Big Chief announces 12th Doctor 1:6 Scale Collector Figure

Big Chief has created some of the most stunning collector figures based on the iconic time traveler ever seen. Their 4th, 10th and 11th Doctors have eye-catching appeal and a maddening attention to detail. Finally that attention has extended to the eyebrows with the 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi.

BIG Chief Studios are proud to announce that the 12th Doctor 1:6 Scale Collector Figure Priority Pre-order will commence from 6 pm (UK time) next Friday, the twelfth day of the twelfth month!

12doctor_BigChiefPeter Capaldi’s portrayal of the Time Lord has earned praise from critics and fans alike, with darker and more serious characteristics, not forgetting those eyebrows.

The 1:6 Scale Collector Figure sports the Doctor’s tailored costume, comes with numerous accessories and a light-up display base to compliment their previous releases.

Pre-order your 12th Doctor 1:6 Scale Collector Figure via one of BIG Chief Studios Payment Plans, or choose to pay in full and you will receive a FREE Shrunken TARDIS accessory, as seen in the series 8 episode “Flatline”. The accessory features opening doors and can be fitted with any of the interchangeable hands that come with the Doctor.

SIGNATURE EDITION

At this time discussions are still underway for an official Signature Edition. BIG Chief Studios appreciate that many of their customers are eager to add a signed 12th Doctor figure to their collection. Given that customers would not want to first pre-order the Limited Edition figure, only then to have to place a second pre-order for the Signature Edition figure at a later date, Big Chief Studios are planning on offering an Upgrade Pack for those interested in the signed figure.

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11th Doctor Who Limited Edition 1:6 Scale Figure (Smith and Capaldi)

Gone, but not forgotten, the 11th incarnation of the Doctor is celebrated in this amazing 1:6 scale figure from Big Chief. The detailing is stunning from the hair to the clothing and even a fez!

As a special bonus, a remarkably sculpted head based on the likeness of 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi as he appeared post-regeneration is included. PLUS a light-up ‘Handles’ Cyberman head for special orders!

Details below via Merchandise.TheDoctorWhoSite

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Big Chief Studios 11th Doctor Series 7 Limited Edition 1:6 Scale Figure
Limited Edition Size: 1000 Worldwide

Available to order from www.bigchiefstudios.co.uk

Officially licensed by BBC Worldwide and produced in a limited worldwide edition, each figure features a fully realised likeness of Matt Smith as the enigmatic Time Lord in his series 7 costume and comes packed with numerous accessories including: removable and interchangeable fez; round-framed spectacles; bow tie box; Magnograb Remote (Big Friendly Button), plus a light-up display base.

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1 x 11th Doctor Portrait Head featuring an Authentic Likeness of Matt Smith with Removable Hairpiece and Neck
1 x Fez with Interchangeable Hairpiece
1 x Anatomix Standard Slim Male Body with over 30 Points of Articulation
1 x Frock Styled Jacket
1 x Waistcoat with Pocket Chain
1 x Shirt
1 x Bow Tie
1 x Pair of Bracers (Suspenders)
1 x Pair of Trousers
1 x Pair of Boots
1 x Pair of Socks (Partial)
8 x Interchangeable Hands (6 x 11th Doctor & 2 x 12th Doctor)
1 x Display Base with Illuminating Gallifreyan Symbol & Stand
EXCLUSIVE: 1 x 12th Doctor Portrait Head featuring an Authentic Likeness of Peter Capaldi with Neck
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Accessories
1 x Sonic Screwdriver (Closed)
1 x Sonic Screwdriver (Open)
1 x Wallet with Psychic Paper
1 x Pair of Round Framed Spectacles
1 x Big Friendly Button
1 x Bow Tie Box with Bow Tie
1 x Wristwatch
1 x TARDIS Series 7 Interior Printed Backdrop
EXCLUSIVE: 1 x Handles Cyberman Head FREE with Purchase via Payment in Full or Payment Plan

Podstallions, the plaid Stallions Podcast

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I am a big fan of the Plaid Stallion blog, a place where I can reminisce over old Star Wars newspaper ads, watch crusty off-air videos of Mego dolls and leer at the weirdest vintage lingerie ads I have ever seem. This week, a podcast was started up and happily enough it is about a fan favorite topic, Doctor Who.
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Doctor Who Signature tune 45 record

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Genesis of the Daleks- the record narrated by Tom Baker

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An off-air shot of Sarah Jane Smith in Pyramids of Mars

As an American fan, I am most familiar with the PBS airings of Tom Baker which ran from 1978 until Peter Davison was introduced in the 80’s.There were no tie-ins until 1982/3 when the Target books, Marvel Comics reprints, the role playing game, rusty home-made badges, posters and the 45 records of the signature tune along with a few cassettes of sound effects. There was just so little to get and so few places to get them aside from the odd comic book convention.

