Monday, 20 November 2017

New images of Eaglemoss XL Voyager and ring ship Enterprise

A couple of Eaglemoss Starships Collection updates today, including a new look at the ring ship Enterprise. But we'll start with a good look at the fifth ship in the XL collection, the USS Voyager.

The following images have recently been added to the listings on the US XL subscription site, giving us a great look at this model, which to looks like perhaps the best upscale in the series so far - It's packing in much more detail than the smaller regular issue; could this be the best model of Voyager ever produced?

More Discovery pins from FanSets

FanSets have continued their speedy exploration of Discovery with their third wave of character and ship pins already; continue below to check them out. But first, lets check out the last two EpisodePins for a while.

For episode eight, Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum, they really outdid themselves, with a wonderfully detailed pin depicting the final moments of the mission of Pahvo. The best design in the series so far I think.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Bridge Crew at IMAX, 360 trailer, and behind the scenes

Ubisoft have recently announced a special edition of their Star Trek virtual reality video game Bridge Crew for IMAX VR Centres. Continue below for the details of that, plus a fun 360 degree trailer for the game, and a look behind the scenes at some of the new Klingon designs featured, and more!

So Ubisoft have created a "streamlined version of the game that has been redesigned and optimized for IMAX VR", called Star Trek: Bridge Crew - Rescue at Perseph. I think that probably amount to one mission from the game. Here's the mission as IMAX describe it:
Your mission: work together to rescue stranded Vulcan scientists escaping from a damaged space station. Just like in Star Trek, teamwork and coordination are the keys to success, and be sure to keep your eyes out for any potential Klingon interference...
This available at IMAX VR Centres in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, and Toronto, and should be finding it's way to the UK, and other locations as they open. What makes this experience special? Well here's how IMAX pitch it:
With IMAX VR you're getting the most advanced VR headset and motion-tracking technology powered by blazing fast computers in a state-of-the-art facility purposely designed to let you suspend reality. The result? A VR experience that's light years ahead of anything else available.

Features of the IMAX VR experience include: Room-tracking technology that allows players to explore virtual space more than has ever been possible. Single-player and head-to-head multiplayer competition. A combination of the most advanced VR headset technology for unmatched immersion and image resolution. Control devices that give lifelike haptic feedback, adding a deeper layer of realism.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Discovery: Drastic Measures cover and other Discovery fiction updates

The cover for the second Discovery novel, Drastic Measures, has been revealed by Written by Dayton Ward, the book, which is due out in February, is set to feature younger versions of Philippa Georgiou and Gabriella Lorca, as they get caught up in the Tarsus IV massacre, ten years before the TV events of Discovery. Suitably the stock photos of the two characters used to make up the cover have been altered to de-captain their uniforms!

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Discovery #10: Despite Yourself trailer

CBS have released a trailer for episode ten of Discovery, Despite Yourself, to get us in the mood for the series return, in January! Continue below for a detailed look:

Monday, 13 November 2017

Review: Discovery #8 - Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

I have pretty mixed feelings about Discovery's eighth episode, Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum. There's an awful lot going on in this episode, maybe too much... As we return to the more serialised story after two fairly standalone episodes we also seem to be returning to Discovery's familiar air of mystery; who is playing who? What is everyone's real motivation? Continue below for my thoughts (spoiler filled) on those unfolding mysteries.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Help decide the next Eaglemoss ships, plus high res photos of new and forthcoming Starships Collection releases

Lots of Eaglemoss updates today, including news and images of Discovery ships, and future Eaglemoss publications. But starting with a chance for us to help decide what comes next in The Official Starships Collection.

USS Titan and USS Aventine, by Nils Walter
Following the glorious sell-out success of the USS Titan and USS Aventine, two ships from the Star Trek novels released as Starships Collection bonus issues (brought to the collection at least in part thanks to demand demonstrated by petitions started right here on The Trek Collective), Eaglemoss have launched a survey so that we can help pick further ships to be released as bonuses.

There are seven ships to choose from, hailing from quite a variety of backgrounds:
  • The SS Bonaventure from TAS.
  • USS Bonaventure from the Ships of the Line calendar.
  • USS Enterprise-F from Star Trek Online.
  • Klingon D4 class designed by John Eaves for Enterprise (and seen in Ships of the Line since).
  • USS Enterprise-D with saucer separation.
  • Assimilated version of USS Voyager.
  • USS Altair, a Doug Drexler concept ship which has also appeared in Ships of the Line, but dates back to being a concept for Voyager.

Discovery 2018 episode details, and Into the Forest I Go images

CBS have announced details of the second block of Discovery episodes, which will complete the first season. The last six episodes will start with episode ten, Despite Yourself, available from the 7th of January, that means the final episode of series one should arrive on the 11th of February. They have also released a blurb for episode ten:
While in unfamiliar territory, the U.S.S. Discovery crew is forced to get creative in their next efforts to survive opposing and unprecedented forces and return home.
Meanwhile, episode nine, Into the Forest I Go, the final episode until that January return, will be available this weekend, and CBS have released their usual batch of stills from the episode. Continue below to check them all out:

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Danilo's 2018 Star Trek calendars, including glorious Gold Key calendar

UK Star Trek calendar publisher Danilo have got three calendars out this year, featurings TOS, ships, and Discovery. Continue below for previews of them all.

Danilo don't publish a TOS calendar every year, but have done some before, and previous releases, like their US counterparts, have generally been pretty familiar TOS photos and screencaps. But this year they've gone an entirely different and totally delightful route, with an entire calendar of Gold Key Comics cover art! I hope this does well, as there's great potential in it continuing as a series, using Gold Key again, or art from hundreds of other Star Trek comics over the years.

Discovery mid-season finale, Into the Forest I Go trailer

We are approaching the final episode in this half (or three fifths) of the season of Discovery, and the trailer for Into the Forest I Go makes it looks like it's going to be an exciting last (for now) episode. Check it out:

UPDATE: Here's the blurb for the episode (thanks Alex Sz for reminding me I'd missed it!):
Bypassing Starfleet’s orders, Lorca uses the U.S.S. Discovery crew’s ultimate asset, the ship itself, in an effort to end the war with the Klingons once and for all.