Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Star Trek attractions updates

There are currently several attractions around the world in development, that are set to include Star Trek rides and exhibitions. Theme parks in Jordan, Spain, and the UK were all announced some time ago, and while news has been limited as they go through planning stages, they are gradually getting closer to realisation.

Paramount's Mike Bartok, who deals with the licensing of Paramount properties at visitor attractions, recently spoke to Blooloop about the various Paramount attractions in the works, and highlighted how Star Trek in particular is a rewarding challenge for Paramount to develop:
The Star Trek universe has been created on both film and TV, so for the attractions that we’ve done every inch has been viewed and has to be authentic. Some of the other IPs can be a little lighter but for the Star Trek World, it really requires full commitment creatively and financially to pull it off.
Construction is due to start later this year on the Red Sea Astrarium in Jordan (so says the Khaleej Times). The attraction seems to be presented almost like a history, with rides and architecture based on the regional cultural influences from ancient and colonial periods, right through to the Star Trek world of the future. Talking about the Astrarium, Bartok revealed work has already begun on the Star Trek elements:
...we’re fairly far along in terms of completing the film for the project in Jordan with Bad Robot which should be very exciting. That’s going to be a centrepiece attraction with incredible, state-of-the-art technology. It’s more than just a film, it will be the first attraction ever made to be 4D with actual freefall mechanisms in there. It should be fantastic and with Bad Robot involved we will have that authenticity.
Continue after the jump for a promo video for the entire Astrarium project, and updates from other Star Trek attractions:

Monday, 28 July 2014

Resistance if futile, ThinkGeek make the Borg cool again

ThinkGeek have brought us some weird and wonderful Star Trek creations over the past few years; everything from the iconic USS Enterprise pizza cutter to tribble slippers. As a Borg fan, they might have just achieved a new high for me though, with their brilliant Borg Cube fridge.

Of course Borg normally like to keep their cubes at precisely 39.1 °C, but perhaps in an effort to regain their cool, they've made this mini-cube, which can comfortably accommodate nine cans of drink, a bit chillier. The Borg fridge of course glows green, both inside, and through lighted sections of the hull on the exterior.

This is ThinkGeek's second Borg chilling product in as many months, following their metal Borg whiskey chiller cubes last month. Borg ice-cubes next?

Ships of the Line competition launched

Ever dreamed your artwork could become a part of the Star Trek universe? Well for thirteen people that could be happening soon, thanks to the Ships of the Line competition, announced at the San Diego Comic Con. CBS are looking for art for the 2016 Ships of the Line calendar -The fiftieth anniversary of Star Trek year no less! Thirteen competition winners will get their designs in the calendar, and five-hundred dollars each as well.

Designs can be entered from a variety of media; paint, pencils, ink, markers, pastels, charcoal, and computer-generated images are all acceptable. You'll have to get to work soon though, as the closing date for entries is the 2nd of September. A panel of judges will select winners based on appearance/quality of image, appropriateness to contest theme, composition/layout, and attention to detail.

I asked the man behind Ships of the Line, Doug Drexler, to tell me a little about the competition, this is what he told me:

I presume you will be one of the judges? Do you know who will be making up the rest of the panel?
I am one of the judges. An official list of judges has not been named yet, but I would assume Mike Okuda, Andy Probert, John Eaves, John Goodson, Greg Jein. Remember, not official.
And will you be looking for anything in particular?
Do you expect this competition to deliver a different flavour to Ships of the Line?
I think it will invigorate the calendar. I have been using fans in the calendar for years now. That's not unusual. It's the competition that is new. I expect it will be exciting.
Given this is for the 2016 calendar, will the occasion of the 50th anniversary be an influence in the sort of images selected?
It hasn't been decided if there will be a theme, at least not that I know of.
The rules suggests there will be thirteen images chosen, can we take that to mean the aim is for the entire 2016 calendar to be based on the competition?
I believe so.
Will established Ships of the Line contributors be encouraged to submit? I’m sure we all have favourite artists we don’t want to miss out on.
Personally, I don't think that past participants should be included. We're looking to spread the love around a little.
Might you be able to clarify what the competition is looking for? The website and rules seem to be inconsistently requesting an original design for a starship, but also an image which utilised established ships from the series.
I'm waiting to hear more from CBS. They will confer with me, but ultimately it's their decision.
To enter, just visit the competition website, fill in your details, and upload your images. The competition is open to those of us in the US, Canada, UK, and Germany. You can enter as often as an image a day up until the closing date.

