Last week Toshiba announced a deal to get a free phaser remote control if you purchase Star Trek: The Original Series – The Complete First Season [HD DVD] and any Toshiba HD-DVD player. Toshiba has now provided us with some more details on the promotion. Toshiba Director of Business Development Louis Masses tells TrekMovie.com that they are "very excited and very proud to be associated with Star Trek."
The promotion runs from November 20th through to February 29, 2008, however the phasers will only be available as supplies last. Those who have pre-ordered the box sets will still qualify, however you must purchase your HD-DVD player during the promotion period (11/20/07-2/29/08). You will be able to combine the free phaser promotion with Toshiba’s ‘5 free movie’ promotion and if you buy one of the 3rd generation machines (coming out in October) you will get 2 additional movies already in the box (Bourne Identity and 300). Currently the basic Toshiba A2 player can be found for as low as $240 and the 1080p A20 costs about $75 more. The 3rd generation versions (A3 and A30) should be about the same. So if you go for the promotion you get a HD-DVD player, the TOS-R box set, 7 free HD-DVD movies and the free phaser remote for around $370. Each TOS-R box set will contain a an insert with more details and instructions on how to get your remote (The insert will also be available on ToshibaHDDVD.com and StarTrek.com).
The new phaser remote is based on the (no longer available) ‘Star Trek Phaser Remote’ from Telemania which retailed for around $70. That item was a ‘universal remote’ but Toshiba is having it modified to work as a remote for their HD-DVD players. Masses says they are hoping it will still be able to work as a universal remote, but not sure that they can fit all those functions onto the limited space. The images seen below are actually of the universal remote version as the HD-DVD version is still being made (although the only difference will be the top part where all the buttons are). This means they will still have the built in (optional) sound effects. Masses (who is a self avowed TOS fan since child hood) was aware that the Telemania remote is not a perfect replica, but due to the short time frame it would be impossible to design and build enough remotes from scratch for the promotion. That being said Toshiba is seeing if they can get the plastic color to better match the original TOS phasers. "When we decided to do the promotion we wanted to give the Trek fans something special and we chose a remote because we wanted to give them something they could actually use…maybe some guys will even chase their wives around with it," said Masses.
One last thing…about the uniforms
When Toshiba announced their promotion at a trade show they had a couple of executives dressed up in Trek uniforms. It was noted that one exec was wearing a TNG uniform and not TOS even though the promotion was for the TOS box set. Masses wanted the fans to know that they really did try and get a TOS ‘Uhura style’ uniform for Jodi Sally, but none were available anywhere they went online or locally…so they settled for a TNG outfit.
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