“ Brand: Character Options / Age: 5 Years+ „
Since the re-launch of Doctor Who back in 2005, the villains of the show seem to play a more integral part of the story than before. What I mean by this is the Daleks and Cybermen will always be used in the episodes, that's a given, yet it's the new characters that seem to raise awareness of the show itself based on their originality and a very good example are the Weeping Angels. These for me are right up there with the Daleks as the prime villains in Doctor Who, the Weeping Angels first appeared in the episode titled Blink, which ironically enough didn't really feature much of the Doctor in the story as he played a secondary part to the main character of Sally Sparrow.
This was a David Tennant era story in his second season in the role.
As with most franchises today the availability of action figures that are launched as an off-set to the show is nigh on obligatory and so we have a collection released that runs in parallel with the TV show, in this case the Weeping Angel is a very good example of what can be achieved with an action figure. I always tend to think that the scariness factor can be lost in translation when a figure is created as the moulding process simply loses the features and a factor of blandness is introduced. With the action figure of the Angel it's a different story completely, the facial features have been translated extremely well and the figure still has its ferocity and still looks scary with its sharp teeth and open mouth, similar to a vampire yet totally unique. As the character is effectively a statue that can move when a human blinks the legs aren't seen on this one and they are covered up by what looks like a long formal dress, okay if a statue is a statue then the legs are academic anyway, but from the sculpture there does appear to be the bending of a leg that can be seen through what is depicted as cloth, which touches the ground and has a rather nice rippling crease effect that does produce depth on what is only a 5" figure. With the figure being virtually the same shade of grey all over the joining of the clothes to what would in theory be flesh is difficult to ascertain, but that not really that important as you see the details on the body and the wings far surpasses any sculpting or painting issues anyway and so the individual feathers on the pair of wings can be seen in quite some detail to the extent with curvature create shadows under the wing and gives further depth.
Articulation is limited as the bottom half of the figure is static and so it's only the arms and the head that move. The arms have the same directional movement as other figures in the range, they move at the shoulder, the elbow and the wrist and can be manipulated to produce some fantastic poses with hands covering the face or arms straight out in front. Additionally there is the ability to twist the arms at the bicep as well, so the arms can turn in or out. You would think that this does limit the sheer usefulness of the piece, yet this is truly a case of less is more as all the poses that you see this character do in the show can be replicated completely. The hair is centre parted and strands originating from the parting can be seen going down the side of the head. This does give some personality and when watching the episodes that feature the Angels, you are able to identify this one immediately so a connection can be made straight away. Although if you want to create a more precise set up then this as well as the other Angel figures will have to be bought in multiples rather than singularly. It was the same with Star Wars; you could never get away with just one Stormtrooper guarding Darth Vader, to make it like the film you had to have six at least! Unfortunately it's the same here and the ones available may have to be purchased multiple times to add some bolster.
The detail of the piece is the thing that caught my eye, the story tells that these are living stone statues and so the stone effect is very good and most of all will convince the user, the other Angels in the collection look the same as this one does and even the ones with legs are up to the same quality as this which for the collector is quite re-assuring.
There is something alarming about this toy. I am not sure it is the kind of toy you should give a young kid to play with. The new series of Doctor Who has enough dark and brooding moments to shock and scare adults, so perhaps this figure is aimed more at Doctor Who collectors rather than children.
The Weeping Angels are a group of psychopathic hunters, who first made an apperance in the episode 'Blink'. The angels cover their eyes with their hands, to prevent themselves from looking at people. They are not savage though and mean no real harm.
Character Options have produced this weird and wonderful toy, which is rather ghoulish and downright creepy! The figure is made from plastic, but great care has gone into capturing the look of the angel from the show. The facial features bear a strong likeness and the attention to detail on on the hair is good. The face is testy looking, it does not look that angelic to me, more demonic.
The bodywork has been handled well though, with a nice bit of articulation on the robing, giving the figure an enigmatic look, almost godly in apperance. The wings have been carved very well and are pretty eye catching. If you want to pose the figure then you can move the head and arms, the arms actually stretch out, which is accurate. The figure is silver/grey in colour, so a rather bland looking figure, but at the same time, the stoney look gives it an air of importance.
