Monthly Archives: December 2009

Today is the last day of 2009 and I’ve got so many unreviewed toys sitting around I wasn’t sure what to review. I knew I wanted to get one more toy review in before the new year, but there are so many great choices. If I review a DC, MOTU or GI Joe figure it’ll drive more traffic. That said I decided it might be best to go out the way I came in, with a Doctor Who figure review.


When I did my first Doctor Who review this past year I mentioned that the main reason I wanted to put a solid focus on Who figures is that they’re a largely undiscovered line by the masses and there just aren’t very many quality reviews out there. The bulk of the toy reviews are done by young British kids on YouTube and while those kids have been a great resource to all us Who collectors, it’s nice to have some other variety out there as well.


Which brings me to today. Although not all of my Who reviews have been great, I think the site has become a bit of a hub for Doctor Who reviews and has become quite a resource for Who fans. I’ve seen my reviews linked all across the web and I’ve helped people get off the fence on many a Doctor Who toy, so for that I’m quite elated. Hopefully I can provide an even better resource for Doctor Who toys in 2010! Let’s take a look at today’s review, a double pack feature Jon Pertwee as the 3rd Doctor and one of his arch rivals, the Sea Devil.

Packaging:
I’m not as big of a fan of the Doctor Who Classics packaging as I am of the packaging for the regular line, but the clamshell that these come in are decent enough. It’s a nice round bubble and it’s great for MOC collectors as it shows off the figures nicely. If you want to open them up however, you have to hack into it with scissors.


It’s nice that both figures fit so well on the bubble and it’s hard to tell the difference between this and regular package. Obviously there is a difference, but it’s good that the package is so adaptable. That’s been a theme throughout the history of the Who line and I’m baffled we don’t see this more in the states on lines like GI Joe or DCUC. There’s a great wind blown picture of Jon Pertwee as well as a Sea Devil in the lower right hand corner.


The back tells a little about the Third Doctor as well as the Sea Devils themselves and the episode this package is highlighting. It even tells the production year, which is a nice touch for fans who might not know those sorts of details.

Articulation:
I’ll try to avoid as many aquatic puns as I had in my Original Sea Devil review. Needless to say since the Sea Devil is just a repaint of that previous released version, he has all the same articulation which includes ball jointed shoulders, Who Crotch®, swivel thighs, swivel forearms, swivel wrist, swivel waist, swivel feet, cut neck, cut arms, cut legs and knee and elbow joints.


Despite the fact that Jon Pertwee is the last “old” looking Doctor, he was quite nimble and often threw down with monsters using Ju-Jitsu… Who-Jitsu? I’m actually not kidding when I say that. Petwee was a man of action, moreso than a lot of other Doctors, so he needs a fair amount of articulation.


He’s got a cut neck, cut shoulders, cut upper arms, elbow hinges, swivel wrist, cut waist, Who Crotch®, cut legs, cut thighs and knee hinges. It’s pretty much the standard for Doctor figures now although the 10th Doctor never has gotten all of the updated articulation. Make of that what you will. There’s plenty here to make your Pertwee get down with his bad self, although his overcoat can impede some of the articulation.

Sculpt:
Character Options has some of the best sculpting around in the world of toys. Every time a new head sculpt comes out with a Doctor, it seems to be better than the one before it. Jon Pertwee has a somewhat peculiar look, as have plenty of the Doctors and it’s reflected here to perfection.


The head sculpt is one of the best, if not the best likeness in the line so far. That’s a heavy compliment because the other classics sculpts have also been top notch. I think there could be a tad more gray wash in his hair, but his hair was various shades of white and gray throughout so it’s debatable. The rest of his face looks great though with a serious, stern look.


Of all the wacky Doctors, Pertwee must have had the most unique fashion sense. The elaborate outfits of the 3rd Doctor were unlike any before or after him. This outfit is honestly rather tame overall, but it hits all the right spots as one of his traditional getups. He has his puffy undershirt, suede coat, overcoat/cape with red underneath, it’s all here. The coat’s paintwork is exceptional giving it that crushed velvet/suede look.


He even has pinky ring which is painted with surprising detail and even the inside of his hand has the ring. That’s a tiny little detail that could have easily been left painted, but CO didn’t miss it.


As much as I thought the original Sea Devil looked good, this Sea Devil beats it in just about every way. I don’t think anyone disliked the original Sea Devil, but this newly painted version just shows how superior it is. It’s just a repaint, but the darker, wetter colors better reflect the classic monster.


Accessories:
At this price point you’d love to say that these guys have tons of accessories, but they just have their basics. For the 3rd Doctor, that’s his trusty Sonic Screwdriver. Since it was Pertwee who first got to using this device, it’s nice to see him with it.


The Sea Devil comes with his heat ray gun/belt just as the original figure had. The only difference being that this time the ray gun is silver in color instead of gold. Technically the Sea Devil’s clothes and Pertwee’s cape are removable, so you could count those as accessories if you wish.


“I said sonic screwdriver, not a wrench!”

Value:
This pack runs about $40, which breaks down to about $20 a figure. That’s pretty steep, especially when the regular Sea Devil figure can be had for about $10-$12 these days. Most people are in this for the Jon Pertwee figure so you could say it’s $25 for the Pertwee and $15 for the Sea Devil. However you justify the cost, this is a must have for Doctor Who collectors. It’s pretty expensive, but it’s so nicely done I’m more inclined to overlook it.


Score Recap:
Packaging – 7
Sculpting – 9
Articulation – 8
Accessories – Heat Ray, Sonic Screwdriver
Value – 7
Overall – 8 out of 10


Two really good figures for $40 isn’t the steal of the century, but given the sharp attention to detail, the fact that this is based off an old dude from 70’s and the general obscurity of the license in general I’m content with the purchase. Doctor Who is hitting a big stride in 2010 and hopefully so are we here at Infinite Hollywood.com and I can’t tell you how thrilling it is to continue to put these guys on the shelf. It’s a freakin’ Jon Pertwee figure! Good times.

So check this out, I just discovered a new site that I think might interest a lot of people on here. It’s called Listia.com and it’s a great place to get free stuff! Sounds like a scam, right? Well it’s not. Listia.com is a bit of a mix between Ebay and Craig’s List. Users on Listia offer up free stuff and put it on the site like Ebay, then you use credits (which are free and earned by listing stuff) to bid on the items you want. When the bidding ends the person who bid the most credits wins the item.

You just pay shipping and tons of items don’t even require you to pay shipping. Listia also has a ton of charity programs and it’s a good way to get rid of stuff that you might otherwise throw away. Old toys that you know you can’t sell on Ebay, but also don’t want to end up in the scrap heap? Put them on Listia! Same for old cell phones, computer games even TVs!

Plus they’re running a current promotion of giving away 300 credits free to those who join and list an item.

While this site probably won’t replace Ebay for you, it’s a nice alternative to look for inexpensive stuff for trade. I’m only advertising it because I believe that the more people know about stuff like this, the more the content will improve. I may put some stuff on there soon myself.

You never know what you’ll find on there, I saw some Spider-man figures, cool Batman comics, and even these Dungeons & Dragons supplies.


D&D Stuff For Free!

So if you’re looking for a place to find neat odd stuff or find a new home for your old stuff, Listia.com is the place for you.


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You know despite seeing that other folks have had some luck, I still haven’t seen DCUC Wave 10. I’ve pretty much given up on looking for it and given up on DC Universe Classics in general. I realize that by now I probably could have gotten DCUC Wave 10 off Ebay or some other avenue, but I’d really just like to buy it in store. I’m not sure why that’s such a hard concept. But today I thought, maybe I’ll just buy the Joker online. The prices for the figure aren’t terrible, but they’re more than I care to pay…


Then I saw this beauty. It’s from overseas and I can actually afford this Joker and not feel bad about it. Except, take a closer look at that desription, “All figures may paint lost and dirt randomly.”

Damn it Mattel, is it so much for me to want to buy the Joker for under $20 and not have “may paint lost and dirt randomly”? And so the saga continues…

Every year new shows debut in the fall and by January it’s usually pretty clear who’s going to make it to the next season and who’s not. Lots of shows experience big falls from grace and sometimes, a show like Chuck, which was nearly canceled last year is looked to return in January as the darling of NBC’s lineup. However for other shows things aren’t always that way, such is the case for Comedy Central’s Jeff Dunham show.


I guess it’s not really fair for me to review the Dunham show as I only ever saw one episode and could barely sit through it and tried one other time to watch it for a couple of minutes before changing the channel. I should make a confession, I like ventriloquists. I think it’s a neat thing and long before Jeff Dunham was a household name, I liked him.

I remember seeing Dunham on A&E’s “Evening at the Improv” which I could write a whole other rant about, WHERE ARE THE STAND UP COMEDY SHOWS ANYMORE?! However I’ll leave that for another time. Instead I’ll just say that back then Dunham’s act was brilliant, he usually worked with one puppet, Peanut and on occasion he’d use the old guy. Years went by and I rarely ever saw Jeff Dunham on TV.

Eventually he resurfaced and seemed to be doing largely the same stuff but his Jalapeno on a stick routine was down right knee slapping funny for a while. Once he had a whole cast of characters it really livened up his show. Dunham has never been a very good ventriloquist, it was his material that was good. Then one day, Jeff Dunham was famous. I’m not sure when it happened, it just did. He was all over the TV and internet.

Comedy Central came calling and gave him his own TV special. A few in fact. I watched some here or there and noticed that Dunham’s act wasn’t as funny anymore. He had too many characters, his act was getting a bit stale and some of his jokes played to the lowest common denominator. Still, I couldn’t argue with his success and that was that. Until I saw Comedy Central give him his own TV show!

I decided to tune in because I figured this guy must have gotten really good. Instead what I watched was an abomination of a show. To be fair, it’s clear that Comedy Central was trying to replicate all their other shows with Dunham’s. First there was Chappelle’s Show, which was racist black comedy. Then there was Mind of Mencia which was stolen racist Latino comedy. Finally we got Dunham who did racist white comedy, WITH PUPPETS! All of these shows are essentially the same and follow the exact same format, which is why no doubt Dunham’s show became a pretty massive flop.

It’s interesting because the original show attracted a 5.6 rating, which is gigantic for Comedy Central, but it quickly dropped off. Who thought it would be a good idea to run a show about a ventriloquist and then do a bunch of sketches with just the puppets? Wouldn’t a show about puppets make more sense? Dunham’s characters nearly all sound the same and are only funny because he’s doing a ventriloquist act. Beyond that it’s kind of pointless.

I’m not sure when Dunham ran out of material either, but it was pretty clear he didn’t have near enough material to sustain all the specials, much less a weekly TV show. Comedy Central’s format didn’t help matter either as it felt like they were trying to stick a square peg in a round hole. Plus as Dunham got more famous, his act began to get exposed more for basically making racially insensitive jokes, which I’m not sure when he added to his act but no doubt helped his rise to fame.

And so the Jeff Dunham show is no more. Good riddance I say, the show was terrible and only served to wear out what little humor Dunham had left. I wouldn’t worry too much about Dunham and his puppets though, he made around $30 million dollars last year. Plus Jeff Dunham was pretty awesome on 30 Rock earlier this year, basically doing a send up of his own routine. Hopefully this will get him back to doing more stuff like that, you know, comedy.

The holidays are over (Well not counting New Years, but that’s less of a holiday and more of a fixed point in time), which means I won’t be reviewing anymore Christmas figures for at least another 12 months. Hooray! As fun as reviewing holiday toys has been for me, I’ve received a lot of toys either as gifts or personal purchases over the past month and I really want to crank out some of these reviews.


Which brings us to Nemo Publishing’s Commander X! This is not the first time I’ve mentioned Commander X here on this blog, in fact it’s the fourth time for those counting at home and it started with this little Figure Comic that I put together using this toy. Since Commander X is still on sale at CaptnEli.com till the end of the month I figured it was time I sat down and truly did a review of the big guy himself.


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