Just this week Diamond Select / Art Asylum has released the next item in their ‘Trek Tek’ line, the Kirk era version of the communicator. This joins the previously released TOS phasers and the forthcoming tricorder (announced at the recent Toy Fair). This is not the first TOS communicator made available, but for $29 it offers many features usually only available with high end replicas.
The original TOS communicator, designed by Wah Chang (who also built the Vulcan Harp, the tricorder, the Gorn, and the Tribbles), has been released by various companies over the years. These have ranged from the 2003 high-end Master Replicas prop all the way down to low-cost toy versions from Playmates in the 1990s. The new DST replica toy offers some of the detailing found on the more expensive versions, yet is much more reasonably priced ($29.99). It also offers some bonus fun features. The DST version features lights and the classic communicator opening sound effect. In addition, opening the communicator activates the moiré disk which moves, a feature lacking on many previous toy versions (the moiré was often merely a sticker on these previous items).
The toy also includes seven phrases, uses original clips of William Shatner, Nichelle Nichols, James Doohan, and Leonard Nimoy. Entertainment Earth Exclusive Edition offers an additional Spock Phrase "Your signal is weak, can you turn up your gain?" Another unique feature is that you can push a button to set the communicator to hail you five seconds later with the familiar sound effect. When you respond Spock asks "Captain, should I beam down and armed party?" That can be fun at parties.
The new DST communicator
This replica toy is available in two versions, a regular communicator available from retailers and an exclusive from Entertainment Earth which features an exclusive phrase. You can order it and the TOS ‘Trek Tek’ Phaser below
|EE Exclusive Star Trek Original Series Communicator Replica
|Star Trek Tek Classic Phaser