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October 14th, 2021 41 comments

Figurine Collection Magazine Special Edition #29 Gravis

Available to order from www.shop.eaglemoss.com

Doctor Who Tractators: The Gravis Figurine

The Gravis, a cockroach-like creature that is capable of controlling an entire colony, is the terrifying Special Edition figurine joining the Doctor Who Figurine Collection.

The cunning leader of the slug-like Tractators from Doctor Who, the Gravis was the only intelligent member of his species – controlling the others like insect drones. Concealed beneath the surface of the planet Frontios, the Doctor Who Tractators used their psychic control over gravity to attack and terrify the human colonists, dragging them below the surface to act as living components in their machines.

Only the Doctor’s arrival turned the tide, revealing the truth behind “the hungry earth.” Yet the Gravis was not to be underestimated. Even as one of the Doctor Who Tractators, its mental powers were sufficient to do what few have managed… destroy the TARDIS itself!


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41 comments

  • Auton

    October 16th, 2021 - 7:44am

    Another great figure and one from one of my favourite stories

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  • The Werewolf

    October 15th, 2021 - 11:12pm

    I’m very much looking forward to the Gravis figurine though I can’t remember the difference between it and the normal Tractators at the moment.

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  • TimelordTim

    October 15th, 2021 - 2:09pm

    Ordered this along with the Cyber Warrior from Ascension. With the 25% discount, and the THANKYOU code on top, the total cost was less than the RRP of Gravis alone! A great deal! Looking forward to having something alongside my CO 5th.

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  • Doug Who

    October 15th, 2021 - 12:24pm

    Just had a subscribers email saying we’ll get a fiver off the Cyber Controller special RRP which I think is a much appreciated discount and with the usual free postage makes it a good deal. From the pictures I’ve seen it looks lovely too! Really looking forward to it and the Gravis of course.

    I’d love this collection to go beyond 220 but amazing it has kept going this far. Sincere thanks to Neil and all, it is easily my favourite range of ‘Who’ merchandise ever!

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    • The Werewolf

      October 15th, 2021 - 11:11pm

      Sadly you can get it even cheaper (and sooner) from the shop. I have to say it is disappointing though it is at least a much better discount than usual.

  • Neil Corry

    October 14th, 2021 - 5:18pm

    Booboo! The figurine info at the top shouldn’t say 1:21. None of the specials are to scale.

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    • booboo

      October 14th, 2021 - 5:21pm

      altered it but copied and pasted from the EM site

    • Coleman

      October 14th, 2021 - 5:53pm

      I think most people’s cottoned on to that already Neil.

  • Ferdinand Social

    October 14th, 2021 - 4:41pm

    Lovely to have him at last but he should have been standard issue (he’s the same height as Peter Davison) and he’s not really looking as he should. Detailed but not accurate.

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  • Neil Corry

    October 14th, 2021 - 4:39pm

    The next special is a reissue of the Beast, done to 1:21 scale, and is approximately 350 miles tall.

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    • Savo79

      October 14th, 2021 - 4:45pm

      Cool, will you also do the statue of libirty angel to scale. I want to put it in the garden but see it from a distance as I journey home.

    • Coleman

      October 14th, 2021 - 4:50pm

      Don’t think many people will have enough room for that Neil. Lol.

    • Doug Who

      October 14th, 2021 - 5:08pm

      Ha! And hopefully means the 1:21 Kroll special isn’t far behind that..!

      Great that Gravis is a special I think, not least because the Fifth Doctor didn’t have one.

    • Neil Corry

      October 14th, 2021 - 5:16pm

      Doug,

      We just gonna spray a squid green, say it’s Kroll, and hope no one notices.

    • Dav McKenzie

      October 14th, 2021 - 5:19pm

      Discraceful treatment of your subscribers – however is that going to fit in my figurine cabinet! :-p

    • Doug Who

      October 15th, 2021 - 12:06pm

      Neil,

      Then I’m very sorry to say, that as a committed vegan, and with great regret, I’d have to cancel my subscription!! (It would also get slightly smelly after a while!)

      Maybe instead you could get some old lumps of coal and make that much in demand (by me at least) Krarg figurine..?

  • Popplewick

    October 14th, 2021 - 1:15pm

    Well got what seemed like a fair bit for 60 quid spent at eaglemoss thanks to seeing the Gravis Gravis ordered him with Colin and Nicola and that superb McGann console ( never liked it in the actual film) was going to buy 13s console but I couldn’t bring myself too. Like the tv version I just don’t like it at all I’m afraid.

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  • Popplewick

    October 14th, 2021 - 1:02pm

    Be interesting to see what happens if they produce the Tractator Drone. However, speaking as someone who thinks ‘Frontios’ is the best Davison serial this is rather good they’ve done the Gravis proud. They should actually do the Tractator digging machine with Captain Revere’s remains installed as a special.

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    • the ergon

      October 14th, 2021 - 1:25pm

      Much ratherThe malus in the church wall popplewick.

    • Popplewick

      October 14th, 2021 - 2:11pm

      That would be good too Ergon . Any classic who.

  • Doug Who

    October 14th, 2021 - 11:58am

    What an amazing figurine! Really great sculpt, really nicely coloured and looks amazing. I can see this is a special edition with the bulky proportions of the character.

    From one of Davison’s best stories and again another ‘monster’ that looks better than it did on screen!

    Can’t wait to get it…although it may be a long one yet.

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  • Evan Robert Marshall

    October 14th, 2021 - 11:53am

    I agree with the others who say this should be in the main range. Wouldn’t use up any more material than the Moffat Daleks. As collectors we bought into this range to have the figures in the same scale – that’s what my subscription to the main range + specials was for. Instead, they decide to make figures much bigger than what they should be for extra money. Aggedor should actually have been *smaller* than a normal figure but instead is about 50% bigger. It just looks ludicrous. The Kroton, the Werewolf, the two Yeti, the Dragonfire Biomechanoid, Melkur and – especially – King Hydroflax are all much bigger than they needed to be.

    Strangely, they have managed to do some of the special figures at the correct scale such as the Dalek Emperor from Evil and the Mechanoid so it seems completely random which way they scale these things. I would love a Tractator as part of the main range but as an oversized out-of-scale special for a high cost I’m less enthused.

    One other bizarre thing was that, although they unexpectedly put the Zarbi in the main range, it too was out of scale and much too big. Look at where the leg section comes up to compared with the other – ‘human’ – figures around it. It should have legs the same size and height as the other figures but appears instead to have been played by an actor about eight feet tall based on the leg size.

    And there’s no consistency at all even between the humanoid figures. Try putting the Curator figure beside Ryan, for instance. If the height for the Curator is correct then Tosin Cole must be about five foot four instead of a tall young man. And if the height for Ryan is correct then Tom Baker must be over seven foot tall. They don’t seem to operate to any standards at all for the scale.

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    • Doctor Mysterio

      October 14th, 2021 - 12:23pm

      It could be that the antennae may be too delicate to produce at a smaller scale on this piece – I’m worried enough about them arrving intact already.

    • Neil Corry

      October 14th, 2021 - 4:48pm

      But apart from that you’re enjoying the collection?

  • The ergon

    October 14th, 2021 - 11:39am

    Why oh why as a special. Standard would have sufficed. Hope they scale it all the way down otherwise its going to stand out like a sore thumb. They managed it with the biomechanoid dragon. Its a good monster dont get me wrong but there are more larger originals id prefer as special. Will we ever get the cleaner or gods of ragnarok?

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  • Aj

    October 14th, 2021 - 11:21am

    What episode is this creature from?

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    • booboo

      October 14th, 2021 - 11:23am

      frontios

  • Coleman

    October 14th, 2021 - 11:06am

    That’s another figure that could have been in the standard collection. (Can anyone remember the Zarbi that they put in the normal collection). They’ll end up making Gravis bigger than he actually his to give you perceived value as a special, but then of course he be out of scale like Aggedor and some other figures. (I dislike stuff out of scale).

