Thursday, 29 January 2015

Electronic Patrolling Daleks Announced

Fresh from their appearance at London Toy Fair, the gliding Daleks have been officially announced by Character Options. FPI currently have them listed at £8.99.

Recreate scenes from Doctor Who with this highly detailed Electronic Moving Dalek. Each Dalek glides on a wave of sound.

The Daleks were created by the Kaled scientist, Davros as travel machines. He had deduced that the years of radiation and chemical poisoning from an ongoing war would lead his race to mutate into immobile organisms. The Dalek travel machines would house these creatures and allow the Kaleds to survive. However, in the course of his experiments, Davros deliberately removed what he considered to be debilitating emotions from the mutants and a force of evil was spawned! The Daleks were born without any ability to feel compassion or pity and were motivated only by hate, fear and an implacable belief that they were the superior creatures in the Universe.

There are 4 to collect including: Bronze Dalek, Emperor’s Guard Dalek, Dalek Sec and Asylem Dalek. Requires 1 x LR44/ AG13 batteries not included.

Click here to pre-order!

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Saturday, 24 January 2015

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Doctor Who at Toy Fair 2015

London's Toy Fair is upon us and Character Options were on hand with some new products. So allow me to work through the new and upcoming products that we hope to see this year! All of the images in this article come from the Doctor Who Site, so be sure to check that page for more images.

Action Figures

Let me begin by saying that there were no 5" figures at Toy Fair, which is fair enough. I'd have been more surprised if there were. However, there were a few new insights into the 3.75" range, as well as a better look at production/packaged figures that we had only previously seen as prototypes. First off, the small DW display stands are gone. The money that went into those are being put into accessories. Well that's fair enough, I'd much rather accessories than a cheap looking stand, besides, the Daleks haven't had them since day one. 

We were given a glimpse of the Twelfth Doctor in spacesuit, complete with removable helmet. The figure will also come with two 'Spider Germs' as seen in Kill the Moon, both of which have been sculpted in different poses. Alongside this was a Tenth Doctor in the same suit but with the obligatory Sanctuary Base 6 logo on the chest. It seems that the sculpt is a scaled down version of the original 5" model, which is highly likely. 

Another Twelfth Doctor variant on display was the previously seen 'Caretaker' version. This time we were able to get a look at the front of the figure which appears to have a new torso piece that omits the cardigan, and a new sculpt for the brown coat. The details on the back pack look very impressive and also includes the microphone on wire. 

The Foretold from Mummy on the Orient Express looks to be one of the best figures from this smaller scale. The sculpting and paint details look fantastic, certainly a figure I'll be picking up when it's released. A new version of Clara from Time of the Doctor and Deep Breath was also featured, along with a mock-up for a 'yellow cardigan' variant in a future wave. 

There was also a new Cyberman, which features an improved head sculpt, especially around the eyes and mouth, and is also taller. People who went out of their way to chase down the original arm gun/glowing circle variant of wave one may be annoyed to see both of those elements on this figure, but it is a welcome sight for the less committed collector. 

Sadly there were no signs of Missy, The Eighth Doctor, or any of the other figures previously mentioned by Al Dewar because they weren't ready for display. However, mock-ups of Cyber-Danny Pink, Rusty the Dalek and the Twelfth Doctor in his burgundy shirt from Robot of Sherwood were also teased. 

Alongside the main range of figures comes a series of new series Daleks that have the ability to glide along surfaces. Again, much to the frustration of collectors who tracked down the early chase figures, these all appeared to be previously released chase variants such as Dalek Sec and the Emperor's Guard with canon arm. It is unclear whether these are in the 3.75" scale, but it does appear to be the case. 

Finally, a repaint of the Dalek Patrol Ship, now named Security Patrol Ship, was also on offer. This new black and silver livery with red piping looked rather fetching, although I'm not so sure about the red dome on the Dalek Pilot... 

Other Items

There were no Character Building figures at the show, so does this mean they've been axed? Instead, the Time Squad figures of the Tennant years are making a comeback with several re-releases and a few new characters such as the Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors and Clara. 

The Sonic Screwdrivers are getting some more re-releases, although one does wonder whether the Fourth Doctor's will have the classic sounds. 

