Hasbro Star Wars Commtech (Reader and Chips)
One of my favorite Star Wars toys is Hasbro's Commtech (in Europe called 'Commtalk'). You hold special chips (that you get with certain Episode I action figures) in front of the Commtech reader, and you hear one of the sounds associated with that figure! A chip holds up to 4 messages and the reader can save the contents of 4 chips, so you can play and not having to hold the chips in your hand.
This is the reader
At the front:
- The On-button switches the reader on. It does this with a nice "power-up" sound. You cannot switch the reader off, it does so on itself after a minute or so (click the button to the right to hear the sound).
- The Left and Right buttons have sounds that you can't change (click the button to hear the left and then the right button).
- The 4 save buttons can be programmed with a chip. Hold the chip against the red spot, the reader then plays the first sound of the chip. Then press the button you want to save the sounds under while holding the chip against the reader! If you did it correctly you hear the 'save' sound (click the button to hear).
- The Chip reader is the red spot in front. Hold the chip against it to hear the sounds on the chips.
At the back:
- The battery holder holds a 9V block battery. It is held firmly in place with a screw.
- The speaker emits the sound.
- The holding clip allow you to hang the reader on a belt.
Here is my collection of Commtech chips. All these chips have a holographic background, but there are chips that have a white background. Click on the play button beneath each chip's image to hear the sounds of that chip.
1: Qui-Gon Jinn
2: Obi-Wan Kenobi
3: Anakin Skywalker
5: Jar-Jar Binks
9: STAR WARS
35: Battle Droid
43: Darth Maul
C5: Han Solo