Review: Doctor Who Figurine Collection Issue 1
Today we have a review for something that you Doctor Who fans will really enjoy. Eaglemoss Publications has launched a figurine collection based on the mega-hit show. With the 50th Anniversary quickly approaching, Whovians are looking for great collectibles to add to their collections. The first figure in the collection is Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor. Accompanying the figures are short magazines looking at the history of Doctor Who and the moment from the episodes each figure depicts.
The Eleventh Doctor figure comes from the iconic Pandorica Opens episode. It’s unarguably one of Matt Smith’s best episodes and arguably one of the best episodes in the show’s history. The figure, pictured to the side, depicts the Pandorica speech. I’ll be honest, I can watch the speech scene over and over and it gives me goose bumps every time. I might be a little biased, but the figure chosen was a fantastic and easily recognizable scene for the Eleventh Doctor. The next figures will be Davros, a Silurian, a Cyberman, a Weeping Angel, and other iconic monsters. All Eleven Doctors will also be getting the figurine treatment. The next Doctor will be the 10th, coming out this December.
The magazine and packaging for the figurine describe the sculpting process that goes into each figure. After going through reference material provided by the BBC and the Doctor Who archives, a sculptor produces a 3D digital script. This allows the figure to be incredibly detailed and screen accurate to the episode it depicts. From there each one is produced and hand painted. The Eleventh Doctor is detailed, but other than the clothes there aren’t any real things to point out as “incredibly detailed.” Looking over photos of the Davros figure, it looks to be highly detailed and a pretty great work of art. The painting on the Eleventh Doctor figure is great overall. There are a few small gaps with the hairline, but I’m inclined to say that defect was caused by the postal service. The hand painted figures look great, but I’m sure if you’re extremely anal about that you’ll see a few tiny, tiny imperfections. The figures are in perfect 1:21 scale with the measurements taken from the original props. They are made out of a metallic resin. They have a little weight to them and are actually pretty sturdy pieces.
The magazine included with the Eleventh Doctor figure gives you a rundown of some of the highlights of the show’s creation way back in 1963 as well as an expanded look at the TARDIS. On top of that, you get a detailed discussion about The Pandorica Opens. I’m something of a Doctor Who historian and even I found a few little tidbits of info I didn’t know or wasn’t fully aware of. It’s a primer guide to Who, but there’s something for fans new and old. You can see a glimpse of the magazine in the commercial for the collection below.
Overall, there’s a lot to love with the Doctor Who Figurine Collection. The figurines themselves are quality products treated with the utmost care. With all the best monsters and The Doctors themselves covered, there has to be a few you want to snag. If you’d like to learn more about the collection and how you can try to get your hands on them, you can click here for the official site and here for the Facebook page. There is no US released date for the collection just yet, but stay tuned to the webpages for all the latest news. What do you think? Would you like to pick up some of these?