You Got The Bobble
8 Inch Scale
By: BBC Licensing
It’s Christmas day and that can only mean one thing… A Christmas ornament review! This year I thought it might be fun to combine two of our favorite things here at Infinite Hollywood, the holidays and Doctor Who! We’re taking a look at this special tin dog to put on your Christmas tree. With each passing year it seems like there’s more and more Doctor Who Christmas merchandise, but almost nobody is reviewing the stuff.
So let’s see if we can’t rectify that a bit with this special holiday review! Continue reading →
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Character Options has finally announced a Rory action figure in their Doctor Who line. It’s been what, a couple of years now? But I suppose it’s better to be late than never. Rory has been highly requested to be a figure since first appearing in the new 11th Doctor series.
Rory is up for preorder at the usual suspects in the UK and he’s expected to show up sometime in October. I would expect that he’ll show up in the US around that time as well but possibly later. I think the sculpt is quite good, although some people don’t like it apparently. The hair is a bit dark, but I don’t think the likeness is terrible or anything.
The BBC shop in the UK will also have an exclusive version. It looks pretty good as well. No word yet if BBC America’s online store will carry it, though. It may end up distributed here as well, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
Unfortunately I just don’t really care about either figure, to be honest. I wanted Rory over a year ago. It would have been exciting then. Rory shouldn’t have been a hard figure to get. It’s hard to get excited about a figure that should have been a forgone conclusion. It’s a decent looking figure and I’ll probably get it eventually, but I’m not going to go out of my way for it. That’s pretty much how I feel about the Doctor Who line these days.
It’s been a while since I mentioned any Doctor Who figures around here, but Underground Toys have revealed their SDCC 2012 Doctor Who figure set. It’s Ian McNeice as Winston Churchill, along with a “Victory of the Daleks” Dalek. That’s sort of a re-release, but Daleks sell and this is a neat set.
I’ve heard a bit of complaining about the sculpt of Ian McNeice, but that’s absolutely absurd. This is one of the best likenesses that Character Options has done. Especially doing a likeness in such a small scale. There’s plenty to complain about here, but likeness isn’t one. I actually question using McNeice’s likeness, as they probably could have gotten more fans of Winston Churchill, had they used his likeness… But I’m sure that would have brought complaints as well. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t I suppose.
In addition to the two figure set, you get three phones, a desk, removable hat and glasses. The glasses look a bit rough, but glasses seem to be an issue in any scale. I appreciate that this is an entirely new sculpt for Churchill and not likely one we’ll see reused much if any. However the figure sports NO leg articulation. That’s a real step backward in my opinion.
Especially when you consider the figure comes with a desk. He looks okay standing behind it though. No word yet on pricing, but I’m guessing in the $60 range. Not sure if this set is for me. I more or less hated the last season of Doctor Who and while I liked Victory of the Daleks, I haven’t went out of my way to pick up much of the modern Who stuff. Moffat’s turn at the helm of the show just has left me largely underwhelmed with the figures, but that’s a critique more on the program than the little plastic men.
Anyway, this seems like a pretty darn good exclusive, even if it may not be for me. Plus it’s something for Ian McNeice to sign while he’s out on the convention circuit. Never a bad thing.
Doctor Who Character Building Mini-Figures
2 Inch Scale
By: Character Options
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!