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Doctor Who Ruins of Skaro 5.5″ Collector Figure Set

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‘Ruins of Skaro’ A new Doctor Who Online Exclusive from Character Options

Character Options is excited to announce the release of a brand-new, online exclusive, Doctor Who collector figure set, The Ruins of Skaro featuring Daleks and Movellans!

Set Contents at 5.5 Inch Scale:

  • 2 x Movellan Robots with Blaster Accessory 1 x Grey Dalek with Bombs

Inspired by the 1979 Episode; Destiny of the Daleks, this new three figure online exclusive presents the two main protagonists in that classic story, The Movellans and the Daleks. The striking and beautiful Movellan robot figures each come with a blaster accessory, whilst the Dalek figure is pre-loaded with bombs. As expected, the set comes in special window packaging with unique diorama printed insert.

About the Destiny of the Daleks (1979) Episode

In the story, The TARDIS has brought the Fourth Doctor and his fellow Time Lord, Romana to a barren radioactive planet. Unknown to them this is Skaro, birthplace of the Daleks, and the city ruins around them are the scarred remains of the old Kaled city. They see a spacecraft descend and bury itself into the ground nearby but when they approach, they are attacked by high energy weapons. Escaping the weapons’ fire, they explore further into the city where soon the Doctor becomes trapped under falling masonry. Going for help across the unstable ground, Romana falls down a shaft and is soon captured by a patrol of Daleks!

It is soon revealed that the Daleks are waging an endless Space War against a race of humanoid robots called Movellans, and need to find their creator, Davros to help them break the impasse. After a deadly chase through the underground ruins, Davros is indeed found and revived by the Daleks. Realising the Daleks plans, and that the Doctor has beaten the Daleks on numerous occasions, the Doctor is targeted by the Movellans for the exact same reason…to help them defeat the Dalek battle computers! Davros learns that the Movellans have the Doctor and orders the last surviving Daleks to be loaded with bombs to try and destroy the Movellan ship before it can take off.

In the Episode the aesthetically beautiful Movellan robot humanoids are a stark contrast with the rag tag assemblage of battered Daleks. In this war, the Daleks are on the back foot against an aggressor that’s better armed, better organised, and frankly better looking, and things are not going to plan. The contrast is clearly demonstrated in the detailing of the figures within the set.

Al Dewar, Creative Director, commented:

‘I have been looking forwards to this release for a long time as this story is a huge, huge favourite of mine. Speaking as a lifelong fan of Doctor Who, I love it! There is the Fourth Doctor with Romana, a cameo by a sick K9, plus brilliant robots and psychotic mutants!

We know that at the time the Dalek props were in a desperate state but that plays nicely into the plotline that the Daleks are losing a prolonged Space War against an adversary that’s equally as good as they are! I mean … if these were the best assemblage of Daleks they could spare to go rescue Davros then what is the rest of the fleet like?

And then Wham! These characters called The Movellans, that seem to have no flaws and move with such grace, suddenly turn up and seem to be even more logical and on point than the Daleks .. until we discover they are in fact robots. The genius of the story for me is we know the Daleks are ruthlessly logical creatures with all emotion removed and they are suddenly on the back foot and almost desperate. That realisation that without the ‘emotive human factor’ they are no better than robots themselves, isn’t lost on them. It presented a very different Dalek storyline and being shot in such a desolate location, both Daleks and Movellans really stand out!

Personally, I find it hard to see the Movellans as villains; they were a real revelation ahead of their time; with a multicultural, multi-gender command crew, that on paper just seemed so cool and in control. These creatures outperformed the battered bunch of Daleks at every turn. Take the Doctor and Davros out of the equation and the Daleks were doomed!

So, it’s great to add these fabulous, classic series figures to the Character Option’s Doctor Who line up. We tried to do the aesthetics of the characters justice, so they have some neat features to help keep that elegant, streamlined look. And the contrast of shiny silver and white is fabulous with a little bit of Skaro mud thrown in for authenticity.

