THE FOURTH DOCTOR & DALEK
DOCTOR WHO (CHARACTER OPTIONS)
So, I was all prepped to kick this review off by remarking how freakishly long it had been since I’d reviewed anything Doctor Who…and then I realized I totally reviewed a figure of the Tenth Doctor back in August. I mean, that’s still five months and all, but hardly a cause for exclamation, really. An area of the franchise I’ve only just touched on is Classic Who. My introduction to the show was with Eccleston, and a lot of the merchandise was driven by the Tennant and Smith eras, but there’s still a healthy helping of merch for the older doctors as well, especially for Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor, seen by many as the definitive take on the character (not by me, but that’s a whole other thing). I’ll be looking at variant of Four today!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
This pairing was one of 11 “Doctor and Dalek” two-packs released in 2013 as exclusives to the UK-branch of Toys R Us, before being distributed through specialty shops in the US. This pair of figures is based on “Genesis of the Daleks,” one of the most popular serials from the Fourth Doctor’s tenure.
THE FOURTH DOCTOR
This isn’t the first time I’ve looked at the Fourth Doctor, since I also did that mammoth-sized review of the 11 Doctors boxed set, which nearly killed me. This one seems less death-inducing. The figure stands 5 1/2 inches tall and has 18 points of articulation, keeping consistent with the line as a whole. The Doctor’s sculpt did surprise me slightly, since it’s not just the same as the prior figure I looked at. It’s still a repaint (because all of the figures in the “Doctor and Dalek” line-up were), but this Fourth Doctor is actually wearing a rather different outfit from the last one. It’s the same overall appearance, of course, and the two share a number of pieces between them for consistency’s sake. The main differences are the jacket, tie, and shoes. While I like the new shoes, which feature some nifty detailing, the much smoother jacket doesn’t seem quite as cool to me, since the detailing on the jacket was one of my favorite parts of the last figure. Paint’s another area where the figure slightly changes things up, with a few color swaps here and there. For the most part, it’s about the same quality as the last one, though the skin tone on this one seems a little less organic than the last one. The Fourth Doctor’s one accessory is his Sonic Screwdriver.
Obviously, a “Doctor and Dalek” set needs a Dalek. So, here he is. He’s a pretty straightforward “classic” Dalek. He’s about 4 1/2 inches tall and has 4 points of articulation, like most Daleks do. This one is pretty similar in construction to the Dalek Sek figure I looked at way back when, just with slightly different “horns” on his head to show that he’s not from the RTD era like that one was. It’s a very nice sculpt, filled with lots of in depth details, which really make him look like a scaled down prop from the show. This Dalek is somewhat less colorful than others have been, with a sort of grayish-blue as his main hue. It does the sculpt well, though, and ends up being pretty eye-catching.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
This pair were a Christmas gift from my Super Awesome Fiancee’s parents, based on some suggestions from Super Awesome Fiancee herself. I think they may have been part of a bulk buy of some other Who stuff. I don’t know that this Fourth Doctor really out-paces the 11 Doctors one, but he’s a decent enough offering. The Dalek, on the other hand, is a lot of fun, and will likely end up nearer the front of my Who shelf.