Sunday, 27 July 2014

Trekwear: Her Universe's Geek Couture, and more

This week at the San Diego Comic Con, Her Universe showed off "Geek Couture" at their fashion show, with fandom fashion on the catwalk. Lots of popular sci-fi series were referenced in designs for the show, including, of course, Star Trek. The mirror universe was the inspiration for Laura E. Desch's design "Starfleet's Finest", a take on mirror-Kirk, modelled by Michele Morrow. Here's StarTrek.com's photo of the outfit:


Michele Morrow also posted this image on her Facebook page, showing her with Laura Desch, and highlighting the beehive hairdo, and golden make-up, by Anissa Emily.

You can see much more from the Geek Couture show thanks to Popsugar's coverage, where you'll find designs based on various comic-book super-heroes, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, and many more geeky inspirations. My favourite is this fantastic Doctor Who scarf dress:

Continue after the jump for more of the latest Trekwear:

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Star Trek to visit the Planet of the Apes!

I was anticipating IDW might announced a new Star Trek comic series soon, but I certainly wasn't anticipating this delightful news: IDW are teaming up with Boom Studios to bring us a Star Trek/The Planet of the Apes crossover, which appears to be titled The Primate Directive. The series will bring together the characters from classic 1960s versions of both series.


The series will be written by IDW Trek regulars, Scott and David Tiption, who have course are well versed in crossovers too, having already brought us the TNG/Doctor Who series Assimilation2, and the zombie-full Infestation. StarTrek.com gave a few teasing words from writer David Tipon:
With the Klingons secretly backing a renegade gorilla general in a coup for control of Ape City, Captain Kirk finds himself in the uncomfortable position of having to help out Dr. Zaius' orangutans. Taylor won't be happy with that!”
Art will come from Star Trek newbie, Rachael Stott - You can see some of her other work, on her website, and her Tumblr, where you'll find she's no stranger to drawing Trek; here (after the jump) are a couple of examples:

Friday, 25 July 2014

Starbase 11, the Lego version

Well, sort of. As you might recall from the Drex Files in Exile article on the Star Trek influences born out of the New York World's Fair, the flying-saucer-esque observation towers known as the Astro-View were the inspiration for part of Starbase 11, in Albert Whitlock Jr.'s iconic matte painting.

Well it seems talking to Doug has given me a bit of the World's Fair bug, as when I was fiddling about with my Lego the other day I found myself starting to build the Astro-View. A little while later I had created the model you see here.

My model includes a working elevator (in so much as you can clip it to any point on the rails it would have glided between back in it's operational days), and a row of luminaires (the distinctive street lights that could be seen throughout the fair).

Pleased with my little model I also decided to submit it to Lego Ideas, where, if ten-thousand people support the project, Lego might consider producing it as an actual Lego set. So if you'd like an almost-Starbase 11 set, please do go and add your support to the project.


PS, my Lego King Kong project is also still seeking support on Ideas, I'd be delighted if you could support and share that project too!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Hallmark's 2015 Star Trek Keepsakes revealed

The line-up for the 2015 Hallmark Keepsake range has been revealed at Comic Con, and StarTrek.com have posted the art for the three Star Trek christmas ornaments. Following the pattern of the last few years, there will be three decorations:

A ship, this time the USS Enterprise-C, to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of Yesterday's Enterprise.As ever, this will also light up.


A scene, which will be "The Needs of the Many", the death of Spock from The Wrath of Khan. With a sound function.


And a figurine in the Star Trek Legends series, with Uhura being the sixth member of the TOS crew in this collection.


These are all either work-in-progress, or mock-ups, so we can look forward to seeing the finished artefacts next year some time. Meanwhile this year's collection, which includes the USS Vengeance, Spock and the Horta, Star Trek Legends Sulu, and a limited edition Vina, have just gone on sale in the last few weeks. You'll find images of these in my previous report.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

New non-fiction book series coming from Insight Editions

In the lead up to the fiftieth anniversary of Star Trek, Insight Editions will be producing a series of books celebrating different aspects of Trek. As StarTrek.com report, that will start with a look at the costume design from across the franchise in Star Trek: Dressing the Final Frontier, which is set for publication in the autumn of 2015. Here's the blurb:
This deluxe book will showcase the unique costumes featured in the Star Trek franchise, from Mr. Spock’s staid Starfleet uniform to Uhura’s alluring mirror universe outfit. The book will feature a dazzling gallery of wardrobe designs, which explores the beautiful and innovative fashions that appeared in the various different versions of Star Trek, in both film and television, including the many different iterations of the iconic Starfleet uniforms, exquisitely designed alien garb, and much, much more. Every costume will be examined in intimate detail, tracing the design process from preproduction sketches to the stunning realization of the final outfit. Exclusive interviews with costume designers and experts will put the images into context. This unique visual treat will delight Star Trek fans and fashionistas alike.
Sounds interesting, and looking at Insight Editions other books, they seem to do a pretty good job at presenting richly illustrated volumes. StarTrek.com also posted a sample spread:


StarTrek.com also announced the next books Insight Editions are planning follow this release: Star Trek Travel Guide: Vulcan and Star Trek: Travel Guide: The Klingon Empire.

