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August 6th, 2021 451 comments

Doctor Who 5.5″ 2nd Doctor and Tardis Set

Some Reduced box damaged Stock was available from www.character-online.com


You can check for any reasonably priced sets on www.ebay.co.uk or www.amazon.co.uk


Notes for collectors:

  • There will be NO 2nd Doctor Fur Coat Variant in the upcoming B&M sets.
  • It will remain an exclusive to this set for the foreseeable future.
  • It is limited to 4000 units as a one off run.
  • They are not using “Tape” to hold the doors.

Character Options announces a new range of Doctor Who collector sets

THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMEN set will be available to order from July 20th 2021

Character Options has today revealed the next instalment of Doctor Who collectors’ sets, available exclusively online on the Character Options website.

This Character Options online exclusive set celebrates one of the most iconic, and now sadly lost, adventures of Patrick Troughton’s tenure as the Second Doctor – The Abominable Snowmen. The set includes an electronic classic TARDIS and a Second Doctor figure.

The electronic classic TARDIS, featured by Character Options for the first time in over a decade, comes with different take-off and landing sounds. The TARDIS also features the more heavily weathered exterior and new colour plus the unique reversed front doors.

The new Second Doctor figure is a truly unique release, featuring the usual highly decorated look combined with full articulation on the arms.

The Abominable Snowman, first aired on 30th September 1967, sees fans join the Second Doctor in his eighth story. Set in 1935, the TARDIS has materialised high in the Himalayas where The Doctor is trying to return a relic, a holy bell, borrowed several hundred years earlier, to the High Lama of the local Monastery. Unbeknownst to the Doctor and his companions, things have taken a dark turn and the monastery has been infiltrated by an ancient and evil alien entity known only as The Great Intelligence. The alien is using robot versions of the Yeti’s, better known as ‘the Abominable Snowmen’ a usually passive creature, to attack anyone coming near the monastery. As the Doctor becomes involved, and the full horror of what’s going on becomes clear, he vows to thwart its plans.

Al Dewar of Character notes some of the special things about this 1967 story and development of this new set.

“The Abominable Snowmen is, much like the ‘Jungles of Mechanus’ collectors set before it, quite unusual and features a lot of unique features in terms of its production. For instance the TARDIS itself is unusual in its weathered appearance, with the exterior paint covering the top signs and the colour appearing slightly more indigo than usual. Its look is generally more beaten up and scruffy than fans would usually see and features fully reversed front doors with the phone cubby box sign on right hand door with no handles. The Doctor’s look in this story echoes that of the TARDIS, with the addition of a huge shaggy fur coat held together with twine.

“It’s fair to say fans have waited an astonishingly long time for both these products and we believe fans and collectors will embrace this new electronic TARDIS and the Second Doctor in his iconic shaggy coat as depicted in this classic story.”

Perfect for all Doctor Who fans and collectors, the set comes beautifully presented in special presentation pack with diorama insert and Doctor Who heritage packaging.

It will retail at £39.99 and be available for pre-order in the UK from 20th July 2021 on the Character Options Website


Categorised under: Doctor Who 5" scale figures, Toys

451 comments

  • Alan

    July 20th, 2021 - 6:43pm

    Looks like they’ve sold all 4,000 already, despite over 2,000 still available an hour ago. Weird!

    Reply
    • pupbenny

      July 20th, 2021 - 7:07pm

      This happened last year with the Mechanus set too, they held some back and released them in batches if I recall correctly.

  • Pandoricus

    July 20th, 2021 - 5:32pm

    It would have been a nice touch if the Doctor came with his recorder.

    Reply
    • John

      July 20th, 2021 - 6:08pm

      Anyone seen the one on ebay for £85

    • Philip Shaw

      July 20th, 2021 - 6:41pm

      …and so the Scalping begins!

    • booboo

      July 20th, 2021 - 6:53pm

      no need if you visit this site

    • Mrs Croot

      July 20th, 2021 - 7:02pm

      i remember last time people were paying double for the movie daleks, while there was still like a 1000 left online

    • booboo

      July 20th, 2021 - 7:07pm

      indeed, how do we spread the word that if you visit here often, you have no need to miss out and pay over the odds on anything?

    • Independently Cross

      July 21st, 2021 - 1:12am

      Oh, that’s a real shame. No excuse for that. We all need to make money, but you’re absolutely aware you’re really ripping people off doing that when it’s still completely available. You’d hope, at least, anybody so desperate for a new TARDIS at that price will Google it first and stumble on this page or similar; but I feel for gift-givers who often don’t even know the best terms to search. Disappointing.

  • Anonymous

    July 20th, 2021 - 4:17pm

    Does anyone know, how many B&M sets are out at the start of August that we will be hunting for.
    I’ve heard they were spreading these sets out with one even in December?

    Reply
    • booboo

      July 20th, 2021 - 4:29pm

      they do seem to be spreading them initially 5 sets due August but who knows now

      As a matter of interest The Jungles of Mechanus set was announced just over 10 days before the B&M announcement, leading me to believe they may all be in the same shipment

    • Anonymous

      July 20th, 2021 - 4:34pm

      Thanks Booboo, gives me more time to save some pennies.
      I’d heard only so many were being released originally them some, I think in October with the last one, The Robot as late as December.
      Just couldn’t remember how many initially though.

  • Anonymous

    July 20th, 2021 - 3:45pm

    Sorry for basic question. I got to payment screen and it’s PayPal or world pay. I was hoping to use MasterCard, as don’t have other two. Thanks in advance..

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    • booboo

      July 20th, 2021 - 3:51pm

      you should be able to use you MasterCard via world pay, just choose payment method then you should get the MasterCard symbol (and others) to click on?

    • John

      July 20th, 2021 - 3:53pm

      If you click on worldpay it takes to the choice of cards I did the same thing its cool you can pay with visa or master card

    • Paul

      July 20th, 2021 - 4:54pm

      Just paid via WorldPay with a selection of payment options including MasterCard and Visa if people don’t use PayPal.

      It’s a stunning looking collectors Tardis and in my opinion one of the best looking to ever be released

  • Anonymous

    July 20th, 2021 - 3:43pm

    Any news on any time war dalek figures?

    Reply
  • Independently Cross

    July 20th, 2021 - 3:33pm

    Looks great, doesn’t it? And so hassle-free ordering online! Such a relief to do it this way. Really crossing my fingers that this is an avenue to get some of the TARDIS sets that couldn’t be produced at the B&M price point, now.
    (About the only thing even remotely approaching a critique in my mind would be that a lot of collectors could do with a brief warning to prepare for the expense of something like this. I know it’s not expensive to everyone; but for some of us, especially with a time-sensitive, exclusive release, this means a bit of a struggle or a scramble to fund. Otherwise: amazing!)

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    • Peter C

      July 20th, 2021 - 5:37pm

      I agree, it’s excellent, but a notification for a release after payday would certainly help! In no way a real criticism though, as the amount of characters/sets they’ve given us in the last 3 years especially has been astounding.

  • Stephen

    July 20th, 2021 - 2:27pm

    Ordered,just waiting for first wave and b and m now,been told its first week of August expecting a vid or drop , fingers crossed

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    • John

      July 20th, 2021 - 3:54pm

      Hey has anyone had a confirmation email

    • booboo

      July 20th, 2021 - 3:58pm

      only from paypal which you would expect, i didn’t get one from character but checked out as a quest.

    • ASB

      July 20th, 2021 - 4:23pm

      Check your junk mail. Mine from Character ended up there!

    • Stephen

      July 20th, 2021 - 8:51pm

      I still haven’t but it complete in my order bit in the website

  • David Minter

    July 20th, 2021 - 2:09pm

    This is a bit outside the scope of the article, so if it doesn’t get approved, I’ll understand.

    The set description makes note of the fact that this TARDIS features the reversed front doors, but why were they reversed on the prop to begin with?

    Thanks!

    Reply
    • booboo

      July 20th, 2021 - 2:39pm

      perfectly valid point, it was assembled the wrong way round when it went on location in bits

    • Lee Moone

      July 21st, 2021 - 12:18am

      Several stories from Evil – Wheel had the doors or sign around the wrong way due to someone hanging it incorrectly.

    • David Minter

      July 21st, 2021 - 2:12pm

      I was going to ask if the sign was a separate prop that was attached independently of the doors. If the sign was made into the door, I would think there would be no way the door could be wrongly attached without the sign facing into the TARDIS interior. 🙂

      Actually, to be honest, until it was pointed out in this figure set’s description from CO where they highlighted the door sign was swapped sides, I never even noticed it was incorrectly placed in other stories. Maybe the swapped sign TARDIS was in scenes in missing episodes?

  • Shaun

    July 20th, 2021 - 12:42pm

    Great! Can’t wait until we get a B&M Five Doctors set (this 2nd Doctor, Brigadier in overcoat, cyberman?)

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    • booboo

      July 20th, 2021 - 12:48pm

      Its been said (reliably) there is NO fur coat Second Doctor in any of the B&M sets due and it remains exclusive to this set for the time being.

    • BrunoB

      July 20th, 2021 - 1:52pm

      Al Dewar said this morning that the Second Doctor with fur coat was ONLY available in this set and not in future B&M sets

    • UKFan

      July 20th, 2021 - 1:57pm

      I suspect it may come along eventually as it will help offset the cost of the new moulds.

    • The Outcast

      July 20th, 2021 - 3:41pm

      If the figure line lasts for a long while, we’ll probably get a Five Doctors variant, but that won’t be for a long, long time. As in, not this year, or next, or even next. We’ll be a long while off getting a fur coat 2 variant. A long while.

    • David Minter

      July 21st, 2021 - 10:54pm

      I always wanted a The Five Doctors Dalek variant to be released. It would take only minor retooling. Just different dome lights, I think, is all that is necessary. However,a Five Doctors set is most likely to just feature the Doctors. Although a Doctors set seems less likely if the 2nd isn’t going to be released with a fur coat in any other set than the CO web store exclusive.

      Now, an interesting question about Five Doctors figures is the History Of The Daleks sets. Would that story simply be skipped because there’s only one Dalek in it? They could easily just add the different dome lights, but those History sets contain 2 Dalek figures. Since CO can’t afffordably make a new destroyed Dalek with Kaled mutant in it as seen in The Five Doctors, a History set of Five Doctors seems unlikely.

  • al

    July 20th, 2021 - 12:41pm

    Dont panic there is plenty .. there is a limit on website traffic …

    the doors thing i agree with in the comments above .. i complained and it still happened with the first second doctor Set … this one is not held in the same way .. rest assured. and i finally managed to get the Doctor to be standing on the ground not hovering above it .. so two big steps forward! …

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    • pupbenny

      July 20th, 2021 - 12:47pm

      Thank you very much, Al, your hard work and dedication is appreciated immensely! 🙂

    • Rob D

      July 20th, 2021 - 1:31pm

      Ordered immediately! Thank you so much and please keep these coming!

    • Neutrobyte

      July 20th, 2021 - 1:39pm

      Excellent to know Al! The video is great, I pre-ordered my set at little after 10am, and it will not only be my first SFX Tardis, it’ll be a unique one 🙂 . Bless you and your team!

    • MJS

      July 20th, 2021 - 1:45pm

      What doors thing??

    • booboo

      July 20th, 2021 - 3:10pm

      they used tape at one time which warped some doors so these use plastic tabs now

    • Gareth Pugh

      July 20th, 2021 - 3:10pm

      MJS, the last couple of waves of B&M Tardis sets came with the Tardis held in place in the packaging by a length of sticky tape that if anything squeezed a bit too tightly causing the doors to ‘bow’ inwards a bit and leaving them a bit warped ever after. Al’s saying they have rectified that with this new (CO-exclusive) set.

    • John

      July 20th, 2021 - 3:39pm

      I couldn’t agree more fantastic job with this one can’t wait to have it in my collection why August though thanks again al

    • booboo

      July 20th, 2021 - 3:44pm

      My “gut feeling” and i maybe wrong here is that the containers arrived, but has to go through checks still so they are giving it the max time it should be. Also CO have to pack and arrange shipping for potentially 1000’s of these to be sent out all in one ago, which may take a bit of time!

    • ClaphamRob

      July 20th, 2021 - 10:50pm

      Thank you, thank you, thank you! The tape on the doors was starting to drive me mad, so replacing them with anything non-sticky is a huge positive! Keep up the fantastic work, we really do appreciate it.

    • Lee Moone

      July 21st, 2021 - 12:23am

      Al, have you had a look on my blog re 2nd Dr & costume info. You’ll see that the bowtie for this story, and many of 2nd Dr stories, wasn’t spotty. I also tracked down the correct Hankie pattern. The link is… http://www.thezeroroomblog.blogspot.com
      Any questions, please feel free to contact me there, or on my email.

  • Mr Fish

    July 20th, 2021 - 12:39pm

    Good price, glad I’ve ordered one! 🙂

    Reply
    • John

      July 20th, 2021 - 3:55pm

      Anyone had confirmation email

    • Mr Fish

      July 20th, 2021 - 4:19pm

      Yes mine just came through!

  • Mark Belsom

    July 20th, 2021 - 12:38pm

    Looks fantastic, never thought I’d see the fur coated 2nd Doctor get a release,well done Character.

    Reply
  • BaileyBlue

    July 20th, 2021 - 12:28pm

    Thank you booboo for all the incredible work you do here to keep all of us up to date with the very latest information and keep this a lighthearted place to be.

    And thanks to Al for making this wonderful set a reality and for all your hard work keeping us collectors sated each and every year. I hope one day you’ll get to surprise us with some non leaked goodies as well.

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    • pupbenny

      July 20th, 2021 - 12:49pm

      I was thinking earlier I love the way booboo is so direct and to the point and he manages this site so fantastically. Been using it for over a decade and it’s still fantastic! Thank you booboo!

  • TimelordTim

    July 20th, 2021 - 12:25pm

    Notice Al isn’t presenting the video from his desk this time. Too cluttered with the upcoming B&M sets maybe? Haha! We can hope for an announcement soon maybe.

    But for this set, I’ve got to say, it looks great! Very nice detailing and significant variants people have wanted for ages. Well done Al and CO!

    The price seems fair enough to me. An electronic TARDIS is usually about £25 and a single release figure about £15. Factor in the new tooling, increasing costs of production (Brexit, COVID) and the fact that limited edition exclusives are always a bit higher in the price bracket then £40 makes total sense.

    Having praised it and accepted the pricing, unfortunately it’s still not for me. I don’t get TARDIS sets generally so this is outside my usual purchases.

    But, I still really enjoy seeing it’s release, brings more hope for more figures in the future and it’s great to see so many other fans will be thrilled to get it.

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    • John

      July 20th, 2021 - 3:41pm

      Ohhh I’m hoping for the first doctor tardis I have the original release one but woul like to see the new version

  • Exterminator

    July 20th, 2021 - 12:14pm

    I’ve ordered my one, the website seems to be running fine now after the initial rush.

    Reply
  • Alvin Amey

    July 20th, 2021 - 12:13pm

    Wow, looks great, naturally I’ve ordered it 😀

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    • John

      July 20th, 2021 - 3:48pm

      Ha one on ebay already £85 typical scalpers

  • Jamie

    July 20th, 2021 - 11:56am

    Got mine ordered! Great set at a reasonable price, despite what some say.

    Reply
  • Andrew

    July 20th, 2021 - 11:54am

    Well I can’t say no to a Pat figure.
    So ordered (v easily at 11.50am)

    Reply
  • The 14th doctor

    July 20th, 2021 - 11:44am

    Ordered one of these, can’t wait! The website was a pain though kept saying I had ordered 2 when I only wanted 1! Thankfully all sorted now

    Reply
    • John

      July 20th, 2021 - 3:44pm

      Yeah I had same problem when I looked back at my order it said one was paid for and the other cancelled bit odd ps I have an original 7th doctor electronic tardis I’m selling if anyone wants it

  • Anonymous

    July 20th, 2021 - 11:43am

    FYI- spoke to C.O, only 4000 units.

