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November 7th, 2018 141 comments

Doctor Who 5.5″ 13th Doctor Action Figure (Character UK)

Available to order from www.character-online.com

Character Options announces a 5.5” Scale Thirteenth Doctor Figure

The new collectible will be available for pre-sale from 1st December 2018

Character Options has announced details of the next item in its 2018 Doctor Who collection; a 5.5-inch scale figure of the Thirteenth Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker.

Renowned for its highly detailed 5.5 -inch figures, this latest collectible from Character will delight fans who are celebrating the brand new TV series which launched on BBC One on 7th October.

The figure depicts the newly regenerated Time Lord dressed in her high-waisted culottes, rainbow striped dark blue shirt and coat. Carrying the essential sonic screwdriver, the figure comes with multiple points of articulation.

Please note we have removed an image that does not represent the final product. The removed image was originally posted on the official BBC studios site.

Mark Hunt from Character Options commented: “From the moment we announced details of the 10” Thirteenth Doctor figure in late August, we have been inundated with questions about a 5.5-inch scale version. We are therefore delighted to be able to reveal details of this latest Doctor Who release.”

The new figure costs £12.99. It will be available from late December, and can be ordered on pre-sale from 1st December 2018

For more information please visit www.character-online.com


Categorised under: Doctor Who 5" scale figures, Featured, Toys

141 comments

  • Anonymous

    November 8th, 2018 - 6:36pm

    They now only have 481! Which I think someone said they had 600 odd yesterday? That’s pretty good, right??

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    • booboo

      November 8th, 2018 - 6:54pm

      early days, I could say more but I wont.

    • Judooning

      November 8th, 2018 - 7:12pm

      We don’t know how many they’d need to sell to break even. A couple hundered sold in the first few days is good but then I think that’s what happened with the Missy figure…and that’s still on their site now.
      Characters website will target a small percent of customers I’d have thought anyway. Although this site probably helped sell a lot.

    • booboo

      November 8th, 2018 - 7:25pm

      Missy was several hundred from our point a view in the first 24 hours but people knew it was an exclusive, this is different, many will have already ordered via the who shop and galaxy 4 and many others will wait for FP.com and Amazon or even Argos and other retailers.

      I dont want to add further but i see a lot more than people think “this side of the fence”

    • Luck4Unow

      November 8th, 2018 - 9:18pm

      Booboo, I’m afraid I don’t follow.

      Do you mean sales are better than the numbers indicate due to the different retailers offering preorders? Or that more is being produced after this initial roll-out?

    • booboo

      November 8th, 2018 - 9:29pm

      Missy was a known exclusive so numbers were high in the first 24 hours, this figure is different as galaxy4 and the who shop have had it up for order for weeks, i dont know that quantities they have sold but i bet its far higher than the 120 or so than Character so far.

      my guess is they are looking at several thousand from all retailers combined with the main contenders yet to put it up for order

    • Luck4Unow

      November 8th, 2018 - 9:46pm

      Ah, that makes sense. Thank you.

      In spirit of supporting the line and encourage interest from retailers, would it be better to order from retailers or CO themselves?

      It seems that a few hundred orders on, say Amazon or another retailer may garner more interest than direct purchases from CO. Or I could be completely wrong…

    • booboo

      November 8th, 2018 - 9:52pm

      think its a combined effort, the more widespread the orders the better, confining Missy to just Character on-line clearly didn’t work

  • doctor whom

    November 8th, 2018 - 4:53pm

    I hope they do the hole team plus the tardis, well they sort of need to now we have the 13th doctor figure.
    I just hope CO can be bothered to!

    P. S this needs to be out in time for christmas!!!!!!

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    • booboo

      November 8th, 2018 - 6:14pm

      myself and a few other around forums try to go to great pains to explain that its nothing to do with if character can be bothered to make them but rather if retailers are interested in ordering enough, its that simple really.

  • Anonymous

    November 8th, 2018 - 4:04pm

    Just pre-ordered! Exciting!

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  • Christopher

    November 8th, 2018 - 2:51pm

    Now waiting for 13s Flight Control TARDIS!

