If you’re freaked out by the thought of a grown man who’s still adding to his toy collection, feel free to wait for the next train!
Okay, here are the official press release photos from Underground Toys…ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Jon Pertwee in plastic form:
Here I was already excited about getting the first two Doctors (thank you, Kristine!), and they pop this on us a day into the show? I can’t tell if Underground Toys is irredeemably cool or irredeemably cruel. Probably somewhere in between. And their press release is so amazingly confusing that I still don’t know if they’re for sale at the show or not until afterward (August availability for online retailers is mentioned) – the wording is that vague.
To understand why this is a big deal to someone who (A) has a kid with his own growing toy collection, and (B) is in his late 30s, I can really only offer the following thoughts: I’ve been watching Doctor Who since I was around 8 years old. The first toys along these lines didn’t appear until I was almost out of high school. And for comparison’s sake, here is the earlier toy line’s take on Pertwee:
Bit of a difference, yeah? (Pertwee may have been tall, but that torso is just plain unnatural.) The aforementioned ’80s/’90s varied wildly in quality, and of the eight Doctors we’d seen by that time, only three were produced. So, to boil it down to a few words: unfinished childhood business. I would love to have had these when I was eight or ten or so, and I’ll happily settle for getting my hands on them at that age plus 30-odd years.
Hey, you guys do know I’m a card-carrying geek…right? 😛