In more Ships of the Line news from Comic Con, on display on the Simon and Schuster booth was a mock-up of the new Ships of the Line book, due out later this year, giving us the first look at Doug's new cover art. Image via Doug himself:

Continue after the jump for even more, with a look at the Ships of the Line panel at the Comic Con:

Complete Into Darkness soundtrack available now!

It is now possible to listen to the every minute of music from every single Star Trek movie, as Varèse Sarabande has just released the final soundtrack in the complete Star Trek movie soundtrack collection, the long awaited complete score from Star Trek Into Darkness. A limited edition of six-thousand, the two-disc set includes two hours of Michael Giacchino's beautiful music from the film.

Here's the track list. Emboldened entries are new to this release:
Disc One:
1. Logos / Pranking The Natives (2:58)
2. Spock Drops, Kirk Jumps (1:43)
3. Undersea Enterprises Inc. (1:33)
4. On The Bridge And On The Rocks (1:42)
5. Sub Prime Directive (2:23)
6. London Calling (2:11)
7. Demotion Emotion (:53)
8. London Falling (2:33)
9. The Pride Of Iowa (:43)
10. Astronomical Manhunt (2:12)
11. Man vs Blaster (1:55)
12. Meld-Merized (2:41)
13. Admiral Exposition (3:23)
14. Personal Space (:45)
15. So Long Scotty (:57)
16. Chief Concern / The Moral Mission (2:15)
17. Covert Carol (:38)
18. Galactic Road Trip (1:16)
19. Torpedo Diplomacy (2:19)
20. Spock And Uhura (1:05)
21. Klingon Chase / Meeting (5:03)
22. Harrison Attack (2:46)
23. Harrison Brought Onboard (2:00)
24. Harjugal Visit (2:04)
25. Damage Control (1:18)
26. Scotty’s Floored (1:36)
27. Torpedo Tango (1:08)
28. Cryo Your Heart Out (:17)
29. Harrison's Heart / Enter The Vengeance (3:44)
30. Mom’s Calling (2:19)
31. You’re Not Safe At Warp (:35)

Disc Two:
1. Kirk’s Last Stand (2:24)
2. Guns Down (1:07)
3. Chair Of Command (:57)
4. You Wanna Do What? (1:58)
5. Pull The Trigger (:27)
6. Ship To Ship (2:53)
7. Hallway Fight (1:33)
8. Head Games (1:48)
9. I’m Gonna Make This Simple (2:47)
10. Human Popsicles (1:18)
11. Earthbound And Down (4:19)
12. Warp Core Values (2:57)
13. Max Thrusters (:57)
14. Buying The Space Farm (3:20)
15. Go Get ’Em (1:13)
16. The San Fran Hustle (5:05)
17. Kirk Enterprises (2:57)
18. End Credits (8:43)
19. Ode To Harrison (6:36)
20. Ode To Vengeance (6:29)
And here are some sample tracks:

Star Trek Into Darkness, The Deluxe Edition is available now, directly from Varèse Sarabande.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Trekwear: Her Universe's Geek Couture, and more

This week at the San Diego Comic Con, Her Universe showed off "Geek Couture" at their fashion show, with fandom fashion on the catwalk. Lots of popular sci-fi series were referenced in designs for the show, including, of course, Star Trek. The mirror universe was the inspiration for Laura E. Desch's design "Starfleet's Finest", a take on mirror-Kirk, modelled by Michele Morrow. Here's StarTrek.com's photo of the outfit:

Michele Morrow also posted this image on her Facebook page, showing her with Laura Desch, and highlighting the beehive hairdo, and golden make-up, by Anissa Emily.

You can see much more from the Geek Couture show thanks to Popsugar's coverage, where you'll find designs based on various comic-book super-heroes, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, and many more geeky inspirations. My favourite is this fantastic Doctor Who scarf dress:

Continue after the jump for more of the latest Trekwear:

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Star Trek to visit the Planet of the Apes!

I was anticipating IDW might announced a new Star Trek comic series soon, but I certainly wasn't anticipating this delightful news: IDW are teaming up with Boom Studios to bring us a Star Trek/The Planet of the Apes crossover, which appears to be titled The Primate Directive. The series will bring together the characters from classic 1960s versions of both series.

