For the long time that I have been a Whovian, I have yearned for a toy line as superb as what Character Options has produced.
Starting with the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Doctors, a Zygon, Voc Robots, a Sea Devil and Li H’sen Chang with the killer ventriloquy figurine Mr. Sin… it was the stuff of dreams. The magic has not stopped as nearly every variation of Dalek, Cyberman and the Master has been realized in miniature form.
But those are just the standard action figures (which are very very hard to come by in the US despite advertising on BBC America during Doctor Who) which are only available from specialty shops such as Mike’s Comics. Each year at the San Diego Comic Con, several new exclusive action figure is debuted from Character Options. These figures are usually made in limited quantities and often appeal only to die-hard fans.
There is always plenty of speculation about what obscure character or monster will be released (see last year’s and how far off I was),so I figured in addition to revealing this year’s excluisve, I’d touch on some of the previous Doctor who action figures.
The First Doctor William Hartnell and a Dalek Invasion of Earth model action figure The Second Doctor Patrick Troughton and a Tomb of the Cyberman action figure The Sixth Doctor Colin Baker in his blue costume from Real Time
The Fifth Doctor Peter Davison in the Fourth Doctor’s costume from Logopois
(image of Katy Manning with Jo Grant prototypes via Merchandise.DoctorWho)
This year will apparently see two versions of Third Doctor companion Jo Grant, played by Katy Manning. A charmingly daffy and bubbly personality, Manning played the part for three years alongside Jon and even returned to co-star with the late Lis Sladen in the Sarah Jane Adventures.
The two versions will be a blue fur-coat wearing Jo from The Three Doctors and another short-skirted variant from The Claws of Axos (reference pics below).
There is still a Yeti floating around (an image of the prototype was leaked last year) that could also appear this Summer in San Diego, so keep your eyes peeled. I’m hoping for a Jamie McCrimmon action figure or the Brigadier bundled in with any of these!