Doctor Who is back with it’s 9th season since it’s 2005 relaunch and with the help of Entertainment Earth, I’m giving away a dozen Titan Vinyls from the Rebel Timelord Collection. Watch the video below for details, leave a comment and / or subscribe to my channel to enter (US only).
Titan Merchandising has announced four SDCC exclusive vinyls and three series which will make their debut at the show. This years’ exclusives are a 10th Doctor in Tuxedo, a 10th Doctor in Fez, Sherlock in a priest costume and a red Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man. Series making their debut at the show include the Doctor Who Rebel Time Lord Collection, the Sherlock Baker Street Collection and the Ghostbusters Who Ya Gonna Call? Collection.
Check out the exclusive vinyls below!
BBC AMERICA’s Doctor Who returns to San Diego Comic-Con for a Hall H panel on Thursday, July 9. Following his record-breaking first season as the Doctor, Peter Capaldi will make his first ever appearance at Comic-Con with stars Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Michelle Gomez (Missy), lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat and executive producer Brian Minchin. Doctor Who follows the adventures of the Doctor, the time traveler, who will continue to journey through all of space and time in epic adventures in the new season premiering this fall. Capaldi’s first season delivered BBC AMERICA its highest rated season ever and is available now on all digital platforms.
Peter Capaldi on making his first Comic-Con appearance: “Tales of San Diego Comic-Con are told in awe on every set around the known fantasy/sci-fi production world. It’s become a fabled kingdom. One I am thrilled to find myself heading for. And to appear in the legendary Hall H, is a further twist to the cosplay and comic madness I may never recover from.”
The new season premieres this fall with a two-part episode, The Magician’s Apprentice and The Witch’s Familiar, written by Steven Moffat, produced by Peter Bennett and directed by Hettie Macdonald (Blink, the Hugo Award-winning Doctor Who episode).
Doctor Who is a BBC Cymru Wales production for BBC One and a BBC AMERICA co-production.
Titan Merchandise two solicited two new collections of vinyls – an Edward Scissorhands “I’m Not Finished” collection and a Doctor Who 9th Doctor “Fantastic!” collection.
The “I’m Not Finished” collection celebrates cult favorite movie Edward Scissorhands with 4 vinyls of Edward, Avon lady Peg Boggs, her daughter Kim and six others (including a dinosaur hedge!). Each 3″ figure is blind boxed and there are 12 main figures with 4 hidden chase vinyl.
The Doctor Who “Fantastic!” collection takes you back to 2005 and the relaunch of Doctor Who with a series of vinyl figures from the 9th Doctor’s series. The Doctor, Rose, Mickey, Captain Jack and a half dozen other characters make up this assortment. There are 12 characters in the assortment of 3″ blind box figures as well as 4 chase figures.
Check out both series below, they should be available this fall.
Prior to Toy Fair starting, Underground Toys issued a press release touting their new housewares range. Among the licensed properties with homeware products on display included Doctor Who, Star Wars, and Downton Abbey.
Other Doctor Who products on display included talking plush figures, wallets, and pen toppers. No new action figures were on display, but look for the next wave of 3 3/4″ figures this year.
One new property on display was Sherlock with goods ranging from wallets, keychains, pins and a prototype of the 5″ figure (which looks amazing!).
Check out all the products on display in the gallery below.
It’s an exciting time for Underground Toys, who originally focused on toys, talking plush and other toy collectibles and have recently branched out into a range of homewares and décor items for Doctor Who and Star Wars.
The Doctor Who homewares range brings with it a unique collection of desirable and functional products with key pieces including a TARDIS Lidded Tumbler, TARDIS Tray, Sonic Screwdriver Cutlery Set and TARDIS Tongs, all or part of the range will be available in retailers such as Hot Topic, HMV, FYE and Books-A-Million and Hastings Entertainment.
Underground Toys launched its Star Wars homewares range towards the end of 2014 and it has created quite a buzz amongst fans. Items include Lightsaber BBQ Tongs, X-Wing Knife Block, R2-D2 Kitchen Timer and plenty more. These items are available in retailers such as Hot Topic, HMV, FYE and Books-A-Million, with new products such as Cookie Jars, Plates and Talking Bottle Openers coming to more stores in June to October 2015.
See overleaf for just a few of our homewares items or come to the Underground Toys stand (stand : 4816) at the New York Toy Fair, where you can find out more about both homewares ranges and see the range for yourself.
The newest collection of Titan Merchandising’s popular Doctor Who vinyl figures has been revealed. Titled the “Rebel Time Lord” collection, largely lifted from this most recent series of the show. Twelve different characters have been revealed, but there are no details on any chase or variants yet. Check them out below, and find a case of 20 available for pre-order at AwesomeToyBlog sponsor Entertainment Earth.
London Toy Fair kicked off today and thanks to The Doctor Who Site’s twitter account we got some previews of Character Option’s new Doctor Who products. Highlights include a new wave of 3 3/4″ figures and the return of Time Squad. Of course we won’t know anything about US distribution until New York Toy Fair in February when we talk to Underground Toys.
Speaking of Underground Toys – they did preview some 5″ Sherlock figures. More details on those also at New York Toy Fair.
