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Review: Doctor Who History of the Daleks Set #12 Destiny of the Daleks, B&M Exclusive 2022

The 12th History of the Daleks set from Character covers the 2nd Dalek story of Tom Baker’s 4th Doctor era, the 1979 story Destiny of the Daleks. The Destiny set features the same 2022 adjusted packaging for the Dalek 2-packs which replaces the window box with a hybrid box with a large blister that glues the figures onto the backing card and renders the packaging unusable once the figures have been opened.

The set features two drones from Destiny but not, as many expected, the Bomb Daleks as had been released in 2009. Instead, we got updated versions of the standard Destiny Daleks that were originally released in 2011 in the larger box set for the serial along with Davros and a 4th Doctor. These new 2022 Drones are new variants, with the first Drone featuring a black central band, a black oval between the gun and sucker arm, darker meshing underneath the dome, and updated eyestalks and black surround headlights.

The counterpart has a grey central band and the oval panel is the same colour as the rest of the body. It features updated ribbed headlights, and the ball joint of the weapon is a bronze colour. Both Daleks also feature more weathering than the cleaner original releases, particularly the silver dry-brushing on the base to distress them. Like most Classic Daleks the paintwork is patchy in some places, but nothing visible unless you get close up.

Like all of the History sets that have come before, the 2022 Destiny 2-Pack brings us two arguably more accurate Daleks into the collection, while they also remain different enough from the original releases so the 2011 versions hold some level of value. The decision not to have a bomb Dalek as one of the versions is an odd one - but that is not to say we won’t see that particular Dalek make a future appearance in a B&M set.

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