Doctor Who Action Figure


Doctor Who Character Building Mini-Figures
11 Doctors
2 Inch Scale
By: Character Options
$39.99

Doctor Whosday returns! Today I’m taking a look at the 11 Doctors mini figure set from Character Options. Last year CO introduced the new Character Building mini figures, which are sort of like Doctor Who Legos. Shortly after, they released this set featuring all 11 Doctors. It’s a time traveler’s smallest, best friend!


This is not the first time that Character Options has released a set like this. They first released an 11 Doctors set in the larger 5 inch line. This makes a great entry into the smaller figures, though, and is to date the only “classics” in the Character Building line.


So for $40 you can get all 11 Doctors in a very small form. Is it worth it? Well you’ve got to read the review to find out!

Packaging:
The packaging is done in a rather unique way, almost indentical to the larger counterpart. It’s a TARDIS shaped box, which two opening doors. Unlike the 5 inch version, this one isn’t quite as good looking as it has a few more logos and such on the front. Still, it’s a great little package and it’s considerably smaller in hand than you might think.


I really like the package in general. It’s a handy way to keep these figures safe as well, if you want to put them back in. However the inner plastic can be a bit of a burden to slide the figures back into place.


Velcro holds the two doors closed. Inside is a great little bio of each of the Doctors. I really approve of this! It’s the little details that CO always manages to get right.

Sculpt/Paint:
There isn’t a lot of sculpting that goes into these figures. In fact all of the figures more or less use the same base body. The head sculpts and the paint is what separate them. With a couple of exceptions, as some of their outfits feature a torso that has “tails” in the back, while others don’t. Beyond those minor exceptions, the figures are identical in many ways.


Thankfully Character Options has done a good job, as they tend to do. The First Doctor looks a bit more like Richard Hurndall than Bill Hartnell, to me, but it’s hard to say for sure since these are all stylized. The point is, he looks like the First Doctor.


The Second Doctor has a bit of a sardonic grin on his face, which is appropriate. He’s always somewhere between worry that the world is about to come to an end and glee that he’s outwitted his opponents. The Second Doctor is sort of the Columbo of the Doctors and it shows in the sculpt.


The Third Doctor has Pertwee’s crazy hair and green coat. He’s even got some lines under his eyes to make him look a bit more aged. Just watch out, he might karate chop you!


The Fourth Doctor looks good, but perhaps his face needs something more. The hair is perfect, but he doesn’t scream Tom Baker as much to me. The little smile is nice, but if they were going for a smile, I think they should have made it one of Baker’s insane grins.


The Fifth Doctor looks great, just like the actor who played him, John Tesh. Whoops. I mean Peter Davison! And look, celery is included!


Colin’s Sixth Doctor looks okay, but again the outfit help more than the head sculpt. Clearly they skipped a lot of the details on the coat, but it’s still pretty obvious who it is. I’m not certain that they could have done a lot with his face, but there is some attempt to make the detail stand out.


The Seventh Doctor looks pretty good as well. He’s definitely stylized and he’s sporting the happy look. I’m always torn on which Doctor face I want, happy or somber. I wish we could get some more somber Seventh Doctor stuff.


The Eighth Doctor looks positively charming!


There’s definitely some hints of Eccleston in the Ninth Doctor, but he looks a bit like an Asian girl in the face. It’s a bit of a miss, but the hair is excellent. They really did a great job on all the hair sculpts.


The Tenth Doctor almost looks angry to me. I think they were going for quirky, but I’m going to say it’s just a bit shy of where it needs to be. There’s a bit of slop on the paint for his shoes, but in general the paint on all these guys is pretty good.


The Eleventh Doctor figure is no different than the previous releases of this guy. He looks okay, but not perfect. I think the unique features of Matt Smith’s face are likely not easy to capture in this sort of likeness.


These dudes are a lot smaller than you may think. You can easily lose them or their accessories. So be careful! I imagine my cats would have a field day with any one of the Doctors.

