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A fun piece of kit!
on 2 February 2007
This tardis money box is a great item. I have one on my shelf which is storing all my loose copper change, and my 3 year-old nephew enjoys playing with one as his new toy (apart from being fascinated by the flashing light and speech, he understands it is a money box and is keeping money in it also - so in this respect it has also proved educational).
It is made of a hard plastic outer shell with cardboard used for the interior decoration with money slot, so I think it would survive a few accidental falls to the floor.
The one thing I do have to mention is that there are 2 versions of this toy - the one shown by Amazon here is the initial Eccleston Doctor release - this takes the LR44 button-sized batteries which can be hard to find (although Maplins Electronics had some under the name 357X). The speech and tardis landing sound on this release seems to be of poor quality though - very tinny and highly compressed. The button battery power you are looking for is 1.5/155v and as well as LR44 and 357X, the following ones will also work: G13, A76(-1), PX76(A), 675, V13GA, L1154, RW82, D303, 113150, SR44/W, D/V/SP357, 1166A, GP76A.
The newer release features the Tennant Doctor and contains speech from the "Christmas Invasion" special. The sound quality is much improved - it sounds clearer and louder; also the hard-to-find battery problem is solved - this version no longer needs LR44 batteries but much easier to find AAA ones instead - 3 of them needed altogether.
They are both worth getting in there own right, but if you only want one, go for the newer Tennant version for ease of battery finding and better sound quality.