Star Trek TOS Communicator from The Wand Company

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  1. Prop Collector

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  2. Apollo

    Apollo Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Great news I hope they do the Tricorder as well
     
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  3. E Williams

    E Williams Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Holy cow. That looks spectacular!
     
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  4. antigravity

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    I just read the more thorough description of the specs, and it's another great concept from this company. The same ABS and metal construction as the phaser. Inductive charging. Storage case. Practical consumer electronics functions. Fully licensed and researched for accuracy. For $150. I mean, please.

    I've become a big fan of the Wand Company. I was concerned that since they are a small firm, the re-engineered version of the 11th/12th Doctor's screwdriver might be all they could bring to market in the next year. So glad they're pushing on with the Star Trek license at the same time. In fact, I will be a little disappointed if we're not looking at a tricorder reveal in a year's time.
     
  5. Archie Opteryx

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    Watching with great antici... pation!
     
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  6. judgedredd

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    pre ordered mine if the quality is anything like the phaser it will be awesome!
     
  7. scotthm

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    My thoughts exactly.

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  8. Tarkin

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    Hello. Wondering how exact is this to the original TOS prop??
     
  9. phase pistol

    phase pistol Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Wand Co. 3D scanned the Alpha prop, plus they have Herocomm.com as consultants. I have every confidence that this piece will be at least as accurate as their TOS phaser remote control. Which is to say, VERY accurate.

    Herocomm says on Trekpropzone that Wand Co is at Comic Con this week, in the ThinkGeek booth. They'll have a prototype to show, so somebody stop by there and say hi and take lots of photos! :)
     
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  10. Prologic9

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    Wow. This is like the holy grail prop I never knew I wanted.

    An accurate and fully functional communicator? Yes please!
     
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  11. AnubisGuard

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    Oh hells yes.
     
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  12. Tarkin

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    This communicator looks kind of smooth like the black ABS and less bumpy is this how the original Alpha TOS prop looked?
     
  13. Bluebox303

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    I can * some photos of the prototype from Comic Con this week.
     
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  14. Luke Skyvader

    Luke Skyvader Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    OMG I just wet myself. Is there an expected release date?
     
  15. JiminSTLouis

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    These images are computer generated and not of an actual replica.
     
  16. Tarkin

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    oh ok thanks!
     
  17. dbalschi

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    Pre order sold out :(
     
  18. phase pistol

    phase pistol Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    That's just sold out from the Startrek.com shop. Not to worry, it'll be for sale elsewhere. Think Geek, for instance!
     
  19. JiminSTLouis

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    I just pre-ordered from shop.startrek.com and it accepted the code and deducted the shipping cost.
     
  20. nick daring

    nick daring Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    It's a shame that I will never use the interactive functions of these replicas. Small price to pay though!

    I can only wonder kind of weird feature they'll put into a Tricorder.
     
  21. DavidS

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    This is amazing!!!
     
  22. AGxM

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    StarTrek.com not shipping this overseas as yet :(
     
  23. Ruddigger

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    I'm really happy with the Wand phaser, so this will be a must buy. I hope ThinkGeek stocks this one too, they always have discount codes.
     
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  25. Apollo

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    Hopefully a blu or dvd player


     
  26. nick daring

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    A general media player would be cool. Pop in an SD card loaded iwth music and shows. Or maybe even use a TOS themed thumb drive to store your files in.
     
  27. nick daring

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  28. havoc92

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    I've 3d modeled the phasers and communicators and have poured over images from the series at length.. that's gotta be the best looking production replica I've seen. Awesome!
     
  29. pielock373

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    Here are some high res shots I have obtained of the proto-type. It looks really nice! They have even simulated the vacuum formed pulled Kydex look in the shells. My only complaint is that it has the wrong hole pattern in the mic grill, I hope they fix that detail for production.

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  30. DrMcoy

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    wow -- i'm at Comic Con and THIS is the prototype they have at ThinkGeek booth -- gonna need a LOT of tweaking.

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  31. phase pistol

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    Quick photo comparison with Alpha.

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  32. Ruddigger

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    Man it's super close. Hopefully the production lives up to the prototype.
     
  33. Betamin

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    I've already got the Vegas ST experience communicator, but I just might have to get this too and sell that.....
     
  34. caseyatbt

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    I suspect the difference between the two is going to be night and day.

    Sent from the Delta Quadrant using Tapatalk
     
  35. phase pistol

    phase pistol Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    The Vegas communicator and Art Asylum/Diamond Select communicators are both based off of the Master Replicas model, which is woefully wedge-shaped (fat butt syndrome). Not at all accurate.

    The Wand comm is shape-accurate. First commercial comm replica to get that right.
     
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  36. Bluebox303

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    I think that that's still a 3D render, all the metal still has a satin finish that is way to uniform for die cast aluminum.\

    Edit: A photo of the Alpha being scanned can be found here.
    http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/iphv/images/33778/
     
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  38. CessnaDriver

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    Ordered two. This team is a winner.
     
  39. pielock373

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    Ordered two myself.

    Steve P
     
  40. mogaert

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    Ditto!
     
  41. Lost in Trek

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    Just placed my pre-rder with Think Geek.

    The Wand Co. does good quality work. Add to that they scanned an original prop and worked with several fans during development. Should be a great replica.
     
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    Re: Star Trek bluetooth enabled phone/communicator coming next year!

    Gotta get one of these.
     
  44. redshirt

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    It's been mentioned that the prototype at Comic-con will not reflect the latest changes being made on the Trek Communicator from Wand. They are working hard to make this precise to the original, but without the caved in back and of course everything is evened out. Looks like it will be the closest to the original consumer replica yet. I'm sure over the next couple months we'll get a look at the final with all the small details ironed out.
     
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  46. Apollo

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    Re: Star Trek bluetooth enabled phone/communicator coming next year!

    Thing is, Park Sabers did this several years ago (yes a Star Wars saber maker made a Star Trek item). It tanked then. Will it tank now? Time will tell.

    http://parksabers.com/startrekcommunicator.html

    Of course there's more press this time around, it might not be a mod of a pre-existing toy and it's an officially licensed product so that may help quite a bit.
     
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  48. Quinn

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    Over at TPZ, Richard from The Wand Company said that the antenna will be steel, electroplated with brass.
     
  49. Apollo

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    Re: Star Trek bluetooth enabled phone/communicator coming next year!

    Clearly you don't know of The Wand Co.s cult following of TOS collectors :lol




     
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  50. phase pistol

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    Re: Star Trek bluetooth enabled phone/communicator coming next year!

    Well, to be fair, how can they expect to sell any when nobody knows they have them for sale? I had never heard of Parks' communicator. :lol

    Anyway, it's not an original product. It's a modded Diamond Select toy, which is cheap and plasticky and the wrong shape. Plus the thing has all sorts of caveats ("not true VOX, the caller will hear their own voice echoed, etc."). Bleah.

    Also it doesn't say how much they were selling it for. The Wand comm is $150, same as their phaser remote. And you can expect sales to bring that down closer to $100.

    Wand's quality will be spectacular, and it's something original that's never been offered at retail, which is a perfect prop replica that you can actually talk on. It'll sell like hotcakes. Even my non-prop-collecting friends want one of these things. :lol

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