Big Chief Studios 1:6 First Doctor William Hartnell

IMG_6283As the first actor to play the Doctor, William Hartnell’s contribution to Doctor Who in immeasurable. The word ‘irascible’ is often levelled at his portrayal, along with ‘crotchety’ and ‘bad tempered’. This does Hartnell’s performance a disservice. There are many times his Doctor showed warmth and compassion, with great comic touches. He provided the foundation for one of the most loved characters on TV.

I was a bit more excited than I care to admit when I received the shipping carton from Big Chief Studios this past Wednesday. This 1:6 replica of the First Doctor Commemorative Edition is attired in a beautifully realised replica of his costume, including cape, scarf and Astrakan hat. I thought the hat might pose a problem and a separate sculpt might be needed, but it sits on his head just fine.

Satisfyingly, the body used is actually a little shorter than the other Doctors already released. The cape comes already attached to the figure; I believe there is a small, elasticated loop to attach the cape, but it looked far too delicate for me to unhook it. I opted for popping his head off instead, which works fine, and pops back on again with a bit of pressure. The scarf has a wire along its length, allowing it to hang convincingly.
Also supplied are:

  • Three further pairs of hands, other than those already attached.First Doctor Pocket Watch2
  • Pocket watch (which slips into the lower right pocket of the waistcoat).
  • Magnifying glass that hangs around the Doctor’s neck. I try to tuck this into the waistcoat a bit to make it look like it’s hanging properly.
  • Walking Stick
  • Pipe from An Unearthly Child Time Destructor from The Dalek’s Masterplan
  • Keys from The Keys Of Marinus (located in the tray that houses the hat, scarf and stand.
  • Spectacles – sadly, the spectacles snapped in half as I was trying to sit them across the figure’s face. They’re very fragile. (Note: I emailed Big Chief with a photo of the damage and they’re sending out a replacement).

Commemorative Edition Big Chief First DoctorThe stand matches the dark blue, mirrored hexagonal style of the previous releases of the Fourth and Tenth Doctors, with a light up feature that spells out the word for ‘One’ in Gallifreyan. Also, as with the previous Doctors, the front flap of the box detaches to offer a backdrop of there any TARDIS console room. Still a brilliant idea I think.

For obvious reasons, there isn’t a Signature Edition this time. Instead, the First Doctor has been released as a Commemorative Edition of 300. Possibly a regular edition will be released at a later date, dependant on sales. As this is the Commemorative Edition figure, it’s supplied with a plaque like the Signature Editions. However, and rather smartly, a folder containing photos of two of series’ first stars, Carole Ann Ford and William Russell are included. These pictures have been autographed, adding a really thoughtful touch to the whole package.

Overall, this is an outstanding figure that stands well among the other Doctors in the range.

Doctor Who Figurine Collection: Robot D84, Draconian Prince, Jabe, Genesis Dalek

Draconian Figurine Collection Eaglemoss Doctor WhoIssues 36 to 39 brings a nice bunch of classics and a nice inclusion from the Eccleston era.

‘Please do not throw hands at me.’

One of my favourite characters in Doctor Who, which would’ve made a great companion, is D84 from The Robots Of Death. Here he is in his Art Deco glory. The detail is nicely brought out by quite a tight paint op. Like the Zygons, which finally made a return in The Day Of The Doctor, it’s surprising the Draconians only made one appearance in the series as they were a superbly realised, well rounded alien race. Again, another great character design, the Draconian Prince from Frontier In Space is beautifully sculpted. There are a couple of misses, paint-wise, but it’s a great choice for inclusion into the range. As the second episode of the return of Doctor Who in 2005, The End Of The World bravely introduced new viewers to a collection of bizarre aliens. One of the most memorable of these creations is the exotic and beguiling Jabe, played by Yasmin Bannerman. The figurine catches an alluring expression as Jabe is using her scanner while holding one of the sabotaging spiders aboard Platform One. There’s a lot of detail in the costume to pick out, which has been handled quite admirably for the scale. The scanner is silver all over instead of a bronze as seen on screen, but it does make it stand out more. Yes, it’s another dalek, but not having one from Genesis Of The Daleks would be a bizarre omission considering the popularity of the story. The paint scheme is low-key, so there’s fewer chances for error, but it still needs to have a degree of accuracy. It’s actually quite sharp and I love the glossy grey that really brings the detail out. There’s also a little bit of news that I’ve stolen from @londonconcrete‘s twitter feed. He’s posted a (not final) shot of the Robots Of Sherwood. Most excitingly, a CG sculpt of the ‘Devil’ from The Satan Pit that’s due to be an upcoming special.

Doctor Who Figurine Collection: Earthshock Cyberleader, Madame Vastra, Fifth Doctor, Ironside Dalek and Robot K1

Robot K1 Eaglemoss Dr WhoIssues 32 to 35 sees the release of the figurines in the heading, and it’s a rather nice collection of figures, with a couple of minor niggles.

