Well, I suppose I'm the the minority here by saying that I think the new props look pretty darn cool to me...and this coming from someone who was hopeful they would look spot-on to the TOS props.
Sure, I was disappointed when I saw that they didn't resemble the classic props, but I actually like the brushed aluminum look of the phaser, and as goofy as many say the flip around nozzle is, I actually find this quirk kind of cool.
Understand that I have no desire to convert any opinions here -- and even if I did, I don't think it could be done -- those that have expressed their dislike for the props seem to be pretty firm in their thinking. But thought I'd speak up and say I think the new props look cool -- I hope the movie is good, cause I won't really want the props unless it is.
Irony is, many of the same RPFers currently bad-mouthing the Trek XI phaser will soon be crawling over each other to snag the best reference in order to build the best repros of said "fugly" prop.
Zap-guns come and go, but the Trek XI phaser makes a memorable, dynamic, and kick-ass impression in action (the audience actually cheers).
Those banking on the Trek XI phaser to fail in the collectors market (such that it is, given the economy) underestimate its on-screen appeal by a long ****ing shot.
That said, the communicator and tricorder still make me sleepy.
Spin, Spin, Spin...Zap-guns come and go, but the Trek XI phaser makes a memorable, dynamic, and kick-ass impression in action (the audience actually cheers).
Six now! We're gaining strength
I've grown to accept the phaser. Comm and tric are another story.
WOW, i just checked back on this thread. I thought you guys werekidding about the spinning nozzle on the phaser at first. Maybe the red is a heat ray, and the blue is a freezy ray???
The tricorder looks like one of those old star tac cell phones on sterroids. The communicator looks kind of cheap.
Thank GOD Uhura is stone cold fly in that tiny little skirt.... hell, thats worth the price of admission all by itself!!!!!
O.k. I'm a classic TOS guy anyday. Hated TNG until First contact and hated it again after that.. wait, hated TNG until Deanna wrecked the E-D.. there thats sorted.
Anyway, even though I hated it, I still kept watching it, secretly hoping Kirk would miraculously arrive from nowhere and blow that monstrousity to space dust and give me the show I wanted but that was not to be. Why you may ask did I hate it? Well the ship was (to me anyway) fugly, the phasers were dustbusters (or smaller variations thereof), and the stories just never really grabbed me.
As time has gone by, I can actually watch TNG and enjoy it now. I let go of my TOS only mandate and accepted it for what it was. With this new phaser, well the new gear, I feel that the redesign is more of that TNG stuff...
To be honest, I almost love the phaser except for that swiveling bit. That seems impractical to me.
Now had they kept the TOS gear, I'd have been ecstatic but (of course) they didn't. The gear isnt terribly far from what we know so I'm gonna give it a shot.
I figure it like this, when I go to see this film, I'll probably already know the story and I'm already figuring on a Trek II ripoff (Spock dying to save them). So I'm gonna go pony up my cash and prepare to enjoy myself, wether it's the Trek I know or not. Who knows, maybe someday this, or it's potential sequels will live up to the name.
Last edited by d_jedi1; Jan 27, 2009 at 4:53 AM.
Here's a painted version of the toy...
Looks better without the blue nozzle...and less of the red.
Here's one with the Grey added to the body.
I think I can work with that
I certainly like this one better than the Next Gen era dustbusters etc...which never looked like phasers to me.
To me a phaser is a raygun with a handle about midway to the body...toward the front.
Anything else is just a gun.
Last edited by Sporak; Jan 27, 2009 at 6:21 AM.
The communicator and tricorder leave me cold, but I dig the phaser. My hunch is that a lot of prop-heads are going to dig the phaser once they've see it in action, but it's no skin off of my nose either way.
And, yeah, I wouldn't discount the notion that maybe there have been a couple small, under-the-radar screenings for the dreaded spin doctors and their sinister cohorts.
Last edited by Carson Dyle; Jan 27, 2009 at 12:28 PM. Reason: ammended quote attribution
^Woah, hey, I didn't say that. I'm on your side!
Sorry `bout that.
Last thing I need is to alienate one of The Six.
Or is it seven? I've lost count.
Last edited by Carson Dyle; Jan 27, 2009 at 1:22 PM.
Cant' wait to see how this thread looks when the movie debuts.