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August 2nd, 2021 100 comments

B&M 2021 The Keys of Marinus Figure Set

Character Options is delighted to announce its first new wave of Doctor Who action figure sets for 2021 with four new lines scheduled to arrive in B and M stores across the country in Mid-August.

This exciting launch will introduce two more action figure trios plus two additional special collectors’ packs for Dalek Fans. Each and every set of this detailed series will include highly detailed 5.5 inch scale figures featuring multiple points of articulation and come presented in the ‘heritage’ Doctor Who packaging with specially created insert artwork.

From a classic episode of 1964 is The Keys of Marinus Collector Figure three figure Set. This Ian Chesterton Action Figure depicts one of The Doctors very first companions and is accompanied by not one but two Voord Warrior Action Figures with dagger accessory.

The evil Voord Warriors of the Planet Marinus with its arid land and acid seas are extremely memorable because of their truly unique design and are replicated in this classic set. Again this comes with a detailed insert card.

Categorised under: Doctor Who 5" scale figures, Toys


  • TheBrigadier@2013

    August 3rd, 2021 - 2:18pm

    Looking at the Ian figure in the different shots, the front-on shot looks like the Jamie Foreman version from the David Bradley audios, whereas the side-on (ish) view in the box looks a lot more like William Russell!

  • Grant P

    August 3rd, 2021 - 11:36am

    Gutted it’s not Ian, Susan & Barbara but guess we could be getting them at a later date with other classic monsters in the meantime this is fantastic and can’t wait to get it let’s hope Cornwall gets some this time!

    • Anonymous

      August 4th, 2021 - 8:08pm

      I’m in Cornwall too. Where’s yiur nearest store, I’ll let you know if we get any in.

    • Anonymous

      August 6th, 2021 - 10:00am

      I’m Liskeard way so I’m quite lucky with stores here in Liskeard, Launceston, Bodmin etc but normally travel to Saltash as they seem to get them in first but any help will be appreciated as don’t really want to travel round all the Plymouth stores this time cheers

  • Sofia Fox

    August 3rd, 2021 - 1:21am

    Wonder if they’ll be available on Amazon US like last wave.

    • John

      August 3rd, 2021 - 9:04am

      Its already been said the seller isn’t stocking them this year – sorry!

    • booboo

      August 3rd, 2021 - 4:14pm

      the seller maybe as in goggs1 (who as far as i can see put no real effort in promoting these whatsoever) USA as a whole though yet to be seen.

  • Anonymous

    August 3rd, 2021 - 12:53am

    Love this set. Loved this story. And finally an original companion. So glad Ian is part of this set. How accurate is it? It would’ve been better if they could’ve done his look for that story as a variant using wrap around if possible but happy with this and it’s the look we all want, so if this is the only one we get, then brill. Really hope we get a Barbara and Susan too, next year hopefully, and accurate.

    Voords look great, atleast there’s some differences too.

    It’s looking likely there will be atleast 1 5th Dr companion in the next wave. Adric or Tegan is my bet.

  • Mac

    August 2nd, 2021 - 11:47pm

    Never thought I’d see a Voord action figure.

    Ian’s body mold though….would be a perfect McQueen Master

    • FH

      August 3rd, 2021 - 1:38pm

      His body mold is Simm’s Master.

    • Mac

      August 3rd, 2021 - 11:05pm

      Nearly there then.

  • Kevin Macleod

    August 2nd, 2021 - 11:20pm

    Voord and Sensorites!? Can you believe it? In B&Ms? Could anyone, even a few years ago, imagine ever getting these figures? Amazing. Can’t believe anyone is griping about these. And there’s an Ian figure too! Well done Al and CO

  • Natetron

    August 2nd, 2021 - 10:56pm

    IAN!!! AT LAST!! Now all we need is Susan and Barbara and our Original Team will be complete AT LAST!!

  • Independently Cross

    August 2nd, 2021 - 10:01pm

    4 lovely sets (after a beautiful TARDIS set). Superb execution of the creatures (thank God for that Axon base body!), good ‘army builders’ with just enough variation- and the Chesterton everybody called for (and the digital sculpt’s a real triumph!).
    Seems like a phenomenal year for the line, yet more evolution on from what we’d have still expected from a ‘budget’ line very recently, and I’m very grateful.
    Fingers crossed distribution works out this year, because the situation last year was a real shame for so many (including Character/B&M). If that’s solved: amazing!

  • Dalekz

    August 2nd, 2021 - 7:06pm

    This set is nice I’d buy it just for the Ian figure to go with my First Doctor and Tardis hopefully we will get a Barbara and Susan in the future.
    The Voord look awesome so I might have room for these as they look so cool, they always reminded me of a sort of proto Cyberman with the handles on their heads.

  • Demdike@CultLabs

    August 2nd, 2021 - 7:01pm

    Cunningly done by CO. New head sculpts for the Voord and Sensorites but using the same body for each. Fantastic business sense.

    If anyone from Character reads this then i thank you for these excellent sets.

    • Rex Farrel

      August 2nd, 2021 - 9:07pm

      It’s a modified Axon Man mould. That one was always going to come in useful!

  • 1

    August 2nd, 2021 - 6:16pm

    We just need the Barbara & Susan to go with him

    • Anonymous

      August 2nd, 2021 - 7:46pm

      One can hope it’ll be soon since this and the Sensorites sets show we’ve got a 1st Doctor theme right now.

