A piece of the action


People always laugh whenever I bust out my old flip phone to answer a call. I typically respond, “If it’s good enough for Captain Kirk, it’s good enough for me.” Thanks to my friend Bill, who was cleaning out his garage, I now have the real thing.


The Original Series Communicators from Mego are artfully repackaged walkie talkies that not only transmit conversations but make special effects! While the flip-top angle doesn’t quite fit the shape of one’s face, the 1974 toy still feels way better than a smartphone.

Get your hands on one and we’ll talk. (Sorry, I don’t think it answers to apps.)

Author: martinkendallwong2014

Co-founder of Giant Robot magazine (RIP) and Save Music in Chinatown (since 2013)

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