Articulation:
Each guy gets a few joints, similar to a Lego. The hands turn, the shoulders and legs are on hinges and the neck is on a swivel. Nothing fancy, but it’s enough to get the job done. These are aiming for a very specific aesthetic and generally seem to hit it in my view.


I do find that they are a bit top heavy and tend to fall over if their legs aren’t positioned just right. I could almost go for some heavier feet or ball jointed feet to help make them a bit more stable.


I guess the posing would be better if you had the little Lego-like floors that some of the sets come with.

Accessories:
Almost everyone comes with something, with only the Sixth and First Doctors being an exception. Honestly I’m not sure why the First Doctor doesn’t come with a cane or why the Sixth doesn’t come with his Sonic.


The sculpts for the sonic screwdrivers aren’t super detailed, but they do generally have the sculpts down pat. There’s a bit more reuse than in the larger line and no paint, but they’re still pretty neat.


Some of the designs don’t fit as well in the hands as others, but overall they work well. I suppose the flat nature of the Sixth Doctor’s sonci may have ben why they skipped it. I would have just made it a bit fatter.


Each figure also gets a stand. It’s shaped in the style of the modern Doctor Who logo.


Everyone fits nicely on their stand and it definitely ups the display value. This also comes in handy for posing, since they are prone to falling over.

Value:
At $40 this isn’t cheap, but I find that Lego figures and their many impersonators can run $2-3 a piece. Given that these aren’t blind bagged, I don’t think it’s a terrible value. I imagine if they’d been blind bagged, we’d all have 58 Colin Baker figures. That’s a scary thought. Then again, it might match my 5 inch collection!


Score Recap:
Packaging – 8
Sculpting – 8
Paint – 8
Articulation – 4
Accessories – Sonic Screwdrivers, Umbrella, Stands
Value – 8
Overall – 8 out of 10


These guys are a very specialized type of figure, but for the price getting all 11 Doctors in one swoop is a good deal. With the added bonus of the accessories and the decent stylized sculpts… This is a solid pickup if you’re into these sorts of figures. They are miniature Who fun!


My only complaint would be the lack of accessories for two of the Doctors and the fact that these guys tend to topple over. They’re very light and that doesn’t make them as poseable as I’d like them to be. Still, they’re fun for the desktop or neat for kids on a car ride!


Doctor Who
4th Doctor
8 Inch Scale
By: BifBangPow
$20.00

It’s a great time to be a Doctor Who fan, as the show seems to be reaching a high point in terms of popularity and that’s translating into a lot of product on the shelves. For decades fans of Who were left with rather subpar toys and now not only do we have great import toys from Character Options, we also have for likely the first time ever, American companies making Doctor Who toys!

BifBangPow is a little company that has been making niche toys for several years now. BifBangPow teamed up with EMCE toys about a year or so ago to form a relationship where BBP would use the designs made famous by Doc Mego, but crank out a variety of new licensed product. The toys have had mixed success within many collectors circles and some of the license choices have frustrated certain sects of toy collectors.


However, BifBangPow has provided some incredible product and have slowly built up a catalogue of products and licenses leading to what ultimately has become a surge in the new Mego-like toys market. This has led BBP to arguably their biggest license to date, Doctor Who! This brand is not foreign to having Mego style figures as in the 1980’s Deny’s Fisher, a UK branch off of Mego made a short lived Mego Doctor Who line. However those figures were not in the classic Mego scale and were not readily available here in the United States.


Now twenty plus years later BifBangPow has given Doctor Who the classic Mego treatment and have brought Who to our shores in a way never thought possible before. I’ve fallen behind on Doctor Who figure reviews this year but it’s where we’ve often specialized here at Infinite Hollywood, so let’s close out the year with some more Who-goodness. Can this Who compare to the classic brands and is it worth your time and money? Read on to find out!

Packaging:
Mego often had charming packaging with neat art on simple bubble cards. BifBangPow and several of the other companies making these style of figures have often replicated those types of packages with varying success. However, with Doctor Who, BBP has sort of done their own thing and while it definitely has a classic Mego feel to it, it also feels very Doctor Who-ey as well.


