It’s no secret that in Doctor Who collector and fandom circles, the Character Options line of action figures has seen a fair amount of criticism as of late.
From the new smaller 3.75″ sizes (who knew they had the Master’s shrink ray?), to paint jobs that look like they were done by a frustrated Sontaran, to a Clara Oswald figure that makes the beautiful Jenna Coleman look like Eddie Izzard after a trip to a cut-rate salon, fans aren’t happy. The clip above perhaps demonstrates the bad feeling in its more humorous form…
An article on KDramastars.com points out part of the problem:
“One thing to realize is that paying a hefty price is no problem to collectors as long as detail and playability is of the highest degree. Toy manufacturers seem to think that just because it is Doctor Who and the figure somehow resembles the Doctor, anyone would be willing to shell a huge amount of money just to buy it.”
The site also tries to see the company’s side of things, but the writer’s frustration can’t help shining through:
“Character Options have defended their shift in size by claiming that everyone can now easily own one. Parent will not have any problem spending around $12 for a single figure. The fact that detail has been sacrificed and collectors feel that Character Options is just banking on the Doctor Who popularity is reason enough not to purchase the new Doctor Who figures.”
There is a slight glimmer of hope that the company may be responding to some of the complaints: Interestingly, rumours suggest that we may see two new 5″ Dalek sets.
Based on Asylum of the Daleks, one Classic and one New series set, and B&M and Toys R Us exclusives. Hopefully, this will lead to further developments in this size.
Kasterborites, what do you think of the 3.75″ Character Options action figures?
(Thanks to Ian)