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#1 Aethyr

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 07:53 AM

It was announced today that Character Options is entering the mini-fig/construction toy market with a line of Doctor Who mini-figs.

From the BBC Press office: http://www.bbc.co.uk...r_options.shtml

From Doctor Who Toys website (with larger pictures): http://www.doctorwho...terbuilding.htm

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 08:47 AM

Those Daleks look ok If the scale is right I might purchase them.

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 10:40 AM

Hmm. Somehow these don't look quite as obnoxious to me as the last DW minifig line(the Superhero Squad-inspired one) did. Granted, I'll never see these in stores here, but these don't look half bad.

No height description though? Somehow I got the impression that these might be roughly the same size as Playmobil figures.
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*But really I'm for anything that'll help Chuck see clearer and diversify the line even more, so that everyone will be happy. Also, I still want Inhumans even though DST said that might take take a while. Also also, I really do not understand DC's decision-making process sometimes. Also also also, the Book of Minimates needs to become a real thing. Also also also also, I'm still looking for Femme Fatales Minimates.

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 11:12 AM

Those I like. I hope they do other doctors and companions.

Too bad I promised the wife no new toy lines.... but maybe I can talk her into this one...

@NorthRaider: They look Lego size in the picture of the guy holding the doctor on a mini stand.

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 11:35 AM

QUOTE (pickle @ Jan 20 2011, 01:12 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
@NorthRaider: They look Lego size in the picture of the guy holding the doctor on a mini stand.

Oh, my bad. Didn't notice the scale/angle of that pic.

These are sounding more and more interesting by the minute. I'll bet that one of the planned construction sets is going to be a mini TARDIS. Any other ideas. though? The Pandorica? Amy's house? The ship from "Time of the Angels"? Interiors of the Starship UK? The War Room? Craig's apartment? tongue.gif
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*But really I'm for anything that'll help Chuck see clearer and diversify the line even more, so that everyone will be happy. Also, I still want Inhumans even though DST said that might take take a while. Also also, I really do not understand DC's decision-making process sometimes. Also also also, the Book of Minimates needs to become a real thing. Also also also also, I'm still looking for Femme Fatales Minimates.

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 12:14 PM

Note that Richard Hollis is Head of UK Licensing at BBC Worldwide whilst Underground Twats hold (held?) the US Licensing rights for Doctor Who. I haven't unravelled yet whether that is a good thing or a bad thing but remember Minimates cannot currently be marketed in the UK . These are undoubtedly Lego compatible...the dalek have cut-outs at their bases allowing them to sit on Lego bases.

Having said all that ,I quite like them & as I said the other day (somewhere here) I can foresee a time when articulated figures like Minimates may become more humanoid & less block.

I'm in . wink.gif

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 01:58 PM

Hmm, for blocky figures the Doctor & aliens look good. The Daleks look amazing, though. I may have to beg some people in the UK to pick some up for me...

And speaking of Dr. Who news, Bif Bang Pow! announced that they got the rights to Mego-styled Dr. Who figures. Looks like the BBC is just handing out licensing rights like mad these days...

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 03:06 PM

Boyd The Beeb is probably desperate for money, hence the licence whoring.
Both yourself and Northraider are welcome to drop me a line if these little guys get produced. Happy to help spread the Who love.

By the way, did I say 'WANT'?

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 03:28 PM

QUOTE (NorthRaider @ Jan 19 2011, 05:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
These are sounding more and more interesting by the minute. I'll bet that one of the planned construction sets is going to be a mini TARDIS. Any other ideas. though? The Pandorica? Amy's house? The ship from "Time of the Angels"? Interiors of the Starship UK? The War Room? Craig's apartment? tongue.gif


I see your Tardis, and raise you a Tardis control room. Hopefully one with working lights, sounds, and motion like the one Character produced based on the Control room for the 9th and 10th Doctors.

A control room from each era would be incredible. As would all 11 doctors and respective companions as mini figures.
Sadly I'd imagine character will concentrate on current Who rather than it's history. Still, these things are going to rock!

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 05:58 PM

I think these are very cute and will do well.

Be interested to see what the construction sets are like, in terms of quality. Doctor Who C3-style, who would have thought!
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Posted 19 January 2011 - 06:24 PM

Those aren't all that bad.......granted, they aren't minimates, which is still sad.....but I wouldn't mind buying some of these!

Edited by jcastick, 19 January 2011 - 06:24 PM.


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Posted 20 January 2011 - 12:51 AM

I liked Time Squad better.
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No, he's right -- not making that one character doomed the line. Doomed, I tell you. The minute we left him out of Series 1 a raven flew through our window. And killed an intern.


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Posted 20 January 2011 - 01:37 PM

Definite for me, despite sadly falling between being real Lego or Minimates. Oh well. Looking forward to seeing the playset elements.

Good opening selection of figures too. Even the abhorant new-style Daleks look good.

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 09:57 AM

They are not bad. I'm not a Who fan, but I've a good friend that is, so I'm glad to see them. It will, at the very least, make Who customs pretty easy, since it looks to me like the unique parts will be compatible. Also, for any US buyers, I would expect that Forbidden Planet in NYC will stock these, and I might be able to make a trip there to help some of y'all out.

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I've said it before, and I'll say it again: HELLPOP GETS IT.

Great. there will be no living with him now.rolleyes.gif

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 10:24 AM

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Distinctive to the Character Building range will be the use of texture on some of the building blocks, whether it be the sleek and smooth edges of a spaceship, or the rough edges of a rock face


Perhaps the play sets will be similar to MEGA Bloks' (Halo, POTC, etc) brands in how they will look and be built.

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 06:06 PM

Sadly, double post action...

Anyway, a question for our UK members. What is a good site to use to see London Toy fair photos?

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 02:28 AM

haven't a clue Pickle. UK Toy Fair has always been a real closed shop affair. Winkerbean might have an idea though.

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 02:44 AM

I think this link will probably sum up this trade show & the coverage it gets here http://www.people.co...15875-22875694/ rolleyes.gif

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 02:54 AM

And as if by magic ... http://www.activedad...ho-lego-review/

11 Doctors! biggrin.gif

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 03:31 AM

I know ardent Who fans will snap these up but the new pictures from Rad (thankyou) aren't making me want them as much as I perhaps did. I don't think that these will harm the slim chances we already had of getting Who Minimates & I actually believe that it will help. Mega Bloks & Medicom (kubrick) both did Halo but it never stopped DST getting the licence.




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