New Doctor Who Character Figures ReleasedBookmark and Share

Friday, 7 February 2014 - Reported by Marcus
Character Options have announced a new series of Doctor Who figures including the newly regenerated Twelfth Doctor.

Other figures in the set are The Eleventh Doctor, Clara Oswald, Weeping Angel, Assault Dalek, Imperial Guard Dalek and a Zygon.

These 3.75-inch action figures are a great gift for fans of any age, these highly detailed, realistic and poseable action figures include some iconic characters from Doctor Who. Re-enact scenes from The Time of the Doctor using the Twelfth Doctor Regenerated figure or create your own adventures across space and time. Battle against some famous foes like the supreme beings that are the Daleks, the terrifying Weeping Angels or the Zygon which are all included in this exciting collection of Doctor Who 3.75-inch scale action figures.

Each character has its own Doctor Who display base (Dalek action figures do not include display base). 7 to collect. One supplied. For ages 5 years and over.

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The new figures will be available at all the usual outlets from early March although some retailers will allow pre-orders from next week.

Character: 50th Anniversary Doctor Micro-FiguresBookmark and Share

Friday, 26 July 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Character have announced the release of a new collection of micro-figures for each of the eleven current Doctors.

Character Building: 50th Anniversary Doctor micro-figures (Credit: Character)As the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who moves ever closer, a brand new ultimate range of Doctor Who micro-figures featuring all 11 incarnations of the Doctors will be released for the Character Building collection.

The latest series of Character Building Doctor Who micro-figures features all 11 incarnations of the Doctor. Each highly detailed and fully articulated micro-figure is sealed within a bag to keep the figure hidden, giving a surprise each time. Finding them all will be a challenge as some figures will be harder to find than others.

Within the new range, certain incarnations of the Time Lord will be classed as Rare, Super Rare or Ultra Rare:
  • Rare - Tenth Doctor, with just 500 pieces in circulation
  • Super Rare - Third and Fifth Doctor with only 250 pieces
  • Ultra Rare - Second and Eleventh Doctor with merely 100 pieces each to be found

Each comes with its own display base and collector’s leaflet highlighting all the characters available in this special series. Whether, Rare, Super Rare, Ultra Rare or one of the remaining six, these micro-figures will make treasured mementoes in a landmark year. The question is... Who will be the first to collect them all?

Character: 12" British Icon DalekBookmark and Share

Thursday, 11 July 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Character have announced a special edition 12" Dalek to celebrate Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary.

Character: 12" British Icon Dalek (Credit: Character)For the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, what could be better for collectors than his ultimate foe in truly British styling; Character unveils its Doctor Who 12-inch British Icon Dalek

This ultimate Doctor Who collectable 12-inch Dalek has been produced exclusively in Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary year. Beautifully displayed in the Union Flag, it celebrates the Daleks as a British icon and is ideal gift for all Doctor Who fans. This limited edition free-wheeling Dalek features poseable arm, head and eye while us having the ability to voice 10 Dalek phrases with lights and sound FX.

The Daleks were created by the Kaled scientist, Davros as travel machines. Davros had deduced that the years of radiation and chemical poisoning from an ongoing war would lead his race to mutate into immobile organisms. The Dalek travel machines would house these creatures and allow the Kaleds to survive.

In the course of his experiments however, Davros deliberately removed what he considered to be debilitating emotions from the mutants and a force of evil was spawned!

The Doctor Who 12-inch British Icon Dalek will be available from late August. Suitable for ages 5 years and over it will be a must have for the many generations of fans that the Timelord has gained in the past 5 decades.

Character: 3.75" Figures releasedBookmark and Share

Friday, 7 June 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Character have launched their new range of 3.75" figures:
From June 2013, fans can regenerate their treasured collections with a new Doctor Who 3.75 inch scale action figure. These highly detailed, realistic and poseable action figures include characters from Doctor Who Series 7 and are ideal to re-enact scenes from the series or create brand new time-travelling adventures. The first instalment includes six characters:

Character 3.75" Figures: Ice Warrior, Weeping Angel, Doctor, Clara, Cyberman, Dalek (Credit: Character)
Order from Forbidden Planet: Ice Warrior, Weeping Angel, The Doctor, Clara, Cyberman, Dalek

Explaining the change of figures from the previous 5" collection, Character said:
This new action figure collection is presented in 3.75 inch scale and many of you will be asking why the size of the figures has changed for this new series. Quite simply, with this being the 50th year of Doctor Who we wanted to refresh our product offering, and create something new and exciting for avid fans and children to collect. Our research also showed that many children today are collecting smaller figures and boy's action figures across the market are moving to this size. The new figures are compatible with other action figures and playsets in the marker, so kids can easily mix and match their play scenarios which are an integral part of the play pattern.

