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A step in the wrong direction.
on 16 August 2013
As a complete Doctor Who geek, i've collected a fair few of the Character Options Action figures since the show returned in 2005.
This year CO decided to make the switch to the 3.75" format for their figures, which has become the industry standard really - it's the scale that Star Wars figures have been for decades.
This switch makes financial sense i guess, what better way to get people buying characters they already own than to change the scale entirely.
But does it make sense for the collector and the kids?
Based on The Doctor figure i purchased, no and yes. I can see the appeal for kids, why now The Doctor can drop in on Luke Skywalker or Bilbo Baggins and fit right in, but the quality of the figure has taken a big dip.
First the face sculpt is pretty appalling. Shown the head alone, no one would guess it was meant to be Matt Smith. The material quality has also take a dip. The head had come lose, along with a hand, before i'd even removed the packaging.
So overall review:
Average. It's not a complete loss, and like i said some kids will appreciate the new scale, but from a collectors point of view, the only figures in the set i'd bother buying are the various aliens. At least then the poor, poor face sculpts won't be as jarring.