Today we have a brand new review of some of the new Doctor Who Classics figures that are just now showing up. Today we’re taking a look at the 4th Doctor Adventure set. This item just came out this week here in the US and only showed up a few weeks ago in the UK. It’s made by Character Options and it’s distributed here in the United States by Underground Toys.

This is the first multipack adventure set for the Doctor Who Classics but one would assume that perhaps if sales are good with this future releases may come down the line. This set includes 4 figures and plenty of accessories. This box set contains three of the Doctor’s foes from the 4th Doctor Tom Baker era and includes the Doctor himself. It’s really a impressive piece and it’s definitely worth checking out.

Packaging:
The package here is similar to the ones used on the Classic Dalek sets as well as some of the sets in the actual current Doctor Who line from Character Options. It’s a full plastic encasement, with a removable top and bottom with a bubble shell inside. This is really nice for display and you could leave it just like that if you wanted to keep it MOC. I should note though that the canopic jar had bounced loose from mine when I opened it. Something to watch out for.

The back of the package has little bios for everyone but interestingly not the Fourth Doctor himself. It shows the figures whereas the front of the package shows pictures of the actual characters from the BBC program. Inside is a multitude of twist ties. Everything has about 4 twist ties on it, except the jar which is the one thing that popped loose during shipping. So I guess I’m glad CO uses so many twist ties.

A real bonus feature of the package is that you can repack the figures nice and snug into it. Simply put them back into the bubble shell and stick the bubble shell back into the container. I love that there is no wasted cardboard or plastic here. Of course you could just throw all this stuff away, but it’s very handy that it can also be used as a storage device.

Articulation:
Since we have four figures to cover, we’ll go step by step. Each figure has a different range of articulation which is sort of interesting. As time has went on Character Options has increased the level of articulation with each release of new Doctor Who toys. Most of the Doctor Who Classics line has the same articulation, but this would be a case where each figure has a varying level of articulation.

First up is the Fourth Doctor himself. I went over this figure’s articulation way back in March when I reviewed this figure but at the time I really didn’t know what I was doing, nor could I work my camera to take a decent picture, so we’ll re-review it here for more clarity.

The Fourth Doctor has the new standard of articulation which includes a cut neck, cut shoulders, hinge elbows, cut wrists, swivel arm battle grip, cut waist, the infamous Who Crotch(C) also known as hinge/swivel hips, swivel thighs and hinge knees. This is what most Doctor Who figures are articulated with now, but sometimes we see a bit of difference throughout. Some could make an argument that you need more articulation but I really don’t think so. Adding ball joints to this figure won’t improve him in being anymore “Doctor Who” than he already is. This ain’t Spider-man folks.

Next we have a Dalek. I’m not going to run down the Dalek’s articulation too much because I have a few more Dalek reviews coming and I hope you’ll refer to them for more detailed inside a Dalek analysis. In a nutshell though, the Dalek has limited articulation because of his design. He has a cut neck, a eye stalk that can move up and down as well as ball jointed arms. His legs are two wheels and one wheel with a 360 degree motion.

The Mummy is a brand new figure so it’s a bit of a shock to see that he has less articulation that many of the other figures. However I believe this is because they wanted to stay true to the design of the Mummy design. He has cut shoulders, hinge elbows, cut wrists, cut waist, swivel hinge thighs, hinge knees and cut feet.

Mummies from the episode Pyramids of Mars didn’t move very well. They lumbered around and these figures very much match that style. If they’d added ball joints or even a head joint it would have likely taken away from the design aesthetic. So in this case, less is more.

Finally we have a VOC Robot. We’ve already seen two previous VOC robot models released before so this figure is mostly a repaint from those previous ones. He has the exact same level of articulation as those figures had. Which includes a cut neck, cut shoulders, swivel arms, hinge elbows, swivel wrists, cut waist, cut legs, swivel thighs and hinge knees.

One of the interesting things about the VOC robots is that they don’t have the swivel/hinge legs and I’m not sure why that is.

Sculpt:
Again we’re reviewing four figures so I’ll take them one at a time. Starting with Tom Baker as the 4th Doctor. I loved this figure the last time I looked at him and I even gave him a F-bomb of goodness. Nothing has changed from that release to this one. Guess what? He’s still an incredible figure and my opinion of him really hasn’t changed either.

How can you not like this sculpt? It perfectly captures the look of the Fourth Doctor from his crazy afro hair to his somewhat frumpy outfit. The scarf is of course the biggest part of making a Fourth Doctor accurate and I am very pleased to say that they nailed it and knocked it right out of the park with the scarf.


You can remove the scarf, but why would you want to?