Firstly, let’s take a look at the Cyberleader from Earthshock. Earthshock is one of my favourite Doctor Who stories and the Cybermen from the story are also rather impressive. The figurine doesn’t disappoint, with its very strident pose. The detailing is great, from the mesh around the costume to the cyberman barrel gun.

In recent years, my favourite reoccurring characters have been the Pater Noster Gang, so it’s great to see Madame Vastra join the range. Personally, I’d have liked to have seen her in her Victorian garb, but I can understand the costume and pose that’s been chosen, which is from A Good Man Goes To War. It lends itself to a more exciting figure. She’s nicely sculpted with a detailed paint job. Saying this, the face could’ve done with a wash of lighter green to bring out those scales a little more.

It’s good to get another Doctor, so here we get the Fifth Doctor from Enlightenment. The paint job is fairly crisp, with only a couple of misses around the costume. The likeness isn’t quite there, which isn’t unusual for Eaglemoss’ Doctors.

Perhaps one of the more successful dalek paint jobs can be found in the Ironside Dalek figurine from Victory Of The Daleks. That’s a little unsurprising because of the solid green colour, but there are nicely handled details such as the webbing belt, canvas bags and ear covers. Really nicely done. It also seems the daleks don’t seem to have the flat base with the stickers anymore, having been replaced with the detailed dalek underside.

What was exciting about the recent releases is Robot K1 from Tom Baker’s inaugural story Robot. This is a really nice figure that has a great impact on the shelf. To me it’s one of the best designs for a robot ever. Not just in Doctor Who, but sci fi in general. There is a little bit of a change in paint tones between pink and red over the shoulders, and the mouth isn’t tidily painted, but it’s minor. The robot – or Giant Robot if you’re as old as me – is a perfect choice for a special release.

As before, I also have some news, which has been posted by @londonconcrete on Twitter showing some of the upcoming figurine releases! There are some real beauties here, although it should be pointed out that none of the figurines are the final images for release and can change.

Issue 39 – Dalek from Genesis Of The Daleks

Issue 40 – Twelfth Doctor

Issue 41 – Half-faced Man from Deep Breath

Issue 42 – Terileptil from The Visitation (Superb!)

Issue 43 – ‘Rusty’ from Inside The Dalek

Cyberman from The Tenth Planet

There’s also the CG render of a very cool looking Third Doctor.

Bonus Dalek Sec

Some very exciting releases there, but really looking forward to issue 36 now – D84 from The Robots Of Death!

Doctor Who Figurine Collection: Morbius, Catkind, Cyber King, Sea Devil, Kahler-Tek and Saucer Commander Dalek

I’m going to cover issues 28 to 31 and two special releases this time.

It was very exciting to see Morbius from The Brain Of Morbius for issue 28. It’s such a great look for a monster! It’s handled very well, especially the satisfying goldfish bowl brain. The figurine of the Morbius monster is somewhat more buff than its TV counterpart, but it’s beautifully handled.

Issue 29 brings the Catkind, more specifically Brannigan from the story Gridlock. It’s a somewhat contentious figure as there are other more deserving characters perhaps, but it does represent the cat characters in the Tennant era. That said, it’s surprising that Nurse Hame didn’t make it as a figurine as she featured more prominently.

The Cyber King is another controversial choice, at least to me. The Doctor Who Christmas specials aren’t always the strongest entries into the canon, but the Cyber King scene in The Next Doctor is perhaps one of the silliest. That said, it does make for an incredibly striking figure. I really admire the work that’s gone into the sculpting, which has been brought out beautifully in the paint job. For a figurine I honestly wouldn’t give two hoots about on paper, it’s become one of my favourites in the collection. It’s such a good figure, I’m not even worried about the scale, which if it was kept in the 1:21 format it would probably be about a storey high!

Much like Morbius, it’s great to see another classic figure in the range, namely a Sea Devil from The Sea Devils in issue 30. I’m actually nicely surprised in the frequency that many classic figurines are coming out. Not as many as I’d like, but considering the need to sell the line to a newer audience, I think it’s a fairly good mix. The Sea Devil’s handled quite nicely, especially the way the string dress has been brought out in the paint work.

Kahler-Tek from the Eleventh Doctor episode A Town Called Mercy is another striking figurine. Again, not one I’d necessarily think of, but it’s made me realise how this range is covering characters we’ll probably never see in the action figure lines. It’s a pretty good figurine, with all the detailing on the costume making it earn its place as a well done figure.

The third rare dalek is the Saucer Commander from The Dalek Invasion Of Earth. A nice choice as I love the Invasion of Earth daleks, with their dishes and big bumpers. However, it seems that after an improvement of paint jobs over the line, this dalek lets the side down. I’m concerned that all the rare daleks have been done already, it was at a time when the quality control wasn’t at its height. I’m hoping the future rare dalek releases don’t have this problem.

In the gallery for these figures, I’ve also included a couple of shots that I’ve taken from the twitter feed of Neil Corry, the editor of the Doctor Who Figurine Collection: Genesis daleks and excitingly, a Draconian.

 

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!

cyberking morbius

 

 

 

 

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!