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May 18th, 2020 324 comments

Six new Doctor Who Collectors’ Sets + New USA Availability

Six new Doctor Who collectors’ sets announced by Character Options Character Options is pleased to announce the launch of six new Doctor Who action figure sets launching in June 2020.

The range includes several action figure boxsets, including Friends and Foes of the Thirteenth Doctor set which completes the Thirteenth Doctors crew. All include highly detailed 5.5 inch scale figures featuring multiple points of articulation and come beautifully packaged.

The new collection will be available in the UK exclusively at B&M stores from June.

Customers in the US can pre-order boxsets via The Official North America Doctor Who Store, Amazon and the BBC Shop.

Hotly anticipated is the Friends and Foes of the Thirteenth Doctor set. These are the first figures of companions Yasmin (Yaz) Khan, as seen in ‘Arachnids in the UK’, and Ryan Sinclair as seen in the story ‘Rosa’. The set also features a Judoon Trooper, one of the ruthless intergalactic security enforcers seen in the story ‘Fugitive of the Judoon’.

The new release of the Second Doctor and TARDIS Set features detailing from the last episode of 1969’s ten part epic ‘The War Games’, the final story of Season Six. The set comprises the Second Doctor with ripped trouser knee details and bedraggled appearance. The TARDIS comes in dark blue with iconic Second Doctor square top lamp, standard opening doors, ‘POLICE BOX’ signage and the newer low-profile base.

For Dalek aficionados there will be the two History of the Daleks Sets, which include specially created inserts as part of the heritage Doctor Who brand packaging.

‘The Daleks’ Collector Set comprises of a Twin Dalek Set and features the Daleks as seen fully in ‘The Daleks’, the second story of the very first season of Doctor Who in 1963. When seen in the early days of black and white television these Daleks were utterly alien in look and virtually identical in their livery of silver, mid grey and blue hemispheres. Their eyestalks became larger or smaller like the pupil of an eye and their guns comprised straight metal rails with inset plastic octagons. To identify each prop the casings had parallel black lines etched on, numbering them one to four. This has been replicated as accurately as possible in this new set.

The Dalek Invasion of Earth Collector Set features the Daleks as seen in the second serial of the second season, The Dalek Invasion of Earth, from 1964. Overwhelming demand and popularity meant the Daleks had to return, and this time they came to Earth. These revised Daleks were taller and more imposing with deep bases and revised colour schemes this stunning new set represents a silver eyed ‘Drone’ Dalek and the black ‘Saucer Command’ Dalek.

Hot on the heels of the Harry Sullivan figure release last year, Companions of the Fourth Doctor features a new figure of Sarah Jane Smith and two figures of Romana completing the Fourth Doctor’s companion list from 1975 to 1981. This set includes Sarah Jane Smith as seen in 1975’s ‘Genesis of the Daleks’ and ‘Revenge of the Cybermen’ stories, and Romana as seen in 1978’s ‘The Pirate Planet’ and 1979’s ‘Destiny of the Daleks’.

For some collectors, the arrival of the 1971 U.N.I.T Claws of Axos Set ends possibly the longest awaited figure release and completes the classic Third Doctor’s core U.N.I.T team of Brigadier Lethbridge Stuart, Captain Mike Yates and Sergeant John Benton. This new set features figures from Season 8’s 1971 story ‘The Claws of Axos’; the Brigadier wearing his less formal uniform with U.N.I.T beret, and Benton and Yates sporting their combat fatigues and webbing.

Al Dewar, Character Options, Creative Director, said. “This will be the first time in almost a decade where there will be parallel launches of the same product in the UK and the USA. Hopefully this new wave of toys will contain a few surprises for everyone. As always, the Character team has tried very hard to bring something new to delight, and hopefully exceed the expectations of fans and collectors alike. This time we are bringing even more to the table with six new products!”


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324 comments

  • Beloved Pear tree Dweller

    June 1st, 2020 - 6:34pm

    B & M Broadstairs, Kent…
    No new sets in my local store today. However, they did have 5 (now 4, because I bought one) The Monster of Peladon 3rd Doctor & TARDIS sets…
    Rather chuffed about that.

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  • Gazza

    June 1st, 2020 - 5:36pm

    Arrived full of hope at my local B&M store and was not put off by big queue due to social distancing . However nothing on shelves yet in Plymouth . So will probably phone next time .

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  • Doctor

    June 1st, 2020 - 4:37pm

    Booboo when will we see HD images of the figures in box

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    • booboo

      June 1st, 2020 - 6:54pm

      i don’t know, assuming they are doing any

  • Doctor

    June 1st, 2020 - 11:35am

    Booboo do think co will send out review samples of these sets

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    • booboo

      June 1st, 2020 - 12:13pm

      doubt it, some people might from other sources.

  • JL

    June 1st, 2020 - 3:02am

    sorry to ask more questions, but do you ever think that the success of the B&M line will justify a new sculpted action figure for the classic line, say a 3 pack with just 3 1970 silurians for army building or wheel in space cybermen, or even 2 of them and package them with a kitbashed Liz Shaw and Zoe respectively?