The series will be written by IDW Trek regulars, Scott and David Tiption, who have course are well versed in crossovers too, having already brought us the TNG/Doctor Who series Assimilation2, and the zombie-full Infestation. StarTrek.com gave a few teasing words from writer David Tipon:
With the Klingons secretly backing a renegade gorilla general in a coup for control of Ape City, Captain Kirk finds himself in the uncomfortable position of having to help out Dr. Zaius' orangutans. Taylor won't be happy with that!”
Art will come from Star Trek newbie, Rachael Stott - You can see some of her other work, on her website, and her Tumblr, where you'll find she's no stranger to drawing Trek; here (after the jump) are a couple of examples:

Friday, 25 July 2014

Starbase 11, the Lego version

Well, sort of. As you might recall from the Drex Files in Exile article on the Star Trek influences born out of the New York World's Fair, the flying-saucer-esque observation towers known as the Astro-View were the inspiration for part of Starbase 11, in Albert Whitlock Jr.'s iconic matte painting.

Well it seems talking to Doug has given me a bit of the World's Fair bug, as when I was fiddling about with my Lego the other day I found myself starting to build the Astro-View. A little while later I had created the model you see here.

My model includes a working elevator (in so much as you can clip it to any point on the rails it would have glided between back in it's operational days), and a row of luminaires (the distinctive street lights that could be seen throughout the fair).

Pleased with my little model I also decided to submit it to Lego Ideas, where, if ten-thousand people support the project, Lego might consider producing it as an actual Lego set. So if you'd like an almost-Starbase 11 set, please do go and add your support to the project.

PS, my Lego King Kong project is also still seeking support on Ideas, I'd be delighted if you could support and share that project too!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Hallmark's 2015 Star Trek Keepsakes revealed

The line-up for the 2015 Hallmark Keepsake range has been revealed at Comic Con, and StarTrek.com have posted the art for the three Star Trek christmas ornaments. Following the pattern of the last few years, there will be three decorations:

A ship, this time the USS Enterprise-C, to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of Yesterday's Enterprise.As ever, this will also light up.

A scene, which will be "The Needs of the Many", the death of Spock from The Wrath of Khan. With a sound function.

And a figurine in the Star Trek Legends series, with Uhura being the sixth member of the TOS crew in this collection.

These are all either work-in-progress, or mock-ups, so we can look forward to seeing the finished artefacts next year some time. Meanwhile this year's collection, which includes the USS Vengeance, Spock and the Horta, Star Trek Legends Sulu, and a limited edition Vina, have just gone on sale in the last few weeks. You'll find images of these in my previous report.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

New non-fiction book series coming from Insight Editions

In the lead up to the fiftieth anniversary of Star Trek, Insight Editions will be producing a series of books celebrating different aspects of Trek. As StarTrek.com report, that will start with a look at the costume design from across the franchise in Star Trek: Dressing the Final Frontier, which is set for publication in the autumn of 2015. Here's the blurb:
This deluxe book will showcase the unique costumes featured in the Star Trek franchise, from Mr. Spock’s staid Starfleet uniform to Uhura’s alluring mirror universe outfit. The book will feature a dazzling gallery of wardrobe designs, which explores the beautiful and innovative fashions that appeared in the various different versions of Star Trek, in both film and television, including the many different iterations of the iconic Starfleet uniforms, exquisitely designed alien garb, and much, much more. Every costume will be examined in intimate detail, tracing the design process from preproduction sketches to the stunning realization of the final outfit. Exclusive interviews with costume designers and experts will put the images into context. This unique visual treat will delight Star Trek fans and fashionistas alike.
Sounds interesting, and looking at Insight Editions other books, they seem to do a pretty good job at presenting richly illustrated volumes. StarTrek.com also posted a sample spread:

StarTrek.com also announced the next books Insight Editions are planning follow this release: Star Trek Travel Guide: Vulcan and Star Trek: Travel Guide: The Klingon Empire.

Mini Spock joins an all-star sci-fi line-up.

Due in September from Funko will be a new series of Mystery Mini figurines. While most of Funko's Mystery Mini series focus on a single property, this time they've gone for a theme, "classic sci-fi", with characters plucked from cinema classics like Forbidden Planet through to modern marvels such as Firefly. Representing Star Trek in the mix will be Spock, armed with his lirpa (presumably to fend off Aliens, Predators, and other dangerous beings in this assortment).

Spock wont be entirely alone in the Mystery Mini universe, last year four Star Trek uniformed figurines appeared as part of The Big Bang Theory collection.

Via Big Kev's Geek Stuff and Pop Vinyls.