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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Disappointing Nerd Swag -- So, I stopped in to Earthworld in Albany, New York this afternoon for the first time in a long time (hi, gang!) and they had in stock the sonic screwdriver toy from Doctor Who. At first I wasn't gonna, but then I could find no funnybooks to buy (amazing!), and so as not to leave empty-handed, I fed my inner geek with this toy, suitable for ages 6 and up according to the packaging.

Speaking of which, I wish I had left it in the packaging. It's not total crap, mind you, but neither is it super-sturdy. The directions for getting the three needed button-cell batteries into it are pretty unclear, and I kept thinking I was going to break the damned thing getting them into it. But eventually I succeeded. Added aggravation: the batteries "are for demonstration purposes only." Translation: They'll last about 5 minutes, so go buy some quick.

All in all it's a fun little gadget, although it would have been more fun, I think, if I were a 6-year-old Brit just discovering Doctor Who. As a 41-year-old who discovered the series almost 30 years ago, having torn it open and put it together, I kind of wish I'd left it in the packaging and just set it on a shelf for display. I never do that, but in this case, I think I'd have been happier that way.

Also: I tried, it does not open locked doors. So if you buy it thinking it's gonna do that, well, it won't.


Blogger Jason Marcy said...

On day I want to leave my store with a David Tennant Doctor and maybe a Dalek.

21 October, 2007 18:15  
Blogger Roger Green said...

I noted this piece in my blog post today. You'll be FAMOUS!!

22 October, 2007 11:13  
Blogger Alan David Doane said...

Thanks, Roger! I look forward to the rewards of fame, at long last!

22 October, 2007 12:24  

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