The most bizarre items were a TARDIS that seems to be some sort of answering machine, with a Flight Control TARDIS acting as a stand-in, and also something that looks like a Cyber Baby with limbs that detach when buzzed with the accompanying Sonic Screwdriver.

So there we have it, not the most exciting display as all of the real meaty stuff Al revealed on Twitter wasn't ready for the show (drat), but it did give us a better look at what to expect from Wave Four in the coming months. 

Monday, 19 January 2015

Scarecrow for Wave 5 of DC Collectible's Batman Animated Line

Hot on the heel's of Roxy Rocket's reveal, DC Collectibles have released an image of the first figure from the range's fifth wave - Scarecrow!

Based on his appearance from The New Batman Adventures, this version of the character features a drastic redesign from the original 1992 series. There's something more undead about this version, complete with a macabre noose around the neck. Bruce Timm was so impressed with this design that he never wanted to see Jonathan Crane out of costume again so that there would be some mystery as to whether Scarecrow was human at all...

There's no news as to which specific episode this figure is from or what accessories he will come with, but we can safely assume that his wooden staff will be one of them.

There are still two more TNBA figures to be revealed as well as an TAS figure. More news as it comes!

Roxy Rocket soars into the Batman Animated line

UPDATE: UK collectors can now order her here for £29.99

Action Figure Insider have recently revealed one of the next figures in DC Collectibles' Batman Animated line, Roxy Rocket (with Rocket) from The New Batman Adventures. 

This is the first time this character has been produced as an action figure and is one of those characters who was created for the TV show before being adopted by the comic books.

As well as her Rocket, which appears to have it's own display stand as well as working lights (how cool is that?!), she comes with her Flare Gun, Electro Gun and a Wrench to whack Batman on the head with.

The figure is a special one-off deluxe release, separate from the main 'waves' of the line.

The figure is due for release in August at $39.95, so probably £40 for us UK collectors!

More updates as they come! We should be seeing more from Wave 5 onwards at Toy Fair next month!

Stay tuned for the reviews of the first wave of figures coming in February!

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Doctor Who AFA 8th Doctor Season 3: The Final Days - Part One

Part One of the two part season finale: After years of war, the Time War has reached its end. Arcadia has fallen to Dalek occupation, led by the mysterious Cult of Skaro. While Gallifrey awaits a final invasion from the Emperor Dalek, Rassilon begins to put his own plans into action, and the Doctor must decide the ultimate fate of the universe...

Monday, 12 January 2015

Upcoming figures for the 3.75" Doctor Who range?

Last night Al Dewar spilled the beans on 2015's current line-up for the 3.75" range. As ever these aren't set in stone until there's an official announcement, but for now we should possibly hope to see:
  • Missy
  • Danny Pink as a Cyberman (no human version planned)
  • 8th Doctor (Night of the Doctor)
  • Dalek (Dalek Invasion of Earth)
  • Supreme Dalek (Planet of the Daleks)
  • 4th Doctor 
So a couple of classic Doctors have now entered the line-up (whoo-hoo!) and he also mentions the possibility of Tereleptils, Ogrons, Draconians and Haemovores in the line too. So a lot of classic stuff could be on the way in this smaller scale. Of course, we already know that a 12th Doctor in his costume from The Caretaker and also the Mummy are on the way from series 8. 

Dewar also remarks that something will be coming from Toys R Us, but no indication as to what. Sadly, there is no further update on the status of the website exclusive classic 5" figures... So who knows whether that will get the green light or not.

More news as it comes! 

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Doctor Who AFA 8th Doctor Season 3: Rise of the Time Lords

The Daleks have invaded Gallifrey and intend to use the Time Lord's own super weapon against them! Can the Doctor and his companions deactivate the device before it falls into the Dalek's grubby protuberances? Will the Time Lords be able to push back the tide of the Dalek armies?

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Doctor Who AFA 8th Doctor Season 3: Miller and I

The Doctor finds himself in a spot of bother when his companion gets replaced by a young woman known as Lucie (bleedin) Miller... Meanwhile the Time Lords search for a way to resurrect Rassilon with the help of the Master...