Of course there are many benefits too. The new collection is more affordable to the millions of fans, however more importantly absolutely no compromise has been made on the detail and quality.

In addition to the individual figures, Character have also created two "Timezone Playsets", themed around "Cold War" and "Dalek Invasion":

1983 - In the cold waters of the Southern Arctic Ocean, a Russian submarine returning from patrol takes on board a suspicious cargo, and the Doctor is reunited with one of his oldest foes. [order]
Character 3.75" Figures: Timezone Playset: Cold War (Credit: Character)

2075AD and the Daleks have invaded Earth once more and the future of the human race hangs in the balance. [order]

Character 3.75" Figures: Timezone Playset: Dalek Invasion (Credit: Character)

Character Building: Series Three rare micro-figuresBookmark and Share

Monday, 10 December 2012 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Character have released details on five rare micro-figures that have been included within the regular range of Series Three packs that are now in shops.

Character Building: Series Three Rare Figures

The figures include only 500 of the Eleventh Doctor in tuxedo, 250 each of Rory in his nurse's uniform and River Song in a catsuit, and just 100 each of Amy with tally marks and a space-suited Tenth Doctor. Each also comes with a golden ticket of authenticity.

Mark Hunt, Brand Manager for Character, commented:
The first and second series of super rare micro-figures were such a hit that we just had to add some super rare figures to the new collection. There is a huge demand for these figures which are findable… but it is a challenge!

Character Building: Micro-Figures Series 3Bookmark and Share

Friday, 30 November 2012 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Character have announced the release of the third series of their Character Building micro-figures:
Character Building: Series Three FiguresHot on the heels of the latest TV series, there’s a brand new collection of Character Building micro figures emerging from the TARDIS!

Each collection has to have the Doctor leading the way and the series three editions depict the Eleventh Doctor in his bow tie, complete with trusty Sonic Screwdriver. Popular companions Amy Pond and Rory also take their place in the line up alongside the mysterious River Song.

To create your own epic battles of good versus evil there are plenty of foes in this new collection too including, Ood and Vashta Nerada figures, along with the Doctor’s most fearsome enemy, a Dalek.

Each Micro figure comes in a foil bag and costs just £1.99, making it the perfect pocket money treat. But as you never quite know what you’re going to get, we have one question... "Who will be the first to find them all?"
There are twelve figures to collect in this series, which as well as those mentioned above also includes a Sontaran, Cyberleader, Handbot, Judoon and Madame Kovarian.

The packs will be available to buy from a number of retailers, including Forbidden Planet, from next week.

Character: Talking Dalek FiguresBookmark and Share

Friday, 24 August 2012 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Character have released six new Daleks, based on versions from throughout the history of the series; each figure will feature contemporary speech and sound effects from their individual eras.

The eye catching Bronze Dalek is a timely release for 2012 but actually first made an appearance in a much loved 2005 episode. The equally current silver Daleks are more at home in the swinging Sixties, first being seen in the episode ‘The Dalek Invasion of Earth’ and again at the height of another sporting celebration, during the 1966 episode ‘Power of the Daleks’.

The Daleks of the Seventies and Eighties have not been forgotten either. Two silver and grey characters emerge from the 1970s episodes ‘Planet of the Daleks’ (1973) and ‘Death to the Daleks’ (1974) while a gold and white fiend is recreated from the ‘Revelation of the Daleks’ episode in 1985.

The figures are now available from the usual retailers such as Forbidden Planet.

Merchandise roundupBookmark and Share

Thursday, 9 February 2012 - Reported by Harry Ward
A roundup of some of the merchandise due to be released over the next couple of months.

Action Figures Collectors Sets

Attack Of The Cybermen
Released: 24th February 2012
Pre-order from Forbidden Planet
1 x Peri action figure.
1 x Rogue Cyberman action figure (with detachable faceplate).
1 x Cybergun accessory.
Remembrance Of The Daleks
Released: 9th March 2012
Pre-order from Forbidden Planet
1 x Dalek Emperor Davros action figure.
1 x Destroyed Imperial Dalek action figure.
The Seeds of Doom
Released: 2nd April 2012
Pre-order from Forbidden Planet
1 x Fourth Doctor action figure
1 x Krynoid action figure
1 x Cutlass accessory
1 x Open Seed Pod accessory
1 x Closed Seed Pod accessory

Character Building

The Lego-compatible Character Building collection sees the release of a new Army Pack of Cybermen, featuring a Cyberleader and three Cybermen as seen in A Good Man Goes To War, plus the damaged "sentry" version from The Pandorica Opens. The set is due for release on 17th February.