To complete the trio is a long- awaited figure in the form of the ‘Bomb’ carrying Dalek. This edition has the correct number of explosives around the waist and the colour is matched to the previous B&M Destiny release. They represent what was an iconic sequence in the story with the battered Daleks heading towards the Movellan ship.

For a story that has a mixed reception on its release, I believe that fans such as myself appreciate its uniqueness and its well-deserved place in Doctor Who history. The air of gloom given to the planet Skaro, the melancholy soundscape, the rich trope of characters has resulted in a story that holds up well all these years later. I hope that the collectors will really appreciate the effort and time put into this set and I can finally stop hiding the Movellans under my desk.’

The Ruins of Skaro Online Exclusive set will be available to purchase for £39.99 including post and packaging at www.character-online.co.uk. This is a limited number run and will be restricted to just two sets per order.


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142 comments

  • Anon

    April 24th, 2024 - 2:35pm

    How much stock is there left? I might get this set as I have some extra money to spend…

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    • booboo

      April 24th, 2024 - 3:51pm

      as they limit it to 2 you cant tell any more, was 1000 a few days back

    • Anon

      April 24th, 2024 - 4:26pm

      Gotcha, thanks. Good to know that they’ve added a limit on how much you can buy though.

      I’m only going to get just the one set.

  • David Minter

    April 23rd, 2024 - 9:51pm

    My set arrived today to the USA in only 5 days after I ordered! That was fast! Faster than the Jungles Of Mechanus set from a few years back. I like that they double boxed it. Plus, I welcome the return of smooth packaged boxes, with the plastic covering the hole where the figures were. Wrapping the sets from the recent History Of The Dalek releases without the plastic covering the hole required a bit more work: putting them in another box. Otherwise, the wrapping paper for Christmas would get holes poked in them. Yes, I wrapped up the History Of The Daleks sets as To: Me From: Me Christmas gifts. 🙂

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  • Dalek Eye Stalk

    April 23rd, 2024 - 4:39pm

    Absolutely brilliant set. Love it!

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    • ex15

      April 23rd, 2024 - 6:41pm

      Very expensive though..

    • Anon

      April 23rd, 2024 - 9:28pm

      Not really ex15. Three figures for £40 is good value compared to most figures. Average star wars figures come in around £16 each. Other figures retail around £45-60 each.

  • BaileyBlue

    April 23rd, 2024 - 2:52pm

    Just put my order in so still some left 🙂

    Reply
  • Badwolfy

    April 22nd, 2024 - 12:17am

    QUESTION: Does anyone know why some people split the boxed sets up and sell the figures separately? I would have thought that would devalue them.

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    • Philip Shaw

      April 22nd, 2024 - 8:11am

      Some people just want the Dalek or the Movellans and sell what they don’t want. Some are scalpers and sell everything separate in the hope of making more money.

    • Dave

      April 23rd, 2024 - 8:48am

      It depends. Not everyone is that bothered by the boxes if they just want the toys. Last year I was unable to find a B&M selling the Remembrance set so I was forced to resort to Ebay. I really wanted the Supreme Dalek but didn’t want the renegade drone. I ended up paying £25 for the Supreme Dalek, which is way over what they paid for the set. But I wouldn’t have paid £50 for the two just to get the one I wanted. Potentially, the other drone sold to someone like me, and the seller made his £50.

      As per Philip’s answer, too, some people are just selling on unwanted toys. I made a tenner this year selling the Fugitive Doctor’s TARDIS because I only wanted the Doctor figure, and it went towards mitigating the cost of me paying £40 for one figure. You get this issue with army builders too; to use the Remembrance example again, you might want 5 grey drones for a nice little Remembrance display, but probably only one Supreme, so if you manage to get 5 boxes of the Remembrance set in B&M, you can sell on the 4 extra Supremes and make some of your cost back.

  • cosmosboy98

    April 21st, 2024 - 9:43pm

    My set arrived on Friday, love these figures. I tried to watch Destiny for the first time on Friday – unwatchable, I gave up 5 mins into part 2. Great figures tho.

