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Buy TOS-R Season 1 & Toshiba HD Player – Get A Free Phaser Remote [UPDATED: New Images From Toshiba] September 6, 2007

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: TOS Remastered , trackback

Yesterday at the CEDIA video industry conference in Denver, CO. Toshiba (along with CBS) announced a special promotion for the upcoming release of Season 1 of Star Trek The Original Series digitally remastered for HD-DVD. If you buy the box set and a Toshiba HD-DVD player you will get a free ‘phaser’ remote control for your HD-DVD player (pictured right…larger version below). It seems that Toshiba are doing everything they can to pull out a win in this format war. Just a few weeks ago they ‘talked’ Paramount into going HD-DVD only and now they are touting Star Trek as one of the big exclusives for the HD-DVD format. They are so into Trek that Toshiba employees dressed up in Trek uniforms at the show (more details on the promotion and images below).

UPDATE: Toshiba has sent exclusive shots of the phaser (see below) 

Free phaser + 5 free HD movies
Toshiba had already started a promotion giving away 5 free HD-DVD Movies for any purchase of a Toshiba HD-DVD player (details here), and this free movie program has been extended. Now they are offering an additional promotion of sending a phaser/remote control to those who buy both a player and the TOS box set. Right now the basic Toshiba HD-A2 HD DVD Player is selling on Amazon for $243 and the Toshiba HD-A20 1080p HD DVD Player is going for $315. The Star Trek: The Original Series – The Complete First Season [HD DVD] is going for $139. Remember if you have a 1080p TV you will want to pay the extra $70 for the A20 player (the TOS-R DVDs are 1080p ready).

UPDATE: Phaser deal starts 11/20
The free phaser promotion starts November 20th (the day of the release of the TOS box set). If you pre-order your Box set now that will still qualify, but you must purchase your player on 11/20 (or later). Toshiba also just announced their ‘third generation’ of players which should be available by the time the TOS-R box sets arrive in November. These will come with 2 movies in the box (300 and Bourne Identity) and be eligible for the free phaser and 5 additional free movie promotions.

UPDATE: Exclusive new pics from Toshiba of the new phaser/remote control
(click to enlarge)

Details being worked out…keep receipts talked to a spokesperson for Toshiba who says that they are still finalizing the details on how the phasers will be fulfilled, but confirmed that you can participate in both the phaser and free movie give aways. "Toshiba wants to make the consumers happy," said the spokesperson. This also goes for those who have already pre-ordered the TOS-R Box set [UPDATE: but the Toshiba player must be purchased no earlier than 11/20…see above]. For now she cautions for people to keep the box and the receipts. [NOTE: the current requirement for the free movies is to send in the UPC code from your box so it may be worth waiting until the details of the phaser/remote are revealed before participating in that program. Regardless Toshiba promise that you will be able to participate in both, but it may be worth making a copy of whatever you send for the free movie promotion]. When more details are available for the promotion we will report them here at

Toshiba VPs…pushing Trek


Video preview of new HD-DVD courtesy of STARTREK.COM


Season 1 of Star Trek on HD-DVD available for pre-order (at a big discount) at Amazon

Thanks to Matt Wright

Photos courtesy of AnandTech and Toshiba


1. Harry Ballz - September 6, 2007

Oh, now this is really CHEESY!!!

2. mctrekkie - September 6, 2007

Cheesy? They just sold me!

Think about it… No more battling the wife for the remote.

There’s no way she’d be caught dead with that thing,

Those guys are marketing geniuses!

3. toddk - September 6, 2007

I want to point the phaser at the toshiba player..and vaporize it….sure makes the 2000.00 price tag for the player, the tv and the season one set sound appealing..just computer monitor is my hdtv:)

4. Matt Wright - September 6, 2007

I would actually suggest waiting a little while, Toshiba’s 3rd generation HD DVD players are just around the corner, and that was what the first part of the press conference was about. The 3rd gen players and the TOS-R boxed set should be shipping at about the same time. Also all 3rd gen players come with a copy of ‘300’ and ‘The Bourne Identity’ plus the 5 movies via mail-in rebate deal.

5. Craig - September 6, 2007

I’ve had nothing but problems with my two Toshiba DVD players.
Not even a Phaser Remote could bring me back.

6. Matt Wright - September 6, 2007

#5, totally different beasts, these are Toshiba’s pride and joy, they are continually updating their 1st and 2nd generation HD DVD players with firmware updates, etc.

Toshiba’s basic DVD players are like most other commodity players around, which is a dime a dozen.

7. Brian - September 6, 2007

I’m not touching any HD format until the war shakes itself out. If you back the wrong pony you end up with a nice expensive paperweight. It’s also probably worth waiting for the price on the box set to drop. $140 for one season is absurd, HD or not.

8. Harry Ballz - September 6, 2007

Every time the wife asks for the remote, you could point it at her and ask, “what’s your pleasure?”

9. Mawazitus - September 6, 2007

FWIW, the only reason to spend the extra cash (or credit) for the A20 player is if you know that your HDTV does a poor job of deinterlacing. The 1080i signal that the A2 outputs contains ALL of the information necessary to fill all of the pixels on your `1080p’ television set, but is sent 540lines at a time and then reintegrated by your tv.

The A20 simply skips that step and sends the 1080p signal directly to your tv.

