Doctor Who Ride-in Dalek

While 0.1 percent of the people reading this will understand, umm. I want. I want. I want.

Zappies in the UK has licensed the Daleks for this awesome inflatable battery-operated 360-degree movement ride-on toy with a retail price of £200, available June 2011. Unfortunately, it’s only rated for ages 3 to 6-years-old, not for adults. What were they thinking?

What you’re looking at is a science fiction alien, a Dalek. It’s from Doctor Who, the awesome UK-based family science fiction TV show. Doctor Who and the Daleks are as much cultural icons for Brits as Robin Hood. On the air almost continuously since 1963, everyone knows the lore.

In America, well, you had to catch the show at some odd hour of the night on PBS. Today, it airs on the BBC America cable channel and later on the SyFy channel.

Daleks are squid-like aliens protected by a robot exterior, bred to have only one emotion — hatred of all things not Dalek. The American equivalent is The Borg from Star Trek fame, except the Borg wanted to assimilate you. Daleks want to exterminate you. Even the Borg catch phrase, “Resistance is futile,” was lifted from the Dalek’s “Resistance is useless.”

Oh, and the Borg are also a ripoff of Doctor Who’s other big alien menace, the Cybermen, who do want to assimilate you by encasing your brain in a cybernetic body, releasing you from your imperfection.

Despite the preceding description, the Doctor is a fairly awesome role model, refusing to handle weapons and always using his brain to resolve situations, a 900-year-old being infused with a sense of altruism. For his arsenal he only packs a sonic screwdriver and psychic paper (a wallet flap that shows you want he wants to show you). Every few years, the actor playing the Doctor leaves the show, with the Doctor regenerating instead of dying, taking on a new face and personality, but with the same memory.

If you’re interested in checking out the show, say, via NetFlix, I suggest these episodes which don’t require much background knowledge:

And yes, a central part of the show is to provide a good scare along with humor and simply captivating storytelling.

Comments

5 Responses to “Doctor Who Ride-in Dalek”

  1. julianne says:

    Yes! I need to teach my 3yo to say “Exterminate!”

    January 27th, 2011 at 6:20 pm

  2. Dani says:

    Oh… I want this so badly! I loves me some Dr. Who and I can’t wait to introduce it to my kids.

    January 27th, 2011 at 6:31 pm

  3. AJ says:

    I will disclaim that my eldest doesn’t watch Doctor Who yet… way too scary.

    Having a Dalek as a toy is sort of like the proliferation of Darth Vader toys (voice-changing mask, costumes, action figures, etc.). When you think about it, hey, why would my kid dress up as Darth Vader, the bad guy? You wouldn’t dress your kid up as Hitler. Except Darth is a bit removed from that, a fictional story over-dramatized with costumes, etc. And so the Dalek is just a quirky robot and kids love ride-on toys.

    If I lived in the UK, I’d probably have a visceral reaction to the merchandising of the show. Here in America, most Doctor Who products are purchased by and for adults.

    January 28th, 2011 at 7:39 am

  4. Penguinmommy says:

    Been working with my 1 year old with the “What does a …. say?” game… it, of course, includes things like:

    Cat – “Hisss”
    Zombie – “Brains”
    Duck – “Aflac”
    Dalek – “Exterminate”

    and I’m always looking for good ideas for the list ;)

    January 29th, 2011 at 12:59 pm

  5. Karen says:

    Oh how cooooool…. wonder if they will make them adult sized!!..

    I live in Scotland and my Daughter is Dr Who addicted… She met a Dalek when she was 5 and it was her favourite thing of all time and at nearly 15 she is still in love with that memory..

    To the word game player may I suggest….

    what does a Cyberman say…. Delete!
    River says… hellooooooooo sweetie…

    the Dr Says… I’ll need two coffees, twelve jammy dodgers and a fez or if you have a little one… he says Fezs are cool….

    Children need a little fear in life to grow to be healthy people… how else can you teach them that Daleks are scary monsters but all monsters have fears just like us and can be defeated!! let them watch the Dr ;)

    May 2nd, 2011 at 9:45 am