Character Toys have revealed their Summer Doctor Who releases heading into B&M stores in the UK. There are fewer sets than last year, with the History of the Dalek sets continuing, and a new direction for the 3-packs. There are no TARDIS sets at this point, something that has potentially been exhausted for now.
The three packs are now story-based, and there are essentially new figures across both sets. Up first is a set from The Sensorites (1964). The pack brings us a new repaint of the existing 1st Doctor figure, and two new Sensorite figures - one standard and one to represent the Sensorite Elder. Both come with probe accessories. The sash piece from the Elder Sensorite can be removed and therefore a 2nd set can be tweaked to give you two more looks for the Sensorites with single sash. There is also an update to the 3-pack packaging with the grey backing card replaced by a more scenic backdrop.
This Doctor Who Collectors set is a must have for all Doctor Who fans and collectors and includes a trio of detailed Doctor Who figures from the classic 1964 episode ‘The Sensorites’. The Sensorites were a terrific alien species with their telepathic abilities and peaceful overtures. Their appearance at the window towards the end of episode 1 must rate as one of the creepiest entrances of any alien in the show. Celebrating the episode fans will be able to enjoy a First Doctor figure, a Sensorite Action Figure with Probe Accessory plus an alternative Sensorite ELDER Action Figure with Probe Accessory. For the first time in a 3 figure pack we have a detailed insert card rather than bare white card.
The second set is based on The Keys of Marinus (1964) debuts Ian Chesterton into the line, using a new head sculpt and the John Simm Master body. While Ian didn't actually wear a suit in this storyline, Al Dewar from Character indicated in his launch video that they wanted to do the more classic School Teacher look for Chesterton. Ian is joined by two Voord figures, both packed with a dagger accessory. There are minor variances between the Voord, one has a triangular head piece with the other circular. There are also some minor paint differences, with one pictured with some additional silver trim.
Also from a classic episode of 1964 is The Keys of Marinus Collector Figure three-figure Set. This Ian Chesterton Action Figure depicts one of The Doctors very first companions and is accompanied by not one but two Voord Warrior Action Figures with dagger accessories. The evil Voord Warriors of the Planet Marinus with its arid land and acid seas are extremely memorable because of their truly unique design and are replicated in this classic set. Again this comes with a detailed insert card.
Both the Voord and Sensorites use the same body, which itself looks to be the Axon figure. New heads, hands, and feet have been sculped and added.
The Dalek sets use the existing classic Dalek mold and will move into the 2nd Doctor era Daleks with The Power of the Daleks. The 2-pack will feature a standard drone and a drone with the mutant scoop arm.
The Doctor Who Daleks’ Collector Sets have their very own fan base and to mix things up a little the next two sets are slightly out of order to give a more varied on shelf presence. So first up is Set #5 The Power of the Daleks Set, comprising of two highly detailed Daleks - The Silver Drone Dalek and Drone with Mutant Scoop Dalek.
As opposed to jumping into Evil of the Daleks in timeline order we actually we then move to the 3rd Doctor stories and a Day of the Daleks set that will feature a Day of the Dalek Drone and the Gold Supreme Dalek. The reason for the change is to avoid two Dalek sets on shelves at the same time that look virtually identical. Evil of the Daleks will follow at some point.
Finally, we jump one story forwards to the next decade to 1972’s ‘Day of the Daleks’ and The Daleks’ first foray into colour TV with Collector Set #7 which celebrates this four part story first shown in January of that year. In this set you’ll find the highly detailed Gold Supreme Dalek and Grey drone Dalek as seen in the episodes. Considered a classic among Doctor Who fans, this episode saw the Third Doctor and his companions Jo and U.N.I.T take on Time Travelling guerrillas, Ogrons and the Daleks, in a bid to avert World War III.
All the sets will head to B&M in August at some point and we believe this is the first wave for 2021 with a second wave to arrive in Autumn 2021.
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