Wednesday, 1 July 2015

First look at something from Star Trek Beyond

Director Justin Lin has posted on Twitter to mark the start of production of Star Trek Beyond, and in doing so has given us our first look at something from the film, namely a Starfleet patch from a new style of uniform or space suit. The same tweet also confirms again the still not officially confirmed title for the film:
Let the next Starfleet voyage begin!

Meanwhile Collider recently interviewed David Ellison and Dana Goldberg of Skydance Productions, who are executive producers on the nuTrek films. Goldberg had high praise for Lin's approach to the latest instalment:

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

This Month: June 2015 Star Trek releases

It's been a very mixed month of Star Trek releases, with some sort of representation from every Star Trek era, and an assortment of Star Trek stuff ready to fill bookshelves, model displays, offices, dinning tables and more! Continue below to check them all out:

Books

June's Star Trek novel was a TNG adventure, Armageddon's Arrow, which sees the Enterprise-E off exploring again at last. Author Dayton Ward has described it as having a bit of a TOS flavour; in having Picard and company encountering an exotic alien creation. Here's the blurb:
It is a new age of exploration, and the U.S.S. Enterprise is dispatched to “the Odyssean Pass,” a region charted only by unmanned probes and believed to contain numerous inhabited worlds. Approaching a star system with two such planets, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and his crew find a massive alien vessel, drifting in interstellar space for decades. Sensors detect life aboard the derelict—aliens held in suspended animation. Thought to be an immense sleeper ship, the vessel actually is a weapon capable of destroying entire worlds...the final gambit in a war that has raged for generations across the nearby system. Captain Picard is now caught in the middle of this conflict and attempts to mediate, as both sides want this doomsday weapon…which was sent from the future with the sole purpose of ending the interplanetary war before it even began!

Monday, 29 June 2015

First blurbs for 2016 Voyager, TOS, and Enterprise novels

Simon and Schuster have started listing details for the first three four novels in the 2016 Star Trek novel schedule, including scheduling information, blurbs, and even a new title. These come from Simon and Schuster's digital catalogue, which is aimed more at retailers I think, so take these with the due pinch of salt given it's early and these probably wont be the final blurbs.

UPDATE: Another book listing has appeared, and some of the authors have commented on their new books; see below for more details.

February's book, which customarily will start to appear come late January, will be the eighth novel in Kirsten Beyer's Voyager relaunch, A Pocket Full of Lies. Given this takes place after Atonement, which is due out this September, beware ye minor spoilers, if you were anticipating this character or that, might get vaporised in the next book:
The Full Circle Fleet has resumed its explorations of the Delta Quadrant and former Borg space. Captain Regina Farkas of the U.S.S. Vesta makes a promising first contact with the Nihydron—humanoid aliens that are collectors of history. They rarely interact with the species they study but have amassed a large database of numerous races, inhabited planets, and the current geopolitical landscape of a large swath of the quadrant. When an exchange of data is proposed via a formal meeting, the Nihydron representatives are visibly shaken to be greeted by Admiral Kathyryn Janeway. For almost a hundred years, two local species, the Rilnar and the Zahl, have fought for control of the nearby planet Sormana, with both sides claiming it as their ancestral homeworld. The shocking part is that for the last several years, the Rilnar have been steadily gaining ground, thanks to the tactics of their current commanding officer: a human woman, who appears to be none other than Kathryn Janeway herself…

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Car Trek

Those canny people at CBS consumer products have found another corner of our lives ready to fill with Star Trekness. This time Plasticolor are doing the honours, with a new range of Star Trek inspired automotive accessories. No surface inside your car need go un-Treked with all this stuff. Continue below to see what's on offer:

To help get rid the whiff of the last red-shirt you ferried home from an unfortunate landing party mission, they are offering two different dangly air-freshener designs; either the Starfleet delta, or the Vulcan hand sign. Both come in packs of two.


Friday, 26 June 2015

New actor contracts lay the path to nuTrek movie #4

The nuTrek starring actors have reportedly earned themselves notable pay increases as they go into production of the third film in the current series, Star Trek Beyond. Most exciting for fans of the series though, is that the new contracts apparently include options for Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto (Kirk and Spock) that secure their place in a possible fourth film in the series.

That by no means confirms such a film will be made, but it's a good first step and perhaps a sign of Paramount's intent: That they are keen to secure the option to continue the series beyond the three films the main cast initially signed up for when production on the first nuTrek film began in 2007.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the renegotiated contracts came about because it had been so long since they first signed up, so the original agreements had technically lapsed. In exchange for securing their place in a further sequel Paramount has agreed to pay increases, that will see Chris Pine's earnings for the new film at around six-million dollars, reflecting his increased star status, compared to his newbie pay of six-hundred-thousand for the first film, and four times more than the one-and-a-half million he got for Into Darkness.

