Obviously the new version of Doctor Who has commanded the lion’s share of recent BBC-licensed merchandise, but over the last year or so they’ve been slowly adding action figures from the classic Doctor Who (including Tom Baker and Peter Davison figures – Tom’s figure is currently grinning those big teeth on my desk, I couldn’t resist it). The latest one to be announced is the late, great Jon Pertwee from the mid 70s Who era, possibly the finest dandy Time Lord ever to rock a velvet jacket and frilly shirt This one is from the episode The Green Death, set in Wales, the one where Katy Manning’s Jo Grant left the show and has Pertwee’s flamboyant Who complete with some of the giant maggots that grew out of the toxic green waste.
Of course, these days the title ‘The Green Death’ would probably be a thriller about fundamentalist eco warriors assassinating people like Jeremy Clarkson, but hey, that would probably be an enjoyable film… Sticking with the mid 70s Who there is also a Pyramid of Mars era Tom Baker figure coming soon; robotic mummies murdering, Sarah Jane, Mars and Sutekh the Destroyer, one of my favourite Baker stories.
The Forbidden Planet International blog I set up a few days after starting work there turned four years old today. Its vastly jumped up the Technorati rankings since it started, had some nice things said about it by a lot of folks, we’ve posted a ton of reviews on all sorts of comics, graphic novels and SF&F books, news and interviews with authors and artists from those who create in their spare time at home right up to the giants of the medium like Alan Moore, and hopefully we’ve done something I’ve always enjoyed doing and that’s introducing readers to books and graphic novels they might not have picked up otherwise. I’ve been a bookseller for years and written about books and comics (and movies for that matter) for about as long but that’s still one of the best feelings, when someone tells you they picked up something new that they might not have read because the saw it mentioned and as a result they found something new that they discovered they loved. I still get a buzz from that.
William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton figures from the new classic Doctor Who range – I so want these, especially the Troughton one, I’ve always had a soft spot for the second Doctor going right back to when I was a kid and reading the old Target novelisations (the only way to get the older stories in pre video and DVD days)
I’m seriously liking the latest Doctor Who action figures range. You have no idea how hard it is to resist the urge to buy more of them when I see them at work! I couldn’t resist adding a Tom Baker figure (complete with his manic grin) from the Classic Who range to stand next to my David Tennant figure on my desk though. Yes, I know, I’m a big kid, so what? One of the best things about being grown up is being able to buy yourself some fun toys from time to time. And I know my friend’s wee boys will go mad for these too, think I know what to buy for at least two of my Christmas presents this year…
Cool Indy stuff!
At long last the fourth (and I’m guessing final?) Indiana Jones movie – Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – is coming this summer. I’m already readying my Fedora and oiling my whip. There’s some very cool merch coming out to tie in with the film, including some beautifully detailed statues:
And I spotted my colleague sticking up some (rather more affordable to the pocket money) action figures. Why weren’t there Indy action figures when I was a kid? Sure we had the original Star Wars figures (and the even better Micronauts, which were more posable, with more joints, plus you could take them apart, always a plus for a kid) but no Indy figures. I may have to get a couple of these to keep the Doctor Who and Captain Scarlet figures on my desk company. What do you mean I’m too old for toys? Cobblers to that, you’re never too old for toys! In fact one of the best things about being grown up is being able to buy toys when you want!
If like me you’ve been following Heroes and thinking it is one of the best things on TV right now (whether you are a comics fan or not) you’ve probably been wondering when they might start creating some tie-in material to go with it. Well, DC has a graphic novel collection coming up soon which collects the comics material created online to go along with the series, available in two different cover editions, one by Jim Lee and one by Alex Ross, so if you’re trying to think on something for a Heroes fan for a present, here’s a big, fat, superpowered hint!