The result is a fantastic card that is far and away my favorite modern Mego type of card to date. It’s simple, but sleek and appropriate. I could totally see this on the shelves in the 1970’s or 80’s and yet ti looks perfect on the shelves today! It’s rare that I find a toy I want to keep in the package because it’s so nice, but this is one of those times.

The back has all the appropriate info and shows off some of the other figures in the series. It also has some other Doctors listed, hinting that perhaps BBP will make other classic Doctors as well. I also like that the 4th Doctor has an inner tray holding him upright, and that does wonders for making the figure not slouch or get beat around like many of the other figures that are loose in these packages so often have issues with.

Sculpt:
BBP has had pretty good success with capturing likeness in this scale for some time. In fact if anything, they’ve often had figures that looked a bit too realistic for what Mego used to do. I’m happy to report that they’ve hit a homerun with the 4th Doctor as he’s unmistakably Tom Baker, but he also has a bit of a toy look to him. It’s a perfect medium!


Some of the early BBP “Mego” figures suffered from ghost face syndrome. That is to say that their heads were cast in a nearly transparent vinyl color that made them especially pasty and stand out from the color of the rest of the skin. Thankfully the Doctor Who line doesn’t seem to suffer from this problem and although the good Doctor is a bit pasty, his head skin tone matches his body’s skin tone.


The face is sort of a blank stare, but I appreciate that. This Doctor can be in any variety of poses and not look out of place. It’s better than having a big grin or something, which will only look good in certain poses. This is the 4th Doctor doing one of his stoic, deep thoughts. It’s nearly identical to the first Character Options 4th Doctor figure’s alternate head.


“Doctor, you’ve been to the future… Tell me, how do they remember me?”

The costume is always important on a small scale figure like this, especially since they use soft goods. Again BBP has soared beyond expectations, as the 4th Doctor has all his patented attire on and it’s quite colorfol and vibrant.


The most important part of any 4th Doctor outfit is the scarf and this one is appropriately gigantic! It’s quite a bit bigger than the Doctor himself. It can be a bit hard to figure out how to wrap it around him properly, but it’s really a nice piece.


I think it looks better than the classic Deny’s Fisher brand Doctor, but at the same time there were elements of that figure which were better… Like the hat!


Underneath the Doctor has his waistcoat which is a separate piece, but one that is actually connected to the shirt underneath. So essentially, it can open like a vest, but you won’t be removing it. He has nice rubber shoes and brown pants. The quality on the clothes is pretty good and appropriate for this style of figure where hyper-details are not necessary.


He also comes with a hat. I’m not going to lie… It’s a mess. The Mego scale of heads have often been a bit too big and the Doctor suffers a bit from this. BBP tried to compensate by making his hat even bigger, to help sit on the curly afro of Tom Baker.


It doesn’t work at all. It looks gigantic, it doesn’t sit properly and honestly even the sculpt looks a bit too “cowboy hat” for some reason. Deny’s Fisher was able to make their Doctor with a removable hat back in the day, but BBP just couldn’t replicate it. Supposedly they were working on this problem, but I guess they never could find a solution.


So yeah, the hat sucks. It’s not the end of the world, just don’t display him with the hat. My hopes is that BBP will release a version with a hat sculpted on, or rescale the head in future 4th Doctor releases. If not, it is what it is. You could possibly cut some of his hair away and glue the hat down, but I’m not brave enough to try it.

Articulation:
Mego and Mego clones tend to have a decent amount of articulation. The one area that they’re really lacking is a swivel joint for the arm. Of course, ball joined heads and thigh swivels would help as well. What you’re left with is a cut neck, some rubber band ball joint shoulders and legs, as well as swivel hinge wrists, hinge knees, elbows and ankles.


BifBangPow actually had an EMCE body made with swivel arms, but for some reason the 4th Doctor didn’t get them. It’s not a huge deal and to be honest, EMCE’s swivel arms seem a bit clunky in comparison to Cast-A-Way toys swivel arms. So perhaps the figure is better off without them.


