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Doctor Who (the 9th Doctor) - Tardis Moneybox
~~ I want to review this because? ~~
Ok I admit it now, I'm a big Doctor Who fan, never been a series like it and never will, so I like all sorts of Doctor Who memorabilia, I have a massive Dalek cookie jar and DVD's and loads of stuff so thought I would like to share with you my thoughts on this item, the very nice Tardis money box.
~~ So if I get one what do I get for my money? ~~
Well it's made of plastic and licensed by the BBC but as with all things nowadays it's made in China.
Obviously based on the Doctor's space and time ship the Tardis (Time and Relative Dimension in Space) it is in the shape of a 1960's Police Box with a flashing light on the top.
One side is open and the other three sides are closed permanently, when you press the door to close it after putting your coins the lights on the top start flashing and it makes the Tardis de materialising sound which come courtesy of the fitted battery which is situated underneath.
When the doors are open you see the coin slot which takes all UK coinage and also a very attractive picture of The Doctor (9th) and Rose looking out at you.
Pressing the doors together closes them.
To get your money back there is an opening at the bottom of the Tardis which you unlock to shake the money back out.
I have had it for some time now so can not quite remember what the packaging looked like when it came, I think it just came in a cardboard box.
I personally love it and think it looks great on a shelf, it will never break it really does feel indestructible. I do have a few moneyboxes, about four Batman ones and this one and I would have to say this is near the top of my Fav list.
For the price I paid (currently around a tenner on Amazon) I would recommend it if you're a fan of the series.
A Tardis shaped money box to store your coins.
I was given this money box as a gift quite a few years ago (2006?), although not being sold in shops anymore it can be found online on Amazon for £6.99.
Mine is a bit different as instead of the 9th Doctor and Rose in the picture it includes the 10th Doctor and Rose. Apart from that everything else is the same. The product is a money box in the shape of a tardis.
Others would also not be able to tell it is a money box unless they are fiddling around with it. To open and insert money into the box you click open the tardis's double doors. This opens showing a slot to put money into the box along with the picture of the 10th Doctor (David Tennant) and Rose (Billie Piper). There is an option to turn sound effects on and off, which includes a button at the bottom of the box.
With the sound effects on when you open the tardis doors it makes a clicking noise and you get to hear the 10th Doctor saying a different phrase everytime the door opens. (Such as did you miss me?, Remote controlled... but who's controlling it? - there are 4-5 different phrases) and once you close the doors it makes the sound of the tardis materialising and the blue light flashes on and off.
The money is easily taken out of the box from a round slot hole at the bottom, and the lid is easily screwed and unscrewed. The money box is 8 inches in size and requires 3 AAA batteries. It is also made of hard plastic and so would not break easily. I tend to have turned the sound effects off as the novelty wore off after the first few uses but as a money box it's quite useful.
Overall it's a good novelty item and similar in colour and design of the actual tardis, therefore giving it 5 stars.
This review can also be found on ciao.
*Cues Dr Who theme music before this review can commence*
That's better! Well as a Doctor Who fan (although it was more to do with oogling David Tennant rather than the sci-fi aspect!) I was delighted to receive this Dr Who money box off my Mum a couple of years ago. Although I am not the best saver of loose change, the idea of having a mini TARDIS sitting on my bedroom shelf was an idea I rather warmed too.
To make this TARDIS (time and relative dimension in space) come to life in my own little space, okay my room... well I needed power! Not from a sonic screwdriver or anything otherworldly... just your average 3 AAA batteries.
To access the money box slot, you have to open the front doors of the TARDIS, which can be a little fiddly at first because they don't close together perfectly. However when you do open this, you are greeted with a flashing siren from the roof of the TARDIS and one of the many sayings from either The Doctor or Martha, on this occasion they just said "It's bigger on the inside! Is it? I hadn't noticed!".
Although the picture inside the TARDIS is of The Doctor and Martha, after some research I have found the picture can vary as I have seen some of the previous Doctor Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper. It may be a little disappointing that you don't get a fully operable TARDIS, however the picture is still nice and is of glossy quality.
