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July 19th, 2018 231 comments

Character 13th Doctor Sonic Screwdriver

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Thirteenth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver collectible unveiled by Character Options

The must-have fan collectible is revealed at Comic-Con.

Following its unveiling at San Diego Comic-Con, Character Options is delighted to release further details about its brand new Thirteenth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver.

The Sonic Screwdriver is the ever present accessory of the legendary Time Lord, and since the regeneration at the end of 2017, Doctor Who fans across the globe have been awaiting the announcement of a replica collectible Sonic Screwdriver by Character Options.

The new electronic 8” piece from Character Options is the perfect replica of the Doctor’s most trusted device; fully lighting up when activated and featuring brand new diagnostic sound FX.

Prop designer Arwel Wyn Jones talked through the new sonic; “It’s a privilege to have been asked to redesign the iconic sonic screwdriver for the Thirteenth Doctor and a new generation of audiences. I can’t wait for people to see how the Doctor acquires it!”

Alasdair Dewar, Character Options’ Director of Product Development commented: “The new Sonic Screwdriver collectible is a radical departure in look but still retains the classic Sonic abilities and getting access to the prop images early on really helped the development of this toy.”


Categorised under: General toys, Toys

231 comments

  • DoctorOsgoodTARDIS

    August 4th, 2018 - 2:51pm

    Just had mine delivered from Amazon, fully in love with the design well worth the money for what you get

    Reply
  • When The Doctor Was Me

    August 4th, 2018 - 11:30am

    Cancelled my amazon order and went to FP Cambridge. Had 6 in stock. No doll just sonic. 4 left once I was leaving.

    Reply
    • Doctor What

      August 4th, 2018 - 5:55pm

      Make that 3 as I’ve just brought one from the Cambridge FP

    • When The Doctor Was Me

      August 4th, 2018 - 6:06pm

      They also had the 6.5 inch Titan and Kawaii in the glass cabinet. Was very tempted but want to doll over these.

  • Anonymous

    August 3rd, 2018 - 6:01pm

    Got mine from the Who stop today . Really telling the differences in it from the Seven20 version

    Reply
    • BrunoB

      August 4th, 2018 - 7:05am

      It definitely looks more like the prop.

    • Zack

      August 5th, 2018 - 1:24am

      Do you all know you can order the Seven20 one now in the uk as it’s officially for sale not a presale? I fb messaged hot topic and that’s what they said and my order had been shipped already with DHL from America

    • The Cyberman Fan

      August 5th, 2018 - 8:45am

      @Zach yes you can order internationally from Hot Topic but if it gets caught you may have to pay an overseas fee.

  • When The Doctor Was Me

    August 3rd, 2018 - 5:28pm

    Contacted amazon earlier, had this in stock this morning, then sold out again. Never forfilled my preorder. No acceptable. They are refunding me the postage, and will hope to send it out in 2 days. Not happy, but atleast they have sorted out the issue.

    Reply
    • Anon

      August 3rd, 2018 - 8:06pm

      Same here, tho they originally told me it would be 15th August before I got it. Contacted them and they are now saying 48 hrs.

    • Anon

      August 4th, 2018 - 6:30am

      So, it seems that Amazon were a little economical with the truth. When I went back to customer service and asked for email confirmation I was told that delivery in 48 hrs was not possible as they would have no stock for at least a week! Order cancelled and very disappointed

  • Anonymous

    August 3rd, 2018 - 5:23pm

    Just got a dispatch email from Forbidden Planet.co.uk

    Reply
    • The Cyberman Fan

      August 3rd, 2018 - 5:53pm

      Glad to here fbi are doing something.

