It’s time for your weekly dose of Doctor Who toy reviews. A little later in the day than I’d liked today, but an ominous storm came and attacked my internet. Thankfully, like the good Doctor, I was able to get things going again. Let’s dig into the archives and pull out an oldie this week, shall we?
The Doctor with 3D Glasses
5 Inch Scale
By: Character Options
One of the early and well, long standing complaints about the Doctor Who toy line was the amount of variants of David Tennant’s 10th Doctor. While many of the variants made sense, some fans were enraged that they would have to buy multiples of the figure. Often times, these variants would be sold on single cards while more standard versions were placed in multi-packs, adding to some fans anger.
The Tenth Doctor used red-blue anaglyphic 3D lenses to examine the Void ship and the “ghosts” in “Army of Ghosts”. The glasses enable the wearer to see the “Void stuff”, background radiation from the Void which surrounds and infuses an object or person that has crossed between parallel universes.
This was actually the first 10th Doctor figure I picked up. Originally I thought I would be able to remove his 3D shades and have a pretty plain 10th Doctor. While this was possible, the glasses are glued in via little posts in his head. I decided it was more trouble than it was worth. The 3D glasses weren’t a big part of the story, much less the franchise so do they make for a fun addition to a figure?
It’s been a while since we’ve seen one of these packages. This is from the very early waves of Doctor Who, when the backer was carboard with a standard bubble. The bubble looks like the Tardis and that fits into the design. I always loved this card, in fact I miss it.
The Doctor is readily visible in the card. The package simply says “The Doctor”, just so you know there is no doubt that he’s always the same man even if his face changes. There isn’t any mention of the glasses though, so this is packaged more like a variant of the standard, even if that’s not actually the case.
The back of the package shows off the rest of the figures in the series and one look will tell you where we were at this point. Still very early on as most the characters come from Season 1. Fun fact, Character Options and Designworks weren’t originally going to do a Doctor Who line. They were simply making radio controlled Daleks and decided to toss in a largely static 9th Doctor & Rose figure as a bonus. That proved popular and the demand was soon for a full fledged Doctor Who toy line.
If you own any 10th Doctor figure, you’ve probably seen elements of this before. I’ve actually never reviewed a 10th Doc on this site before (despite countless other reviews) so I figure it’s as good of time as any to break down the bits and pieces.
The basic body sculpt is quite good. It reflects the general appearance of the Tennant Doctor for most of his run. More often than not, David appeared in some sort of pin stripe suit. This version is a darker brown suit, with light blue pin stripes. It makes the suit appear blue.
The sculpting overall is good and it’s a shame this body was never updated to include more articulation. This figure was one of the early, more articulated figures, but when more articulation was added to the line… They didn’t update it. I’m not sure why that was.
The face is good, but the paint gets a little weak when you get up macro close. To the naked eye it’s much better. One thing I do love is that the figure has painted eyes underneath and the lenses on the 3D glasses are real. Lesser companies would have simply painted the lenses.
Actually the glasses themselves deserve a lot of praise. When you compare these glasses to figures even in larger scale, these are really well done. Take Mattel’s Ghostbusters Egon, for instance… He looks like he’s wearing giant Coke bottles, whereas these pretty accurate reflect both Tennant’s real glasses and the 3D affair as well.
“Fine mess you’ve gotten us into!”
As I mentioned up above, the articulation is lacking when compared to more recent releases but when this figure first came out he was actually one of the more articulated figures in the line.
You get a fair range of movement with Who Crotch (C), neck and wrist cuts, hinge knees and elbows as well as fair movement in all the directions. The jacket can impede some of the leg movement, but it’s soft enough that you can pretty much force it anywhere it really needs to go.
“RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!”
A lot of these early packs came with a Top Trumps card which was a big deal in the UK. I don’t think the craze ever really made it to the States, but it was a card battle game. I’ve noticed I only ever seem to get Dalek Sec cards, so maybe that was the only one that was packed in.
You also get the Doctor’s sonic screwdriver. That seems like it should be a given, but many figures didn’t include it, so it’s nice to have. It’s also a really well sculpted and painted little piece. You come to appreciate these things when you get them in hand.
I don’t quite recall what these retailed for at the time of their original release, but they were in the $8-$10 range. You can find this guy still in many stores for a reduced price. He’s a nice variant of the 10th Doctor and could be fun for kids who want to have him looking at spectral images or going to see Piranha 3D.
Packaging – 7
Sculpting – 8
Articulation – 6
Accessories – Card, Sonic Screwdriver
Value – 7
Overall – 7 out of 10
In the end this is a nice figure, but not something you need by any means. There’s nothing here that makes it any better than any other version of the 10th Doctor. In fact, it’s actually hampered by the 3D glasses. It’s still a fine sculpt and a good toy however. If you want to replicate the scenes from the show in which these glasses appeared or create your own adventure where they are needed, you can’t do any better than this.
I hope this picture isn’t the genesis of homoerotic fan fiction somewhere.
What figure would you like to see reviewed next week? You pick it, I’ll review it.