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    • beef

      April 21st, 2024 - 10:24pm

      doctor who fans love nothing more than to exaggerate

    • Philip Shaw

      April 22nd, 2024 - 8:12am

      It’s a fun story. A bit of a shock after Genesis. Not as good as City of Death though which is “Exquisite…absolutely Exquisite”.

    • Erato

      April 23rd, 2024 - 7:25pm

      “Unwatchable”? Jeez… Look around and I’m sure there’s a tiktok version out there where the whole 90 minutes has been condensed down into 90 seconds!

  • Kone112

    April 20th, 2024 - 8:16am

    Got mine today , tremendous.

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    • Macra

      April 23rd, 2024 - 8:15am

      Mine arrived in Australia today – only took a week and in perfect condition.

  • beef

    April 19th, 2024 - 4:30pm

    Mine should’ve been here today but I got an absolutely classic “delivery attempted” from the royal mail today. One job

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    • Moonbeam

      April 19th, 2024 - 7:12pm

      I got that, even though twice I did the arrange for a different place to be delivered bit on the email from Royal Mail because I was away so first attempt “delivery attempted” second attempt they left it behind the gate?

  • TimelordTim

    April 19th, 2024 - 11:58am

    My set has just arrived and they are fantastic!
    The face sculpts are some of the best they’ve done and the set overall is a 10/10.

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    • daz

      April 19th, 2024 - 5:31pm

      Eventually they’ll re-release Doctors using the coloured plastic too which will improve their faces as no thick paint applications.

    • pb

      April 19th, 2024 - 6:19pm

      I really don’t think the no paint would be an improvement. That’s just the spin they put on it so they can use a cheaper method. In every case so far, the non-painted faces just look weird, waxy and shiny. Kind of works for the Movellans considering they’re robots but I really hope they sparingly use this technique. They tried it for The Master years ago and there’s a reason it didn’t stick. The paint applications have been used for nearly two decades now, if it really were an improvement to not bother painting the faces they would’ve done it yonks ago for goodness sake and spared the extra expense. Would ruin the line, imo, if they made this a permanent habit and future figures all looking out of place with what’s come before.

    • daz

      April 19th, 2024 - 8:27pm

      Al said in the recent podcast this is the plan.

      The plastic isn’t the same awful one they did with the Master 16 years ago apparently.

      Be interesting to see though especially if the sculpt details won’t be lost like they were with Harry and the 14th Doctor for example.

      I wonder if 15 and Ruby figures will be using this method too?

    • George Agdgdgwngo

      April 20th, 2024 - 10:26am

      Is this because they lose the detail of the face sculpture under the paint

  • Moonbeam

    April 19th, 2024 - 10:54am

    Mine has come yesterday but not opened it yet as am away, the pictures look brilliant, plus it’s a great nostalgia set for me because this is one of the first stories I remember as a kid.
    Do we know or have any idea on the number of sets made?

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    • daz

      April 19th, 2024 - 12:30pm

      Nothing official but going by the usual amounts for the exclusives it could be 4000.

  • Obi-Jiff Kenobi

    April 19th, 2024 - 7:45am

    My set arrived yesterday, and it’s very impressive. I like the double-box packaging to help keep it safe from damage in transit too.

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    • anon

      April 22nd, 2024 - 1:56pm

      Yes, good idea from CO to double-pack to prevent damage in the post. Will probably save them a lot of money concerning damaged returns. Glad to receive mine safely today & it really is a cracking set!

  • Mrbadwolf

    April 18th, 2024 - 3:43pm

    What a STUNNING set. So much nostalgia and memories of the Forbidden Planet days. Keep them coming Character/AL !!

    Reply
  • MJS

    April 18th, 2024 - 2:37pm

    My space dollies set arrived today. It’s great

    Reply
  • Sime

    April 18th, 2024 - 11:32am

    Mine arrived this morning. Such a great set. I love it!

    Reply
  • Matt

    April 18th, 2024 - 11:12am

    Received mine today. Think it is a really great set. Particularly think the face sculpts are excellent. Looking forward to more online exclusives.

