Life In Plastic: TOY REVIEW: Zygon (Doctor Who)


I remember when I was a little kid growing up in the woods of Pennsylvania, when Dad would adjust our tV’s antennae (remember those?) so we could just barely make out the staticy images of WITF-33, the local PBS station, and sit down and watch Doctor Who.  That’s how I remember the show.  And now it’s back, and it has changed a little with the times, but it really is the same show I grew up with.  And my first Who memory?  The Zygons.


It was a short multi-episode story (later adapted into a book), which revealed that the Loch Ness Monster was in fact an alien beast, hypnotized by other aliens!  Though I think Nessie cameback with another origin in another episode… anyway, the aliens in question were the Zygons, who looked like naked weirdos covered in Ziti.  But you see, I was at Toys R Us, loking at the utter dearth of The Force Awakens merchandise, when lo and behold, there it was… a Zygon.  NOSTALGIA, HOOOOOOOOOO!



This package shows you exactly what you’re getting – a freaky naked alien, and something for him to stand on.  This seems to be a Zygon from their cameo in Day of the Doctor, or maybe their upcoming episode, as the design has changed a little bit over the years (the face is more pronounced).  But there he is, for basically the same price as Star Wars‘s Constable Zuvio.


The Zygon does not come with much – no blaster, no Nessie, no remote control, nothing but a really basic “DW” stand.  I admit, that is a little disappointing, though I am still probably going to keep an eye out for a Dalek toy or three in the future.


But then ther’es his articulation.  You know how Star Wars has kind of screwed itself lately?  This guy’s got ball joints on his shoulders, waist, hips, and ankles, swivel wrists, and hinged knes and elbows.  He can really move!  It feels like holding a figure from four years ago, before everybody cheaped out.


As you can see, he can even sit down, albeit a little awkwardly.


That’s the thing with the 3 3/4″ scale.  It’s been around much longer than 5″, 6″, 7″, or 8″, and you can cross it over with pretty much everything.  It really shows when a figure is done cheaply in that scale, and even though the Zygon has exposed pins and no accessories, he’s a pretty solid alien.  You can cross him over with just about anything.


So, Star Wars… why?   BBC’s schoolin’ ya, man.  You really need to step up your random alien game, and this guy here is proof.  Anyway, I’m going to go and wistfully remember the halcyon days of my childhood again.



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