    • booboo

      August 3rd, 2018 - 5:55pm

      they seem to have hardly sent out any so far

  • MJS

    August 2nd, 2018 - 6:01pm

    Amazon have dispatched mine for delivery tomorrow

    Reply
    • booboo

      August 2nd, 2018 - 6:13pm

      FP.com seem to have started sending out as well

    • Anon

      August 3rd, 2018 - 10:01am

      No news on mine from Amazon

  • Gallifrey Falls No More

    August 1st, 2018 - 3:52pm

    Just got this from my local shop and I absolutely love it. Wasn’t a huge fan of the design but now I am. It’s so alien like and the glow when you pick it up is amazing!!!

    Reply
    • Anon

      August 1st, 2018 - 7:20pm

      Where did you get it from.

    • Gallifrey Falls No More

      August 1st, 2018 - 11:04pm

      I got it from Worlds Apart in Liverpool

  • Anonymous

    August 1st, 2018 - 7:24am

    I’ve been told this will be delivered to me on August 3rd after speaking to Amazon.

    Reply
  • Gallifrey Falls No More

    July 30th, 2018 - 11:52pm

    Has this been delayed by Forbidden Planet?

    Reply
    • Pjd94

      July 31st, 2018 - 11:08am

      yes, unfortunately they now say that the expected date is 13th August.

  • The Ice Warrior Is Back

    July 26th, 2018 - 1:09pm

    Does anyone know how to cancel Pre Orders with FPI?

    Reply
    • booboo

      July 26th, 2018 - 1:11pm

      think you have to email of ring them

    • The Ice Warrior Is Back

      July 26th, 2018 - 1:14pm

      Okay thanks Booboo, do you think they’ll still go ahead and cancel it with it due to be dispatched tomorrow? I’m really not happy about the emitter so i wish to cancel because of that

    • booboo

      July 26th, 2018 - 1:16pm

      should do if its not been dispatched

    • Christopher

      August 2nd, 2018 - 1:08am

      I accidentally pre-ordered one without realising I had nothing in my bank and wanted to cancel it to cease an overdraft from being caused. I phoned them up and emailed.

  • Matthew Weir

    July 25th, 2018 - 8:15pm

    Is it possible that when you email they thought you meant the back end of the sonic. This youtube video is of the seven20 one and the back end spins 180 degrees, maybe the CO one is fixed in place. It seems to me that’s the only difference between the two.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ed82s7MJ-s

    Reply
    • Gallifrey Falls No More

      July 26th, 2018 - 4:35am

      I asked does the emitter rotate and they replied “it does not have a rotating emitter”

    • Matthew Weir

      July 26th, 2018 - 10:01am

      NEED TO SEE PROOF OF EMAIL

    • booboo

      July 26th, 2018 - 10:04am

      if you don’t believe all these people why don’t you Contact character yourself?

      https://www.character-online.com/customer-services

  • Gallifrey Falls No More

    July 25th, 2018 - 3:19pm

    Is there a way I can give you an image booboo of the email I just received from character. They have told me it doesn’t have a rotating emitter.

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    • booboo

      July 25th, 2018 - 4:36pm

      yes we know that for sure now

    • WhoKnowz

      July 25th, 2018 - 5:13pm

      Booboo has your sample arrived yet?

    • booboo

      July 25th, 2018 - 5:20pm

      no, perhaps we wont get one

  • Anon

    July 25th, 2018 - 12:50pm

    Do we have an image of the actual prop that we can compare the CO and seven20 sonics against then we can see which is more screen accurate

    Reply
    • Anonymous

      August 2nd, 2018 - 12:07am

      At least from what I’ve seen, the CO one looks more accurate but the seven20 one has the better features

    • Anon

      August 2nd, 2018 - 12:09am

      From what I’ve seen the CO one looks more accurate but the seven20 version has the better features.

  • Anon

    July 25th, 2018 - 11:41am

    As far as I can see at $30 the new seven20 sonic is similarly priced to the 12th Doctors which was the same model in the US and UK. Guess we will just have to wait and see if they are the same.
    Ordering from the US is likely to come in at around £50 with shipping to the UK.

    Reply
  • Ade71

    July 25th, 2018 - 12:10am

    Hello all,
    It seems the original has been made by Nick Roberto at Rubbertoe Replicas.