What is nice about this moneybox, is that it would really appeal to all Doctor who fans, regardless of age. It also has some really nice detail on it, for example it has the classic sign on the door which reads "Police Telephone, Free for use of the public. Advice and assistance obtainable immediately. Office & cars respond to all calls. Pull to open". When you open the doors, they are also painted in white and other detail is painted on so it makes for a wonderful collectors item as well as a general toy for kids as no detail is spared when it comes to imagination.
The TARDIS itself is made of plastic (although it's supposed to wooden in real life!). As it has sharp plastic edges I would advise caution if you were thinking of buying this for younger children, as even I managed to drop this on my head and it hurt (serves me right for testing the flashing light out in the dark with all the sound effects right?!). Although the fact that is it plastic means it's lightweight yet sturdy, and certain will have no problems storing all that loose change safely.
To empty this moneybox, there is a turning device on the underneath (which can also be moved around into a lock position). This is fairly easy to operate so children should also be able to operate this without needing an adults assistance. There is also an on/off switch on the underneath which I would recommend using as this then saves the batteries from wearing down when you are not using this. If you do happen to leave them on though, it can give you a bit of a fright when you open the door and the Doctor suddenly starts speaking to you! Although I'm sure kids would love this.
I know there is a fair bit of Doctor Who merchandise out there, however I am really happy to have been given this for Christmas (even if it is for kids!). I think it is one of those products you cant restrict to age or gender because it would be suitable for all fans of Doctor Who, although it does state it is suitable for ages 5 and above.
If you did give this to children over 5, I think it would be an excellent way of teaching them about savings so they can be responsible in the future, and of course learn them how to regenerate those pennies! Although, given the Doctor speaks to you every time you open the doors, they might be equally as tempted to take the money out again and play rather than save!
Would I recommend buying this? Yes I would! If you know the person you are buying this for is a fan of Doctor Who, then you can't really go wrong. It is boxed in quite substantial packaging so does look like it has literally come from another planet. However it may not agree with Cybermen, so if you have any of those in your house you might want to watch out!
I was bought this money bank as a gift when I was the grand old age of 21 so this really is a product to suit all ages! Being a huge fan of Doctor Who, and Christopher Eccleston's ninth Doctor in particular (you always have a special place in your heart for your first Doctor) I was delighted with it, have carried it around the world and it still sits on my bookcase gathering pennies to this day!
The money bank is pretty substantial in size, about 8 inches tall by about 3.5 inches wide and deep and is a faithful replica of the exterior of the Tardis as seen in Eccleston's series.
The slot to drop the coins into is accessed by opening the Tardis's two front doors, as they open the sound effect is triggered and Eccleston's voice sounds, with a line from the show, such as:
"Lots of planets have a north!"
"Did I mention, it also travels in time?"
and other classic lines!
When you close the doors again after depositing your coin, the Tardis makes the trademark 'whooshing' sound it makes as it disappears and the blue light on top flashes. Just like on the show!
The interior side of the doors are white, but still decorated in Tardis style, with even the old public police phone attached to the inside of the left hand door. The inner surface, which has the slot for coins, is decorated with a picture of the inside of the Tardis and the Doctor and Rose looking ready for action!
The money bank takes 3 AAA batteries, which are still going strong after four years of regular but fairly infrequent use. The sound quality was very good and sharp at first but has naturally degraded as the batteries seem to be nearing the end of their life.
This money bank holds a fair amount of coins, enough for a couple of pounds worth of coppers at least, but unfortunately is not bigger on the inside (sorry, I couldn't help myself!) so you will need to empty it eventually. You do this using the small circular slot on the base, which is secure enough so that no coins escape when you don't want them to but its easy to get hold of them when you do.
I would recommend this money bank as a great gift to all Doctor Who fans, whatever their age. I think the opening doors and the sound effects make it superior to other models, even if just used as a toy for younger children rather than a bank.
My only slight gripe is that it seems to attract dust inexplicably quickly, it seems like every time I look at it there seems to be a fresh layer and it really sticks in the nooks and crannies. It doesn't bother me that much though, I just dust it off and carry on.