Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Star Trek Beyond round-up: Posters, stills, music, first TV spot, and more

After plugging in the Star Trek Beyond marketing machine a week ago Paramount seems to have the thing on over-drive ever since, pumping out posters, stills, behind the scenes photos, another trailer, interviews, and more! Continue below for the latest:

Shortly after the reveal of the main US poster, Paramount also released a more character focused international poster design, which seems to have a few hints of the classic The Motion Picture poster's streaks of colour, albeit at a funny angle.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Kirsten Beyer to write for new Star Trek TV series!

Great news for the new Star Trek TV series, Voyager novelist Kirsten Beyer has joined the writing team! The Shore Leave convention website announced the news, after Beyer had to pull out of appearing there due to her new commitments:
One of our author guests, Kirsten Beyer, has to cancel her attendance at Shore Leave 38 for an admittedly very cool reason. Kirsten is one of the writers for the new Star Trek series. Her work load and commitment to the new series make it impossible to attend Shore Leave this year. She is looking forward to coming back to Shore Leave next year to share the excitement of her new job. Shore Leave extends congratulations to Kirsten for this amazing achievement and opportunity.
Beyer should be well known to Star Trek books fans, as the author of all the post-Destiny Voyager novels, starting with Full Circle (which followed a couple of earlier Voyager works in her bibliography). I think it's safe to say that she is considered the savour of the Voyager series, bringing it back to life with some inspired stories, cleverly weaving together threads of continuity, and perhaps most importantly bringing Voyager's cast of characters (and several new additions in the Full Circle fleet) vividly to life.

If you've not read her books I highly recommend them, her run of Voyager stories is one of the best series of Star Trek novels, ever. So it certainly exciting that her huge talents are being utilised in the new TV series!

I wonder if any of the other current crop of Star Trek novelists have been called in too? Several have screen writing experience already...

In one other little nugget of news from the series, Variety report the new series will indeed be gaining a sub-title at some point, and will not just be called Star Trek.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Mega Bloks bridge set out now

This year Mega Bloks are returning to the world of Star Trek with a range of construction toys including TOS ships and playsets, and figurines in their Kubros range based on TOS and TNG characters. While these weren't expected to arrive until late in the year, several sets have already found their ways to retailers.

The latest of those, now available on Amazon, is the largest playset in the initial wave of releases, the very impressive USS Enterprise bridge set. This set comes with figurines of Captain Kirk, Spock, Uhura, and Sulu, plus, a surprise revealed in the new images below, also included is Nomad, making this set specific to the episode The Changeling (watch out Uhura!). Continue below for a closer look.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Star Trek Beyond Funko Pop! vinyl figures announced

The first Star Trek Beyond toys have been announced! Joining Funko's range of stylised Pop! vinyl figures, are no less than nine characters from the movie, including our new alien friend Jaylah, and foe Krall, plus all the main Enterprise crew (Kirk, Spock, Bones, Uhura, ScottySulu, and Chekov). According to Entertainment Earth these will be arriving in August. Continue below to check them all out:

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Star Trek: The Official Guide to Our Universe preview

Due out next month from National Geographic is Star Trek: The Official Guide to Our Universe - The True Science Behind the Starship Voyages, a new book by Andrew Fazekas that contextualises the Star Trek universe with the real world science of today. The press release for the book gives a nice overview:
As Star Trek celebrates its 50th anniversary in September, this big, beautiful beginner’s guide to the cosmos – planets, starts, galaxies and beyond – reveals the real science behind its fantastic and beloved fictions, inviting readers to step outside, gaze up at the night sky, and observe some of the destinations the Starfleet has visited. Fazekas takes Star Trek fans and astronomers alike on an incredible journey into space, starting with specific Star Trek voyages, explaining the science behind them, and guiding them in observing and learning more about the real-universe corollaries of planets and places in the Star Trek universe. Stunningly illustrated with more than 400 full-color images – some artists' interpretations and some real images generated by the most recent NASA missions – plus 50 maps alongside stills of beloved Star Trek scenes and characters, STAR TREK: THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO THE UNIVERSE is sure to open readers’ eyes to the fascinating world of astronomy while giving them a treasured bit of Star Trek memorabilia.

