Friday, June 25, 2010

Star Trek Dustbuster Phaser Replica does not suck

The phaser technology of the Star Trek universe is lusted after by geeks not just because they look dapper hanging from the waist band of a 24th century unitard, but because of its capacity to stun and kill your enemies, whether Borg, Klingon or Tribble.

This prop replica of the famous em>Star Trek: The Next Generation hand phaser won’t kill you a tribble, unfortunately. In fact, it won’t even vaporize the tribble’s closest relative — the common dust bunny — despite the addition of the word “dustbuster” right in the product name.

With a name like that, you’d be forgiven for thinking your new Star Trek phaser would at least dust your apartment, but alas, the Star Trek TNG Dustbuster Hand Phaser Prop Replica uses the word “dustbuster” just to describe the phaser’s look and not its functionality.

Sigh. Even so, it’s a neat looking phaser, even if you can’t use it to kill a mote of dust, let alone a Ferengi. It’s advanced functionality maxes out with blinking LED lights and franchise-approproiate sounds. In other words, a cool looking toy at a collector’s price: $499.99.

It’s too bad the makers didn’t get into bed with Dyson for this: no vacuum on the Internet could possibly sell more than an official Star Trek buster.