Saturday, 6 February 2016

First look at Mezco's Captain Kirk figure

Ahead of the New York Toy Fair, Mezco have hosted a press event at their offices, where among other items on display they gave their first look at the third Star Trek action figure in their One:12 Collective range, Captain Kirk:

Kirk is expected in July, following the Spock and Sulu figures in the range, which are scheduled for May and June releases. Each fabric clothed character comes with a display stand, as well as an assortment of accessories and various alternate hands and heads. You can see more images of the figures on display in Mezco's Facebook gallery (where the above images came from), as well as ToyArk, and Toy News International, who have the most extensive gallery of the Star Trek figures, including the image of all three below.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

DST's latest: Enterprise NX-01 and Deanna Troi

Diamond Select Toys have released images, on their Facebook page, of two of their new Star Trek releases, the latest in the Starship Legends and Femme Fatales series. Both are due out this month. Continue below to check them out.

Originally released in 2002, the Enterprise NX-01 was the first ever ship in the Starship Legends range of electronic starship toys. Now it's back, with a vastly improved paint job, and all new light and sound features (which you can see a preview video of in an earlier report).

Star Trek coming to Sci-Fi Block

Sci Fi Block the quite new science fiction focused subscription box from Nerd Block is due to feature something Star Trek in its latest release, which closes for subscriptions in just a few days.

Typically these mystery packages include a four-to-six collectibles of various sorts, plus a T-shirt. For February Sci Fi Block are promising that will include two Funko products, including at least one of their Pop! vinyl figures. What the Star Trek item among that number is remains a mystery, though our favourite universe will share space in the box with representatives from Star Wars, Aliens, and Guardians of the Galaxy.

The Sci Fi Block only launched in November, and with the exception of that launch month, there has been something Star Trek related in the box in every release. Prior to that Star Trek things have turned up every now and then in the general Nerd Block too. Continue below for a look back at the previous Nerd Block Star Trek releases, most of them exclusives.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Roddenberry Vault: Week 4 - Snaps of the cast

Throughout 2016 the Roddenberry Facebook page will be posting artefacts from their archives, including behind the scenes documents, production artwork, and photos. Dubbed the Roddenberry Vault, there will be new posts every day, some times multiples. To make sure you don't miss any of these insightful glimpses into the production of Star Trek, I will be posting weekly summaries.

In the fourth week's worth of posts we've been treated to a wide range of behind the scenes photos, mainly of the cast, each day from a different episode. Continue below for details of all the posts from the last full week of January.

Day twenty-two continued from the previous day, with another set of photos from The Deadly Years, this time with William Shatner, James Doohan and DeForest Kelley all larking about while in aged make-up:

Sunday, 31 January 2016

New Star Trek martial arts clothing from Fusion Fight Gear

Fusion Fight Gear have revealed a new range of Star Trek fighting apparel, with designs drawing from TOS and TNG. If you're not much of a fighter they're good for all sorts of other sports and activities too, with a wide range of rash guards (tops) and spats (bottoms), plus a unique Star Trek gi. Continue below to check out all the designs.

If you want to simply dazzle your opponent then the "Tokyo Invasion" rash guard might be the top for you. This is covered in what I would normally describe as (very bright!) Gold Key-style artwork, although Fusion have identified a slightly different origin for these retro images:
The colorful Star Trek Tokyo Invasion rashguard is inspired by artwork created exclusively for the Japanese market when the original Star Trek series gained popularity there during the 1970’s.

ThinkGeek's new Star Trek maxi dresses

Ever fancied cosplaying as Captain Picard's ready room? Well now you can thanks to ThinkGeek! Their latest maxi dress features the painting from said room, originally created by Rick Sternbach and Andrew Probert, set into a larger starfield, and actually I think looks pretty cool. Continue below for a closer look, and their new TOS dress too:

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Star Trek Beyond's USS Franklin!

A new ship from Star Trek Beyond has been revealed! The Omaze fundraising campaign last year, which included a competition to win visits to the sets and a walk on roll in the film in exchange for a charitable donation, also offered backers the chance to buy extra goodies depending on levels of donations made. One of those options was to get some concept art from the film, and it seems some of that is already been sent out. TrekCore have posted the following image, sent to D.B. Wilson, which pictures a brand new Starfleet starship, the USS Franklin.

Friday, 29 January 2016

Lots of Star Trek events for the 50th anniversary

It might not come as too much of a surprise to learn that CBS have big plans for this year, what with it being the 50th anniversary of Star Trek n'all. Details of several of the latest events planned for this year have been revealed in the last few days; there should be lots to keep us entertained and help us celebrate this golden year.


The highlight of the planned events in my mind, is the 50 Artists. 50 Years. project which USA Today have now revealed will be a worldwide travelling exhibition of Star Trek inspired art, in many forms, including illustration, photography, and graphic design.

This exhibit will first open at the San Diego Comic Con in July, before moving on to other venues. We've already had our first glimpse at this thanks to early previews for a calendar using some of the artwork - I find it hard to imagine we won't see what will surely be a rich source of Star Trek imagery turn up in other places and products down the line too. USA Today have confirmed the exhibit will include work by Leonard Nimoy, and the credits for the calendar suggest other contributors will include Tom Whalen, Nick Walker, Johnson Tsang, Derek Charm, and Susan Beatrice.

Original USS Enterprise model ready for restoration

As you might be aware, the original USS Enterprise filming miniature is in the possession of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Later this year it will find a new home within the museum, in the redesigned Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall, claiming it's rightful place as one of the most important vehicles in the (future) history of human flight.

Before moving to her new home, the Smithsonian team are busy working to restore the Enterprise to her former glory, making repairs after years of display a model made for shorter term use in television production was never designed for. They are also reversing some of the not entirely faithful previous restorations. The plan is to return the model to how it appeared in The Trouble with Tribbles, when the last alterations were made during the production of the series. The Smithsonian have just posted a blog with an update on their work, revealing right now, the Enterprise is in pieces!

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Eaglemoss' Starfleet Academy trainer, and other updates

Eaglemoss' Hero Collector website has posted another set of renders of one of their new CG recreations, ready to make a future model in Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection. This time we've got the Starfleet Academy training ship, seen in TNG's First Duty. Continue below to check it out, and other updates from the series: