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Character Options Doctor Who - Werewolf
After recently reviewing Doctor Who's Tardis, it has put me in the mood for reviewing another toy from my son's Doctor Who collection.
First of all the Werewolf came about when the Doctor and Rose Tyler arrived in Scotland 1879. Okay that's as much about the programme as I am going to rattle on about. I'm here to tell you about the Werewolf figure, not the TV programme after all.
So, the Werewolf figure stands about 8 to 9 inches tall, with his head tilted in the upmost position. He's made of very tough plastic and he's very hard to the touch, if he were to be thrown, I'm sure he would break something, so it's not advisable to throw him at anyone. He is quite heavy for his size. There are lots of joints on him that can be moved into various different positions;
The parts of him that move are as follows.
The top of both his arms
Both his elbows and wrists
His upper torso/chest can be tilted and twisted
Tops of both his legs
His knees, ankles and Feet
I have to admit that this toy is solid, my son's had it for a few years now and it doesn't show any signs of weakness anywhere at all. The build and quality of this Werewolf figure are excellent. Not only that but I find the attention to detail on this figure rather outstanding. I can tell just by looking at it that a lot of care over the designing has gone in to it. Its colouring is several different shades of brown; at the back of him he has a tail which is rugged and bendy although it doesn't change position like many other parts of him. I really can't praise the detail on this Werewolf figure enough. The hands are tremendous, with no detail left out at all, he has really long yellowy looking claws, the same colouring as his teeth, and because his mouth is slightly open you can see all the detail there as well, right down to the gums and the tongue. I am very impressed but then I guess you gathered that already.
Displaying or Playing
He does actually stand alone and can be positioned in many different ways. My son and I have both always been really impressed with this particular figure. Don't get me wrong, most of the Doctor Who figures you can buy are of the same detail and quality, but somehow this one just seems to be so much better than the others and I would say to anyone who collects Doctor Who merchandise, should definitely have this Werewolf as part of their collection. Also, any child would be fine to play with this figure, it's just so sturdy.
This Werewolf can be picked up from many different places either online or from a physical shop. He'll probably cost you around £9.00 for a 5 inch figure, but the figure I bought my son is bigger so would cost more, I saw it on Amazon for £29.99 but I can't remember how much it was when I bought it but whatever it cost me, it was worth it.
Overall I would recommend this Werewolf figure, without a doubt it has to be one of the best made yet.
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Since Doctor Who was relaunched back on the BBC a few years ago, our family has been completely hooked on the show, especially my oldest son, who was 5 when the show started and is now nearly 10. He went through a "Doctor Who phase" when he was absolutely obessed with the show, and his room was adorned with loads of Dalek posters and other merchandise. Suffice to say, ther BBC produced lots of toys and other memorabilia to feed the hype, including the toy I am about to review. The Werewolf.
The Werewolf features in an episode about strange monks who are hiding a dark secret. The Doctor and Rose, Along with Queen Victoria have to find a way to stop the Werewolf, which is of course, really an alien in disguise. The episode is really scary, but it is one of my favourite episodes and my kids loved it.
The Werewolf toy is a rather handsome chappie, and at about 8 inches tall, he is a fair bit bigger than our other Doctor Who figures, but that doesn't seem to bother the kids. His head is the same as a normal wolf, but his body merges between wolf and human. He has an angry snarl on his face, with ears pinned back, and looks as if he is poised to attack. The makers of the figure have included some good details, including blue veins which run down his legs (talk about problems with thread veins showing!) and his arms.
What I really like about this toy is how poseable it is. This guy has joints everywhere! You can twist his head through 360 degrees, and he has ball joints on his shoulders, which enable you to swivel them all the way around. He has elbow and wrist joints, moveable waist, hip joints, knee and ankle joints, and weirdly, a joint between the knee and ankle, which enables his foot to flip back and touch his knee, I never knew werewolves could do that!
We have had this toy for two or three years, and it is still in the same condition as when we bought it, despite being played with a lot. The toy is very robust, and I am impressed that none of his bits have fallen off, as the joints are durable and strong.
The toy is a scary looking thing, with huge claws and big teeth and I did have doubts as to whether it would be suitable for kids or too scary, but kids absolutely LOVE scary toys, and half the fun with this toy is chasing your little brother and sister around with it making roaring noises! The werewolf gets played with a lot in imaginitive play and storytelling. He would definitely put a new twist on the Little Red Riding Hood story! As he is a good size, he is unlikely to get lost down the back of the setee, as is the way with most action figures.
Although the toy is aimed at boys, girls will like it too, as is the case with my 7 year old daughter, who was playing with this toy in the bath last night! He is the perfect height to accompany Barbie on a date if she gets fed up of Ken! As the toy has no metal parts, he is suitable to play with outdoors or in the bath, as he won't go rusty.
I am glad I ignored my initial doubts about buying this toy, as I think he is absolutely fantastic. He would suit children aged 4 and up, and Adults who enjoy the show, as he would make a great display figure. With the current popularity of vampires and werewolves at the moment, this fellow may find himself very popular indeed.
Now here is one mean and moody beasty who you do not want to meet on a dark night, especially if there is a full moon. It is fair to say that the newer series of Doctor Who have thrown up some scary bad guys. They have triumphed over the likes of the Ice Warriors, from the Pertwee era and provided a strong match for even the likes of the Cybermen and the Daleks. The Werewolf made his appearance when the Doctor and Rose Tyler were in Scotland, in the era of Queen Victoria (cue lots of one is not amused jokes!)
The character was quite frightening onscreen and probably shocked and upset some younger viewers, but it shows what you can with a buget and cgi effects.
Character Options have produced this wonderful model of the Werewolf. He has an expressive snarling face with spiked teeth and a glare which could silence any grown man. Great attention to detail on his head, with a good ruffled. hairy patch just above his eyes and some pointy ears. The figure is quite muscular and athletic, echoing the wolf in the programme. His body is very masculine and he has a ripped torso and lean legs. The figure can be moved at the head, you can also move his legs and arms, which means he can be posed in a range of positions. You will notice that he has very articulated hands and claws which adds to the charm of the toy.
The wolf stands several inches tall, possibly seven or eight inches, though he is slightly stooped, but he is in line with the height of the other action figures in the set. He is a stunning display piece and you can pick him up from amazon for around about five pounds. Just don't have him too near you at night!
The re-launch of Doctor Who has brought a whole generation of new fans to the show as well as delighting its original ones. Character Options holds the licence to produce action figures and has released a comprehensive range accurately modelled on the characters as they actually appeared in the series. The range won the Toy Retailers Association's Boys Toy of the Year Award in 2006. Each figure features multiple points of articulation and detailed and accurately modelled clothing and faces. Ideal for collectors and fans alike!