The pay increases for all the main cast are though to have added between ten and fifteen million to the budget of Star Trek Beyond. It has not been revealed if the other main cast, including other rising stars such as Zoe Saldana, have also been secured for the next sequel.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Icon Heroes updates, including Comic Con exclusive mouse pad

Another San Diego Comic Con exclusive has been revealed. This one, a die-cut Spock mouse mat, is made by Icon Heroes, and available at the Action Figure Express booth at the convention.


Action Figure Express have a pre-order page to secure one in advance if you are going to the convention, and a separate one to order if you're not.

In other news from Icon Heroes, who make a variety of Star Trek office products. Some of their most recent creations have just started to become available. Continue after the jump for new previews of paper-clips and business card cases.

The Wit and Wisdom of Star Trek

Out this week is the latest Star Trek non-fiction book, The Wit and Wisdom of Star Trek. The book features quotes and notes from cast and crew, as author Robb Pearlman explained on StarTrek.com:
I was tasked with selecting some of the best and most memorable quotes and moments from The Original Series. This assignment is akin to having to choose the most memorable or impactful Shakespearean sonnet or line from Wilde, and one that I did not take lightly. Since many of the same issues faced in the 1960s are still around today, I tried to pick those that were as timeless, and timely, as possible. Whether it’s about life, death, war or prejudice, Star Trek’s characters give voice to issues and various viewpoints. And to balance out the wisdom, as Star Trek does, the quotes included in the book are balanced with, and complemented by, with some of the show’s most-memorable phrases, with, for good measure, some facts and quotes about the show, its stars and its impact.

It was heartbreaking to learn, the day we were to print the book, that Leonard Nimoy had passed away. In today’s world of staged charity, Nimoy’s kindnesses to his co-stars, crew, fans, and yes—even me—are well documented and 100% true. Though it would cost us some production time, we literally stopped the presses, redesigned the book, and included a special dedication to him. I’m enormously proud to have contributed a small part in honoring the man who meant so much to us all.

In the end, it became apparent that Star Trek itself is about wit and wisdom: A not-so-distant future in which Earth-bound petty grievances and apparent differences are put aside and humanity, as a whole, bands together for everyone’s good. I’m pretty sure that every Star Trek fan wishes that we will, eventually, get to that place. In the meantime, I’m hopeful that we’ll follow Star Trek’s lead and, with a little bit of our own wit and wisdom, find ourselves worthy of tomorrow.
StarTrek.com have also released several page, much like TOS itself, the book's bright and cheerful layout hides all manner of thoughtful and inspiring messages (check them out after the jump):

Latest Starships Collection model previews

Eaglemoss have updated their online shop with several new images of recent issues in The Official Starships Collection. Including this week's UK release, issue forty-nine, the ECS Fortunate:


Continue below for more images of recent models, plus news of the shuttlecraft, and more:

Uglydolls Comic Con Star Trek exclusives

Pretty Ugly have revealed two new Star Trek Uglydolls, which will be available exclusively at the San Diego Comic Con next month. Babo's Bird has adopted the role of redshirt, and unfortunately didn't last long in the role! Perhaps this is due to Wedgehead's new persona as a Klingon...


These two join five other TOS characters which were released earlier this year. Hopefully the continuation of the Star Trek brand at Comic Con is indicative of more general Star Trek releases on the way.

Uglydoll creator David Horvath also shared an image of the redshirt meeting his demise while joining the senior officers in a landing party. Check that out after the jump:

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Star Trek: Attack Wing waves 19-22, and more

Wizkids have recently announced several new waves of ships in their Star Trek Attack Wing miniatures games, with their monthly releases of three individual ships now scheduled up to January next year! Continue below to check out all the forthcoming releases, and for a close look at the most recently available ships.

Coming in October, wave 19 will include the Delta Flyer, the Klingon Bird of Prey IKS Rotarran, and Romulan ship RIS Talvath. I believe this is the first time the Delta Flyer has been made as quite such a small model, which could have its appeals if it works at a nice scale with one of the larger models of Voyager.


Wave 20, coming in November, includes the Constellation class USS Hathaway, the Kazon Raider Halik, and squadron of Romulan (or Reman) Scorpion class fighters. The Scorpion class are new models too.