    Reply
  • Anonymous

    July 24th, 2018 - 7:16pm

    I asked Character Options about whether this sonic spins and I was told that it doesn’t.

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    • Matthew Weir

      July 24th, 2018 - 7:45pm

      NEED TO SEE PROOF OF EMAIL

    • Anonymous

      July 24th, 2018 - 7:52pm

      I didn’t email them. I’m just going off what was stated to me when I asked a question. I’d love them to be wrong about it spinning but the UK version is half the price of the USA version so it’s not surprising and to be honest doesn’t bother me that much. I’ve purchased it and can’t wait to receive it.

  • PVP

    July 24th, 2018 - 4:48pm

    Does anyone know when the samples were sent out? I’m expecting mine as well however haven’t received anything as of yet.

    Reply
  • Anonymous

    July 24th, 2018 - 1:59pm

    Booboo, will you be getting an advanced sample of this from character? If so – do you know how long before you will reiceve it?

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    • booboo

      July 24th, 2018 - 2:00pm

      thought we were but no sign of it

    • Anonymous

      July 24th, 2018 - 2:23pm

      Oh! I haven’t seen anyone else with sample ones yet either :/ maybe there’s some delay!

  • Anonymous

    July 24th, 2018 - 9:59am

    I can confirm that the message below is true, that the CO 13th Doctor sonic doesn’t spin.

    I emailed them myself to find out. It’s going to be a real shame if the real prop does spin 🙁

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    • Matthew Weir

      July 24th, 2018 - 10:09am

      NEED TO SEE PROOF OF EMAIL

    • booboo

      July 24th, 2018 - 10:19am

      we only don’t know because we haven’t asked, and to be honest if it did rotate i would have though the official info would have said so

    • Anonymous

      July 24th, 2018 - 10:20am

      All I did was send a quick email asking if it spun and they got back saying it doesn’t.

      Maybe staff who reply to emails at CO have been advised to tell people about it? Because it’s pretty evident that there’s a bit of a backlash for the CO version compared to the Seven20.

      If you want to know more I suggest simply emailing them yourself so you get your own answers. 🙂

    • booboo

      July 24th, 2018 - 10:28am

      unfortunately the backlash will probably fail to take into account the seven20 is nearly twice the price (remember the USA don’t pay VAT so works out around £28 equivalent if the $30 price tag is correct ) so this feature may have out priced it for retailers to want to take on in the UK

  • WhoKnowz

    July 24th, 2018 - 12:07am

    There’s a channel called “PrimeVsPrime” as well, he mainly reviews Transformers but announced on his Instagram that he too is expecting the Sonic tomorrow.

    Reply
  • Jamie

    July 23rd, 2018 - 4:24pm

    Booboo someone said they emailed CO and asked and apparently the top bit doesnt turn and it comes out on the first can you throw anylight on it because if the tops doesnt turn im going down to forbidden planet and getting my money back because it doesnt look brilliant anyway also apparently you will be able to order the seven 20 one at the end of comic con

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    • booboo

      July 23rd, 2018 - 4:28pm

      no i dont have one but the seven20 could cost a fortune to get to the UK

      Other thing is the seven20 one is nearly double the price (taking vat into account) i dont think the mass toy market would stand that sort of price hence the comprise

    • Jamie

      July 23rd, 2018 - 4:32pm

      He could be lying like why would CO give him all that info and not to this website for example, im trying to pass it of as a lie because i want the tip to turn like its got two buttons and its a special thing like the flick thing on 11th so fingers crossed so hard there bleeding

    • booboo

      July 23rd, 2018 - 4:38pm

      we just haven’t asked. Like i said retailers may have insisted on a £14.99 price tag and a rotating end may not have been possible within that budget

    • Pjd94

      July 23rd, 2018 - 4:34pm

      if the top doesn’t turn, why the second button? There is every possibility that whoever at CO responded to the question does not have all the correct information.