10. Commodore Z - September 6, 2007

Actually, I’m surprised at how cheap the HD-DVD player is.

11. Commodore Z - September 6, 2007

“Cheap” as in “inexpensive”, that is.

12. Matt Wright - September 6, 2007

#9, yep I thought about editing the article to say that, but I figured why mess with it, especially because so many HDTVs still don’t properly do inverse telecine of 1080i data properly. Deinterlacing 24fps material isn’t as straightforward as video (30fps) data.

13. Sci-Fi Bri - September 6, 2007

set your faces to ‘stunned’

14. Aaron R. (Sisko has a phaser and it's set on love in heaven...) - September 6, 2007

I would buy it if I didn’t already have my HD player… As to the format war shaking off……. that won’t be for a while and in the mean time you are denying youself a wonderful experience in HD…

Aaron R…

15. Lendorien - September 7, 2007

A free cheesy looking phaser remote if I buy a player and the set. Oh man. Who in their right mind would possibly forgo a great deal like that?

16. Dyson Sphere - September 7, 2007

Better deal than “It’s a Wrap”‘s auction prices.

17. Cervantes - September 7, 2007

Hope those ‘combi’ players come down in price…

Also…I wonder if J.J.’s ‘hand phasers’ will still retain this excellent basic look somewhat…or just end up as another over-redesigned prop that could be from any kind of sci-fi franchise… This is still the best looking kind of ‘hand phaser’ around in my view.

18. StillKirok - September 7, 2007

Set your phasers to rip off!!!

19. IrishTrekkie - September 7, 2007

138.95 dollars , that about 100 euros , hmm not bad , considering i dont have the tos on dvd , so its not like i am buying something i already have it came down to about 100 dollars which would be able 72 euros i would pick it up for sure.

20. YUBinit - September 7, 2007

Not worth it. Got my Samsung HD DVD recorder at Best Buy at around $180.00… NOT on sale. Sending it out DVI does make a huge dif even for standard format DVDs at 1080i.

21. RaveOnEd - September 7, 2007

Someone at Toshiba didn’t do their homework: they’re pushing TOS, and one of them dressed in a TNG uniform?!?!?!?

22. Jackson Roykirk - September 7, 2007

A Phaser/Remote…?

Too bad Elvis wasn’t a Trek fan, he could have used the phaser on his TV instead of a gun.

23. YUBinit - September 7, 2007

#21 Same mentality it seems that they always assume for Trek fans… we will swallow anything they throw at us as long as it says Trek somewhere then thank them, and ask for more.

24. star trackie - September 7, 2007

Isnt this the same remote that was for sell a few years back? They also had a TNG style phaser remote.
Personally, Id rather have the free movies. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the TOS phaser 2…it’s design is timeless and very futuristic. Hands down the coolest weapon ever. I even own one of the MR replicas as well as the Art Asylum toy version.

But this, I can do without.

25. Aaron R. (Sisko has a phaser and it's set on love in heaven...) - September 7, 2007

RE: #21 Didn’t do their homework… This is why Star Trek fans are looked down on my friend they are trying and all people will do is nit pick. God its like little nerds who just can’t stand it if something is not what they view as perfect. Personally I think this is one of the huge factors that led to the decrease of Treks popularity over the last 7 – 10 years. It is not helpful to a franchise when all its fan base does is scream at the top of their lungs things like “Wrong! Wrong! Wrong! T Pols ears are shorter” or heres a good one “Blasphemy Shatner has to be in the movie or it won’t be remotely good! Boycot!” This nitpicking about little things like people trying to market a toy (because thats basically what it is) is not helpful to either the health of the franchise or the general view of Star Trek fans by the world. Plus # 17 Cervantes give it a rest what you are doing falls right into the same category… You think being negative and bashing the product (in this case phasers in prior movies or series) is going to help in any way Star Treks longevity? I doubt it even matters on this thread because guess what… If you watch closely no one really cares what other people are saying all people seem to be trying to do lately is scream loudest to try and have their voices and they all seem unaware that their voices will not really impact whats done. This is why I have stopped or at least slowed my posts way down because no one cares or listens much anyway especially if you have a slightly differing oppinion than them. Anyways in the end I know this minute post is really not good for much because the overall problem I speak of (which is very un-trek like when you think about i) is really a product of the information age and the internet really. Somehow people when they got online thought all of a sudden they had a voice of some sort to rival the professionals of the world and if they used it they would see what they wanted happen in their favorite TV show or movie… Well at some point in the process that didn’t happen so they felt they must not be saying it loudly enough… It works both ways good and bad for example the millions of dollars earned for not by the Save Enterprise campaign. Well I am sorry to tell you this but no matter how loud you scream online about something, no matter how many threads in different websites you hijack to sling your opinions around the world wide web, no matter how much you think its working…. Its not doing anything because in the end the big boys who make the big dollars for doing well at what they do are going to make the decisions unabated by anything anyone says especially on the web. I don’t ask that you stop what you are doing because I know that will never happen but if you have managed to read my post to this point and if any of this makes sense to you I just ask one thing. Since most people online think of only themselves and not the true stability of the franchise or the way its entire fan base will be portrayed… Just continue to think of yourselves and think a little deeper about what people will inevitably think of you and how people may very well be turned off by your actions.

