Finally! Factory Entertainment is getting back to creating props based on Star Trek: The Next Generation. This time, the company is returning to the series’ early days with the earlier version of the Type-2 Phase.
The $499.99 replica of the pistol-grip Phaser is also functional in a legal way. It features light effects and sounds. The prop’s body is made from metal and was “designed to capture the best elements from all variants in a single blended execution.”
The Phaser will require (2) AAA batteries, which FE has included. The prop itself measures 8.25″ X 3″ X 1.75″. The display box is 11″ X 6.25″ X 3.5″. Although listed as a limited edition item, the number of produced replicas is not mentioned. Expect these to ship out this June.
The Type-2 Phaser, also known as the Dust Buster, proceeds to the more commonly seen Phaser in Star Trek shows around 2374. The nickname, though pretty obvious, is due to the prop looking like a 1980’s compact handheld vacuum by the same name. Oddly, Dust Busters (the real ones) are still around today, even though Back to the Future promised us they’d be considered defunct thanks to dust-proof coverings!
Like the TNG medical kit Factory Entertainment released a couple of years ago, the Type-2 Phaser comes in a wooden display case with the Starfleet emblem etched on the glass.
When can we get a Tricorder? With the advancements in small LED screens, you’d think more companies would jump on creating one of Star Trek’s most iconic pieces of scientific equipment. However, if you don’t want to wait for a licensed replica to reappear, many prop builders on Etsy and other sites make them.[Source: Factory Entertainment]
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