In the interest of trying to be topical, I’ve decided to just push through with a Doctor Who 3 ¾” scale figure trifecta. Yesterday we checked out the Daleks, today we’ll look at the Ice Warriors and we’ll wrap it up with the Cybermen tomorrow. The move to the new scale has been rocky so far with some good and some bad. Let’s see which side of the fence the Warriors from Mars fall on…
There’s the packaging and it is virtually identical to what we’ve already seen with The Doctor and Clara. You also get the same generic “DWARTIS” style figure stand, which was understandably missing from the Daleks. This figure is based on the new Ice Warrior design introduced in the episode “Cold War” although only one Ice Warrior was shown in the episode, so I’m surprised that CO didn’t release the figure as Grand Marshall Skaldak. I’m guessing they went the generic route to encourage kids and collectors to troop build these, but what sad fool would bother doing that?
Yeah… Getting multiple Daleks was a given, but even surprised even myself when I picked up more than one Ice Warrior. The problem with this new line is that they don’t take up a lot of room and they are relatively cheap, so my restraint has been failing me. Besides, I do love the Ice Warriors. Like the Daleks, the NuWho design of the Ice Warriors is pretty faithful to the classic one. I always assumed the armor was their natural shell, but “Cold War” dispelled a lot of things we thought we knew about these Martians. Anyway, let’s get him out and see what we’ve got…
The figure is pretty good. It features a lot of detail in the sculpt, showing all the little segmentation and craggy lines in the armor. The likeness of the head is particularly nice for the smaller scale. I can’t help but wonder that if he was in the old five-inch scale, whether we might have been given a swappable head, sans helmet, but I guess we’ll never know. The torso is a bit bulkier and more barrel-chested then I think it should be, but I haven’t re-watched the episode since I got the figure, so I could just be remembering wrong. Another quibble is the lack of a gun in his wrist. I know it was sort of built into his sleeve in the episode, but a little sculpted knob or painted bit would have helped. I may wind up robbing some big-ass gun from my POTF2 figures for these guys. Either way, I’m still totally happy with the way the sculpt came out. As for the coloring, the only paint apps on the figure are the red for the eye shields, and that’s really all it needed. Otherwise, the figure is cast in a very cool, slightly metallic green.
Articulation on this new line has been all over the place, so let’s see what we’ve got here. His arms are ball jointed at the shoulders and hinged at the elbows. There are sadly no swivels in the biceps or wrists, but since he isn’t really sculpted with a gun, I guess that’s not such a big deal. The legs are also ball jointed at the hips and have swivels in the waist. There is no articulation in the torso at all, but he can turn his head. All in all, I’m fairly pleased with the articulation here. Even Skaldak was a lumbering dude when he was in his armor, so I didn’t need thee guys to be super-poseable.
The Ice Warriors are definitely a solid effort and one that was desperately needed for this inaugural wave of the new line. They don’t quite equal the pure win of the new scale Daleks, but they’re definitely executed much better than The Doctor or Clara. I’m also not terribly heartbroken that the NuWho Ice Warriors are exclusive to the smaller scale. Sure, given my druthers, I would have liked at least one of these in my five-inch collection, but the design is close enough to the Classic versions and I have four of those standing on my shelf, so I’m good.
I opted not to buy any of the new scale Weeping Angels, so tomorrow we’re going to wrap up this wave with a look at the Cybermen!