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After a long wait, the Diamond Select Toys original series Star Trek Medical Tricorder roleplay toy is now available, as an exclusive through Entertainment Earth TrekMovie has a first review of the item that many fans have been waiting for, including lots of pictures and video.
There will be three versions of the Diamond Select Tricorder. This review focuses on the first to arrive which is the Medical version, an exclusive to Entertainment Earth (for $39.99). There will also be a Science version available at various retailers coming soon, and in the future DST will be releasing a geological tricorder.
The TOS Medical Tricorder
Diamond Selects new tricorder is the first time a "full sized" tricorder to be made as an affordable toy for fans. Playmates Toys had a miniaturized tricorder during the 1990s (about half the real size) and Master Replicas had a $400 prop replica. However, the exclusive Medical Tricorder has many playable and fun features without being too expensive.
Some of the feature are:
- When opening the tricorder, a slight clicking noise is heard and the three button lights and the monitor are engaged
- The middle section’s moiré spins in a nicely varied pattern
- The tricorder features two looped sound effects
- The tricorder features seven lines of dialog from Dr. McCoy ("Shock, radiation burns… internal injuries for certain", "This is medically impossible!",
"Some heart flutter. Better risk a few drops of cordrazine", "Respiration normal; blood pressure normal","He’s in perfect health", "He’s dead, Jim",
"I’m a Doctor, not a brick layer!")
- The strap is adjustable
- The "salt shaker" scanner includes sound effects and spins (with a manually pressed slide)
- The monitor, while a static image, also is lighted when tricorder is engaged
The Diamond Select Medical Tricorder is a really great item, one that my seven year old son enjoyed playing with and which looks very nice as either a conversation item or along with the previously released role playing items. Great for Halloween or convention costumes, this is a toy that almost seems like a tribute to Dr. McCoy. As with most DST role play items, if you hold down the Dr. McCoy voice button, it will loop once all of his phrases. While it would have been nice if the ‘salt shaker’ medical scanner could have been designed to spin without having to continuously press the slide, that is the only real suggested improvement. Also you should be careful opening the lower door that holds the scanner asif you open it too far it can come off, but it is easily put back on.
The Medical Tricorder is packaged in the now familiar unified Star Trek style (logo, blue background, Enterprise). A nice customization is that Dr. Leonard McCoy is appropriate positioned in the corner of the box (it is always good to see DeForest Kelley on any product). The window allows for a "try me" function although you will definetly want to open the box to enjoy all that the toy has to offer. Because the Medical Tricorder is an Entertainment Earth exclusive, it features unique stickers on the packaging.
Bottom line is that the Diamond Select Medical Tricorder is a cure for those who always wished to own a tricorder yet don’t want to pay the high price of a prop replica and his highly recommended.
The Medical Tricorder is available from Entertainment Earth now for $39.99.
Complete you ensem with the Gold Handled Phaser and Communicator role playing toys, also an exclusive to Entertainment Earth and now on sale for $39.99.
More to come
There is also a regular (or Science) version of the Tricorder available soon and TrekMovie will have a review of that item as well. Plus TrekMovie will have more news from DST and a review of the new Enterprise D coming soon.