The new figures join the existing "Cybus" Cybermen army released last year; other packs include red "Drone" Daleks and the Weeping Angels.

Masterpiece Collection

Titan Merchandise have announced a new addition to their Masterpiece range of sculptures:
After months of demand, Titan Merchandise are proud to debut the first in our limited edition, high-quality Doctor Who Masterpiece Collection Dalek range: the super-iconic "Genesis of the Daleks" design from the classic 1975 adventure (starring Tom Baker's Fourth Doctor) that introduced the Dalek's creator: Davros!

Taken from the original plans for this design, this 8" sculpt is exact in every detail and is a must-have item for all serious Doctor Who collectors.
The sculpture is due to be released on 30th April, and is available for pre-order.

Big Chief Studios

Big Chief Studios are to release a new, 9" vinyl figure of the 10th Doctor under their Dynamix Ultra Stylised Figures range:
Taking inspiration from the Doctor Who IDW comic series, Dynamix Ultra-Stylised Vinyl Figurines offer unique interpretations of your favourite characters from the world’s longest-running sci-fi TV show.

From his spikey hair, to his trademark flowing trench coat and pinstriped suit, the Tenth Doctor strikes a confident pose ready for his next time-travelling adventure.

Produced in a Worldwide Collectors Limited Edition of 3000, each figurine comes with a Doctor Who logo base and is packed in a window display box.
The figure is due to be released on 27th May, and is available for pre-order.

Zeon Ceramics

Zeon are to release two new ceramics based upon the TARDIS, with a money box expected for 19th March , followed by a tea pot on the 2nd May.

Character Classic Figures: Enemies of the DoctorBookmark and Share

Thursday, 13 October 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Retailer Forbidden Planet continues its range of exclusive Character figures with a number of new themed sets in the run-up to Christmas featuring various enemies (and friends!) of the Doctor.

The first two "era-themed" sets to be released cover adversaries of the First and Third Doctors, with the latter including a hand puppet Drashig. Other "story-themed" sets expected in the next quarter include Mechanoids, Sontarans and the last of the Jagaroth!

Enemies of the First Doctor
Released: 12th December 2011
Pre-order from Forbidden Planet

True classics from the First Doctor's era: A 'Daleks' Master Plan' Dalek figure with the rarely seen flame arm, the chilling Roboman figure and the historic Cyberman figure from their first appearance in 'The Tenth Planet'.

Enemies of the Third Doctor
Released: 16th December 2011
Pre-order from Forbidden Planet

From the adventures of the Third Doctor, the Drashig figure stands approximately 220mm high and doubles as a hand puppet for little hands, children can animate the mouth in classic FX fashion! This set also includes the imposing 6.7" tall Omega figure which features a removable head and fabric robes, lastly the classic Auton figure has a swappable gun hand and Nestene Sphere accessory.

City of Death
Released: 19th October 2011
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This set features the Fourth Doctor and Count Scarlioni from the story 'City of Death'; Scarlioni comes with a swappable head for his alien counterpart, Scaroth, plus a pistol and painting accessory.

The Invasion of Time
Released: 24th November 2011
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'The Invasion of Time' sees the Doctor and Leela face off against the Sontarans on Gallifrey. This set features Leela with her dagger, and Sontaran Commander Stor with detachable helmet and weapon. The set also includes the Doctor's de-mat gun.

The Chase
Released: 16th December 2011
Pre-order from Forbidden Planet

From the classic story: 'The Chase', the Mechanoid figure is approximately 130mm high (160mm with the antenna extended) x 130mm wide. It features a swappable flame arm, flip-out claw arms and wheels. It is faced by two Daleks ready to do battle!

Character Classic Figures: "The Time Warrior" setBookmark and Share

Sunday, 22 May 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Retailer Forbidden Planet continues its range of exclusive Character figures with the addition of a new set to their catalogue tying into Third Doctor adventure The Time Warrior:
In this exclusive set we present the Classic Sontaran: Commander Linx and his iconic Sontaran space ship along with the Third Doctor in Green Jacket and Sonic Screwdriver.

Journalist Sarah Jane Smith covertly gains access to a research centre where top scientists are being held in protective custody whilst UNIT investigates the disappearance of a number of their colleagues. The missing scientists have been kidnapped by a Sontaran, Linx, and taken back to medieval England, where they are working under hypnosis to repair his crashed spaceship.

The Third Doctor follows in the TARDIS, and Sarah Jane stows away. In return for shelter, Linx has provided a robber baron called Irongron with anachronistically advanced weapons to use in attacks on neighbouring castles.

