As part of the ‘Star Trek Day’ celebrations, Factory Entertainment today announced their latest Star Trek collectible — the Type-1 Cricket Phaser from The Next Generation.
Packing a hefty punch inside a compact body, this 1:1 scale replica of the iconic Type-1 Cricket Phaser prop from Star Trek: The Next Generation features a variety of electronic light and sound effects neatly encased in a heavy cast metal frame.
During their long tenure, many different Cricket phaser props were made. These ranged from fairly primitive non-functioning ‘stunt’ props to quite elaborate ‘hero’ props with functioning electronics. As is normal for productions, a number of modifications and changes were made to the different props over the course of time. This replica has been designed to capture the best elements of all of the variants in a single blended execution.
The replica has a variety of electronic light and sound features designed to simulate the special effects seen on screen, including both effects featured in the hero props and effects added in post-production, as well as a ‘Crusher’ mode effect seen only in the episode ‘The Game.’
Each numbered, limited edition, museum-quality replica comes with a wooden presentation case, metal plaque and a certificate of authenticity/prop story booklet and will make a fine addition to any Star Trek collection.
There are two versions available – a standard version priced at $299.99 (but if ordered direct before September 30th there’s a discounted price of $274.99). The phaser is expected in Spring 2022. Also available is a ‘Season One’ version, limited to just 200 pieces. This phaser features all of the electronic light and sound effects of the regular edition, but is painted in a different paint scheme reflecting it’s appearance in the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Limited to only 200 pieces, this exclusive edition is only available at FactoryEnt.com.