Monday, 25 July 2016

QMx's USS Franklin, huge action figure range, and 50th anniversary goodies

Lots of news from QMx today, including their latest ship model, the USS Franklin, a huge range of action figures from TOS, TNG, and nuTrek, and all sorts of 50th anniversary memorabilia. Continue below to check it all out.

QMx have several different lines of starship models, ranging from the forthcoming smaller sized Mini Masters range, through to huge and highly detailed artisan replicas, and a few models in between. The latest addition to that offering, revealed with the display of a prototype at the San Diego Comic Con, is a replica of the USS Franklin. This appears to have much of the detailing and light features of the artisan replica range, but at a smaller scale than most of the ships released previously. (Images below via Toy Ark and Tomopop):

The untold stories from TOS production coming in The Roddenberry Vault bluray

While this weekend had a lot of big happenings for the present and future of Star Trek, it also brought huge news from the very beginnings. Announced at the San Diego Comic Con, was the forthcoming release of Star Trek: The Original Series - The Roddenberry Vault, a new bluray featuring documentaries built around a treasure prove of never before seen behinds the scenes footage from the production of The Original Series.

The project, nine years in the making (!), started when Gene Roddenberry's son Rod Roddenberry found a stash of film from the production of the series; clips taken from the cutting room floor, which include deleted scenes, bloopers, and all sorts of insights into the production of the series.

It took several years just to organise the random snippets of film, and matching it up with audio stored in other cans. Once ready, Star Trek experts Mike and Denise Okuda could scrutinise the findings, and now with film maker Roger Lay Jr. (who produced many of the excellent documentaries on the TNG and Enterprise blurays) have created new documentaries telling the story of Star Trek's production through this new footage.

CBS and Roddenberry Entertainment's press release details what will be on the discs:

Moebius Models to make Kelvin timeline model kits

At the San Diego Comic Con over the weekend, the Moebius Models booth included a display announcing they will releasing starship model kits of designs from the Kelvin timeline. Due to start in 2017, a poster on display promises the range will include the Star Trek Beyond version of the USS Enterprise, the USS Franklin, USS Kelvin, and Jellyfish. The display also had a fully built and finished original configuration Kelvin timeline USS Enterprise, and notes of plans for a lighting kit to accompany the release.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

New TV series is Star Trek: Discovery

At a panel at the San Diego Comic Con today the title and starring ship of the new Star Trek TV series was announced. Coming in 2017 will be Star Trek: Discovery, featuring the USS Discovery NCC-1031.

And one other huge thing revealed in a press conference after the panel, the series will be set in the prime timeline (as tweeted by Larry Nemecek).

Continue below to check out the teaser trailer introducing the ship (and stills there after), as well as other news from the series.

USS Franklin model coming as Star Trek Beyond home video bonus

Not wasting any time, the home video pre-orders are going live for Star Trek Beyond. As ever many retailers will have exclusive offers with different covers and extra goodies. And top of the line once more appears to be Amazon, who are offering a model of the USS Franklin (looks like a QMx job to me, same base as their forthcoming Mini Masters range).

Details are still early and I imagine the covers and details will change before release for most of what is below (such as that weird pentagram on the Franklin's base, or the blue nacelle caps), but so far listings suggest the US USS Franklin release will come with the 4K Ultra HD release of the film (which includes bluray and 3D bluray discs too), while the UK counterpart will come with the bluray. Current artwork for both uses the dominant poster in each market:

Friday, 22 July 2016

Star Trek Beyond review

I love all of Star Trek, including wholeheartedly both of the previous Kelvin timeline movies. Like every iteration of Star Trek ever they have their bumpy elements, but like all Star Trek before I am more than willing smooth over those cracks and enjoy the bright shiny vision of our future they show us. So I always approach new Trek with an open mind, looking forward to the things I can enjoy, the beautiful things, the thoughtful things, and the things I will hope too see more of in novels and comics to come. Well Star Trek Beyond has more of those things than is reasonable for a two hour film. I left the cinema grinning in sheer joy at what I had experienced.

I've split this review into five sections, covering the major things I took away from the film. The first two sections are pretty spoiler free (you'd get more from some of the trailers), the rest I spill a few beans, so proceed with caution from section three onwards.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Star Trek Beyond round-up: Making-of book and other behind the scenes stuff, soundtrack preview, singing and dancing, posters, tribbles, and more!

Star Trek Beyond is hitting big screens around the world, and the publicity whirlwind just keep spining. Continue below for a round-up of some of the latest, plus a few odds and ends I've not covered yet. Including a new behind the scenes book, Kirk featurette, special effects, representation, dancing and singing stars, posters turning up everywhere, and tribbles in the wild!

First up, recent solicitations have confirmed that the ambiguously titled forthcoming book from Titan Comics, Star Trek Beyond Collector's Edition, is indeed a behind the scenes book. As the solicitation blurb describes:
Go behind the scenes of Star Trek Beyond, the latest chapter in the billion dollar movie franchise, in this jam-packed collection celebrating Star Trek's 13th big screen outing and revealing the details behind the making of the movie! Presenting in-depth interviews with the entire cast and crew, including producer J. J. Abrams, director Justin Lin, regular cast Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Karl Urban, and guest star Idris Elba. Plus, discover the technical secrets of the film, from stunts and special effects to costumes and make-up! This is a must for Trekkers everywhere! Available in Hardcover and Softcover editions.

Covers have been released (may not be final), with the hardcover edition using the US poster, and the softcover using the international poster:

RockLove's 50th anniversary Star Trek jewellery

RockLove have announced a new wave of Star Trek jewellery releases to celebrate the 50th anniversary. The new range includes designs based on Starfleet deltas and Vulcan icons. Continue below to check them out.

Perhaps the most eye-catching of the new collection are the silver pendant necklaces with colour enamel, one for each of the departments, command, science, and operations.

Icon Heroes Star Trek paperweight statues

At the San Diego Comic Con this weekend Icon Heroes will be offering exclusive mirror universe Kirk and Spock paperweight statues, counterparts to the regular versions of both characters due out later this year. Continue below for a closer look at all four.

The mirror universe paperweights are a limited edition of one thousand of each character. They are made from polystone, and stand a little over eight inches tall.

Latest Star Trek Beyond clips, trailers, and featurettes!

Star Trek Beyond is already starting to hit screens around the world, but for those still not convinced, and indeed just to build anticipation for those with their tickets already booked, Paramount have released another wave of promotion videos. Continue below to check them out.

First up, the latest clip from the film expands upon what was surely the highlight of the first trailer, the delightful "Well that's just typical" from Doctor McCoy as Spock unexpectedly leaves his side: