TOS "Props" on Pawn Stars

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  1. ItsGreen

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    A lady brought into the pawn shop some Star Trek props she thought were used in the show. She bought them at a garage sale and there was no provenance to their history. Johnny "the toy expert" stated they were not mass produced toys but could be props, but because there was no history on these items he said they could be sold only as "prop replicas" with a value of $700-800, they bought the 3 items for $500. Now I know these are not actual TV props, but does anyone know who the manufacturer is on these? and what they might acutally be worth?

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  2. TREK_GOD_1

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    YouTube has plenty of videos with detailed analysis of the Playmates and Art Asylum TOS landing party equipment. That said, at first glance, the items in the photos look like toys from either company, not any of the rough or "hero" props made for TOS.
     
  3. Admiral Buzzkill

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    The communicator looks like it could have been built up from the prop kits that were sold in the 1970s and early 80s by a guy who claimed his name was (no kidding) "James T. Kirk."

    The phaser looks like a casting taken off of a very old small-run fan-made prop or prop kit - we saw a lot of those phasers with installed lights and that square red Radio Shack contact switch for a trigger.
     
  4. Kamdan

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    I saw this episode and I thought those props resembled something that you'd find at a convention in the 1970's. Even though they said they don't take scripts, I'd be very interested in that first draft script of Star Trek IV. That's probably the draft that had Eddie Murphy in it.
     
  5. T'Girl

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    Is that supposed to be Shatner's toupee?
     
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    Bonk, Bonk! Bad kid!
     
  7. TREK_GOD_1

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    Good call...it has that rough look of amateur casting, much like the expensive Phasers sold at 70s cons.

    I don't know how the TV show ended up, but the "experts" seemed to be spouting off, rather than being familiar with such a well known piece of TV history.
     
  8. CaptainDave1701

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    I am sure that the members over at the RPF would know and be able to quickly identify them.
     
  9. Sindatur

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    Definitely not the one from the Movies ;)
     
  10. sbk1234

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    I hate to say it, but that communicator looks almost EXACTLY like a prop I bought at a convention in the mid-1980s. The lid was even slightly askew like the one in the photo. While I think it's a pretty good reproduction, I don't think it was used on the show. I know mine wasn't.
     
  11. Maurice

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    It's not really a "prop" if it wasn't used on a show. It's a replica.
     
  12. GSchnitzer

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    Well, I guess they have been used on the show Pawn Stars now.
     
  13. Maurice

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    That hardly qualifies. lol
     
  14. 22 Stars

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    That is fun, I am a huge Trek prop guy, and I was wondering when some stuff would show up on Pawn Stars!
     
  15. sbk1234

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    Ok, "replica." point being, the one I have has never been in any production of Star Trek, as far as I know, and I don't think the one pictured above has, either.
     
  16. ZapBrannigan

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    It seems you can always spot communicator replicas because they don't make the exact-same grade of Kydex plastic anymore. So the texturing is always off on reproductions.

    On top of that, even a true original communicator looks different from what was seen in the episodes. This is because the show was filmed at a limited resolution, giving the prop a nice, leathery sheen that arose because the texture and gloss you'd see in person were blurred together.
     
  17. mach7

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    I believe the phaser is a Coyle. Ive never held one but I've seen photo's.

    The Comm does look like an old JTK. It looks to be ABS plastic and the mid plate and antenna are wrong.

    Maybe I should bring some of my replicas down and see what I can get! :-)