untidiness in the paintwork, which seems to befall the daleks in the range more than a lot of the other figurines. I’m hoping it’s just a bit of a blip because of the speeded up production. I’m just guessing, of course!

We also have the special Emperor Dalek from Second Doctor story The Evil of the Daleks. I’ve been quite looking forward to this, but I admit to being a little disappointed by the size. I thought it would’ve been about the same size as the more recent figurine specials, such as the K1 Robot and the Beast. Perhaps it’s down to the sheer amount of resin used to produce the figure that kept its size down. There’s a bit of a sloppy paint job, but it’s still cool to have as there have been so few versions of the 60s Emperor Dalek that have been produced.

I have a couple of shots of upcoming figurines to show you, including issue 60’s Eighth Doctor, issue 61’s Sensorite and the next special, the Face of Boe and the next subscriber dalek, the Emperor’s Guard from The Parting of the Ways. These have been taken from my regular twitter sources, LondonConcrete, BenCSRobinson and themindrobber.

Doctor Who Figurine Collection: Handbot, Moonbase Cyberman, The Beast, The Foretold, Dalek Supreme

Beast special eaglemoss copyThis past couple of months have seen the release of for regular releases and a special across issues 52 to 55. Again it’s a nice, even mix of old and new and the special of the Beast from The Satan Pit really doesn’t disappoint.

The Handbot appears as featured in the Eleventh Doctor story The Girl Who Waited, as the Doctor and Rory attempted to rescue an aged Amy Pond in a faster running timeline. There’s something oddly charming and disturbing about the Handbot, which has an peculiar Kubrick/THX1138, very seventies scifi feel about it. It’s nicely sculpted with clean lines and a crisp paint job.

It’s great to see a Cyberman from the Patrick Troughton era story The Moonbase. This, which is similar to the Tomb of the Cybermen and The Wheel in Space of the cyborgs are perhaps my favourite version, so it’s good to see this design in the collection. It’s hard to get a Cyberman wrong when the standards have been so high lately and it’s a very strong sculpt and finish.

The Beast is a special, and boy, it’s certainly that. The figure, although a miniature and certainly in a much smaller scale than the other figurines, is still very imposing. The muscles and veins are popping from under the red skin and its face is filled with fury. It’s very, very impressive and perhaps my favourite from among the collection so far.

Mummy on the Orient Express was one of my favourite episodes from last series, and the figurine of the Foretold replicates the eponymous mummy in all its rotting glory. The textured rags are excellently sculpted, which goes with the lurching gait of the figure’s pose.

Part TV dalek, part dalek from the Peter Cushing movies, the Dalek Supreme from the Third Doctor story Planet of the Daleks is a curious creation, not least of all with its jam jar ears, cheap Woolworths torch eye stalk and missing neck rods. Still, the black and gold colour makes for a very striking figurine that looks pretty good in the collection.

As ever, there’s a little bit of an update from the twitter feed of Ben Robinson who runs the Doctor Who Figurine Collection. Some great stuff coming up, including an Auton from Rose, Chantho from Utopia, although it does almost raise the question of ‘why no companions?’Admittedly, like Jabe and Madam Vastra these are interesting aliens, but they’re not monsters as such, so it makes it a little tougher to justify no companion figurines. Of special note though is the Emperor Dalek from Evil of the Daleks and the Cyberleader from Revenge of the Cybermen. The Emperor in particular is a wonderful choice and it looks like it might be out as early as November this year.

Anyway, next time I should be reviewing the First Doctor, Dalek Sec, an Auton and a Nekros dalek from Revelation of the Daleks.

Matt Smith 11th Doctor Series 7 1/6 Big Chief Collector Figure

Eleventh Doctor Fez Sonic Screwdriver Big Chief Studios

I’ve had the Second Edition Big Chief Matt Smith Eleventh Doctor from Series 7 for a couple of weeks now, I’ve just not got round to posting anything about the figure. As with the the Big Chief First Doctor and the Fourth and Tenth Doctor 1/6 figures, I don’t really want to do an in-depth review and just show photos to let the figure speak for itself.

I say this every time Big Chief release another figure from its Doctor Who line, but they do seem to get better and better, not only from the sculpt to the overall attention to detail. This is a gorgeously presented figure, which has a wonderful portrait sculpt of Matt Smith, while the outfit reflects his elegant, slightly more Victorian-tinged outfit from his last full series in the role.

As with the previous releases, there are a great deal of character sMatt Smith Fez Stetson Big Chiefpecific accessories. Some have already been released before with the first Matt Smith from Big Chief. These are the sonic screwdrivers (one open, one closed) and the psychic paper. The Eleventh Doctor’s wristwatch has been given an update; instead of a painted face, it has a sticker with a really nice glass effect. However, the sticker does slip a little when changing the hands over, so I have to be mindful of that when re-posing.

