Update On Life-Sized TOS Captain’s Chair

Since we first reported from the Las Vegas Star Trek convention that CBS announced that Diamond Select was making a life-sized Original Series captain’s chair, there has been a lot of buzz about this hot new item. TrekMovie has now got some clarifications and more info and pictures of the one chair to rule them all.

 

Take command of your living room
According to CBS the life-sized chair is a "fully operational replica" of the captain’s chair from Star Trek The Original Series using "expert measurements and the highest quality durable materials." This replica is actually a real piece of furniture, complete with lights, sound effects and built in phrases from the original Captain Kirk himself.

The sound effects included are:

  • Intercom Hail
  • Phaser
  • Photon Torpedoes
  • Buttons SFX
  • Battle Damage SFX
  • Warp Speed
  • Bridge background noises

The phrases included are:

  • Full “Space: The Final Frontier” prologue
  • “This is Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise”
  • “Lt Uhura, Open a channel to all decks”
  • “Security alert to all decks”
  • “Kirk to engineering. Scotty Report!”
  • “Position Report Spock”
  • “Prepare for attack all hands Battle Stations”
  • “Chekov, Arm photon torpedoes”
  • “Resume course to our next destination Mr. Sulu”


Take a seat

$2000 this holiday season
We have some good news and some bad news. The chair will actually be available sooner than originally thought, but also more expensive than first reported. It is expected to debut this holiday season and will sell for $2000 (retail). It will be available at the Diamond Select website and other retailers. Entertainment Earth tells TrekMovie they hope to carry it but have not yet finalized plans with DST. As of now the chair is not yet available for pre-order at DST or any other site.


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TrekMovie will provide more updates on the chair as they become available. Until then, start saving.

What about the Roddenberry chair?
Recently TrekMovie reported that Roddenberry.com, who make a number of their own Star Trek replicas, was making a single Captain’s chair available as a prize. This chair from Roddenberry is not the same as the DST chair and is something they had hand-made. The folks at Roddenberry.com tell TrekMovie they are seriously considering offering their own TOS captain’s chair, but being that they would be hand made to order, they would likely be even more expensive than the one from DST. However for now you can still enter to become a Roddenberry member of the year and get the chair for free.

 

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Aaron
August 19, 2008 8:20 pm

This is amazing!

Splurch
August 19, 2008 8:23 pm

I have got to have one of these!

Now, how to convince the Mrs that it will look great in the living room?

August 19, 2008 8:24 pm

After I purchase an engagement ring, I want to own this chair! Maybe I can hit the lottery in the meantime or sell some of my other Trek memorabilia…

stop the clocks
August 19, 2008 8:25 pm

I’ll never be able to afford this, but it’d be cool to have.

Buckaroohawk
August 19, 2008 8:28 pm

Hey, you think James Cawley will replace the chair of the “Phase II” bridge set with this one?

At the very least, DST should consider asking him to appear in the inevitable print ads for this baby.

I would absolutely love to own one of these, but if I bought one I guarnatee I’d be served with divorce papers the very next day. Guess I’ll have to make due with my La-Z-Boy. It makes sounds, too, but only after I’ve eaten a really big meal.

Sorry…I’m really tired…

August 19, 2008 8:33 pm

Anthony,

Question, since the chair has lights and sound how is powered. Also how would something like this be shipped and how much it cost to ship? Please inquire with your source at DST. Can you also inquire about weight and will it be fully assembled or is it in multiple parts.

Thank you

Dr. Image
August 19, 2008 8:35 pm

For that much, it had better be accurate- with real wood armrests too.
Like to hear Cawley’s opinion.

Captain Archer
August 19, 2008 8:38 pm

Cawley’s Shamleys, lets get the production crew of Starship Exeter on this! I mean come on, new voyages comes out much faster, but it shows in the effects, THEY SUCK!!! And whats with the bang every time the ship goes to warp???

The Lensman
August 19, 2008 8:43 pm

Stop posting articles about this chair. Seriously…..I’m starting to think “You know if I do this or that…I might be able to own this…”

You won’t break me DST!!

Commodore Lurker
August 19, 2008 8:44 pm

Who cares what sounds it makes. There are only two relevant questions: will the damb thing kill my back? and is it Made in America?

That One Guy
August 19, 2008 8:44 pm

Screw college! I want this!