It stands several inches tall and is in proportion to the rest of the figures in the range. The Angel comes in plastic packaging with a carded backing and you will be looking at about five to six pounds if you want to buy one as new from Amazon.
A neat sci fi display piece and a must for fans.
In the event that you might be tired or sleepy, in the event that you have an eye affliction which may cause you to blink more that what might be considered normal, in the event that you may perhaps be easily distracted this is NOT an object you would wish to keep near.
The solid statue from series two or in fact a similar on from series 3 are in themselves harmless, slightly macabre but harmless. The silver grey colouring may give the impression of something more expensive than the £6.99 you will be asked to cough up for this Weeping Angel. The other figure from series 3 is a Screaming Angel in which the only difference is that she does not have hers eyes covered and appears to have outstretched arms and is screaming. None of this seems remotely significant unless you have had the pleasure of viewing the Dr Who episode in which both appear.
I purchased this for a nephew who like me is daft on Dr Who, it was only after purchasing and delivering the present that I saw the episode in question, and this caused me to think on the wisdom of my purchase and choice of present. There aren't many things that scare me...................not keen on spiders, or snakes.................Daleks and now Weeping or Screaming angels. In the episode of Dr Who the Doctor is back in 1969 whilst his TARDIS is in present day. The angels are aliens who are in desperate need of the TARDIS in their attempt to devour all human energy both past and present. Their main problem is that if viewed by human eyes the turn to stone in which state they are harmless. They are however lightening fast and can quickly get close to their prey as the prey blinks or is distracted. The addition of some well chosen atmospheric music and some very realistic angel models creates a very spooky yet surreal presence. They are a formidable foe, one brief second of lapse of concentration and chop you are devoured
As I said not much bothers me but for some reason or perhaps just the fact the episode was excellently written and performed I found it somewhat disturbing and indeed scary. So much so that it gave me concern to rethink my present choice, which as I later discovered was excellent. My nephew although thinking along similar lines did not find them quite as scary as I did, but did make comments on the episode being one of the most disturbing. The statues ar made of what appears to be plastic although it doesn't quite feel like plastic which in itselfs makes me wary.
If I had one of these statues near me I would be continually reminded of this disturbance, I would be concentrating on the figure, I would NOT be blinking, I would be wide awake, if you perchance to purchase one before seeing the episode fine you won't have any problems, but if like me you have seen the Angels doing their scary stuff whatever you do don't SLEEP, don't LOOK AWAY stay focused and most importantly DON'T BLINK ............................good luck.
The current Amazon 'hot offer' (£1.99) makes this a must for Doctor Who fans. Irrespective of the price, my son and other readers of Doctor Who Adventures (aimed at children aged ten or so) voted this the scariest monster to date across the four series of the contemporary Doctor Who programme.
The figure itself, as with most Character Options products, is extremely well designed, sculpted, constructed and detailed. The wings are detachable and the arms are articulated at the elbowes and wrists, allowing the recreation of the 'hands to the face' technique featured in the programme. My son loved both this particular feature and the small wheels at the base of the figure which allow the figure to be moved at speed, just like the monsters in the actual episode ('Blink').
Add one of several tenth Doctor figures and Martha and you are ready to recreate scenes to your heart's content.
This is from figure is based on the 'baddie of the week' from a series three episode of the new Doctor Who series. This episode has won a BAFTA and also a HUGO award.
Somehow this episode managed to make one of the least sophisticated possible baddies very scary indeed, an apparently inanimate object, a statue. All of this is done without any special effects. The said statues are actually played by performance artists.
When I first heard about the statue being made in to a figure, I could not see how it could be done successfully. However, it is possibly one of the best Doctor Who action figures available.
In the episode, the angels are mostly seen covering their eyes - so that they don't see each other - if they are being observed, they cannot move. I was happy when I bought the figure as the arms fully articulate at three points and can be put in to this classic pose.
The wings also articulate, as does the body and head. The quality of the workmanship is very good, and the level of detail amazing.
This makes a good starting figure to a new collector.
I only have one but it is in the office facing me (with eyes covered) whilst I am on the computer and is more than a little spooky.