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August 23rd, 2017 7 comments

Rabbit Tanaka Tardis Console Motion Lamp – A Closer Look

With Thanks to Pangea / Rabbit Tanaka

Ever since The Tardis Console lamp first appeared on the Doctor Who Fan Show people have been asking “where can I buy one”. It wasn’t immediately apparent if this was a future commercial product or a unique item.

Soon after its appearance however a dedicated Rabbit Tanaka Facebook Page appeared giving us our first images and details on the product.

The Tardis Console lamp then went up for pre-order on Amazon and stocks were made available by F.Y.E at SDCC 2017. Its now widely available in the USA.

The first thing to say when buying the lamp is to give the instructions a read. This is a petroleum product so some care is needed.

After some very simple assembly the lamp is ready to switch on and it is at this point you do need a little patience for it to heat up which can take an hour or two. During this time some very weird and wonderful shapes may emerge.

Once it gets going though its everything you would expect and naturally looks at its best with other lights out. Its recommended not to leave the lamp running for more than 8-10 hours at a time. An in-line on/off switch is provided.

The first 15 seconds is a timelapse showing the console “starting Up”.

The lamp itself is around 18″ tall and is perhaps bigger than you might expect. The 6 sided console is a one piece plastic construction and coloured silver with various moulded screens and switches and its all that it needs to be for this type of product.

As well as the “moving” part of the lamp there is a constant orange glow below the console as well.

Many have asked about UK availability but realistically with the Voltage difference, UK plug issues and CE certificates it doesn’t seem viable at this time. If you do import one yourself then suitable UK voltage adaptors are easily available but be aware of possible duties and costs on the lamp.

Its nice to see a piece of merchandise that’s a little bit different and it would certainty be the talking point of any room.

You can find the lamp at www.thinkgeek.com and www.fye.com stores, and online with numerous e-tailers, including www.ThinkGeek.com, www.amazon.com , www.fye.com, www.MichaelRodents.com, www.WhoNA.com, and www.WibbilyWobblyTimeyWimey.com.

Some of these retailers will ship to the UK


Other Rabbit Tanaka Doctor Who desk lamps are available from www.amazon.com


Categorised under: Retail, Reviews

7 comments

  • Anonymous

    August 23rd, 2017 - 7:13pm

    whats the cheapest way of getting the lamp in the uk?

    Reply
    • booboo

      August 23rd, 2017 - 7:24pm

      thinkgeek did but they stopped, I think one or 2 of the others do.

    • Anonymous

      August 25th, 2017 - 1:39pm

      Thinkgeek was the best option but their Shipping Restriction put a stop to that. Much as I would love one, I’m not paying a £100+ for it with Product Cost, Shipping, VAT & Customs/PO Fees.

    • Moodbeam

      August 25th, 2017 - 4:44pm

      I bought mine from ThinkGeek before they stopped shipping to the UK. I had to pay import charges on it too so it cost me in the region of £60. I bought an adaptor from Amazon but it broke so I bought a new one from Maplin which was £10 (half price). The total cost to get the lamp and get it running was about £70 but in my view it’s worth every penny. It’s definitely a unique item and it looks great sat on my desk. It also adds the perfect ambience to my (Doctor Who) room in the evenings.

    • Anonymous

      August 25th, 2017 - 7:31pm

      I had Ordered from Thinkgeek too & then got caught with the Shipping Restriction last minute. Unfortunately all the other’s as I said are about £100+ I just wished I had Ordered much earlier from Thinkgeek.

    • Exterminator

      August 26th, 2017 - 12:52am

      I was really lucky, I ordered from ThinkGeek who were at the time still sending to the uk, it was on offer at $29.99 so it cost just £39 with delivery. Amazingly it was delivered just 2 days later and I didn’t have to pay any import taxes or fees.

      I got a ‘step down’ power converter on eBay for £9 so the total cost for me was £48.

    • Mr Vector

      August 27th, 2017 - 11:26am

      only in america

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