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LCARS Shipyard
LCARS Shipyard
Price: £0.80

4.0 out of 5 stars Touchscreen LCARS on a tablet., 16 Dec. 2014
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This review is from: LCARS Shipyard (App)
This is an authentic 'Next Generation' style App. It has multiple screens to display and it looks and sounds the part. The App itself is purely eye candy and simply shows side elevations of a good number of starships. The reason that I drop a star is that on my Android 4.2 tablet I get a 'Runtime Error' or a 'Error 702 Unable to prepare Beep6.mp3' every few soundbites. Turn the sound off and you stop the errors. Shame really as this spoils an otherwise good App. Guess a Star Trek fan would forgive this to have their Tablet look like a LCARS terminal though. Fix this and it would be 5 stars.


LCARS Terminal
LCARS Terminal
Price: £0.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Touchscreen LCARS Terminal at last., 16 Dec. 2014
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This review is from: LCARS Terminal (App)
This is an authentic 'Next Generation' style App. It has multiple screens to display and it looks and sounds the part. The App itself is purely eye candy, it doesn't actually replace the operating system or file manager etc. The reason that I drop a star is that on my Android 4.2 tablet I get a 'Runtime Error' every few soundbites. Turn the sound off and you stop the errors. Shame really as this spoils an otherwise good App. Guess a Star Trek fan would forgive this to have their Tablet look like a LCARS terminal though. Fix this and it would be 5 stars.


Doctor Who Ultimate Tardis Playset
Doctor Who Ultimate Tardis Playset
Price: £49.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not all bad., 11 Aug. 2012
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
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Firstly i'd like to start by saying that I agree with the other reviewers who say that this product is flimsy when finished. You construct three seperate walls which have no real support and the main platform balanced on a little column, destined to fail. So why do I say not all bad?
At the time of writing Amazon are selling this item heavily discounted. You get a blue TARDIS set, the shows current four main characters and over 600 lego compatible bricks including a TARDIS console. Build it once for the experiance then throw away the instructions and do it better!
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Doctor Who Dalek Factory
Doctor Who Dalek Factory
Offered by The Superdrome of Worcester UK
Price: £50.00

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not all bad., 11 Aug. 2012
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Doctor Who Dalek Factory (Toy)
Let me start by saying that I agree with many of the other reviewers who say that this set is flimsy when built. I believe that this is due to the fact that the designer has tried to build diagonals across a square grid. The pegs simply don't line up properly resulting in an unstable structure. So why do I rate it as ok?
This set is, at the time of writing, being sold by Amazon heavily discounted. You get over 400 bricks, almost all in suitably industrial colours. You do not have to be a slave to the instructions, I simply rebuilt mine with square corners instead of diagonal ones. I also left off the conveyor belt and used the bricks elsewhere. The bricks supplied lend themselves to any number of spacecraft, ship, industrial or sci-fi interiors. Throw away the instructions and have some fun!


Real Power Workshop
Real Power Workshop
Price: £36.91

37 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not great but not without merit, 30 Jan. 2012
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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This review is from: Real Power Workshop (Toy)
For this review I will start with a plain description of what you get then conclude with my opinion of the product.

When you first open the box you are greeted by quite a few items as follows:

1 Power Workshop, 1 Drill Stand, 1 pair of Safety Goggles, 1 Extension Table piece, 1 Wood turning Tool, 1 Drill bit, 1 Hand file, 1 spare Jigsaw Blade, 1 spare Sanding Disk, 6 small pots of Acrylic Paint, 5 slightly larger pots of Acrylic Paint, 1 tube of PVA Glue, 2 Paint Brushes, 13 card templates, 13 220mm x 100mm x 3mm sheets of balsa wood, 5 80mm x 10mm dia. balsa dowels, 1 sheet of Sandpaper, 1 25ml pot, 2 sets of plastic parts for the introductory projects and 1 instruction booklet.

The Power workshop is 360mm long x 150mm wide x 200mm high. The sanding disk is about 30mm diameter. The jigsaw is about 10mm at max travel, 5mm minimum (plus a 10mm safety cap). I would estimate the circular saw to be about 30mm diameter but its guard only allows 3mm (or less) sheet to be cut. The lathe is 80mm between centres and would accept up to around 15mm dowel. The vice is 90mm wide and opens 20mm. The drill accepts a dedicated 4mm drill bit. It is worth noting that to use the drill you must remove the motor from the main unit and transfer it to the drill stand. The workshop requires 4 x D size batteries and has a jack socket for a 6 volt 15 watt d.c. power supply. It comes supplied with instuctions, templates and materials for 3 projects. Details are supplied for obtaining replacement sanding disks and jigsaw blades.