The supplied accessories also feature Amy’s spectacles, which fit the head wonderfully. I’m just very careful with the glasses since the ones supplied with the Big Chief Hartnell broke on the second fitting. However, the company did replace them. The Big Friendly Button from Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS and the bow tie and bow tie box as featured in The Bells of Saint John are also in the set.

The base is in the style of the last three releases, which gives a unifying look to the range now. The Eleventh Doctor doesn’t look so out of place anymore with that TARDIS base. There’s no plaque this time.

Handles Light Up Finding The Switch Panel

I really like the removable hair piece that allows for the display of the figure

Big Chief Handles Expansion pack

with the supplied fez in the same way as the Tom Baker figure does. I really like this feature, and when putting together a range of Doctors you need that option of hats. Certainly with Smith’s incarnation.

A rather wonderful addition is the face sculpt of Matt Smith’s successor, Peter Capaldi. this is a lovely sculpt and an excellent accessory. It makes me even more keen for the 12th Doctor figure when it’s released.

As an incentive for ordering early, the 11th Doctor also comes with an expansion pack of Handles, the cyberman head companion in Matt Smith final full story, The Time Of The Doctor. It’s a really smart addition as Handles lights up, which is an excellent effect. To switch on the lights, the back of the head can be pulled off easily, as it’s held on by magnets. There’s a plastic tag to pull out of the battery cover and there’s a small switch to flick.

This is a remarkable figure with incredible detail. It’s a brilliant figure, which I absolutely love.

You can order the Series 7 Eleventh Doctor directly from Big Chief Studios and other outlets.

Doctor Who Figurine Collection: The Teller, Emaciated Master, Dalek Emperor Davros, The Seventh Doctor, Special Dalek Sec UPDATED

51 Sylvester McCoy Dr Who EaglemossThe most recent releases from Eaglemoss’ collection is an outstanding choice of releases. Two from the last 11 years of the show and three from the classic series.

Issue 48 brings the imposing figure of the Teller from series 8’s excellent Time Heist. It’s another well produced figurine, which I’ve come to expect from the line of monsters. What is impressive is the accuracy of the paint on the straightjacket. The standards are been maintained at a very high level.

The Emaciated Master, or wizened Master, whatever you want to call him, from The Deadly Assassin appears in all his gruesome glory. You really get a sense of the raggedness of the tatty robe and the painful horror of his final (original) incarnation. It’s nice to see the Master finally make it into the line. Hopefully all the villain’s characterisations, including Missy, also appear.

Remembrance of the Daleks is undoubtedly one of the outstanding stories in the series’ run. In issue 50 we have Davros as the Emperor Dalek from the story’s finale, which is a bit of a spoiler, but it makes an excellent figurine. The paintwork on the Emperor Dalek shell is crisp and you can see Terry Molloy’s version of the dalek’s vile creator in the sculpt.

It’s always nice to get another Doctor in the range, although it has given me a sense of trepidation because of the varying quality of the initial releases. They have improved greatly and I feel as though Sylvester McCoy’s Doctor (from Delta and the Bannermen) is the best so far. The likeness is very much there and shows the Seventh Doctor’s aloofness. There is a little bit of paint slop, but the photo makes it look worse that it is when you consider the size of the actual figurine.

Also released is the fourth in the range of seven subscriber only daleks – Dalek Sec from Doomsday. There’s not much I can add about this as, yes, it’s another dalek, but it would be remiss of the line not to include the leader of the Cult of Skaro. What is nice is that some of the details are glossy where some are satin black, replicating the look on the show and making the figure less flat.

There aren’t many pics floating around of upcoming releases that I haven’t posted before I’m afraid. However I’m looking forward to the next few issues, which feature the Handbot from The Girl Who Waited, Moonbase Cyberman, The Foretold from Mummy on the Orient Express and The Planet of the Daleks’ Supreme Dalek. Also in these upcoming months the special release of the Beast from The Satan Pit will make an appearance. Very exciting!

UPDATE

Guys, guys, guys! I’m sorry, I’ve only done half a job! For anyone who follows this blog, I tend to post images of future pre-production and digital sculpts for release in the Doctor Who Figurine collection line. I didn’t think there were any updates to post, but my regular source, @BenCSRobinson‘s twitter feed has added a few figures to come out. I don’t know the exact issues these figurines come with other than so far, issue 55 is Dalek Sec in his humanoid form, issue 56 is the First Doctor and Issue 60 is the Eighth Doctor from Night of the Doctor.