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‘Doctor Who’ thing of the day: inflatable Dalek… that you can ride in

Well, not you, unless you weigh less than 30 kilos.

Now, I look at this:

and I think, Oh noes! That child has been eaten by a Dalek! But apparently Daleks don’t eat children at all. From manufacturer Kids@Play:

BBC Worldwide says “we have always dreamed of developing a Ride-in toy Dalek, but no-one had previously been able to achieve this for us. We are so excited by the Kids@Play project; this will be an industry first for us”.

The Dalek body is made from a mixture of ballistic nylon/laminated rubberised polyvinyl which is soft and tactile to the touch. This makes the Ride-in very durable, structurally safe, tear resistant and easy to inflate and assemble. The Dalek has a 6v battery powered motor which gives 360 degree steering and a maximum speed of 3km per hour. The battery is re-chargeable and comes complete with country specific charger. The steering wheel has 10 authentic Dalek phrases that are button activated. The ride-in comes with flashing lights for an atmospheric glow, giving the child the maximum realistic feeling of being in the Dalek and moving around like a Dalek.

I would like to know if there is an actual Dalek consulting with Kids@Play. You know, someone who knows what, realistically, it feels like to be inside a Dalek and moving around like a Dalek.

There’s video! (via Gamma Squad):

Now we know the rationale behind those new iPod-colored Daleks: toy marketing!

At least they didn’t make a pink one.

(Thanks to Todd for the link. If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.)

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