Doctor Who: Werewolf by Character Options

I suppose I could have culled any number of monsters from my Doctor Who collection as good filler for a Halloween entry, but there’s one in particular that just really grabbed my attention and that’s the Werewolf from the Series 2 episode, Tooth and Claw. Werewolves in the movies are a tricky thing. Everyone has their own interpretation of what they might look like, and depending on how good your design is and how good the special effects budget is, a Werewolf can either be really cool or completely suck. The beastie in Tooth and Claw was definitely really cool, and this figure does it every justice.

Sorry, no in-package shot of this figure, but he came on the older style cardback that Character Options used for the earlier releases, and if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. There isn’t a lot to it, and the cardback itself is completely generic with only an illustrated paper insert in the bubble to individualize the package to the figure. The one nice thing about this older style of packaging is that you didn’t need a hacksaw to get the figure out like you do with the newer clamshells.

Stop laughing, you sickies… that’s his tail!

The werewolf is a pretty big figure, although I suppose it depends a lot on how you display him. He can stand upright and in this stance he towers above most of the regular sized Who figures. But he has a lot of lupine characteristics to his structure, so he’s perfectly fine with standing on all fours too. Either way he looks great, although his head joint could have used a bit more upward movement to make his wolf-posture a little more convincing.

The sculpt is really excellent, although his exposed joints do interfere with the quality a bit. I do think there could have been a bit more fur sculpted on him, as he tends to have a smoother look to a lot of his skin. Still, I absolutely love the head sculpt. The detail on the mouth is amazing, complete with intricately detailed teeth and tongue with high gloss paint apps to round out the whole package. The appearance is genuinely viscious. There aren’t a lot of other paint apps on the figure, although you can see some bluish veins running across parts of his body.

His articulation is fantastic. The head is ball jointed. The arms have universal jointed shoulders, hinged elbows and hinged wrists. The legs are universal jointed at the hips and have two hinges, one in his knee and one again in his reverse doggie knee, and a third hinge in the ankles. He’s also got a ball joint in his waist. You can really get some great poses going with this guy.

The crazy thing about this figure is that he was a real pegwarmer. At least he would have been if Doctor Who figures could actually be found on pegs in this country. I’m not sure if it was because he was just a one-off monster or perhaps some people didn’t care for the episode. I realize he wouldn’t be as popular as a Dalek or Cyberman, but this is a figure that should have sold well on his merits alone.

Even though he’s an older figure (long in the tooth? HA!), he’s still available at a lot of Doctor Who figure e-tailers. I remember paying about $7.99 for mine, and you can probably do even better than that if you shop around. So you can really afford to buy a whole pack. And even if you aren’t a Doctor Who fan, this is still a really great generic Werewolf figure to have, if you happen to be in the market for one. And hey, it’s almost Halloween, so why wouldn’t you want a Werewolf figure?


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