Character Toys have released the following details of a number of new Classic Doctor Who 5.5 inch Collectors Sets that will be heading to B&M Stores in the UK, this now includes packaging shots. The current estimate on arrival has moved to July 2020.
The great news this time round for US collector is the availability in the US via Amazon, BBC Shop and the Official North America Doctor Who Store.
"Customers in the US can pre-order boxsets via The Official North America Doctor Who Store, Amazon and the BBC Shop."
Up first is a new companion set for the 4th Doctor. It features Sarah Jane from Revenge of the Cyberman - a clever re-use of the old Martha Jones in Combat fatigues figure with a new head sculpt. There are then two Romana figures. Romana I (Mary Tam) looks to be loosely based on The Pirate Planet and is also a re-use from an older Sarah Jane Adventures figure. Finally we have a Romana II from Destiny of the Daleks. This uses another older Sarah Jane figure, with a new scarf piece by the looks of things.
"Hot on the heels of the Harry Sullivan figure release last year, Companions of the Fourth Doctor features a new figure of Sarah Jane Smith and two figures of Romana completing the Fourth Doctor’s companion list from 1975 to 1981. This set includes Sarah Jane Smith as seen in 1975’s ‘Genesis of the Daleks’ and ‘Revenge of the Cybermen’ stories, and Romana as seen in 1978’s ‘The Pirate Planet’ and 1979’s ‘Destiny of the Daleks’."
The UNIT set is from the 1971 story, Claws of Axos, and features a repack of the Brigadier figure in his sweater and beret from the original Claws of Axos pack. He is accompanied by two new figures of Captain Yates and Sergeant Benton. These use the body of the original Captain Jack with new pouches and straps. The bodies are the same, but we get new heads for Yates and Benton.
"For some collectors, the arrival of the 1971 U.N.I.T Claws of Axos Set ends possibly the longest awaited figure release and completes the classic Third Doctor’s core U.N.I.T team of Brigadier Lethbridge Stuart, Captain Mike Yates and Sergeant John Benton. This new set features figures from Season 8’s 1971 story ‘The Claws of Axos’; the Brigadier wearing his less formal uniform with U.N.I.T beret, and Benton and Yates sporting their combat fatigues and webbing. "
The third three pack is the expected one featuring Jaz and Ryan from the 13th Doctor era. It will be titled, Friends and Foe of the 13th Doctor. Yaz uses the same older Sarah Jane body as Romana II with new head. Ryan uses an old Primeval Nick Cutter body. They are accompanied in the pack by a helmeted Judoon.
"Hotly anticipated is the Friends and Foes of the Thirteenth Doctor set. These are the first figures of companions Yasmin (Yaz) Khan, as seen in ‘Arachnids in the UK’, and Ryan Sinclair as seen in the story ‘Rosa’. The set also features a Judoon Trooper, one of the ruthless intergalactic security enforcers seen in the story ‘Fugitive of the Judoon’. "
The next TARDIS set is from The War Games, featuring a 2nd Doctor and 2nd Doctor era TARDIS. The Doctor is a re-pack from the original release but has a more dishevelled paint job and a rip on the knee of his trousers. The TARDIS is tweaked in terms of the over door signage, and slimmer base to match the 2nd Doctor era.
"The new release of the Second Doctor and TARDIS Set features detailing from the last episode of 1969’s ten part epic ‘The War Games’, the final story of Season Six. The set comprises the Second Doctor with ripped trouser knee details and bedraggled appearance. The TARDIS comes in dark blue with iconic Second Doctor square top lamp, standard opening doors, ‘POLICE BOX’ signage and the newer low-profile base."
The Daleks are then back in some new two packs called "History of the Daleks". This is very exciting in terms of the line running past these first two sets as to what could come in the future. The line starts with Set A featuring the original Daleks from The Daleks (1963). The two Daleks are not quite identical - they feature difference iris sizes on the eye stalks. The figures are marked with the same symbols used on set to identify which of the four Dalek props were in use.
"‘The Daleks’ Collector Set comprises of a Twin Dalek Set and features the Daleks as seen fully in ‘The Daleks’, the second story of the very first season of Doctor Who in 1963. When seen in the early days of black and white television these Daleks were utterly alien in look and virtually identical in their livery of silver, mid grey and blue hemispheres. Their eyestalks became larger or smaller like the pupil of an eye and their guns comprised straight metal rails with inset plastic octagons. To identify each prop the casings had parallel black lines etched on, numbering them one to four. This has been replicated as accurately as possible in this new set. "
Set B is from The Dalek Invasion of Earth and features a drone and the Supreme Dalek. The Drone is from the SFX line while the Supreme from the 2-pack with the 1st Doctor and was also part of the SFX line.
"The Dalek Invasion of Earth Collector Set features the Daleks as seen in the second serial of the second season, The Dalek Invasion of Earth, from 1964. Overwhelming demand and popularity meant the Daleks had to return, and this time they came to Earth. These revised Daleks were taller and more imposing with deep bases and revised colour schemes this stunning new set represents a silver eyed ‘Drone’ Dalek and the black ‘Saucer Command’ Dalek."
Character and their PR team have promised more images and we will update this article as we go. We'd expect all sets to retail at the £19.99 price tag.
Al Dewar, Character Options, Creative Director, said. “This will be the first time in almost a decade where there will be parallel launches of the same product in the UK and the USA. Hopefully this new wave of toys will contain a few surprises for everyone. As always, the Character team has tried very hard to bring something new to delight, and hopefully exceed the expectations of fans and collectors alike. This time we are bringing even more to the table with six new products!”
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