He’s still pretty poseable and fun to fiddle around with. The only area I have found that’s concerning is that his ankles tend to be a bit loose, causing him to want to lean forward. This is rarely a problem with most Megos, as they typically wear long boots, but the 4th Doctor’s short shoes cause him to have less support there. it’s not a issue all the time, but it could be for those who pose him a lot.

Accessories:
I’ve always said that these style of figures need accessories and lots of them, more often than not. BBP has done a pretty good job here of giving the Doctor everything he needs. From his giant removable scarf, right down to his sonic screwdriver.


The sculpt and paint, while minimal, is perfect. This is a great small scale rendition of the 4th Doctor’s sonic. It fits into his hand quite well and he can be posed with it as needed.


“I once caught a gumblejack this big! Almost as big as my hat!”

The hat is a failure, but we’ve already went over that. At least they included it, so at least you can decide what you want to do with it.


The coat and tie are removable. Speaking of which, I’ve heard some stories of the coat and also the red portions of the scarf staining the figure. Mine isn’t stained, but there does seem to be some red going onto the white shirt underneath. This is a frustrating problem that I’m not sure how to fix. Possibly by gently washing these items. Not everyone seems to have the issue, but it’s something to be aware of.


And that’s pretty much it. Be careful when removing the figure from the package, so that you don’t lose your Sonic Screwdriver. While it’s bigger than the Character Options version, it’s still quite small.

Value:
$20 for a single figure in today’s toy market is a tough pill to swallow, but one we’re seeing more and more. To make matters worse, this figure is sold bundled with a Sontaran in most retail settings. That means you’ll end up paying $40+ for the both of them, more often than not. However, the quality here is pretty nice and aside from a few issues, this guy is worth tracking down if you have even the most modest interest in Mego-like figures. Even classic Mego collectors will want to have this guy in their collection, as he fits right in with the vintage stuff.


Score Recap:
Packaging – 9
Sculpting – 8
Paint – 8
Articulation – 9
Accessories – Sonic Screwdriver, Hat, Scarf
Value – 8
Overall – 9 out of 10


Let’s face it, I’m a sucker for the 4th Doctor and I tend to like Mego-style figures more than most people. This figure is not without it’s problems, with a tad oversized head, a hat that doesn’t fit and clothes that could eventually stain this figure. However, he has a lot of strong points, including a great likeness, nice cloth clothing and a few accurate accessories.

These figures are limited to a run of only 3,000 and each package is individually numbered. While I have hopes that this line will become a huge success for BBP, you may want to pick one of these guys up while you have the chance. It’s not a perfect figure by any means, but it’s the kind of neat retro toy that you might kick yourself in a few years for not picking up when it was affordable.


Doctor Who – Series 5
Cyberman Pandorica Guard
5 Inch Scale
By: Character Options
$14.99

You know, as soon as I started photographing this horrific monstrosity, the more I started thinking I should have saved it for the 31 Days of Halloween! Seriously, this guy is creepy. Appearing at the conclusion of the Doctor Who Series 5 Pandorica Opens finale, this version of the Cyberman really emphasizes the brutal nature of the Cybermen race.

With a broken head that’s opened to reveal the charred, ancient remains of what was once a human who became trapped inside the mechanical concentration camp. Character Options has passed along this figure to us now and I’m taking a look at it today. This is the “NON-CD” version of this release, aka, the second release. Originally these figures were packed with audio Doctor Who stories as part of the “Build A Pandorica” wave. This still includes the Pandorica part, but no audio CD.

Packaging:
I don’t believe I’ve reviewed a Series 5 figure yet, so I’ll talk a bit about the packaging. This is a new package with a design that’s influenced by the more current version of the show. It’s also plastered with information on the “Build-a-Pandorica” and the CDs.


The front also has a huge sticker on it saying that there is no CD in this version, but the back of the package still rambles on about the audio CD and stories. They probably should have changed the packaging for these re-release waves, but I won’t fault them too much. I mean if you can’t read that big yellow sticker that says it doesn’t have a CD, you must be blind.


Inside is your usual assortment of twist ties. One nice thing is that the Pandorica piece actually has a little rubber band around it to prevent the CD or in this case the phony CD shell from popping loose. It’s a minor thing, but a nice touch.

