Thursday, 28 May 2015

Platinum tribbles, for the discerning trekkie

QMx don't appear to have got their tribble breeding program under control yet, as they have just started shipping out a new generation of everyone's (non-Klingons at least) furry little friends. The new tribble is a "platinum" breed (aka grey), and like their previous releases comes in a bespoke tribble containment unit, with instruction for care.

This is the third individual tribble QMx have offered, following their previous brown ones, and last year's Loot Crate exclusive ginger ones. They also had a tribble family, with baby tribbles that could be placed inside their mother to recreate a tribble birthing scene! QMx don't seem to offer that mama tribble anymore, although Entertainment Earth are still taking pre-ordered for expected delivery (teehee, punny), next month.

Wobbling whales with a spring in their tails

Entertainment Earth have revealed the first of their 2015 San Diego Comic Con exclusives, and they're going to make sure trekkies have a whale of a time, with the new George and Gracie bobble-heads - Or more accurately, bobble-tails. Recreating the scene from The Voyage Home, the pair of humpback whales are joined by a little swimming Spock too. These will be available in a rather curious edition of one-thousand-nine-hundred-and-ninety-eight, and as is always the case with Entertainment Earth's Comic Con exclusives, while they will be available first at the event, in July, any remaining will be dispatched to those who order online.

In other wobbly news, Bif Bang Pow also have a TOS phaser on the way, joining their smaller scale Monitor Mate range of bobbling things. You can check that out after the jump, and will be able to get one yourself, from Entertainment Earth, in August.

Starships Collection's Centaur class, Klingon Attack Ship, TOS shuttlecraft, and more

The latest two issues in The Official Starships Collection have been solicited, giving us a new image of issue fifty-two, the Centaur class, and the first look at the Klingon Attack Ship model from issue fifty-three. These two issues will be reaching the UK first in August, with the rest of the world following as the series unfolds in different markets. Note, I've tweaked the colours here of the images that have been released, which were insanely over-saturated.

The Klingon ship's cover hasn't been released yet, but the Centaur class has. Continue after the jump to check out that, plus the first look at the TOS shuttlecraft model, and other updates from the series.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

More Green Lantern crossover covers!

The first issue of IDW and DC's forthcoming nuTrek/Green Lantern crossover, The Spectrum War, already had an impressive seven covers on the way, and now with the first Star Trek San Diego Comic Con exclusives revealed, that rises to an unprecedented ten covers for the first issue alone -  This is a new record for Star Trek comics, beating last year's first issue of The Primate Directive (the Planet of the Apes crossover), which had nine covers in the end, including a second printing variant, which very probably will happen with this new crossover too! (Thanks to the Star Trek Comics Checklist for making that so easy to look up!).

Available at the Comic Con in July, these covers are not yet finalised (at the very least they are lacking the creator credits). Previews say there will be three-thousand available of each design, all featuring artwork by Joe Corroney. Those are a wraparound cover, and two separate releases each using half of the wraparound design. Continue after the jump to check them all out, plus more new Trek art from Corroney:

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

New Star Trek gnomes, and summer-ready novelty goods

Big Mouth's new range of novelty Star Trek items are now in the wild, ready to populate gardens and pool-sides for the summer.

Perhaps the most distinctive pieces they have come up with, the Star Trek gnomes, have become ThinkGeek exclusives. There are four different gnome designs on offer: A Gorn confronting gnome-Captain Kirk, a dead redshirt, and figurines of Kirk and Spock-styled gnomes.

Continue below to check out all the gnomes, and other items on offer from Big Mouth.

Monday, 25 May 2015

New starship lands in China, comes with T-Rex and X-Wing Fighter!

China has developed a bit of a reputation in recent building-boom-years, of creating some pretty, unique, buildings; some gloriously creative expressions of modern architecture, some just plain weird. There's lots of blobitecture, all sorts of quirky skyscrappers, and novelty buildings including giant gods, a big glass violin, and a huge stargate! That wondrous collection now includes a starship too, reportedly officially licensed by CBS no less!

Completed last year, but only just discovered by the western parts of the internet (thanks to Mashable), the new headquarters of NetDragon Websoft is modelled on a Star Trek starship. This is due to the company's chairman, Liu DeJian, being a huge Trekkie, and being in a position to indulge in this multi-million dollar extravagance!

