Saturday, 31 August 2013

7th Doctor and Renegade Dalek from 'Remembrance of the Daleks' REVIEW

The 2nd of the Toys R Us 2 pack reviews is now uploaded! Check out the review below!

Friday, 30 August 2013

5th Doctor and Dalek from 'Resurrection of the Daleks' - REVIEW

The first of two reviews! Today I take a look at the Toys R Us exclusive 5th Doctor and Dalek pack from 'Resurrection of the Daleks'. Stay tuned tomorrow for the review of the 7th Doctor and Renegade Dalek pack!

New Doctor Who Action Figure Reviews today and tomorrow!

A quick update to say expect two new reviews over today and tomorrow! Today will see the upload of the 5th Doctor and Dalek pack, while tomorrow will see the 7th Doctor and Dalek pack.

A quick heads up on the Ace action figure, it's been delayed until September 9th! So hopefully the review will be up at some point during that week.

Keep your eyes peeled for that review later this evening!

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

New Doctor Who Costume items from Lovarzi

After the success of their fourth Doctor scarf, Lovarzi are releasing a range of other items that took me very much by surprise.

First off is the Seventh Doctor's jumper. It looks like an extremely good match! My costume expert (Jonathan) informs me that it is one row too long, this is no doubt due in part to McCoy being such a teeny chap that this replica has opted to be a bit larger to fit the average person. Other than that it is very impressive and is the first officially licensed jumper since Dapol's back in the late 80s/early 90s.

Next, and something that certainly got my brother in a dither of excitement, is a replica of the Seventh Doctor's scarf. It seems to be pretty much spot on from my untrained eye and my brother wants to know where to send his money so he can get his hands on one! 

There is mention of the Seventh Doctor's handkerchief too, but no images. If it was his later brown one, my brother would have a fit of excitement. 

Finally we have the Fourth Doctor's scarf from Season 18. Now this is where I start getting excited! Since I had my season 12 and season 16 scarves knitted I have been desperately trying to source the correct wool to have a season 18 version made. Sadly it's been very hard to come by and is incredibly pricey. But thanks to Lovarzi I can have one at a cheaper cost! Made from a synthetic version of the same material, this scarf looks pretty spot on in terms of colour (I resisted the initial fourth Doctor scarf as the colours weren't the right shades in places) However the only downside to this replica is that it is only 3ft/ 3.96m in length and 10” (28cm) wide. Nowhere near the correct length! Darn! So I will probably buy two and take off two sets of tassels and stitch the scarves together, making a far more accurate Season 18 scarf. 

Are you going to order any of these items? Let me know below! 

Doctor Who Classics: Figures we'd Like to See - Monsters and Villains - Part Two: The Seventies

Action figures have been kinder to the Seventies, which is unsurprising as it is the most popular period of classic Doctor Who. The performances of Pertwee and Baker, and the behind the scenes talents of the likes of Barry Letts, Terrance Dicks, Robert Holmes and Philip Hinchcliffe, made Doctor Who’s golden age. But surprisingly there are still a plethora of unmade monsters and villains from this decade of Doctor Who, which is just criminal! So let’s delve into the Pertwee years and the first six of the Tom Baker years…

Why? Why do we not have this!? If I was told the line was ending tomorrow I would have to choose this as the ‘must have’ figure. The Silurians have made several appearances in the new show since 2010, so it’s not as if people don’t know what they are. Granted they look totally different to their new series counterparts, but this should work in their favour. Come on, this design makes for a much cooler action figure! It’s also nice to be able to show the evolution of these characters from their 1970 original design to their 2010 redesign. A must have figure! Bloody hell, Dapol managed it!