Sculpt/Paint:
Wow, this guy has some really fantastic paint work. I know a lot of people expected this to be a cheap repaint of the Cyberman figure, but Character Options and DesignWorks once again went above and beyond to present a truly unique figure. It should be noted that Argos (a UK store) also had an exclusive set with a different version of the damaged Cyberman which is quite different, but I’m glad we got this version in mass retail.


For starters the head is detachable. Actually as you can see in the package above, the head doesn’t even start on the body. This definitely sets it apart from most Cybermen figures.


The reason for this is simple, in the show the Cyberman started without his head. He then “came to life” and his head sprouted little cords and grew back onto the body. The cords/tentacles are included here as a separate piece and can be plugged into the head’s neck joint, should you decide to display him in this fashion.


The Cyberman face plates are not hinged, but because the rubber/plastic is soft on the figure, you can squeeze it together if you want. It won’t stay, but I’m sure clever folks could rig something up if they wanted to make it so that you could open and close the head.


Compared to a regular Cyberman there are quite a few key differences. Obviously the paint and head are pretty clear. The chest also has extensive damage.


The damage goes all the way around and isn’t just a new front portion of the torso. It’s also on the shoulder and back areas.


There is also a shoulder “bolt” that’s dislodged on the damaged arm.


Finally there is also some damage sculpted into the legs.


And if that wasn’t enough, there are some parts choice differences. The gun is on the opposite arm, the fist hand is now open and the other hand is the open hand from the Cyber Controller figure. Making in essence, this figure a completely different experiance from the traditional Cyberman that most of us have one or a hundred of, in our collection.

Articulation:
My Pandorica Cyberman feels really loose and hard to stand up straight. I guess it plays in well with the character. For the most part the articulation is very similar to the regular Cybermen figures.


He has a neck that’s more like a cut joint because of the removable head, ball jointed shoulders (with somewhat limited movement), elbow hinges, cut wrists, knee hinges, a bit of a cut at the upper torso which allows just the tiniest bit of movement but not enough to seriously consider it a point, ball jointed hips that are very limited and ball jointed feet.

Accessories:
Doctor Who figures don’t always come with a ton, but this guy manages to have a few accessories. Since this is part of the Pandorica wave, you get the piece to construct it. I don’t think it matters which pieces you have (but don’t quote me on that) so long as you have enough to build the box.


You also get the head and tentacle wires. Obviously the head is a no brainer (pun not intended), but the wires are a nice touch.


The Pandorica piece isn’t anything impressive, but I suspect this looks a bit better than the CDs. On the down side you don’t get an audio adventure, but on the plus side you can leave this displayed all the time. The “CD” still pops out too, if you’re curious.

Value:
At about $15 these guys aren’t cheap. However in the age of DCUC figures being $16-$18 at most places and MOTUC upwards of $20, I don’t feel bad paying $15 for a well made, highly detailed, largely screen accurate import figure. Even if you have a few Cybermen, you could definitely add this one to your collection and not feel bad. The detail on the skull alone is worth it.

Score Recap:
Packaging: 8
Sculpting: 8
Paint: 8
Articulation: 6
Accessories: Pandorica Piece, Tentacle Wires
Value: 8
Overall: 8 out of 10


“Hey the only box I’m getting into is Rose’s!”

This is a solid little entry into the Series 5 figures. Series 5 was definitely short on villains and this new take on the Cyberman makes for a very fun bad guy. I am glad I went ahead and picked him up, despite being on the fence at first.


Doctor Who – Classics
Leela Face of Evil
5 Inch Scale
By: Character Options
$25.99

Another Who figure for me this week. I must get back to DVD reviews, although writing these does make me feel justified for paying the money to get the figures. This week I am looking at the new Leela figure, part of what I hope is a great new line of classic companions. Fingers crossed we might get a Sarah Jane, or Romana, or, hope of hopes, a classic Susan Foreman? Time will tell.

But that is for another day. Today we have Leela.

