Monday, 12 March 2018

⌚ 12 inch Dr. Who Figures ⌚

Here's my collection of Dr.Who figures ... mostly baddies as they always seem to be the coolest looking!

I have to clarify a tad here, I am a fan of Dr. Who but my favourite Dr.'s are William Hartnell,  Patrick Troughton. Tom Baker, John Pertwee and at a push Peter Davidson, although I have to say I also loved Christopher Eccleston in that role, he brings a kind of school boy naivity to the role that none of the other Dr.s possessed .

 I found David Tennant's Dr. a bit hit and miss, mainly due to poor supporting actors, silly story lines and ridiculous villains, he's good as the Doctor though, and in other roles I have seen him in, and I love how he doesn't take himself too seriously too, so my issue with the series in which he plays that role, are not really a reflection on him .

It must also be said that I loved the character of  Captain Jack Harkness played by John Barrowman.

As for the new 11th Dr. played by Matt Smith, I've seen a few episodes and all I can say is it's just terrible!

My jewels of my collection... If I could lay my hands on them, would be a shedful of Daleks especially 1970s / 1980s ones, but I'll happily take modern day ones too and man, a life sized Dalek would be awesome, although gawd knows where I'd put it!!

Oo oo I really like those remote control Darleks too, I think I'd like a couple of them too, oh and those little "Wooden dolls that accompany the "Toy soldier things with the big giant heads" I want them as well, and a spinning Tardis, a talking K9 and Grandma Connolly and The Wire ... wow so many more!

Still never mind all that, here's my 12 inch "Dr." toys, in no particular order...

Clockwork Man, 12 inch Figure:

 From Episode 4, series 2 "The Girl in the Fireplace", first broadcast on 6 May 2006 with David Tennant as The 10th Doctor.

Figure Details: Fully poseable action figure with 14 points of articulation and removable head showing details of clockwork inside transparent dome.

Cyber Men, 12 inch figures:

From episode 5, series 2, "Rise of the Cybermen",  first broadcast on 13 May 2006. Starring David Tennant as the Doctor.

The figure on the right is the Cyberman Leader... 

Novice Hame, 12 inch figure:

 From Episode 1 Series 2, "New Earth" broadcast on 15th April 2006, starring David Tennant as The Doctor and also appearing in  Episode 3, Series 3 "Gridlock" first broadcast on 14 April 2007, again with David Tennant as The Doctor.

Figure Details: 14 points of articulation sadly, she didn't come to me with her removable weapon though.

Dalek Sec Hybrid

From Episodes 5 & 6, Series 3. The Dalek Sec appears in a two-part story which introduces The Cult of Sakro, an elite order of Daleks. Sec is their leader.

12" Oods.

The Oods first appeared in series 2, they were used by humans as a slave race and had a hive mind, some however formed a rebellion.

Although both mine are 12 inch dolls, they appear to have a few differences. I've customised them both as I wanted them to look more "lifelike". If you're interested in seeing how they turned out, you can check them out here:

I also have a David Tennant as the 10th Doctor doll, but at present he is in storage and I don't have any photographs of him on my laptop, so I'll have to update this post when I get it sorted.

🍍 Kiki The Fashion Tiki 🌺
I bought this girl of mine around 10 years ago, as soon as I saw her I just had to have her.

She's put together in the same way my Betty Boop doll is - which a 11 inch standard Barbie type body (Circa. 1960's) - the only moving parts she has are her head, shoulders and the tops of her thighs.

These dolls were made by Drastic Plastic for Gobler Toys in 2004 - As a tie in with their book "Gobler Toys: The Fun We Can't Remember" published in 2003.

Gobler Toys is a spoof company created by Steven Fink and Steve Casino; a pair of toy addicts with a quirky sense of humour, the book and it's accompanying website features all manner of adverts for weird and crazy toys.

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They even produced a commercial for the original Kiki The Fashion Tiki Doll. Which you can watch on Ira Gobler's Youtube channel, here:

The top of the right side of her box bears the picture above, guaranteeing your doll is capable of keeping you safe from evil spirits and other bad things.

The left side of the box shows an image of a young girl kissing her "Kiki The Fashion Tiki Doll" which is a surefire way of keeping bad things at bay!

The back of the box tells the history of Kiki, just above that is a box which explains how Kiki can help you to keep the bad things away.

Kiki The Fashion Tiki's story reads as follows...

"Kiki The Fashion Tiki was first introduced to the world in 1966 by the legendary Gobler Toys.

Many grownups found her appearance to be unsettling,
but little girls couldn't get enough of her exotic looks and edgy fashions.

She became one of the best-selling dolls of the 60's and spawned
dozens of wannabees including "Birch Babies" and "Michelle The Dress-Up Gazelle".

 Drastic Plastic is proud to reintroduce this wonderful doll to the world.
Her looks have been changed a little to keep up with the times
and she is no longer made of wood, but the same magic is still there.

Learn more about Kiki and other Gobler toys in the book
"Gobler Toys, The Fun We Can't Remember".

