We should just call the site Unlimited Rice Toys and have done with it…

10th March 2010 • Blog Post by Seb Patrick •

… but sod it, there’s lots of toy news going on, and I like talking about it.

So by the time Matt Smith’s first series is over – or probably even partway through – there’ll be three toys of him out. That’s some kind of record, right?

Still not keen on that headsculpt – I suppose it was wishful thinking to assume that the head on the regeneration figure would just be a quick job in order to take advantage of The End of Time, and that we’d get something better when we got the properly-outfitted Doctor. But given that Matt Smith looks so much like an action figure anyway, it’s a shame he’s proven so hard to replicate in five-inch form.

The “post-regeneration” figure is a bit of a surprise, though, especially considering the fact it’s obviously required a new sculpt (either a reworking of the old Tennant figure, or an entirely fresh one). There’s no news on what Character Options’ actual plans for “waves” are at the moment, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we got this one around the time of the first ep’s broadcast – maybe as another Argos or Forbidden Planet exclusive? – and then the actual, “proper” Eleventh Doctor as part of a full, mass-market wave  a bit further down the line.

The properly suited and booted one does look great, though, and I’ll be eagerly awaiting that one – although considering I’m likely to wait for the Eleven Doctors boxset in order to get Messrs. Troughton, McGann and Smith, it’ll be annoying if it’s the rippy-shirt version that gets used there.

Oh, and if it’s Classics news you want, how about proper confirmation of that Unearthly Child Hartnell? By my count (by which I mean “checking on doctorwhotoys.net”), that will make it a grand total of seventeen Classic Doctor figures (I’m not even counting the bajillion Tennant variants) before a single McGann. Before, even, an official picture of a McGann toy (some pics did show up briefly on the forums earlier this week, before someone got in trouble and they disappeared. The costume’s great but the face is a bit rubbish). Not that I’m bitter, or anything.

Seb Patrick once met Paul McGann, who immediately pretended to be Mark McGann. He writes for Den of Geek, BBC America, Film4 and the official Red Dwarf website, among others. He owns over thirty toy Daleks and wishes the Dapol factory tour was still open.


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