(The) TOS Purist aka The Purolator
August 19, 2008 8:50 pm

#8 – The “bang” every time the ship goes into warp is to make it fit in with the TNG “warp bang” sound, of course!! Because TOS can’t just be an entity unto itself, it has to be modified and TNG-ified to fit in with the rest of “real” Star Trek. At least that’s pretty much what “New Voyages” is all about.

How come everyone is suddenly a TOS fan and wants to buy this thing?

(The) TOS Purist aka The Purolator
August 19, 2008 8:54 pm

As for paying $2000 bucks for this thing – I make a point not to buy chairs that cost the same amount of money I’d spend for a used car. I could see maybe $400, possibly going as high as $700 AT MOST,but beyond that I don’t think it’s worth it. Considering all the screen-quality TOS prop replicas I’ve made in my time, not to mention a “TOS Officer’s Cabin” set replica, I could easily build this thing myself for WAY less than that. :)

Thomas Jensen
August 19, 2008 8:57 pm

That looks cool, but I’ve already got one.

Brett Campbell
August 19, 2008 8:58 pm

I’d like to get a hybrid chair between Kirk’s and Archie Bunker’s.

Edit, you dingbat, gemme a beer! Wawp five!

Brett Campbell
August 19, 2008 9:03 pm

16 – Yes, and wee’ve already got a Holy Grail, you see! So go away you silly English ki-niggits, or wee will taunt you a second tiimme…

I anticipate a few “fart in your (my?) general direction” comments might follow.

August 19, 2008 9:10 pm

I think the poll should say, “Can you afford this?” I can’t but I’d love to have one. And if I could I’d have sufficient room and placement for it.

Uncle Rogi @ Concillium Orb
August 19, 2008 9:12 pm

I’m a bit worried about Trekmovie have some calcifications!
This could lead to kidney-stones and then further along require a possible cholecysectomy if not properly treated!!!!
Hopefully they only really had classifications!

On a lighter note, the chair looks bloody amazing and I want one now!

Valar1
August 19, 2008 9:18 pm

$2000? That ridiculous. I could maybe see spending 1000 but honestly I’d rather build my own. Whosoever here last week posted the link to the website with the measurements, you have my gratitude. It was a fun thread to read and I learned a lot about the chair and how to make it an exact replica. Now I have something to do over the winter months.

capt mike
August 19, 2008 9:24 pm

Ok. It may take me a year but i will Have this chair. it will be so kool to have this in my apt and i Might could get some hot chicks to come over when i tell them i have a real Star trek capts chair. But they will probly just laugh at me and say im nerd. but then im realy a blue collor redneck so i guess i should say. Get R Done and fire phasers.

August 19, 2008 9:34 pm

Yeah, if they used it on Phase II i could just see James Cawley sitting down and accidentally pressing a button and the original Captain Kirk spouting out “Prepare for attack all hands Battle Stations.”

Spoctor McKirk
August 19, 2008 9:57 pm

Hmmm…food for a year?…or talking chair…? Hmmm…I could stand to lose a few pounds…or I could just stand.

Man! Life’s hard.

doc Dave
August 19, 2008 9:57 pm

Original Captains Chair used on the set was custom made by union carpenters for I am guessing $25 or $30 bucks (1960’s money). Today having a massed produced one should cost about $400 at most, anything else is just ripping the fans off. I am tired of being ripped off.

Denise de Arman
August 19, 2008 9:59 pm

I sat in the chair in Vegas and pressed many buttons, but did not hear all of the fantabulous effect noises and phrases. Perhaps one of the dilithium crystals had burned out…

August 19, 2008 10:00 pm

I’d spend $2,000 for that chair if I had a place to put it in my house! It would be a great companion for my Master Replicas Studio Scale TOS Enterprise.

KWS
August 19, 2008 10:02 pm

Looks good!

I wonder how stable it might be though judging from the sideview… Hopefully it won’t tump over backwards when your pretending to be taking phaser fire from a klingon wessel.

Michael Patterson
August 19, 2008 10:03 pm

I think the poll should say, “What’s in YOUR wallet?” I can’t afford it either, but if I could I’d love to get one for Andy Patterson (#19 above) because he’d have sufficient room and placement for it.

=A=
August 19, 2008 10:06 pm

i don’t need buy 2,000 for capt. chair but i can do homemake myself perfect and easy job smile..

James Blake
August 19, 2008 10:10 pm

I would love to get one of these, such that I could sit in it and wonder why no woman will ever have sexual intercourse with me.