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  • Ben Hill

    November 8th, 2018 - 11:45am

    Will the new doctor figure be released on amazon in the uk.

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    • booboo

      November 8th, 2018 - 11:57am

      Assuming so at some stage

  • Tjmov

    November 8th, 2018 - 12:54am

    I think it’s important not to get your hopes up. From this I would not be surprised if there was no companion figures, I certainly would be surprised if there was monster or villain figures and I certainly don’t think a TARDIS console looks likely at least anytime soon. I think a flight control TARDIS might be viable in the next year if these figures prove successful but Character have had a declining interest in Doctor Who with lower viewership, increasing prices of materials and workmanship and declining interest from consumers. Of late we have had no proper Clara figure, and the Bill figure was mostly recycled parts. Character even experimented with an online exclusive Missy figure that Toys R Us ended up selling quite a lot of at discount price – I personally spent over £25 for the purple variant online and got the black one for £3 in a closing down sale. I think the fact this series there’s three companions will make it a difficult decision for Character to fork out on making figures of them. If they did, it seems likely they would be in the form of a re-tooled or kit-bashed figure much akin to Bill or the 13th Doctor. Re-using pre-sculpted figures is fine so long as it works and saves costs, as with the 13th Doctor this figure seems rushed – especially as the paint application is undesirable at best, with the sloppily painted rainbow ending halfway down the coat and hair roots that looks like a messy blob of paint (when we’ve seen Character can do much better than this) – the concept photo is not completely unrealistic detail wise, the figures could be near identical if the rainbow stripes were printed rather than painted or painted with more precision or if a little more care was given to the hair, butnit seems these have been sacrificed to save money and mass produce. For £13 it seems very poor quality, considering the show is currently in its highest viewership of the new series, more popular than ever, and yet the paint quality of toys from 2006 is far superior. I hope Seven20 have a product that is in any way an improvement to this because Character just do not seem to care enough.

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    • Pjd94

      November 8th, 2018 - 8:41am

      A lot of this could potentially be resolved to an extent if they just invested in a bit more advertising. I mean, banners on the internet will just go unnoticed, but maybe some tv ads on kids channels, itv, amazon prime etc. Surely that would be worth thinking about.

    • booboo

      November 8th, 2018 - 10:46am

      probably too expensive for just one figure, if we get a wave then that’s possible but the stock would have to be in the shops for any TV adverts to work.

      Social media does give a massive about of the “free advertising” as well if done right, the B&M sets prove that, how else would you have known about them? they had no adversing whatsoever yet they sold so well as to justify a second run.

    • KMCustoms

      November 8th, 2018 - 9:31am

      Couldn’t agree with you more! It feels like they’ve just thrown the figure together, without the dedication and care that they once had. We know the articulation on the prototype could be achieved because Missy had superior articulation. All the recent Doctor figures have had the ball hinged shoulders, even the tuxedo 10th Doctor. And as for the details, like you mentioned, they could be printed on. We haven’t had a 100% newly sculpted figure in years, so it seems difficult to understand why they need to save money.

    • booboo

      November 8th, 2018 - 9:47am

      Probably because they lost one of their biggest customers and the entire USA market when the Leicense was split

      Big enough reasons to have to compromise to get stuff on the shelves at a reasonable price one would have thought

      If a wave of figures are pitched at the toy fair it will be down to sufficient orders from retailers to ensure their production

    • TheDarkAndTheLight

      November 8th, 2018 - 10:05am

      That makes a lot of sense, booboo, and admittedly I hadn’t fully taken that into account, but I can’t help but feel that, if they were always going to be in the position that they had to use pre-existing moulds for some parts of the figure, that there are better ones they could have gone for than the ones they did.

      Also, I have no idea of the difference in costs between painting and printing, but I feel that the rainbow piping is almost as essential an aspect of Thirteen’s costume as Twelve’s coloured lining was, and think it deserves to be captured fully. In saying that, Character once gave Twelve orange lining (in a purple coat), and decided to forgo adding it altogether on some figures, so I guess getting half of the piping is a win?

    • booboo

      November 8th, 2018 - 10:41am

      depends on how the tooling blocks are laid out and compatibility and interchangeability, the “better arms” maybe in a block with lots of other unusable parts that would have to just get binned.

      sometimes i wish character would make a video or something of the production and blocks / tooling etc so people would better understand the process and see why something are just not possible.

    • TheDarkAndTheLight

      November 8th, 2018 - 10:50am

      That is something I would certainly be interested in, as I admittedly don’t know as much about the process as I’d like to, and am open to learning more about it to gain a better understanding.

  • Whovastron

    November 8th, 2018 - 12:27am

    So they said it will go for pre-sale/order on December 1st, but it’s already available on Characteronline and a couple other places? Is there something different happening on Dec 1st, or is this just a weird mess up?

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    • booboo

      November 8th, 2018 - 6:50am

      Was supposed to be the 1st no idea why some stores have been able to put it up early

    • Whovastron

      November 8th, 2018 - 9:39am

      But even CO themselves have put it up early

  • WouldYouLikeAJellyBaby?

    November 7th, 2018 - 10:35pm

    I’ve only just noticed that the legs look really long on this figure for some reason. I think it’s because of how small the torso is but it’s weird how far down the knee joints are sculpted compared to other figures in this scale.

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    • The Outcast

      November 8th, 2018 - 2:05am

      It’s probably because the top of the legs are actually re-used Martha Jones legs.

    • Anonymous

      November 8th, 2018 - 7:39am

      They look fine to me, The Doctors trousers are very high waisted so it gives that impression. I think they’ve done a great job here, and as usual I’m sure it’ll look even better in hand!

    • TheDarkAndTheLight

      November 8th, 2018 - 9:48am

      Again, her loose-fitting, high-waisted culottes would look like they were sitting a lot more naturally had pieces designed to resemble the thigh area of tight-fitting, modern-cut jeans not been used.

    • WouldYouLikeAJellyBaby?

      November 8th, 2018 - 11:04am

      I agree, the waist/legs section looked a lot better on the the earlier prototype and it didn’t look as though the figure’s got really long legs.

  • Anonymous

    November 7th, 2018 - 8:29pm

    Pre ordered with character-they have taken the money even though despatch won’t possibly be till Jan??? With p&p nearly £20 mmmm

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    • Anonymous

      November 7th, 2018 - 10:29pm

      £9.99 with £3 p&p via Galaxy Four shop…

    • Anonymous

      November 8th, 2018 - 9:21am

      Any link for galaxy four as cannot are the figure listed on the site?? Thanks

    • BrunoB

      November 8th, 2018 - 11:08am

      i’m thinking the £9.99 price may be an error

  • Anonymous

    November 7th, 2018 - 7:06pm

    hi I think I might just be being a bit dumb but can someone explain what it means by pre-sale? Does it mean we can expect it to be released on the 1st December and it be dispatched or does it mean it goes up for pre-order at other places? sorry for being useless!

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    • booboo

      November 7th, 2018 - 7:17pm

      it means its should go up for pre-order on the 1st December for delivery late dec/early Jan

      Its clear however that some sites are not being held to the pre-order date.

      The price is not making sense to me either to be honest.

    • Luck4Unow

      November 7th, 2018 - 9:18pm

      Isn’t the price on par with the recent Bill figure on Amazon- 13 quid?

    • booboo

      November 7th, 2018 - 9:27pm

      yes but Who shop / character were all 9.99 until a few hours ago, Galaxy4 still are, also some selling as 5″ not 5.5″ its all over the place to be honest.

  • Doctor Mysterio

    November 7th, 2018 - 6:45pm

    Have had this on order with Galaxy Four for a while. Looks good, be a shame if it’s not out before Christmas though.

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    • Donovan Allison

      November 8th, 2018 - 1:59am

      How Much does this cost for American’s?

    • The Doctor is Me! TADA!

      November 8th, 2018 - 1:13pm

      @ Donovan…. at the moment it’s about 14$ ($13.96) plus shipping. I bought 2 of them and it’s about 28$ including shipping.

      • BUT REMEMBER: •
      – Seven20 is going to be releasing a 13th Doctor 5.5” Figure ALSO….. That will be for the American market so it will be a couple dollars cheaper…. (Doesn’t matter to me though, because I always buy 2 to 3 of every figure, so I’m getting BOTH the Character Options Figure and the Seven20 13th Doctor Figure…. Just like I did with both 13th Doctors Sonics)

      – just so you know, you can Google “Pounds to Dollars” and it will give you a TON of different ways to tell how much Dollars are to pounds! Just letting you know!

  • Judooning

    November 7th, 2018 - 5:16pm

    Got mine pre-ordered. At the time I ordered mine it said there were 643 left so they’ve got plenty on the way.

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  • booboo

    November 7th, 2018 - 3:47pm

    Please note we have removed an image that does not represent the final product. This image was originally posted on the official BBC studios site.

    A full explanation has now been given in the comments below

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  • the ergon

    November 7th, 2018 - 3:44pm

    i don,t know if to preorder this or not from character or wait to see if it hits the shops like FP, first.

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    • Pjd94

      November 7th, 2018 - 4:42pm

      Well, I personally feel that I have waited too long for this to miss the first opportunity to pre-order it, so i’ve gone right ahead.

    • doctor whom

      November 7th, 2018 - 5:34pm

      I would wait for FP to release it as they will probably get it in for christmas (i hope)

  • WouldYouLikeAJellyBaby?

    November 7th, 2018 - 3:30pm

    This is up for Pre-Order on CO’s website, but it’s saying it won’t be delivered until the week of the 7th January. I’m assuming the date is going to be different for other websites such as FP.

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    • booboo

      November 7th, 2018 - 3:37pm

      i think at the moments is an approx possible worst case scenario date.

  • The Fab 14

    November 7th, 2018 - 3:26pm

    The image on the left is the production one. The other RHS is a photoshop montage of sculpt and early prototype which always have superior (if un-manufacturable) levels of decoration. The inherent danger in releasing images of prototypes is that it creates an image of something that it is inherently not possible to achieve in mass production ..

    The face/head and body are all taken from scans so no sculpting as such is involved other than cleaning up the scan data especially on the head. The hair and clothing is sculpted over the scan body data as a template so saying ”The one on the right is to bulky and face sculpt is dreadful, doesn’t represent Jodie’s physique at all’ is irrelevant as to all extent and purposes they are exactly the same to a large degree.

    There is no console room currently in development .. just so you know

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    • WhovianLife

      November 7th, 2018 - 3:33pm

      Hey! Do you know if the companions are going to be released? We can’t have a Doctor without her companions! 😉

    • TheDarkAndTheLight

      November 7th, 2018 - 3:44pm

      Thanks for confirming that I’m not going insane in thinking that the model on the right looks stunningly accurate, Fab 14 – a lot of the comments had me worried there! It being from a scan definitely explains that.

    • Who Knows

      November 7th, 2018 - 4:03pm

      Apologies for using the word “dreadful”, that was quite extreme – however there is a clear difference in the representation of faces between the two as shown ( if it’s to do with paint applications . . . ) and I believe the final product on the left is a exquisite bit of work. All the very best.

    • JA

      November 8th, 2018 - 3:14am

      Yeah, CO used to do that when announced new figures back in the RTD era, you could tell because the images of the figures didn’t have any limb joints

  • WouldYouLikeAJellyBaby?

    November 7th, 2018 - 3:06pm

    One of the things I dislike about the figure going from the finalized prototype is that the rainbow stripe pattern on the coat doesn’t stretch as far as it does on the earlier prototype.

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    • Anonymous

      November 7th, 2018 - 3:09pm

      Agreed! I prefer the version on the left, but with the correct coat from the figure on the right.

    • WouldYouLikeAJellyBaby?

      November 7th, 2018 - 3:13pm

      It also looks as if it won’t be present in-hand either going by the image we’ve seen of it in packaging and the prototype image we’ve seen of it next to the revised B&M set variants on GB.

  • Thomas Chapman

    November 7th, 2018 - 2:53pm

    Is there any mention yet BOOBOO if the Flight Controlled Tardis or Playset is happening?

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  • TheDarkAndTheLight

    November 7th, 2018 - 2:44pm

    I hate to sound argumentative, but I disagree with the bulk of the comments – the one on the right is a one-off concept sculpt with articulation photoshopped on to give an idea of the final look and is, in my opinion, vastly superior to the ‘final’ result.

    Anonymous beneath me seems to be bang on the money – even comparing the ‘final’ model to a standard Martha Jones figure, you can see that the arms & top of the legs are identical, which throws the Doctor’s proportions a little off, and more noticeably ruins the flow of her costume. While they could just about get away with the sleeves, the fit of Martha’s tight, boot-cut denims in no way resembles the look of Thirteen’s loose culottes.

    I understand that cost-cutting measures need to be put in place, but I feel that the first figure for a new Doctor (especially one that will most likely be going for around £15) deserves much better than this. Even putting the reuse of parts aside, the face sculpt is far closer on the right (again, my opinion), and the rainbow piping runs the full length of her coat.

    In spite of all of these gripes, being the idiot that I am, I’ll be forking out that £15 for this once it hits shelves. I can only hope that the one on the left isn’t quite THE ‘final’ version, or that it at least looks better in hand once released.

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  • KMCustoms

    November 7th, 2018 - 2:21pm

    The Right picture looks fantastic! I would be very upset and confused if we’re getting the Left one! Why would CO go to the lengths of making all the new parts, including double jointed elbows and not use them! The Left image looks very cheap and to me, it appears to be hand painted and kitbashed from the Martha figure, this would make more sense to be the prototype! You can’t cut corners on The Doctor!

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    • Jamie

      November 7th, 2018 - 2:30pm

      The arms of the figure on the right are photoshopped so don’t get excited. The left is the real figure.

    • The Outcast

      November 7th, 2018 - 2:32pm

      They don’t look photoshopped to me.

    • KMCustoms

      November 7th, 2018 - 2:44pm

      Why would they bother photoshopping the articulation, If it doesn’t represent the actual product?

    • TheDarkAndTheLight

      November 7th, 2018 - 2:49pm

      Sorry, KMCustoms – your post wasn’t here when I posted mine. I agree with you on the right looking better, but unfortunately I believe it is a photoshopped mock-up of a static concept model, and it looks a lot more likely that the left is closer to what we’ll be getting.

    • Tyler Prescott

      November 7th, 2018 - 2:58pm

      It looks photoshopped to me. Also, I doubt they’d be able to paint the details on as accurately as on the right image.

    • KMCustoms

      November 7th, 2018 - 3:27pm

      Even if it is photoshopped, it’s very frustrating that the final figure doesn’t feature that articulation. I don’t understand why CO need to cut these corners to save money, when they haven’t actually released a completely brand new figure (that doesn’t recycle old parts) for years.

    • Anonymous

      November 7th, 2018 - 3:32pm

      just letting you know the right one is the prototype and the left one is the actual figure were getting so start getting upset.

  • Anonymous

    November 7th, 2018 - 1:47pm

    I saw a picture somewhere of this figure as a prototype and you can see that they used a Martha body for the arms and top part of legs. This is interesting that they are using old figure to save some money. Whatever they need to do to keep making these figures.

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    • Tyler Prescott

      November 7th, 2018 - 2:54pm

      That’s interesting. Also, if the final figure will use Martha’s upper legs, that would mean we’re getting the one in the left image.

    • Anonymous

      November 7th, 2018 - 4:34pm

      Thay should make a 15 doctors set with 1-8 war- 13

    • Tyler Prescott

      November 7th, 2018 - 5:36pm

      13 Doctors + War Doctor. How does that come to 15?
      Also, we don’t really need another War Doctor figure. He’s already had a variant, and he only appeared once in the series.

    • Dalek Sec

      November 8th, 2018 - 6:37am

      Maybe the Meta-Crisis Doctor??

    • Anonymous

      November 8th, 2018 - 10:48am

      First regeneration cycle = regenerate x12 times…
      Bill Hartnell
      Pat Troughton
      Jon Pertwee
      Tom Baker
      Peter Davison
      Colin Baker
      Sylvester McCoy
      Paul McGann
      John Hurt
      Christopher Eccleston
      David Tennant
      David Tennant
      Matt Smith
      David Tennant’s Doctor regenerated into himself…so technically 13 Doctors (played by 12 different actors*)

      current regeneration cycle has
      Peter Capaldi
      Jodie Whittaker

      so technically there’s 15 incarnations of the Doctor so far…

      (*David Bradley also did an excellent job of portraying the first Doctor, so did Richard Hurndall)

  • Darren

    November 7th, 2018 - 1:47pm

    Where will it be available for pre-sale?

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    • booboo

      November 7th, 2018 - 1:52pm

      Most places I assume

  • Anonymous

    November 7th, 2018 - 12:55pm

    So will it be the same size as all of the other doctor figures? Because Jodie is shorter isn’t she.

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    • Who Knows

      November 7th, 2018 - 1:00pm

      Yes, smaller than the other doctors – there’s an image on Facebook of the Jodie figure along side some of new B&M figure variants.

    • Whovastron

      November 7th, 2018 - 1:36pm

      She’s not really inscale with the other doctors. She’s waaaayyyy too tall

  • booboo

    November 7th, 2018 - 12:51pm

    Just to clarify the one on the left was the only image sent to us directly so assume it’s the latest image

    The one on the right is from the official bbc studios site and assume it’s an earlier prototype

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    • The Outcast

      November 7th, 2018 - 12:52pm

      Ahh, thanks for the clarification Booboo!

    • WouldYouLikeAJellyBaby?

      November 7th, 2018 - 12:53pm

      I thought so because the image on the left matches the image we’ve seen of the figure in packaging.

    • Whovastron

      November 7th, 2018 - 1:37pm

      Oof, lost superior arm articulation and her legs are out of proportion now. Way to cut corners

    • Tyler Prescott

      November 7th, 2018 - 3:00pm

      If cutting corners reduces the price so that we can actually have figures, I imagine most people would be alright sacrificing slight adjustments to articulation.

  • The Outcast

    November 7th, 2018 - 12:29pm

    Why does the one on the right look different to the one on the left. I mean, beyond the paint apps, the one on the right has different arms and a different torso.

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    • Who Knows

      November 7th, 2018 - 12:34pm

      It’s quite odd isn’t it . . . I prefer the version on the left.

    • Who Knows

      November 7th, 2018 - 12:39pm

      I think the figure on the left is the final version, ( when referring back to the figure in packaging image ) Anyway if it is then it’s incredible and just in time for Christmas

    • Antonio

      November 7th, 2018 - 12:43pm

      Surely between two it’s the pro and final edition of the figures as shown pictured ?

    • WouldYouLikeAJellyBaby?

      November 7th, 2018 - 12:44pm

      I agree because the one on the right has different bicep joints to the one on the left.

    • The Outcast

      November 7th, 2018 - 12:48pm

      But the one in the packaging shots looks to be the one on the left. You’re probably right though, the one on the left probably is the final version, as it looks a lot more polished, whilst the other is probably just the prototype which they made using reused parts to test the likeness.

    • Who Knows

      November 7th, 2018 - 12:55pm

      In terms of the sculpt yes the promo image here and the packaging version are the same – slight paint application differences here and there are probably throwing you off, the hair most notably. The one on the right is to bulky and face sculpt is dreadful, doesnt represent Jodie’s physique at all.

  • doctor whom

    November 7th, 2018 - 12:14pm

    Hope its out for christmas!

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  • WouldYouLikeAJellyBaby?

    November 7th, 2018 - 12:13pm

    This looks brilliant. Hopefully it’ll look just as good in-hand.

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  • The Outcast

    November 7th, 2018 - 12:11pm

    Is the image on the right the Seven20 version?

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    • booboo

      November 7th, 2018 - 12:48pm

      No

  • Anonymous

    November 7th, 2018 - 11:58am

    Looks good! Hope we get the companions too and a Tardis console room! Here’s hoping!

    Reply
    • Tyler Prescott

      November 7th, 2018 - 3:01pm

      A TARDIS console room is ambitious, however the new design is significantly smaller than the previous, so it’s more likely than getting a 12’s TARDIS set.

  • Slitheen97

    November 7th, 2018 - 11:53am

    Oh brilliant… 😉

    Reply

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