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on 31 August 2013
This is more a collectors item, than a toy.

It arrives in a fairly standard Doctor Who box, albeit quite large.

Its packed very well indeed you'll need a small screwdriver and some patience to remove it from its protective box. I prefer this way than rattling around getting broken.

You'll also need to feed it 4xAA batteries as they are not included.

There is a little assembly required, putting the eye stalk on wasn't the easiest task, don't force it! Once you realise its keyed, think of the keystone of a bridge or window and turn it sideways, it has a long edge on the right, a shorter edge on the left and then draw two lines top and bottom at an angle so they meet up, once you notice that putting the stalk on is much easier, if it fails to light, like mine did, gently push in the springy contacts under the stalk a few times to loosen them after transit and it should light fine.

All that was left to do was pop on the plunger and the ray gun, plunger to the left, ray gun to the right (with the ray gun the longer end goes into the hole not the shorter)

It was actually quite easy to put together. I saved the bottom retaining plastic cups and screws and put them back on, as this lets it sit flat on a shelf and raises the wheels up a touch, you can't tell as this all happens under the Daleks black skirt (ooh err!) but keeps it from rolling off on its own to explore the universe (you know what theyre like! LOL)

There are 8 recorded dalek phrases, all in high quality, the head lights (what do you call them?) flash white when it speaks and when turned on the blue led in the eye stalk glows for up to 30 mins at a time.

You activate the sound by pressing one of the bumps on the dalek at the front.

The head moves, above the grill, then the middle section moves so you can point the bottom in one direction, the mid section in another and the top in another, if you want it to look like the Dalek was moving forward but turned to fire or inspect something as it was moving. Very good that it moves so much. The plunger and ray gun also move in their housings and if you wish the whole unit has three wheels two at the back and one at the front so you can move it around.

Its a great piece and made all the more wonderful by having the Union Jack on it, showing its British heritage.

Just delightful and a great way to celebrate the 50th anniversary.
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on 12 March 2015
It is charming to think that the most destructive and malevolent force in the universe is quintessentially British, and here it is in all its patriotic colours. Daleks were an amazing creation way back when even if they looked as though they had been made out of egg boxes and had a plunger for an arm. They have come a long way since then - now they can get up stairs - though still retaining their rasping voices and archetypal shape: the epitome of evil. They are the most recognisable alien ever imagined and a major lynchpin in the wonderfully eccentric series, Dr Who. Everyone should have one. I have three! A colossal black model twice the size of the others which runs bossily round the house and has a large and malevolent repertoire. I call her Marigold. Then their is my cute smaller gold one, Fluffy, To cap it off this little Dandy, aptly named, Arbuthnot. Call me crazy? Just you try. You will be exterminated.
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on 8 January 2014
The Dalek looks and sounds great - it's a worthy 50th Anniversay collector's piece.
The one caveat I have concerns the excessive packaging, which is fiddly to remove, as others have detailed.
Most annoying is the fact that it requires the use of a tiny screwdriver in order to remove the Dalek from its base. If you don't have one to hand, you're snookered.
While the plunger and weapon arm are easy to attach, the eye stalk is not so straight-forward. It took several attempts to get the electircal contacts aligned correctly so the eye could attach. Why it wasn't pre-attached is beyond me, it should have been
To access the battery compartment requires further use of a very small screwdriver. The Dalek requires four AA batteries (which are not included or even mentioned on the outer box) in order to power the speech and light functions. There is also a separete on/off switch on the base that needs setting to the correct position if these functions are to work.
If you're buying the Dalek as a present for a child make sure you also buy batteries and have a small screwdriver to hand - I used the one I got from the opticians to tighten my glesses.
Once it's out of the packaging, assembled and powered-up, the Dalek looks and sounds great, but it is undoubtedly somewhat of a hassle getting to this point.

Dalek 5 out of 5

Packaging 0 out of 5
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on 5 September 2013
A very collectable Dalek that now forms the centrepiece of my collection. Unique model and a must for collectors. Brilliant.
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on 12 January 2014
I bought this for a friend who is into Doctor Who. He thinks that it is so cool and said that everyone who comes round to his house plays with it. It sounds exactly like a real dalek which is a bit unsettling really haha! It lights up realistically too and the head and middle can be physically moved from side to side. It looks a bit bigger when it is out of the box and set loose on mankind! My friend said that he didn't have much trouble assembling it - when I read reviews about how much trouble it was to get out of the box, I was afraid that he would break the eyestalk or plunger when prising them out.
I would recommend this to any age above the 5+ guideline really - the person I bought it for is 29 but I would say that it is a collector's item/big kid's toy as much as a children's toy.
The one thing that I would personally change about the dalek is the colour - black or gold paint would make it more true to the show but having said that I think that it would make it more scary!
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on 2 February 2014
As a MEGA Doctor Who fan, I was trilled to pieces with this. I used Christmas money to buy this and although people may think that It is far to expensive for a plastic light-up talking robot, I could not recommend this enough to any Doctor Who fans. It also made me happy that it had a Union Flag design as it fit in perfectly with my bedroom. The box is pretty large and the Dalek is secured to the inside packaging with wire ties and you even have to use a tiny screwdriver to release it. (Sonic Screwdriver is optional)

All in all, I could not be happier with this. It is beautiful and I would extremely recommend getting this for any Whovian.
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on 11 January 2017
I love this! It showcases everything about british sci-fi.
I would have preffered die-cast arms and eye and its a shame it isn't remote control but as a decorative piece as i have bought it then it is perfect.......not a toy but a true collectors item!
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on 24 January 2014
Very pleased with this Dalek, but like many others have said it would have been good to have it in remote control, but for what you pay I think its well worth the money.
previous buyers have said that they had trouble fitting the eye, well in my case it came already attached, I just had to attach the plunger and gun.
The packageing is somewhat of a nightmare but then that's to protect the product and just a little patience is all that is needed.
The Dalek voice and lights all work very well and if you can remember watching Doctor Who 50 years ago then you will just love this, to us olduns the Daleks are what Darth Vader is to the newer generation, Enjoy.
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on 14 January 2014
Became addicted to the Doctor few months ago, and this was a present for Xmas.
Love it.
I just wanted to exterminate the other presents!
It's big, with wheels, an on/off button.
Runs with 4 AA batteries.
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on 28 December 2013
It's a good model for display but perhaps a little limited as a toy. Himself did not play with it very much but did have it next to him, watching the tv, when Dr Who was on.
It was quite hard for a clumsy and poor sighted Granddad to undo the fiddly screws that secured it to its packaging.
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