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!
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