Friday, 23 September 2016

DST's Romulan Bird of Prey, Khan Select figure, and more

A round up of Diamond Select Toys latest Star Trek offerings today, starting with a new ship in their Starship Legends range of electronic starship models: Due out next month is the Romulan Bird of Prey, which is only the second non-Starfleet ship in the series so far (following the Klingon Bird of Prey). DST recently tweeted a new photo of the model, which revealed an exciting and attractive new feature, the ship will have window lighting!

Doesn't she look pretty lit-up! The Bird of Prey is also expected to have sound features, and DST have released a couple of new images of the model better lit too:

Strange New Worlds cover vote

After a nearly a decade break, the Strange New Worlds writing contest was relaunched last year, with a new anthology of winning fan written short stories due out as an ebook next month. To add the finishing touch to the release, Simon and Schuster have prepared two possible cover designs, and are allowing the final one to be picked in an online poll.

You can choose from either a TOS shuttlecraft, or the USS Enterprise. So far the Enterprise is leading by a wide margin, but not that many votes have been cast. The poll closes very soon; you've got until the end of today to add your vote, here.

Star Trek Encyclopedia preview pages

Due out next month is the newly revised and expanded edition of Mike and Denise Okuda's Star Trek Encyclopedia. Published by Harper Collins, the book now includes coverage of large swaths of Star Trek released since the previous edition was published in 1999, detailing everything from Voyager season 4-7, all of Enterprise, Nemesis, and the first two Kelvin timeline movies (alas Beyond was too recent a release).

To accommodate all this new content, the now 1056 page book is split into two hardcover volumes, and comes in a neat slipcase. have now released several preview pages from the book, demonstrating the comprehensive coverage of every generation of Star Trek rather pleasingly. Check them out after the jump:

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Star Trek Discovery launch pushed back, and other updates

CBS have announced the new Star Trek TV series, Discovery, which was initially due to begin in January, is being given a few extra months for development and production, and will now launch in May instead. posted a statement from executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller:
Bringing Star Trek back to television carries a responsibility and mission: to connect fans and newcomers alike to the series that has fed our imaginations since childhood. We aim to dream big and deliver, and that means making sure the demands of physical and post-production for a show that takes place entirely in space, and the need to meet an air date, don’t result in compromised quality. Before heading into production, we evaluated these realities with our partners at CBS and they agreed: Star Trek deserves the very best, and these extra few months will help us achieve a vision we can all be proud of.
So we have about twice as long to wait for new Trek than we were expecting. But it should be even more fantastic and well made than we might otherwise have got. I can live with that.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Loads of new ships announced and other Starships Collection news

At this weekend's Star Trek Mission: New York convention Eaglemoss ran a panel on Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection, in which series manager Ben Robinson announced loads of new ships,and other news. Continue below for a round-up of what we learnt:

The big news is that once again the collection has been granted an extension, and will now run for at least 130 issues (plus specials and other additional issues), which is almost twice the originally planned 70 issue run!

Ben announced a whole load of new ships during the panel, but by far the most exciting to me was confirmation that the USS Titan issue will be coming, off the back of the petition to find support for it championed right here on The Trek Collective. And better yet, Ben also confirmed the USS Aventine will be released too! Both ships are due out in 2017.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

The Roddenberry Vault details and previews

CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution have released the cover art and full details of the forthcoming bluray release of Star Trek: The Original Series - The Roddenberry Vault. The three disc set includes several new documentaries built around an amazing archive of lost footage from the production of TOS, promising never before seen deleted scenes, alternate takes, outtakes, and all sorts of other things rescued from the cutting room floor.

This amazing recovered footage, which has been secretly and painstakingly catalogued and analysed by Mike and Denise Okuda over most of the last decade is joined by new interviews by Star Trek creators and commenters. Additionally the set includes twelve episodes picked to compliment the recovered footage, presented in HD but with the original effects footage.

The main new footage is presented in a three part film, Inside The Roddenberry Vault Rod Roddenberry, split across the three discs of the set. Two further documentaries is a look at the origins of the series, in Star Trek: Revisiting A Classic, and a the visual effects, including original effects elements rediscovered in the vault, in Strange New Worlds: Visualizing the Fantastic. And there's more too, additional clips have been compiled into Swept Up: Snippets from the Cutting Room Floor.

Each disc also features a new audio commentary for one episode: This Side of Paradise with Dorothy “D.C.” Fontana and Gabrielle Stanton. The City on the Edge of Forever with Roger Lay Jr., Scott Mantz and Mark A. Altman. And The Trouble With Tribbles with David Gerrold and David A. Goodman.

The set is due for release in December. Full details of all the new features are described in the press release text after the jump. But first, here are some tantalising preview videos:

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Star Trek Discovery comics and novels to launch beside TV series

Kirsten Beyer and a big Discovery banner (via Jordan Hoffman)
The Star Trek: Discovery panel at this weekend's Star Trek Mission: New York convention revealed some exciting news for us Star Trek tie-in fiction fans: As I'm sure many anticipated, the series will see Star Trek novels and comics published to tie-in, but in a new move for Star Trek, those stories are being developed in tandem with the production of the series, coordinated by Voyager novelist and Discovery writer Kirsten Beyer, and to be ready for release alongside the series early next year.

The first prose story, published by Simon and Schuster of course, will come from David Mack (of Destiny, Vanguard, and so much more renown), while IDW's new comic series will be written by Mike Johnson (switching timelines from his usual role as the writer of almost every Kelvin timeline comic).

While it's not clear exactly how much each medium might bounce off the other, it certainly sounds to me from the brief remarks that this will be a somewhat different approach to Star Trek tie-in fiction than usual - Having some degree of multimedia coordination, when normally the novels and comics trail behind some time later following wherever on-screen Trek leads.

It might even sound somewhat reminiscent of what Disney are doing with Star Wars tie-ins these days, with Kirsten Beyer existing in the role of Lucasfilm's "story group". Indeed this kind of cross platform vision for Star Trek is what Bad Robot were hoping to launch when they took over the movie arm of Trek - But they only got so far as having the many comics, and one video game (and of course several Kelvin timeline novels were sacrificed along the way).

And for anyone concerned, Kirsten Beyer apparently also confirmed she will be continuing with her wonderful Voyager novels alongside her Discovery writing. Yay.

Continue below for further remarks on Discovery from Beyer, and fellow Discovery writer and panel member Nicholas Meyer.

Friday, 2 September 2016

You can soon 3D print your very own Star Trek Online armada

Cryptic Studios have announced the most excited expansion to Star Trek Online yet: The game will soon be entering the real world, in the form of 3D printed model starships from Eucl3D.

You will soon be able to order twelve inch models of any of your ships in the game - And with the game featuring several hundred starship designs from every corner of the Star Trek universe, and endless ways to customise them, that is one huge range of potential ships just waiting to be printed!

Details of pricing and how to order are yet to be announced (but based on what they quote for products from other games, I'd expect somewhere between $100-$200 for models this size). Cryptic and Eucl3D have released a load of pictures with sample models of several unique Star Trek Online ships. Continue below to check them out:

Version Five of the Star Trek Lit-verse Reading Order Flowchart

Can't figure out which book to read next in the tangled web of Star Trek novel continuity? Well fear not, Thrawn and I have once more updated The Almighty Star Trek Lit-verse Reading Order Flow Chart, with all the latest releases, and a few not even out yet.

If you've not found your way to it before, the flow chart lays out all the connections between the modern prose continuity which link the relaunch series books of TNG, DS9, Voyager, Enterprise, New Frontier, Titan, Vanguard, and more, detailing how they crossover and spin-off.

As always, you can find the full size version on its own dedicated page here on The Trek Collective, which you can find at any time via the "Reading Order" tab at the top of the page.

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Star Trek Beyond's costume design

Star Trek Beyond introduced several new Starfleet uniforms, plus a whole load of clothing for all those aliens roaming around on Yorktown and Altamid.  So the costume designers certainly had plenty to get their teeth into! Continue below for a look through some of their work from the film.

Sanya Hays was the costume designer on the film, and worked with several other concept artists to develop the look of what we saw on-screen. These first couple of images looking at Jaylah come from Christian Cordella:

Latest Star Trek: Discovery details from Bryan Fuller

Star Trek: Discovery show runner Bryan Fuller recently appeared on the Nerd World Report radio show, and revealed several new details about the new Star Trek TV series and its production.

That chat included some details on how far along the writers have got: At the moment they have the first three scripts written, outlines for episodes four and five, and a clear idea of the overall shape of the rest of the series (so far there are no time travel stories it was noted). The first episode is a two-parter, with the first hour written by  Alex Kurtzman and Fuller, and the second half from Nicholas Meyer.

Fuller is expecting there will be some casting announcements in October, and is hoping to work with actors from previous projects.

An interesting detail was revealed about the lead character: She is apparently a first officer, and will be referred to as Number One:
Our character, when we introduce our protagonist, she is called Number One, for that very reason, in honour of Majel Barrett’s character in the original pilot. And as we were first talking about the series, and talking to CBS, we said, initially we will only call the character Number One, because in the 60s, in the first pilot, Gene Roddenberry was very progressive and had a female first officer.

First nuTrek postage stamps, and US stamp release datails

It's been an exciting year for trekkie stamp collectors, with dozens of new Star Trek postage stamps released around the world, representing almost every Star Trek series. While we're still waiting on some TAS stamps to truly cover every corner of the Star Trek universe, St. Kitts have now helped to fill one gap, with the release of the first ever postage stamps featuring Kelvin timeline subjects.

Seven stamps have been released as two miniature sheets, using promo shots from the first nuTrek movie. One sheet features most of the main characters (sorry Scotty and Chekov), while the other has a single stamp featuring both Spocks.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Star Trek Beyond's alien prosthetics

Star Trek Beyond makeup designer Joel Harlow boasts there are no less than fifty aliens in the movie, packing in dozens of new species as a nod to the fiftieth anniversary. In fact by the time his team were done there were some fifty-six different species featured in the film, many represented by multiple unique character designs!

A team of about seventy makeup artists and designers worked throughout the shoot to bring the aliens of the film to life, and now many of those artists, as well as the actors they transformed, have been sharing their amazing creations. Continue below for a look at some of the many new aliens from the film.

One of my favourite images to appear so far is a fantastic split screen photo posted by actor Joe Taslim, showing his character Manas as both the alien we saw throughout the film, and his original Human form as Anderson Le of the USS Franklin:

Friday, 26 August 2016

Book bits: DTI and Prey covers, and details of future books

Books news! Continue below for bumper update on the latest novels and novellas, including new covers, and details of new books.

First up, the latest cover to enter the wild is snazzy spacey cover for the latest book in Chrisopher L. Bennett's Department of Temporal Investigations series. The ebook novella Time Lock, is due next month.

Star Trek Beyond tie-in adverts

Several companies have arrangement promotional partnerships with Star Trek Beyond, with a few of them releasing TV adverts in the progress. I've previously posted Hewlett Packard Enterprise's Starfleet Academy field-trip to Iceland. But by far the more interesting element of HPE's association is that they designed several props for the film, integrating their own technology concepts of The Machine, and their rectangular logo. I've posted some details of those before too, and now HPE have released a couple of videos giving a closer look at what they helped design.

IDW's November Star Trek comics

IDW have released their November solicitations, which include no less than four Star Trek titles; including two new comics, and two omnibuses. Continue below for all the details.

