In 2015, Warlord Games secured the licence to produce a miniatures game based on the BBC’s enormously popular TV series, Doctor Who. Since then they have been tirelessly researching episodes both new and old, sculpting miniatures and working back and forth with the BBC to ensure the results are completely authentic.
Doctor Who Into the Time Vortex In Hand Review
Warlord Games Doctor Who Into the Vortex range kicked off their range in late 2016 with 5 sets being released on their website, representing a mixture of characters from the modern era of Doctor Who; making a welcomed change to the usual merchandise on the shelves.
To date, the following sets have been released: ‘The Tenth Doctor & Companions’ set (£19.99) comprises of The Doctor, Donna Noble, Wilfred Mott, Rose Tyler and Martha Jones; ‘The Twelfth Doctor & Companions’ set (£19.99) contains The Doctor, Clara Oswald, Madame Vastra, Jenny Flint, Strax; ‘The Zygons’ (£7.99) contains two differently posed metamorphosing reptile figures; ‘The Silence’ set (£11.99) has three pewter figures in different poses while ‘The Judoon’ (£9.99) contains The Judoon Captain and two Judoon troopers.
The unpainted miniature figures come well packed from the supplier and each set is sealed within a smaller box and shrink wrapped in clear plastic. Every ‘Into the Vortex’ box features a brief description of the figures contained in the box, on the back, along with a photo of what the figures will look like when painted.
The first set we unwrapped was ‘The Twelfth Doctor & Companions’.
Expecting to find the figures loose within individual plastic bags, we were pleasantly surprised to see a well presented set in a blue plastic tray, featuring the Gallifreyan logo moulded into the lid. It was really nice to see a really well presented set as it really added to the overall tone of the product, placing it as a specialist product, instead of something that had been mass produced. Even better still, the range has been made here in Great Britain!
Wrapped around the tray is a glossy slip-case which details the characters and their profiles on the back, with the Doctor featuring on the front which is a nice touch. The tray is split into 6 compartments; 5 containing the miniatures and 1 containing 5 green disks which will eventually be used in the Warlord Games gameplay.
As already mentioned, each figure has been cast in pewter and each character features a certain roughness as the figures have offcasts of metal which need to be snipped and smoothed off. This is not to the products disadvantage though as it adds to the overall charm of the product. The offcast strands help protect certain features, such as the delicate nature of the Doctor’s guitar and considering the casting nature of the product, this is inevitable.
Upon inspection of the 2.8cm tall figures, we were very impressed with the level of detail each figure had. It was clear to see how much time had been spent on the sculpting process to get them right before they were sent to production. ‘The Tenth Doctor & Companions’ range was just as impressive, once again featuring a plastic tray, slipcase and 5 green disks.
The smaller sets were on the same level, especially the Judoon which were our favourites out of the lot due to the amazing detail of each figure. It is so surprising to see on a figure this size, but Warlord Games have hit the nail on the head. We loved how each figure is unique, styled in a different action pose. The Zygons skin texture is something to behold, while the stance of the Silence really brings the characters to life!
Just like the larger sets, care has been given to create a high-quality product. Each figure is protected within its own compartment of a smaller blue plastic tray, although there is no slipcase on the smaller sets.
Overall, these are a great addition any Doctor Who collection, although the only thing we would include is a paint guide as this seem to be lacking within our kits, although we are sure this is easily solved with a visit to Warlord Games website.
We are excited to see that even more miniatures are planned, with characters from the Doctor Who Christmas Special – The Return of Doctor Mysterio planned for future release.
Make sure you check out https://doctorwhotimevortex.com/ for even more details – you won’t regret it!