Remember when action figures came with cardboard cutouts you could display them against? Well, as figures have evolved and become more and more detailed and extravagant, so have the dioramas… leading us to the sheer insanity that is a three hundred dollar door for Sherlock action figures.
Big Chief Studios don’t just make pretty 1:6 scale action figures for Doctor Who, they also have the license to make figures for Steven Moffat’s other BBC hit, Sherlock. Big Chief expanded their Who line into display pieces with their absolutely incredible TARDIS, but now that figures for both Holmes and Watson have been released, there’s now… well, a door to put them buy.
This 21 inch tall replica of the famous entryway to 221B Baker Street from the show is designed to be in scale with the previously released Sherlock figures, and comes with a variety of features (HOW DOES A DOOR HAVE FEATURES) – a working door handle and letter box, and a light up window on the top of the door. But get this.
The door doesn’t open.
They’re selling you a door and it doesn’t actually work as a door … what has the world come to.
On top of being a door that isn’t actually a door — a faux door, if you will — the 221B Baker Street diorama sets you back a hefty £190, or just under $300. I mean, lets be real here: If I’m dropping 300 bucks for a door, I want the bloody thing to open up. Even if it doesn’t actually lead to anything behind it!
To make you feel slightly less bad about buying a broken door for a ridiculous amount of money, the Door also comes with an alternate head for the previously released Sherlock figure (you can check out pictures here), wearing a deerstalker hat. It’s a nice touch, but also it means if you don’t have the figure and somehow end up buying this door, you’re getting an expensive replica of a door and the severed plastic head of Benedict Cumberbatch. Thankfully Big Chief provided pictures of the head firmly attached to the Sherlock figure’s body to avoid such a horrifying image:
This doesn’t stop getting any more ridiculous, does it? If you’re interested in pre-ordering the 221B Baker Street diorama, it’s available directly from Big Chief ahead of a release late this year.
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Source: io9 Yes, This Sherlock Diorama Is An Expensive Door For Your Action Figures