Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Bryan Fuller to be showrunner of the new Star Trek TV series

Coming early next year is a brand new Star Trek TV series, which Variety have now revealed will be brought to life under the guiding hand of an old Star Trek talent: Bryan Fuller has been appointed showrunner.

Fuller started out his career working on Star Trek, after getting scripts accepted under the old open door submission policy. He wrote DS9's Empok Nor and The Darkness and the Light, before becoming a staff writer from season five on Voyager onwards, and by the end of the series also co-producing. His numerous writing credits on Voyager included Living Witness, Drone, Bride of Chaotica!, Course: Oblivion, and Relativity - His episodes often stood out for their unique concepts and not being afraid to experiment in some quirkier aspects of Trek, something that definitely followed through into his later work, including one of my all time favourite TV series, Pushing Daisies. He also worked on Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, the first season of Heroes, and Hannibal.

Variety recounted these words from Fuller on the news of his appointment:
It is without exaggeration a dream come true to be crafting a brand new iteration of ‘Star Trek’ with fellow franchise alum Alex Kurtzman and boldly going where no ‘Star Trek’ series has gone before.
Alex Kurtzman, who has his own history in the franchise as writer and producer of the first two nuTrek movies, will executive produce along with Fuller, and previous TV collaborator Heather Kadin. Kurtzman had this to say about Fuller:

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Roddenberry Vault: Week 5 - Creating the Trekverse

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 fifth week's worth of posts we've had another wide ranging selection of posts, including a fascinating insight into the changes between the pilot episodes, and snapshots from several different episodes.

Day twenty-nine took up onto the set of Amok Time, with multiple images of Kirk, Spock and McCoy. Day thirty also comes from Amok Time, but this time in the form of a still from a slide.

Books bits: Rules of Accusation blurb, new novels, and non-fiction details

Lots of Star Trek books updates today, including a new blurb, news of several new novels on the way, and details of new non-fiction titles!

Quark's previous adventure
First up, in July Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann are returning to DS9 for their second ebook novella featuring Quark, Rules of Accusation. Simon and Schuster have now released a blurb for this:
On the space station Deep Space 9, Quark’s Public House, Café, Gaming Emporium, Holosuite Arcade, and Ferengi Embassy can’t legitimately be called an embassy until the Grand Nagus—namely, Quark’s brother Rom—dedicates it as such. Not that Quark really cares about Ferengi protocol, but a well-publicized dedication ceremony will naturally draw people to the bar. Everybody loves a good open house—free appetizers, half-price drinks, door prizes, etc.—all of which Quark can write off as Embassy expenses. It’s a win-win situation, with him on both sides of the win. There’s even a plan to display the original scroll of the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition—which no one has seen for decades given that it’s been held in protective storage—and charge patrons by the minute to look at it up close. Nothing, of course, could possibly go wrong with this big plan. Absolutely nothing at all…

Trek for the neck: Latest jewellery and accessories

I have a multitude of new ways to proclaim your trekkieness at neck level to share today, including new jewellery and a bow tie!

First up, fresh from the forges at Quantum Mechanix is a new Star Trek friendship necklace set, inspired by The Wrath of Khan. The delta, which splits down the middle, features the phrase "I have been and always shall be your friend". When brought together the two halves are magnetically attracted to reunite the full delta.

Monday, 8 February 2016

First look at Eaglmoss' Romulan shuttle, mirror NX-01, and more!

Lots of updates from Eaglemoss' Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection today, including news of mirror universe, TOS remastered, and Star Trek Beyond ships, as well as the latest dedication plaques, and more.

First up is the first look at the Romulan shuttle model. We've known this one was on the way for a while, and while we still don't have an issue number, the fact we can see the model already surely means it's not too far off. Series manager Ben Robinson posted the first image here on Twitter, while Trek effects artist Doug Drexler shared another shot Ben sent him on Facebook:

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.