Doctor Who Time Squad Review: Clockwork Man

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Between constantly being bombarded with stuff about Doctor Who from the Nerdist and Infinite Hollywood, I figured it was time to finally sit down and watch it. So the girlfriend and I have been slowly working our way through the series starting with Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor. But in the back of my mind I remembered the hard to find Time Squad figures and knew I had opened a whole can of worms.

So after stumbling upon a couple of the figures on clearance, they’ve been sitting in my “I should review those” pile for months until the other night when I finally saw an episode with one of them in it! So now that I know who the Clockwork Man is, I think I can finally review him.

Characters Direct LTD, the same company that made the surprisingly good monsters in the Scooby-Doo Mystery Mates, fully embraced the Heroes-style created by Hasbro when it comes to these figures. The proportions are perfectly in scale making them seamlessly fit in with the likes of Boba Fett, Indiana Jones and Wolverine without issues. Anything that allows me to make absurd crossovers on my desk works wonders!

Unlike most Doctor Who villains like the Daleks and Cybermen, the Clockwork Men aren’t some kind of nefarious automatons bent on conquering the world. They’re simply repair droids that lost their way in time and space and due to some misguided programming thought they needed to hunt down Madame De Pompadour.

Dressed like a French nobleman at a masquerade ball during the 18th century, Clockwork Man looks stunning. All the elements from the ruffled cuffs, silver buckle boots and large coat translate beautifully to this style. The head looks slightly elongated with a terrifying face that is equal parts drama mask and killer clown, while the curly wig covers the rest. Coming out of the right hand is a silver piece of metal with golden markings that resembles a fork. It’s one of those all-purpose tools that can repair or stun depending on what the story needs.

Articulation is three cut joints at the neck and shoulders. The neck doesn’t have a lot of movement given the long hair. Even weirder though is that the limbs pop off with relative ease – especially the head! It makes me think the figure was originally designed to have a second head showing off his clockwork designs. One odd thing about the design is that the Clockwork Man has a slight lean to his pose like he’s getting ready to attack. It works well except the Clockwork men were never shown as being anything but rigid.

The paint is better than most of Hasbro and Mattel’s offerings with the yellow trim on the jacket looking especially good. The face is stunning with all of the details perfectly executed – this is almost LEGO level of good. They even went as far as painting the bolt on the claw-thingy!

Since this figure was part of the single packs that contained a build-a-figure, Clockwork Man includes a black leg wearing a dark brown shoe that’s supposed to belong to the Master. Though given how hard most of this series is to find, I don’t expect to ever complete the figure. But given the storyline of the Clockwork Men, including a severed limb isn’t out of character in the least.

This is an amazing Hero-style figure. For Doctor Who fans, this is a great cute version of the Clockwork Man. For fans of the scale, it’s a creepy looking guy dressed up in 18th century clothing with a blade hand! This guy looks right at home pestering the Doctor or Spider-Man, it doesn’t matter and that’s what makes for a good toy.

Written by jestergoblin

July 4th, 2011 at 12:00 am

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