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October 1st, 2021 127 comments

B&M 2021 Earthshock (1982) Figure Set

Character Options is excited to announce a next wave of Doctor Who action figure sets for 2021 with five new lines scheduled to arrive in B&M stores in Mid-October.

The line-up will introduce two more action figure three packs, two further ‘History of the Daleks’ sets, plus a rather splendid “Doctor & TARDIS” set. This new wave includes highly detailed and decorated 5.5 inch scale figures with multiple points of articulation all of which come packaged in the familiar ‘heritage’ style Doctor Who collector packs with specially created insert artwork. Once again these Limited Edition figure sets all bring something fresh to the range be it the characters themselves or variants never released before.

07441 Earthshock (1982) collector figure set
Based on the 1982 story where the Cybermen concoct a devious plan to explode a gigantic bomb on Earth and then launch a full scale invasion, this set features the Fifth Doctor in his slightly muddied attire as well as the twin cybernetic Androids plus the Cyber-Bomb they are guarding. The Androids were very memorable characters and these action figures feature swappable ‘attack’ hand accessories and come complete with the Cyber Bomb itself!

Al Dewar Character Options’ Creative Director said: “I think it is safe to say this swathe of releases is very different from the first release and features some truly unique characters and ‘Big hitters’. This line up represents some of the finest episodes of the Fifth Doctor, Cyber Androids with interchangeable ‘attack’ hands, a Raston Warrior Robot and a new First Doctors TARDIS that’s not just a repaint! In the Daleks sets we have also delivered something new for fans again with some truly nefarious Daleks and the first real ‘army builder’ set. We hope that our fans and followers enjoy them!”


Categorised under: Doctor Who 5" scale figures, Toys

127 comments

  • DWSCOTT26

    November 24th, 2021 - 1:18am

    If anyone knows the product codes I work at b&m now and can check when the store i work at if at all are getting them in giving us a rough idea of everywhere else

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    • mark stevenson

      December 4th, 2021 - 10:43pm

      here are the code for this set Product Code 374864.

  • Jack D Evans

    November 21st, 2021 - 10:44am

    Someone on Twitter has already posted a picture of one of these, claimed they got it from Willesden Green in London, so are these already out in the wild?

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    • booboo

      November 23rd, 2021 - 8:45am

      as far as i know they had not arrived by then, there would be many many more comments and reports if they had

    • Jack D Evans

      November 23rd, 2021 - 4:27pm

      Apologies, my comment was meant for the Planet of the Daleks set, not the Five Doctors set, sorry for the confusion.

  • DWSCOTT26

    November 21st, 2021 - 3:27am

    Does anyone know the product codes for any or all of this new wave?

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  • JASON BUCKBY

    November 18th, 2021 - 7:54pm

    I checked just on whim yesterday Leicester now have 3 B&M haymarket, belgrave gate and near king power stadium no new sets just old sensorites and voord

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    • Doc

      November 27th, 2021 - 6:04pm

      I’ll be honest, I wish they kept the one at St George’s, because I won’t be able to get to the one at Raw Dykes Road =(

  • Doctor dolby

    November 17th, 2021 - 4:28pm

    Booboo his are any news no the figures or a product numbers

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    • booboo

      November 18th, 2021 - 3:11pm

      no firm news, was supposed to be next week

    • the ergon

      November 18th, 2021 - 5:29pm

      Arent they going to have to move those senorite and marinus sets first or will they just mingle with the next wave i wonder? If they are going to have flash sales to get rid its not leaving much time to get the next wave up. I was hoping for Doctor who week but i,m thinking it might be early december+ the way things are going.

    • Doctor dolby

      November 18th, 2021 - 6:48pm

      Ok thanks booboo

  • Doctor Rob

    November 8th, 2021 - 2:47am

    Just Curious…why is it that the Dalek sets are only 2 figure’s ?in the past there have been 3 figure sets containing Daleks,even like the Genesis set doctor,davros 2 Daleks, Woolworths used to do even larger figure sets .I understand about keeping costs down also why not produce more of the same release sets keep the scalpers at bay surely they must know what’s going on at character it must affect their profits or maybe they just don’t care,the B&M stores in Southampton,Fareham,& farlington say only 2 sets per customer. sorry had to say about all of this as like many I’m frustrated about availability and selection.

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    • booboo

      November 8th, 2021 - 7:21am

      Because character manufacture the sets and deliver them direct as exclusives in the quantities and at a price point that B&M are prepared to order.

      What B&M do with them and how they distribute them once delivered has nothing to do with Character themselves to be honest.

    • X

      November 8th, 2021 - 9:16am

      Limiting 2 sets per customer is good. It stops scalpers.

    • booboo

      November 8th, 2021 - 9:35am

      not heard of that, its not a B&M policy.

      Many people buy multiples for customs or for friends or to help people out, we do it ourselves.

      besides scalpers are pros they will just go in with a loads of mates or family and make multiple visits and clear the shelves anyway, why dont people realise this?

  • Tanya Morris

    November 1st, 2021 - 6:50pm

    Yet another frustrating search for me as neither shops in Basingstoke get doctor who figures
    Yay I love my life and having as son obsessed with collecting them so I get to pay over priced eBay prices
    Thank you

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    • David

      November 1st, 2021 - 8:32pm

      Hey. They do but the most sought after ones get bulk bought and then stuck on eBay for higher prices. On the odd occasion you still have a few of the less desired sets hanging around . Over the last few years all I’ve ever actually bought from Basingstoke was the 2018 wave bar the 3rd Doctor and TARDIS, the Sontarans set and the keys of marinus. Usually after a while they end up going down in price on Amazon where the scalpers are in over their heads . If you can’t find any in Basingstoke, I’d say wait a little bit and you’ll have them for perhaps less than the rrp

    • Robert Watkins

      November 1st, 2021 - 8:50pm

      These aren’t out until mid November, save your fuel

  • TheGingyrDoctor

    October 28th, 2021 - 4:26pm

    Does anyone have an idea of what the 4th Doctor and K1 robot set will look like? I was thinking Sarah jane smith in her robot or ark in space attire and 4th with interchangeable head along with the K1 robot.

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    • TimelordTim

      October 28th, 2021 - 8:20pm

      If it’s being released effectively as part of the TARDIS range I doubt it’ll have two figures with the Robot. It’ll be one or the other, and more likely a Tom I reckon as a re-release is more likely than a new outfit for Sarah Jane.

    • Birdy98

      October 28th, 2021 - 9:54pm

      I’m hoping for the robot and a bog standard wave 1 4th dr release. Would be fantastic if we finally get an unhatted happy head!

  • Adam Holwell

    October 25th, 2021 - 3:07am

    Booboo do you know when the predicted december release of the k1 robot would be released now?

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    • booboo

      October 25th, 2021 - 10:34am

      no idea to be honest

  • Doctor dolby

    October 21st, 2021 - 3:07pm

    Booboo do you have the product code for the five new doctor who figures sets

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    • booboo

      October 21st, 2021 - 3:19pm

      yes but hearing they won’t be until mid – late November now (which we should have expected to be honest )

    • Doctor dolby

      October 21st, 2021 - 4:17pm

      Thank you booboo

  • Doctor dolby

    October 19th, 2021 - 9:25am

    Do we have a product code for the new doctor who figures

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    • booboo

      October 19th, 2021 - 9:57am

      yes but they haven’t arrived yet

  • Peter C

    October 15th, 2021 - 7:19pm

    Are the new sets out yet, or is it next week?

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    • DrWho1966

      October 26th, 2021 - 1:38pm

      Next month

  • Mark

    October 12th, 2021 - 12:39am

    My problem with the 3-figure sets is the repetitive figures.
    So far this year we have had sets with 2 Sensorite figures, 2 Keys of Marinus figures and now 2 Earthshock Androids.
    Why not just release 2-figure sets instead. CO can do variations if they want and perhaps sell more if people want these.

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    • Philip Shaw

      October 12th, 2021 - 9:04am

      I didn’t mind the 2 Sensorites, and Voord sets as the figures had different accessories and both featured in the episodes, I thought the 2 androids was stretching it a bit, but there were 2 in it so they just about get away with it.

    • Popplewick

      November 1st, 2021 - 7:40pm

      I’d love a Dominators set with a Dominator and two quarks be a superb set and maybe the drill and a dulcian laser rifle thrown in. If they did one set with Rago and one with Toba that would be even better.

    • the ergon

      November 1st, 2021 - 8:48pm

      Its feasible with same outfit, big shoulderpads and 2 separate head sculpts using Axon man body AGAIN. If not quark with with zoe and tully in matching dresses.

  • Mrbadwolf

    October 11th, 2021 - 2:43pm

    Any news on Al’s video on these particular releases?

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  • James

    October 10th, 2021 - 2:01pm

    I’m not gonna bother buying these figure because the last wave with the keys of marinus and the sensorites b&m Birmingham and west Bromwich haven’t bothered stocking them I look in there every time and not once have I seen them I’m not bothering anymore, for these figures being a b&m exclusive and not appearing in store since release I’m just not gonna bother

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    • James

      October 10th, 2021 - 2:03pm

      I just want to say I don’t know why b&m isn’t bothering but it’s pretty disappointing

    • John

      October 13th, 2021 - 2:54pm

      According to B&M every store had stock – so the question is, are they lying? If not what happened to the stock? Did they only get a box and it disappeared quick.

    • Spacewarp

      October 19th, 2021 - 12:51pm

      There are 4 Home stores within driving distance of me that hold Dr Who stock, and they are very slow movers. Apart from the TARDISes, but I think that’s simply because they’re so big each store only has about 3 or 4 of them. The 3-sets and 2-sets seem to linger on the shelves for weeks. Only last week I dropped into one store and found loads of Marinus, Sensorites, and Power Dalek sets still on shelves.

      There was a comment from Tottenham that someone had been seen walking in at 8am and buying the whole shelf-full. This makes me think that some areas have very active scalpers, resulting in almost permanently empty shelves; whereas others (my county for example) have none.

      I’m also 100% certain that these forums are frequented by ebay sellers!

    • booboo

      October 19th, 2021 - 1:09pm

      and i’m a 100% certain what we do helps genuine collectors locate stock way over ebay sellers, Big eBayers are pros, they dont need us for their info, they do it for a living and not just Doctor Who stuff.

      Its also Amazon sellers and even shops that clear shelves and it doesn’t take a genius to work that out.

    • Independently Cross

      November 2nd, 2021 - 12:49am

      Yep. Not that I hope anybody is suggesting it; but the solution to some people abusing access to information isn’t restricting access to all those who use it in the spirit it’s intended. Knowledge of where/when to source these, even if it sometimes helps those who create difficulties for us, helps more of us counter the actions of resellers who would be a hindrance no matter what. It’s inevitable that ‘professional’s would access the resources we do for information because their literal ‘ job’ in this instance is to access our resources- but this site and stock reports do far, far more good in helping us, in bigger numbers, in what’s now a massively difficult task, than being left to our own devices without the information resellers would have regardless. (Not that, personally, I think/hope anybody mentioning ‘scalpers’ using stock reports is a criticism of the source of information- more likely just people thinking aloud who are still massively grateful for that source.)

  • Jay

    October 8th, 2021 - 4:26pm

    As much as i love these sets, this is probably my least favourite. They could have done better with this.

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    • the ergon

      October 9th, 2021 - 10:34am

      Is this because of standard 5th instead of Adric or Tegan by any chance jay? If so I feel your frustration but we may still get those guys and Nyssa at some point. Next year would be nice.