The Doctor helps Sir Edward of Wessex to repel one such attack, then he and Sarah Jane conspire to drug the food in Irongron's kitchens so that the weapons can be removed while the men are unconscious. Aided by one of the kidnapped scientists, Rubeish, he then sends the others back to the 20th Century using Linx's primitive time travel equipment.

Linx shoots Irongron down and gets ready to leave in his repaired ship. Hal, one of Sir Edward's archers, fires an arrow into the vulnerable probic vent at the back of his neck, killing him. The Doctor, Sarah Jane and Hal escape just before the ship explodes, destroying the castle.
Purchase from Forbidden Planet
The set is due for release on the 1st June.

Earlier in the year Forbidden Planet released another exclusive Sontaran figure set, featuring the Fourth Doctor's encounter with Field Major Styre in The Sontaran Experiment - the image from that earlier set shows the variations between the two releases.
In this great gift set is the Classic Sontaran: Field-Major Styre and his iconic Sontaran space ship along with the Fourth Doctor in duffle coat and hat.

The Fourth Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith and Harry Sullivan arrive on a desolate and apparently deserted Earth to discover that a group of shipwrecked astronauts from a human colony, GalSec, have been lured there by a fake distress call. One of their number, Roth, tells Sarah Jane of an alien conducting gruesome experiments on him and his crewmates. The alien turns out to be a Sontaran, Field-Major Styre, who is compiling a report on human physical and mental capabilities as a prelude to an invasion of Earth.

The Doctor challenges Styre to unarmed combat. The Sontaran agrees but is quickly weakened in Earth's unfamiliar gravity. Harry meanwhile enters Styre's ship and uses the Doctor's sonic screwdriver to remove the vital terullian diode bypass transformer, so that when the alien returns there to revitalise himself he is drained of all his energy and destroyed. The Doctor sends a message to the Sontaran fleet, warning them that without Styre's report they cannot invade.
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Doctor Who Experience: Amelia figure exclusiveBookmark and Share

Thursday, 19 May 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Doctor Who Experience are currently promoting an exclusive 5" action figure from Character, featuring young Amelia Pond from The Eleventh Hour, dressed in her coat and hat, and suitcase in readiness to go on adventures with the Doctor!

Visit the Doctor Who Experience at London Olympia Two for your chance to grab the new Amelia Pond 5-inch action figure as seen in ‘The Eleventh Hour’; don’t be the Fan Who Waited - it’s available only from the Doctor Who Experience shop now!

A figure of young Amelia in her nightdress also features as part of the 2011 "wave one" of action figures from Character.

(with thanks to Mark Murphy, Brandnew Corporation)

Character Figures 2011Bookmark and Share

Monday, 16 May 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Character are to release their first 2011 'wave' of figures that tie into Matt Smith's era of Doctor Who in June; the collection features the Doctor in Stetson from The Impossible Astronaut, two versions of a Silent from the same story (one with mouth closed, one with it open), Nephew (The Doctor's Wife); additionally there is also a release of young Amelia in her nightdress (The Eleventh Hour/The Big Bang).

June also sees an exclusive release via Forbidden Planet in the form of a boxed set themed on Third Doctor tale The Time Monster; this set features the Master alongside his TARDIS in "computer bank" disguise, and also comes with the Crystal of Kronos, the Master's TCE, and the Doctor's time sensor device.


Character to release winning Blue Peter TARDIS consoleBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 10 May 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
As reported this morning, the latest edition of Blue Peter broadcast today featured an item on the winning design in their "Design a TARDIS console competition".

Presenter Helen Skelton introduced the item, in which she accompanied the winner Susannah Leah to the Doctor Who studios in Cardiff to meet production designer Michael Pickwoad, who realised her design into a practical prop. A week later the two were then able to travel to the filming location itself in order to see the completed console in action; Susannah got to see part of the shoot, and was also able to meet the Doctor himself, Matt Smith!

The show has also exclusively announced that Susannah's TARDIS console design is to be released by Character as part of their tie-in Doctor Who figure range. Named the "Junk TARDIS Console Playset", it is expected to be released later in the year.

This edition of Blue Peter is available to watch in the UK on the BBC iplayer for the next seven days (the Doctor Who section can be found from 12:46).

There is also an exclusive behind-the-scenes video to accompany the feature, which may be watched on the Blue Peter website.

Mirror GiveawayBookmark and Share

Saturday, 7 May 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Mirror is running a promotion from today to give away figures from the Character Building range of LEGO-compatible toys.

Over the course of the next six days the paper will carry tokens that can be redeemed at either Sainsbury's or Toys'R'Us; Saturday kicks off with the 11th Doctor, followed by a Yellow Eternal Dalek on Sunday and Amy Pond on Monday.

You can watch an advert for the giveaway via the Mirror's YouTube channel.

(with thanks to David Brodie)