The Special Weapons Dalek is a particularly bad sculpt (I'm going to blame the sculpt rather than casting here). However, in The Canon SWDs are supposed to be particularly bonkers Daleks and consequently grimy and run-down (because, y'know, normal Daleks care about their appearance and keep trim!). This, I think, allows me to get away with some wonkiness.
I have to make an embarrassing admission: I've never really watched any 'Dr. Who'. You see, when I was a kid living waaay up in the North we only had two TV channels and neither carried the program (they barely carried anything except Hinterlands Whos Who and Hockey Night In Canada). By the time I had a TV in my apartment in my 20s I thought the series as rather, well, quaint and dorky and so instead stuck to watching re-runs of 'Space 1999' (Barbara Bain was sooo hot...) .
So suffice it to say that my cultural savvy regarding Daleks is pretty limited. So when I saw these I thought, 'Hmm, I'll check Daleks out on Wikipedia so I can get a frame of reference.'
Holy smokes! I had no idea...
The wiki page goes on and on and with an incredible amount of detail regarding the history, legends and lore of these creatures - it's amazing. It almost makes me want to watch the series, well, sort of.
Anyway, from my position of ignorance these look pretty darn cool. Of course I particularly like the Supreme Dalek with its bling carapace, and Davros looks suitably nefarious fiddling with his dials, knobs and buttons. Can I ask what the various pointy things are supposed to do? Are they different types of beam weapons? And what about the bumpy bits? (Cringes, awaiting the scorn of Brit-TV Nerds around the world...)
A wonderful entry Edwin! I thank you for an hour well-spent reading about Kaleds and the stair controversy. :)