The head and scarf are removable. You have two heads to choose from. Tom Baker giving one of his crazy faces in his hat or a more serious Baker without the hat. Both looks are good. I had some issues removing the head a bit and it started to wear on the neck sculpt a bit but thankfully the scarf covers up any imperfections.

A lot of people questioned why we were getting another exact same Tom Baker figure in this set, but I think it makes perfect sense. The 4th Doctor was the hardest figure to get out of the first series of Classic Who figures and I paid over $20 for my first one alone. Getting him in this pack allows those who couldn’t chase him down or didn’t want to pay that price to have one. Plus it gives fans another figure to use the alternate head on. So if you only wanted one Fourth Doctor, it’s okay because you can now display one with each head without worrying about damaging the toy with the head swap.

Next we have the “suicide” Dalek from 1979’s Destiny of the Daleks. It’s interesting to me to think of this as a suicide bomber because up until the second Iraq war I would venture a guess that most people hadn’t ever even heard of a suicide bomber. This Dalek design is pretty plain and is a good version of the Daleks from that era. He’s become nicknamed the “Oscar Meyer Weiner Dalek” because the bombs on his torso look a bit like the infamous Weinermobile.

The actual sculpt itself is a repaint of the 1975 Genesis of the Daleks Dalek. That figure was first released in the Classic Dalek Collector’s Set 1. It’s a great mold of those style of Daleks but the light gray paint is pretty drab. In fact it’s pretty unimpressive in the paint sense which really isn’t a surprise because by that time many of the Daleks themselves didn’t look that good in the shows.


Anyone for a Dalek weiner?

The bombs appear to be sculpted on but I haven’t checked if they are just glued or if the mesh is actually a new mold with them. You’re not going to want to remove them unless you plan on damaging the Dalek itself though.

Next we have what many people would consider the “star” of the show, the Mummy. As I said before this comes from the 1975 serial entitled the Pyramids of Mars. SPOILER WARNING: This article contains mention of revelations from episodes made 30 years ago.

The Mummies in that episode are not real Mummies at all. They’re robots in mummification gear. This is why they don’t look like your traditional Mummy. I just recently watched this series of episodes again so they are very fresh in my mind and I must say these look IDENTICAL to their on-screen counterparts.

This figure has it all. From the little power device on the back of the Mummy to the odd shaped torso. What’s cool is, you can pretend that this is the Mummy or the 4th Doctor as he went in disguise as the Mummy in the episode. I have half a mind to take all the twist ties that came into this set and make the unmummified versions of the robots. If you decide to do this, I deserve credit!

The face sculpt is really striking and the paint work is top notch all over the Mummy. He has a great wash on him and his eye are is darker just like in the episodes. This is a really great figure and I suspect it’s the selling point to many people. I’m pleased to say that it lives up to expectations.

Finally we have the VOC Robot. As I said before we’ve seen two other releases of these guys but now we officially have all the versions of the VOC. These Robots were a strange looking bunch and they all had a shade of green about them. Sometimes it was tough to tell if certain robots were green or silver. There were at least a few 100% green robots and that’s what this VOC Robot depicts.

The sculpt is every bit as good as it was before and this time they upped the ante by including a removable “corpse marker” hand. In the episode the robots are killing people and when they kill them they place this red dot on them. The red dot is what the robots used to mark a broken robot, so now they’re using it to mark broken people. Very cool addition.

The figure itself is a repaint of the SV-7 Robot. There were minor differences on the lower arms of it and the D-84 and that’s how you can tell which version they used. It looks spectacular and it’s nice to have a full set of these guys now.

Overall the paint work on everyone is pretty sharp with only the 4th Doctor suffering a little with some scuffs and smudges here and there. Even so, most of those aren’t actually noticeable to the naked eye and tend to show up in the camera shots only. The quality control on these is pretty strong. The figures are made out of a sort of hard rubber plastic as opposed to the more traditional plastic we’re used to here in the states and they’re better off because of it.

Accessories:
Depending on how you look at it, each figure has a couple of accessories or the whole set has a plethora of accessories. It’s nice that these four packs include so much stuff because it makes you feel as though you’re getting a bit more bang for your buck.

The Fourth Doctor comes with his spare head, as well as a removable scarf. He also has his sonic screwdriver with him as well. I like that he includes all the same stuff that his single release did. In some of the other Doctor packs we’ve seen the 10th Doctor get shafted on his accessories so it’s very good that they’re all here.

There are also a bunch of VOC stickers. Be careful not to throw those away as they’re taped underneath the bubble shell. These VOC stickers indicate different numbers and while the original D-84 came with about 5 extra stickers, this one comes with a dozen or so. That way you can army build your robots and give them different numbers.

We also have the removable corpse marker hand. It takes a little pulling to get the VOC hand off and the other hand slides on easy. I tried to see if the SV-7 hand would pull off but I couldn’t get it out. I was afraid to pull too hard though, so you might be able to use this hand on other robot figures.