    • Jamie

      July 23rd, 2018 - 4:43pm

      We will probaby find out tomorrow

    • Pjd94

      July 23rd, 2018 - 4:44pm

      I believe that CO’s actual response was:
      “We have no information regarding the features of the new Sonic Screwdriver.
      All we can advise is to await any official release information.”

  • booboo

    July 23rd, 2018 - 3:16pm

    Interesting sonic screwdriver has been completely removed for Amazon

    Reply
    • Anonymous

      July 23rd, 2018 - 3:27pm

      Well I’ve ordered from there so will contact them in just a moment.

    • booboo

      July 23rd, 2018 - 3:30pm

      what does your order status say? all links are dead product has been completely removed not just Out of stock or “email me”

    • Anonymous

      July 23rd, 2018 - 3:33pm

      Says the order is still there for me. Going to contact them through chat and see what’s going on.

    • booboo

      July 23rd, 2018 - 3:36pm

      when you click on link to product is it still there?

    • Anonymous

      July 23rd, 2018 - 3:41pm

      No. The product page is missing. I have however purchased the item the other day when the product page remained. Infact the product page was there about 8 hours ago. I’ve contacted them and they’re going to contact me again via email to let me knows what’s going on.

    • booboo

      July 23rd, 2018 - 3:45pm

      they page seems to have been removed about 2 hours ago, be very interested in what the say i haven’t really seen a product completely removed before like this

    • Anonymous

      July 23rd, 2018 - 3:48pm

      Hopefully it’s just an error or something. I mean the Doctor Who Season 12 boxset changed multiple times and changed it’s message to “Currently unavailable”. In this instance it’s just gone so I’ve not got a clue why but I hope they don’t cancel the order. Here’s to hoping they add it back in due course.

    • booboo

      July 23rd, 2018 - 3:51pm

      there will be tons of orders in for this, it was the bast selling toy after all, it concerns me as to why its been roved completely, even if it does go back on, dead links, even temporary ones are not good for business!

    • booboo

      July 23rd, 2018 - 5:53pm

      back on now, panic over, something has gone on though

    • Anonymous

      July 23rd, 2018 - 3:59pm

      Let’s hope it’ll be added back. I’d be disappointed if the order was cancelled.

    • James

      July 23rd, 2018 - 7:03pm

      It’s back now

    • booboo

      July 23rd, 2018 - 7:05pm

      yes we put the link back on a while ago, seems it was a “glitch”

    • Anonymous

      July 23rd, 2018 - 7:27pm

      I see the price has been reduced on there so maybe something glitched with that.

    • James

      July 23rd, 2018 - 11:02pm

      It now says the 3rd of August all this date changing is doing me head in

    • Robert Ackers

      July 24th, 2018 - 7:56am

      I got an email in the night from amazon saying the sonic had been pushed back to the 3rd now.

  • The One and Only

    July 22nd, 2018 - 8:27pm

    Booboo, do you know why they didn’t put the red setting on 12’s sonic? I’m just a bit curious and wondered why they didn’t put it on it.

    I have found a YouTube video with evidence for this claim.

    LINK: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VgJkF31rRJQ

    Reply
    • James

      July 22nd, 2018 - 9:38pm

      They never showed it in series 10

  • The Doctor 1055

    July 22nd, 2018 - 4:11pm

    Character has the pre-order /Shipping date 30th July 2018. Does this mean I’ll get it after that date?

    Reply
    • booboo

      July 22nd, 2018 - 4:37pm

      technically yes

  • WhoKnowz

    July 22nd, 2018 - 10:50am

    Not that I am complaining or anything but I find it quite strange how they’re releasing Series 11 Merchandise months before the series has even aired. I can understand it can work in the shows favour as it can generate buzz but I can’t remember this ever happening with the previous series’

    Reply
    • The Outcast

      July 22nd, 2018 - 11:06am

      I don’t think merch being released before the Series has ever happened before with Who, though I’m definitely not complaining, as it’s a breath of fresh air to be able to have a 13th Doctor Sonic Screwdriver and (hopefully) action figure in hand whilst watching the Series and it’s especially cool that kids (and anyone else) who becomes a fan with the new Series will be able to pop down to their local store after episode one and grab a toy, rather than having to wait for a year or so to get merch (if they could be bothered to wait), merch which would just be a new variant of the Doctor.