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  • tom baker rules

    May 31st, 2020 - 9:51pm

    booboo i thin you might of all ready answered this but do you know when abouts in june the new sets will be coming out

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    • booboo

      June 1st, 2020 - 9:52am

      not really, gut feeling it wont until very late June or even July, not even sure all sets will be arriving at the same time either

  • S

    May 31st, 2020 - 8:37pm

    Any news on any further information about these sets? Or about Al’s video?

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  • Master of M

    May 31st, 2020 - 4:39pm

    Not sure if this is relevant, but another stock of the last run of Dalek packs has just appeared on the shelves of Jarrow B&M. Dont know of it was a fresh delivery or if they’ve been sat on a shelf in the stock room but there was two of each set about an hour ago. Hope this is useful.

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  • Stormfly79

    May 31st, 2020 - 12:51am

    Will the Dalek sets be in limited quantity like the last ones?

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  • JL

    May 30th, 2020 - 4:09pm

    how much does it cost for character to do smaller figures of limited articulation, say a chumbley, quark, kroton or pting? Would any of these be achievable on a B&M set budget if they have minor articulation or is the cost of an entirely new sculpt too much?

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  • JL

    May 29th, 2020 - 9:30pm

    with the new head sculpts idea (perhaps with new lower leg sculpts) they could use the axon man body for a voord and a sensorite figure and then retool the Mondasian cyberman chest and with a new headsculpt create a 2017 Mondasian for an enemies of the first doctor set… (technically there were there in twice upon a time deleted scenes)
    then they could potentially do a 5th doctor companions set using a Delgado body for adric, a claws of axos jo for Tegan’s hostess outfit and a leela figure for a terminus nyssa or use a clara figure for a rough terminus figure, turlough using a suited primeval figure
    1st doctor – use an invasion of the bane sarah jane for a rough Barbara, a suited figure for Ian, could perhaps do a rough susan similar to her eaglemoss figurine using a bill figure (which in itself is a roughly accurate reuse of a primeval figure), or use a coatless ace for a toymaker Dodo and a mickey smith for a steven also for a toymaker look or perhaps a tenth planet ben, polly could be done using a jo grant figure as could vicki from the rescue (roughly)
    2nd doctor – Victoria could use a Gelth body painted white, while Zoe’s jumpsuit could use the original Martha figure, all painted one colour, not sure how to approach Jamie, but his popularity could warrant a standalone release with new sculpting for a kilt
    3rd doctor – liz shaw from silurians using a jo grant again
    7th doctor – use a coated ace for a mel from the beginning of delta and the bannermen in her dress
    8th doctor – lucy using peri figure, liv using series 2 rose figure
    12th doctor – under the lake clara using original figure and shorter hair head sculpt (never got an accurate 5 inch clara that wasn’t oswin), Nardole perhaps using Winston or curator figures…
    Also really really would like to see a daffodil man using a suit sculpt and new head and a whisperman and dr simeon using a snowmen matt smith figure body, perhaps even a half face man using the same body… (just to bump up the figures from 2013 onwards) and a kerblam man using a suited figure of some description even if they paint on the pockets like they’re doing on the romana figure

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    • JL

      May 30th, 2020 - 10:04am

      Suppose they could use a Helen cutter figure for a mel figure tbh

    • JL

      May 30th, 2020 - 10:12am

      Could they perhaps also do a really rough approximation to a haemovore perhaps by using the war doctor body…
      Varl could go alongside Stike very nicely also

  • The Ergon

    May 29th, 2020 - 9:42am

    Booboo, did you already mention that Product codes wouldn,t be available this year or will it be a last minute thing before you get to know?

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    • booboo

      May 29th, 2020 - 11:45am

      Last minuet, but as you can’t phone them any more they wont be much use unless you can get through to HQ

    • The Ergon

      May 29th, 2020 - 1:58pm

      I think rather than ring around and waste petrol, I shall just visit the store that got them all in for us last year and had plenty of stock and ask them to put them aside. I,m not sure if they ring back but i can request it.

  • Joe

    May 28th, 2020 - 2:29pm

    Does anyone know when these will be hitting shelves as ‘coming in June’ is a bit loose. Do they mean from the 1st of June or later?

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    • M

      May 28th, 2020 - 2:44pm

      It can be hit and miss with B&M. Some stores will get them in pretty early (wouldn’t be surprised with the first few days of June), but others will take several weeks until they appear. In any other year I’d recommend driving around a few local ones but obviously not appropriate right now.

    • booboo

      May 28th, 2020 - 2:50pm

      the vast majority of stores got them over a 3 day period last time.

      My gut feeling is you wont see these until very late June or even July.

      You can no longer phone stores to check stock, at least at the moment and the app is variable as to the situation of the shop floor.

      because of that there is probably going to be a lot more driving around than last time.

    • Mrs Croot

      May 29th, 2020 - 9:51am

      For me you never were able to phone my local. Well, you were, but they would say, “Oh, we’re not ever getting that product in”, then they would get them in. I almost missed out on the “Robot” TARDIS because of me phoning people for weeks to see if it was there, only for them to say no, while they were being sold. Thank God I got the last one. My advice is to go there and check for yourself for future releases.

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