One of the things that I've noticed is that the toys and mass produced replicas from various sci-fi properties are much more accurate and better made than they were when I was a kid. For instance the stuff that Art Asylum/Diamond Select makes for Star Trek now is WAY better than what Playmates was putting out back in the 90s and much better than any of the stuff that came out in the 80s. Hell some of the Trek Tek (the Phasers, communicators and tricorders) are all most up to the same level of detail as the high end replicas. Their stuff was so good that it ended up being used on the actual production of Enterprise. The Star Wars stuff...depending on Hasbro's mood at any given moment is equally good. I just makes me wonder why these things were not this will made and screen accurate when I was a kid in the 80s and 90s? The stuff in the 80s and 90s were almost perfection compared to what they used to slap the name Star Trek on in the 60s or Star Wars in the 70s/80s. I distinctly remember looking at picture of something that was labeled a "phaser" that looked like nothing of the sort? Is it that scanning technology and computers have made it easier to get screen accurate reproductions? Is it that the the relatively cheap microelectronics in the toys have just made them better. After all friend pointed out that a modern DST Star Trek Phaser, Tricorder or Communicator TOY is probably more technologically advanced and capabable of more independent action than the props that were used on the Original series. So is it just that technology makes it easier to make better toys or is it that the companies are trying harder to make better replicas?