    Reply
  • Pertwee’s Pyjamas

    April 18th, 2024 - 10:42am

    Mine arrived today. Safe and sound and not bashed by the postal service. It was double-boxed this time, which helped. A great set!

    Reply
  • David Minter

    April 18th, 2024 - 1:23am

    Just ordered my set. Hopefully, there’s some left in stock. CO’s web site didn’t say they were out of stock when I placed my order, so here’s hoping. The big killer for me was the shipping. I live in the USA and shipping was just under 25 GBP. However, the cost is on par with sets that WhoNA gets in when you factor in cost and shipping to them. WhoNA can only get in 2 sets at a time so I couldn’t risk losing out.

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    • The Unlicensed Physician

      April 18th, 2024 - 4:50am

      It’s still available now, so you should be fine.

    • Martino

      April 18th, 2024 - 8:09am

      I panicked & ordered mine as soon as I was alerted – I just hope a neighbour signs for my delivery, as I’m not in the UK at the moment ‍♂️

    • lister

      April 18th, 2024 - 1:57pm

      Yeah, ordering from CO directly or waiting for WhoNA winds up to be pretty much the same in terms of cost. Give or take a few bucks. Understandably, WhoNA just factors their cost to get the toys from the UK into what they charge us. So we’re paying for that either way. Again, understandably. When CO offers these sets directly, it just makes more sense to get them that way. This all just comes with the territory of being a Doctor Who toy collector in the US.

    • David Minter

      April 18th, 2024 - 2:10pm

      I prefer to get them from WhoNA for a few reasons. I’m in the tri-state area where they are based, so they arrive quickly. Plus, I always worry about foreign posts of my packages being lost in the mail. When I ordered the Jungles Of Mechanus set from CO, that arrived just fine, but the prospect always still worries me. If WhoNA has them in hand, they obviously haven’t been lost in shipping from the UK. 🙂

      WhoNA has always charged fairly from what I can tell. They have to pass on the shipping, naturally, to the buyer, so I don’t hold that against them.

      The good news is CO just dispatched my order!

      The great thing about the Internet is it has made being a US Doctor Who collector SO much easier! Back in the 80’s when I first became aware of the series through Starlog magazine, you basically had to get things from places like Star Tech importing items.

    • David Minter

      April 18th, 2024 - 2:14pm

      If WhoNA does manage to get in some sets and there are any left when I find out, I may just order a 2nd set as insurance. 🙂 With the Jungles Of Mechanus, WhoNA got in some sets while mine from CO was still in transit. I ordered a set from WhoNA to make sure I got one. Couldn’t hurt to have 2 sets. I can open one and keep one sealed as a collector’s item like I did with my Mechanus sets.

    • David Minter

      April 21st, 2024 - 3:10pm

      Wow, that’s quick! My order is already in the US! It’s arrived in Chicago, Illinois. I am pretty sure this shipment from CO was MUCH quicker than my Jungles Of Mechanus order.

  • Judooning

    April 17th, 2024 - 5:53pm

    The Facebook group are reporting only 1000 sets left already.

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    • booboo

      April 17th, 2024 - 6:08pm

      The vast majority are sold within the first 48 hours, after that its generally a hand full a day.

    • Judooning

      April 17th, 2024 - 6:23pm

      Yeah, although I do think that’s still quite an achievement. Depends how many were made.

    • anon

      April 17th, 2024 - 8:16pm

      How many were made then?

  • mick

    April 17th, 2024 - 1:55pm

    Mine is still saying royal mail are expecting it still even though I got the dispatch email yesterday

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    • Anon

      April 17th, 2024 - 3:28pm

      Dispatched from co to royal mail. You will get another email from royal mail when they receive it telling you the delivery date

  • Doctorbendisco

    April 17th, 2024 - 12:58pm

    Mine has just arrived it is brilliant

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  • Jamie

    April 17th, 2024 - 12:29pm

    My Movellans have arrived and they are beautiful! Thanks again CO!

