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September 16th, 2020 548 comments

Doctor Who Jungles of Mechanus 5.5″ Dalek Set

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This unique set includes 2 x highly detailed 5.5 inch scale Daleks with points of articulation, and comes beautifully presented in Heritage style Doctor Who branded packaging with specially created insert. A must have for all Doctor Who fans and collectors.

Way back in 1965, a six-part First Doctor story entitled ‘The Chase’ became famous in the eyes of Doctor Who fans for being special in many ways. It featured some unique ‘guest’ Daleks seen in Episode Three and Five. The exclusive Jungles of Mechanus Dalek Figure Set, has been created to offer something unique to delight fans and collectors and to pay homage to the unique Daleks seen onscreen. ‘The Chase’ storyline follows The First Doctor and his companions Ian, Barbara and Vicky who are forced to flee through time in the TARDIS after they learn that a group of Daleks, with their own Time Ship are following them with orders to exterminate!

An epic chase through space and time ensues, starting on the Planet Aridius and then continuing through locations including the Empire State Building, the ‘Marie Celeste’ ship, and even an old haunted house populated by classic horror characters. Heading to a final confrontation, the TARDIS lands on the Planet Mechanus, where the Daleks arrive shortly afterwards. Pursued by multiple Dalek patrols through the dense and aggressive Mechanus jungle, the travellers eventually come upon a strange metallic city suspended high in the sky which belongs to an equally evil robot species known as the Mechanoids.

Al Dewar, Character Options’ Head of Product Development, went on to explain why for him it holds a special place in his heart.

“Firstly it’s the final adventure for the last of the original TARDIS companions, Ian and Barbara but it also features the first and last appearance of a race of robotic creatures the Mechanoids”

“Dalek aficionados will also know that it marks the appearance of some rather special ‘guest’ Dalek props that were seen in Episodes 3 and 5. At the time of filming the BBC were short of Dalek props having only three left. New Daleks were commissioned, but to fill the gap, they hired three Dalek props from the ‘Doctor Who and The Daleks’ movie.

“These ‘guest’ Daleks were chosen because they had sucker arms which matched the Daleks from the BBC series and two are seen in altered form, with their deep skirt bases and light covers removed. The second and more exciting appearances however, are two unaltered props glimpsed several times as part of the Dalek patrols pursuing the TARDIS crew through the Jungle.

“As fans will know, we’ve introduced the Dalek Twin pack sets starting with ‘The Daleks’ and ‘The Dalek Invasion of Earth’ this year which begin to chart the chronological TV appearances of the Doctors greatest and oldest enemies. So, it was a fitting next step therefore to announce a new and unique Dalek Two figure Set which neatly dovetails into that series.

“It is these special ‘guest’ Daleks that we present here in our new Online Exclusive. With their distinctively different light covers and skirt bases along with unique metallic colours, this set brings the fans and collectors a one-off unique TV Dalek Action Figure never produced before.”

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  • Philip Shaw

    August 27th, 2020 - 4:15pm

    It’s a good idea to have extra spin off Daleks as a few stories have loads of variants such as ‘Remembrance of the Daleks’.

  • Coleman

    August 27th, 2020 - 3:49pm

    Hasbro started crowd funding about 2 years ago for the StarWars Jabba the Hutt sail barge.
    Character Options should try it on a regular basis, would be a good idea. There’s no risk involved for Character, if an appeal doesn’t get enough subscriptions then it doesn’t get made. Guaranteed sales really. I think thats why Hasbro’s gone down this route.
    As Bobby Davros mentioned.
    Its also the route Big Chiefs gone since being founded.

  • Button

    August 27th, 2020 - 2:14pm

    That is actually a really good idea, find out what the consumer wants and see how many are willing to help you make it happen.

  • Bobby Davros

    August 27th, 2020 - 1:45pm

    Character should look into Hasbro style crowdfunding an Evil Emperor prototype (if they havent got a mould already) which they could sell as an online exclusive. If it doesn’t get funded they havent lost anything.

  • Coleman

    August 27th, 2020 - 11:57am

    Are they next year’s sets, or could they be released this year BooBoo?
    I presume you mean the sets that have already been leaked.

    • booboo

      August 27th, 2020 - 12:16pm

      no next years

  • prototype dalek

    August 27th, 2020 - 11:04am

    If they get that far, I can see them doing a remembrance set themselves, bit like gap fillers that B&M won’t cover like the new set.

  • prototype dalek

    August 27th, 2020 - 10:48am

    Though if other retailers don’t want them or invest in them, then doesn’t make a difference about society. Plus the only reason B&M are investing is that they are exclusive to them in the UK, you’d have to look for someone with the same amount of cash, commitment and investment as B&M for that type of all online approach.