I’ll have to upload a newspaper cover featuring me in my weird Colin Baker costume.

The podcast is fascinating because it is about the experience of growing up with the program and how it differed in Canada, where it started much earlier with Jon Pertwee episodes as well as being preceded by… get this… an educational introduction. There are so many gems in this podcast about how frustrating it was to be a fan in the 70’s/80’s compared to today.

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Give this a listen, visit the blog, and be happy.

Also, please feel free to chime in with your stories about what your childhood relationship is with Doctor Who, where you grew up, and how it impacted your life.

Upcoming Doctor Who toys and collectibles

doctor_who_50th_anniversaryComing soon to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who are these amazing collectibles and toys. The talking Daleks are absolutely superb and include unique phrases and gun death ray sounds. I am addicted to these lil guys and am amazed by the inclusion of the Madame Tussaud Dalek design (I think I am right in that). The building figures are a lot of fun and this new run expands the classic and new Doctors by offering up variations of costumes from the Necros mourning blue suit Colin Baker attire to the rarely seen blue-jacketed Paul McGann!

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Of course it is lovely to see another version of the Brigadier from Claws of Axos (along with another alien, the Axon, and the adorable Jo Grant). I’m still waiting on figures of the Yeti, the Destroyer, the Haemovores and the Quarks… but I can wait.

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New talking Daleks including the Madame Tussaud’s version!

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New Building Figures including variants of each Doctor

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The Second Doctor and Emperor’s Guard from Evil of the Daleks

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Sixth Doctor and Necros Dalek from Remembrance of the Daleks

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New series Cyberman from upcoming Neil Gaiman story in 2013

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Axon, Jo Grant and the Brigadier from Claws of Axos

Most of these figures are only available overseas from Forbidden Planet so you may have to hunt these down on ebay, or wait for them to appear in specialty shops such as Suncoast video. You can also ask your local comic shop to order them.

However you get them, these items are fantastic ways to celebrate the longest running TV science fiction program.

… and what can we expect for the 50th anniversary special? One can only hope.
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New Doctor Who minifigs for 2013

The latest Character Building toys for Doctor Who will explore the many variations of the classic Doctors in addition to adapting monsters from the BBC Wales series such as the Silurians and Judoon. Personally I picked up a few of the classic Doctors and a Dalek which my 4 year old son enjoys (when he is not gingerly playing with my Konami Eagle Transport replica).

It’s neat to see the William Hartnell First Doctor with his cloak and scarf and a variant of the Paul McGann Eighth Doctor… but which ones are you looking to get?
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  • A Refreshed 11 Doctors boxset, TBC
  • Blind bags featuring all 11 Doctors (Different to the box sets) with super rares
  • Monster Figure packs with Sontaran and Judoon variants
  • Doctor / Companion Figure packs
  • Dalek Figure packs
  • Dalek Skimmer Mini Set
  • Cyberman Speeder Mini Set
  • New Console room set
  • Cyberman Mask

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BBC America will be screening classic Doctor Who stories starting with The Aztecs which should raise awareness of the good stuff. I wonder what other stories will be included, but am most interested in seeing how modern viewers respond to the 1996 TV Movie.

Doctor Who Action Figure Review: Castrovalva Set

Batmanmarch has been reviewing Doctor Who action figures for about five years now, along with filming some of the most highly regarded original dramas using home made figures and those made by Character Options.



His latest video reviews the Castrovalva set featuring the Fifth Doctor in the shirt sleeves of his former incarnation along with the Master’s Roman column-style TARDIS and of course a shrunken Logopolitan. I found it interesting that Batmanmarch noted that the set was initially intended to include a repackaged Anthony Ainley Master figure (technically Kamelion as the Master) or a Tissue Compression Eliminator prop. Why we don’t have a proper 80’s Master or a TCE toy by now I cannot understand, but I need to reserve my ire for reviewing new episodes, so I won’t waste it here.

If you are a fan of Doctor Who collectibles, you really should bookmark Batmanmarch’s channel. Only, be warned that it could lead to purchasing more stuff as I have.

In the UK, available from Forbidden Planet.
In the US, from Mike’s Comics.