    • Jay

      October 9th, 2021 - 1:37pm

      Yes Ergon, I would have liked anything but another 5th doctor, and a Nyssa, Adric or Tegan figure would have been amazing. But as you say I’m sure they will be done at some point.

  • TimelordTim

    October 8th, 2021 - 3:06pm

    Unpopular opinion alert!

    Looking at the 3-figure B&M sets this year my overall thoughts on them are ones of being underwhelmed.

    Let me clarify, this is for the 3-packs only, I don’t get the TARDIS or Dalek sets so won’t comment on them.

    Also, note I say “underwhelmed” and not “disappointed”.

    The reason for this clarification, well, the sets are still of a high standard for the budget range and provide characters some people are really excited about, so I’m happy for that.

    But they underwhelm me by a lack of variation. Last year had so many new head sculpts to bring us so many new companions but this year they’ve been limited to Ian and 4 “monsters” using 3 head sculpts and generally the same body, they are pretty monotone as well. This alongside more 1st, 3rd and 5th Doctors and Cybermen not too dissimilar to previous releases.

    There are also “only” 4 sets of 3-packs this year as opposed to 6.

    So overall, I find this years 3-packs underwhelming.

    I understand this will all be to save costs, and it’s great they can still do what they do under such constraints.

    But I hope the seemingly reduced variation and number of sets this year is due to COVID related cost saving and not a sign that the line is declining in popularity, and therefore profit margins to work with!

    An Adric or Ainley Master would’ve been all that was needed to make this year’s releases much more impressive.

    I know I’ll get plenty of people saying I’m wrong, but this is just my opinion.

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    • booboo

      October 8th, 2021 - 4:40pm

      Think you have hit the nail on the head to be honest, that and far less overall production because no USA or Australian Sales which will increase cost per set.

      I think to keep the sets sub £20 something had to give a bit this year, if they could have done better within budget I’m sure they would have.

    • TimelordTim

      October 8th, 2021 - 5:29pm

      Thanks for your reply Booboo, and I agree entirely. I’m sure, as fans themselves, they want to produce more, let’s just hope they can in the next year or two if things pick up again.

    • Jack

      October 8th, 2021 - 9:24pm

      Agree 100% – I was really hoping for an Ainley Master (with embroidered collar) in the Five Doctors set, and Adric for Earthshock.

    • Slitheen71

      October 9th, 2021 - 3:11am

      I get the fact that the re-use of the same body on all this year’s aliens could be seen as drop of originality. I do hope character has taken note that they sold 4000 2nd doctor sets for £39.99 in just over a week and have big plans for online exclusives for 2022. Underwhelming is apt for this set because the 5th doctors era is so lacking in figures we want and we keep getting the 5th Doctor, this is his 12th release. The androids are nice but when the names of these sets were leaked I started dreaming of filling those 5th Doctor era gaps.
      These budget sets still surprise me though with what they can do to 19.99, adding the bomb and interchangeable hands for the androids for the price.

    • the ergon

      October 9th, 2021 - 10:30am

      I was looking and sorting through some of my still boxed sets last week Slitheen 71 and i had 6 5th doctors some of which i,d forgotten about and 4 1st doctors. All with minor differences. A little something different would make all the difference. If they have to release 5th again. Please put him in his harlequin outfit, in omega outfit, Seabase outfit or even in waistcoat from Planet of fire. Just not more variations on the same. Accessory wise not had so much as a cricket bat or ball.

    • Coleman

      October 9th, 2021 - 11:56am

      Hello Tim, good to have you back, I wondered where you were.
      I expected you to comment on these new CO sets awhile back.

    • TimelordTim

      October 9th, 2021 - 4:37pm

      Hi Coleman, yep, I’ve been checking but holding back on commenting on these until I had time to truly consider them. But eventually came to the conclusions as written above.

      I may get a single Sensorite and Ian when cheap enough on eBay. Or pick up their sets if they disappointingly don’t sell well enough and again get reduced in B&M. But otherwise, it’s nothing to interest me in all the B&M sets this year unfortunately.

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