is the 11th Lego Ideas set, and the first I’ve had the pleasure to own. The console is based on the interior of the TARDIS as it appeared in the 2013 Christmas Special The Time of the Doctor
It comes with four very detailed minifigures; Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor, Matt Smith’s 11th Doctor, companion Clara Oswald and a suitably menacing Weeping Angel. It also includes two brick-built Daleks, the perennial enemies of the Doctor.
I found the build very enjoyable (possibly because I was doing it while watching Christmas carols on Christmas eve, with my wife and a bottle of wine). It starts with the base, and really starts to come together when assembling the railings and the central panels.
The hexagonal consoles are very cleverly put together, using some fun SNOT (stud not on top) techniques. I love the little details in the controls, like the lever mechanism (a piece I’ve seen used for pullies and minifig flying foxes before) and the circular Time-Lord symbols on the screens. Thankfully there are no stickers in the set, with everything printed.
The transparent blue core of the console is connected with some technic pieces, and does a very good job of replicating the look in the show. I would have liked it if there had been alternative yellow pieces included, so it could be built as it currently looks on the show. I may bricklink
the appropriate pieces in the future.
But of course the star of the show here is the big blue box. I have to say the designers have done a fantastic job of faithfully replicating the look of the TARDIS. I love every detail, from the clear studs for the light at the top to the printed window pieces for the panels.
That’s not to say it’s perfect. The black signs on the top have been created using two separate printed plates, meaning there’s a noticeable gap between the letters in PUBLIC CALL. This is necessary on three sides due to the way the box opens up, but I wish they had found a better way to accomplish the same result.Also, in the set I received there were a few issues with the quality of the printing on the window panels, and on the white panel with the iconic Police Box writing on it. I may contact Lego to get replacement parts.The TARDIS opens up to reveal a space where one minifigure can hide. It can also attach to the console to become the entrance, with two transparent blue cones to represent the lights on the walls of the time machine. I love this feature, as it lets you make the TARDIS bigger on the inside.
I love minifigures, and I’m very impressed with the selection in this set. The 12th Doctor is a pretty good likeness to actor Peter Capaldi. He’s printed wearing the purple coat he was wearing when he regenerated from his previous iteration. I would have preferred the dark blue outfit with red lining that is on the minifigure in the Lego Dimensions set
, but with this one you can at least play out the regeneration scene.
The Doctor’s imperious eyebrows are spot on. I’m less enamoured with his hair piece, I think it’s just not quite right. Overall I think this minifig version of the 12th Doctor isn’t quite spot on, but it’s pretty damn close, and I’m so happy to have a Lego representation of my favourite version of the Doctor that I hardly mind.
On the other hand, the minifig of Matt Smith’s 11th Doctor is perfect.
From the hair piece, to the intricate printing and colouring on the body, to the grinning and smirking facial expressions, it’s instantly recognisable as the 11th Doctor.
Clara Oswald’s figure is pretty close as well. She appears as she was dressed in the same Christmas special. Her legs have been moulded with two colours of plastic, to represent her red skirt and black shoes.
Like the 11th doctor, Clara has two expressions, a happy face and a more concerned look.
The Weeping Angel minifigure is fantastic.
My only criticism is that the piece around her neck with studs on the back should have been the same colour as the rest of her body, instead of clear. But I’m nit-picking. This minifig is now one of my absolute favourites.
Technically the Daleks aren’t minifigs, but I’m putting them here anyway. I love their details, especially the use of studs to represent the semi-hemispheres that cover their casing, and the unique printing on the cone pieces on their heads. A minor concern is that it’s very easy to knock their heads off.
The best thing about the Daleks is that there are two of them! You can create your own scenes of the Doctor surrounded by his enemies. Also because they are brick built, it’s fairly easy to build more with the right parts.
The set also comes with two sonic screwdrivers (a nice surprise as there is only one shown on the box) and a small red cone piece that’s supposed to be the 11th’s favourite head gear, a fez.
As an adult fan of Lego, I’ll be reviewing sets based on criteria I consider important to adult collectors. Therefore I’ll rarely take things like playability into account.
The things I look for in a Lego set are:
BUILD APPEAL: meaning how enjoyable it is to build;
MINIFIGURES: because Lego to me has always been about populating creations with characters, and I enjoy collecting and displaying minifigs;
PRICE: because nobody wants to waste their hard earned money, and;
DISPLAY APPEAL: meaning is it worth having out on display, how good does it look as a finished product, can you make interesting poses and situations out of the set.
After these criteria I’ll give my final rating, which will be from:
MUST OWN SET
GET IF DISCOUNTED
ONLY IF YOU’RE A FAN
PRETTY POOR VALUE
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?
BUILD APPEAL: Full marks here, a very enjoyable build with a solid end result.
MINIFIGURES: Almost full marks, love the selection and love having my own mini Peter Capaldi figure, but I wish a few minor details were different.
PRICE: At $79.99 AUD
, this set is definitely expensive. However I feel it’s worth it in this instance, considering the quality of the build, the excellent instructions booklet and extremely nice box, and considering it’s an Ideas set. Hopefully it makes a ton of money and we get more Doctor Who sets out of it.
DISPLAY APPEAL: I feel this set has amazing display appeal. Having two different ways to display the TARDIS it great flexibility – you can just have the big blue box on your desk (and hide your favourite Doctor inside), or if you have a bit more room have the whole thing connected and recreate scenes from the show.
The great strength of Doctor Who is that the characters can conceivably interact with a huge range of other minifigs from different themes.
You can have your Doctor riding a dinosaur, or being chased by cowboys, or hiding from Spyrius robots, and it won’t look out of place.
So, it’s no secret that I love this set. I’m giving it my highest rating, a MUST OWN SET! Even if you’re just a casual fan of Doctor Who, you won’t regret grabbing it.