Anyone who’s poked around FigureFan for any length of time should know that even after nearly four years of cranking out ramblings on toys, I tend to shy away from industry news. Why? Because I’m not an insider, I’m just a collector, and there’s a thousand other places on the InterWebSuperHighway that are plugged into the industry and who can deliver the toy news faster and better than I. Nonetheless, every now and then something pops up that affects me enough that I feel the need to tap out a few paragraphs.
I am a Doctor Who fan. My avatar, the very face of FigureFan itself, is from NuWho, and I’ve been watching Doctor Who since I first discovered it sometime when I was around 12 years old. That was in 1984, on account of me being really old. Obviously, I collect Character Options’ line of Doctor Who figures. I haven’t featured a lot of stuff lately, but that’s because it’s been a while since they’ve put out any Classic Who stuff, and the NuWho stuff has been rather uninspiring. But am certainly still been anxious for more.
Well, a few days ago, in an interview with www.toysnplaythings.co.uk, representatives of Character Options have revealed that they are planning a scale change for their Doctor Who line. As of now, there will be no more NuWho figures produced in the existing 5-inch scale and going forth the figures for Series 7 and beyond will be released in what they call the “industry standard” 3 ¾-inch scale. This revelation means that the forthcoming Rory figure should be the final 5-inch figure based on the modern series. I have to admit, I started freaking out, until it was further revealed that the scale change will not affect the Classics line, which will continue on at the current 5-inch scale and will not be produced in the new diminished form. Phew!
If the Classics scale was changing, I would have been pretty devastated. The line is sporadic at best and really tests the collectors’ patience with repacks and remolds, but they’re figures that I would have killed for as a kid and so I’m willing to take it as it comes and support it all the way. It’s not lost on me that the Classics series only exists in the first place because of the modern series toys, and that the scale change for the NuWho figures does probably make the existence of the Classics line a bit more precarious. Yes, that worries me. Nonetheless, we’ve got a “Pyramids of Mars” coming at the end of this month, and The Brigadier and Jo Grant coming in January and I’m hoping to see more in 2013. All I can do is wait and see. Nonetheless, I’ve always said that should the Classics line stop at any moment, I would still be so grateful for the collection I have and I’d continue to cherish it always. The fact that it exists at all is nothing short of a little miracle.
As to the modern line going to 3 ¾-inch scale, well, I’m kind of interested to see what comes of it. I’ll admit to being sometimes frustrated at the use of the oddball 5-inch scale, but changing it up this late in the game is quite a coup. On the one hand, I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t want Doctor Who figures in scale with some of my other lines of figures, vehicles and playsets. On the other hand, I do like to mix my new and old Who figures, so it’ll be sad to think that if some cool new variation of the Cybermen or Daleks, or other Classic Who baddie debuts on the show and gets a figure, they won’t be able to hang with my Classics. Boo!
The advantages of the scale change should be obvious. The figures are cheaper to produce and cheaper to ship. We could get a wider range of characters and possibly even vehicles and playsets and even some characters scaled bigger than the others. If this change were already in effect, I can think of quite a few things we could have seen, like some dinos and the robots from “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship?” Maybe a Dalek Zombie 2-pack from “Asylum of the Daleks?” maybe last Series we would have seen a Silent TARDIS, and the Minotaur from “The God Complex” could have been more likely.
To be frank, most of the figures for the last two Series of the show have been poor. Sure, I dig the New Paradigm Daleks. They actually work for me as figures, just not so much on the screen. I also adore my Silurians, and like the Silents well enough. But there were a ton of characters that deserved figures, which we never got and if the scale change allows us to get more, than I’m interested.
And that’s all I’ve got to say on the matter. People who know me are probably surprised that I’m not feaking out over this. Frankly, if the NuWho 5-inch figure line had been more expansive and better thought out this past year or so, I would be more upset, but as it stands, it’s just not cutting it for me. So long as CO keeps the 5-inch Classics coming, I’m ok with it. And besides, I already have my armies of NuWho Daleks, Cybermen, Sontarans, and Silurians to represent on the shelves… that is if only I had room for them all. The pics I’ve posted are just what I have room to display. Yeah, I’ve got totes more.
I guess what I’m saying is, Doctor Who figures are the flagship of my collection, and I’ve got room in my heart to support both lines. And I will.
Ok, back tomorrow to wrap up Star Trek week…