Doctor Who Funko Pop Toys
reviewed by Eddie McGuigan
There is one word that springs to mind when looking at the Doctor Who Pop toy range from Funko – supplied by Underground Toys – and that is “cute”! They are just totally adorable.
Of course some Doctors lend themselves to adorability more than others. The Matt Smith 11th Doctor figure is true to his early incarnation and is complete without eyebrows, a little nod and in joke to both Who fans and Matt himself who makes an issue of his lack of eye framing!
David Tennant’s 10th Doctor is resplendent in his long brown jacket – his “hero” jacket he likes to call it – and again lends itself to the “cute” description as David is, in many fangirls eyes, totally that!
The Peter Capaldi 12th Doctor version is equally as cute, with his huge brown eyes and little nose, but is very much still the Doctor we all know, with his attack eyebrows proudly in place and his outfit faithfully recreated, along with the obligatory sonic screwdriver and swoop of the jacket, showing his famous red lining.
There was a time when the Pop version of Doctor Who characters would not have been welcome by collectors of Who merchandise because of their fabulous cuteness. Old, curmudgeonly Whovians would have poo-pooed their huge eyes, cartoon heads and adorability, but, luckily, things have changed. Everyone I showed these figures to say “Awwww, my goodness! How cute!” and immediately tried to beg one from me. As a range, they are very collectable, and, seeing as how the Doctor Who range is just one of many, I can see people wanting to collect the cute Avengers, cute Walking Dead zombies (really, they’re so huggable!) and cute Star Trek crews.
Durability is another plus feature of these toys, and because of this they could be knocked about by rowdy kids as well as sat neatly on a collector’s shelf. Kids can have multi-Doctor stories with 12 meeting 4, or extra-franchise crossovers – Hulk vs The Weeping Angels anyone?
I’d recommend these figures to any Doctor Who fan – at first glance of course they’re not the very serious 5” collectors range, but they have a collectability of their own, and I have a feeling my own small sample will grow and grow… I NEED a Rick Grimes now, I really do!!!