Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Starships Collection's Relativity, Romulan BoP, and ISS Enterprise

One of the best things about Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection is that it quite regularly gives us models of ships which have never been available in physical form before. One of those coming up is the USS Relativity, the 29th century timeship seen in Voyager. It will be out by the end of the year, as issue fifty-nine in the series, and while we wait for it to find it's way back to the 21st century, the series' manager, Ben Robinson, posted several photos on Twitter of the unusual iridescent blue model. Continue below to check out more of this ship and others Ben has recently previewed.


Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Comic bits: Starfleet Academy, Green Lantern, New Visions, and more!

Got lots of little updates from all IDW's various Star Trek comic titles today, starting with a few hints at what we're going to see in the forthcoming nuTrek Starfleet Academy series. Talking to Flickering Myth, writer, Mike Johnson, summarised the series:
These are all-new adventures featuring the iconic crew at the Academy during the 2009 movie, between their arrival as cadets and their departure on the Enterprise after the destruction of Vulcan. We are also introducing a new cast of cadets at the Academy in the “present” time after the events of INTO DARKNESS, while the iconic crew (now a few years older) is away on their Five Year Mission. The two storylines will intercut and ultimately tie together in a cool way that I can’t spoil yet.
A few more specifics were revealed in a panel at the San Diego Comic Con, as Bleeding Cool reported, the new characters featured in the series will be:
  • An Asian human with prosthetic legs.
  • T’Laan, a Vulcan who joined Starfleet Academy the day Vulcan was destroyed.
  • Lucia Dominguez, a Latina human.
  • Shev, a male Andorian.
  • Vel K’Bentayr, a member of the same species as the alien from the USS Kelvin bridge crew.
You can see all five on the cover for issue one pictured, this version showing the Derek Cham artwork without the titles was shared by Chris Ryall on his Tumblr. The series is due to start around the end of the year.

Further in his discussion with Flickering Myth, Johnson also confirmed work is underway on a comic-book set up to the next movie:

New Spock and Sisko coins

The Perth Mint have continued their Star Trek coin collection with the release of their third captain and ship set, Sisko and DS9, plus an extra coin featuring Spock.

The Spock coin is the latest release, standing somewhat apart from the rest of the series, in not coming with a companion ship coin. The design of the coin itself also diverges in that sense, while keeping the same overall the style, the other captain coins have had some sort of schematic of their ships aside their portraits, while Spock is pictured with the Vulcan IDIC symbol instead.

In common with the rest of the series, the coin has a face value of one Tuvalu dollar, although being struck from silver is worth somewhat more. The reverse face of the coin features Queen Elizabeth II. The coin comes in the same illuminated display case the rest of the Star Trek coins have been released in. These will be available in an edition of five-thousand.

Friday, 31 July 2015

This Month: July 2015 Star Trek releases

It's been a pretty huge month of Star Trek releases, with the return of New Frontier, the beginning of the Green Lantern crossover comic series, the USS Enterprise issue in The Official Starships Collection, and lots and lots more. Continue below for a look at all the Star Trek releases from July!

Prose

This month's novel was Sacraments of Fire, the start of a new DS9 story from David R. George III, which will continue early next year in Ascendance. The story picks up threads from recent DS9 novels, as well as finally continuing arcs from earlier in the DS9 relaunch series.
Days after the assassination of Federation President Nan Bacco on Deep Space 9, the unexpected appearance of a stranger on the station raises serious concerns. He seems dazed and confused, providing—in a peculiar patois of the Bajoran language—unsatisfactory answers. He offers his identity as Altek, of which there is no apparent record, and he claims not to know where he is or how he got there. A quick scan confirms the visitor is armed with a projectile weapon—a firearm more antiquated than, but similar to, the one that took President Bacco’s life. But the Bajoran liaison to the station believes that Altek has been sent from the Prophets, out of a nearby wormhole. The last time such an event occurred, it was to reassure Benjamin Sisko of his place as the Emissary. For what purpose has Altek now been sent out of the Celestial Temple?

Prosperous printing from ThinkGeek

ThinkGeek have made a funky bit of Star Trek word art in the form of their new "live long and prosper" decal set. The stickers come with two sizes of the same hand deign, for suggested application on car and laptop, or anywhere else you care to stick them.


This isn't ThinkGeek's first Star Trek car decal, they previously released a larger set of character stickers, allowing you to assemble a TOS version of your family (to communicate your family structure to other drivers?).

Starships Collection's Antares, Botany Bay, and Saber class

Due out early next year, issue sixty-three of Eaglemoss' The Official Starships Collection will be the Antares. This is a doubly notable addition to the series, as it will be both the first original design from TOS remastered featured, and in a way the first design from TAS too, as the remastered ship is modified version of the cargo drone seen in the animated series. Series manager Ben Robinson has now posted the first image of this model on Twitter, check it out:


Ben has also posted new photos of a couple more ships recently, continue below to check out the SS Botany Bay and Saber class:

Saturday, 25 July 2015

New images of Anovos' phasers

After having recently previewed them at the San Diego Comic Con, Anovos have now released a load of images, via StarTrek.com, of their forthcoming range of Star Trek phaser props. Continue below to check them all out:

First up is the Picard variant First Contact phaser rifle, which will include "LED indicators, flashlight, phaser emitter light, trigger, rechargeable battery and a carry strap. Internal component details are accessible via underside flip-down panel. Sound bytes, accurate to scene".


Star Trek Beyond: New alien, new actor, and more

Last week Omaze launched a fund-raising campaign tied to the production of Star Trek Beyond, which will see one person who donates win a walk-on role in the film, and six others getting a chance to visit the sets and meet the cast and crew. Now the first of those six winners has been announced (one person will be select each week of the campaign), and Omaze have released a new video to mark the occasion, including some behind-the-scenes glimpses from the production, such as this new alien!



Continue below for more updates from the production of Star Trek Beyond.

Friday, 24 July 2015

The Tholian Webs, part 2 preview

This week's new Star Trek comic release is issue forty-seven in the nuTrek ongoing comic series, the second half of The Tholian Webs. Written by Mike Johnson, with art by Rachael Stott, the story begins with the Enterprise in pieces, and ensnared in the titular webs. Continue below for a five page preview.


Thursday, 23 July 2015

ThinkGeek keeps us in uniform at all times

ThinkGeek, ever keen to maintain the standard of dress for Starfleet officers in the 24th century, have already offered us socks, ties, T-shirts, hoodies, dresses, pajamas, and even baby-clothes, all inspired by the TNG uniform. Now in their determination to uphold Starfleet's dress codes they've added two more types of clothing to their catalogue, to ensure whatever we are doing, we're never out of uniform! Check them out below, plus another new release that Starfleet officers definitely shouldn't be handling.

Available in all three department colours, the new TNG uniform apron is ready to protect you from unexpected tomato discharges when chopping up pizzas using the Enterprise-D, or any other kitchen protection needs.


These are a sequel of sorts to the TOS uniform apron released a couple of years ago. A completely new innovation is the TNG uniform cardigan, which is also offered in all department colours.