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Character Options have been producing Doctor Who action figures for a few years now and here is one of my absolute favourite sets. Most of the figures come from the newer episodes, but this set takes us back to the days when Tom Baker was the Doctor. From the episode 'The Talons Of Weng Chiang,' Magnus Greel and his creation Mr Sin are two of the finest and creepiest villains to have stepped out of the show.
Magnus is the taller of the two, a dark brooding criminal with murderous intent. The figure is superb with a wonderful flowing cloak which shrouds him in darkness and mystery. I like the attention to detail here with the balance of silvers and blacks working very well. Underneath, the design work continues to appeal with pleasing articulation on his chest area. I am delighted that the head has been carved in such an accurate way, keeping the mask shapely and bleak looking. Greel can be posed at all his limbs, though I do find his cloak restricts his leg movement a little, as has happened with a few of the figures who have cloaks in the range.
The smaller figure is his creation, Mr Sin. A spooky Chinese puppet-like creature who certainly gives me the chills. The face is haunting and echoes the character from the show brilliantly. I love the natty beard and vibrant colou work on the costume and the pencil thin legs here. Sin is in proportion to the larger figure too, so accuracy is achieved. He can also be moved and you can create new poses at all limbs. Again the cloak does hinder leg movement though.
This is a wonderful two pack, but the rarity of the set has forced the price up to about thirty pounds. I have bought most of my figures at auction sites and managed to nab some bargains though. This is a must for Who collectors, but possibly a rare treat for the casual action figure buyer.
From the Tom Baker 4th Doctor serial The Talons of Weng-Chiang 1977 Magnus Greel wears a black and gold Samurai outfit and warriors helmet; the figure includes a 2nd Head accessory