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Used in exasperation (or a half Vulcan. half Romulan approximation) by Saavik and in revelatory assuredness by James T. Kirk, the Wrath of Khan era communicator is now available as a role playing toy from Diamond Select Toys. The Collective column makes it Khan-etic return with a review of the brand new item (including video demo).
REVIEW: Wrath of Khan Starfleet Communicator Replica
By: Diamond Select Toys
Price: $37.99 [Entertainment Earth]
The Diamond Select Wrath of Khan communicator toy is a very close approximation to the film used version, helped along by the original design which is almost toy like to begin with.
As with previous DST role playing items, the lights are timed nicely with the actor’s voices to add to the fun. There are two areas that brighten with a blue light, one at each end of the communicator when hearing the voices of William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Ricardo Montalban, and Nichelle Nichols. As with the original Star Trek TV series communicator, The Wrath of Khan communicator flips open with a unique sound effect accompanying the action.
Inside the communicator, there is an on/off toggle switch and three modes to choose from. Mode 1 is the voice effects feature. By pressing a button on the back of the communicator, fans could hear various lines from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Mode 2 is the Khan scream mode. For Shatnerites like myself, there could never be enough “Khaaaannn!” features on any toy. Mode 3 is the callback feature. Close the communicator and soon you will be hailed by the Enterprise. Flipping open the communicator, you will then hear a conversation between Admiral Kirk and Captain Spock. There are two conversations available.
Demo video of DST Wrath of Khan communicator
The TWOK communicator continues the excellent, fun toy line that began a decade ago when Art Asylum released the Enterprise era communicator and phaser toys. The line continued with various versions of the original era communicator a few years later. Now, the TWOK communicator is added to the line. Although some fans do not like the communicator design from TWOK itself, it is in keeping with the retro industrial/naval feel Nicholas Meyer brought to the Star Trek films (bells and whistles on the U.S.S. Enterprise; hand loaded torpedoes, etc.). With plenty of play features and a good replication of the original design, the DST TWOK communicator toy is a fun addition and will look nice for costuming fans.
The TWOK communicator is available now from Entertainment Earth for $37.99.
The TWOK communicator is a companion piece to the Star Trek II phaser, released late 2009, along with the similar Motion Picture phaser (which was an EE exclusive). The TMP version is the same shape, but the sticker and sounds are different. Both are available now at Entertainment Earth.
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Here is a video from EE showing the TMP version.
Coming up: Westland Collectibles & New Retro Mego figures
Future Collective articles will feature reviews of the recently released Westland Giftware Star Trek cookie jars and salt/pepper shakers, and the soon to be released Pike/Salt Vampire retro MEGO figures set from DST/Art Asylum.