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on 15 October 2006
Quite possibly the best Doctor Who toy ever, and the one fans of K9 have been waiting for!
As a fan of the original series - and K9- I always wanted a decent remote control K9. The nearest to this was the PalitToy "Talking K9" of the late 1970's - but that wasn't remote controlled or animated.
Firstly the detail on this toy is stunning. The proportions are exact and everything is just as it should be - although the bluey silver paint is more reminiscent of K9 MK1 and not the later models most are familiar with. He has antennae silver ears and his famous tartan collar. On his right he has his K9 removable panel, underneath which are his inner "workings" (as seen in his recent story) and his power switch.
You start K9 by opening his side panel (just as in his recent story - School Reunion). His power switch is located underneath his side panel and for this reason I have dropped one star of the rating - I can see the retaining catches for the panel becoming broken or snapped off easily as this panel must be removed to power on K9 every time.
On switching him on - he lights up: three blue lights under his control panel, his eye (sadly only one bulb and not two as in the original) and his outer control panel (although these are lit constantly, rather than twinkling as in the original). He then says: "System re-starting. All primary drives functioning" as in his recent story.
As for the action it is superb. He trundles along with poor traction and makes a lot of noise - just like the original. His ears turn 45 degrees as he moves. He can be made to say a number of selected phrases from the controller:
"The master rebuilt me. My systems are much improved with new undetectable hyperlink facilities"
"Confirmation of analysis"
"Maximum defence mode"
"Power supply failing"
"Capacity for one shot master, for maximum impact I must be stationed directly besides the vat"
The nose laser can also be extended - via remote control- at which point K9 remains stationary and then the nose laser blaster sound effect can be sounded. Once you retract the nose laser, he is free to move again.
This is a must have for a fan of K9 or the series, and I suspect this will be a much in-demand toy in the run up to Christmas. My only criticisms are minor although I suspect with younger children it will not prove to be robust, as his ears, control panel and tail all seem quite fragile.