Aaron R.
Teacher, Scholar, Writer, Director, Actor, Trekkie

26. RaveOnEd - September 7, 2007

25 – Thanks for the long-winded post there, but I was only making light of it, nothing more. I could care less which unis they were wearing.

(oh, and BTW, in my 35 years of being a fan, I have done more than use the internet to discuss Trek things with people, being a disagreement or anything else)

Writer, Musician, Recording Artist, Trekkie, TOS Phaser prop owner

27. Aaron R. (Sisko has a phaser and it's set on love in heaven...) - September 7, 2007

wow that came out really negative because its been brewing for a while… I meant every word of it but I don’t mean it as an attack…

Aaron R.

28. StillKirok - September 7, 2007

Well, I think the TNG uniform is something pretty silly. While it won’t make or break sales, it’s something anyone would notice if you know anything about Star Trek.

Regarding the decline of Trek, it has nothing to do with the nitpicking. The reason Star Trek declined was because they stopped churning out a good product. Do the fans have anything to do with that? No.

Paramount’s belief that the fans will buy anything that has Star Trek attached to it was a HUGE problem. No matter how bad the show was, Paramount assumed the fans would come. While it took years for it to happen, finally, the fans had enough of the lesser quality.

TOS succeeded because it was a good show.

Trek didn’t decline because the fan base pays more attention to canon than the writers.

The writers were sloppy and put in a lousy effort.

Then they took a stuck up “love it or leave it” attitude. People left it.

29. CmdrR. - September 7, 2007

These prices seem high, but not mega-high.

Journalist, Father of 2 (soon-to-be-3), Love God

30. JL - September 7, 2007

So does this thing make sound effects when you “fire”? That would rule

31. Al - September 7, 2007

Women can’t hold guns properly in the future either

32. Harry Ballz - September 7, 2007

Who is going to play a young James Kirk???

Harry Ballz
Lover, Author, Shoe size 11, Likes pizza, non-smoker, wine drinker…..

33. Heywood Jablome - September 7, 2007

Still no Mugatu casting news…Sigh.

34. Jack Plotner - September 7, 2007


How come nobody has stated or noticed they made this Phaser/Remote based on the crappy inaccurate Franklin Mint Phaser sold about ten years ago. Are they insane or don’t do enough research? Not one of you has pointed this out. What kind of Trekkers are you? It is exactly the some one taken from that awful replica.(and yes I bought the piece of junk and need to get rid of some day). Are they kidding?
Who gets the blame for basing the remote on that crap? I’d get a little exited if they based it off of the Art Asylum version that is very close to the original prop, but this yuckoo, they can keep it. I’ll wait for the prices to go down. I won’t even want this poop on my coffee table it is so ugly. Come on somebody complain to the big wigs and get a better one out. Now that’s going to happen, NOT!
I love the TOS Phaser design too, it beats all of them. Let’s be happy we any Star Trek coming out fellow people. Feed Me. The HD war is so silly. The Blue – Ray guys haven’t even used the used the released BR discs up to their potential , with all the space they have on their discs they got put so much extras they could put on them, but no they have the same material on them as the HD-DVD discs. What gives? Devolution is real. We must repeat.

35. Shatner_Fan_2000 - September 7, 2007

#25 “I think this is one of the huge factors that led to the decrease of Treks popularity over the last 7 – 10 years. It is not helpful to a franchise when all its fan base does is scream at the top of their lungs things like ‘Wrong! Wrong! Wrong!””

Hey, thanks for dropping by, Mr. Berman! We wish you luck in all your future endeavors.

36. YUBinit - September 7, 2007

#34 Are we not men?

37. Lao3D - September 7, 2007

If these are the same phaser remotes on the market a few years ago, they didn’t work all that well. Amusing as a knick-knack but nothing more.

I guess this could be seen as an incentive, but frankly it seems like “Let’s dangle some cheap plastic Trek-related crap in front of these slobs and they’ll jump at it, in spite of the inflated price!”

Which, okay, I’ll admit, generally works on me, BUT NOT THIS TIME!!

38. Anthony Pascale - September 7, 2007

I am with Aaron on this one. Here we have a company that is giving something away free and all some people can do is bitch and moan…and it is the same people who seem to bitch and moan about everything. It is clear to me that some folks just hate everything.

the only saving grace is that i realize that comments are only a fraction of visitors and that this glass is half empty (or the glass is totally wrong and I am not even sure that the water fits within known canon) crowd are not really indicative of trekkies as a whole….if it were then Paramount, CBS, JJ Abrams and Tosiba should just give up now

39. Jack Plotner - September 7, 2007


Hello Anthony ,

Whose is moaning the most? I like all the Star Trek of the past 20 years , even the bad ones. The Phaser Remote is copied from the terrible Franklin Mint version. Do you not agree that it is awful? I think it is great to have a give away something, but do the engineers(me),lawyers, and doctors Star Trek fans not notice these things and Paramount thinks they are morons or something? They even copied the silly silver and gold look of the goofy Franklin Mint version. I think constructive criticism is good. These people that complained didn’t even notice that the Phaser Remote give away was copied from a terrible copy. So they so they are not the elite of Star Trek fans so cares. The Paramount division responsible for this horrible Phaser Remote could care less and that is what worries me. The Great Bird Of The Galaxy would have cared. He was a perfectionist and they could have looked a Master Replicas fantastic version and they didn’t bother. Did they just do a quick Google or Ebay search and decide that Franklin Mint must know what they were doing copied that? I think people who love Star Trek want a better future and every detail is necessary to ensure a better future, even the fine details of the original Phaser prop are needed.
The release of the HD-DVD’s is a great acomplishment and glad it has been done. I would still like commentary on some if not all of the original actors and production people involved with the series though. Is Paramount low on funds to pay them to do so, or are these asking to much to do so? It has been Paramounts golden egg and to get more egg you need to give more egg.

