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Star Trek the Original Series Tricorder Toy – Jun 2009

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Product details

  • Toy
  • Publisher: Diamond Select Toys LLC (Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001820194
  • Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 12.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,028,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

After the runaway success of Star Trek's classic-era Phaser and Communicator boldly go where no man has gone before with this authentic Tricorder role-play replica! *Based on the classic 23rd century design the electronic Tricorder features silver highlights over a black finish as well as light and sound effects taken from the classic Star Trek series. *Also included is the removable scanner accessory - perfect for your next Away Mission! *Window box packaging.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Armstrong on 19 Oct. 2009
I went to a lot of sites, and read a lot of reviews about this toy before buying. Most of the reviews I read were bad, complaining about the paint and the voices and the fact that its plastic. Newsflash- Yes, it is a TOY. There are proper expensive replicas for the hardcores, this one is great for the less rich, equally nerdy, fans. Anyway, I ignored all the reviews and bought it, as I wished to have it for Hallowe'en.

And you know what? It was perfect.

The voice, contrary to popular belief, IS Spock's. The soundeffects are brilliant, and I even happily discovered that pressing the first button and closing the top lid lead to it beeping about 1/2 a minute later with Spock informing me of detected life forms when I reopened the lid.

The extra scanner, which fits into the bottom compartment, does not make noises which is slightly disappointing, but the light changes colour instead.

The strap is a perfect size for over the shoulder wearing, and adjustable according to the instructions.

In my opinion, this is the best Star Trek toy I have seen. Has a huge number of phrases spoken by Spock, hidden gems, easy to turn off when not in use, great sound effects, and light to carry and authentic looking enough to satisfy any fan.

I am very glad I ignored all the hate-reviews, I think this is PERFECT.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ilk3 on 22 Jun. 2010
Absolutely brilliant toy! All my Trekkie mates are jealous! I feel like I finally got that Buzz Lightning action figure I wanted as a child, only 10x more awesome! =D
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By Lis Zwart on 10 Jun. 2014
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I bought this as a present. I'm not too familiar with Star Trek, so I wasn't sure this was the right buy. But the recipient ensured me that this was the tricorder he was after.
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8 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Paul Dean Walker on 20 July 2009
Dont bother buying this save your money. The tricorder is just a piece of cheep plastic rubbish. Ive waited months for mine i dont know whos the voices are but there not from star trek.The tricorder looks nothing like the picture ive had problems closing mine. Theres silver paint all over the black looks like someones painted this with there eyes closed.All the silver bits are just silver paint also the strap is just a piece of cheap plastic out of 10 ill give this 1
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102 of 103 people found the following review helpful
A decent prop toy for the price 14 July 2009
By Rob Caswell - Published on Amazon.com
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Given the reviews posted before my tricorder arrived, I was prepared to look through the plastic, see a hideously assembled and/or painted toy, and take Amazon up on their generous return policy. So I was a bit surprised when, on inspection through the box window, everything looked pretty much OK. So I went to Phase 2 and opened up the package.

Once I actually got it deboxed and played around with it some... well, I was still pretty pleased. It wasn't as spiffy looking as the prototype pictures - one which still graces the product information at the top of the page as I'm writing. The notable differences are that the brushed metal seen in the prototype looks more like silver painted plastic and the screw just above the strap mount is absent. But those features aside, mine appeared and functioned as advertised. The silver paint finish had a few blemish spots, but nothing that I felt critically marred the appearance. Consider that the original props were less than pristine creations and the finish on this version just might be better than the originals in many respects.

I'm doubtful about "the voice of Leonard Nimoy as Spock" in the voice clips. It's possible he's been hugely downsampled and sped up, but to my ear it sounded like someone doing a poor Spock impersonation. But either way it doesn't mean much to me as I'm unlikely to look to the voice clips for entertainment. The basic tricorder scanner whine seemed to work just fine so my inner geek is happy.

The shoulder strap is a thin, low grade (probably faux) leather, but I give them credit for going that far and not just trying to simulate the material with a cheap, flexible plastic. As to the heft of the device, it wasn't as insubstantial as I was expecting from reviews. Consider a tricoder would probably be mostly electronics and plastics. Picked up a console DVD player lately? Not much heft there either.

So my bottom line is that it wasn't as ultra-cool looking as the prototype pics, but it's still pretty neat - especially after waiting so many decades to have one. If you can't accept a few compromises in materials quality and have money to burn, the go for one of those $700 deluxe versions. But to this old Trekkie, if it looks like a tricorder, sounds like a tricorder, and can be carried like a tricorder - well it's good enough for me.
43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Switch it to PLAY! 21 Aug. 2009
By Graham I. Warden - Published on Amazon.com
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I ordered this and at first I thought it was broken because all it would do was play one of the stock phrases "Most strange. Readings indicate a life form--possibly human." when any of the three buttons was pressed and flipping the top panel open/closed had no effect.

However, after reading another post on amazon, I looked at the battery compartment, and there is a switch with three settings--"Try me", "Off", and "Play". It was set to "Try me" (the in store demo setting). When I switched it to "Play" it behaved as expected and as described in the instruction sheet. The instructions don't mention these three settings at all! All they have is a picture of the battery compartment with the labels "Try me" and "Play"--but they fail to describe the switch and what any of the settings do! Bad instructions!

Anyway, once I switched it to the right mode, it is pretty fun. Definately a good toy or prop for those who are classic star trek fans. I plan to use it this halloween a lot with my Spock costume. I think it's a bit overpriced, but am more than satisfied with the features, even if the craftsmanship is only fair.

29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
The Wait Is Over! 30 Jun. 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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There comes a time in every fan's life when they realize they really are a geek. My time has come. I admit it, that's me! I tracked the shipment online. I opened the packaging like a little kid. And behold, the holy grail of props, the one almost impossible to acquire (on any reasonable budget) - the TOS Tricorder!

I like what Diamond Select is doing with their toys. These are as close to original as can be made cheaply. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying they are cheaply made but that they can be had for under $40. It's full scale (as opposed to the last mass-produced Tricorder which was MAYBE 3/4 scale). Of course, with any toy there are tiny imperfections (Nomad would hate that!). Mine arrived with a few smudges and scratches. The voice samples are likely going to be left largely unplayed (at least by me). I want reel (spelling intentional) sounds, not kitschy dialog. (There is a switch inside the battery compartment you have to throw in order to get anything other than the voice of Spock saying the same thing repeatedly.) The main panel isn't exactly accurate but it's close. You can plainly see screws on the real props but I can understand omitting them in the toy. (Interestingly, the packaging shows the screws. In fact, the pictures on the packaging aren't even of the toy. They must be of a prototype. That's metal in the pictures. This toy is all plastic.) The strap is adjustable! That's a nice touch indeed. The Moire pattern actually turns! (Sweet.) I don't remember a science scanner but I'm sure it was probably there. I wish the memory disks came out. I don't think the battery cover that is shaped like more memory disks is terribly accurate. It probably should've been shaped like electronic components but who cares. It's a Tricorder! And it's mine! Buwaha-ha-ha!!! (Sorry.)

I'm not the stereotypical Star Trek fan in that I'm married with kids (they knew I was a geek before I could admit it). But I'm the demographic this toy is aimed at and for me, this is a solid purchase. I will no doubt even order the medical tricorder as well, just to have the set (and Dr. McCoy's little scanner). I highly recommend this toy.

(Let the accurizing projects begin! I may even try to put a digital picture frame in the place of the view screen if I can find one the right size.)

And if the nice folks at Diamond Select Toys are listening...Dr. McCoy's hypo-spray and med kit would be good, and how about the comlock and laser pistol from Space:1999? You guys ROCK!
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
fraudelent images 31 Dec. 2010
By sgreco - Published on Amazon.com
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The image included on the amazon page for this product is of a detailed prop replica. it features burnished metal and the same sky-blue screen as seen on the show. What arrived in the mail was a plastic toy with an utterly different screen. If you are considering buying this product based on the picture, it is a lie -do not buy it. You will not be getting what is pictured at all.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Messy and poorly fitted 25 Dec. 2010
By J. Cartisano - Published on Amazon.com
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Mine had bad paint. It even had places that were obviously messed up at the factory that had been poorly touched up.. The scanner had poorly fitted coverings also. I sent it back, hopefully the next one will be worthy of more stars. I hear when you get a good one they are worth the money.
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