Friday, 26 June 2009

Star Trek Online: Classified

The Star Trek Online website's Ships of the Line feature has been updated with a curious new classified report from Klingon Intelligence.

This particular entry jumps off of the Borg advancements given to the Narada (as seen in Countdown), and how those upgrades seem to have now be installed on other ships. Read the full report, here.

Wrath of Khan #3 preview

Comics Continuum have posted a five-page preview of next week's final instalment of the The Wrath of Khan adaptation. Which also reveals these two covers:

See the preview, here.

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

More Aventine

On his blog the Aventine designer, Mark Rademaker, has posted some more information on the ship, including some specs:

Length: 672 meters
Width: 182 meters
Height: 87 meters

And two more (if unconventional) images:

The article goes into some of the technical details of the model too, and the calendar image without all the calendar text, check it out.

Monday, 22 June 2009

More Ships of the Line images

Doug Drexler has on his blog, the Drex Files (a very enjoyable blog to keep an eye on), revealed more images from next year's Ships of the Line calendar, which looks like one of the best editions of the calendar, well, ever! Especially loving these first two:

"We Come in peace For All Mankind", by Robert Wilde "Refit at Station: Gray", (painting) by Andrew Probert "Operation Return", by Gregory Stewart"No Bloody A, B, C, or D", by Doug Drexler"Flight Deck" (TOS remastered) by Max Gabl and Neil Wray
The Drex Files article has more background information on these images and the calendar, check it out.

IDW September

Comics Continuum have released IDW's solicitations for September, which include a reprint of DC Comics previously reprinted and a disappointing lack of Alien Spotlights. But on the upside we get the start of Schism, and two David Messina illustrated comics!

Spock: Reflections #3
Ambassador Spock's mysterious journey continues! As Spock makes his way toward Earth, he thinks back on another previously untold tale from his past, this time featuring James T. Kirk, Leonard McCoy and the crew of the original U.S.S. Enterprise!
Nero #2
From Star Trek writer/producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman and the creative team behind the best-selling Star Trek: Countdown. The story of the villainous Nero continues as we learn how Nero spent the years between his battle with the Kelvin and his reunion with Spock! You don't want to miss this essential chapter in the rebirth of Star Trek!
UPDATE: David Messina has also posted this new art on his blog.

Romulans: Schism #1
War! From behind the scenes, the Klingons loose their unsuspecting puppets, the Romulans, against the forces of the Federation. But the Klingon Emperor is impatient with the slow pace of the conflict, and back on Romulus there are already some who begin to see through the Klingon schemes. The final arc in John Byrne's Romulans tales begins here!
Archives #6: Alternate Universes
The treacherous but intriguing tales of Star Trek's Mirror Universe are presented in this collection of the 8-part Mirror Universe Saga! It will take all the guile and cunning Kirk, Spock and the crew of the Enterprise can muster if they hope to ward off the coming Empire invasion, and save themselves in the process!

Sunday, 21 June 2009

8472 online! have posted an interview with Star Trek Online's executive producer Craig Zinkievich. They talk about a few features of the game; a bit about how tactical the starship combat will be; the possibility of becoming an admiral; and a hint at the games story opening with the Klingon conflict the Path to 2409 timeline has been building up to.

But far more exciting than all that talking around the subject, new pictures! Including an armoured Species 8472 under attack by Cardassians!
There's also what looks a lot like a Reman fighting alongside a Klingon.
And a good old Galor class flying about in the badlands.

AVENTINE! (and some other calendar stuff...)

At long last the time has come, the Aventine has been revealed in TrekMovie's preview of next year's Ships of the Line calendar. Here she is:

And a video too!

In the rest of calendar news, TrekMovie has unveiled the cover for the new movie calendar, and the contents: A page for each of the main characters (Kirk, Spock, Spock "prime", Pike, Nero, McCoy, Scotty, Uhura, Chekov, Sulu, plus a page of Kirk & Spock together, and one of the new USS Enterprise.

They also describe a new replacement for the stardate calendar, a digital download calendar, details forthcoming.

And then there's the rest of the Ships of the Line preview, pretties:

Flint's castle from TOS remastered
The Enterprise in the Remmler Array
A holey Enterprise-A from The Undiscovered Country

DST update: Kang, mirrors, but no Borg!

TrekMovie have posted some news on DST's range. There is to be a new TOS Klingon figure exclusive to Toys'r'us, Kang:

Toys'r'us will also be re-releasing the mirror universe Kirk and Spock figures. But in bad news the wave of Borg figures have been cancelled!

Friday, 19 June 2009

Schism #2 cover

On his forums John Byrne has released his cover for the second issue in the Schism series, which looks like this:

He has also confirmed the Starfleet character there is an older Number One, referred to as "Commodore".

1/6th scale TNG

As reported by Toy News International, a company called Dragon have announced a line of 1/6th scale TNG figures, starting with Picard, Data, and Worf. Though there are no other details...

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Mission's End #4 preview

Comics Continuum have posted a five-page preview of next weeks fourth instalment in Mission's End, here a two-page spread:

See the rest, here.

Star Trek Online: 2389

The Star Trek Online website has been updated with another of their Path to 2409 timeline entries. In 2389 highlights include:

The Romulan star Empire continues to struggle as various colonies and individuals makes claims for power, the seat of the empire, and praetorship. The Federation continues to supple aid and attempts to help mediate the competitors to establish a stable government, but not even a location for talks can be decided on. Meanwhile the Klingons take advantage of the instability of Romulan space and start strikes at Romulan worlds along the Klingon boarder - until Starfleet sends a fleet to defend Romulan space, leading skirmishes between the Federation and Klingon forces.

