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Bif Bang Pow! Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Original TARDIS Monitor Mate

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Item Weight91 g
Product Dimensions21.6 x 12.2 x 7.6 cm
Manufacturer recommended age:12 years and up
Manufacturer referenceBBP12011BW
Number of Puzzle Pieces1
Assembly RequiredNo
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Best Sellers Rank 621,847 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight113 g
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Date First Available31 May 2013

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Bif Bang Pow! Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Original TARDIS Monitor Mate

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Great gift for fans of 1960s Doctor Who 8 Jun 2014
By tropic_of_criticism - Published on Amazon.com
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For those who want just a dash of Doctor Who fandom around their office or home, this could be a perfect gift.

It comes in at least two varieties: "Matt Smith blue" and "William Hartnell grey". This item is the "50th Anniversary Original TARDIS", so therefore it should be judged against the TARDISes seen in the early 1960s episodes, rather than the TARDISes found in the BBC Wales series.

Fans will know that the TARDIS was slightly different in almost every serial involving Barbara and Ian, and that SFX models were almost always at variance with the full-sized prop. So this toy does the best it can by giving us the white-framed windows and St John Ambulance sign of "An Unearthly Child", the border-less "Pull to Open" sign of "The Dalek Invasion of Earth" and the steepled roof of "Planet of Giants". The detail that blew me away, though, was the fact that the entirety of the "Pull to Open" sign's text is legible, even though it's maybe 8mm wide. Seriously, look at it under a magnifying glass: it's an exquisite detail you wouldn't expect out of a toy both this small and this cheap.

Still, if you're a real TARDIS purist, you might be disappointed that it doesn't actually match any one TARDIS design of those early years. In particular, you might lament the fact that the toy doesn't have a flat roof, since that was the predominant roof style of the early Hartnell era. You could also quibble with the fact that the TARDIS isn't quite as "scruffy looking" as it was in, say, "The Romans". But I think your disappointment will swiftly melt into appreciation that the manufacturer produced something that was a reasonable composite of the studio prop and those initial TARDIS models.

Of course, the most obvious aspect of the design is that it is effectively a greyscale TARDIS, as would have been seen by the original audiences. Discerning fans will appreciate the monochrome, rather than lament the fact it isn't blue. The more casual fan might want it, too — particularly if their interior design doesn't favour "Matt Smith blue". I especially like that the base on this one is black. In the daytime, that makes the whole thing classier than the Matt Smith variant, which has a shiny, toy-like, brilliant white base. At night, from some angles, the eye tricks the black base away. Just for a moment, it's possible to imagine that the TARDIS is floating. And it's that little bit of suspension of disbelief that is at the heart of Doctor Who, isn't it?

Another nifty feature: it's actually a bobble toy. Unlike bobble heads, though, the effect is slightly more subdued, perhaps because this is a relatively tiny toy. And, since this is an approximation of a 1960s TARDIS, the effect is pretty similar to the way it looked when pictured flying through space in those early episodes.

I don't really have any serious negatives about this product, but there were a couple of things I wasn't expecting.

Since it's advertised as a "monitor mate", I was surprised that it doesn't have to go on a monitor at all. It comes with a double-sided adhesive square separate from the TARDIS itself. This gives you the option of either sticking it to your monitor — or not. You can just keep it as a free-standing item on your desk, if you prefer. And if you choose to put it on your desk, it'll offer one thing that action figures usually can't: stability. You never have to worry about this thing falling over like action figures perpetually do. Its solid base means it's gonna stay where it is.

So you might well strongly consider keeping it more of a "desk mate" than a "monitor mate" — particularly because the base is a bit wide for many flat screen displays. The picture on this page appears to show the TARDIS sitting on some variety of Apple Cinema Display. And to be sure, enough of the adhesive will attach to any Apple monitor — up to and including the latest Thunderbolt display — for the thing to work. However, I've got three different makes of Cinema Display and it overhangs each one by more than seems to be the case in the picture. I would say that the base is deeper than most modern Apple Displays by something on the order of 18mm or ¾ inch. Again, that's not enough to stop it from being usable atop most monitors, but I would say that it's considerably greater overhang than the picture illustrates — meaning that some amount of adhesive is going to be exposed.

For the technically minded, the base is 1½" square, and the adhesive is about 1" square, so check against your monitor's depth to see if you're comfortable with the amount of adhesive that's actually making contact with your monitor. And while we're talking numbers, do take into account the fact that this is a stand-alone piece that isn't part of any series of toys. It has its own 3" scale. So don't expect it to fit alongside your Character Options 5" action figures or the newer 3.75" scale. The Doctor — whichever one you have — is going to be taller than this TARDIS!

Of course, it's smaller size could be useful if you wanted to make a "Planet of Giants" diorama, in which you could put a series of differently-sized monochromatic TARDISes together to simulate the TARDIS shrinking as it did in that 1964 adventure. But there aren't any people out there who are big enough Doctor Who geeks to want to commemorate "Planet of Giants" with action figures, are there? Of course not. No one like THAT around...
Bought as a gift. 5 Feb 2014
By Spenser - Published on Amazon.com
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I personally don't have an opinion on this other then it does what it advertises. It looks like the Tardis and bobbles. :P (but why they chose this grey color is beyond me. I apparently got this one by mistake when there was an identical model with the correct blue color to it)

I got it as a Christmas gift for my sister and she seems to love it. Not much else to say. :D
Way huge!!! Doesnt fit a monitor! 8 Sep 2014
By Rayn Elyse - Published on Amazon.com
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This thing is seriously like 3 times bigger than they say! I cant mount it to my monitor, its too big!!
Five Stars 31 July 2014
By avid aid - Published on Amazon.com
it is so awesome and bigger than you might think
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