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I don’t know why I was so initially opposed to the presentation of The Impossible Set. It was initially advertised as a two-pack set erroneously listed as containing the Doctor and Clara - both in outfits from two different episodes. As time went on I came to realise that these kind of sets have been extant in Doctor Who since time immemorial, and once we heard news that the box had two faces and one of them was a Dalek, my opinions did a complete 180˚. I bet that box is going to polarise mint-in-box display collectors, though.
Part of the draw of this set is that we’re finally getting a 5” likeness of Clara, or at least one of her echoes. And Oswin Oswald does not disappoint, as her likeness is fantastic; streets ahead of her diminutive counterpart. Oswin is an almost entirely new sculpt, featuring a very thin, rubberised red dress. The thinness of the dress is a bit more accommodating to leg poses versus previous releases, for example Amy’s skirt. Of course, as a female character in this line, she does often have her issues standing up, and will topple without provocation. (Heck, when I got her out of the box, her legs were swapped over at the thighs. I had to pop them off to swap them, then swap the feet too.) Inexplicably, while her forearms and hands match the ones on the 3.75” release, they are also exactly the same forearms earlier used for Ace. It makes you wonder how long this figure has been in development, especially if that detail carried over to the smaller version. Her hair sculpt sadly leaves little room for the head to turn. Curiously, the neck seems to be slightly thicker than her shoulders would suggest, which you can see in the photos above as the small crack of a shadow that appears on the right side of her throat; it’s the overhang of the headsculpt. Finally, Oswin is complete with her soufflé-making toolbelt and an additional burnt soufflé accessory. That said, her sharing parts with Ace also means she can wield her baseball bat and Nitro-9 container!
The other figure in this set is the Scrooge McDoc from the first half of The Snowmen, before he dons his bow tie. As we’ve come to expect from Eleventh Doctor variants, he shares quite a few parts - the legs are the same pair of Eleventh Doctor legs from the initial Season Five release, and the hands are also familiar. Aside from that, the torso, arms, and head are all new parts. Great attention has been made to costume detail, from the lining on the sleeves to the fluffy lapels down to the pocket watch hanging from the waistcoat. All are neatly painted, too. The Doctor’s top hat sits jauntily atop his head. The figure’s not without its faults, though. Without the muted, candlelit colour palette of The Snowmen, the outfit appears a much brighter, almost Wonka-esque maroon. The pink lines on the shirt collar and neck are also very bright pink, clashing with the flat colour of the rest of the shirt. Additionally, depending on your specimen and its placement of the top hat, you might be able to see along the rim where the Doctor’s hair comes to a sudden halt to allow the hat to sit on his head. Presumably if you lop the hat off you reveal the Doctor’s lopsided tonsure.
I think, all in all, it’s a nicely-produced set with a great box and two of Doctor Who’s iconic costume designs. If you’re looking for a collection of Doctors and companions, then this is probably the closest thing we’re going to get to Clara in a while - at least until they release a variant to justify the production cost of a new mold. The Doctor, too, is elaborate, and generally nice to look at. Now bring on the 5” Capaldi!
where’d you get Rewind? a custom?
Chromedome is a giant love letter to the MTMTE fandom. God, the headsculpt is fantastic; one of the best to come out of the club in some time. The colour scheme is wonderful, too, and contains many details evocative of G1 Chromedome but brought bang up to date. The rear of the car mode is cream going into brown at the front, calling to mind the original Chromedome’s side robot-arm car-booster things. I also like the detail of his collarbone being slathered in red to represent his old tech spec meter.
Stylor’s a neat little addition, but as he’s coming with a toy he wasn’t explicitly designed to interact with, his peg hardpoints aren’t quite the right lengths or in the right places to mount as a weapon properly. This is all a minor point, really. Lord knows I didn’t pay for the subscription service for a Stylor.
All in all, it’s a toy I love, painted in colours I love, as a character I love. That’s three for three!
Stylor has seen some shit.
Pretty much my reaction to MTMTE #33.