Finally we have the canopic jar with the thermos device thing inside of it. This all looks exactly as it did on the show and allows you to recreate the scene from the serial where the Doctor defuses it. There were several jars in the show but this is the actual one that he messed with. They all have hieroglyphics on them, including tiny ones on the inner piece.

Additional Notes:
I don’t think it’s any secret that I absolutely love the work that Character Options has done with the Doctor Who line, especially the classics stuff. It’s so cool to be able to have toys from the shows that were on the air 20, 30, 40 years ago. This set doesn’t do anything overly amazing, but it does provide you with a great little piece of the 4th Doctor’s history.

Underground Toys should be applauded as well for getting these figures to us people in the US.

Value:
Price always seem a bit subjective to me. At no less than $45 you know that this isn’t going to be rated as a super value. However as I said earlier I paid over $20 for the 4th Doctor alone, this could be considered quite the steal. Most Doctor Who Classics figures run about $12-$13 in the US when they’re first released. If you do the math there, this set is right about the perfect price. Of course shipping is always a factor as it’s pretty rare to find these in actual brick & mortar stores. Over in the UK I think this retails for a bit less and it’s more readily available so the value may as I said, be subjective. I’m pleased with the purchase.

Score Recap:
Packaging – 8
Sculpting – 8
Articulation – 7
Accessories – Extra Head, Extra Hand, Stickers, Sonic Screwdriver, Canopic Jar, Force Field Generator
Value – 8
Overall – 8 out of 10

You could easily bump this up to a 8.5 or even a 9 depending on how you feel about the stuff contained inside. I would say I personally find this set to be about perfect. Even though it’s somewhat a set with some reuse, it’s all very well implemented and I’ll never complain about having an extra Tom Baker around the house. It’s very obvious that Character Options puts a lot of love and attention into every toy they make for Doctor Who.

If you’re a fan of the Fourth Doctor this is the perfect set to get. Even if you already have a Tom you shouldn’t skip this one. If you’re new to Who, this would be the absolute best starter pack. I have some more Doctor Who stuff coming this week. If you enjoyed this review, have questions or corrections, leave a comment below. As always, if you Digg this article it’s a bonus entry into our September DCUC giveaway contest.

11 Responses to Doctor Who: 4th Doctor Adventure Set Review

  • Wes says:

    Cool review, though I’m not quite sure I like the mix of YouTube videos in there — I mean, you could just as easily have made those points with text and photos, so why bother? (I should add, however, that I absolutely hate video reviews of toys.)

    I also don’t think the packaging is that novel — the Sarah Jane Adventures figures were packaged similarly, and even the Marvel Legends movie Hulk had that ovular box with the slip off top deal. Not that that makes it any less cool! 🙂

    I’ll be passing on the set — it’s pretty much three repaints and I could care less about having a figure of the mummy — but I do think it’s a decent value (well, considering that the individual figures generally go for $12-15 a pop) and a good starter set for folks interested in the DW Classics line.

  • ChucktheCheese says:

    Good stuff. I couldn’t ever find the 4th Doctor, so I want this set.

    I liked the Youtube additions because it showed some stuff that’s really not possible with pictures. The opening cases and jar might not have been as clear with just words.

  • Anonymous says:

    Originally, I didn’t like the 4th doctor. I was so consumed with the 9th and 10th doctor, that most of the old ones weren’t as interesting to me. However, I have ran out of episodes of the 9th and 10th doctor, and Torchwood, so I’ve started watching the 4th – he is growing on me.

  • Anonymous says:

    Last one was me.

    – Beth

  • Jay Bell says:

    I already have the 4th Doctor and I’m not too keen on any of these monsters, but this review is wonderfully detailed and makes the set tempting regardless. Nicely done!

  • DrNightmare says:

    Lol, any robot that wears those Dr Mario pills around itself has got to be psychotic.

  • Gilltron says:

    IMO Dalek and the 4th Doctor are the only reasons to own this set the mummy and Voc don’t seem worth it especially for $50

  • Hero_UK says:

    Awesome review mate. Will try and keep up with your blog more.

    ===HERO

  • Thanks, please do!

  • kngfu says:

    My wife ordered me this set as a birthday present and has been taunting me by leaving the sealed shipping box out for weeks. Thanks for an excellent review.

  • Anonymous says:

    I just got the single release of the 4th doctor after finally seeing it in a store. When i got home i noticed that the hair/hat rubber piece was glued on a bit further back and off to the side than it should be when i compared it to other pics on line. I notice that the one pictured above has the same issue, as well as annother I saw on ebay. Is this figure any different than the single release you reviewed before? Do you know if this is a common issue?

    THanks, and great reviews!!

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