Thursday, 22 March 2018

50 Artists 50 Years art, USS Discovery inspiration, production art, props, and more in latest Star Trek auction

Heritage Auctions are hosting an auction of entertainment memorabilia, with bidding due to start in a few days. Among the items are numerous Star Trek lots, including the artwork from the 50th anniversary travelling exhibition 50 Artists 50 Years, which CBS have been keen to promote in a recent press release.

But that's just one categories of Star Trek stuff available, the auction also features a host of Star Trek production artwork, props, costumes, and other behind the scenes bits and pieces, from most of the TV series and several films! Continue below to check out some of the highlights.

The stand-out lot for me is one of the mock-up models for the Ken Adams/Ralph McQuarrie concept USS Enterprise developed for the unmade movie Planet of the Titans. This ultimately appeared on-screen as a background ship a couple of times, but more importantly it was of course the inspiration for the design of our newest hero ship, the USS Discovery:

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Spooky Star Trek masks from Trick or Treat Studios

Makers of Halloween masks, Trick or Treat Studios, have revealed a new range of Star Trek masks, to bring some darn right creepy Star Trek flavour to your fancy dress adventures. Continue below to check out particularly uncanny Kirk and Spock masks. But let's start with something more alien.

Available to pre-order now, for release in August/September is rather meta Balok mask, sculpted by Aaron Lewis.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Closer look at QMx's Mini Master Locutus and Enterprise-D, and Loot Crate updates

The first in Loot Crate's new series of Star Trek Mission Crates recently arrived to subscribers. Themed on the Battle of Wolf 359, the crate included a variety of TNG goodies, including two new Mini Master models from QMx: A Locutus of Borg figurine, and the USS Enterprise-D.

Both of those items are also going to be available separately at retail, and QMx have now updated their website with full details and lots of images of them. Continue below to check them out, plus a look at the other items in the first Mission Crate, and what's coming up.

The Locutus figurine is at 1:12 scale, coming in at 15.25cm tall. QMx are currently listing his as coming soon, but he's also available for pre-order on Entertainment Earth, and they expect him to arrive in April.

Klingon language comes to Duolingo

Duolingo, a language application designed around gamifying language learning, has added a Klingon language course. The app looks like a fun way to learn any language, and it's free! Also they released this cute bit of artwork to announce the new Klingon option:

While the course is a licensed product, Duolingo is built upon the work of volunteers, so it took some time for them to put the Klingon course together. As they told Engadget:
On our end, it took some time to find Klingon experts who could commit the time and effort to creating a full-fledged course, as we wanted the course to be substantial and cover a lot of ground
There were also some technical issues thanks to the quirks of Klingon:
Klingon uses apostrophes in the middle of words, which is not something our system was able to handle at first, since no other language does it

Klingon also has case sensitivity, which means that a word can take on different meanings if it's capitalized or lowercased.

Star Trek Online 3D printed ships available now

Star Trek Online and Mixed Dimensions have now launched their new 3D printing service, allowing STO players to get a physical model of their favourite ships from the game, exactly as they have customised them. 500 or so different ships are available, in who knows how many variations of designs once players have switched out parts and tweaked the paint jobs to their heart's content.

As previously reported, the ships will be available in either plain primed version to paint yourself, a single solid colour finish, or a fully hand painted finish complete with custom decals. Those range from $200 to $350, for a twelve inch model.

New Eaglemoss starship model previews and book news

Lots of Eaglemoss Starships Collection news today, including preview of new and forthcoming models, Discovery collection updates, and the first look at several new books they are publishing. Continue below for all the details.

First up, the 13th oversized special issue, the Kelvin timeline Klingon battlecruiser, is on the way, due in April according to the Eaglemoss shop, and now Eaglemoss' Hero Collector blog has posted some new preview images of the model:

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Discovery: The Light of Kahless #3 preview

Out this week is the third issue of the first Star Trek: Discovery comic series, The Light of Kahless. The story continues to reveal T'Kuvma's past, while also giving us a few moments with Voq and L'Rell.

The book is written by Kirsten Beyer and Mike Johnson, with art from Tony Shasteen, who also provides the A cover featuring Kol. The photo B cover also depicts Kol. Then there are two retail incentive covers. One is an interesting hexagonal arrangement of T'Kuvma, the Torchbearer, and other Klingons, by George Caltsoudas, while the other continues Declan Shavley, and Jordie Bellaire (colours)'s series of ship covers, this time giving us a rare view of the Klingon Cleave Ship.

You can check out all the covers and a five page preview from this issue below, plus a couple of other bits of Discovery comics news.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

New Star Trek card games from Wizkids and Looney Labs

Wizkids and Lonney Labs have both announced new Star Trek card games on the way, continue below for all the details.

Wizkids' latest release with be a Ferengi themed Galactic Enterprises, designed by Christophe Boelinger. They are planning to release in June, and this is how they describe it:
In Star Trek: Galactic Enterprises, 3 to 8 players will buy and sell their wares, trying to monopolize one particular product in order to gain greater profit. However, once other Ferengi get those same items for sale, it becomes a matter of who’s the better negotiator. Do you work together to gain the same profit, or do you agree to cooperate, then sell at a lower price to steal all the profit for yourself? Be wary of special action cards that can mess with your business and remember the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition in order to gain the most return for your investments.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Boldly Go #17, IDIC part 5 preview

Out this week is seventeenth issue of Boldly Go, which is the penultimate issue of both the current multiverse-spanning storyline, IDIC, and indeed the entire series. This chapter sees the return of Gary Mitchell, in a beautiful bit of symmetry for the Kelvin timeline comics, picking up from the very first story in the original nuTrek ongoing series (from way back in 2011).

For this multiple realities story IDW have also been rotating the artists, and for this issue that brings us Marcus To. He is illustrating a tale penned by the series' regular writer, Mike Johnson.

To also provides the A cover, an enjoyable gallery of variations of Sulu, Scotty, and McCoy, as their normal selves, mirror universe counterparts, and as a variety of aliens. The B cover is a more general gathering of the main cast, in an attractive rainbow of colour from Fico Ossio. Additionally their a two retail incentive covers, a photo cover using an image from Star Trek Beyond, and the latest in Yoshi Yoshitani's series of varients, this time featuring Uhura.

Continue below to check out all the covers, plus a five page preview from the book.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

The Enterprise-D is now a bluetooth speaker

ThinkGeek and Forbidden Planet have revealed Fametek's latest Star Trek gadget, a USS Enterprise-D bluetooth speaker. As well as being a fully functional wireless speaker, it's a decent model of the ship (twelve inches long), and comes with light and sound features.

Sound options include a soothing warp engine thrum simulator! That will play for an hour, before turning itself off. Other sounds include torpedos, going to warp, and "incoming transmission". The lights in the nacelles, impulse engines, and deflector, and be turned off if desired. The battery lasts for 6-8 hours typically, and is recharged by plugging a USB into the middle of the deflector dish! Continue below for a close look.