Star Trek Original Series
Type I & II Hero Phaser by Cassiopeia
For Sale: This auction is for one full-scale custom-built Star Trek Type I and II phaser made by the U.S.S. Cassiopeia Ordnance Division. This is the "original" phaser like the one used in close-up scenes by Kirk and Spock in the original television series. (Note: Props used in close-up scenes often had the most detail and were called "hero" props because the lead actors---the heros---usually used them.) Cassiopeia has a reputation for making very accurate prop replicas and their original Star Trek phaser was one of their finest pieces ever!!! It is one of the most accurate reproductions and it includes electronic visual, audio and vibration effects. I ordered this phaser in 2007 and waited 5 years for it to be finished! It was finally delivered last week. Therefore it is in "new" condition. All of the photos in the ad are of the actual phaser that is being sold in this sale. Please view them and read my description for further details...
Don't mistake this replica for the cheap plastic toy replicas that are being sold today. This replica is full size, many of the parts are metal (either aluminum or brass) and the quality and attention to detail is extremely high. The next photo shows the right side of the phaser:
Why am I selling this prop after waiting 5 years for it to be completed? Sadly, I sold the rest of my extensive Star Trek collection during that time and am no longer a collector. Plus, inspite of the overall high quality of this replica, Cassiopeia did not maintain their usual high standards and there are a few blemishes which are shown near the end of this ad. Fortunately, this provides a rare opportunity for a collector to obtain one of these replicas at a reasonable price. Here's a front view of the phaser:
Here's a rear view:
And here's a top view:
And here's a bottom view:
Both the Type I and II phaser components of this replica have a bright blue LED for their emitters. The next photo shows them turned on. The blue emitter of the Type II component is the most prominent but the Type I emitter is also on and can be seen peaking above the clear window in front of it.
The next photo shows the Type II component with the Type I (palm-sized phaser) removed. It may help readers who are unfamilar with the original phaser to understand that it consisted of two parts. The first part was required and was called the "Type I" phaser. It was small and could be held in the palm of your hand or concealed inside a pocket. When more power and greater range was required, the Type I phaser was plugged into the second part, an optional Type II phaser containing a larger emitter and a much stronger power pack (the handle). The Type I phaser could be used by itself. The Type II could not and always required a Type I to be mated to it. This replica preserves that functionality.
The next photo shows the rear view of the Type II component without a Type I phaser:
The next photo shows two views of the top of the Type I phaser:
The next photo shows two view of the bottom of the Type I phaser:
The next photo shows the side view of the Type I phaser. In the top photo, the targeting array is down. In the bottom photo, the target array has been raised by rotating the thumbwheel.
The next photo shows Type I phaser with its emitter turned on. It uses a bright blue LED like the emitter on the Type II component.
Every phaser made by Cassiopeia was built to order. The next photo shows the label which identifies this as having serial number 0023.
Cassiopeia based their phaser on the AA model which is known to have an overall accurate shape. The following features are part of this phaser...
Type I phaser
- an accurate targeting array was installed
- an accurate red jewel indicator and bezel were added
- the side ribs were replaced with metal aluminum ribs
- the emitter tube was replaced with a brass metal tube
- the body was painted dark grey to match the predominent "hero" prop
- a bright blue LED was installed for the emitter visual effect
Type II phaser
- the plastic side ribs were removed and replaced with correct straight ones
- the emitter nozzle was replaced with an accurate metal aluminum part with detent rotating collar
- the knob on the left side was replaced with an accurate metal aluminum part
- the trigger button was replaced with an accurate metal aluminum part
- the rear fins were replaced with accurate metal aluminum fins
- the Type I phaser release button was replaced with accurate push-to-release brass metal parts
- the bottom of the power pack (the handle) was upgraded with brass metal parts
- a cell phone or pager vibrator was installed inside the Type II body to add life-like vibration when the phaser is fired
- the top plate was replaced with an accurate metal aluminum part
- the body was painted blue-gray and the power pack (handle) was painted a bronze color to match the predominent "hero" prop
- a bright blue LED was installed for the emitter visual effect
Finally, we come to the blemishes. There are two. First, the aluminum emitter nozzle of the Type II phaser appears to have oxidized in several places. This dulls its finish and gives it a mottled appearance. I think Cassiopeia must have used an older part from their stock because I have never seen one of these aluminum nozzles do this before. A light sanding and/or polish will probably restore the emitter nozzle back to its original beauty. I used extreme lighting and camera angle to highlight the problem in the next photo:
Second, there are a few blemishes in the paint on the right side of the Type II phaser. It looks like a few specs of dirt were accidentally captured during the painting process. This is shown in the next photo:
Aside from the blemishes described above, the phaser is excellent. As I mentioned earlier, it is brand new and was shipped to me just last week. The electronic visual and sound effects found in the AA phaser are present and working in this phaser (plus the addition of the vibrator). This is one great phaser replica and I'm selling it "as is" without warranty (as far as I know Cassiopeia doesn't provide a warranty). Finally, if you have questions, please contact me BEFORE making an offer or using Buy-It-Now. All sales will be final.
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