Mini Spock joins an all-star sci-fi line-up.

Due in September from Funko will be a new series of Mystery Mini figurines. While most of Funko's Mystery Mini series focus on a single property, this time they've gone for a theme, "classic sci-fi", with characters plucked from cinema classics like Forbidden Planet through to modern marvels such as Firefly. Representing Star Trek in the mix will be Spock, armed with his lirpa (presumably to fend off Aliens, Predators, and other dangerous beings in this assortment).


Spock wont be entirely alone in the Mystery Mini universe, last year four Star Trek uniformed figurines appeared as part of The Big Bang Theory collection.

Via Big Kev's Geek Stuff and Pop Vinyls.

City on the Edge of Forever #2 preview

Out this week is the second issue of comic book adaptation of Harlan Ellison's original teleplay for The City on the Edge of Forever. Continue on after the jump for the rest of a five-page preview, in which the Enterprise landing team quickly learn the perils of time travel.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Books Bits: Takedown blurb and Cross Cult updates

NOT the cover of Takedown
Due out next February is John Jackson Miller's first Star Trek novel, the TNG/Aventine story, Takedown. Amazon have now added a blurb for the book to their listings. Spoilers ahoy:
An all-new novel of Star Trek: The Next Generation—one of the most popular Star Trek series of all-time, featuring the adventures of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise!

When renegade starships wreak destruction across the quadrant, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise are shocked to discover the mastermind behind this sudden threat: none other than Picard’s protégé and friend, Admiral William T. Riker. The newly minted admiral is on special assignment aboard the U.S.S. Aventine, helmed by Captain Ezri Dax—someone who is no stranger to breaking Starfleet regulations. Her starship is by far the faster vessel…and Riker cannot yield, even to his former mentor. It’s a battle of tactical geniuses and a race against time as Picard struggles to find answers before the quadrant’s great powers violently plunge into total war…

Other books news today comes from German publisher Cross Cult, continue after the jump for all the latest from them:

Figures: Funko gets a goatee, and elementary bobble-heads

It appears Funko will be expanding their Star Trek Pop! vinyl range, by one at the very least: Entertainment Earth have added a listing for a mirror universe Spock figure, which is due this September as a Previews exclusive:


This new Spock follow's last year's release of six TOS figures (including a regular Spock), and four The Big Bang Theory crossover designs. No news yet whether there will be any other new Trek characters this year.

There is an update for another stylised Trek figurine though: Entertainment Earth have also posted a video preview of the Comic Con exclusive Sherlock Holmes themed Data and Geordi bobble-head two-pack:



Ships bits: SDCC event, DST Enterprise-A, and more

Here's some starships news, starting with details of a ship-centric event at the San Diego Comic Con next week. Licensing.biz report there will be a Ships of the Line panel on Thursday July 24th, which will see:
...a team of Star Trek designers showcase the art and inspiration of Star Trek’s most famous Ships of the Line and explore why starships have fascinated and inspired fans for nearly 50 years.

Panelists include John Eaves, Andrew Probert, Doug Drexler, John Goodson, Greg Jein and Mike Okuda and every fan who attends the panel will be given a starship collectible from Eaglemoss.
Sounds like a ship-lovers dream! I know Doug Drexler has been working on the new covers for the forthcoming expanded edition of the Ships of the Line book; I wonder if they might also reveal that at the event?

Now to more tangible ships: DST have formally announced they will be reissuing their USS Enterprise-A electronic starship. The new version will be based on the Enterprise as seen in The Undiscovered Country, and promises a new paint-job, lighting, and sounds.

Entertainment Earth already have a pre-order up, and are expecting to be shipping her from January next year. Meanwhile StarTrek.com posted details of all the sounds, promising it will include alert, impulse engines, phasers, photon torpedoes, warp drive engaging and transporters, as well as dialogue from all three films to feature the A, specifically:
Kirk: "My friends, we've come home."
McCoy: "What's the matter Jim?"
Kirk: "I miss my old chair."
Kirk: "Engine room, we'll need all the power you can muster, mister."
Kirk: "Let's see what she's got."
Kirk: "Kirk to Scotty, lower shields."
Sulu: "We stand ready to assist you."
Uhura: "Mr. Spock, Starfleet is screaming."
Chekov: "We must respond personally."
Scotty: "Captain, she's packing quiet a wallop."
Kirk: "Where's that damned torpedo!"
McCoy: "She's ready Jim, lock and load!"
Kirk: "FIRE!"
Kirk: "Once again we've saved civilization as we know it."
Spock: "If I were human, I believe my response would be "Go to hell.""
Kirk: "Second star to the right, and straight on 'til morning. "

Continue after the jump for even more ships, including QMx's Enterprise refit, the latest from Eaglemoss, and more Ships of the Line: