Are they slightly different sizes? or is that just the angle of the camera?Got mine today too, no shipping notification or anything. Kind of fun to get a surprise like that but I would prefer notifications when a $200 package is on the way.
The antenna and the speaker grill are a slightly darker, like a more antique brass looking finish, where as the old ones looked more like bright shiny gold.
The moiré on mine looks like its ticking, like the old stopwatch models, there is almost a slight pause every half second or so, don't know if it's supposed to be that way or not. (Seems to be running a little smoother after a full charge on the battery and letting it run a while)
Also, the lid opening and buttons are all very tight, in a good quality way, not like the manufacturing is less polished or anything like that.
I really think they could have done a much better job with the actors voice files, the old ones do make it seem more like you are captain Kirk and the crew are responding to you on the com, the new phrases are not as good, in my opinion. Some of them don't even seem like real coms chatter, just quotes from the show. Also, there is something a little off with the Ururah clip "Enterprise, Lt Uhura here, its a bad recording, almost like its not her real voice but a voice over with a stand in, definitely not the same quality as the other actor voice clips.
If this was the first Wand Com I had received, I'd say this is the absolute best! version of the communicator replica available for all time, (and I do have just about every good com replica that has ever existed, all the best at least) but since I have 2 of the older Wand Coms, I'd still say they are still better, solely because of the voice clips.
That being said, I still think $300 - $400 on ebay for an old one is a justifiable deal, they are better.
If you follow the production of the Master Replicas Communicator, down to the the Vegas Experience, down to the 1st Art Asylum version with the metal grid, all the way down to the Diamond select with the Plastic antenna version, they were all the same communicator degraded in quality over and over, until it was just crap like a fisher price toy, the oldest version was the best. Every time that chinese factory resold it, it got worse and worse and holy crap they made a killing in that worm hole that was left open by Master Replicas, and they never cleaned up their mess.
Obviously Wand has controls in place to avoid a repeat of that $#it show, or we would already be swimming in it.
I don't think I'll bother with the newer version, sounds like DS or AA voice clips. You'd think they would have added different chirps and perhaps generally made it worth the extra money it costs compared to the original since it is supposed to be a limited edition/run (the new box doesn't count lol). As it stands it sounds like you're getting something that's not as good as the original but costs more money.
To be fair, they probably cost more to make now, I think Wand Companies price point is extremely fair considering what you get compared to other high end prop replicas, I've never had any complaints about their pricing.I don't think I'll bother with the newer version, sounds like DS or AA voice clips. You'd think they would have added different chirps and perhaps generally made it worth the extra money it costs compared to the original since it is supposed to be a limited edition/run (the new box doesn't count lol). As it stands it sounds like you're getting something that's not as good as the original but costs more money.