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February 10th, 2012 28 comments

Feature – Mego / Bif Bang Pow! Fourth Doctor

Feature – Mego / Bif Bang Pow! 4th Doctor

During the 1970’s Denys Fisher in collaboration with US toymaker Mego released various 9″ Doctor Who figures. Included in the range were the Fourth Doctor, Leela, K-9 , The Giant Robot K1, a Cyberman, Dalek, and a Tardis.

Although the articulated action figures had very little resemblance to their characters and the Cybermen and Dalek were not to the standards we are used to today, this range is has become highly collectable and good examples with all accessories and original box are very much sought after and can fetch hundreds of pounds.

Bif Bang Pow! was founded in 2005 an now has a large range of retro style figures from many cult shows including Doctor Who. The fist wave consists of The 4th Doctor, Cybeman, Sontaran and Decayed master with second wave consisting of Leela, Scaroth, Morbius and Sutekh

The Bif Bang Pow! 4th Doctor and packaging…

Old meets new – The Mego 4th Doctor (there is some debate on who this was actually modelled on) with its Bif Bang Pow counterpart…

The 4th Doctor Mego figure is probably the easiest to find but as usually lost his hat, sonic screwdriver and in many cases his scarf however even this figure with original box and accessories can command a high price.

Another view
showing the size difference between the Mego and Bif Bang Pow! figures…

You can find out all about the Mego Doctor Who figures at www.megomuseum.com and the Bif Bang Pow! figures and accessories Here.

Although their look may appear odd compared to the ranges we see today there are many worldwide collectors of these retro style figures.


Categorised under: Bif Bang Pow, Busts, statues, dolls and figurines, Collectables, General, Reviews

28 comments

  • kit

    February 14th, 2012 - 8:54am

    didnt like these before but this changed my mind, bought the cyberleader yesterday from fp, I love it, might get the others!

    Reply
    • lett

      February 16th, 2012 - 10:33am

      i got the cyberleader to!

    • kit

      March 11th, 2012 - 8:32pm

      got all of them now barr the doctor, I’m planning to get him soon though

  • ultimate character building fan 00001

    February 12th, 2012 - 6:12pm

    these are great with the mego star trek figures 😀
    also booboo do you know i got aspergers?

    Reply
    • Thedocwill

      February 12th, 2012 - 11:01pm

      Do you well I have diselcia,dispericsa & ADHD

    • ultimate character building fan 00001

      February 13th, 2012 - 7:27pm

      cool

    • Thedocwill

      February 15th, 2012 - 12:17am

      So do you get a spelling exemption or anything like that

  • McGann is The Doctor.

    February 12th, 2012 - 11:56am

    Wow, the newer one is so much better.

    Reply
    • Anonymous

      January 2nd, 2015 - 8:09pm

      The older one is 39 years older
      You would have thought that the quality of toys would have increased even more over 4 whole decades

  • TS42

    February 12th, 2012 - 9:49am

    Loving the positive comments about these! I do think it is mostly down to the fact that the Fourth Doctor is an actual production piece and not a prototype, plus it looks far superior standing next to the primitive Denys Fisher doll of the late 70’s/early 80’s.

    I’m focusing on these more than I am the 5″ Character Options line. Mainly because I only go for the Forbidden Planet exclusives, so I prefer these funner and cheaper BifBangPow! products.

    It’s a shame that us Brits are having to have the TARDIS set imported, so it is £60 rather th

    Reply
    • NickD

      August 18th, 2012 - 8:52pm

      I agree completely, it is a great shame that the TARDIS isn’t available at a cheaper price.

  • whofan4ever

    February 12th, 2012 - 8:25am

    i ahve the mego one somewhere cos’ my dad gave me it and i have lost the jacket and scarf

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  • doctorwhofan27

    February 11th, 2012 - 11:04pm

    what debate?

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    • doctorwhofan27

      February 11th, 2012 - 11:04pm

      who else could the mego be based on?

    • matparks08

      February 11th, 2012 - 11:11pm

      Yeah, the Mego Doctor’s sculpture was for someone else (can’t remember who – maybe six million dollar man) but they just used the head for the Fourth Doctor instead -that’s why it looks nothing like him.

    • CatManWho

      February 12th, 2012 - 11:39am

      I have heard people say, although I do not know whether in truth or jest, that it was Gareth Hunt from The New Avengers.

    • doctorwhofan27

      February 12th, 2012 - 3:05pm

      oh, i get it now. thanks!

  • GreenAnchorRedWaterfall (also Dalekinafez)

    February 11th, 2012 - 2:14pm

    I don’t like how small the Doctor is 😕
    Why did they make them SO SMALL!

    P.S. I do collect Character Building as well though so it must be bigger…

    Reply
    • @SirRoundSound

      February 11th, 2012 - 3:10pm

      This is actually quite big, just under the scale of the 12″ figures I think, so its fairly tall actually 🙂

    • TS42

      February 12th, 2012 - 9:45am

      It’s 8″ so in between CO’s 5″ stuff and their old 12″ line.

    • GreenAnchorRedWaterfall

      February 12th, 2012 - 11:59am

      Really? I hadn’t noticed…

  • forever dalek.

    February 10th, 2012 - 11:08pm

    love the smile this doctor has

    Reply
  • RDL

    February 10th, 2012 - 10:42pm

    One thing about the Mego head- it may not look much like Tom Baker but, unlike the Bif Bang Pow figure, at the least the hat fits on his head!

    Reply
  • the astronaut of death

    February 10th, 2012 - 9:25pm

    why has one of those 4th doctor’s got such a big tan

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    • The 13th Doctor

      February 10th, 2012 - 9:56pm

      He went to space Florida to get a Tan? 🙂

    • GreenAnchorRedWaterfall (also Dalekinafez)

      February 11th, 2012 - 2:15pm

      Yeah, The 13th Doctor. I definitely agree!

  • The master

    February 10th, 2012 - 8:59pm

    The Bif one looks quite fun actually

    Reply
  • Ray

    February 10th, 2012 - 8:58pm

    I have grown rather fond of these and have all the 1st wave, didn’t know they were that much smaller than the Mego figures

    Reply

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