Monday, 27 October 2014

Diamond Classics Regenerated 4th Doctor from 'Planet of the Spiders' and Holographic 10th Doctor from 'Blink'

Some interesting additions from across the pond, it seems that the previously exclusive 4th and 10th Doctor figures are getting a US release. Recently Underground Toys has been repackaging older figures in the 'Classics' packaging, and these appear to be the latest additions.

What's interesting is that the 4th Doctor appears to have the standard head, rather than the unique version featured in the Time Capsule set. However, early prototype images of the UK release featured the standard head before being altered. Therefore, it is currently unclear as to which head the figure will feature until we get in-package pictures.

Similarly, the holographic 10th Doctor also features an altered deco with dark 'phasing' lines running horizontally across his body.

It is unlikely that these figures will be released in the UK, and as such you'll be looking at hefty import fees for these chaps.

Doctor Who 1:4 Radio Control Classic K9 Mark II

Having previously been teased on Twitter, the new Mk II version of the 1:4 scale K-9 has been revealed. Exclusive to Toys R Us, it features new phrases recorded by John Leeson, and comes in the classic series colour.

Much like the previous release, K-9 features an extending nose blaster, motorised ear movement and a removable access panel.

Currently the only detractor is the whopping great price of £69.99!

Robert Harrop Doctor Who Figurines - Paint Samples

After months of WIP pictures, Robert Harrop have finally released images of the paint samples of their upcoming Doctor Who figurines. Details such as the scale and the prices have yet to be revealed, but at present the figures are as follows:

Commander Linx the Sontaran from the 1973 episode ‘The Time Warrior’. Sculpted by Mike Rogers.

A Cyberman from the 1975 episode ‘The Revenge of the Cybermen’. Sculpted by Simon Boden.

A Silurian from the 1970 episode ‘The Silurians’. Sculpted by Mike Rogers.

and finally The Ice Warrior ‘Varga’ from the 1968 episode ‘The Ice Warriors’.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Monday, 20 October 2014

Batman the Animated Series - Wave Three Images

Newly painted prototype images of the third wave of figures based on the critically acclaimed series are now available. The wave is set for release May 2015.

First up, we have the Creeper from The New Batman Adventures. 

Secondly we have Killer Croc, who comes packaged with Baby Doll. Although I'm not a fan of Croc's redesign, they have done an excellent job with the likeness. This also marks the first time Baby Doll, a character created for the series, has been released. 

Rather surprisingly, Tim Drake's Robin comes straight after Dick Grayson's Robin was released in the previous wave. At least our wave one Batman will have a sidekick with him! 

Finally, we have Harley Quinn as she appeared in the 1992 Batman the Animated Series. She will be a perfect addition to the Joker who will be released in the previous wave.

As ever, each will come with episode specific accessories and a display stand. More info as it comes! 

Sunday, 19 October 2014

12th Doctor's Touch Control Sonic Screwdriver

Forbidden Planet and the BBC Shop now have the Twelfth Doctor's Touch Control Sonic Screwdriver in stock.

This faithful copy of the Doctor’s trusty Sonic Device has spring loaded extending action and unique touch activation.

Hold index finger against lower side of the Control Collar and touch thumb to the top surface to activate sound and light FX which operate in both closed and extended positions. Open the cap at the end of the Screwdriver to reveal the removable power core. Requires 3 x 1.5v L1154 batteries (included). For ages 5 years and over.

Forbidden Planet
BBC shop

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Seventh Doctor Umbrella - Pre-Order

The BBC shop now have the Seventh Doctor's umbrella up for pre-order! Due at the start of December, this is a must have for any cosplayers out there!

You can pre-order from the BBC shop

BBC VIP Offer on DVDs and Blu-Ray

If you fancy grabbing some bargains on Doctor Who DVDs, now is the time! The BBC Shop has an offer on for the next five days which includes The Time of the Doctor, Terror of the Zygons, the Series 7 Boxset and more!

You can get yours by clicking here! 

Monday, 13 October 2014

Doctor Who - 8th Doctor Season 3 Behind the Scenes: War comes to Gallifrey

Masters of all they survey
I apologise for the somewhat spoilery title, but it's the Time War, it's not like there wasn't going to be a load of fighting at home on Gallifrey.

The Daleks ravage the streets of Gallifrey
If you had watched my previous update video, you will already know that the first three episodes are complete. At the time of typing this (in fact, the reason I'm typing this) I have just finished the rough assembly on episode eleven, Rise of the Time Lords. The following images I am sharing with you are not final. Many of them are a work in progress as they require heavy special effects work, from the addition of smoke to laser blasts to extermination negative filters. On top of that there's a ton of sound work to do, including the arduous task of adding footstep sounds, so it's not over yet!

That's a lot of Daleks...
Emily, Romana and K-9 Mk II go searching under the Panopticon
I wonder what this could be? Hmm...

So here is an example of some greenscreen work that I shot on the 11th October. Yes, I know I finished filming months ago, but sometimes reshoots are required and in this case I fancied using a new toy on the market: The Dalek Patrol Ship and Pilot.

What you can see here is the 'almost' final image of the Dalek and ship being composited on to an animated sky background. Below this is the original image before the chroma key effect was applied. As you can see, there was only one toy to film with and as such the green screen enabled some duplication.

As ever, we have sterling work from Chris Clark in the CGI department. He has provided some fantastic aerial battle sequences between the Time Lord fleet and the Dalek saucers, as well as increasing the size of the limited physical Dalek figures.

From episode 10 (with the unrevealed title), we have some finished shots. Alas, I cannot share too much as it will spoil the episode. Practically every part of that story has something in it that is best kept as a surprise, so you'll just have to wait until the air date!

He's blowing stuff up again
The Doctor contemplates recent events
The Castellan looks over his handy work
That's it for now, folks! I shall return with more images and info as production continues. At the moment all I can say is that I am thrilled with how this series is shaping up. I wholeheartedly believe that it is the best set of episodes I have produced  with some of the best scripts I have written. I cannot wait to get them to you and hear your thoughts on them too. That's always my favourite part of the process.

Until next time!

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Doctor Who Action Figure Review: K-9 Light and Sound Figurine

A new K-9 figure for the 5" range? It certainly looks that way! Check out the video to find out just how close a match this is to the classic K-9 of old!

You can order yours today from Amazon by following the adlink on the right!

Thursday, 9 October 2014

New Doctor Who action figure reviews to come!

In my last review of the Doctor Who 5" range (Ace from Silver Nemesis) I ended by saying that my next review would be the upcoming 'Time of the Doctor Set'. However, previously unplanned and unscheduled reviews will begin as of Monday, starting with the K-9 Light and Sound Figurine from Running Press.

After that I will be reviewing figures and sets from... the 3.75" range. Yes, I did it, I caved. All will be explained in my reviews, but for now expect reviews of the following:
  • Wave Three - Twelfth Doctor
  • Dalek Patrol Ship and Pilot
  • Hide Time Zone Playset
Of course, once 'The Time of the Doctor Set' arrives I shall be reviewing that. 

So there's a lot more reviews coming than I originally anticipated, but that's not bad for you lot waiting for the next set of 8th Doctor animations! So there'll be plenty of new content on the channel over the next few months, especially as I start collecting some of the other figures in the 3.75" line. I've resided myself to cherry picking, none of this chasing variants crap. I had enough of that with the 5" line!

The question I must pose to you, faithful viewer, is would you like me to review the first wave of the 3.75" line? 

Monday, 6 October 2014

New 7th Doctor Umbrella Replica from AbbyShot

7th Doctor cosplayers are in for a treat as AbbyShot have announced a new replica of the Doctor's famous question mark umbrella.

The description on the site reads:

The Seventh Doctor's Umbrella can save your life!

Most people think umbrellas are for shielding them from the elements, such as rain or sun or snow. Yet an umbrella can just as easily save you from a fate such as slipping off a sheer ice cliff. A more mundane, yet handy tool is the umbrella when used to measure objects.

You can do both of these tasks (although I wouldn’t suggest you try the former) with your new Seventh Doctor’s Umbrella, AbbyShot’s latest addition to their officially licensed Doctor Who Collection.

Precise measurements were taken and various elements were put together to get the most representative version of this umbrella. It’s made of metal, with solid fiber glass ribs, customized iconic handle with matching tip and black polyester fabric, all of which give it strength while still keeping one dry and passersby safe.

More than just a hat stand decoration, the Seventh Doctor’s Umbrella will be a great addition to any household!

The umbrella is $34.99 pre-order and is available here.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Asylum of the Daleks Set - Toys R Us

The new Dalek three pack from Asylum of the Daleks has started to arrive in Toys R Us stores. Interestingly, the set states that the bronze Dalek features sounds, so most likely it is a repaint of the SFX Dalek. The SFX also accounts for the £29.99 price point.

There was talk earlier in the year that a classic variation was also planned, but no news on this yet. Could this also feature an SFX Dalek?

A classic K-9 alternative for the 5" line?

Many collectors of the 5" classic Doctor Who range were, unsurprisingly, annoyed that the release of K-9 with the season 18 Fourth Doctor was not repainted in the classic grey colour. Why was this simple change not implemented? Who knows! But for those of you who are still miffed that you don't have an accurate version of the robotic pup on your shelves, well there could be an alternative... 

Part of a new model/book series, a light-up talking version of K-9 has been released in the classic colours and in scale with the 5" figures. The head appears to be a tad larger, probably to account for the light-up eyes, but otherwise it seems to be almost exactly the same as the 5" K-9 figure.