    • James

      July 22nd, 2018 - 11:49am

      Merch have came out before series 5

    • WhoKnowz

      July 22nd, 2018 - 12:35pm

      If I remember correctly, the 11ths sonic and the two pack were announced on the evening the 11th hour and aired and then started showing up on the Monday after it had aired.

    • Jamie

      July 23rd, 2018 - 3:51am

      Nope i remember watching the a small clip on the red button and half way through my mum got up and went out then came back with sonic and the raggaty doctor and normal figure set that was about 4/5 weeks because we went on holiday about 2 weeks later and we back on the day the beast below was on

    • Robert Ackers

      July 24th, 2018 - 7:59am

      Yeah I remember getting the crash pack the night it aired too, we got it when we went shoping, I got the blue bow tie pack and my brother the red bow tie pack

  • Anonymous

    July 21st, 2018 - 10:11pm

    Why does every site have a different release date for the doll and screwdriver?

    Reply
    • booboo

      July 22nd, 2018 - 5:55am

      its a bit puzzling, gut feeling the stock is already here and has been for a while ready for Character to ship out to retailers next week

    • James

      July 23rd, 2018 - 7:59am

      It looks to me that we will be getting it between the 27th to the 1st because I don’t think amazon does ‘in warehouse’ thing and that says the release date as the 1st so we just have to wait

  • zonedweeby

    July 21st, 2018 - 9:42pm

    It looks like I made it

    Reply
  • Gallifrey Falls No More

    July 21st, 2018 - 7:50pm

    Just ordered this from forbidden planet. They said on the website that it’s expected in the warehouse on 27th July and on the email it just says expected arrival 27th July. Does this mean I get it in the 27th or they just post it on the 27th?

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    • booboo

      July 21st, 2018 - 7:52pm

      post it but wouldn’t surprise me if they got it sooner (but don’t hold me to that)

    • Gallifrey Falls No More

      July 21st, 2018 - 7:58pm

      Ok cool I look forward to getting it. Any news on if it rotates yet?

    • booboo

      July 21st, 2018 - 8:03pm

      no but i think review samples may have been sent out for Monday so may find out then

    • Gallifrey Falls No More

      July 21st, 2018 - 8:18pm

      Ok thanks

    • Anonymous

      July 21st, 2018 - 11:00pm

      Does anyone know when these review samples were sent out?

    • booboo

      July 22nd, 2018 - 5:52am

      I think Friday but not sure.

  • Anonymous

    July 21st, 2018 - 10:59am

    Judging by the promo pic of the dr herself I see silver roundels! Poss the new Tardis interior will be metallic silver and hi tech I’m hoping!

    Reply
    • Exterminator

      July 21st, 2018 - 2:35pm

      I’d love a sleek high tech Tardis console, I’m not a fan of the bits of junk steampunk look. But as long as they’ve ditched that awful merry go round thing I’ll be happy.

    • Anonymous

      July 21st, 2018 - 6:11pm

      Those are hexagons rather than roundels

  • TigerMan1995

    July 20th, 2018 - 8:58pm

    12’s design is better as was it’s CO counterpart. Here. The design is AWFUL and the CO counterpart is terrible looks like a hollow toy with cheap paint, screw holes, and ugly battery compartment. Not getting it.

    Reply
    • Anonymous

      July 21st, 2018 - 10:15am

      Where is the battery compartment? I can see the screw holes but not that.

    • James

      July 23rd, 2018 - 4:50am

      We have 3 holes america have 6 holes

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