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Dr. Who Argos Exclusive
Cyber Leader

 

Jeff is back tonight with another terrific guest review from the new Dr. Who line - take it away, Jeff!

Thanks to Michael for running another of my reviews, this is a figure popping up all over the place in the UK with no more than two exclusives being offered by UK stores, I canít comment on itís availability in the US but would imagine most of your specialty importers would have it. 

The second series of Doctor Who continues to enthrall the kids (obviously itís target audience) and most toy departments now seem awash with just about everything branded with the logo, and judging by the space these stores allocate it compared to say Star Wars or Power Rangers means it must be pretty much every kids favourite show right now. Itís even popular with the girls, thanks to his trusty sidekick Rose.

Way back at the beginning of the year I did a review for the Character Options RC Dalek, I was and indeed am pretty impressed by it. Theyíve now continued their 1/6 line firstly with the Doctor released about a month ago and now with a bevy of Cyber men. Firstly thereís the standard Cyber Trooper available everywhere (in the UK at least) , next the Toys R Us exclusive Cyber Commander (visible brain, white eyes, nuts on chestÖas in nuts and boltsÖnot ambiguous genitalia) and lastly the Argos exclusive Cyber Leader (removable chest plate, black head bars and an EMP bomb).
I shall be reviewing the later.








Packaging - **1/2
Although many collectors will be keeping these babies MIMB, itís quite refreshing to pick up a figure that is obviously intended as a toy. Itís very reminiscent of the Hasbro Star Wars line (circa AOTC). A large window front surrounded by the orange graphics used at the beginning of the show, accompanied by photos of the actual Cyber Men. Inside he lies in a clear plastic tray with seven twisties along side his chest plate and bomb. Not the most inspired box youíll see this year, but for a figure in this price bracket just fine.

Sculpting - ***
Now as far as Iím concerned the new series hasnít exactly floated my boat, my five and a half year old daughter however loves it, as do all her friends and every playtime at school she tells me all the boys split off to two camps. One plays Power Rangers and the other Doctor Who. So, though Iím not getting a lot from it, the kids with their all important pester power are. 

But even I can tell a cool design when I see one, and though the Cyber Men will always be to me the ones from my childhood (far more obviously a man in a suit). This new costume design is far cooler for todayís X-box and Playstation generation, lets face it five year olds are more sophisticated than when we were kids. You can find some great photos of the new design here on the official BBC/Doctor Who website

As I said above this is primarily a toy rather than collectable, but the quality of the sculpting is more than enough to keep any 1/6 aficionados or fans of the show happy. Heís pretty much sculpted all over as heís completely clad in armour. So feet, shins, thighs, groin, stomach, chest, back, hands, biceps, forearms and head are all sculpted as his Cyber armour. This fits over a skin tight grey body suit that in turn covers what seems like a very limited in articulation body. 

Paint - ***
Most of the armour is cast in a matt silver/steel colour with shading and weathering used to emphasize and enhance the details. Thereís nothing spectacular or of particular note here, but itís all perfectly serviceable.

Articulation - **
This is a difficult one, as if youíve seen the new series, in which not one but two stories were based around the Doctors old foe the Cyber men, and one story arc even brought them together with the Daleks for the first time, youíll realize that the actors in the Cyber suits had a very limited range of movement. So I didnít expect this guy to strike many poses, but that said even I was disappointed with his lack of mobility. His head shows a great range of movement, the only problem being as soon as you release your grip it springs back to an upright position. Knees and elbows bend to a full 90 degrees and his shoulders can spin to 90 degrees forward and about 45 degrees backwards. Hips bend 45 degrees forward and hands and feet can rotate and thatís it. 
As I said the Cyber men do have a limited range of movement and lumber around not unlike robo-zombies, but I feel even the actors in the real suits could move more than he does.

Accessories - **
Sadly lacking in the accessories department, my exclusive version comes with a removable chest plate (so not an accessory anyway) and a tiny EMP bomb. As far as I know the other two versions donít come with anything.

In the series they are armed with guns mounted onto their forearms so that might have been niceÖbut alas no!

Outfit - ***
I suppose you have to consider his armour his outfit, and as I said above, for a relatively cheap toy itís great. All the sculpting seems incredibly close to the actual costumes seen on screen.

Fun Factor 
Any kid who loves Who will love these! And dare I say if weíre looking from a play angle even the Doctor figure is pretty good, though I canít see it appealing to many collectors, maybe Iím being a little harsh on it as the sculpt on him isnít that bad, but everyone Iíve seen has the eyes painted giving him that fishy eyed 1000 yd stare. 

Value - ****
Four stars without a doubt, I picked mine up from the high street catalogue shop Argos, and as heís their exclusive itís the only place youíll get it other than eBay. In Argos it retails for £16.99 and thatís the price Iíve seen the other two up for in Toys R Us and Woolworthís. So if buying on line thatíll give you a good idea how much you should be paying.

Overall - ***
A good figure, (all be it lacking in articulation) for a great price. If youíve got kids into the new series getĎem all three.

SCORE RECAP:
Packaging - **1/2
Sculpt - ***
Paint - ***
Articulation - **
Accessories - **
Outfit - ***
Value - ****
Overall - ***

Where To Buy:
In the US I would imagine eBay is your best bet, but depending on what network is showing it over there and on its popularity they could be making it onto bricks and mortar shelves as well.
Over here in the UK youíre spoiled for choice, as I said earlier Doctor Who merchandise is everywhere. And Toys R Us and Argos are carrying the two exclusives.

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Figure from the collection of Jeff Parker.

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