Tuesday, 30 June 2015

This Month: June 2015 Star Trek releases

It's been a very mixed month of Star Trek releases, with some sort of representation from every Star Trek era, and an assortment of Star Trek stuff ready to fill bookshelves, model displays, offices, dinning tables and more! Continue below to check them all out:


June's Star Trek novel was a TNG adventure, Armageddon's Arrow, which sees the Enterprise-E off exploring again at last. Author Dayton Ward has described it as having a bit of a TOS flavour; in having Picard and company encountering an exotic alien creation. Here's the blurb:
It is a new age of exploration, and the U.S.S. Enterprise is dispatched to “the Odyssean Pass,” a region charted only by unmanned probes and believed to contain numerous inhabited worlds. Approaching a star system with two such planets, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and his crew find a massive alien vessel, drifting in interstellar space for decades. Sensors detect life aboard the derelict—aliens held in suspended animation. Thought to be an immense sleeper ship, the vessel actually is a weapon capable of destroying entire worlds...the final gambit in a war that has raged for generations across the nearby system. Captain Picard is now caught in the middle of this conflict and attempts to mediate, as both sides want this doomsday weapon…which was sent from the future with the sole purpose of ending the interplanetary war before it even began!

There's also a non-fiction release this month, Robb Pearlman's The Wit and Wisdom of Star Trek. Cunningly concealed behind a colourful and light-hearted presentation, the books quotes some of TOS's great philosophical moments. You can see a few preview pages in my previous report.
The ultimate gift book for Trekkies, featuring classic quotes and photos from fan-loved moments, tidbits of behind-the-scenes trivia, and personal recollections from the cast and crew of Star Trek The Original Series.

The Wit and Wisdom of Star Trek celebrates the enduring legacy of The Original Series, with full-color photos, notable production facts, evocative excerpts, and quotes directly from the cast and crew. From love and inclusion, to humor, to exploration, The Wit and Wisdom of Star Trek lives up to the mission of Star Trek itself: to inspire as well as entertain!

There was just one new Star Trek comic from IDW this month, issue forty-six in the nuTrek ongoing series, and the start of a new two-part story, The Tholian Webs. Regular writer Mike Johnson penned this issue, with The Primate Directive artist Rachael Stott making her nuTrek debut, with dynamic and exciting results! See some preview pages from this issue in another report.
In “The Tholian Webs,” Part 1 of 2, The FIVE-YEAR MISSION of the Starship Enterprise continues! In this epic re-imagining of a classic Star Trek episode, the crew of the new movie timeline encounters a mysterious and deadly alien force... and not all of the crew will make it out alive!

IDW did have one other release, the second omnibus book from John Byrne's New Visions photo-comic series. This collects issues three to five in the series, including stories featuring the Doomsday Machine, Harry Mudd, and Captain Pike, plus there's an extra Gold Key Comics inspired short-comic exclusive to this collection.
John Byrne presents all-new, feature length tales set in the Star Trek: The Original Series universe, done in a unique, photomontage style. Collects the stories “Cry Vengeance,” “Made Out of Mudd,” “A Scent of Ghosts,” and “Memorium,” plus a special bonus: an all-new “Gold Key” crossover story you never expected with an ending you won’t believe!

Model ships

There were two new issues out from Eaglemoss' Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection in June, and both are ships which have never been made as models before.
Issue forty-eight was the USS Voyager, but uniquely in Endgame ablative hull armor. This was followed by issue forty-nine's ECS Fortunate.

As ever these have made their debut in the UK, and will follow along in other markets as the series progresses. For extensive coverage of the entire Starships Collection, including links to all my previous coverage of all the issues, see my index page.

There were also three new ships from Wizkid's Attack Wing miniatures game. Wave 16 in the series offered the USS Dauntless, the Ferengi Marauder Kreetcha, and the USS Pasteur.

Finally the Ships of the Line brand finds a new home in the latest range of model kits from Round 2 Models. Their new Ships of the Line assortment includes four 1:2500 scale kits: the TOS USS Enterprise, USS Reliant, USS Defiant, and Klingon D7. All the kits have previously been released as part of the Cadet Series range, but this time they come pre-painted, and they come packed with a wide-format trading card, featuring artwork from the Ships of the Line calendar series.

While they were meant to be a June release, I don't think they've quite made it yet, as there has only been an image release for one of the four kits so far.

Home and Office (and Car)

The first of Universe Publishing's 2016 Star Trek calendars range is out, and this one is a new poster format, and another outing for Ships of the Line artwork:

From Icon Heroes we have these charming USS Enterprise and Starfleet delta shaped paper-clips.

Also from Icon Heroes are these new business card cases, embossed metal designs featuring that delta and the Enterprise again.

For more homely uses, there's the latest salt and pepper shaker set from Westland Giftware, this one modelled on the transporter room:

And there are also a couple of new mugs from Westland, with novelty features: one has a little spinning delta, and the other has a Vulcan ear shaped handle!

If you're on the move, June also saw the release of an extensive range of of Star Trek automotive accessories from Plasticolor. All TOS inspired, and most featuring Starfleet deltas in some way, the range includes air fresheners, sunscreens, floor mats, and more. See my article to check out the full range.

German Language

Finally, Cross Cult never disappoint German readers, and this month they had two new Star Trek translations ready. Their latest TNG novel is The Persistence of Memory, the first book in David Mack's 2012 TNG trilogy, Cold Equations. In German this has become Kalte Berechnung: Die Beständigkeit der Erinnerung. They also have a new Corps of Engineers ebook, Schritt für Schritt, Scott Ciencin and Dan Jolley's novella from 2002, originally known as Some Assembly Required.

You can find out more about all these items, and everything else out this year, with links to all my previous coverage on my schedule page.

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