    B&M would probably drop out if Character started looking for other businesses anyway. The odd charater online exclusive is probably is as good as you will get and really isn’t too bad either.

    • booboo

      August 27th, 2020 - 10:56am

      I think if this works we might see more exclusive sets like this but few and far between.

  • booboo

    August 27th, 2020 - 10:21am

    No its and online exclusive for now anyway

  • booboo

    August 27th, 2020 - 10:17am

    You can disagree all you like. But i can’t see character turning their backs on that level of established and guaranteed business for a more risky strategy and next years sets are already advanced.

  • prototype dalek

    August 27th, 2020 - 9:47am

    3 sold, I assume they don’t know these can be bought online if to buy them on eBay??

    • booboo

      August 27th, 2020 - 9:55am

      There’s a world out there that doesn’t do social media, visit websites like this and just sees stuff and think i will have that without checking around to if its cheaper elsewhere.

  • booboo

    August 27th, 2020 - 9:30am

    Not going to happen, B&M are guaranteed no risk sales as they are all pre sold, investing in huge quantities of stuff in the “hope” it sells from only one source is not a good idea. Also for the most part B&M are not on the high street and are actually doing fine.

    Transferring to much of your business in house also alienates your long standing and need customer base.

    • booboo

      August 27th, 2020 - 9:35am

      Also there are around 30 on ebay and only 3 have sold, that’s not even a dent.

  • H

    August 27th, 2020 - 9:26am

    Is there any new sculpting Booboo to warrant the price increase?

    Also I hate ordering online as I keep my figures in their boxes, I like to choose the best paint apps and box conditions… So great…

    • booboo

      August 27th, 2020 - 9:44am

      some, ears, but also probably less quantity made as opposed to other sets = higher end price and “risk” as in possible lower sales / drawn out sales to factor in.

      The B&M sets for example, and much of the 13th Doctor wave are all pre-sold and therefore no risk to Characters investment in them.

  • Dalek Control

    August 27th, 2020 - 7:54am

    I see the eBay scalpers are starting to list these already.

    • booboo

      August 27th, 2020 - 8:53am

      always will be when people are prepared to pay

    • Dalek Control

      August 27th, 2020 - 2:02pm

      Agreed. I ended up getting the History of the Daleks Set 1 from eBay after unsuccessful trips to B&M. But ordered a set of these yesterday and am looking forward to future releases.

  • Fr. Michael.

    August 27th, 2020 - 4:36am

    PayPal will redirect you back to the Character Options website to complete your order. Shipping will appear prior to submitting your order. I just ordered 2 sets. Very rxited!

  • Sammy J

    August 27th, 2020 - 1:55am

    I went to pay for the two sets I planned to order, but instead of giving me the total in the PayPal window, it said the list price/VAT (20+4 and some change), and converted it to dollars. But, even though I registered an account and put in an address, it didn’t say the delivery charge. I know the shipping from the estimator but it doesn’t say it’s charging me for it, nor does it list the added fees from PayPal. My fear is that I will be charged some hidden amount after I’ve already paid it. Does anyone know how to find the total cost before paying?

    • Fr. Michael.

      August 27th, 2020 - 4:35am

      PayPal will redirect you back to the Character Options website to complete your order. Shipping will appear prior to submitting your order. I just ordered 2 sets. Very rxited!

  • DanWFA

    August 27th, 2020 - 12:07am

    Booboo, this may be a silly question but do you think there will still be stock this time tomorrow when it’s my pay day? I’d much rather wait until then to pre-order and with half the stock gone in 12 hours i’m not sure if there’ll be enough to last till then.

    • booboo

      August 27th, 2020 - 8:55am

      i expect so, the vast majority of sales are usually in the first few hours

  • Colin O’Connor

    August 26th, 2020 - 11:43pm

    Great news. I check this site everyday for exclusives. Fantastic site. I’ve ordered 2. Keep up the great work.

  • prototype dalek

    August 26th, 2020 - 11:03pm

    Still just over 2,630 in stock, nearly half the stock gone in 12 hours which is certainly impressive and hopefully might show what the demand is for order these sets online

    • Jordan9364

      August 27th, 2020 - 12:20am

      Where is the amount in stock listed?

    • prototype dalek

      August 27th, 2020 - 8:45am

      Add a high number to basket, something over 2,500 and it’ll give you the maximum quantity that can be added to basket, which is the stock that is left.

    • booboo

      August 27th, 2020 - 8:51am

      that’s assuming they did put on the full 5000 to start with

    • Jordan9364

      August 27th, 2020 - 3:27pm

      Wow it only says 500 for me!

    • Coleman

      August 27th, 2020 - 5:13pm

      I’ve just checked also and it says only 500 left in stock. Glad I’ve ordered mine already.