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    • TimelordTim

      October 14th, 2021 - 11:09am

      Would this size make him in scale with the CO figures though?

    • Coleman

      October 14th, 2021 - 11:20am

      Hello Tim, Tractor his basically an average sized man in a costume, so he shouldn’t be any taller than a standard figure, just more bulky.
      Harrops had the right idea and made him the same size as the rest of their figurines. (Not try and pass him off as a Special)

    • booboo

      October 14th, 2021 - 11:24am

      cant see looking at the bulk how they would have got this within budget for the standard line, he’s huge

    • Coleman

      October 14th, 2021 - 11:23am

      Not sure how big their going to make him Tim, can’t see him being normal size though and their charging Special Edition price. He might well be in scale with the CO figures. If so I’m sure people will buy him for their CO colections. Lol.

    • Coleman

      October 14th, 2021 - 11:26am

      Great figure by the way, I think the Tractators are up their in my top ten Favourite classic Who Monsters. The Harrops version was an instant buy for me.

    • Cokeman

      October 14th, 2021 - 11:33am

      Hello Booboo, as you say they probably couldn’t make him viable for the standard collection.
      Just been looking at my Harrops collection. They’ve made him quite abit smaller than the other figures but more bulky. Can’t see Eaglemoss doing this though.

    • TimelordTim

      October 14th, 2021 - 11:40am

      Yh, I’m considering getting it to stand alongside my CO 5th Doctor as it looks like the size will be close enough. Would be great to have someone to accompany Peter!

    • The ergon

      October 14th, 2021 - 11:47am

      I gave aggedor to a charity shop. It was one of my least favourites from the whole collecton. Well that and that unlookalike greg davies king hydroflax. They didnt get the look quite right but it was the scale that ruined it. I,m going to attempt my own at some later date using the harrops version to work feom.

    • Coleman

      October 14th, 2021 - 11:51am

      Wow, ergon, I’m amazed. I would have put in on eBay if I didn’t like it, their going for some good money. (Although I agree it’s good to help charity’s out).

    • Doug Who

      October 14th, 2021 - 12:08pm

      Hi Ergon,

      That was drastic! Like you I’m not too fond of the Aggedor figure. Bears little resemblance to how it was on screen. I modified mine! I filed down the claws and added some bulk and his ‘hump’ on his back. Not perfect but looks better on the shelf. There was a ‘mini terror’ figurine that looks much more like the TV Aggedor – about the right scale for Eaglemoss too!

      Yes the scale on the Hydroflax figurine’s head was another slight bugbear! Don’t know why it couldn’t have been the same size as a ‘normal’ figurine’s head then it would have been perfect.

      However, there’s only a very few characters where the proportions are out (Scaroth’s legs are a bit too long for example) and where else would we get Nimons or Primords?

    • the ergon

      October 14th, 2021 - 1:11pm

      There are so many figurines in this collection i love doug. The veil (Which i hope they can get The Gravis to about the same size),teller, Cloister Wraith, Nimon as you mention and more. sometimes its probably easier to modify if your not satisfied with the occasional character. I did omegas mask a darker gold and Bok i was fortunate to have 2 which i altered the weathering to the right shade of Grey. I,m going to make my own and a properly scaled Wirrn when i get round to it. Aggedor and hydroflax irked me so much and didn,t seem to fit in well with my collection also occasionally i like to do my bit. Its sometimes like a spring clean and when things get repackaged it gives me an excuse to get rid of the older stuff and create some space. I wouldn,t get that much so so why not give to a worthwhile cause. Doctor Who merchandise always sells and those charity shop ‘Managers’ know this..

  • TimelordTim

    October 14th, 2021 - 11:04am

    This is an excellent figure and one I’ve seen a lot of people have high on their wish lists. I’m sure it’ll be very popular!

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    • TimelordTim

      October 14th, 2021 - 11:06am

      Hopefully the Mara comes along soon as a special as well!

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