I don't seem to be having much luck on this one but I'm trying to track down an ARC Models TARDIS that was released in 2000. They were advertised in DWM 291. I know that there have been many prototypes/new mould builds on eBay over the last few years but I'm after an original with the opening doors, round base and the light/sound effects. Does anyone know where I could get one or anyone who is willing to part with theirs?
Post by chriskingbees on Jan 22, 2008 14:32:49 GMT 1
Hi Doc I had a look and it seems the artificial ones are all gone, or more likely, been removed. Sorry, won't be parting with mine, a present from my wife. Incidentally, after I'd had it a week or so I received a follow up call from Arc, asking my opinion, a pity they went bust. Good luck with the search KB
Thanks mate for the info, I don't think the 'new' versions were pulled, just the auctions ran their course. I've got a prototype that was sold at the time the moulds were being sold off. But I'd just rather have the real thing. If anyone comes across one please give me a shout!
Post by neilbowers1 on Jan 27, 2008 13:34:40 GMT 1
I unfortunatly fell foul of the Arc model fiasco. After paying a deposit for the model I never got one in the end, which I was pretty P***D off with at the time. Still they were an impresive model and it would have been nice to have owned one too...
Still such is life
Owner of a very old cardboard mock-up of K9, who currently lives in my loft!!! Afirmative Master!!!
My friend did as well. They took just far too long to produce and I think they were overwhelmed by the level of interest for them. He did however hold off and about a year after he ordered it he got one...
I had an original hartnell version of the tardis from arc and a couple of dalek models. These were got for me by an ex boyfriend who worked for arc. Just to put the record straight, you keep talking about fake ones, but I had the hartnell version well before the davison one with sound effects. I do know that runs of all the models were made, but someone made a decision to refit them with sound effects. I believe that this late change in design is why they went out of business, but with my ex losing his job as well, it wasn't a happy time in my life at all, so I sold the models I have.
A friend of mine is now collecting arc models, he has a lot of them, and anyone who owns them can see they have clearly been hand made and are not mass molded fake ones as you keep saying.
I just wanted to say this because people who have bought these and see your comments may think they have fake merchandise which is not really fair on them having bought them.
If you want my opinion, the cod steaks tardis is better and bigger, and does the sound as well, but I'm not sure if it would be easier to find one of those either.
I didn't mean to put anyone off but I had never had seen or heard of the Hartnell variations when it was advertised back in 2000. Only a good few years later the Hartnell variants cropped up eBay after the original prototypes and even the molds had been sold.
I assumed (and perhaps wrongly so) that the only ones commercially available via ARC was the advertised 'Jones' Box. I came to this conclusion in part because the original release was not a static model, it had opening doors as well as the light/sound fx and I also remember the molds etc being sold off on eBay, so if someone had bought them, they could easily produce further batches.
I am lucky enough to own a Cod Steaks box I think I was one of the last, they are damn impressive but alas there is no sound FX.
Apologies for any disgruntlement caused.
My hunt will continue!
Last Edit: Jan 31, 2008 2:06:27 GMT 1 by thedoctor
Thought I'd bump this thread a bit as I managed to get an Original ARC TARDIS.
After a good couple of years trying to track one down, recently I finally did. Unfortunately it was in a very poor state of repair. When I received it, it was literally in pieces after an attempt had been made to glue gun it back together. Luckily though the base worked with the light and sound FX.
Shortly after ARC went bust I purchased a prototype model from them. I decided to cannibalise bits from both models to make a restored model using the original parts. I finished the project, but in the meantime I managed to track down another model in better condition. Two buses come at once eh...
As a result I'd like to sell the restored model on. Before I put it on eBay I just wanted to know if there was any interest in it on the forum.
Anyway attached here are the fruits of my labours...
If you have any questions about it please pm/e-mail me or post in the thread.