Doctor Who Toys 1980s
1980's Vintage Doctor Who Toys
In the early 80's Dekker Toys made a Peter Davison era Tardis Playhouse. This tardis was a surprisingly spacious blue tent which came packed in a cardboard box with images of Tegan and Nyssa. The Dr Who Tardis Play House came with a plastic tubular frame and instruction leaflet. Standing around 5 foot high, it has a clear plastic window, inflatable tardis light and inside a console control panel.
The fantastic View Master International brought out in the 80s two sets of reels, the first reels featured the 4th Doctor story Full Circle and the 5th Doctor's first adventure Castrovalva. With the View Master you placed the reels into a viewer, held it up to the light and you got a 3D image.
Despite the image of Tom Baker and Leela on the box, the Doctor Who Role Playing Game was actually released in the mid 80's by a company called Fasa.
In 1988 the BBC awarded a licence to Dapol Toys to produce a range of 4" Doctor Who action figures.
The Dapol range included the 3rd and 4th Doctor, silurian, armoured silurian, sea monster with heat ray, Marx Dalek replicas, and a series of Rolykins Daleks (special weapons, transmat, blue and red movie and silver, black and red), Davros (error, two arms), and K9 (error, green) which was later fixed with the release of a silver K9.
Dapol released 6 glitter-effect millenium daleks which can be found in red, green, purple, blue, silver and black versions. They also released a special Christmas Dalek and a 'Merry Christmas K9'. A Tetrap and Mel were released, along with an Ace, a brilliant set of Daleks with special weapons, a 30th Doctor Who Anniversary TARDIS playset, with the 7th doctor (which comes in two versions), a Mel with a different shirt colour, and a TARDIS with doors which open and close, and many more including The Master and a 7th doctor with umbrella (the colours of which varied a lot).
Dapol Doctor Who Figures & Toys included:
To compare Dapol and the later Character Options figures go to Dapol Vs Character
Tom Baker badges were made in 1980 by Ian Nicoll Enterprises, AUS. There are seven different badges in this range. The Fifth Doctor Enamel Badge is one of a set of five from 1984 by Doctor Who Fan Club of America (DWFCA) which comprised two Sixth Doctors, Fifth Doctor, Fourth Doctor and Third Doctor in Bessie. The Sixth Doctor Cat badge came about when the Doctor Who Appreciation Society contacted Suzie Trevor who originally supplied the badge to Colin Baker in his debut story 'The Twin Dilemma' asking her to arrange for the badge to be made available for general release.
The Tom Baker Money Box Tin was released in 1980 by Avon Tin UK. There have also been various tea caddies, sweet tins and pencil boxes; in 1982 Avon produced one with the Fifth Doctor in the doorway.
Sevans Models in the 80's made Doctor Who model kits of several figures as well as the Tardis. The models came in several pieces and you needed a knife, glue and plenty of patience to assemble them. These were:
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The Doctor Who Playmat was released in 1985 by S P Sport & Playbase Ltd. This item is a 39" x 29" rubber playmat featuring a scene of the Sixth Doctor & Peri surrounded by Daleks, Cybermen & the Master. An earlier version in 1984 featured the Fourth Doctor & Leela.
In the 1980s Aidee International Ltd made a series of limited edition painted ceramic Doctor Who toby jugs, including one of Jon Pertwee.
In 1989 The Games Team UK released the Doctor Who 'Battle for the Universe' game: 'Join the Doctor in the Ultimate Challenge' featuring board, cards and counters.
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