It took a few months, but the Doctor Who Fourth Doctor made it out. Hooray! Since the Funko x Playmobil figures debuted we got through Toy Fair and had zero new announcements in the format - I'm not saying it's over, but I'm not super hopeful that the line is going to be expanded since we haven't had a new announcement since the debut. When you take into consideration what these are (as opposed to what they aren't), it's a fantastic figure line. 6-inch scale upsized Playmobil figures with licenses we've never seen before in the format - it's quite a collectible coup. Unfortunately, the lack of compatibility (change) makes toy people nervous and rightly so - nobody wants to get caught up on one size and then see a smaller scale later. I doubt such a thing is likely to happen here, so as a one-off (well, two-off with the 11th Doctor) our pal The Doctor turned out great.
Easily the most recognizable of the original Doctors Who, the Fourth Doctor is famous for big hair, his hat, and the largest scarf on television. Tom Baker's interpretation of the space wizard looks like he fell out of BBC in the 1970s, which is wholly appropriate for the format. The non-removable hat is a perfect fit over the sculpted fluffy hair, and the whole ensemble is held together with a really big and colorful plastic scarf. His shirt is also cleanly painted, with lots of stripes and buttons. When you compare this to $10 blind-boxed figures, it's pretty substantial... there's just no matching Daleks or other Doctors or Companions to hang out with for him.
He comes iwth a good recreation of his Sonic Screwdriver, looking as cheap as ever, which is pretty much exactly what you'd want here. It snaps in his hand with no problem, easily making it the best form fit of the figures I've seen so far. For those looking to give the Doctor some action poses, it's worth noting his shoulders and wrists can rotate but the legs cannot move, nor can the head. While it is a crying shame the neck can't move, the hard plastic scarf would restrict the leg movement anyway - so it's no big loss.
I actually forgot I ordered one when he showed up in the mail, as I assumed the figure might have been silently delayed or scuffled off. Thankfully it was only pushed out a wee bit, because the actual final product is an impressive collector figure for the asking price. It's not going to change the world - if you've got a room of Doctor Who collectibles, I doubt this will stand out as being particularly special - but I do get a tremendous kick out of seeing Mego and Playmobil Doctor Who figures. I don't suppose we'll ever see a full proper line from LEGO, but we got few pieces so clearly someone in the licensing world has a good sense of whimsy. I'd love to see if Funko can expand the line of its Playmobil Doctors, but if they don't at least we got the most popular pair already and I'm quite happy to keep this one around on one of my sci-fi toy shelves. Get it if you see it, it wouldn't surprise me if it came and went without your ever actually seeing one in person.
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