Character Options have a second series of Doctor Who sets heading exclusively into B&M stores this October and the lineup is now revealed in full.
The generic slimline plain body, that originated with Sharez Jek, is being cleverly utilised to bring us a pair of Androids as seen in Earthshock, complete with alternative attack hands. This three-pack also features a muddy deco Fifth Doctor and the Cyberbomb. And in the Five Doctors Set we find the plain body utilised again to debut the Raston Warrior Robot alongside a Five Doctors Cyberleader, with gun, and the Third Doctor.
The Dalek Collectors Sets for Autumn will see the Evil of the Daleks (Set 6) arrive on shelves with a Drone and black domes Guard Dalek. We then move to a Planet of the Daleks Set (Set 8) that will include two 'army building' drones in the grey livery.They feature a new eyestalk piece that is based on one of the Daleks seen on screen.
And the Autumn Sets don't end there as a TARDIS pack is included based on An Unearthly Child and featuring the First Doctor in his cape, hat, and scarf. The TARDIS base model includes an updated roof and lantern to match its 1963 debut as well as some tweaks to the windows.
We expect the sets to start to arrive as a batch in October at some stage for the Christmas Toy market. The RRP should remain at the £19.99 price point.
Earthshock (1982) collector figure set
Based on the 1982 story where the Cybermen concoct a devious plan to explode a gigantic bomb on Earth and then launch a full scale invasion, this set features the Fifth Doctor in his slightly muddied attire as well as the twin cybernetic Androids plus the Cyber-Bomb they are guarding. The Androids were very memorable characters and these action figures feature swappable ‘attack’ hand accessories and come complete with the Cyber Bomb itself!
The Five Doctors 1983 collector figure set
This set is from the Classic Anniversary Story the Five Doctors in which the Doctor suffers some cosmic angst that’s revealed to be his other selves being removed from Time to the ‘Death Zone’ on Gallifrey, to aid the dictatorial Time Lord Borusa in his quest for entry to the Tomb of Rassilon. The set features the Third Doctor in his unique outfit from that story, a somewhat weathered Cyberman figure with blaster and for the first time, a figure of the very memorable Raston Warrior Robot.
History Daleks #6 Evil of the Daleks 1967 collector figure set
The Doctor Who ‘History of the Daleks’ sets have developed their very own fan base and are sequentially staggered as before, so again these next two sets are slightly out of order to rebalance the line. The #6 The Evil of the Daleks Set is from the 1967 Second Doctor story and features two detailed Dalek figures. The first is of the imperial guard Dalek seen towards the end of the story with its black dome and is joined by a standard silver ‘drone’ Dalek. The History of the Dalek sets have unique differences and this set has different deco and two different eyestalks for the Daleks in line the first appearance of the ‘pupil’ style eye in this story.
History Daleks #8 Planet of the Daleks 1972 collector figure set
This 1972 Dalek story was wildly ambitious in scope, intending to feature a full Dalek Army. The existing three props were therefore bulked out by the arrival of brand new Dalek props. The episode also gave the Daleks new voices.
In the story the Daleks have enslaved the Planet Spiradon, and are carrying out experiments into invisibility and biological weapons. Meanwhile a group of Thals from the Daleks’ home planet are already trying to thwart their plans, but unbeknown, there is an army of 10,000 Daleks hidden on the planet. This ‘army builder’ set features two ‘drone’ style Daleks as seen in the story in their full black and metallic grey splendour. Both Daleks also have new eyestalks based on one of the variants seen onscreen. Never have the Daleks looked so purposeful, militaristic and threatening onscreen.
The First Doctor and TARDIS ‘An Unearthly Child’ (1963) collector figure set
In this story, upon entering an old Junkyard in Totters Lane, Shoreditch in a bid to locate a wayward pupil of theirs, schoolteachers Ian and Barbara encounter a mysterious stranger called the Doctor and his unworldly Time and Space machine TARDIS. The set features the First Doctor figure in his closed jacket and scarf plus the TARDIS. The TARDIS is also presented for the first time with a more correct ‘Brachacki’ style taller roof and Fresnel lamp of Season 1 plus additional ‘drip bars’ on the lower windows.
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