In the meantime – enjoy these photos.
In 2013 Character Options (and as a result Underground Toys) changed the scale of their main line of Doctor Who figures to 3 3/4″ – much to the disappointment of fans. One thing that has not been argued is that the Dalek sculpt being used in the line is fantastic. In 2014, Walgreens stores in the US had an exclusive classic Dalek, one from Genesis of the Daleks. I’ve picked up 10 of those…now here’s the next classic 3 3/4″ Dalek available in the states – the Gold Supreme Dalek from ‘Day of the Daleks’.
Package Bio: There is no figure specific package text.
Thoughts: I’ll be the first to admit, I have a problem when it comes to these Daleks. When they’re $10 each (Walgreens, Barnes and Noble) I’ll just buy it. That’s how I ended up with 10 of the Genesis Dalek. I found the Gold Supreme Dalek just before Christmas – and I’ve already got four of them.
The Gold Supreme Dalek is a repaint of the Genesis of the Dalek sculpt – replacing all of the grey with a nice matte gold color. This is not surprising as there are no significant differences between the Daleks in these stories, save for the coloring. Fortunately the mold is spot on and the paint deco is A+.
Articulation on this mold includes the eye stalk (moves up and down), the dome rotates, and both gun and plunger are on ball joints. The Dalek is wheeled, with two wheels fixed and the front wheel is free to turn. Short of the top lifting up to hold an operator (or mutant) – this is a rare example where the toy can recreate all the movements of the real prop.
Summary: I’ll be the first to admit that I have a Dalek problem, but since I have already bought 4 of the Gold Supreme Dalek, I’m going to try to show some restraint and at least make an effort to not pick up more. If you’re a fan of Doctor Who and haven’t jumped into the 3 3/4″ figures yet, I cannot give the Daleks a stronger recommendation…they really are essentially perfect. Readers in the UK have a few more choices than we do in the states where they can get a Dalek with a mutant in a scoop or sets based on ‘Children of the Revolution’. ‘Evil of the Daleks’ and ‘Dalek Invasion of Earth’. Hopefully Toy Fair will bring news of these sets being available in the states. In the meantime get online or head to Barnes & Noble and buy yourself a Gold Supreme.
In it’s 51 years, it’s possible that Doctor Who has never been a bigger in world pop culture (what’s going on now doesn’t compare to Dalekmania in 60’s UK). As a result of it’s huge popularity there’s a ton of merchandise available – and here’s a few of my recommendations for great gifts for the Whovian in your life.
Up first are the latest classic Doctor Who figures from Underground Toys. There’s three recent figures – Ace from Silver Nemesis, a newly regenerated 4th Doctor (originally a UK exclusive figure) and the 10th Doctor as a hologram (also a previous UK exclusive). The fourth and tenth Doctor figures are brand new and I don’t even have them yet…so if you’re looking for a gift for your favorite AwesomeToyBlogger, well here you go.
My second recommendation made my own personal Christmas list – and it’s not a toy. There’s now an official 7th Doctor question mark umbrella…something I’ve wanted forever. You can also pick up these Doctor Who costume tees for some easy Timelord cosplay.
My final item is a little bit of Doctor Who roleplay from Underground Toys, sonic screwdrivers. I have two and they’re fantastic. There’s a ton of options here – you can get an 11th Doctor, 10th Doctor, War Doctor, River Song’s, 3rd Doctor, 5th Doctor or 8th Doctor. These range from about $20 to $30 and really are great gifts.
If I learned anything as a Doctor Who fan in the 1990s, it was patience and today that skill paid off as two new (to the US) 5″ Doctor Who figures became available for pre-order on Entertainment Earth. It’s been a few months since the announcement of the 2nd Ace figure (she’s due this month), so these new pre-orders show the line still have some life. The two newly announced figures are a Regeneration 4th Doctor (very similar to a figure included in the UK 4th Doctor Time Capsule DVD set) and a Holographic 10th Doctor (also a UK exclusive figure). Both of these figures are set for an early 2015 release and are available for pre-order at Entertainment Earth (4th, 10th)
My toy runs have been so Walgreens centric lately, imagine my surprise when I found new Doctor Who toys at Toys R Us! I ended up buying a few 3 3/4″ figures ($15 each, yikes!) and a 5″ talking Dalek (oddly also $15). Let’s start with our exterminating friend, shall we?
Package Bio: The Daleks were created by the Kaled scientist, Davros as travel machines. He 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 to survive. However, in the course of his experiments, Davros deliberately removed what he considered to be debilitating emotions from the mutants and a force of evil was spawned!
The Daleks were born without any ability to feel compassion or pity and were motivated only be heate, fear and an implacable belief that they were the superior creatures in the Universe.
Thoughts: This Dalek is based on the story ‘The Dead Planet’ which is the second episode of Doctor Who ever and introduced the Daleks to the world. Of course if this was going to be completely accurate, the only thing that would be in the bubble would be the Dalek’s plunger as the episode ends with the Barbara up against a wall screaming as a plunger comes towards her. Since a plunger in a bubble isn’t likely to sell that well, we get a full Dalek as they appeared in the following episodes of the story – a silver body with light blue bumps. The eye blinkers on the dome are small and round.