James Blake
August 19, 2008 10:11 pm

Oh, and why I missed out on the bronze…

capt mike
August 19, 2008 10:13 pm

#31. Get R Done.

Uncle Rogi @ Concillium Orb
August 19, 2008 10:22 pm

#31

LOL.

Brilliant!!!!!

martin
August 19, 2008 10:24 pm

Well they are missing out on a real opportunity in that it should actually have a couple additional functions:

1) a bluetooth speakerphone, so you can make calls from it.
2) an integrated Harmony remote so you can control your viewscreen and playback interfaces.

I am going to tell my wife and mother about this chair so that they might consider going in together on a present. They will think it is beyond ridiculous, and I suppose it is, but man would this be the greatest gift ever.

August 19, 2008 10:36 pm

damn!!! that’s damned cool. I can sell a few guitars and my body to science fiction (had to semi rip off Rodney Dangerfeild for that one)

OneBuckFilms
August 19, 2008 10:36 pm

I like the idea, but I don’t have $2000 spare, and if I did, there are better things to spend it on (1920×1080 camcorder, Vegas Pro 8 and a Blu-Ray Burner, for instance).

However, I do plan on getting DST’s Science Tricorder and Wrath Of Khan Phaser when they are released.

Mr. AtoZ
August 19, 2008 10:43 pm

If a Captain’s chair will keep women from having sex with you…it isn’t the chair..LOL!

krikzil
August 19, 2008 10:44 pm

Well, this will confirm my insanity for friends and family once and for all….but gosh, it will look so nice in my house.

Denise de Arman
August 19, 2008 10:52 pm

krikzil#39- Did you see the chair in the dealer’s room? Very, very cool. When I sat in it, I swear I thought the seat was vibrating for a moment…

The Angry Klingon
August 19, 2008 11:01 pm

I have many hobbies…and none of them are cheap.
Its funny that when MR puts out a little 1/350th replica of the enterprise with lights at $1,300 people are surprised that a chair that weighs 50 times as much, is ‘usable’ and has electronics is $700 more? I was thrilled at the $1000 price tag but now not so much. Obviously DST thinks they have a market but I have a hunch that 2k might be a deal breaker for a lot of folks. I hope they are reading this. In these times of $4 a gallon gas its REALLY hard to justify 2k for a piece of furniture. It becomes a hobby not for the fans but for an elite minority…

Radioactive Spock
August 19, 2008 11:16 pm

Happy Birthday, Mr Frakes. On this day is born a good actor / director, and my favorite number one.

Captain Robert April
August 19, 2008 11:18 pm

Knock a zero off that price and they’ll sell a helluva lot more…

Radioactive Spock
August 19, 2008 11:18 pm

oops. after midnight so technically a day late. the sentiment remains.

krikzil
August 19, 2008 11:19 pm

>>krikzil#39- Did you see the chair in the dealer’s room? Very, very cool.

Yes I did. Very cool, indeed.

#41 Angry Klingon — yes, $1K would be more realistic. Still insane in a way but $2K is most definitely putting it out of the reach for most fans.

paustin
August 19, 2008 11:21 pm

2 grand….ouch thats alot for a uncomfortable chair….dammitt if only it reclined

2 GRAND FOR A CAPTAINS CHAIR?!
August 19, 2008 11:43 pm

Why dont they just ask for an arm and a leg too? Good god, 2000 smackaroos for a replica chair. Forget it, I aint gonna be ripped off for that. This is probably their biggest mistake yet. I havent been too keen on the quality of the DST Ships and communicator. If they charge 2 grand, then they need to pay CLOSE attention to detail, and not screw it up.

Quatlo
August 19, 2008 11:53 pm

Nice, but should also include:

– Refrigerator and freezer compartments

– Multiple easy access storage compartments

– Water and sewage connections with water filter and ice dispenser

– Mini microwave/convection oven

– Custom compact wet bar

– Recliner function with adjustable head and foot rests

– Koss internal headrest speakers

– Adjustable massage and variable temperature seat surfaces

– Integrated Bluetooth, wireless N and backup UPS

– Retractable heavy duty motorized casters

Gorn Captain
August 20, 2008 12:10 am

Will there be a “Mirror Mirror” version? ;)

Kirk's Revenge
August 20, 2008 12:11 am

Cool chair!
Maybe this has been asked before, but is this going to be a series? It would be really sweet to have a Picard chair from the Enterprise-D. Or perhaps Captain Archer’s chair, the super modified one Trip was wanting to install with the cup-holder.

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