40. toddk - September 7, 2007

thanks for the wisdom of devo. It makes me feel like i’m not the only one who listens to them. Nutra speaks

41. Harry Ballz - September 7, 2007

hey, whether a glass is half full or empty is one thing, but all I know is that sooner or later somebody’s going to have to WASH that glass!

42. Aaron R. (Sisko has a phaser and it's set on love in heaven...) - September 7, 2007

God I hate dishes! Can I moan and groan about housework? :-) Anyways the point is the phaser remote is a fun novelty item not something to be seriously debated over and argued against.

Aaron R.

43. Lord Garth Formerly of Izar - September 7, 2007

Agree with Comisar Anthony, what a bunch of cheapskate bitchers!!!

Sooner or later you are all going to have to upgrade to HD whether it be a converter box to downconvert the HD signal or to actually upgrade to an HD set. (most newer laptops are HD ready)

Toshiba’s HD players are cheaper than many standard dvd players were just a couple of years ago. $200.00 for an awesome way to view cinema. Plus 5 or 6 free movies. The same for Blu-Ray, $350.00 for a premium player and free movies. Doesn’t seem overly high to me.

I think the phaser remote is kind of a cool freebee. Maybe corney but considering I just sold my boxed Playmates classic phaser for $65.00 on ebay this past weekend it might be something you can sell to collectors to recoup some of the cost.

I won’t be purchasing the box set because they didn’t retouch the things we all seemed to agree were severely lacking (Balance of Terror and other pre -new model effects) I think this shows a lack of disregard for the project and takes fans for granted. Not the price though, pricing is right in line with other High Def disks and actually a bit lower than other sets.

Mugatu agrees with me as well.

44. Lao3D - September 7, 2007

Moaning — moaning — is — our business…

And c’mon throwing in a cheap plastic novelty to try and sweeten a deal is not my idea of added value. If they want to include a meaningful rebate for people buying both, then that’s a deal worth considering.


45. MichaelJohn - September 7, 2007

For the amount of money they want for one season of Star Trek TOS-R, the included phaser should be gold plated!

Mike :o

PS: Hey Paramount/CBS..try discounting these sets by 50% if you really want to increase sales!

46. Anthony Pascale - September 7, 2007

garth…i am glad you agree…but then you have your own moan. I agree that they should have fixed BOT, but in the end they really only needed to fix a couple of shots in a couple of episodes out of 29….probably adding up to less than a minute of total screen time. The rest is just fine and remember you have never seen this stuff in HD (even the stuff shown on digital channels)….it looks amazing in HD. Plus you are getting never aired episodes and full length. So would it be nice if they also fixed that minute or two of new effects…yes. But you can be pretty sure they never will which means you will never see TOS in HD. 

And to others…this is a toshiba promotion not a CBS promotion. Lets face it Toshiba are giving you a free phaser and 5-7 free HDDVD movies with a player that costs about 240 bucks. To keep whining about being ripped off there is just….well ludicrous. If you dont want to buy a toshiba player fine, but with these promotions and the base price….they are clearly not \’ripping anyone off\’. There can be no doubt that Toshiba are taking a loss on every machine they are selling…especially after these promotions.

as for the box sets….yes they are about 50 bucks more than the SD ones were when they were first released. For that you get HD and new special features. If you cant afford it fine, but get over it.

The real expensive item is getting and HD TV….but even those are now down below 1000 bucks for a decent sized one

47. Aaron R. (Sisko has a phaser and it's set on love in heaven...) - September 7, 2007

Anthony I think HD projectors are the wave of the future. A good friend of mine has one. Borgasm in a living room. I am talking about feeling like you are in a theater in your own home. Throw in a decent suround sound and you will never go back.

I am saving for my own.

Aaron R.

48. Dr. Image - September 7, 2007

Oh…. I am pissed…not at any person in particular, mind you, but,
if Paramount is going to include a tribute to a classic prop, the LEAST they could do is check with the experts ON said prop in order to do it justice!! Yes, it’s based on the Franklin Mint phaser. Yes, it looks utterly ridiculous. And yes, it cements yet again into history the contempt the owners of the almighty franchise have for fans. (They could have talked to John Long, or at least the HMS guys re: phasers…)
This HD release is AIMED at old school fans who have the cash to spend AND WHO KNOW BETTER. I could go on, but what’s the point. I’ll just get shot down by long-winded people…

Contempt, my friends.
I’m on line. Hear me scream.

DRN- Photojournalist, make-up artist, actor, costumer, PHASER and other Trek-prop collector, and fan since ’66.

49. Driver - September 7, 2007

#45 Right, Don’t raise the bridge, lower the river.

50. THX-1138 - September 7, 2007

Well, I hear that Shatner doesn’t have anything to do with this promotion, so fire up the righteous indignation. Or pick your battles. I, for one, do gobble up all the Trek that is thrown down the stairs at me as the alternative is no new Trek. Reruns are fun, but I get bored with the same thing all the time. I’ll watch new even if it’s bad, beacause it’s new and I might get a pearl amongst the ordinary.