New Doctor Who toys: Retro Dalek and Post-Regeneration 5th Doctor

Just announced for exclusive release from Forbidden Planet are these two amazing Doctor Who action figures.

(announcement via TardisNewsroom)

When I first learned of a line of 5 inch tall toys based on the long-running series, I was somewhat baffled. Incredibly detailed and articulated, they were impressive, but as the characters on screen did little else but talk and run down corridors, wasn’t an ‘action figure’ a bit of an odd thing to make of William Hartnell and the other actors who played the part of the time traveling man of mystery?

Of course now I own them all… so… yeah.

As testament to the enduring legacy of the TV program, these action figures by Character Options and Bif Bang Pow! are as much an important part of the Doctor Who mythos as the Target novelizations and the radio dramas. Not only are they replications of the characters as they appeared on screen, they capture iconic moments such as the regeneration of Tom Baker into Peter Davison in Logopolis and Castrovalva. A figure of Davison in the full coat has already been released, but this version is the new Doctor sans coat in shirt sleeves (a kit-bash of the recently released Keeper of Traken 4th Doctor with a retooled Davison head).

I do like that in addition to the Master’s TARDIS, they have included a shrunken Logopolitan.

This marks the seventh version of the 5th Doctor in toy form by Character Options… and yet we still do not have a decent figure of the Anthony Ainley Master (the released figure features a breathtakingly accurate sculpt of Ainley’s plugged onto a John Simm body).

Ah well… he’s surely on the way.

Doctor Who Action Figure Collectors Set: 5th Doctor Castrovalva

The newly regenerated Fifth Doctor escapes with his companions back to the TARDIS. Suffering from post-regeneration trauma, he only narrowly manages to save the ship from destruction as it plunges back to Event One, the hydrogen in-rush that preceded the creation of the universe.

He then seeks sanctuary in the peaceful domain of Castrovalva, only to discover that it is an illusory, dimensionally paradoxical trap set for him by the Master with the unwilling aid of a kidnapped Adric. The Doctor eventually wins the day by enlisting the help of the Castrovalvan people who, although also part of the Master’s creation, are nevertheless able to exercise free will.

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Whilst on the planet Traken the Fourth Doctor discovers that the Master, his long time nemesis, is trying to take control of a complex Traken bio-electronic power known as ‘The Source’. The Source would allow the Master unparalleled power, and the ability to regenerate his dying body. When the Master’s TARDIS is destroyed by the power feedback of The Source it is revealed he has another and thus he escapes to encounter the Doctor again. Their next encounter finds the Master’s TARDIS, with its fully functional Chameleon Circuit, disguised first as a Police Box and latterly on the planet Logopolis, as a sandstone Doric column. The Master’s TARDIS stayed in this favoured form during several encounters with the Fifth Doctor, before changing once again.

Contents:
1 x Post-regeneration Fifth Doctor action figure.
1 x Shrunken figure accessory.
1 x Master’s TARDIS as a Stone Column.

(click to pre-order in the UK)

I’m not a big fan of the Bif Bang Pow Master, Doctor and Sontaran figures, but this Dalek looks really great. The attention to detail is impressive and the larger scale is very attractive to me as well.

Doctor Who Retro Action Figures: Dalek

Daddy, where do Daleks come from?

Grounded in the “Genesis of the Daleks” serial of Doctor Who that marked the first appearance of Davros, the creator of these evil mutant cyborgs, this extraordinary Dalek Action Figure stands approximately 7″ tall. It features wheels and “neck” articulation, along with Bif Bang Pow!’s famed retro styling that takes one back to the bestselling figures from the 1970s and 1980s. Order yours now… or face extermination!

Produced by the BBC, Doctor Who is the longest-running sci-fi TV series in the world. The award-winning show presents the adventures of a time traveler known simply as “the Doctor.” Along with his companions, this mysterious Time Lord journeys through time and space using his TARDIS, which appears from the outside to be an ordinary police phone booth.

(click to pre-order in the UK)

Dalek anti-time device

This toy gun will be released by Character Options later this year. Kids today are way too lucky. All we had in my day was Dapol toys of Sylvester McCoy and Bonnie Langford.

It uses ‘scavenged Dalek and Cyber-tech’ in order to ‘wipe your enemies form time.’ It’s unclear if this is based on a forthcoming episode from the new series or if it was just dreamed up by the CO team (if so, well done!) but it’s pretty nifty looking.

The latest Toy Fair showcased talking Daleks from the new series as well as a transparent model from Planet of the Daleks!

More images here.