When I opened the box I was initially struck by how small the workshop tool looked, although there is plenty in the box, including some tucked away under the main packing. The tool is made to work balsa wood up to 3mm thickness. It has plenty of safety guards and sensible use should not cause concerns. The sanding disk looks tiny but works well enough, even having a mitre function. The circular saw is well protected and both saws work well as long as you don't force them. The lathe was a bit of a disappointment as the head stock stripped out the balsa and the tool seemed woefully inadequate. The drill functions ok but is let down by the fact that it only takes the supplied bit.

In conclusion I would say that it is of limited use as a tool. A craft knife, steel ruler and some sandpaper could do as well. The one thing that this tool does do well is give your child the opportunity to use a child friendly version of some serious power tools. With it you can teach them respect for tools and good workshop practice. It might even inspire them.


Wow Stuff Doctor Who Sonic Pen
Wow Stuff Doctor Who Sonic Pen
Offered by TOYS.inc
Price: £19.99

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Write like a doctor!, 17 May 2011
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
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This item is a dual colour pen styled like a sonic screwdriver. It is 15cm/6" long and is heavier than your disposable pens. Despite its shape I find it comfortable to write with and it certainly looks nice on the desk. Being smaller than a regular sonic screwdriver (21cm+) it fits in the pocket well too. It has NO light or sound effects. Some confusion initially existed as some listings incorrectly said that it did, though this was quickly corrected on the better sites like Amazon. The two colours are selected by rotating the pen's body.

My concern with this item was that despite being described as an executive pen, it comes with no indication of whether or not the ink can be replaced. It Can! The pen's body can be gently slid apart to reveal the two pen inserts. These can then be gently slid out of their carrier and replaced with suitable equivalents. (I will try to upload a photo to acompany this review).

My conclusion is that this is a very attractive pen. Fun and functional.
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Diva Girls: Diva Ballerina (Wii)
Diva Girls: Diva Ballerina (Wii)
Offered by STOCKTASTIC
Price: £27.06

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't live up to its description., 13 Nov. 2010
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
I bought this for my daughter and, to be honest, I was a little disappointed. The game description reads "learn and perform real ballet moves that will amaze your friends". Your avatar dances nicely enough but, unlike games like "Just Dance" you are not required to dance along. My son scored nearly faultlessly just waving his controller in the direction of the on screen arrows. Don't get me wrong, we weren't expecting a substitute for ballet classes, but it would have been nice to have needed to interact with it a bit more.

If you want a ballet game then I suppose that's what it is. If you want something that encourages you to dance along, buy "Just Dance". Just for the record "diva Ballerina" does not require the balance board. If you don't have one you use the nun chuck in its place.


Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver
Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver
Offered by Licensed Products Limited
Price: £18.37

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great idea almost realised, 3 Nov. 2010
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver (Toy)
When I saw the description for this item I thought "Wow, a sonic screwdriver that actually works!" Well now i've got one and am I still impressed?

On the plus side the screwdriver looks the part and, thanks to its metal body, it feels the part too. The weight sets it apart from the toy versions and makes it feel more robust too. It is worth noting that it is only the bottom half that is metal. This part incorporates a magnetic bit holder, the 3xAG10 batteries (not 2xAA as in some listings) and a sound chip (which is activated by a button). The top half has the green light surrounded by non moving claws and contains the screwdiver bits when not in use.

The bad points, in my opinion, are as follows. First I found that the screwdriver bits were pushed so far into their storage compartment that I needed a pair of long nosed pliers to get them out. If inserted any less the compartment wouldn't close properly. Secondly the bit holder where you put the screwdriver bits to use them is about 1/2mm too small to take standard 1/4" screwdriver bits. This means that when the supplied bits get rounded out, as would be normal in anything beyond occasional use, you're not going to be able to replace them. Finally the bits themselves have an attractive green laquer coating that scratches off as soon as you use them.

In conclusion I'd say that the sonic screwdriver looks and feels good, but its value as a working screwdriver is more novalty than practical.
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