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The Big Friendly Button’s 3.75″ Dalek Review

The Big Friendly Button’s 3.75″ Dalek Review

Today we will be having a look at the 3.75 Dalek from last years Doctor Who figure range.

Seeing as I own all three variants I will review the basic specs of the figure itself and then go deeper into the different aspects of the two variants.

Right lets start off with first impressions.

The Dalek itself is a pretty good for a figure, Ray Cusick’s and Terry Nations little pepper pots of doom have been captured almost immaculately in every detail. When compared to its 5inch cousin it just shows how good Character have managed to capture the detail within a smaller figure.


The Dalek features the all too familiar bronze colouration with a gold trim, this design has been used for a long time and it is proven as the superior as they re-replaced the Paradigm as the common design. But there have been other variations of colour including Black for Dalek Dec, Red for the Supreme Dalek and Green for the Ironsides.

The detail of the Dalek has almost been completely copied over from the far bigger 5inch Dalek, even the small elevation on top of the stalk guard had been recreated, it shows how faithful character can be to recreating figures. The Daleks is almost a complete recreation when compared to its older counterpart… except for one little problem.


When you look at the 5inch Daleks eyestalk you will notice that the wheel that moves the eyesyalk up and down is black, when compared to the 3.75 it is completely clear plastic with almost no detail what so ever.

I am not sure is this was a overlook on Characters part, but this is something they need to consider those who look into detail like me might be a little put off.


When it comes to articulation you could say the Dalek is fully articulated. It features:

  • A ball jointed gun and plunger arms.
  • A swivel dome section.
  • A ball hinged eyestalk

although be warned that the eyestalk does not sit out far so do not try to make the Dalek look down.

Two wheels and one articulated wheel to provide 360 degree movement in all directions.

That’s about it technical wise, now onto the variants.


Royalty first…

This is the Imperial Guard… or guard of dust as he has no Emperor to guard anyway. This is simply a rehash of the Bronze Dalek just with a black dome section. These types of Dalek were seen protecting the Emperor in the finale of the revived series. They did nothing… they just floated there… and when the Daleks were destroyed by Rose they did not even try and save him… they must have had lousy paychecks.


Now by way that there are two types of this figure out there, the one I own seems to have a shortened gun and the shoulder slats are not coloured properly. So just be careful if you are planning on picking up one. Also on a little note as i have discovered, the Daleks plunger can be removed, i am not sure if this is the case with other Daleks as I have not tried but it still need to be pointed out.


Now in the event you are planning on buying this figure, you will find that on places like Ebay they are being sold for over the retail price and are being branded as Chase variants even when the head of development himself stated that they were not, so just be careful about that.

The best price you will find is roughly £20.00 which I think is reasonable. I suggest you have a look at Who Blackpool as they should have them for a reasonable price, Just keep an eye out for that short gun.

The Last variant is Dalek Sec…

Now sec has always been one of my favourite supreme’s, and his 3.75 immortalisation is no exception.

This Dalek sec is a complete repaint of the 3.75 Dalek and by Rassilon does he look good! He is perhaps my favourite version of the 3.75 Dalek out of the three current variants. In terms of colour he features two types of black paint.

For most of his body it is the matted black and for the Spheres, Slats and Head they are a glossy paint. I personally find the contrast of glossy and matt a perfect compliment to the figure.


I consider Dalek sec to be the supreme Dalek of the 3.75 Dalek range, now with him being a chase figure trying to find him will be a little bit of a challenge. I managed to find mine down to pure luck and timing. Dalek Sec is a limited edition release over here in the UK but is a general release over in the United States and Australia.

Now depending on how much you are willing to spend I would suggest that you consider importing the figure as it will save alot of time and hassle but DO NOT import it if you do not have the cash to spare as it may be a rare figure, but at the end of the Day all it is just a piece of plastic.

Dalek sec is a complete treasure to own within by collection of Daleks and I am sure he will be the same for you.

Last comments…

All in all the Daleks in general is the perfect figure for all fans of the supreme beings and all fans of Doctor who in general, it is small which makes it cheap and more cost effective to army build with typical Daleks pricing at £7.00 you can’t really go wrong.


But if you are planning on getting these figures I would suggest you do it soon as they will soon be replaced by two new variants, so get buying these guys while you still can.

Dalek 8/10. Great figure but it just need that clear eyestalk wheel sorting out.

Dalek Imperial Guard 7/10. Great addition but just be careful about that gun.

Dalek sec 10/10. By far the greatest Variant to date, unless they bring out the Red Supreme.

In terms of size it comes in relative scale with other 3.75 figures allowing you to do a Star Wars and Doctor Who crossover or what not, it is of course dwarfed by its older cousin but there is not surprise there.

But there is one comparison that has to be made, the oldest comparison in the universe the one Whoivans have been running from all their lives. Is the Dalek in scale with an actual petter pot?… YES!. And with that we bring this review to a close!

You have just been reading a review by The Big Friendly Button, but you can call be Luke.


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  • Hellbelly

    January 27th, 2014 - 11:47am

    The Imperial Guard is a running change, replacing the normal bronze Dalek, so they’re quite common, so I wouldn’t advise spending more than normal price on them, certainly not £20. I picked mine up from Tesco and they had 4-5 on the shelf.

    • The Big Friendly Button

      January 27th, 2014 - 3:49pm

      I am referring to Ebay Costs, there are people pricing these figures for double the price and classing them as chase figures. I do understand that they are common,but it is a risk trying to find them in the shops and wih wave 2 coming it may make it harder to find them.

    • James A

      January 28th, 2014 - 7:47pm

      The new Imperial Guard from wave 2 has the sensor arm, I’d expect that could be more popular than the current one.

    • The Werewolf

      December 30th, 2014 - 11:44pm

      I know this if from ages ago, but now the original Imperial Guard is actually a lot more common than the normal bronze. Strange thoughts.

  • Dr tyler

    January 26th, 2014 - 10:44am

    Nice review are you going to be doing any of the 5inch figure reviews?

    • The Big Friendly Button

      January 26th, 2014 - 11:12am

      If you want me to.

  • Anonymous

    January 25th, 2014 - 9:02pm

    Great reveiw

    • The Big Friendly Button

      January 26th, 2014 - 11:12am

      Thank you.

  • FishWithoutABicycle

    January 24th, 2014 - 9:03pm

    Great review! Dalek Sec does look like a nice figure 😀

    • The Big Friendly Button

      January 24th, 2014 - 9:09pm

      He is.

  • Dalek the Supreme

    January 24th, 2014 - 6:50pm

    Great review! Though the bronze Daleks haven’t completely replaced the Paradigm, I suppose it makes sense for them to release the common drones in the new scale before re-sizing the upper class. Those Dalek figures look neat, and I really hope to get one as soon as I have the money (Something I do not currently possess in great abundance, unfortunately).

    • The Big Friendly Button

      January 24th, 2014 - 6:54pm

      I do still like the Paradgm, especially with their new metallic paint. Would you like me to review all the figures.

    • Dalek the Supreme

      January 25th, 2014 - 1:29am

      Sure. I’d like to hear more opinions of them so I have the best possible idea of the quality of them.

    • The Big Friendly Button

      January 25th, 2014 - 2:07pm

      I will get on that very soon.

  • Whoisthedoctor

    January 24th, 2014 - 6:01pm

    Amazing review, well done!

    • The Big Friendly Button

      January 24th, 2014 - 6:07pm

      Thank you!

  • drjakeyoung

    January 24th, 2014 - 5:56pm

    Great review! Hope to see more in the future!

    • The Big Friendly Button

      January 24th, 2014 - 6:06pm

      You will.


    January 24th, 2014 - 5:39pm

    Well done, I enjoyed that.

    • The Big Friendly Button

      January 24th, 2014 - 5:53pm

      More than welcome.

  • Adam is cool

    January 24th, 2014 - 5:01pm

    Can you do more ? As this one was brilliant

    • The Big Friendly Button

      January 24th, 2014 - 5:30pm

      In the process of doing the Cybermen.


    January 24th, 2014 - 4:20pm

    Dalek – Would you care for some ground black pepper ?.

    The Doctor – Achoo, no thank you, Achoooooo !!.

    Cyberman VS Clone Trooper thou. COOL !! 😀

  • Trenzalore

    January 24th, 2014 - 4:07pm

    Excellent review, very detailed as well 🙂

    • The Big Friendly Button

      January 24th, 2014 - 4:37pm

      Thank you very much.

  • The War Doctor

    January 24th, 2014 - 3:51pm

    Great review

    • The Big Friendly Button

      January 24th, 2014 - 6:07pm


  • StetsonDoctor

    January 24th, 2014 - 3:51pm

    Great Review, would love to see more stuff like this on the site!!

    • The Big Friendly Button

      January 24th, 2014 - 4:43pm

      I would me more than happy to do more.

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