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.