This weekend I popped into Forbidden Planet and noticed a couple of new Doctor Who products: Kitt-O! Collectors Construction Figure kits and the Tarco vending machine toys. What made them stand out for review? Mainly the price. The Kitt-O kits were priced at £1.99, and the Tarco toys were £1. In today’s financial climate and the rising price of kid’s toys and collectibles, this makes for a nice alternative for parents whose children love the show.
Still, I am a firm believer in the idea of getting what you pay for.
Kitt-O! Weeping Angel and Cyberman
The point of the Kitt-O! line is to create a 3D card model that slots together simply, without the aid of glue. It’s part model kit, part cardboard standee. It’s a simple idea, but not without its faults. The kits come in flat, economic packages. Inside, the front and back sheet opens out to show the instructions. Inside is a single card sheet with all the parts to pop out and construct. Characters featured in Series 1 are Silurian Warrior, Weeping Angel, Sontaran, Madam Vastra, Vashta Nerada and a Cyberman.
I’d bought a Cyberman, Weeping Angel and Madame Vastra.
The Weeping Angel was fairly easy to put together, but do take your time. Before you know it, you can pull a piece from the card and some of the printed detail can be torn from the part. The Cyberman was far more complex, and I had some real problems. The piece that was supposed to slot in the back of the head ripped completely. I also hadn’t realised that another piece of detail had been torn from a leg.
So what can I say about these kits? They’re made for children 3 years and over, and make good pocket money toys. For display, they strike me as a little underwhelming, however I can see young children enjoying building up a collection fairly quickly. That is the trick with this sort of line. Presumably, a wider range of characters can be produced very quickly and simply. With the price point, these kits might be a passable alternative to expensive action figures.
Tarco Ood and Cyberman
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I dropped my pound coin in the vending machine and twisted. A blue and clear ball dropped with a clack, and inside was a little cyberman. “Fairly cute,” I thought, but I really wanted the TARDIS. I tried again. This time, the machine yielded an ood. I was more impressed with this one.
There’s a certain charm with these figures, and at the cost of £1, it shouldn’t be too much of a hardship to buy on the odd shopping trip when your kids want a treat.
Expect to find these in supermarkets, shopping malls and cinema foyers.
For children aged three or over, the Tarco Doctor Who figures includes the Eleventh Doctor, the TARDIS, Cyberman, Weeping Angel, Ood and a red, yellow and white dalek.
Remember I said I had bought the Madame Vastra Kitt-O! figure? After completing my reviews of the other two kits, there was no need to do a third. So I’m giving you the chance to win the Kitt-O! Madame Vastra.
To win, all you need to do is write a Doctor Who limerick. The funnier the better. Nothing filthy if you can help it.
Post the limerick in the comments below. All entries in by the 5th of May please.
Also, UK entries only.
I’ll contact the winner via e-mail to arrange an address to send Madam Vastra to.