It appears to be based on the Enterprise-E (as you'll see in the concept art below), but I'd say it's ended up with a bit of a Voyager feel too. As you can see from this drone video, the enterprising shape only really becomes obvious from above:

This building is just one of many being built by NetDragon Websoft on their campus site in Fuzhou, continue below for a look at the building in situ, and how its design evolution.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Ron Moore's little ships

Remember back in the day, before Captain Picard broke his little ships on the Enterprise-E, he had some bigger ones on the D? Well, part way into the run of TNG thy took them off the conference room wall, and they ended up in a skip, from where writer Ronald D. Moore rescued them, and now all these years later, they are finally back on a wall, as Moore poster on Twitter:


So, time for ThinkGeek to make ones we can all put up now?

Friday, 22 May 2015

IDW August titles, and other Star Trek comics news

IDW have released their solicitations for August, which include three Star Trek titles. There's the start of a new two part story in the nuTrek ongoing series, the second issue in the Green Lantern crossover, and an omnibus book. Continue below for full details of all of those, plus some other Trek comics news:

Star Trek (nuTrek ongoing) #48: Five-Year Mission - Deity, Part 1
Written by Mike Johnson, with art by Tony Shasteen.
In this all-new 2-part story called DEITY, the crew of Starship Enterprise discovers an uncharted world whose inhabitants worship vengeful gods... gods who now turn their wrath on Captain Kirk and his crew!
There are two covers for this one, the regular by Tony Shashteen, and the photo subscription cover.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Next movie title confirmed: Star Trek Beyond

In an off-hand close to a blog post discussing social and economic impacts of geek-culture, Simon Pegg, one of the writers of the next Star Trek movie, confirmed the title will be, as rumoured by TrekMovie some weeks ago, Star Trek Beyond.

Pegg's very thoughtful blog came on the back of a recent interview in which he pondered whether the growing popularity of genre entertainment, and the escapist spectacle many such films present, is dumbing down a generation:
Obviously I’m very much a self-confessed fan of science fiction and genre cinema but part of me looks at society as it is now and just thinks we’ve been infantilised by our own taste.
It is a kind of dumbing down, in a way, because it’s taking our focus away from real-world issues. Films used to be about challenging, emotional journeys or moral questions that might make you walk away and re-evaluate how you felt about … whatever.
Interestingly in the same interview he made a comparison between the Marvel mass popularity, and Star Trek current success, or indeed, relative failure:
They had a script for Star Trek that wasn’t really working for them. I think the studio was worried that it might have been a little bit too Star Trek-y.

Avengers Assemble, which is a pretty nerdy, comic-book, supposedly niche thing, made $1.5bn dollars. Star Trek: Into Darkness made half a billion, which is still brilliant. But it means that, according to the studio, there’s still $1bn worth of box office that don’t go and see Star Trek. And they want to know why.
His pro-offered solution it to:
...make a western or a thriller or a heist movie, then populate that with Star Trek characters so it’s more inclusive to an audience that might be a little bit reticent
Which I think is pleasingly Star Trek-y! It is one of the great strengths of Star Trek, that it can take just about any other genre and make a Star Trek story out of it. That, hand-in-hand with Pegg apparently pondering the lack of depth in big budget spectacle, gives me hope he will offer the script for Star Trek Beyond as the solution! And if that happens to also make a billion plus, and spawn a Marvel-style movie and television mega-franchise rebirth, well so be it!

Meanwhile, with the title now confirmed and production weeks away from shooting, I've set up my Star Trek Beyond Guide page. As I did with Into Darkness, I'll be compiling all the latest news and updates from the movie production, and tie-in comics, toys, and such, into that one easy to find place, linked to from the menu bar at the top of the site. Amazing that there is little over a year until we see the film!

Complete 2016 Ships of the Line line-up revealed

Last month the covers were released for the 2016 Ships of the Line calendar, but unusually the back cover did not showcase all the images within. Well now that has been amended, as Amazon have now posted a new back cover featuring all thirteen images, and revealing all the artists who won a place in the calendar, following the new competition submission process for this edition.

Continue below for a run-down of what's featured there, and a closer look at some of the images.