On another front the Klingons hold their ground in the Gorn war, even in the face of Gorn forces bolstered by an alliance with the Nausicaans.

On Cardassian a party with Elim Garak in the leadership narrowly wins elections and re-forms the Detapa Council. The newly elected government soon face criticism when they contribute vessels to the Romulan aid missions, which most Cardassians see as a waste of their resources.

In the Federation the Federation Council announces its findings on the Hobus supernova and the Vulcan Science Academy's research into red matter. The council concludes the Vulcans may not have realised how major event the Hobus supernova was, but criticises them for creating red matter without wider consultation.

In the legal world a judge rules that the The Doctor and the Soong Foundation may expand their lawsuit to class action suit arguing for the rights of all artificial lifeforms. Though Alyssa Cogley-Shaw, a Soong Foundation lawyer realises it could take years for such a suit to be settled.

Read the full report, here.

More Nero

TrekMovie have also posted a preview article for Nero, with four more pages to enjoy looking, like these two:

UPDATE: You can also see these same pages before they coloured on David Messina's blog.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

The blurb for the next DS9 relaunch novel, The Soul Key, has been posted on Simon and Schuster's website, this is it:

There is a void in the alternate universe that demands to be filled. Iliana Ghemor, the Cardassian operative who years ago was altered in both body and mind to replace Kira Nerys, dreams of fulfilling a prophecy that will mark her as the one true Emissary of that other reality -- a messianic figure who could lead her followers into an era of renewed hope...or an age of deepening darkness.

Ghemor's claim to the mantle of the Emissary is by no means certain, however, as the inexorable pull of providence tugs also at other souls who are swept into the vortex of the Prophets, the remote and timeless beings who have set these strange events in motion.

But the stakes are higher than anyone imagines: for the outcome of this struggle for the fate of one universe will ripple across many others, and become the key to unlocking a future that will prove to be the greatest trial yet for the heroes of station Deep Space 9.

Nero details and preview

Comic Book Resources have posted an interview with Mike Johnson and Tim Jones (the writers of Countdown) on their forthcoming series Nero. As widely anticipated the interview confirms the series will deal with Nero's lost years in the new movie; based on scenes cut from the movie itself, the comic will include: "Robau, prison, ear damage, green blood, the Narada, explosions, astrophysics, red matter, 47 Klingon ships. And more."

The interview also reveals Spock (prime) will be a major character in the series, as will Ayel. They also list characters named Quocch and Clavell as well as "an entity whose name escapes me at the moment" and a cameo from The Motion Picture.

The article includes three pages from the first issue, here's one of them:

See the original article for the other preview pages and the full interview.

Lots of Spock's Reflections

On his blog, Chris Ryall has released all the covers for the Spock: Reflections series, which includes three new ones, for the final two issues:

And the eventual omnibus book:

New Polar Lights and AMT releases

TrekMovie have announced Polar Lights will be releasing (late next year) a 1:2500 scale snap-together model kit of the new movie Enterprise. Which has a box that looks like this:

TrekMovie also have a run down of other coming model kits from AMT and Polar Lights, newly announced kits include a re-issue of the Vulcan shuttle from The Motion Picture (with some new detailing):

And a new 1:1000 scale Enterprise-A model will be coming out at the end of the year:

For 2011 they plan a 1:350 scale version of the TV era TOS Enterprise (previously announced for 2010). Disappointingly there seems to be no mention on TrekMovie or Round 2's website of the previously announced Akira-class kit.

UPDATE: Round 2's blog reveals, due to a combination of problems the Akira has been pushed back, to an unknown distant time. Shame.

Playmates, wave the second

TrekMovie have revealed the contents of Playmates second wave of toys for the new movie, coming later this summer. They are:

In the "galaxy collection" of small scale figures. This wave includes McCoy and Chekov in Enterprise uniforms, Kirk and Sulu in their space-jump gear, Kirk in cadet and off-duty uniforms, Spock as an Academy instructor, Ayel, Sarek, and Keenser, plus the Drakoulias. Here are most of those:

In the mid-scale "warp collection" will feature a rather similar range: McCoy and Chekov in Enterprise uniforms, instructor Spock, and Kirk in space gear and cadet uniforms, plus the two Delta Vega animals, Drakoulias and Hengrauggi (the same names the novelization uses, and scaled down again, but might be good in comparison to the galaxy figures):

In the largest scale "command" series we get Scotty and Uhura in Enterprise uniforms, plus Nero, and additionally Toys'r'us exclusive Sulu and Pike in Enterprise uniforms.

Finally there's a role-play item, the "interactive utility belt", which generates missions you have to use the included communicator and phaser to complete (fun!)

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Peaks at Schism

On his forums, John Byrne has released some preview images from Schism, a couple of pages:

And his basic model for the Romulan/Klingon hybrid starship that appears in the series:

Jake talks to Worf

The Star Trek Online website has been updated with another of their "supplemental logs" for their Path to 2409 timeline. In this entry Jake Sisko interviews Worf following his battle with Nero, discussing that and the wider political scene: war is coming

Read the "interview", here.

Friday, 12 June 2009

Wrath of Khan #2 preview

Comics Continuum have released a five page preview for the second part of IDW's Wrath of Khan adaptation. Including a couple of new covers:

See the preview, here.