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.