    Reply
    • Luck4UNow

      July 20th, 2021 - 12:36pm

      Let’s sell it out!!!!

  • Robin James Child

    July 20th, 2021 - 11:20am

    Hooray
    Just ordered mine,damm slow to finish, but seems to be picking up speed now,so get on there now

    Reply
  • Anonymous

    July 20th, 2021 - 11:10am

    Hooray just ordered mine,took a while, but website seems to be speeding up again now,so go for it!!!

    Reply
  • Neutrobyte

    July 20th, 2021 - 11:07am

    I just had a thought: do you think CO will have learned from their mistake with the doors getting warped by the banding/tape? I was lucky with my original War Games Tardis set, but the second one I got later (once things started to go on clearance) had visible warping. Thankfully I’d bought it for a custom build (which I’ve yet to get around to), so it didn’t matter so much. I sincerely hope we won’t get warped doors on this Tardis though (not having paid £39.99).

    Reply
  • GrantP

    July 20th, 2021 - 11:04am

    Took a bit of preserving slow site etc but that was to be expected but I got one! So happy! Good luck everyone! And thanks to Booboo!

    Reply
  • Anonymous

    July 20th, 2021 - 11:02am

    What a deeply unattractive image of me … Im shocked and horrified! lol .. could you not get a screen grab where i didn’t look like a gurning drunkard? ..

    The website I’m told is chugging along at maximum currently so bear with it … it only gets a run out like this one a year .. when a Doctor Who Exclusive is released.

    Al

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    • booboo

      July 20th, 2021 - 12:00pm

      not our doing, its a youtube thing

    • Birdy98

      July 20th, 2021 - 12:28pm

      Just ordered my figure Al. Waited a long time for the 2nd dr in his fur coat. Was so excited when the prototype was leaked years ago but never got released. Just need the happy face for the five doctors variant!

    • Doctor What

      July 21st, 2021 - 7:45am

      Thank you Al for your brilliant videos, so love watching you present them as you talk us all through the bits that we need to know as collectors (such as articulation, whether both doors open or not, the sound effects it makes etc.) And thank you for the added bonus of the mini TARDIS landing scene at the beginning with the backdrop, that was brilliant and made you feel you’d been transported back to 1967 see you in the next one

  • Sons of Skaro

    July 20th, 2021 - 11:01am

    Ordered mine with no issues. Site ran very smoothly.
    Must have been the initial rush. Can’t wait!

    Reply
  • Judooning

    July 20th, 2021 - 10:57am

    Got one to keep boxed and another to display 🙂

    Reply
  • Hi

    July 20th, 2021 - 10:56am

    Do they ship to the United States

    Reply
    • booboo

      July 20th, 2021 - 12:01pm

      yes and you get the Vat taken of i think, or you used to but you might need to check that

    • Coupeskidoo

      July 20th, 2021 - 3:32pm

      I can confirm VAT was removed at checkout for shipping to Canada. I experienced no issues with the website – no delays.

  • Anonymous

    July 20th, 2021 - 10:51am

    Yeah, total waste of time spent 45 minutes on the site to get SERVER ERROR. Don’t know if I should leave it & come back later or attempt the process again?

    Reply
  • Phantom Sidious

    July 20th, 2021 - 10:50am

    Ordering this is a nightmare, couldn’t they have just had this figure in b+m stores instead? So annoying

    Reply
    • Jamie

      July 20th, 2021 - 11:55am

      No offense Phantom Sidious but this is funny to read. People have been begging for things to be available online instead of just in B&M and now it’s the opposite!

    • Gareth Pugh

      July 20th, 2021 - 11:55am

      Not sure £39.99 would really ‘work’ with B&M though…

    • Anonymous

      July 20th, 2021 - 12:10pm

      Didn’t complain, had no problem with b+m

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