Ogrons and Draconians
Again, why do we not have these? A release of an Ogron in a ‘Day of the Daleks’ and/or ‘Frontier in Space pack would make my day. They’re great beefy monsters that would look really cool with the Daleks. Stick them in a set with two metallic gun metal grey Daleks (yeah, why do we still not have those? And no, I don’t mean standard matt or gloss grey as per ‘Genesis’, I mean metallic!) and a Supreme Dalek with accurate gold neck bin, not black this time, and we have a winner! Or bung in  a red jacket 3rd Doctor complete with Ogron gun!

Then there’s the Draconians. Jon Pertwee’s favourite monster design. Only seen once, yet used in a variety of spin-off material and other merchandise, these would look awesome. Package one or two with an Ogron and a Dalek and we have a cool set right there! Two more must haves!

Lord Izlyr and Commander Azaxyr
If you read Part One last week you will know the score with these guys. A tweak of the Ice Lord from ‘Seeds of Death’ that can be repainted for both variants from either Peladon story. Stick them with a retooled/repainted Ice Warrior or a rotocast Alpha Centauri and Aggedor, which I’ll come to later…

Ah yes! Another very good story with an only seen once monster, like most monsters from Tom Baker’s tenure. This is another one where kids will love it as it is a giant wasp/flying ant thing! A great design that would look much better in toy form than the actual suits. A fully rotocast body with articulation at the wings and legs. Add a rotocast Wirrn grub for good measure!

Must live! In both female and male forms! If Bif Bang Pow can do it, then Character should be on to it too! A lovely design that would pop on the shelf if the paint could have that nice metallic blueish/purple sheen. The male Eldrad could also be repainted in a bronze/copper colour to act as another Castrian. Pack it with the Hand of Fear itself, and an Andy Pandy Sarah Jane. That would be awesome!

Not an overly praised story, but I’ve always been fond of it. I also think the Kraals would make great action figures, and again, if Bif Bang Pow can do it, why not Character? Release it with a Sarah Jane figure with detachable face…  creepy stuff.

Alpha Centauri, Aggedor and Arcturus
Okay, not likely to happen but I think these should crop up, especially Alpha Centauri! She/he/it is lovely and is a visually interesting character, one that I think the sculptors at Designworks could make look really great! If she was rotocast like the Gel Guard then that would be cheap and cheerful! Repaint her to match her darker complexion in ‘Monster of Peladon’ and you have two releases right there. (Yes, she is neither a monster nor a villain but she’s an alien so cut me some slack!)

Aggedor is another loveable monster that begs for a release in the same set or a re-release in the two.
Arcturus is a funny one and even less likely. I think he looks very cool and because he’d just be a block of plastic with a little head in a glass dome, I think he’s doable. A nice addition to a ‘Curse of Peladon’ boxset.

Mutt (Solonian Mutant)
A picture paints a thousand words so just look at this ugly bugger and tell me that it wouldn’t be a great action figure. Although it’s long, I do like the story of ‘The Mutants’. Also, let’s not forget the Mutt cameo in ‘The Brain of Morbius’ either! The insectoid appearance is brilliant, package two with a paisley neck-tie Pertwee and we’re on for a winner.

Auton in Carnival costume
A nice and easy one. We’ve seen the suit wearing Primeval figures be used as fodder for many figures in the classics line (here’s looking at you, Roboman, Scaroth and Scarman), so with a slight retool this would make the perfect base for a ‘Terror of the Autons’ Auton. A removable mask or an interchangeable head would be brilliant, but not a necessity. Package it with a repainted ‘Spearhead from Space’ Auton and alter the head, and maybe a Delgado Master in suit. Marvelous!

Exxilon and Bellal
‘Death to the Daleks’ has a special place in my heart as being one of my earliest Doctor Who memories. To this day I think the Exxilons are brilliant. The design is ingenious! Even on crystal clear DVD I fail to see what is a polystyrene rock and what is an Exillon. The creepy moaning noises and they’re big bug eyed stare also add to the creep factor. An easy one for this would be to do one cloaked Exxilon and release them together in two different colours, the tan/grey and the reddish brown. One with spear, the other with bow and arrow. Heck, tweak the destroyed Imperial Dalek to match the ‘Death’ design and you have one of many destroyed Daleks from that story, perfect for your Exxilons to run and chant around.

Bellal is another cool little one. If it weren’t for him being so teeny I’d suggest using the body of an Exxilon, but this one would require new tooling and as such will probably never happen. But if they put it with a muddy booted 3rd Doctor, I’d be happy to see him.

It won’t ever happen, but I’d love to see this as a massive 12” rotocast figure. Even if it means limited articulation. Now I know things like this can be a possibility. I’ve seen it with the Masters of the Universe Classics line, which is an equally small production range. They’ve released three giants using the rotocast technique, with less articulation than the standard figures, and they look great together. Not only will children see how massive he is compared to the standard figures, but it’s basically the freaking Devil! Kids and collectors will go nuts for that! It may not be totally to scale but if the Bok figure is as teeny as he appears then clearly it is not a big deal for Character.

Mehendri Solon, Condo and a Sister of the Flame
This will never ever happen. But I love ‘The Brian of Morbius’ and Philip Madoc is a marvelous actor, with this being one of my favourite on screen Doctor Who appearances. I shan’t even try to imagine how they’d release these two, but I think they should have a go.

Add a member of the Sisterhood for good measure and Morbius’ brain in a jar and his clay bust as accessories. Brilliant!

Taren Capel
Now this could happen. A change of head and arms to the existing SV7 and you have the man himself. Package him with the unreleased Voc Robot with syringe in the head.

The Pirate Captain
I’m not big on the Graham Williams/Douglas Adams years, but this guy needs a figure. The late Bruce Purchase is superb in this story. Bloody brilliant! The design matches that too. He’s a robot pirate. What’s not to want here? He’d be freaking cool on the shelf in a particular part of the 70s that doesn’t have an awful lot of coverage. He must come with his Polyphase Avitron! Release him with the 4th Doctor and K-9!

I wasn’t going to list him, but with professor Scarman on the way I thought why not? He has just as much chance. Considering we’ve had a few ‘Genesis of the Daleks’ releases I would still revel in the release of this chap. The Wisher Davros looks lonely sans Nyder. They just need to be together. Stick him with a re-release of Davros, a Dalek, I don’t care. But I’d be very happy to see this fellow on the shelf!

Anti-Man and the Antimatter Monster
Again, if Bif Bang Pow can do it… The Anti-Man maybe never see the light of day, but it would make for a cool toy. He was another creature that gave me the heebie jeebies as a child. I'm sure the Sharaz Jek/Humanoid Axon body is ideal for this one. The Antimatter Monster is a simple one, just do it like the Gelth build-a-figure. A translucent shape on a stand. Stick in a Sarah Jane or an accurate 4th Doctor to make up for that Tardis release fiasco.

Okay so they’re cuddly and a bit daft looking, but I think in toy form they’d be rather fun! A cool bulky figure that would stand out on the shelf. Release one or two with Romana perhaps?

Another story from my early days! Although this Cyberman tale has it’s downfalls, it still has a special place in my heart because I saw it from such an early age. It was probably the first 4th Doctor and Cyberman story I’d seen. So the Vogans would be a nice addition. I’d be happy to see the main ceremonial version e.g. Vorus, but the other end of the scale in the form of characters like Tyrum would also be cool. It’ll never happen though.

Ambassador (of Death)
Okay, I’m not a fan of this story. Shock horror! Too much back and forth and people getting captured, but I do think it’s a very good concept just a bit too long. Therefore I think these are a good candidate for toys. No likeness rights to worry about and the sculpt can be used three times in a set. Twice as the Ambassadors, and thirdly a helmetless version with the 3rd Doctor’s bonce on top! An opening visor to reveal the alien face beneath would also be a lovely touch. We know it’s possible, they did it with the Impossible Astronaut.

These things terrified me as a child. They may be green hairy blokes, but their feral look coupled with that nightmarish sound still chills my blood to this day. With professorial figures like Bracewell and Constantine, a new head or two on an existing/retooled body is an easy way around getting two or more variations of this figure out there. Or, like the Ambassador, if they were to release a set they could do one in lab coat, another in a newly sculpted radiation suit, and the same again with the 3rd Doctor’s bonce on top!

Not one I am desperate for by any means, but he’d be neat! Especially if you could remove his mask to reveal a blob of glowing energy beneath. They could be clever and use a translucent plastic head which is totally blank. Reuse the sculpt and retool it so you have a couple of the cultists too!

Savage and High Priest
I loathe ‘Colony in Space’. Six episodes of pure sleep induction. But I have fond memories of watching Pertwee grapple with the Savages in this story, and they’re interesting enough to look really cool on the toy shelves. A set with two savages, a High Priest and a retooled ‘Sea Devils’ Pertwee in clay mud boots and no neckerchief would be sweet! Or maybe throw in the Master in his Adjudicator robes! Not top of my list, but still cool to see!

Li H’sen Chang
Not likely by any stretch of the imagination, but if Bif Bang Pow are...  you get the idea. If they packaged him with Magnus Greel in his other costume, that would be cool. Stick it with the 4th Doctor in his Sherlock Holmes outfit and that would be brilliant!

A foot into the the 80s here, but the beginning still aired in 1979. A story I do not like one bit I’m afraid, but the Nimon are cool beasts. I think creative liberties will be needed to make it look less like ‘bloke in platforms and a black leotard wearing a Bull’s head’ and more like an actual alien creature. Release one or two with Romana.

Nucleus of the Swarm
Okay, so this… well it wouldn’t happen for a start, but it’s a pretty unpleasant looking shrimp thing. A rotocast of this would be the obvious option as it can barely move. A solid transparent plastic that’s painted over with a few articulated arms. Put an accurately coloured K-9 in there too! (Seriously, how much trouble was it to repaint him!)

An opaque green plastic ball with tendrils… don’t ask how they’d get it in to stores, I can’t think of anything!


Ah yes, from the long lost “SHADA!!!!!!!! Ssssshhhhhhh!!!!!!!” Phew, sorry about that, I was possessed by Tom Baker for a second. Anyway, this is a fun monster design that may not be overly practical as a toy, but I think it would be fun. (Yeah, I know this is 1980 but ah well).

The Cailleach and Ogri
Another one I’m not desperate for, but it’s rather creepy looking! Not fussed with Vivien Fay. Unlikely to happen, but I wouldn’t say no! The Ogri would act as a cool accessory, even if it is just a block of stone. 

So these are near the bottom because they look bloody ridiculous. That's not to say I wouldn't mind one or two, after all they played a big part in Dalek history. Pack it with a Dalek, or better still the unreleased Fourth Doctor. 

The Shadow
Again, not desperate for this fellow. A guy in a Skull mask is pretty cool. Maybe with his henchmen using the same/tweaked sculpt?

Fendahl Core
Meh, I’ll be honest she’s not one I’m in great need of. The Fendahleen was marvellous; she’d be there just to finish of the ranks from that story. If she had that little creepy smile it would be a lovely touch.

Blimey, that was a fair old few! So even though the 70s make the bulk of our classic Doctor Who figures there are still plenty of untapped potential! Come on Character! The first few at least are definite must haves! I should add that I was going to put standard Sontarans on the list from ‘Invasion of Time’, which is of course an easy tweak of what exists. I didn’t think a full entry was needed for that!

Join me next week for our final part on Monsters and Villains when we look at the end of Tom Baker’s time in the Tardis and the rest of the 1980s! Until next time! 

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Doctor Who Toby Mugs available to order

So I was rather excited when I heard Toby was producing mugs of all eleven Doctors, not so much when I saw them. Now from above, as photographed below, they don't look so bad. Look at them front on and they look bloody awful.

