Some Cool Doctor Who Toys

I have been a fan of Doctor Who ever since I was a little kid and my local PBS station would play reruns of the Tom Baker episodes. The theme music always creeped me out and I was scared to death of Davros, the creator of the Daleks.  Back then there weren't a lot of Doctor Who toys, at least none that I knew about.  I lived in a small rural town and if K-Mart or the Sears Christmas Wish Book didn't have it then it didn't exist.  Nowadays, with the big revival of Doctor Who on the BBC, there are more new Doctor Who toys than ever before!

There are now Doctor Who Dalek toys, Doctor Who Tardis toys, Doctor Who Series 5 toys (as well as classic series toys), action figures, comic books...the list goes on and on! It's a great time to be a Dr. Who fan but you'd better be prepared for some sticker shock. These new toys are expensive! I assume it's because they either come from the U.K. or are at least licensed from the BBC and that adds to the cost of the toys here in the U.S. You also won't find many in national stores like Wal-Mart or even Toys R Us.  The only store that I have found in them near me (other than some comic book stores) is Newbury Comics (a local chain of "pop culture" stores).  Buying online is the way to go for these bad boys!

Here are three Doctor Who toys that I recently got for Christmas (please note that the links below are affiliate links to Amazon.com and if you purchase anything through these links I get a small commission):

the 11th Doctor Sonic Screwdriver

11th Doctor Sonic ScrewdriverI never really wanted a sonic screwdriver toy until I saw the one that Matt Smith uses. It has the "claws" that extend and open up and I just thought that was really cool. The toy requires 3 L1154 batteries (watch-type batteries).  One button makes the green bulb light up and produces sound effects. Another button pops open the extender arms from around the bulb.  One thing I don't like about it is that once the arms are extended the bulb and sounds don't work via the main button.  There is a third button hidden in the bottom of the unit, and that's the only way you can activate the light and sounds while the arms are extended.  You flip open the cap on the end of the screwdriver to reveal the button. It's a fun toy to play around with and I find myself playing with it mindlessly while sitting at my desk thinking about things.  I pop open the arms and pull them back down over and over again.  While it's not the most impressive toy in the world, it is pretty cool and not too expensive either.

the Doctor Who Timelord Spinning Tardis

This thing is amazing! It uses magnets (powered by 6 AA) batteries to levitate a plastic Tardis in mid-air.  Once you get it positioned just right the Tardis will just hover between the two magnets.  You can give it a little nudge and it will spin around without falling down.  It's pretty much the coolest thing I've ever seen. The unit itself is pretty big and hefty.  It's about 8 inches tall while the Tardis is about 4 inches.  It's a great piece to have on your desk so you can waste a few hours every day watching it float, defying gravity. Watching it spin and wobble around while floating is just a lot of fun.  I can't recommend this highly enough. It's my favorite gift of the year, hands down.

11 Doctors Action Figure Set

I have to admit that before I got this set I didn't own any Doctor Who action figures.  So when I saw that I could get all 11 Doctors in one pack I jumped at it!  All of the figures come with either a sonic screwdriver (made of a very cheap rubber material) or some other accessory like a cane or an umbrella.  The likenesses are all pretty good too.  They don't seem to stand up very well and they don't have too many points or articulation. But they do look pretty cool all lined up on a shelf.

These three items are just a small sample of what's now available for Doctor Who toys.  Check out even more items on Amazon.com.

Do you have a favorite Doctor Who toy or want to comment on one of the ones mentioned here?  Please use the comment section below to start a discussion!

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