How Did It Take So Long to Make a Star Trek Phaser Laser Pointer?

Combining a simple red laser pointer with a Star Trek phaser toy seems so incredibly obvious, but apparently it's taken this long for a clever entrepreneur to put those pieces together and come up with this adorable keychain that actually fires a glowing blast. That, or it's taken years to negotiate the Star Trek licensing rights.

But either way, it's here now, and ready to highlight important points in a PowerPoint presentation, annoy fellow movie going patrons at the next Trek film, or just fulfill all of your Captain Kirk roleplay fantasies.

With a $35 price tag it's of course not powerful enough to do any real damage—not like the many DIY versions you'll find online—and you'll have to provide your own sound effects. But that just makes it extra fun, right? PEW PEW PEW. [The Novo Geek via ThinkGeek]

How Did It Take So Long to Make a Star Trek Phaser Laser Pointer?