Just when I think that Underground Toys/Character Option,LTD. can’t improve their Doctor Who action figures/playsets/accessories along comes a new set of merchandise that proves me wrong.
This time around three new items up the ante when it comes to quality and ingenuity.
The Doctor Who action figures have always been some of the best produced. All feature full-articulation, tight paint and color application, scaled to fit accessories and boxes and bubble packs that make viewing the pieces easy. Colorful photos or art let the consumer see what they are paying for.
The new Rory Williams figure is one of the best I’ve seen. Highly detailed, the figure looks just like Rory (no easy feat because Rory is not the kind of character that has overly exaggerated features). The face sculpt is finely crafted right down to the white of its eyes. The hairline and facial skin are very distinct, the hands are correctly proportioned and look natural in their poses and the ‘weight’ and ‘balance’ of the figure are not forced.
The figure comes dressed in a red flannel shirt, a blue, padded vest, grey pants and brown shoes. While others may think that it is a plain figure, I disagree. Taking an ordinary person and successfully duplicating them in action figure form is far more difficult than creating a wild alien creature or a heavily armed or decorated figure. The subtlety of the figure speaks volumes about the craftsmanship put into it.
The 9th doctor started the new series of Doctor Who episodes and stories. He introduced not only a new Sonic Screwdriver but also something called the Vortex Manipulator. The craftsmen at Underground Toys/Character Option, LTD. have faithfully and accurately reproduced both in a new accessory set that Doctor Who fans are sure to enjoy.
The leather-like wristband Vortex manipulator features a functionally wrist band on which rests a wide leather-like section in two pieces. The underside wraps on the wrist while the upper piece (riveted in place by four brass fasteners) holds the flip case Vortex Manipulator. Both the Manipulator and Sonic Screwdriver feature blue LED lights and appear exactly as they do in the TV series.
The Sonic Screwdriver is sculpted in a faux cracked texture with both ends ending it a device trimmed in silver.
The Journal Of Impossible Things contains 78 printed pages along with 22 blank pages that Doctor Who fans can fill out on their own. The leather-like Journal fits easily into a jacket pocket and is held in place by a strap. Colorful illustrations are liberally sprinkled throughout the Journal as are notes written by the various Doctors. Included with the Journal is a duplicate of the Master’s Ring complete with a Time Vortex decoration.
Delve through the Journal’s pages and discover some the secrets the Doctor keeps within. Place the Ring on your finger and imagine the power of The Master-but be careful; the Ring’s evil emanations may go to your head!