Every chapter is a voyage of discovery. From Altair to Vega, from red giants to white dwarfs, from solar system exoplanets only beginning to be imagined, the book visits dozens of celestial objects, spotlighting some 20 in careful scientific detail and offering easy-to-follow star-gazing instructions to find them in the night sky. No warp-driven starship, not even a telescope is required to go on these voyages: Most destinations are bright enough to be seen with the naked eye. This inventive book blends science and fiction, making learning fun and making Star Trek's 50th all the more worthy of celebration.  
The Star Trek Facebook page has now released preview pages from the book. While the book has an emphasises the astronomy of Star Trek - Which we can certainly see here in the star charts and discussion of astronomical objects - These previews also reveal an exploration of other aspects of the Star Trek universe, such as alien life, and pondering how close we are today to Star Trek technologies such as the universal translator and shuttlecraft. Continue below to have a look:

Ships of the Line 2017 covers, and other calendar updates

It's that time of year where with great excitement we get to see what await us in next year's Ships of the Line calendar! This year is TOS focused collection looks like a real winner, topped off with a Doug Drexler's latest massive-collection-of-ships image, which features both as the cover and, in it's full form, one of the interior images. Continue below for a look at all the images in this calendar, and updates from the other 2017 calendars.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Star Trek Beyond trailer 2, shot by shot

Want to scrutinise every little detail of every shot in the new Star Trek Beyond trailer? Of course you do! Continue below to examine images form every shot (nice big ones taken from a 4K version of the trailer), and animated gifs of the exciting shots too!

Proceed with caution if you're spoiler averse, lingering on images that only last a flash in a trailer can reveal details, and help join up the narrative dots (especially as I've arranged this in what I speculate is a rough narrative order).

But we'll start by enjoying my favourite shot of the trailer, the dazzling new warp effect:

I love this new way of picturing the Enterprise warping through space. I doubt this has any scientific credibility, in terms of it being possible to really ever record an image like this at least, but it looks sciencey and that's pleasing in itself. Dare I say, in the age of annual Star Wars films, this kind of science-inspired angle on creating Star Trek could really help set it apart from the other big space series too.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Second Star Trek Beyond trailer, and poster, released - UPDATED

The second trailer for Star Trek Beyond is online now. Enjoy!

The Star Trek Beyond twitter account has also released this glorious poster:

Both releases came simultaneously with the Star Trek Beyond fan event hosted at Paramount Studios in LA, which also included a few other treats. Continue below for information (now updated with videos from the event):

Friday, 20 May 2016

Star Trek Beyond round-up: Stills, posters, tweaked release dates, ST4, and more

Tonight the long awaited second trailer for Star Trek Beyond will be released, at a special fan event hosted by Paramount in LA, which also promises to include "exclusive first look at previously unseen footage from Beyond, a Q and A with Lin, cast members and crew, as well as special guest appearances and other surprises". Over the past few weeks Paramount have been promoting various ways to get tickets to that event, but if you didn't win, or weren't close enough, it will be streamed online too.

Hopefully this will be the start of Paramount's big marketing push for the film, which is only two months away from release now. Meanwhile building up to tonight Paramount have been steadily getting the marketing machine into gear, with lots of new images, interviews, and more. Continue below for all the latest on Star Trek Beyond, including news of updated international release dates. Proceed with spoiler caution, some of the images say a lot...

Quite a few images from the film have also been released recently. One that seems to be little circulated so far, but rather exciting, was posted by the Facebook page of a production company called Harvest Moon Productions, and appears to show the last moments of the Enterprise:

Manifest Destiny #3 preview

Out this week is the third issue in IDW's four-part biweekly nuTrek event miniseries, Manifest Destiny. Written by Mike Johnson and Ryan Parrott, and illustrated by Angel Hernandez, the Klingon attack on the Enterprise continues in brutal fashion. But there is a glimmer of hope for the crew...

This issue is available in three different covers. The regular one is by Angel Hernandez (coloured by Jose Luis del Rio), a subscription cover by Tony Shasteen , inspired by Bob Peak's The Search For Spock poster, and a retail incentive design by Stephen Mooney. Continue below to check them all out, plus a five-page preview from the book: