Really only 14?
That attention to detail is definitely impressive.
Edited at 2008-09-15 02:00 pm (UTC)
It's particularly funny given that the only reason they produced the Ood in the first place on the show was because they could produce them cheaply if all the heads were exactly the same.
You might be interested to know that they're re-engineered the 5" Dalek model to be closer to the actual prop, as well, for the next new Dalek release. Thinner skirt, rounder head, smaller sucker and gun. Stuff like that.
CO have made some bad mistakes (predominantly in the distribution area, but I'm thinking most of all of the Destroyed Cassandra figure, and Celerygate), but they also deserve to be congratulated for some of the awesomely good decisions they've made.
Bloody hell, it's not even like they had been particularly slack with their old dalek models. In the Genesis Arc set, each of the Cult of Skaro has the right marking underneath it's dome. And I've just gotten one of the Voice Control Daleks, and that's an amazing piece of work, not just in the look, but in what it can do as well.
I only just found out about the destroyed Cassandra figure, and I guessed what Celerygate was, checked and am not bothered. CO say it was based on his first story, where the celery was only introduced at the end, and Davison had final say over the figure and preferred it without.
As to distribution, yeah, some of that sucks, but I can't get annoyed at some of their decisions because I have to deal with their local distributor, whose decisions are far, far worse. i.e. bringing in a bunch of the 12" figures, but specifically choosing not to bring in the Doctor is one of the lesser ones.
But for the few errors CO have made, even Celerygate pales into insignificance when compared to Dapol's five-sided TARDIS console, two-armed Davros, and the array of Time lord figures with painted on smiley faces. The latter was just plain insulting to fans.
PS still no luck with a Cyber-Leader for you.
The old Daleks are great... (and have you seen their new Classic series? Absolutely awesome! There's a couple of tiny little wrong things that are really only worth parenthetically alluding to, for the most part they rock molten magma they're so hot... I have the Dead Planet model as a Monitor Pet, it's amazing!). The 18" Daleks are awesome too. They've got a solidity to them that the 12" lack I think. Plus, the Roaming Patrol mode is way cool.
Celerygate is notable mostly for the really really really bad way a spokeperson handled it, IMAO. I suspect there was a PR Training Fail... (Which can be a bad idea if you're really good at something, because of the potential arrogance which can become an M.O.: case in point. Pride Cometh and all that.)
It's not just we in Australia who've had plenty cause to criticise their Dist Systems, btw, although to be honest we're prolly coping it twice as bad.
Still, as I do point out, for the overwhelming part they've done some incredible work, and well deserve acclaim for it (but that should never mean that mistakes be dismissed, either, otherwise they'll never get even better! ;}P> Fortunately, I can't say as I've gotten annoyed over any of CO's mistakes either.)
(Oh, btw, I've already mentioned that I did get my hands on a Cyberleader already, in case it's slipped your mind. But thanks so much for thinking of me!)
2008-11-06 01:01 pm (UTC)
5 sided tardis console.
Hi I was wondering if anyone knows what a 5 sided tardis console with 7th DR and Mel and K9 would be worth. I still have the set in original box and was curious to find out a value for the set.
2008-11-07 01:54 am (UTC)
Re: 5 sided tardis console.
G'day. I've had a bit of a look around, but no real luck getting a modern price on the set. Things to keep in mind are that the newer generation of DW fans tend to be less interested in things from the old series, and older fans are busy buying the new stuff. Old toys, annuals, and books just aren't worth what they were. I've seen the very first DW annual, in near mint condition, sell for only $5! Twenty years ago they were going for $50-$100, ten years ago they were going for $20-$30.
The one price I found for your playset was $400 US ($500+ Aus) which is seriously overpriced in the current market. Much as I've always wanted one, I wouldn't pay more than $100 Aus myself, and I love collecting the old stuff. If you're ever looking at selling it, and someone offers you $100+, take it. You may do better, but it really is down to finding the right person at the right time.
Your best bet would be eBay or Oztion.com.au, (I'd recommend Oztion, because they won't kill you with fees, except they still don't quite get the traffic you need for a big sale) and to hope that two people who really want it happen to see it and get into a bidding war. Then they may well pay a lot more than they previously would have.
Of course all this assumes you want to sell it. If you don't, then just set your own minimum price you'd be willing to accept for it, and that's what it is worth to you :)
Hope this is some help. I'll keep an eye open and if I see any other prices for them I'll try to remember to let you know.