Are we talking about free remotes shaped like phasers, or canonical arguments about glasses of water? I’m lost again.

Aaron, I have a Hitachi 57″ HD with the Toshiba 1080 HDMI DVD player and a Yamaha 5 way surround system. I couldn’t tell ya about all the bells and whistle aspects of how the signal gets translated as a video image, but I do know that it is FRIGGIN’ AWESOME. Get a high def projector or a high def big screen or whatever; just get one. It’s 2007, time for massive home viewing!

THX- Musician, recording artist, educator, prop and ship collector, sci-fi and fantasy enthusiast, father of six, good cook.

51. Anthony Pascale - September 7, 2007

regardless of the nitpickers….Toshiba was kind enough to sent some exclusive shots of the phaser…see above.

personally I think it is fine…I have a nicer phaser replica….but this thing is a remote with a ton of buttons on the top….already ‘breaking with canon’

and it is free for gods sake….if you hate it dont send in the coupon for it and sit in your livng room and bunch up your fists and yell and the universe for not doing everything the way you expect it to

52. Heywood Jablome - September 7, 2007

Anthony, does Mugatu work for gorilla nation?

53. Anthony Pascale - September 7, 2007

sorry, but he failed the drug test. But good news…Mugatu is in rehab and will be ready to go once he gets the call

54. Oceanhopper - September 7, 2007

Well this cheesy sales gimmick has succeeded in making me long for a real phaser….

55. Lao3D - September 7, 2007

Anthony, I see all your points made by in #46, and others above. We are a quarrelsome, hard to please bunch. But what irks me personally about the promotion is that this whole thing by Toshiba is a BIG push to dominate the market in a format war yet to be decided. And this set has become a pawn in that war. Sure, 5-7 free movies for buying the player is pretty good. But everybody gets those just for buying the player.

Trek fans who want to own this set are being forced to join the plunge over the format cliff. And personally, the added incentive of a plastic phaser remote is just not enough to send me jumping. I’m sure Toshiba gave studio execs at Paramount got a LOT more than plastic tchotchkes in committing to HD-DVD only.

I wish I didn’t feel negatively toward the purchase of the set, but the whole rush to market, the enforced format choice — its just left a bad taste in my mouth. For better or worse your excellent site has become a sounding board for both our excitement and our gripes, and one known as someplace that someone in power might actually refer to. So I feel grateful for having a spot to vent my geeky spleen. [I’ll mop that up later, don’t worry.]

56. Robert Bernardo - September 7, 2007

Hmm, I wonder how I would incorporate the features of the Toshiba phaser into my Master Replicas’ phaser. ;-)

57. jonboc - September 7, 2007

Nothing new here, that remote has been around for years. Cool that it’s free though…even if I’d never use it and it looks like ass. I’ll sell it on ebay!

58. Anthony Pascale - September 7, 2007

format cliff?
sorry but I dont see 200 bucks for a machine and a bunch of free movies and stuff as a cliff….if 5 years from now you have to buy a bluray machine too so the hell what…at some point you have to get off the sidelines. If you want trek in hd you need to buy a hddvd…that is that.

or wait 2 years or more to see what happens…the choice is yours but I dont see how Toshiba can do anything more to make it easier to go now except come to your house and hook it up and give you a happy ending

if you have already bought bluray…well it kinda sucks, but then again you get a lot of free stuff if you buy hddvd player and then you have both and no worries except rack space

I am sorry but people need to get real…the format war is here and trek has picked a side, but to make you feel better you get free stuff and a cheap player. Trek DVDs are expensive yes…but that is because it is a low volume product comapred to Heroes and others. But it is better than other old shows that arent even on regular DVD

so no you cant have it all, have it now, have it for pennies, have it perfectly canon, and have it completely future proof….I am sorry. Life is full of disappointments…but wallowing in self pity and recriminations is fun so maybe that can keep you busy

or you can drop around 400 bucks and get a new player a bunch of free stuff and watch some movies and trek in HD. Apparently a lot of Trekkies are taking that advice….the TOSR box set is one of the top selling HDDVDs right now on Amazon. 


59. Ensign Toast - September 7, 2007

once paramont went to HDDVD only I realised that the decision was made for me…i would have to get a HDDVD player. up until now I wasnt sure so in a way it is helpful to get a push one way or the other. I was tinking of getting an xbox with the HD player but maybe I will get one of these toshibas instead….not much more and you get free stuff

I agree that the war sucks and I do worry that I will end up having to buy a bluray in a few years, but I bet by the end of the ‘war’ that there will be players that can play both types of disks so it wont really matter anyway.

but this thread is kindof funny. It shows that there are some trekkies who really can find fault with anything….even somethign given to them for free

60. R.C. Williams - September 7, 2007

Many great points Anthony.

I should also add as a footnote: that these discs can be played in standard definition DVD players since they are combo discs. This is good for those who may not be interested in taking the plunge into HD-DVD at this time. The Toshiba HD players are now quickly approaching mass market levels in price. $238 for a player with seven free discs is nothing to sneeze at. Alos consider that this player will also likely play all of your SD-DVD’s probably better than your regular DVD player since the Toshiba’s have excellent built-in scalers. The cheapest Blu-Ray player will cost you $200 more, but you will not have Trek in HD. I agree that the format war is unfortunate, but with the falling prices of the Hardware and movie incentives thrown in, there is very little risk involved in picking up one of the Toshiba’s if you already own an HDTV imho.

