Saturday, 2 July 2011

Flogging a dead Dalek

Well, we're back in the home of Who, after nearly a year out of the country, having missed the first half of season 6 and now frantically trying to catch up with what's been going on! As ever, I'll be drawing from the past, pulling from the present and blindly ignoring the future.

Anyway, let's start the ball rolling with our still-yet-to-grow-on-me new Dalek design merchandise, and a mention of Christmas (I know, only half way through the year, so obviously time to start thinking about those xmas pressies... not). I really can't get excited about these new daleks and am treating them like the old film versions - to be ignored. Me, I'm gonna pretend they don't exist... easy to do if you are slightly delusional like me.

From the Evening Standard.

'With six months to go, a £200 sit-in Dalek and an "iPad for toddlers" are set to become this year's must-have Christmas gifts, according to experts at Hamleys.

One of the more expensive toys tipped for Christmas is the £200 Dalek, which children can drive around while it utters classic quotes from Doctor Who's oldest enemy, who threatens to "exterminate" the Time Lord.

"The sit-in Dalek is absolutely superb - the only problem is that it doesn't come in adult sizes," said Mr Wheatley.

"The build-it-yourself sonic screwdriver is also very impressive, and its going to be another big year for Doctor Who."'

What can we read from this? After their very brief appearance last season, perhaps we can expect a re-appearance later this year, or perhaps it's just the BBC licensing guys cashing in... whilst I love collecting old stuff, I must say I hate this capitalistic consumersitic society we'e created... there's just so much stuff! But who knows, these could become the most collectable Who item of all item - we've just got to pray for a factory fire to destroy all the stock, as with the original Dalek palysuits back in the days of Dalekmania.

But it is the stuff aimed at kiddies and which gets buggered up easily which becomes rare, so it might just be a good investment... but if I had £200 quid to my name I can think of 200 things I'd rather spend it on first...

Cheers to Combom for picking this up.


  1. You don't even like the movie Daleks?

    Sometimes it feels like I am the only fan who likes the New Paradigm Daleks.

  2. Shame! Maybe I'll get used to them in time! I always felt the movie daleks were a bit out of proportion - there's something really nice about the classic TV dalek design, can't put my finger on it but the aesthetics are just right. What really gets me about the new design is that even the TV versions look too plastic... and those colours - I just can't image real daleks going for such a bold colour scheme...

    Thanks for following the blog!