Character Options: Thirteenth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver

It is here; The Thirteenth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver by Character Options!

At Doctor Who Action Figures Online we were very lucky to have been chosen to receive an advanced copy of the sonic device, which is due to hit toy shelves up and down the country very soon! A big thank you to Character Options and Evolution PR for allowing us this opportunity!

So, what is new?

Well, the Sonic Screwdriver has been completely reworked for Jodie Whittaker’s era. Measuring 8 inches long, the device has been given a solid metal appearance with a texturised two-toned surface. Even though the Sonic is not made from metal, it feels sturdy to hold and the smoked plastic gives a nice glass effect, especially when it glows amber within, giving the impression that the Sonic is alive! The device marks a departure from the straight designs of past as it is the first Sonic Screwdriver to feature a curved handle which fits comfortably in your hand.

In the original press release, Alasdair Dewar, Character Options’ Director of Product Development commented: 

The new Sonic Screwdriver collectible is a radical departure in look but still retains the classic Sonic abilities and getting access to the prop images early on really helped the development of this toy.”

Prop designer Arwel Wyn Jones added;

“It’s a privilege to have been asked to redesign the iconic sonic screwdriver for the Thirteenth Doctor and a new generation of audiences.  I can’t wait for people to see how the Doctor acquires it!”

The device features two buttons; ‘Button A’ and ‘Button B’.
‘Button A’ is located towards the bottom of the device, marking a change from the previous Sonic collectibles, although it is just as easy to operate with your index finger.  It comes with three sound fx; the first is operated with once click and operates the traditional sonic sound with a small addition of a quick clicking noise as it fires up.  Two clicks operates the new ‘Diagnostic Sound FX’ which is expected to be utilised in the show, while the secret three click mode activates the pulsing Sonic fx which has featured in previous versions.
Although listed as a dummy button with no function, we believe ‘Button B’, located towards the top of the device, is actually a motion or touch sensor which allows the sonic to light up when picked up or being held. The actual button has no other feature, as listed in the instructions, but is loose within the casing, allowing it to move.

We are certainly impressed with the device and we are sure that children, adults and cosplay fans alike will enjoy using it!

The Thirteenth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver will be available from mid-August, however,
selected retailers are taking pre-orders now.

For more information go to www.character-online.co.uk.

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