Step inside Doctor Who’s TARDIS (it’s only a model)

Since 1963, the dimensionally transcendental time and space machine known as the TARDIS has transported the Doctor and his companions to the distant past, the far future, alternate realities and pocket universes.

Built in scale for the larger 8 inch Bif Bang Pow! action dolls, the console room expands from the Police Box case.

I hope that soon the folks at Character Options, who have released action figures of ever version of the Doctor along with many monsters and companions in 6.5 inch scale, will produce a similar playset of the console room from the classic series.

The image below is only a prototype so it is difficult to tell exactly what it will look like in the end, but it appears to be the pre-1983 interior as used by Tom Baker and Peter Davison.

Via TardisNewsroom:

Prototype image of TARDIS playset

This extraordinary TARDIS Playset is based on the ever-popular sci-fi TV series Doctor Who.It measures approximately 11″ tall x 5 1/2″ wide x 5 1/2-” long when closed, and includes an opening door and a bonus figurine of the Doctor’s trusty cyberdog, K-9. The TARDIS’ interior is truly amazing with its transparent time rotor that can be raised and lowered, and the detailed Master Control Console that features various authentic controls and readout displays. In a retro 1970s style, the TARDIS Playset is made of thick dollhouse-like cardboard, and scaled for a Bif Bang Pow! 8″ Doctor Who figure (not included). Magnetic strips ensure that the playset walls snap closed when you’re traveling through time and space.

In Doctor Who, the BBC’s long-running, award-winning sci-fi television series, TARDIS stands for Time And Relative Dimension In Space. It looks just like a wooden Police phone box from the 1950s on the outside, but is of infinite proportions on the inside. This incredible time machine is piloted by the Doctor, a mysterious Time Lord, and is able to transport him anywhere through time and space, disappearing in one place and reappearing somewhere new.

The Doctor’s (and humanity’s) best friend, K-9, is a robotic canine that was first introduced in the Doctor Who story arc “The Invisible Enemy.” Since then, he’s been an enduring (and endearing) companion over many years to several Doctors and has also appeared in two spinoff series.

This item is expected at our warehouse on 12 November 2012.

Available in the UK from Forbidden Planet. No word on a US distributor yet, but stay tuned.

A traditional console room familiar to fans old and young, I’m glad that they are reproducing this version rather than the one introduced in 1983’s The Five Doctors, but wouldn’t it be cool if they attempted this proposed Series 27 console room design?

Which console room design do you prefer?

The first design as seen in An Unearthly Child

The Troughton/Pertwee design as seen in The Three Doctors

The secondary console room as seen in The Deadly Assassin


The Baker/Davison design


The 1983-89 design as seen in The Five Doctors

The 1996 design as seen in the TV Movie starring Paul McGann

The 2005-2010 design from the Eccleston/Tennant era

The current design introduced in 2010

Doctor Who – Seeds of Doom set rumored

An extraordinary discovery is made near an isolated base in Antarctica. A seed pod dating back some 20,000 years. UNIT catches word and sends their scientific adviser to investigate. The power mad eccentric collector Gabriel Chase also learns of the find and sends two of his best operatives to retrieve the pod and kill all witnesses.

After arriving, the Doctor recognizes the pod as extraterrestrial, a Krynoid in a state of gestation. He is too late to stop the infection of one of the members of the crew who rapidly begins to transform from animal to vegetable matter. With the destruction of the base, crew and creature, Gabriel Chase believed that he had succeeded in snatching a one of a kind artifact. The Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith narrowly escape the devastation only to face further danger at the hands of Chase’s thugs and of course a massive plant monster, a Krynoid creature so massive that it defies the attacks of UNIT forces.

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Directed by Douglas Camfield and written by Robert Banks Stewart, Seeds of Doom is a classic of the Hinchcliff era, combining tropes from popular horror films and featuring memorably evil characters such as the devious Gabriel Chase. In addition to an excellent cast, superb script and dynamic direction, Seeds of Doom also has an astounding score courtesy of Geoffrey Burgon (who also contributed the spine-tingling music in Terror of the Zygons).

Character Options is apparently releasing an action figure set based on this story with a re-release of the 11 Doctors set version of the Fourth Doctor and a re-painted Axon. That particular figure will have come full circle as it was initially intended to be a Krynoid figure and was instead painted in red hues and released as an Axon in true form.

The previously released Axon action figure

Accessories will include a cutlass and a pair of Krynoid seed pods.

Images have circulated from Australia, but there has been no official word as of yet.

Now confirmed for March 2012 release.

More as it comes.