    • booboo

      August 27th, 2020 - 5:19pm

      no they have altered it so you can’t order any more than 500 at a time, its being saying that since this morning, they probably did it so people can’t see whats left

  • The Silent Silent

    August 26th, 2020 - 10:54pm

    Fantastic !!!
    At least I don’t have to go to about 7 different B&M’s to get these like the HOTD1&2 sets 🙂
    What a year for Doctor Who Figures this has been !!!

  • Button

    August 26th, 2020 - 10:19pm

    I am really impressed that Character was able to find a way to give us movie Dalek figures, I mean I know there from the episode but we know and character knows that there also supposed to be Movie Daleks. They shall look splendid on my desk alongside by micro Movie Daleks.

  • Dalek z

    August 26th, 2020 - 10:12pm

    I’ve only watched The Chase once a few years back (Bad Doctor Who fan), I don’t remember spotting those Daleks!
    Nice to see CO doing something a little different again!

    • Paddy Troughton

      August 27th, 2020 - 8:39am

      There is one clear shot of then going down a corridor in the jungle and then theres also a glimpse of one behind some trees. Very much a blink and you’ll miss it

  • David Minter

    August 26th, 2020 - 9:35pm

    Just ordered my set to be delivered to Owensboro, KY USA. Total cost with shipping $42 plus change at the time of order with conversion from UK Pounds to US Dollars. 11 Pounds was for shipping so US buyers can estimate appropriately.

  • Luck4unow

    August 26th, 2020 - 8:37pm

    I think we need a support group for handling spouses and significant others

    The CO line has gotten so large and so wonderful (full of must-haves) that it has gone past being a plausible “cute quirk” or “desk decoration” or “childhood nostalgia.”

    It’s turning into a lifestyle. I have five packages of CO figures coming in the next two weeks! What do I say to the wife? What will my in laws think if they walk into my home office stacked with daleks? What will the neighbours think???

    We should come up with tips and pointers that have worked for others…..

  • Philip Shaw

    August 26th, 2020 - 7:09pm

    Just noticed the box design is the other way around from sets 1 & 2…

  • Neutrobyte

    August 26th, 2020 - 7:03pm

    Firstly, this was an AWESOME thing for CO to do :D.
    Secondly, booboo is also AWESOME for covering this!
    Thirdly, after pre-ordering 1 set to open, I did what I’ve never done before: pre-ordered a 2nd so that I can have a sealed version as well LOL (I’m sure other collectors do it, but this is a first for me). Anyone collecting the History Of The Dalek sets owes it to themselves to get this set! Also, the fact that CO have proven they can make versions of the Movie Daleks, means we can surely look forward to seeing “Doctor Who And The Daleks” and “Dalek’s Invasion Earth 2150 AD” sets in the future :D.

    • Mac

      August 26th, 2020 - 7:36pm

      Character would have to ask permission from the copyright holders (Studio Canal I think). The BBC doesn’t hold the rights for the Cushing movies.

    • prototype dalek

      August 26th, 2020 - 8:10pm

      They could only do this dalek due to the fact it appeared in an episode (The Chase) and also did not have the claw arm either which distinguishes it from the Movie Daleks and the Classic era. Probably wouldn’t have been able to do it if the claw arm was included and the other colours are still owned by Studio Canal so they will never be done, unless they get a separate license

    • Gareth Pugh

      August 27th, 2020 - 9:08am

      As Mac says, they can’t do the movie Daleks unless they go to Canal+ and get a separate product licence. Eaglemoss did a superb 1:21 scale figurine of exactly this variant about 4 years ago, explaining in the accompanying magazine about how this version with the sucker appeared in the background of a couple of the jungle. To be clear and fair neither CO nor Eaglemoss have ever asserted the following suggestion, but by doing this seen-on-TV variant it lets them get as close as they can to doing a Movie Dalek without breaking any copyrights that their licence from the BBC won’t cover.

  • Philip Shaw

    August 26th, 2020 - 6:06pm

    Just want to at last thank Booboo for this wonderful site which I check every day. Without this site my collection would be very lacking. Thanks for the heads up for the Mechanus Daleks.

    • booboo

      August 26th, 2020 - 6:11pm

      we try to do our best, but i agree checking it every day is key i think then no one need miss out on anything.

    • Dean Wells

      August 26th, 2020 - 7:00pm

      Yes totally agree. Check the site every single time I have a look on the internet, 5 or 6 times a day.
      Truly an invaluable source and I’ve secured many items I may have missed without this tremendous (and astoundingly consistent) product news page.
      Many many thanks.

    • DougWho

      August 26th, 2020 - 9:08pm

      Seconded! Check most days and it is such a great resource and a huge help letting us know what’s coming so adding my thanks here too!

