Monday, 24 August 2015

Starships Collection updates: New images of Norway class, USS Kelvin, and much more.

Loads of updates from Eaglemoss' Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection for you today, including lots of new photos of the models, a not-so-official solution for DS9's missing stand, and a new milestone on the USS Titan petition. Continue below to check everything out.

First up, the latest photos from The Collection's manager, Ben Robinson, posted on his Twitter account. These are the first photos we've seen of the beautiful Norway class model, which will become as issue sixty-one in the series, due out at in the UK first at the end of this year (and following later in other markets).

Friday, 21 August 2015

Latest Star Trek figures and sculptures

Several of the recent Star Trek action figures and figurines which were first revealed a few weeks ago at the San Diego Comic Con are now starting to appear on maker and retailer websites, and with them come lots of new images to help us check out all the new designs. Continue below to inspect all the latest figurative Star Trek releases.

Due out early next year from Icon Heroes (Things From Another World say January, but Entertainment Earth are predicting February), is the Captain Kirk in chair bookend, a ten inch tall polystone statue sculpted by Gentle Giant. Icon Heroes have released loads of images of this, so you can see all the details:

Twenty ships I want to see in two more years of the Starships Collection

Today marks the second anniversary of the publication of the first issue of Eaglemoss' Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection. With over fifty issues already out, and the series due to continue until at least a ninetieth issue (plus a few specials and bonus issues here and there), there are still loads of cool Star Trek starships designs I would love to see added to the line-up, should the series continue on into the hundreds. So to mark the second birthday, here's my wishlist of twenty ships I would like to see included as the series continues over the next two or more years!

Ringship Enterprise

Almost all the starships Enterprise have already been done, leaving just the Enterprise-A, Enterprise-J, and this, the mysterious ringship Enterprise. First seen among the historical Enterprises images in The Motion Picture, images of this ship were also seen in Enterprise, and a model of it appeared in Into Darkness. That model was based on the Mark Rademaker version of the ship which appeared in the Ships of the Line calendar. An unusual design, with a long history throughout the series, how could the Starships Collection be complete if it omitted one of the Enterprises?

Earth Spacedock

To me, this is the iconic design of the TOS movie era. The sheer scale and utter beauty of Spacedock really helps sell the scope of Starfleet and the Federation as organisations; this universe is way bigger than one ship boldly going. Spacedock is as important design as any of the movie-era ships, and while it's obviously not a ship itself it still deserves a place in The Collection - Hopefully a nice big special-sized space to really do this thing justice.

IDW's November Star Trek comics

IDW have released their solicitations for November, which include three new Star Trek comics, plus a new omnibus book. Continue below to check them all out:

Star Trek (nuTrek ongoing) #51
Written by Mike Johnson, with art by Tony Shasteen.
The Mirror Universe epic continues here as the evil counterparts of the Enterprise crew gain the upper hand! Captain Kirk finds himself allied with the mysterious man known only as Singh, while Spock comes face to face with his deceased mother... now alive and well in the Mirror Universe! Don't miss this all-new original STAR TREK adventure!
There will be two covers for this issue, the Tony Shasteen A cover (pictured), and a subscription variant cover by Lorelei Bunjes (which hasn't been released yet):

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Star Trek Costumes preview pages

Due out in October is Star Trek: Costumes, a new in-depth and richly illustrated guide to five decades of costume design from the series, written by Star Trek behind-the-scenes books powerhouse Paula Block and Terry Erdmann.

The book is the first of several planned Star Trek titles from Insight Editions, and since it was first announced had been full of promise, with the expectation it will be packed full of new and archival imagery and a insights from Star Trek costume designers from across the ages. Now we have our first look at that promise wholly fulfilled, thanks to a selection of sample pages Insight Editions have released. Continue after the jump to check them out:

TNG: Warped covers

The covers for the TNG parody book, Star Trek: The Next Generation - Warped: An Engaging Guide to the Never-Aired 8th Season, have been revealed. Due out in October, the book will detail the secret eighth season of TNG, as previously reported in shorter form by the author Mike McMahan on the TNG_S8 Twitter account. The book features illustrations by Jason Ho. Here's the front cover, continue after the jump to see Data and Geordi washing a space-dolphin on the back:

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Latest Attack Wing waves, and other updates from Wizkids

Two more waves in the ever-expanding Star Trek: Attack Wing miniatures game have been revealed, thanks to listings on Ikon Collectables. The twenty-third and twenty-fourth waves, each featuring three individual starship expansions, are due for release in February and March next year.

Wave twenty-three will include Federation Saber class USS Montgolfier, Klingon K't'inga class IKS Amar, and 22nd century Romulan Bird of Prey IRW Jazkal.

Wave twenty-four will follow with Assimilated Vessel 77139, aka the Raven, the D7 class IKS Klothos, and the Romulan D'deridex class warbird IRW Davoras.

While the Saber class and Raven are new to Attack Wing, the models have previously appeared in other Wizkids Star Trek games, and as non-retail prizes in previous Attack Wing organised play events. After the run of brand new models in many of the preceding waves, that is perhaps a little disappointing - Wave fifteen was the last to feature no new models!

Meanwhile the latest wave does feature a particularly pleasing new addition to the fleet. Continue after the jump to check out the official images of the just released wave seventeen. Plus news of a new game on the way from Wizkids.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Books bits: 2016 novel schedule fills out

Last weekend the annual Shore Leave convention occurred in Maryland. As has become the tradition, Star Trek book writers flocked there and revealed details of many forthcoming titles, including several new book announcements, and details of some of the ones we already knew about. In fact the entire 2016 novel schedule has now been filled out, plus a few titles known for 2017 already!

From Christopher L. Bennett, as detailed on his blog, the TOS novel he has previously mentioned is now scheduled to be the January book in 2017, which means it should find it's way to the shops just in time for the end of the 50th anniversary year. This will be a five-year-mission story, and the title is The Face of the Unknown. That title had an air of familiarity about it to me, and a quick search reveals it is a line from The Corbomite Maneuver; I wonder if we'll be visiting the First Federation?

Bennett has also announced he will be continuing his Department of Temporal Investigations series, with a second ebook novella, Time Lock. There is no scheduling information for this one yet.

Dayton Ward also had plenty of news, which he has blogged about too. The big TOS books event of 2016 will be the Legacies trilogy, set for release from July to September. All three titles have now been revealed:
Ward also revealed the title for his next TNG novel will be Headlong Flight, which is due out in 2017. In doing so he also noted it will take place after both his recent novel Armageddon's Arrow, and the recently announced 2016 TNG trilogy Prey, by John Jackson Miller.

The other new title reveal comes from Jeffrey Lang, whose DS9 novel featuring Miles O'Brien and Nog now has a title, Force and Motion; it fills the last slot in the 2016 schedule, due out in June. Posting on the TrekBBS, Lang has revealed some details about the book:

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

The Spectrum War #2 preview

Out this week is the second issue in The Spectrum War, the nuTrek/Green Lantern crossover comic, written by Mike Johnson, with art by Angel Hernandez. This issue has three covers, including the B cover by Darick Robertson, and coloured by Diego Rodriguez, which has not been previewed previously. Continue below to check out the other covers, and a five page preview from the issue:

TOS DVD boxset reboxed

There's a new release of TOS on DVD on the way, a complete series boxset, with a snazzy new cover design. As report, the DVDs will feature the remastered versions of all the episodes, plus all the extra features from the most recent previous DVD releases.

This new boxset will be out in November.