Doctor Who K-9

Doctor Who Christmas Ornament
K-9
8 Inch Scale
By: BBC Licensing
$9.99 (Varies)

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.

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So let’s see if we can’t rectify that a bit with this special holiday review!

Packaging:
Or lack there of… Sometimes ornaments come in nice packages, but this guy only comes with a tag.

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Sculpt/Paint:
There are a couple of different K-9 ornaments out there. Most of them are made of glass or ceramic, but this one is plastic. That works to this figure’s advantage in a lot of ways, but it has a few drawbacks as well.

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The sculpt is quite nice and is immediately recognizable as the Doctor’s trusty robot dog, K-9. It’s a bit of a basic sculpt and while it’s a “modern” figure, the design tends to make it seem retro. Most of the K-9 merchandise out there is from the new show and K-9’s most recent appearances, but this one definitely has that vintage 4th Doctor feel to it. I’m not sure if that’s because of the more muted colors used in the plastic or what.

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His little side panel view screen looks a bit different, but I actually prefer this to the more generic version you see on most the toys. He has a small eye hook and string in the middle of his back for hanging on the tree. The only real weak spot is the tail, which is cast in a black color and tends to warp a bit. I suspect it could be straightened out, but may still droop over time.

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The head sculpt is really strong and the ears, although a bit soft, look pretty good compared to some of the other versions of this character out there. I really like the paint on the eyes with the black lining. Very few of the K-9 toys out there have that.

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He even has his tracks underneath. I don’t think any other K-9 “toy” has that. Not sure about the other ornaments. One drawback to the plastic is that he’s clearly been glued together and as a result, some Chinese glue fingerprints are on the figure in various spots. I’m sure those could be cleaned off, but I haven’t tried yet.

Articulation:
Unfortunately there isn’t any articulation to be had here. You’d think that the design would lead itself to a cut neck rather easily, but instead the figure is just two solid pieces glued together. I guess I can’t hold it against this ornament, since it’s not a toy. It actually says “Not a toy” underneath.

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Of course it sends up being a pretty good scale for the retro Doctor Who figures, so… Yeah, it’s a toy in my book!

Value:
Hallmark ornaments can be pretty expensive, but this is in the medium price range. It’s not as clean or as nice as some of the other ornaments out there, but it has a certain nostalgic charm to it. A lot of the Doctor Who stuff is so polished and generic these days, that it’s nice to have something that seems a bit more like the Doctor Who of old. At $10 or so, it’s a decent value.

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Score Recap:
Packaging – N/A
Sculpting – 8
Paint – 8
Articulation – N/A
Accessories – N/A
Value – 7
Overall – 8 out of 10

I’m going to go ahead and give this K-9 ornament an 8 out of 10. It’s hardly perfect and it isn’t as “ornamenty” as a lot of the other Doctor Who stuff out there, but that’s exactly why I like this. It brings back somewhat fond memories of Dapol (although he’s not green) and just has an overall retro feel to it. The fact that it seems like a toy (and I intend to use it as such) just seals the deal for me.

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As a kid, a big part of Christmas were the ornaments that were “almost” toys. Like the Little Mermaid Sebastian Ornaments. K-9 definitely falls into that category and is no doubt a big part of why I like it. The fact that he’s scaled good with the retro Doctor Who figures from BifBangPow is just a bonus as far as I’m concerned. He’ll look great on your tree or if you must, down on the floor playing around. Is this a good K-9 ornament? Affirmative!

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