    • Merlin

      August 26th, 2020 - 9:54pm

      I’ll say thank you too Booboo, I’m always coming here too see what’s new

    • Button

      August 26th, 2020 - 10:40pm

      True, I’ve been visiting this site since near the start of the 2005 revival. I found out about the men of steel build a figure wave from here and almost every major announcement. The community here is welcoming and it’s moderator does a stellar job at keeping things civil and keeping us updated.

    • David Minter

      August 27th, 2020 - 10:11pm

      I also check this site every day for news. It’s part of a series of saved pages I have loading every time I start Firefox or Waterfox.

  • Anonymous

    August 26th, 2020 - 5:55pm

    This is absolutely fantastic news! I pre ordered straight away!!! Movie daleks basically!! Great to hear more sophisticated sets may come if these sell well.

  • Anonymous

    August 26th, 2020 - 5:51pm

    For anyone in USA/Canada:
    Order two of these sets, standard is shipping is 11 quid for one set and it doesn’t change for two sets, plus don’t be fooled, while they’re listed on the main page as 24.99 quid, when you get to check out it gets discounted to and you get charged 20.82 quid I suspect because of VAT and exchange rate accounting for. You can even check out with paypal. CO runs such an excellent website especially for international buyers, makes me wish they’d post some of the B&M sets there for an international audience. Hope this comments helps those in NA to grab one before they’re gone for good!

    • booboo

      August 26th, 2020 - 5:52pm

      i did say about the VAT above to be fair

    • Anonymous

      August 26th, 2020 - 5:59pm

      Oops sorry Booboo in my haste to make sure people knew about this good news I skimmed the post a little “too” lightly, sorry!!

    • booboo

      August 26th, 2020 - 6:10pm

      no worries, its something that perhaps overseas buyers don’t know and it saves them a bit, i tried a universal address which came up as 13.50 so its good to know it can be less as well.

    • Sammy J

      August 27th, 2020 - 1:19am

      I noticed when I went to check out the cost for shipping wasn’t included, it only said for the two sets I wanted to order and listed the price/VAT just like you said(20+4 and some change). I’m worried that I may be charged with some other amount that isn’t being shown. I already registered an account and listed my address, so there shouldn’t be a problem there, and I am aware that there should be some fee through PayPal(that they don’t show until you’ve paid) for making a currency exchange purchase. Do you or anyone know what I can do to know the total cost before committing to the purchase?

    • Anonymous

      August 27th, 2020 - 8:58am

      Hi Sammy J! Booboo will probably give a better answer than me but from your comment, I take it, like me (Anonymous) you’re not buying from inside the UK right? But instead internationally, probably from North America? When you check out CO let’s you download a pdf of your purchase as a receipt for your records, so don’t worry, you won’t get hit with any “hidden fees” and if you do it’s probably paypal as you said. I’ve ordered through CO’s website a few times before and I can tell you for international buyers, they are AMAZING. If you’re really that worried, send them an email with your order number or buy a phone card and call them, the customer service team is incredible and they really go the extra mile for us international folks, it’s actually really nice (B&M sets aside, but CO doesn’t control that, that’s down to B&M as you’ve probably seen by now). Trust me, you’ll be fine, CO is very transparent and up-front about what they’re charging you and if you don’t like it they are always happy to help improve your experience. I have nothing but the absolute highest praise for CO’s website and team. If I had more money I genuinely would’ve bought more of these sets, just to support CO more than anything else, the fact that they give it to us with no VAT which they could easily tack on at checkout by justifying it as some sort of “additional charge” or whatever and the fact that shipping is so cheap just boggles the mind and is a clear testament to how much they care.

  • Bob James

    August 26th, 2020 - 5:49pm

    It would be so wonderful if CO just set things up so that international buyers could just purchase all of their Doctor Who releases directly through them. I mean, I get the marketing angle, but the total price on this set was much so easier to absorb than the not so merry dance of getting ahold of the others. Good for anyone for whom the GOGS1 debacle worked out fine. But for me, it’s just been another disappointment in a year of big disappointments. This transaction was a thoroughly pleasant one. Good on CO!

    • Tom

      August 29th, 2020 - 10:24am

      Agree 100%. And but for this website, I wouldn’t have heard about this release! I’d be very happy to buy a new classic Who set every month from Character directly.

  • Coleman

    August 26th, 2020 - 5:18pm

    Just bought these bad boys.
    BooBoo, did you know all about these and have been keeping it under your hat.
    Or was it total surprise to you aswell?

    • booboo

      August 26th, 2020 - 5:26pm

      didn’t know about them at all, we don’t get any info about future Character products at all now.

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