Packaging:


When I first saw the new package design I was less than impressed. Mainly because I am tired of CO changing the packaging as much as they do. I am a display guy at heart, and my figures do get displayed in their original packaging. It annoys me when they all look like they are from different things instead of maintaining some uniformity. Sigh, such is the plight of the nerd 🙁

Upon getting my hands on this package, though, I find I am really digging it. The plastic is nice and clear, and displays everything very well. The backer board is really vibrant and not full of crappy blurbs like the River Song figure I reviewed last time. And the Doctor Who logo is raised, which just really looks nice overall.


The back is also nice, giving a mini bio of who Leela is, and how she came to be a companion to the Doctor.

Sculpt:
It might be picky to complain about the lack of accuracy on a toy of this scale, but when you look at how closely they managed to match all of the Doctors it seems a bit rushed.


First, I have no idea which face they were looking at when they sculpted this, but it darn sure wasn’t Louise Jameson. She looked like this:


It might be picky to complain about the lack of accuracy on a toy of this scale, but when you look at how closely they managed to match all of the Doctors it seems a bit rushed.

And that’s not the only thing rushed. From top to bottom this figure feels like something they slapped together in a weekend. Many of the body pieces have paint slop on them, and a number of the joints feel loose or painted stiff.

And if you think I’m just being picky, look at these:


The pic on the left shows two instances of really sloppy work. The lines down the back, which I assume are the strings that are supposed to hold up her top, are really poorly painted. And her shoulder not only has a massive slop of black paint, there is even a fingerprint smudge underneath it. The pic on the right shows the shoulder socket, and as you can see, the first time her arm was raise the socket basically stripped all the paint off the joint right down to the plastic underneath.

This is really crappy quality control, and really bad design work. Again, I have to call on Character Options to work much harder on their quality control, and really rethink how they do paint on these figures. This has been a common problem for me, and I think it is time they consider plastics that are colored the right color instead of trying to paint on the details with such slop.

For something that costs around 20-30 bucks each, a lot more time should have been spent on at least making sure that slop like this was not passed on to packaging. I actually picked up two of these figures and was pleased to see the second one did not have this smudge on the shoulder, but I wish this one had been caught before it was shipped.

Articulation:


For a figure that bills itself as poseable, this figure has some problems. Like the Amy figures, the hair prevents the neck from turning at all. Also, the legs go into the hip joints in such a way that they can barely move more than a few centimeters forward and back. To make up for this, I guess, the legs rotate at the boot, although I’m not really sure of the benefit of this. Yet another female figure from Character Options that cannot sit down. Good thing there are not a lot of seats on the Tardis.

Accessories:


Leela was a warrior, and so it is nice that she comes with a lot of weapons. The problem is when you try to get her to use them.


She’s OK as long as she is always attacked from her left!

Her knife fits nicely in its holster, but not in her hand. The gun just barely fits in her hands, and when you twist it to face forward the armrest pushes it out of her hand. The crossbow has a strap to go over her shoulder, but because of her hair it has nowhere to rest and slides off, and when she does hold the bow, the arrow just kind of lies there, waiting for a stiff breeze to knock it off.

The Verdict:
If you only plan to buy this to display it in the box, then I would encourage you to consider picking it up. In the package it looks great, and none of the problems I mentioned will be an issue. If, however, you have the audacity to take it out of the box to actually pose it or play with it, then you will be fairly disappointed. Character Options seems to be getting better and better at making figures that look great on display, but fall apart once you look closer at them. I really hope they get things back on track over there, or we have a lot of garbage to deal with in the future.


Listen, don’t take this the wrong way, but I’ve found a new Leela, and her gun doesn’t fall out of her hand when she moves. Best of luck to you though!



Doctor Who – Series 5

River Song

5 Inch Scale

By: Character Options

$16.99


Ah River Song, you finally get your new series single card figure dues. I’ve waited a long time for this figure, and I am really glad that Character Options is finally getting around to making some of the actual regular characters from the show into figures. Their methodology for choosing which figures to release is perplexing at best, but until I take over the company in a massive display of insider trading, we’ll just have to keep calm and carry on.



