Hi PassionateLatin, welcome to SF
My girlfriend has the exact same laptop as you, and it has a recovery partition which can be accessed from spamming f8 on boot, and going "repair my computer" of course this isnt alot of good if your Bootmanager has failed, which is where the Repair disk comes in
Repair disks are basically used to load the WINdowsREcovery enviroment (or WINRE as its normally called) which will allow you to for instance, do a system restore or load a system image if you have made one (im guessing you have... normally repair disks are a result of making a system image) it may well allow you to access the Recovery Partition as well if they are toshiba repair disks, I honestly dont know i havent gone down that road with the Gf's lappy as i installed Windows 7 on there from my retail disk without all the spam once she got it.
Having said that, yes, get Toshiba to send you installation disks, NOT recovery disks, because in the event of hard drive failure, that Recovery Partition is gone, and so you will lose your OS
Is that clear enough for you? reading it back it seems to make sense to me... but i have a habit of going a bit geeky