One of the reasons I’ve been reviewing so many of the Gelth Build-a-figure characters this past week was so that I could review the Gelth itself. One of the nice things about the Gelth wave is that you only need to buy three figures to complete the core Gelth BAF. Of course the complete Gelth looks a bit nicer, but I haven’t completed it and these are the pieces you’ll likely be after anyway. So I’m cheating a little bit and reviewing this figure as is.

The Gelth were intelligent gaseous life-forms, blue and spectral in nature, who claimed to have lost their corporeal forms as a consequence of the Time War. Or what we in the business refer to as a focused, non-terminal repeating phantasm or a Class Five Full Roaming Vapor.


The complete Gelth… I don’t have the two sides.

Packaging:
N/A

Articulation:
The Gelth features absolutely NO articulation. You can’t move it’s head. You can’t even more the extra pieces that I don’t have. No swivel arm, no Kung-fu grip, not even a Who Crotch®.

Sculpt:
What the Gelth lacks in articulation it makes up in being pretty. It’s made of a translucent plastic and gives an nice glowing effect to the figure. It catches light in a lot of different directions and that makes it fun for what it’s supposed to be. The face is etched in there rather creepily and you can almost see a human inside trying to get out.


Someone call those geeks from the Sci-Fi channel to investigate.

The Gelth is largely 2 dimensional though. It can be turned sideways, but doesn’t look near as good. Of course I suppose a ghost would also be largely 2 dimensional as well, so I can’t fault it much there.


Accessories:
Technically the Gelth is an accessory since it’s a BAF, so it doesn’t come with anything.

Additional Notes:
The Gelth goes good with the actual Gelth zombie figure to make a nice display.

Value:
As an individual figure this would be pretty worthless. If you combine the price of three figures it’s around $36 which this Gelth certainly isn’t worth. However if you look at it that those same figures were released previously for the same price minus the Gelth pieces, you might realize that this figure is essentially free. At that price, you can’t beat it.


All this for $36? Not bad…

Score Recap:
Packaging – N/A
Sculpting – 6
Articulation – 0
Accessories – N/A
Value – 7
Overall – 6 out of 10

I ain’t afraid of no Gelth!

As far as Build-a-figures go, this one is pretty lame. There is no real reason to actively seek out this figure unless you’re a HUGE fan of the Gelth. That doesn’t mean this isn’t a cool piece of Doctor Who merchandise to have to display though. If you already need the figures like Jack, Banna and the Old Doctor, then it’s a real steal. Otherwise you’re not missing out much. I do like that you can build 90% of the figure without getting the whole wave. I’m not sure this works in traditional BAF standards, but as freebie accessories, it’s cool.

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