Available at bookstores and"

Below this is a disclaimer that reads: "Brushing Kiki's hair will not actually keep bad things away. That was a joke. Ha ha. Excessive brushing may cause something funny to happen to your hand. Please consult your horoscope before brushing".

 Kiki the Fashion Tiki is a 12" Vinyl Doll. Her body is Barbie size so she can always wear the same size clothes, her hair is Rooted like Barbie's and she comes wearing a pink boob tube, gold hoop earrings, a Flower Lei, a Hair Flower and a "grass" skirt. She also has long eyelashes under her brightly painted eyelids.

I recently managed to get my hands on a copy of the Gobler Toys, The Fun We Can't Remember book, it's quite large for a paperback and absolutely full of crazy toy ideas, from the Wiener Works, which allows children to turn table scraps into "Yankee Stadium" tasting hot dogs to Vinnie The Vulture - a unisex toy that can turn a plastic cow into a skeleton in seconds and shoots it from it's beak (up to 4 feet!) for boys or can be used as a styling head style toy for girls.

The book has 4 pages dedicated to Kiki The Fashion Tiki. The first two of these show Kiki in her "Original" wooden form, with a little extra information on how Ira Gobler's wife told him to make a toy for girls which led to her creation.

The 3rd and 4th pages show an alternative version of the doll - the "Pearl Diving Kiki" on page 3, according to the book, "one-upped her predecessor by having an action feature. Simply toss her into a body of water (with fishing line attatched)" and she was guaranteed to "snatch" you a pearl!

Page 4 talks about how Ira Gobler allowed his importer friend to use Kiki as an advertisement for his "Peli-Kan" - Pelican Meat from Guam, claimed to be a healthy alternative to similar products on the market"

The advertisement on that page depicts Kiki in the kitchen with her three daughters and reads "Kiki The Fashion Tiki, star of stage and screen, knows she can count on Peli-Kan pelican meat product to fill the wooden bellies of her three beautiful daughters. That's because Peli-Kan is the only canned meat that children ask for by name..."

As a side note on the page it states that while the Peli-Kan meat didn't quite take off, Kiki's daughters were given the toy treatment and became an instant sell out!

This also explains why a can of Peli-Kan meat appears on the back of Kiki The Fashion Tiki's box.

Kiki The Fashion Tiki is no longer available to buy as she was released as a limited edition, I've read somewhere that there were only 1000 made, don't quote me on that though as I cannot find any evidence to support it.

There is another version of Kiki which is still available at present, but again in limited quantities - a Wacky Wobbler version, she is smaller than Kiki The Fashion Tiki and closer in looks to the "original 1960's" wooden version. 

You can purchase her with the book direct from Yum Factory,  here's a link to the page:

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

💰 Greed - Living Dead Dolls - 7 Deadly Sins; Series 7 💰

I bought this doll loose some time ago. I'd never thought that much of her prior to seeing her for sale - having only seen her as part of photographs of the series as a whole.

Apart from Gluttony, which my son bought me as a gift a few years back, the other "Deadly Sin" I coveted (see what I did there?!) was Vanity.

I find the whole plastic surgery for vanity thing to be a sad and very amusing concept - just think "Celebrity Plastic Surgery Disasters" and you'll get where I'm coming from.  

Don't get me wrong, I think the invention of Plastic Surgery as a medical corrective procedure is an amazing thing. My Son, has been under the care of a Plastic Surgery Consultant since early childhood following an accident. I just find perfectly healthy people having surgery to alter themselves to stay young etc very sad.

But I digress, this post is supposed to be about Greed so I better get back on track...

When I received her I was smitten, I love how her eyes are darting to the side, probably focusing on some soon to be acquisition. She is dressed in a lavish "Look at me, I have money" type of way, I imagine her dress and gloves are one- off Designer creations (another thing I find amusing). Her fingers are covered in jewellery. She also has pearl and gem earrings...

But the best thing about her are her chains - reminiscent of Jacob Marley wearing "The chains he created in life" through his love of money. From her chains hang her "Worldly Spoils" - chests with strings of pearls tumbling out of them and mini Piggy Banks.

She is a very good take on something that is symptomatic of one of the problems in Society today, in fact, the whole range of & Deadly Sins dolls are.

While, checking out prices on my other Living Dead Dolls, I checked out Greed and found the above listings and prices for her on This was several months back, so I guess prices may have changed somewhat, and as my doll came to me loose, she isn't worth quite so much. 

That said, I have recently managed to secure a spare box for her, which unfortunately came without the plastic cover and inner lining inserts. 

I made a new insert for the tissue paper lining and a name tag insert by tracing around Gluttony's and then decorating them as per some photo's I found online, then bought and lined the insert with yellow tissue paper so it resembles her original one.

I will also be making her a replacement Death Certificate soon,

Gumby & Pokey Mega Mini Kit by Running Press

Gumby is a strange green humanoid created from Plasticine by Art Clokey in the 1950s.

 He is the main character of his animation shorts made using stop-gap animation, during which he goes on adventures and solves problems alongside his side-kick Pokey, an orange horse who talks.

