I got the Playmates movie tricorder at TRU. It's molded in dark gray plastic, with contrasting sections on the front, sides, and back in highly reflective metalized plastic. I wonder if this toy is actual size compared to the movie prop? In any case, you push a button on the left side and the tricorder top and front panel doors pop open---this also engages lights and sounds. There are two buttons behind the front panel door and when either is pressed activate numerous lights and "scanning" sounds. It may look like a toy, but I gotta admit the lights and sounds are pretty cool. Here's a few pix.