Packaging:



Nothing really spectacular here. The back board just lists a bunch of characters that they are releasing. It gives you a good idea about what kind of planning is going on at headquarters because we have another doctor figure without any real difference, and a ganger figure with the same body, just different hands and feet. The astronaut does look neat, and might be nice to have just as a standalone figure, but why Uncle was chosen and WE STILL HAVE NO RORY FIGURE is beyond me.



Inside each package you get not only the character, you also get a small bag of “The Flesh.”



It’s taped to the inside of the board, and because it is right behind the figure this has lead CO to slightly modify the way the figures are packaged. Instead of the standard wire binding their figures usually come with, these figures are held in with much less potentially pokey plastic thread ties.

Sculpt:

This sculpt has some really nice things going on with it, and some really bad. We’ll start with the good.



The Good:

This figure is very detailed, and it is nice to see so much time went into the actual sculpt. There are little details all over the place that really make this figure pop, such as the show accurate props on her belt (which sadly do not remove) the working holster, and the layers in the jacket. The figure is also fairly steady and stands with little effort, even in different poses. There was no stiffness in the joints, or over looseness, which has been a problem for me with some of these figures.

The Bad:

There are really two complains here. The first is the messy paint. There are several places on the figure where the white paint on the jacket is not doing a good job of covering up the pink underneath. I do not know why this figures torso was not just molded from white plastic instead of molding it from colored and then painting it white.

The entire figure is painted, like all CO figures, and that is really odd to me. Unless changing colors in molded plastic is really, really expensive, I cannot think why it is cheaper and easier to pay someone to repaint the entire figures. Paint slop is frequently an area that I have problems with in their figures and I really wish they would consider a change.



The Ugly:

I know hair is hard to sculpt with a plastic toy, but seriously, this looks like plastic dreadlocks. There is no bounce or vibrancy or anything . Character options has really not done a great job with hair, especially on their female figures, but at least this hair lets her neck turn.

Also, I can’t shake the feeling that this sculpt originally was based on Zoe Wanamaker and then quickly adjusted to Alex Kingston.

Articulation:

The other problem is with how they sculpted the hip joints. I just do not understand this. This just looks terrible. I know this is a typical bend for Who hips, but on this figure it really looks grotesque. And the top of the legs are covered in plastic burrs and paint, so it just really looks messy. Standing, the figure looks fine, but when you try to flex you get this mess.



It’s not as if they don’t have better female hips. The Amy figures have featured more natural and less freakish hip bends, but apparently that would be too easy.



This figure has the standard Who joints: Shoulder with ball sockets, upper arm, elbow, wrist, torso, hips, knees, and neck. They all worked well and had no problems flexing.

Accessories:



A nice piece, although a bit confusing again with the paint. In the show the gun was white with black smudges. On the toy it’s black with white Christmas flocking sprayed on it. She holds it well, but since her fingers are all together she can’t really look like she is firing it. It does fit nicely in the holster though.



Yeah, all the figures in this wave come with these, even the astronaut I think. I guess that’s the big selling point for kids? It fits well but really doesn’t add anything to this figure for me. Also, since this River figure is from series 5, not 6 there never was a flesh connection there in the first place, so, yeah…

As stated before, all these figures also come with little pouches of the flesh. I guess it’s for kids, although it’s interesting to me that the point of the episode with the flesh is that the flesh was a living thing and should not just be treated like disposable gunk to be tossed aside when it wasn’t needed anymore. And to honor this, they give you a pouch of it to squeeze on the floor, and then throw away when it isn’t needed anymore. So, again, yeah…

The Verdict:

This figure is going to cost you around 30 bucks on the internet. It looks kind of cool, and has some nice features, but is also has some big problems for that price. And now that they have a River face sculpt they are bound to start dropping it on other bodies that will hopefully be better planned out. Personally I am hoping we’ll see River in her US denim outfit, as well as her Cleopatra outfit, but only time, and I guess sales, will tell.

If you can get it cheap, it’s worth it, but don’t break the bank if you can. You might want to hold out for the next one.