  • Doctor Blu

    August 2nd, 2021 - 6:01pm

    Ian Chesterton figure! Absolutely fantastic! Hopefully Susan and Barbara get their own figure releases too. Also I hope Jamie and Victoria or Zoe get released at some point. Desperately need companion figures from the second Doctor era. Plus of course, Tegan, Nyssa and Adric for the fifth Doctor. Don’t ask for much do I. 🙂

    • Michael

      August 3rd, 2021 - 2:31am

      Susan, Ian, Barbara, Jamie, Tegan, Nyssa, Ruth Doctor, and Sacha Dhawan are my most wanted figures in the line. Glad I can cross one off my list!

  • Anonymous

    August 2nd, 2021 - 5:42pm

    The Invasion of the Bane Sarah Jane Smith could make a decent Barbara and Time Monster Jo Could be used to make Vicki.

  • Anonymous

    August 2nd, 2021 - 5:41pm

    Is it just me or is the b&m sets going to go up to 24.99 to cover the costs of making the figures or will it remain at 19.99

    • booboo

      August 2nd, 2021 - 5:47pm

      think they are £19.99 still but with costs and shipping going up who knows

  • Anonymous

    August 2nd, 2021 - 5:37pm

    What really makes me happy is actually seeing accessories again! That gives me hope

  • Anonymous

    August 2nd, 2021 - 5:11pm


  • Popplewick

    August 2nd, 2021 - 5:02pm

    Excellent stuff – that figure of Ian is superb. Hopefully some new Troughton stuff soon a Wheel in Space set and a Dominators set would be fantastic.

    • Rex Farrel

      August 2nd, 2021 - 6:07pm

      Would you want Dominators or Wheel sets without any villains though? You’d have to seriously compromise the accuracy to include them without expensive new sculpts. A Toba or Rago without the feathery look on the limbs could be possible, but anything more would surely be over the budget.

  • Prototype dalek

    August 2nd, 2021 - 4:55pm

    Never thought they’d be an Ian

  • Alan

    August 2nd, 2021 - 4:20pm

    Lovely, would have liked to see Ian in his Marco/Marinus outfit with a later suited version though.

    • James Lee

      August 2nd, 2021 - 9:11pm

      As always I’m really excited for these sets.

      I’m really thankful for Al and character options for producing these sets and keeping the classic range going

  • Chaz Hardee

    August 2nd, 2021 - 4:05pm

    Can I get B&M sets in the US?

  • Judooning

    August 2nd, 2021 - 4:02pm

    Wow! Wasn’t expecting that! Looks great. The head sculpts on the Voord look really detailed

  • pupbenny

    August 2nd, 2021 - 3:59pm

    Oh wow an Ian Chesterton figure!

  • Chaz Hardee

    August 2nd, 2021 - 3:56pm

    How can I get these in the US? I am able to use UK and AU sites. Which sites will have these?

    • booboo

      August 2nd, 2021 - 4:11pm

      USA via Gogs1 on amazon although suggestion is that’s about to stop

  • MJS

    August 2nd, 2021 - 3:39pm

    This is the set I’m most excited for. An Ian figure. Who’d have ever thought we would see the day!!!

  • The Destroyer of Worlds

    August 2nd, 2021 - 3:26pm

    The lack of Barbara or Susan are a little disappointing for me.

    • daz

      August 2nd, 2021 - 5:35pm

      Patience… They will no doubt be coming now we have Ian.

    • The Outcast

      August 2nd, 2021 - 5:56pm

      I’m hoping they’ll be along later (though I think it’s unlikely that “later” will be this year, probably this time next year, unless the next CO online exclusive is those two).

    • Alex Oswin

      August 2nd, 2021 - 10:25pm

      We got Harry and then we got Classic Sarah the following year so…

    • the ergon

      August 2nd, 2021 - 11:17pm

      Adric and Tegan for me if the rumoured Earthshock set turns out to be true.

  • Slitheen09

    August 2nd, 2021 - 3:19pm

    Absolutely love the Ian Chesterton figure!! Just wish we had Barbara and Susan.

  • Fledershrew

    August 2nd, 2021 - 3:19pm

    Wow – those Voord figures look Fab–u–lous. It’s astonishing to see and a huge testament to Doctor Who that fans are getting figures from the Keys of Marinus (originally broadcast in 1964!) in 2021.

  • Neutrobyte

    August 2nd, 2021 - 3:16pm

    I find it strange that they did a passable William Russell head-sculpt and then stuck it on a James Lester body that doesn’t at ALL fit with his costume in The Keys Of Marinus (he wears the one from Marco Polo). They at least got the tie right though (I’d be inclined to open up the jacket).

    • Anonymous

      August 2nd, 2021 - 3:33pm

      It’s actually a John Simm Master body from Series 3.

      And Al Dewar explained in the announcement video that they chose the school teacher look because it’s more iconic than the Chinese dressing gown he wore in Keys of Marinus.

    • The Destroyer of Worlds

      August 2nd, 2021 - 3:55pm

      In the video, Al Dewar stated that they chose to do the Suit version as they thought his Keys of Marinus look was a little too obscure, compared to his most iconic Suited look.

    • Rex Farrel

      August 2nd, 2021 - 5:44pm

      More obscure and more expensive. A suited Ian figure was always a shoo in, a figure I would have bet my house on for the B&M line because of Character’s stock of suited figure moulds. But another decent job.

  • the ergon

    August 2nd, 2021 - 3:05pm

    chesterton looks a little strange but i like.

  • Anonymous

    August 2nd, 2021 - 3:02pm

    Not the most obvious choice but very cool