61. Jack Plotner - September 7, 2007



How much of the head honchos at CBS are on you to promote this item? You say it is a Toshiba freebee not CBS, but we all know that Toshiba paid Paramount big bucks to go to their side. My view of you has changed a bit. Did you get free stuff too? I’m not being demeaning to you. I know how they work. I know someone at CBS.
It is nice to have you here, but hhmmmmm. I like most of your work.
The main product is Star Trek and I can’t wait to see it in High Definition. I am not moaning. I think you are being paid off. If not it sure seems like it. What happened to you? Did they the CBS Mafia tell you to shape up or something? I think it’s fun to debate. We all love Star Trek don’t we?
You have a better Phaser. Is it the water gun version? So if the HD-DVDs look like cartoons are you going to say ” hey it is Star Trek” be happy. Your views used to be supportive of fans. I’m not nicking picking. I want quality product. What is wrong with that?
Does this mean you’ll stop this talk back? And I am buying the HD-DVD player just for Star Trek. I was going to buy Blue-Ray, but now no choice for Star Trek fan. The Blue-Ray players don’ havet Pic in Pic yet, but are supposed too after October. I thought this was Paramounts hold back, not a pay off. They (Paramount) don’t need a pay off. I’ve always loved Paramount Studios product. Long Live Star Trek.
When if ever are the widescreen versions coming out?and was Hogan’s Heroes shot widescreen or modified for HDnet?

62. OneBuckFilms - September 7, 2007


What if he geniunely believes this is a good deal?

He may be getting a couple of tidbits information wise, since this site is well known, but I doubt he’s getting corrupted in this way.

63. Anthony Pascale - September 7, 2007

Since when can I not have an opinion of my own…but if you think that my opinion can be bought that easily then please stop coming to site.

What I am saying is that I think people need to get real. Trek is not coming out on bluray…and trek has always cost more than other franchises on DVD. So people can demand 40 dollar copies on bluray with every second of the effects redone again and an even better free phaser….but that is never ever ever going to happen and it isnt realistic to ‘demand it’ either.

if you want to watch trek in hd in 2007 then you have to take some risk and pay a premium…that is just the way it is. If it is too high, then wait. But Toshiba is doing a lot here to help make it easier for you.

Toshiba didnt ‘buy me off’ but I do think that it is cool that they are doing this…they could have picked another release to make a promotion out of, but they picked our favorite 41 year old TV series. I guess I just thought that was cool and I think it is lame to attack them for it.

anyway that is the last i will say about it…buy or dont buy i dont care. But I just think some are playing into that stereotype of trekkies that makes us all look like whiners who can never be pleased. And so yes…bitching about something for free really did kind of push me over. I usually dont jump into these threads and I am done with this one

64. Vulcanista - September 7, 2007

# 61:
“How much of the head honchos at CBS are on you to promote this item? You say it is a Toshiba freebee not CBS, but we all know that Toshiba paid Paramount big bucks to go to their side. My view of you has changed a bit. Did you get free stuff too? I’m not being demeaning to you.”

And then you later spewed, “I think you are being paid off. If not it sure seems like it. What happened to you? Did they the CBS Mafia tell you to shape up or something?”

Um, yeah you *are* being demeaning. You’re accusing Anthony of selling out this site. That’s just about the same thing as verbally abusing someone in the guise of a joke, then saying, “just kidding.”

Good God, some of you people are just amazing, and NOT in a good way. You are the Eric Cartmans of the Trekverse.

Peace. Live long and prosper. That is, if some of you don’t implode first because the Trekverse ain’t going your way.

the Vulcanista }:-|

65. Lao3D - September 7, 2007

Wow okay point taken. I’m done here too.

66. Viking - September 7, 2007


67. Vulcanista - September 7, 2007

Lao3D #65:
I was probably unnecessarily snarky in my rant, which was certainly not directed at you or anyone else who has a problem with the current format war. If anyone here other than the target of my ire took it as an attack on them, I am truly sorry. That was not my intent. Seriously, we’re talking about a lot of moola being plopped down for something that may well go the way of Betamax, and that’s a legitimate gripe, as far as I’m concerned.

Post # 61 really pissed me off, though. I was venting my green spleen at some very unsubstantiated accusations. The poster was trying to back out of his accusations by saying, “I’m not demeaning you.” Then he took up the same attack in a later paragraph. I begged to differ, somewhat vociferously.

It’s just that I just see this type of Paramount’s-trying-to-rip-us-off attitude all over the place at various Trek sites that I visit, and those folks *do* very much remind me of Cartman. Everyone’s going to have an opinion on the issue, but to degenerate the discussion into accusations of selling out, that’s what I have the problem with.

I’m normally a *very* fun-loving, well-reasoned being, but when I see the folks who work very hard at one of the very bestest Trek sites on the Web being slammed like that, well, I just become very un-Vulcanista. I’d hate to see this site go away b/c of the PITA factor.

Peace. Live long and prosper, all of you. And I really mean it this time. Swear to Vulcan! }:-|

the Vulcanista

68. mctrekkie - September 7, 2007

#39- Your comments are a lot more funny when spoken out loud with the voice of the comic book geek from the Simpsons.

