Anyone have the Vegas ST Experience Communicator?

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by irishjedi, Feb 3, 2006.

  1. irishjedi

    irishjedi Well-Known Member

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    I just got one, since it was too cheap to pass up. I like it. It's not as nice as the MR, but only true prop freaks would really notice. Metal lid, sounds, lights, etc. Not bad.

    Todd
     
  2. Archie Opteryx

    Archie Opteryx Well-Known Member

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    Excellent toy. Even better than the AA PII, IMHO.
     
  3. Montagar

    Montagar Legendary Member Community Staff

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    Did you go to the ST Experience, or know anyone that did? I looked at their web site and was wondering if it is any good.
     
  4. Bryancd

    Bryancd Master Member

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    Awesome little *. Love mine, feel very good about the $ I saved over MR even if it's not "perfect".
     
  5. phase pistol

    phase pistol Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    This was discussed last year when it first came out... the Vegas comm is a nearly exact copy of the Master Replicas

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    That's the Vegas on the left with its shiny shell, and the MR on the right.

    The Vegas is a little "cheaper" looking, with its chromed pieces and inexplicably painted flipgrid. The grid is brass underneath tho, so if you clean off the paint you can make it look authentic.

    As I said the black plastic shell is too shiny on the Vegas, and the haircell texture is going the wrong way (vertical, should be horizontal).

    The worst thing about the Vegas is the horrible sound quality.. it sounds like it was recorded from an MR being played over a cell phone. (somebody, I think it was Hyperdyne, determined that the actual sound chip in the Vegas comm IS in fact capable of great-quality sound reproduction, and it's only the fact of the crappy recording that accounts for the poor quality sound.)

    The moire also spins at a different rate, and if I remember correctly the opposite direction, than the MR moire. I think somebody said the Vegas comm is actually the accurate one in this regard.

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    The Vegas comm's flipgrid doesn't go back far enough when opened (tho if I remember correctly the MR in the following pic has been modified so the grid goes back farther than normal)

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    The lights work the same on both comms, tho to get the "static" sound effect you only have to push the button, not fiddle with it like you have to do on the MR. A minor nitpick: the buttons and "jewels" sit a little too high off the face of the comm on the Vegas (that is, their bezels are too thick).

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    The Vegas also tops the MR in cheesiness, in having the button on the back to activate the "boop boop" call sound, shaped like the accursed "delta shield" Star Trek symbol instead of the only moderately annoying oval on the MR.

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    The profile of both comms is the same as well. In fact the "butt" of the MR/Vegas is NOT as incorrect as most people seem to believe; in fact it's the "top" of the comm that is too NARROW; this gives the unit a "pear shaped" aspect which looks wrong.

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    - k
     
  6. Apollo

    Apollo Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Great piece for the price.

    I play with that one while my MR sits in its case.

    The MR beats it in finish and quality though and is still my Fav.
     
  7. Funky

    Funky Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Wasn't there a fairly easy tutorial on how to clean the paint off the brass grill to make it shiney again?
     
  8. Jimbo890

    Jimbo890 Well-Known Member

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    Well, for the money, the Vegas/STTE comm is hard to beat. Better than any other toy available, and has all the same features as the overpriced MR. Too bad the audio is not as good as the MR, or for that matter the Playmates. Not 100% to the MR, but I remember reading that it was not something MR put together, but rather was a clone done without MR's knowledge. Too bad too. I'm sure the audio would have been better.

    Other than the tinny sounding audio, my only complaint is the texture of the shells. And JTK is offering Kydex replacements.

    There are better replica comms on the market, but you will be hard pressed to find one better that twice or 3 times the cost of a Vegas/STTE comm.

    IMHO

    Jim
     
  9. WinstonWolf359

    WinstonWolf359 Sr Member

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    It's a cool piece for the price. I used a dremel wire wheel to remove the paint on the lid of one of mine. Funny enough the brass almost immediately tarnished to an almost exact match of the still painted lid. :unsure

    A little fine steel wool on the body will knock that shine right off and make it look a lot better. Some fine sandpaper on the metal bits similarly improves those as well.

    The sounds are indeed quite awful compared to the MR, and the moire motor is even louder than the MR, but again, for the price it's a fun toy.

    I've modified one of mine a bit to look like the comm in the Science Fiction museum. The EXP comm cleans up well. :)

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  10. franz bolo

    franz bolo Sr Member

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    My sister bought me one for my birthday, and as I am looking at it in the box, the paint on the flip up grill has some chips in it.

    It's mostly right where it attaches to the body.

    Is this common or is it a defect?

    I'm thinking about sending it back for another one.

    FB
     
  11. Mechinyun

    Mechinyun Sr Member

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    So how much is the Vega ver? Do I have to go to vegas to get it? Online somewhere?
     
  12. phase pistol

    phase pistol Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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  13. nivektunk

    nivektunk Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    For the price the ST Exp. version is great. When I was there I bought 2. My lovely Shatner Sig. MR has never worked right from the get go. Sure the sound on the ST EXP. version isn't as crisp and clear, but at least it still works. $500 or $50. You can do the math on which is the better version for the money. I still love my Shatner MR.
    Cheers,
    Kevin
     
  14. franz bolo

    franz bolo Sr Member

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    Any thoughts??

    FB
     
  15. franz bolo

    franz bolo Sr Member

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    Also, if I tighten the screws up kind of snug, the sound doesn't work any more.

    Also, what is the red button supposed to do?

    The blue one makes static sounds, but the red just stops the sounds and does nothing else.

    Is this correct?

    thanks

    FB
     
  16. Funky

    Funky Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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  17. phase pistol

    phase pistol Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I don't see any paint chips on mine.

    The "blue button" (that is, button on the right, under the blue jewel) plays the sounds; the middle button should flash the red light.

    - k
     

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