Can anyone honestly say they resemble the actors? Truly? I think McCoy is the best one. Really nice job on the paisley pattern on the hat band.

You can follow the ad links to the Forbidden Planet sites on the right to order yours today! Are you getting them? Do you think they're fun? Let me know!

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Bif Bang Pow First and Eleventh Doctor retro pack available to order from Forbidden Planet

The SDCC set of the First and Eleventh Doctors is available to order from! The set features retro versions of the original and most recent Doctors as well as a tin tote case featuring images reflecting the first and eleventh Doctor's eras. £49.99

A nice set for those who are keen on the retro line!

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The Final End? Are the Doctor Who 5" Classics slowing down to a halt?

Lots of discussion has sprouted from Al Dewar's Twitter these last couple of nights.

An early tweet revealed that no new sets are planned until late 2014. Tonight he revealed that the Classics are slowing down to the point where they will probably die. This is due to factors such as lack of sells not paying of development costs and being unable to hit the minimum quantity of sale. 

So suddenly the talk of Silurians, Wirrn, Zarbi and console rooms that Al has mentioned in the past could be just that. Talk. 

I hope and pray that things pick up. Mainly because this line is my favourite of the few I collect. Fingers crossed other stores will commission other sets. The announcement of a possible Fur Coat Troughton and an 11th Doctor from 'The Snowmen' came out of nowhere. Hopefully we'll have more like that. Or if we end up with only a few releases a year then one hopes that they are the monsters we've all been waiting for. 

But somehow I fear that there may be no light at the end for my era of Doctor Who. 

Friday, 23 August 2013

Sherlock head sculpts teased by Big Chief

Not Doctor Who, but I know a lot of Whovians are Sherlock fans too (myself included) so I thought I'd share these images of Big Chief Studios' Sherlock head sculpts. As ever they look incredible! Very impressive work, very life like! I look forward to seeing the full reveal.

Are you interested in Big Chief's Sherlock range? Do you think you'll be buying? Let me know in the comments section below!

In package shots of the upcoming Doctor Who Doctor/Dalek 2-Packs from Toys R Us

Al Dewar has just released in package pictures of the remaining Doctor/Dalek sets from Toys R Us.

They all look very nice given that there are many desirable variants in the upcoming sets, more so than the previous releases. However, I cannot hide my disappointment at the 4th Doctor set. What was originally planned to be a 'Destiny of the Daleks' set, with an accurate 4th Doctor with repainted 'City of Death' scarf (see, I told you all the colours were wrong in that set!) and finally with the waistcoat decals painted on. Instead we have a variant of yet another 'Genesis' Dalek, but this time with detachable gun and a re-release of the inaccurate Fourth Doctor in duffle coat. WHY IS THAT RED TIE BACK!?! Sorry, it's a pet peeve of mine that has no real excuse as to why it hasn't be altered. The figure features a slight tweak to the paint on the Doctor's face as well as giving him muddy trousers and shoes. I guess that's emulating the start of the episode.

Other than that I am looking forward to the upcoming sets. Expect reviews of the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 8th Doctor sets in the upcoming months.

Will you get these sets? Let me know below!

Nice to see the Supreme Dalek from 'The Chase' and 'The Daleks' Master Plan', as well as a surprise return of the original First Doctor from the SDCC First Dalek/Dalek Supreme.

A pity about the inaccurate jacket sculpt, but otherwise this 3rd Doctor variant is a welcome addition to the shelves. The spray painted invisible Dalek is also a fun addition!  

Yes, well, you know my thoughts on this one...

Probably the only time we will see another 8th Doctor set. Based on the comic book costume and Dalek Alpha from 'Children of the Revolution', this is a much appreciated addition to the line considering McGann's one time on-screen appearance. 

Finally the 11th Doctor in series 7 outfit with metallic Dalek Strategist