Regardless of scale (5″ 3 3/4″ other), Daleks are something that Character Options / Underground Toys do near perfectly. With the Sound FX Daleks, they take their near perfect Dalek figure and add an era appropriate sound chip. It is disappointing that the sound clip isn’t episode specific, but this is a good compromise. The button for the sounds is hidden away in one of the Dalek bumps, hiding it extremely well. Sound clips included with the ‘Dead Planet’ Dalek are:
- Resistance is Useless (The Dalek Invasion of Earth)
- Daleks are the Masters of all
- Daleks will destroy all life
- Exterminate! (The Power of the Daleks, and essentially all others)
- Annihilate! Destroy! (The Power of the Daleks)
- Daleks Conquer and Destroy! (The Power of the Daleks)
The volume and sound quality of the clips is quite good. When the batteries die, they are easily replaced as there’s an access panel on the bottom of the Dalek next to an on/off switch. I won’t go into the other details of the Dalek, scuplt and such, as it’s near perfect.
Summary: Throughout the entire Classic Doctor Who line there have been many, many Daleks released…and they’re so good I have happily bought many, many Daleks. The Sound FX ‘Dead Planet’ is a great addition to my collection blending in perfectly with all the others but with a touch of a bump he’s ordering me to ‘Exterminate!’. For just $15 at Toys R Us these are a steal and I know I’ll be picking up the ‘Chase’ and ‘Genesis’ Daleks as well.
New York Comic Con is quickly approaching and our friends at Titan Merchandise have spilled the beans on the cool stuff they’ll have at their booth. At the show they have two exclusive Doctor Who vinyl pieces, an 8″ Trenzalor deco TARDIS and a 3″ 12th Doctor in his homeless outfit. Debuting at (but not exclusive to) the show are the 3″ Regeneration collection and the 6.5″ 12th Doctor vinyl.
But vinyls aren’t the only thing up Titan Merchandise’s sleeves as they are bringing over a dozen different styles of Doctor who t-shirts with them. From vintage game homages to costume tees, they have something sure to please all sorts of fans. Check them out in the gallery below and find Titan Merchandise at New York Comic Con at booth #2142.
A bit before SDCC, Underground Toys announced that they’ve paired up with Walgreens and the 3rd wave of 3 3/4″ Doctor Who figures would be available first in Walgreen’s stores across America. Additionally, the “Classic Dalek” from Genesis of the Daleks would be an exclusive for the drugstore chain. These figures have started hitting, as I picked up Amy Pond last week and both Daleks earlier today. The “official” date for an aisle reset is next Friday, September 12th…so if you’re looking for these, keep your eyes peeled.
Thoughts: The transition of the standard retail Doctor Who line from 5″ to 3 3/4″ was, as any change in scale tends to be, a polarizing move on the part of Character Options. The 5″ figures had run out of steam at retail (in the UK, at least) and retailers prefer the 3 3/4″ figures as they require precious shelf space. While the human (and Time Lord) likenesses on the first waves were a bit subpar considering the work done in the 5″ range, the 3 3/4″ Dalek figures were near perfect. I’m thrilled to say that, with the third wave, that continues to be true.
With the third wave of figures the packaging has gotten a refresh. The blister cards are now a bright blue and yellow with a large TARDIS and Doctor Who logo across the top of the card. The card design is bright and simple and all characters share the same backer. The figure is identified with a cardboard insert in the bubble featuring the character’s name. The back of the card features the other new figures available in the wave as well as the Hide and the Angels Take Manhattan playsets. The figures available at Walgreens appear to be the same as those available in the UK with the addition of an Underground Toys sticker on the backside.
The Daleks themselves are just about perfect. The sculpts continue to be spot on, the details captured in the Asylum Dalek sculpt are actually quite impressive. The decos are also top notch, the Asylum Dalek features great weathering while the paint on the Genesis Dalek’s mesh is perfect. I don’t want to ramble on, but any complaints that may apply to the human sculpts just aren’t valid with the Daleks….these are really just about perfect.
Summary: These Daleks are fantastic. Ok, I won’t end the post that way, but they are. The only problem with finding and liking these Daleks this much is that I’ll need to find more of them. My trips to Walgreens are only just beginning, which is really the only downside…going to 7 Walgreens in one day isn’t fun. For reasons I can’t put my finger on, I can to go to different Targets all day long, but after about 4 Walgreens I’m sort of over it. Hopefully in the next few weeks the ‘hunting’ phase will be over and they will just be there in store waiting. Of course, giving that the Genesis Dalek is an exclusive, he’s going to be more in demand…so be sure to grab him while you can!
Of course the first place I went to on preview night was Underground Toys and was shocked to find that they weren’t debuting a new figure at the show. Much less they weren’t selling anything at the show. Instead they left the selling to their retail partners and used their booth space to show off a ton of new product. And it wasn’t just Doctor Who either, Star Trek, Ghostbusters and more were on display…even some Sherlock which had ‘no photography’ signs next to it. Check it all out below.