Whovians are a hard bunch to please so LEGO had to be very careful when creating their LEGO Ideas Doctor Who 21304 set. There are so many elements to get right and fans are sure to pick up on the smallest error. With this new 2016 creation, the designers seem to have covered all the bases to bring the world of Doctor Who to life in a broad, enjoyable way. There is the Tardis, the most important element of any time travel adventure, but there is also a range of mini-figures= to diversify the story and add a real sense of peril to proceedings.
The Tardis opens out into an impressive building kit with great characters to play with.
As with most first encounters with the Tardis, it all starts with a rather unassuming little blue box. The iconic police box of the BBC series has been recreated in brick form to provide the perfect collector’s piece for fans of the show. This might be enough for some, but the fun does not end there because the Tardis can be opened up to reveal the interior view of the doors and the highly detailed console. LEGO may not have Gallifreyan trans-dimensional engineering to help them with their constructions but they have done a pretty good job at making this spacecraft bigger on the inside. This detachable console room replicates the original brilliantly with the fine detail on the shape of the platform and stairs and all the dials, switches and buttons.
Of course, the Tardis is going nowhere without The Doctor and his trusted companion. In this 2016 new LEGO release, players have the choice of which Doctor to pair up with Clara Oswald. The most recent, the Twelfth Doctor, is there in his trademark suit, but there is also the highly popular Eleventh Doctor, who naturally comes kitted out in his bow tie and fez. Players can pick their favorite of the regenerations (unless they were hoping for the Tenth Doctor to be there too) grab the sonic screwdriver and get ready for adventure. It wouldn’t be a Doctor Who set without some scary bad guys causing trouble and there are two options for great creative play here. First there are the two Daleks. The careful design on these classic villains means that this brick figures are pretty close to the real thing. The alternative is the Weeping Angel, who is almost as frightening as a LEGO character as it is on screen.
Where, and when, will the LEGO Doctor Who set take you?
There are many fans that will say that this is set is a long time coming and the release of this impressive 2016 set is largely down to the hard work of fan-designer Andrew Clark. There is little that he hasn’t thought of and fans should have great fun flipping the lever and sending everyone off to another time and another planet to save the world once again. The only downside is that players will have to provide their own sound effects.