Boldly Go #2 will, as ever, be written by Mike Johnson, with art by Tony Shasteen. Here's the blurb, which reveals a lot of the set-up for the post-Beyond pre-Enterprise-A adventures of the crew:
The blockbuster series continues with an all-new STAR TREK adventure set after the events of STAR TREK BEYOND! Captain Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S Endeavour encounter a new threat to the Federation, but one very familiar to STAR TREK fans! Meanwhile, Spock and Uhura face an uncertain future on New Vulcan!
The book will be offered in four different covers. The main cover featuring a pretty exciting image of Sulu about to quantum leap... is by George Caltsoudas. Tony Shasteen provides the subscription cover, which continues a series that will through the first six issues of the series, with each cover focused on a different member of the Enterprise crew. Two further covers have yet to be revealed, but one will be a photo cover, and the cover will feature art by Marc Laming. Note the covers feature a pretty sharp new title treatment for the series. Boldly going indeed!

Thursday, 25 August 2016

John Eaves' prop designs for Star Trek Beyond

Star Trek production artist John Eaves has been working on Star Trek productions since The Final Frontier. He is something of a rarity among the the Star Trek old-guard, in having continued to boldly go, in working on all three of the Kelvin timeline movies. For Star Trek Beyond he worked on several prop designs, the artwork for which he has been sharing on Facebook.

His favourite prop for the movie is what I am sure will be a favourite scene for many of us, when Spock the younger finds a photo among the belongings of Spock prime.

Apparently early on they planned to use a TV era image of the crew, but thankfully that changed to the promo image shot for The Final Frontier - Spock seeing his older self and crew has so much more impact on his decision making in the film.

Kelvin timeline USS Enterprise joins the F-Toys model ship range

Back in 2008 Japanese maker little models (which come packaged with sweets!) F-Toys released a range of Star Trek starship models. Now they are reissuing that original "Starfleet Collection", with one new ship in the range; the Kelvin timeline USS Enterprise (original configuration).

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Non-fiction updates: Beyond book, Picard and Klingon blurbs, and more

Lots of non-fiction updates today, including blurbs for new Picard and Klingon focused books, a video preview, and a limited edition. Continue below for all of those.

First up though, a look inside the much anticipated Star Trek Beyond Collector's Edition, which is perhaps a little anti-climactic. While the book promises to take us behind the scenes on the movie, if you're a reader of the Star Trek Magazine, it might seem familiar, as it appears the book is the latest in Titan's Star Trek Magazine article collection reprint books. Continue below to check out some preview pages (via Amazon):

Starships Collection's Holoship and Gorn, and other Eaglemoss news

Two new ships from Eaglemoss' Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection have been previewed in the latest round of solicitations. Continue below to check out them, plus other Eaglemoss news.

Due out first in the UK in November (and following in other markets as the series progresses around the world) is issue eighty-five, the Federation holoship. This boxy ship make a surprisingly interesting looking model! The first ever produced of the design.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

More model ships coming with Star Trek Beyond home video releases

The first batch of announcements for the Star Trek Beyond home video releases included a set that comes with a model of the USS Franklin, and now it seems even more little model ships will be joining the Beyond discs.

Available via Amazon in Germany is a set which includes three little ships: The USS Franklin, USS Enteprise, and a swarm ship. I'm fairly these are the same models previously offered as cup-toppers, but it's ice they're being made available by another route if you couldn't find any at a cinema.

In the US Walmart are also listing a set which comes with three model ships, and I think it's a fairy safe bet that will be the same collection seen here,with the US version of the bluray of course.

Comic previews: Connection part 2, and Star Trek Cover Celebration

IDW's latest Star Trek comic releases include the final issue in the Kelvin timeline ongoing series, and a special cover gallery book to mark the 50th anniversary. Continue below for previews of both.