Dude… it’s a promotion. Did you want an actual Phaser?

Not one of us had made the obvious ironic connection that although a phaser at times shoots a “blue ray”… this is actually an HD-DVD promotion.

I’m getting this, if for no other reason than to gleefully annoy the missus. Now on to a real topic!

69. Shaggy - September 7, 2007

Count me as one Trekkie that is not going to complain about this offer. I think I saw these remotes somewhere else for about $70 so getting one for free along with everything else they are putting on this set is great. After I saw the videos on about the new features they are putting on the set I really wanted it. I think it’s cool that they are doing this offer, it seems that Toshiba has a few Trekkies in their midst.

70. RandyYeoman - September 7, 2007

wow man that is toally uncalled for. You represent everything that is wrong about trekkies. Someone hands you a freebie and you spit in their face and then accuse Anthony of selling out because he doesnt go over the deep end into crazy town with you? you should be ashamed of yourself.

some people need to real wake up and smell the coffee. This franchise was written off for dead recently. yet here we are having big companies do trek promotions and trekkie still attack attack attack with this bizzarre sense of trekkie entitlement.

if you dont like it….fine dont farging buy it. I for one think it is cool and look forward to watching trek in HD. Sure I guess I wish it cost a bit less, but enough is enough. And maybe I will have to buy a blu ray machine in a few years…big whoop. I would rather not let my ridiculously expensive TV go to waste while I wait and see.

…but to attack Anthony becuase he pointed out you were attacking someone giving you something for free….well you sir need some perspective and maybe some therapy

71. Jack Plotner - September 7, 2007

I see this site is a dictatorshop now. I was trying to have fun talking and having a real debate. Do you really like that Phaser/Remote Anthony? If it was more like the real prop , Paramount would get more promotion and through word of mouth a frenzy would happened with people begging to get the whole set with a cool looking Phaser/Remote. Now we have a so so freebee with the Combo Player and first season set. Does Phaser 1 detach from Phaser II or is it really the one from a few years ago.
I’m sorry I was a little harsh, I just love the original design of the Phaser(and Yes I’d like a real Phaser) and it makes me mad that it isn’t correct. I was hoping to raise a stir and get a better Phaser(NEVER HAPPEN YEAH I KNOW). I’d also like to know more details of the HD-DVD set. Since Anthony feels hurt or annoyed, I will never know now he will not to come back here. I am the comic geek from the Simpsons don’t you know? I think a DVD set in Japan was released with an Awesome replica of the Tri-Corder radio or something like that, give us that instead. I am just surprised the Japanese who are also very nick picky are supportive of this freebee. Sorry for the stir.

72. Jack Plotner - September 7, 2007



I wasn’t attacking , I was defending. I am not a Trekkie, are you? You are indeed a Trekkie. I am a Trekker get it correct. I love Trekkies by the way, but I guess I am on the Dark Side of the Trekker. There are two camps I think. This whole talk was about this silly Phaser any way. I am shocked you are defending it. It is really about the HD-DVD set isn’t it? You are not getting my point if you think I’m attacking him for giving something free. I was asking him why is this Phaser like this? He hasn’t answered my question about why they used the Franklin Mint version. It seems like someone was told not to talk negative about this product. I guess he likes it and am sorry if I sounded like a goof. Can’t I say something?
You are the one who can’t see the light of how defending the very art Star trek is a right. If you designed something and they got it wrong wouldn’t you complain?, even if it was free?
I have praised the CBS digital guys, they are doing a wonderful job , this will even look better on the HD-DVDs(can’t wait) and do have alot of praise for the great sir Anthony Pascal. He has agreed with me in the past about having real Sci Fi writers do a new TV series if it ever happens. I guess I am bitter and am low on the funds since my wife had a stroke last year and a little jumpy. You see I am trying to make the product better and have a hard time the getting point out. I work for the FCC and test these remote devices every so often and they fail the limits most of the time. Please forgive me Anthony for being a little too much over my head. I thought the big wigs got to you.
I love this site by the way and only want the best. Please keep it up.

Therapy mister Yeomoan wow that is far out. I thought the Franklin Mint Phaser version was cool in the photos until I got it in the mail years ago and realized they didn’t seem to care about us Trekkie/Trekkers and quality control with correct details, because they really suck. I am really trying to defend us please understand this before you judge me. I know someone wouldn’t get my point and think of me, but that’s life.
Biology Is Destiny

73. NCC-73515 - September 8, 2007

by the way: happy birthday, star trek!
biology is destiny?

74. THX-1138 - September 8, 2007

Plotner, I think you should work on your communication skills. I am sorry to hear of you personal troubles, but we all have strife to deal with, and this site is a place we come to share in our APPRECIATION of a TV show. Did you design the remote? You seem to indicate you did in your last post.

Calm down, take a deep breath, think of what you want to say and how someone else might take it and then type. Then, before you click “say it”, read it through. Out loud. We are all your friends. And we are Trekkies.

75. Captain Pike - September 8, 2007

I have enjoyed some of the improvements in TOS/R but not enough to spring $150 (in Canada) plus the price of a new DVD player – even if you give me another phaser. I’ve already got 2 fan era ones, 3 Playmates and 4 Art Asylum ones – all of which look better than the Toshiba offering.

