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Character Options Dr Who Flight Control Tardis
Doctor who.....what can I say but classic. The Doctor Who series seems to have been going on forever, still I might add, as popular as it ever was. I could never even begin to list the toys and merchandise that have been produced, due to Doctor Who becoming more and popular over the years. I've decided to review this particular toy from the Doctor Who range as it was something of a hit with my son the Christmas of 2007 to start with when he received it as a gift.
A few years ago my son was very into Doctor Who and when he's into something nothing else seems to matter to him. Anyway I decided I was going to buy him some Doctor Who bits and bobs for Christmas that year and came across this Character Options Dr Who Flight Control Tardis. As soon as I saw it I knew I had to buy it for his Doctor Who collection as the figures he had already would be perfect for it.
What it looks like
The Tardifs is basically a mini version of the Tardis we all see on Doctor Who itself. It stands about 10 or so inches high. On the top is a light which flashes and makes an annoying noise. On the front are two full sized doors which open up by pushing them inwards, on one of the doors is another little door which opens to reveal the telephone, which incidentally is just a piece of plastic in the shape of a phone, it doesn't do anything special. Once the main doors are pushed open the rather basic disappointing inside of the Tardis is revealed. The inside is covered with stickers, on the floor there is a sticker resembling herringbone flooring, on the sides the stickers resemble what the inside of the Tardis looks like, only it's not very convincing at all. It does look better from the outside; the inside of the Tardis is a bit of a let-down in my opinion.
Compatibility with Doctor Who Figures
Now this toy is made so it can be played with together with the Doctor Who figures, which is fine because they do fit inside it, in a fashion.....
Pushing the front doors open is easy and the doors will stay where you push them, however it then comes to placing the Doctor Who figure inside and although he does fit inside, it's a real pain trying to get him out again once the doors have been closed. As you open the doors to get him out, the doors just push him backwards, so I find I sort of have to twist him as I push one of the doors open in order to push the other door to actually get him out. In the end I just told my son to leave the doors open, because with all the carry on with the doors it wouldn't be long before they snapped off.
The Light and Noise
The flashing light and the noise are operated by 3 AAA batteries which are inserted into the back of the Tardis then the cover is screwed back on, keeping it secure. The switch for the light and noise can be found on the bottom of the Tardis. Now earlier I mentioned this tardis makes somewhat of an annoying noise, if I'm honest it makes 8 different annoying noises or as the manufacture's like to call it "eight motion activated interactive sound effects" yes I know it does sound a lot better than my description, but then they wouldn't sell very well if the product description said "Makes 8 different annoying noises" doesn't quite have the same ring to it, does it!
The Eight Annoying Noises Include
Spinning Flight - spinning vortex flight sound FX
Take Off - 3 de-materialisation sound FX. Slow, fast and emergency take-off!
Turbulent Flight - 2 turbulent flight sound FX
Landing - 2 re-materialisation sound FX. Normal & emergency landing!
So my son has had this Tardis since Christmas 2007, the toy has lasted up to now, 4 and a half years. The toy was played with constantly over the Christmas holidays of that year. The Tardis is not in any way broken (even those doors) the whole thing looks like new, even down to the batteries that we have never replaced but still work, I tried it out for the purpose of this review. However to be totally fair I cannot say that this toy has stood the test of time, because for the past 3 years at least, it hasn't been played with as it has sat in my son's bedroom as part of his Doctor Who display on his shelf. But after saying that the toy is quite well made and I believe had it been played with more often than it was, it could have taken a fair bit of rough handling as the plastic that it is made from seems quite tough and hardwearing to me.
Availability, Suitability and Cost
The Character Options Dr Who Flight Control Tardis is suitable for around 5 years and upwards and is available from several online stores including Amazon and EBay and it would cost you around £10.00
The Character Options Dr Who Flight Control Tardis does look the part and I personally think any little boy into Doctor Who would be more than happy with it, and it also looks great on display with other Doctor Who merchandise. So I guess I would recommend it.
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