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Make A Sonic Screwdriver Set by tt40 Make A Sonic Screwdriver Set by tt40
One of the more inventive toy releases, the 'make your own sonic screwdriver' set features parts which when assembled make three complete sonic screwdrivers - as shown here. These devices are designed so the key sections can be switched around, allowing a potential maximum of eighty different configurations! One prop is obviously based on Matt Smith's sonic screwdriver, and the others are more fanciful, but nevertheless interesting to look at.

The term "sonic screwdriver" remains the intellectual property of the British Broadcasting Corporation. The image shown here was manufactured using toys manufactured by Character Options.
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NateSnow Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just what I need for my project of making one that really works! *Grins*
Were do you get one of those sets?
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tt40 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
Apologies for the long delay in replying, but I seldom check this account. You can purchase one from Forbidden Planet, a British sci-fi store.
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NateSnow Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. Is it in london? Cuz I may move there if I can convince my bf too leave his beloved rotten town.
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TimeKaiser Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
I think I have a time-traveling secret admirer now. I found this set in the mail specifically today, valentine's day, of all days. It CAN'T be a coincidence.
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tt40 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Sadly I did not send it, but that is excellent news!
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galaxy1701d Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
I got one from a seller on E-bay for my housemate. It just came in the mail today. Regrettably, with the way the set was designed there's no way to have the Eleventh Doctor configuration actually spring open, but it's still an awesome toy and I love the creativity.

I own the River Song "Future" Sonic Screwdriver myself (picked it up at Otakon last July) and I love it. The blue LED setting is so bright I can use it like a low-level flashlight. =D
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tt40 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
Yes, I tend to agree - its a primitive bit of kit but its aimed more at the kiddies than the serious collector.
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galaxy1701d Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
Yeah. I had originally gotten Ten's screwdriver for my housemate but someone else took it and likely isn't giving it back, so to speak. I thought he'd have a bit more fun with this set 'cause of the mix-and-match aspect and he really likes it. I also love how it's got 8 different sound effects, and that some of the alternative pieces have a bit more of a classic Who look to them. =)
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tt40 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
Sadly a lot of these items (produced in Britain) have a very short ''shelf life.'' They are often released into the stores over here and circulated for around four to six months and then they stop making them, so if you have anything from Doctor Who - my advice is to hang on to it and keep it safe as you are highly unlikely to find a replacement unless you can get one on eBay or from a yard sale. These items, which once seemed so available are like gold dust to collectors and often toys which have actually been played with by children are passed on in a broken state or ruined prior to being resold. If there is one thing I've learned in thirty years of buying and selling toys and collectibles, it's to protect a good investment.

Point of example, the Eagle Transporter models I have elsewhere in this gallery were a classic example. Purchased for under thirty pounds each when new, other identical models from the same company are now selling on eBay and Amazon (to name just two) for several hundred pounds now. I would have purchased the lot but only found out they existed towards the last few days of production when one of them came to ma via a second-hand store, yet thankfully in excellent condition.
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galaxy1701d Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
I feel the same way about the "Star Trek" Playmates Toys ships that I used to have. I opened those up and beat 'em up as a kid, and then when I finally became a true collector and began setting quality standards for what I'd keep and what I wouldn't, the toy ships ultimately didn't meet my standards and I had to give them away because I just didn't have the space to keep them around. Then another 10 years later, I start buying things on E-bay and lo 'n behold, the very ships I gave up all those years ago because they were just too beat up for me to keep are worth many hundreds of dollars MISB. Boy, was I furious!

I'm glad you were able to get one of the Eagle Transporter models via second-hand store and in such good condition. Those ships of mine are so expensive now that I'll likely not get one again for a long time! So far, I've got two items from "Doctor Who" - a ceramic TARDIS mug with lid, and River Song's Sonic. I have at times debated getting another "Future Sonic Screwdriver" to keep unopened instead of going for the Master's Laser Screwdriver, but I haven't yet; River's Sonic pops up all the time on E-bay and is often the cheapest Sonic to get MISB so I guess I haven't been as worried about it.

It's also my favorite convention souvenir, because I bought it for myself at Otakon 2011, the first big 'con I ever attended. (For an anime convention, there were a TON of "Doctor Who" cosplayers there, but almost all of them were Ten or Eleven. I did get a nice photo with a First Doctor and I was pleased to see all of them. Still hoping to someday run into a Three, Five, or Six.)

I do run around with my Sonic and use it like a flashlight on occasion, but at the same time I don't drop it and I'm careful where I put it as I've learned to be with all my collectibles. The worst thing that's ever happened to it is paint loss from use, which is why I occasionally think about getting a 2nd one to keep MISB... but for an opened item I don't intend to sell, I can live with paint loss. =)
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tt40 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
Could not agree more old boy. Actually of all of the gallery items that I get mail about the River Song sonic has proven to be the most talked about, with plenty of people telling me that they cannot obtain one, except of course on eBay and then you are basically putting your fate in the hands of somebody who may or may not have used a stock photograph to sell it. Point of fact example: I purchased a TARDIS playset from a seller on Amazon for less than forty bucks (U.S.) and when it arrived ... well, it was too small to be the item I paid for. I received the central column and calls to the seller to send the rest were met with silence. I opened it up and lo and behold I discovered a sticker which read 1.99 - the geek had purchased it from a second-hand store, probably in the toys bin and then sold it to me for twenty pounds U.K. Well, an immediate money-back situation was soon resolved by Amazon and the seller ... he is still out there, probably shafting other people. People like that are why I DO NOT purchase off of eBay or other so-called public sales sites.
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galaxy1701d Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
Good lord, I can't believe you got shafted that badly. I've never had that kind of thing happen to me except in situations where I've bought print cartridges from E-bay and found them to be half full. I'm glad I've never gotten into a case like that, I've been buying things on E-bay for at least 3 or 4 years now. I'm glad you at least got your money back.

I guess Character Options only makes the Sonic Screwdriver toy props for a certain period of time, then stops. Johnny Lightning did the same thing with their run of "Star Trek" ship replicas, so MOC ones of some toy ships can be worth a bit of money. I wouldn't be surprised if River Song's Sonic is now pretty much unavailable outside of those oh-so-rare 'round-the-corner collectible stores, booths at conventions and E-bay, but it makes me glad I was able to get mine.

I've since bought the "Personalize Your Own Sonic Screwdriver" and "Tenth Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver (End of Time version)," both as gifts for other Whovians, from E-bay and, again, I'm glad those transactions went through well...
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tt40 Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Thanks for the kind words and sorry for the late delay in replying. But yes, this sort of thing does happen. Mainly because some people are unprincipled. Now it's time for me to open the door ... there are a couple of Daleks outside selling the Watchtower and well, you know what they are like if you don't answer the door ...
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CosmicMuffin Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011   General Artist
No fair. This kit isn't available in the U.S.
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tt40 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
Yes, I'm sorry to say that a lot of these items simply are not available in the United States, however, there is a company - play.com which has an American branch and they do stock it. Alternatively, go to play.com and order it, specifying shipment to the United States, and that should resolve this issue.
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CosmicMuffin Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011   General Artist
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
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