Seriously though this guide to collecting Doctor Who merchandise from 2006-2009 is an absolute must to those who think they have everything Doctor Who related. The period covered in this third update of the popular series was a golden time for being a Doctor Who fan with more stuff than ever to spend your hard earned cash on. How things have changed from the rather dubious Dapol stuff we were once fed. Kids these days just don’t realise the high quality of some of the figures and playsets that are available to them.
The book covers so much in its 448 page count its hard to decide which section is the most informative and fun. Is it the listings of all of the Character Options 5” action figures or the massive range of Doctor Who socks that hit clothing stores all presented here in full colour? Is it the endless lists of confectionery or is it the exact listings for the Battles In Times range of cards?
Well actually it’s all of it, as it’s a joyous celebration of a show in its prime and all the merchandise that followed it. This is a truly mesmerising tome that’s impossible to put down as each turn of the page exposes another piece of memorabilia that I was unaware of.
Where the book comes into its own is when it covers some of the dodgier unofficial pieces. The Tenth Doctor Colouring Set and The Sci-Fi Babes Calendar are particular stand out of pieces of jump-on-the-time-travelling-bandwagon of crapness.
At the back of the book are a couple of excellent features; the Bally Williams pinball machine, an interview with Don Gallacher the producer, arranger and promoter of Mankind’s seminal classic Dr Who and a piece on the geniuses at WETA.
Howe’s Transcendental Toybox Update No. 3 is a truly wonderful release that will guide you through the minefield that is memorabilia collecting. So it was with a heavy heart I read that this would probably be the last such release but there are plans for there to be an online edition so fingers crossed that such a thing develops.
A release for serious and casual collectors alike.
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