Between 1953 and 1969, these shorts were aired on NBC as The Gumby Show, there was a revival of the show during the years 1982 to 1989 called The Gumby Adventures and was the subject of many reruns over the years.

In total Art Clokey made 220 episodes featuring Gumby and Pokey's adventures all of which have been shown on T.V in many countries over the course of the last 50 years since his creation.

It was also released on Home Video and there was even a film called Gumby: The Movie released independently by Clokey Productions in 1995.

The Running Press Mini Kit  features posable miniature Gumby and Pokey figures and a mini book which is crammed full of Trivia and information on The Gumby Story and his creator Art Clokey.

It's a perfect little set for anyone who loves these too funny little characters and wants to relive their childhood or even Gumby and Pokey's adventures themselves!

For more information on Gumby, Pokey and their creator Art Clokey check out his website at:

Monday, 5 March 2018

🎃 Living Dead Dolls - Trick R Treat - Sam 🎃
I've always had a thing for Portmanteau Anthology Horror Films, some of my favourites were made by Amicus Productions such as Asylum, Dr. Terror's House of Horror, Vault of Horror and Tales from The Crypt (not to be confused with the T.V Series). 

I love the way they tell the individual stories and link them together with a common thread. Amicus and Hammer Horror do this particularly well and unlike some, it doesn't seem forced.

It's very rare that I find a modern film in this genre that gets it right most have one or two stories which really leave their mark on me and the rest are just at best so-so or worse absolutely crap.


So it was a nice surprise to discover how good Trick R Treat is, although not scary it is one of those films that I can happily watch again and again, it never gets old for me, and has many concepts and is so aesthetically pleasing that it really gets my creative mind going.

The stories in the film are tied together in a very unique way, time wise, the characters are shown in the background (starting their own Halloween stories) as another story is the focus by the end of the film all the fragments and stories tie together perfectly.

One recurring character is "Sam" he appears in each of the film's five stories, taking the form of a Trick or Treater until his real purpose is revealed.

He wears an orange footed pyjama suit with a burlap hood covering his face, carries a burlap sack to hold his "Treats" and is often seen with a pumpkin shaped Lollipop which he holds in his little hand as he wanders around, taking note of the film's events.

Sam is the keeper of the customs of Halloween and punishes those who he deems to have broken the rules of the holiday for which he is named. Throughout the film there are many instances of people committing these indiscretions and being punished by Sam because of it.

The Rules of Halloween:

1) Always give sweets to Trick or Treaters - Sam has a sweet tooth!
2) Always wear a costume - Sam hates people who don't get into "the Halloween Spirit"
3) Never extinguish the flame of a Jack-O-Lantern before Midnight. This rule includes destroying pumpkins - Sam has an afinity to pumpkins, you'll find out how later!
4) Always Respect The Dead.

The Living Dead Doll depiction of Sam is 10 inches high and wears his trademark grubby romper suit. It comes with a removable mask made of burlap, a mini Lollipop with bite mark in it and his "Treat sack" exactly as he appears in the film.

My Son, knowing how much I love the film and Sam in particular, bought me this adorable little man for Christmas 2016.

The only difference between the film version and Mezco's version is his hands, which sadly are plain white on the doll but look like normal children's hands wearing burlap finger less gloves in the film.

I will be fixing this on my Sam as soon as I get the chance!

His mask is removable and once removed reveals Sam's true face; his creator Michael Dougherty describes him as being "a cross between an embryo and a pumpkin". 

For me this is the perfect description, the more I look at him, the more I see the merging of both, not only in terms of his face, but the whole of his head.

He is just as cute from behind too, not least because his romper suit has a little bum flap but you can also clearly see the pumpkin shape of his head too!

When viewed from above you can see his little head even has a little stalk on top of it just like a pumpkin. Although unlike a pumpkin his head is not bright orange and the stalk is not green, this not only adds to the "realism" of him but is also very much inline with the film character which he represents.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

1989 Tetris Board Game by Tomy
Created in 1984 by Russian Computer Engineer and Video Game Designer Alexy Pajitnov while working at The Academy Of Science in Moscow, it quickly became one of the best known and most loved games in existence not least because it was available on every home computer (Commodore 64, Spectrum, P.C etc) as well as Arcade Machines and hand held consoles.
The premise is extremely simple, the player must rotate and fit one of 7 different coloured, randomly generated Tetrominoes into a grid as they fall from the top of the screen. The aim is to make a complete line across the grid, each time you do so that line is removed from the grid. 

 As the game progresses the Tetrominoes fall faster - if you aren't able to make enough complete lines and remove them from the grid, the Tetrominoes will pile up higher and higher until they reach the top of the grid. If this happens the game is lost.

In 1989 Tomy released a board game version of the well known game which works on the same principle. The grid is smaller as unlike the computer version of the game you play against another player.

To begin you move the central dividing slider to dead centre of the board and then press the button at the side of the board.

This generates the shape of the Tetromino and like the Video Game its entirely up to you which way you rotate it and where you place it in the grid.

When a player completes one or more lines, they move the central slider towards their opponent the  number of lines indicated by the key on the side of the board. The game continues until one player runs out of room on their side of the board.