76. Captain Pike - September 8, 2007

The Toshiba deal is different in Canada. The above Toshiba HD-A20 is $499 and comes with Fast and Furious, Black Rain, and Perfect Storm. So that’s $185 buck more expensive than the US offering and includes 3 movies I don’t want even for free.

Early adopters are not getting much of a deal if you ask me.

77. TREKS in SCI-FI Podcast » Blog Archive » Podcast # 138 - “Attack of the Clones” - September 9, 2007

[…] This week I have a “Star Wars” focused podcast. First we start with some news and things going on. I chat a little about my leap into the world of HD TV! We also have another cool book review from our friend the Duffster from Read More Sci-Fi. Always fun to hear more from the book world. I touch upon the current Trek comics that are recently out. These books are fun and have been improving with each issue. Not much new Trek movie news this week. I do mention a cool deal to obtain a neat Phaser remote if you buy the upcoming HD-DVD first season set of “Star Trek” TOS coming in November and a Toshiba HD-DVD player. Details can be found HERE. Looking forward to snagging one of these cool phasers! […]

78. Cervantes - September 10, 2007

#25 Aaron R.

I’m sorry that my own personal opinion seemed to rile you so much Aaron…I only speculated whether this particular prop…who’s ‘basic’ overall design I happen to like best myself…might end up looking in the latest Movie… Either it is somewhat very like the original series design…or it could end up totally different. Different people here have different opinions, and as a designer myself, I just happen to really like the originals. If it turns out that this ‘TOS’ Movie is totally redesigned, well c’est la vie, but I don’t need to like that direction, just as you don’t need to like my opinion about it either. It’s no big deal at the end of the day.

79. Cervantes - September 11, 2007

…to finish off as I got rudely interupted by the wife yesterday…

Aaron, people here may like Star Trek, but there’s nothing in their contracts that states that they have to agree with the views of other Star Trek fans or Star Trek decision makers. No-one here has the monopoly on their own Star Trek related preferences being right…including mine, and including yours. There are many things posted here by various Star Trek fans that I myself don’t agree with…but I read other contributers various views and comments, including yours, with engaged curiosity…and it’s the myriad variety of earnestly held opinions, and general witty good humor ( and bad humor… ) that keeps me looking in regularly…
Many visitors choose to just lurk, but others like myself choose to actively participate ( when the wife lets me… )…either is fine, but like other certain suspects here, I sometimes choose to throw something into the overall pot here and there…which by the very nature of the comments board, is just my own personally heartfelt belief I wish to share, or just something humorously shallow…just for the fun of it.
None of it is of any great importance at the end of the day, and I don’t appreciate anyone else here with equally unimportant Star Trek views to tell me to ‘give it a rest’…especially over what are fairly innocuous comments in my #17 post.
I won’t expect that of you, in fact I will look forward to reading any future Star Trek related comments by you, and take them for what they are…even if it turns out that I don’t agree with them.
I have never frequented, never mind commented on ANY other Star Trek sites that may be out there, and only happened upon this one due to it’s extensive TOS Remastered coverage, which caught my eye…but which has been made more enjoyable by the various posters that do contribute here.
However, whether our own particular trivial Star Trek views prove to be similar or not in the future, on various things…I hope that we can agree that this is a tremendously informative and entertaining site to air them on regardless…as it would be a very bland place if every comment concurred with every other…

Ahem…Designer, Artist, Philosopher, Creative thinker, Harrassed family man, Successful car-boot salesman, Defender of reasonable free speech, Fervent fan of certain aspects of Star Trek, Sometime skeptic of certain other aspects of Star Trek, Happy contemplater of Humanity and the Universe in general…and Homer Simpson in particular…

80. COMPASSIONATE GOD - September 11, 2007

#46: “And to others…this is a toshiba promotion not a CBS promotion. Lets face it Toshiba are giving you a free phaser and 5-7 free HDDVD movies with a player that costs about 240 bucks. To keep whining about being ripped off there is just….well ludicrous. If you dont want to buy a toshiba player fine, but with these promotions and the base price….they are clearly not \’ripping anyone off\’. There can be no doubt that Toshiba are taking a loss on every machine they are selling…especially after these promotions.”

Anthony, the so called format war is nothing short of strongarming consumers. The desired end result is the eventual elimination of the standard DVD format–“SUGGESTING” consumers–some with over a decade of DVD purchases (some in the hundreds,if not more) to seek the alleged superior picture, by dropping the old format (nevermind the investment) and starting all over again…and we know the PTB would love everyone to spend collective thousands replacing the standard machines & old collections, while buying every new title the studios shovel at the consumers’ doorstep.

Regarding the Phaser remote? Again, the studio PTB being so condescending in thinking the free item is enough geek/Trekkie bait to bite.

As said in another thread, no one is being forced to buy anything….however, the addendum to that reality must reveal a future where no standard DVD exists, so any as yet unavailable but highly desired titles will serve as bait to invest into yet another technology.

We are all made of enough disposable income–enough to fill the Rose Bowl, so hey, what the heck?

81. dave - September 14, 2007

Hey, that phaser remote cost $69.99 when it was out before. Now it’s free and everyone is bitching….


82. Booji Spock - September 14, 2007

Here are more details of these neat little phaser. Why is it gold? The image from above looks a bit different from the image on the left. It will great to spook people with.

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