Last week TrekMovie.com was the first to reveal the props from the new Star Trek movie being displayed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. That article raised some questions about the props and, as promised, TrekMovie now has a follow-up with more details, and more images.
The props were on display by Lenovo as part of a larger area showing off their laptops, in from the of the AquaKnox restaurant at the Venetian Hotel in Vegas. Below TrekMovie has details on the three props on display, plus more.
Star Trek 2009 Starfleet medical tricorder (w/ scanner)
TrekMovie has confirmed that (as suspected) the prop on display at CES labled “Mc Coy’s Medical Tricorder” is just the scanner for the medical tricorder. The actual tricorder is said to be ‘reminiscent’ of the Original Series tricorder, but smaller. Like the TOS tricorder it has doors that spring open to reveal the display. Some have wondered if the tricorder was made from a ‘found object’ (possibly a Vic Firth Pepper grinder), however TrekMovie is told that the props were built from scratch. That being said, the prop’s design may have been influenced by a real world device, possibly those grinders.
TOS Medical tricorder and scanner as seen in "The Man Trap"
Star Trek 2009 Starfleet communicator
According to sources the communicator for the new Star Trek movie does open up much like the TOS communicator. The black cover part pivots at the top and you can actually see the hinge in the photo below (side angle). The clear round window is in the same position as original version’s ‘moiré’ disk, but in this case is it is not hidden by the cover. Some have speculated that this window is some kind of holo-projector (ala Star Wars), but TrekMovie is told that is not the case, however it does ‘light up.’ Sources also say that this is not the only communicator in the film.
ST09 communicator as seen in "Star Trek" trailer
TOS communicator as seen in "Day of the Dove"
Star Trek 2009 Starfleet communications earpiece
There is nothing much to report regarding Uhura’s communication earpiece. This is pretty much unchanged in both look and functionality from the TOS version.
ST09 communications earpiece as seen in "Star Trek" trailer
TOS communications earpiece as seen in "The Corbomite Maneuver"
Star Trek 2009 Starfleet Phaser
Another prop not on display in Las Vegas is the new Starfleet phaser. You can catch a quick glimpse of the phaser in the trailer, but not a very good look. As noted in our trailer analysis, the weapon Kirk is seen wielding towards the end of the trailer, is not a Starfleet phaser. As we have reported before, the new Star Trek phaser retains the ‘gun’ shape of the TOS TV and movie era phasers, but with a ‘rotating nozzle’ which flips back and forth for stun and kill. No word yet on if or when this prop will be revealed, with the first look possibly coming from the Playmates toys.
ST09 Starfleet phaser as seen in "Star Trek" trailer
More prop images from Vegas
After we put up our first set of photos last week, some former employees of Star Trek The Experience (and friends of the site), went down to CES to get even more shots (some of which are used above). Here are more of those shots, featuring former STTE cast member Lisa Blake acting as model, and also helping to get a sense of scale for the new Star Trek props.
Playmates toys available for pre-order – pictures coming soon
Along with their action figures, Playmates is also releasing role playing toys for the Star Trek movie. All have lights and sounds from the movie. You can pre-order these toys now at Entertainment Earth
Playmates is likely to be revealing these toys for the first time at the New York Toy Fair in mid February. Playmates Star Trek line will definitely be featured on the cover and inside the March issue of Wizard’s ToyFare magazine. You can pre-order ToyFare #141 now at TFAW.com for $3.99.
(Images by Darren Benjamin, Mike Cornwell and Vernon Wilmer)