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Just bought a second hand one of these from Ebay, and I'm delighted with it.
I've been on a bit of a retro Dr Who kick recently, and I wanted to trip down memory lane with this fun little toy, but I couldn't find one anywhere - hence ebay.
On with the review, though - Firstly, the model is apparently exactly a quarter that of the real robodog, and it is very highly detailed. It has a removeable side panel which covers a rather funky steampunk goldy-looking machine, which has a rather fetching blue glow when powered up. The eyepanel glows red and the little buttons on top have a multicoloured hue. The nose extends in response to a RC button, and the ears waggle when the dog is in motion. He also sports a rather natty tartan collar.
The remote control is a little flimsy, bit seems to work fine, and there are a variety of phrases, including:
"Confirmation of analysis"
"Maximum defence mode"
"Power supply failing"
"Capacity for one shot master, for maximum impact I must be stationed directly besides the vat"
"The master rebuilt me. My systems are much improved with new undetectable hyperlink facilities"
These last two sound a little weird to me, and the voice, emanating from the robodoggy's bottom, sounds a bit high pitched and slightly tinny. That's just a quibble, though.
Overall, this is a great little item, a bit hard to get, but some shops and amazon still have it, apparently.
Funwise, I can't recommend it highly enough.
If your young or old then you'll know his name, it's K-9 the dog from Doctor Who in 1/4 form.
He's radio controlled and comes complete with eight realistic sound effects (from the modern Doctor Who saga,) and a retractable blaster in his nose. All are controlled via the remote control. K-9 isn't the fastest dog on carpeted floors but on vinyl and wooden surfaces he's fast, manenvouable, responsive and scares the family cat. The remote control despite looking a bit cheap in appearance offers long range and is easy to use, with the left lever controlling the left wheel and the right level controlling the right wheel. K-9 requires 4x AA batteries and 1x PP3 (smoke alarm) battery. I made the mistake of buying cheap Panasonic batteries which didn't last ten minutes. Duracell's or other alkalines are great but are usually expensive. If like me, you feel that K-9 will be in use often and by a variety of people then I suggest investing in some high capacity rechargeable as they last almost as longs as alkalines and will save you a small fortune in the long term. The only thing better than this would be a life size replica of K-9, which is not the easiest thing to come across...or afford. This collectible toy is reasonably cheap, realistic, looks good and most importantly is fun and despite being constructed of plastic the toy can take a fair beating (just ask my 8 year old cousin who was trying somewhat unsuccessfully to ride him.)
The only thing I can really fault is the fact that he won't move when his blaster is extended which is a shame. However I feel that I should mention that it was nothing less than a nightmare to removing it from the packaging, you'll need a range of tools and a great deal of patients, but it's worth it in the end.
So in summery K-9 would make the perfect pet this Christmas for any Doctor Who Fan... young or old.
(I'm a reviewer on Amazon, and my 'better' reviews are copied from there to dooyoo. Please feel free to check out my Amazon profile under my real name of Mr Andrew M Kerr.)
Thanks for reading.
I have a problem. I am a Doctor Who fan. It damages my pockets and my storage space.
When i saw the Remote Controlled K9 in Toys R Us at the bargain price of £19.99 I knew it had to be mine (RRP £39.99).
Rushing home my new purchase hungrily grasped in my clammy hands I was thankful I had read the box where it told me "Battery for display purposes only" as it required a full new set of 4 AA and 1 9v batteries.
The box has this whole new innovative (read annoying) new packaging design which means that without the right size screwdriver you will never free your toy. Luckily I had one and quickly assemble the remote and employed the screwdriver again in changing the batteries.
Placing K9 on the floor I was ready to roll. The toy is nippy resposive and rather cutely has a little start up speech when you turn him on.
The controller works in the style of a tank ie left controls left wheel right controls right. This allows you to spin K9 while spamming the "MAXIMUM DEFENCE MODE" button. Hitting another button extends the gun. Sadly you cant move the little fellow while his gun is extended.
John Leesons voice is perfect and clear and the toy is ideal for chasing toddlers around with. I have the feeling that like my RC Dalek will soon become more of an ornament then a toy, that is ok though as it does look great and at half the price a great bargain.
Who wouldn't want to own the only character from Dr. Who to be constantly thwarted by stairs?