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My First Doctor Who Action Figure
on 6 May 2010
I came to Doctor Who pretty recently, and really enjoyed it, and loved seeing Matt Smith take over from David Tennant. Watching "The Eleventh Hour," his first full episode as the Doctor, I was impressed with his performance. Also, I really liked the way he looked as "The Raggedy Doctor," so when I saw this set, I wanted to get it. Then, I saw a video about the making the action figure, and I knew I had to get it.
Instead of someone making a sculpt of Matt Smith's face, they managed to actually scan his face into a computer and created a model, and even with a few adjustments for a 5'' action figure and a paint job, the face really looks like Matt Smith!
The two figures, one depicting "The Raggedy Doctor," the other the Eleventh Doctor in his normal costume (including his "cool" bow tie and tweed jacket), have almost identical points of articulation: the arms rotate 360 degrees, the biceps and waist swivel, the elbows and knees bend, and the legs can "do the splits" as well as be moved forward and back. The hands on "The Raggedy Doctor" swivel easily, while only the Eleventh Doctor's right can does. The Eleventh Doctor's legs can also swivel at the thigh, but "The Raggedy Doctor" cannot. Both of the figures' right hands can hold the included sonic screwdriver accessory tightly. While "The Raggedy Doctor" could move his head from side to side, the Eleventh Doctor could not.
"The Raggedy Doctor" has the Tenth Doctor's shirt, pants, shoes, and tie. The shirt is detailed with points of tearing, the sleeves are rolled up a bit, and the tie is loose. The shoes and pants do not look damaged, I am guessing that the bottom half was actually the same as Tenth Doctor action figures, especially as "The Raggedy Doctor" is a bit shorter than the Eleventh Doctor. A tiny complaint is that the visible bit of his chest just below his neck is obviously really part of the shirt and simply had the flesh-color painted on. On my figure, either part of the paint has flaked off, or was sloppily painted.
The Eleventh Doctor is more pleasing, with excellent detail on his jacket, shirt, trousers, boots, and bow tie. The jacket actually feels separate from the body: squeezing the back makes "the jacket" press against the figure's back. (Of course, the jacket cannot be removed, unless you want to seriously damage the figure.)
The sonic screwdriver accessory is based on the one the Doctor gets from the TARDIS at the end of "The Eleventh Hour," and is an excellent replica, for an accessory for a 5'' action figure. As mentioned above, both figures can hold it, but I've been keeping mine with the Eleventh Doctor.
Although "The Raggedy Doctor" leaves a couple points to be desired, the Eleventh Doctor more than makes up for it. Any Doctor Who fan who would enjoy action figures should like this set.
Now I just need a TARDIS...