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    • Mr Fish

      April 17th, 2024 - 2:35pm

      That was fast 🙂 Mine is coming tomorrow

    • Lee D

      April 18th, 2024 - 1:45am

      I’ve always wanted this, Dalek and Movellens, mine on the way too!

  • Ricky

    April 17th, 2024 - 12:25pm

    Mines arrived- and they look great

    Reply
  • David

    April 17th, 2024 - 11:42am

    Mine are coming tomorrow morning via Royal mail.

    Reply
  • WhoCollector

    April 17th, 2024 - 11:39am

    Any idea how limited these are? Usually we know the number?

    Reply
  • Drwhofan12

    April 16th, 2024 - 9:49pm

    I ordered this and the worriers of the deep set too

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    • Rory

      April 17th, 2024 - 11:02am

      Those Silurians do look somewhat concerned.

    • WhoCollector

      April 17th, 2024 - 11:03am

      Well, after what happened early on with Jon Pertwees Doctor, id be the same too! Poor Silurians!

    • Drwhofan08

      April 17th, 2024 - 7:11pm

      I love warriors of the deep
      I’ve also changed my username

  • The Monitor

    April 16th, 2024 - 3:02pm

    Is this dispatched by Evri. Just had text saying delivery suspended due to lack of address details? Not sure if spam?

    Reply
    • Mr Greel

      April 16th, 2024 - 3:16pm

      Mine depatched today.
      Despatch eemail received from Character shows Royal Mail Tracking number.

    • The Monitor

      April 16th, 2024 - 4:18pm

      Mr Greel. Really appreciate that. Nothing worse than scam delivery texts just when you have ordered. Thank you.

    • David Smith

      April 16th, 2024 - 7:36pm

      Don’t reply to Evri as its span I was caught out few weeks ago thinking it was for my fridge freezer I was stupid enough and found out was guy spam if it asks for DOB then is definitely spam. I had to get in touch of my bank as got a text I nearly lost over £300. But the guy had a phone number same as my bank with 1 digit different. So be careful please

    • TheBrigadier@2013

      April 16th, 2024 - 9:07pm

      Same here with the Royal Mail tracking code. Says it’s on 48 hour delivery I think

  • Mr Fish

    April 16th, 2024 - 1:57pm

    Mine has just been shipped! Looking forward to this one 🙂

    Reply
    • Jamie

      April 16th, 2024 - 3:01pm

      Same here! 😀

  • Rex F

    April 16th, 2024 - 1:55pm

    Al said: “we know the Daleks are ruthlessly logical creatures with all emotion removed”. I’ve seen a few people say this, including on the production of New Who, but I’m pretty sure that’s the Cybermen…

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    • beef

      April 16th, 2024 - 3:20pm

      yeah it’s weird how many people don’t seem to get the the daleks, including many classic who writers

    • Dave

      April 16th, 2024 - 3:46pm

      Within the context of talking about Destiny, this is accurate though? It’s sort of suggested that the Daleks are essentially emotionless robots at this point.

    • beef

      April 16th, 2024 - 5:27pm

      Exactly Dave, it’s a literal quote in the story: “the daleks were originally organic creatures”. As if Nation forgot what the point of his own creation was. I suspect it might be more Adams’ doing though

    • Anon

      April 16th, 2024 - 6:12pm

      Apparently that was in the original script by nation

    • John

      April 17th, 2024 - 11:16am

      I love the way a random Kaled mutant is lying around for the Doctor to abuse.

    • Anon

      April 17th, 2024 - 11:27am

      Nation also forgot the original genesis story for the daleks (told in the first dalek story) when he wrote genesis of the daleks 12 years later

  • Sonta-ha

    April 16th, 2024 - 1:30pm

    Can’t wait for this
    I’m going to review it on my new channel
    Ive got a video coming out tomorrow hopefully reviewing the history of the daleks set with the new series dalek

    Reply
  • DeliveryRus

    April 16th, 2024 - 11:42am

    Any expected Eta for delivery?

    Reply
    • Nyder@newcastle

      April 17th, 2024 - 10:47am

      Mine arrived today!

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