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Robert Harrop Limited Edition Sontaran Commander Linx from ‘The Time Warrior’ (1973) – In Hand Review

“By virtue of my authority, as an Officer of the Army Space Corps, I hereby claim this planet, its moons and its satellites, for the greater glory of the Sontaran Empire!”

Sarah Jane Smith is impersonating her aunt, virologist Lavinia Smith, in order to gain access to a research centre where top scientists are being held in protective custody while UNIT investigates the disappearance of a number of their colleagues.  The missing scientists have been kidnapped by a Sontaran and taken back to medieval England, where they are working under hypnosis to repair his damaged spaceship.

Linx is a Commander of the Fifth Army Space Fleet of the Sontaran Army Space Corps and was played by Kevin Lindsay. He was the first of the Sontaran race to appear in a Doctor Who episode in the time of the Third Doctor, portrayed by Jon Pertwee. The Sontaran’s physical appearance can be attributed to their heavy muscle structure which is designed for load bearing rather than leverage as their home planet of Sontar has a surface gravity many times that of Earth.

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This Limited Edition 1:12 scale hand painted Ice Warrior figurine is now available from Robert Harrop Designs priced at £50.00 (plus postage). Designed and Sculpted in Shropshire, England by Robert Harrop Designs, the figurine stands approximately 6.5 inches (166mm) tall (1:12 scale).

A Limited Edition of only 500 figurines worldwide, each figure is individually hand numbered with a unique number on the base. Each figure comes complete in a presentation box with information card and a Certificate of Authenticity!

Sculpted by Mike Rogers.

The Sontarans have featured in both the Classic and New Series, however, Robert Harrop have taken inspiration from ‘The Time Warrior’ to bring Commander Linx to the range. As usual, the figurine is packed in a sturdy cardboard box with polystyrene insert to protect the figurine during transit with an individually numbered with a foiled silver sticker on the front.

Unwrapping the figurine, you are greeted with a figure which looks like it is in movement. Linx’s hands have been positioned on the belt with the other reaching down to his gun. His face has been sculpted well to capture the likeness of the character, however this is one figure which needs to be seen in hand as it is only until you inspect the figure with more detail that you can see how much time has been spent painting the figure to ensure its skin tones are correct and that the facial hair stands out. It certainly does look realistic!

Linx is obviously shorter than the other figurines in the range. His costume has been well sculpted to include small creases to his black puffy uniform. Unlike the screen version, Robert Harrop has dulled down the shine to the Sontaran’s costume. I think this is a wise move as an extra glossy figurine would distract from the overall sculpt. One particular feature I liked with this figurine is the base. The paved base covered in straw is a nice touch to remind fans of the time when the character was first seen, The Middle Ages.

Being a limited edition of only 500 worldwide, I can see these not hanging around for long. It would certainly be a welcomed addition to any collection.

Justin

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