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'Star Trek: Discovery' Phaser Toy Looks Dangerously Hardcore

Set phasers to badass. A new phaser toy based on the fictional sci-fi weapons from Star Trek: Discovery looks just as dangerous as the real thing. But, could it actually replace the props on the show? It’s happened before.

On Tuesday, TrekMovie posted photos of McFarlane Toys new Discovery phaser toy, slated to hit stores sometime in the Fall of this year. Startlingly, the toy looks pretty much exactly like the phaser on the show. According to TrekMovie, “The rotating barrel sets the phaser for stun and kill, which is also indicated on a light on top as well as a lockable trigger safety. It comes with a removable hand phaser and battery clip with LED.”The phaser will sell for $34.95, though no exact release date has been set.

In terms of canon, the Discovery phaser combines design elements of the “laser pistols” seen in the original Star Trek pilot “The Cage,” and the original series phaser seen from 1966-1969. The opening credits of Discovery even reference this connection.

The phaser in the opening credits of 'Discovery.'

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LEFT TO RIGHT: Lasers in 'The Cage,' Kirk with a phaser in the original series, Lorca with a 'Discovery' phaser.

Here’s the new phaser toy at Toy Fair.

The new phaser toy at ToyFair 2018

Interestingly, the last time a Star Trek TV series was on the air, its phaser toy actually replaced the ones seen on screen. In 2002, toy company Art Asylum released phase-pistol toys for Star Trek: Enterprise. These toys were so damn accurate that by the third season of the show, they were used instead of the props originally created by Paramount. Basically, the toy makers found a way to produce cheap phaser props that looked way better than the ones the show as already using.

This probably won’t happen with the McFarlane Discovery phaser, but, based on how good this toy looks, you never know.

Captain Archer is rocking a phase-pistol that is actually  a TOY.

Star Trek: Discovery will return for season 2 at some point in 2019.

'Avengers: Endgame': Here's Why Thanos Waited for This Villain to Die First

So this might be why Thanos waited until the last minute to strike.

In terms of raw strength, Thanos may be one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But shortly before his arrival in Avengers: Infinity War, there was another villain who could have given his purple alien ass a serious run for his money: Hela, Thor’s secret sister and the villain of 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok. So, here’s a thought: Did Thanos wait until Hela was gone before he began collecting the Infinity Stones?

Everything We Know About 'Love, Death & Robots' Season 2 Isn't Much

Netflix bizarre, hypnotic new series will probably get a second season.

Netflix’s new NSFW anthological animated sci-fi series is unlike anything else on the streaming service, and we’re already wondering if we can expect a Love, Death & Robots Season 2, full of even more hyper-sexualized and sometimes gruesome sci-fi stories.

Love, Death & Robots Season 1 hit Netflix on Friday, March 15, 2019, offering 18 different stories of varied lengths between 6 and 17 minutes long, each telling a totally unique story using different animation styles.

'Avengers: Endgame' Tony Stark Spoilers: Is the Trailer Lying to Us?

The very first Avengers: Endgame trailer released in December made it seem like Tony Stark might die in space. The Super Bowl TV spot in February then showed him and Nebula welding, probably working on some way to save themselves.

Now, with the latest full trailer released Thursday, we get the full-on spoiler that Tony Stark survives his space adventure and makes it back to Earth. There, they team up with the rest of the heroes to build some cool white suits and then … do something!

Here's Where the Magnifying Glass Sits on the Treasure Map in 'Fortnite'

Look for the ice statues.

There’s a new challenge in the world of Fortnite: Battle Royale for Season 8, Week 3 that should also feel very familiar to players — it’s a fusion of two things we’re all used to doing.

Week 3 began Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. Eastern, about 90 minutes later than usual, and even more delayed than Week 2. We predicted that treasure map challenges would return in Season 8, and here in Week 3, they have returned … sort of.

Where to Find the Secret Battle Star in 'Fortnite' Season 8, Week 3

More giant faces in the landscape.

Fortnite: Battle Royale’s Season 8 Discovery challenges continue in Week 3 with a fun new loading screen inspired by Indiana Jones, except this time around, it’s the female Sidewinder skin stealing some treasure from an ancient ruin.

Week 3 kicked off Thursday morning a little bit later than usual, but once players complete seven new challenges — like finding where the magnifying glass sits on the treasure map loading screen — they’ll be able to claim a secret battle star.