Issue sixty of the ongoing comic series completes the ingenious TOS/nuTrek corssover story Connection, continuing the split-page style of the first half of the story. This is just about as perfect a way to end the series and mark the 50th anniversary as you could get, and comes after a run of some of the strongest stories in the series. Hopefully the relaunched Boldly Go series, picking up events after Star Trek Beyond, will continue that line of great story telling.

As ever the issue was written by Mike Johnson, and features the art of Tony Shasteen. It is available in two covers, with the main Shasteen cover completing the diptych from the previous issue. The subscription cover is by Jorge Fornés, with colour by Mark Roberts.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

New details of Discovery setting and characters

At the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills yesterday, Bryan Fuller, show runner of the new Star Trek TV series, Discovery, reveals lots of new details about the show's setting and characters. Continue below for all the latest.

The show will apparently take place about ten years before The Original Series, and focus on a previously established event in Star Trek history, something mentioned in TOS:
There’s an incident and an event in Star Trek history that’s been talked about but never been explored. To do this series, we’re telling a much more serialized story, to dig deep into a very tantalizing storyline. And we have a character who’s on a journey, and in order to understand something that is alien, she first has to understand herself.
While the exact natural of that event has not been revealed, a few thing have been ruled out by Fuller, it will not focus on the Battle of Axanar, the Kobayashi Maru scenario, or the Romulan War (although that suggestion was apparently remarked on as being "close"). Section 31 will also not be the focus but “might be some marble through the meat of our season”.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Andorians coming to Star Trek: Discovery?

Star Trek: Discovery show runner Bryan Fuller tweeted the following tease of a photo, captioned simply "#StarTrekDisco MAKEUP TEST". Now is we assume Star Trek Disco does indeed refer to the TV series, rather than the exciting new 50th anniversary pop-up dance venue... It sure looks a lot like there's an Andorian due to visit the USS Discovery.

Of course this could be some other alien with antennae. But surely we all want Andorians back? And surely the obvious connection is not unknown to super trekkie Fuller.

Star Trek Beyond ship and location concepts from Victor Martinez

Following the release of the film, it seems to production artists of Star Trek Beyond are keen to show off what they've been working on to bring the film together at super speed. Victor Martinez worked on ships and locations for the film, including a small Federation fighter than didn't make it into the film. He posted the following on his Facebook page:
Here's another look at the aircraft I designed for "Star Trek Beyond", dubbed the "Battle Shuttle". It was created for an earlier version of the script, and unfortunately was cut from the final script, but perhaps influenced the enemy "Swarm Ships" we do see in the final film. Both are small, dart-like fighters, ultra-maneuverable, and can carry a pilot and 2-3 passengers in a toboggan tandem style seating. 

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Keepsake USS Franklin coming, and other Hallmark Star Trek updates

Every year since 1991 Hallmark have released at least one Star Trek ornament in their Keepsake range of Christmas decorations, including a model ship every year. At this week's Star Trek Las Vegas convention they announced which ship is coming next, and I'm sure it will be no surprise that 2017 will be bring us the ship of the moment, the USS Franklin. released this image. While not noted in report, I expect this model will have light and/or sound features.

Meanwhile this year's range of Keepsakes have just recently gone on sale, and include several Star Trek designs. Continue below for a look at them all.

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Star Trek Beyond's new USS Enterprise, by Sean Hargreaves

Erm, spoilers? Sorry folks, but this article is about a certain ship that appears at some point in Star Trek Beyond. As even those who have not yet seen the film must know, Star Trek Beyond sees the final mission of the Kelvin timeline's USS Enterprise, and so it was surely inevitable the crew would need a replacement... Continue below for a look at that iteration of the Enterprise.

The task of designing that new Enterprise fell to Sean Hargreaves (who also designed the USS Franklin and Starbase Yorktown). As you can see in the images below, which Sean has released, he skillfully blended the key shapes from the original, prime timeline, Enterprise, with new organic forms, that makes this new USS Enterprise-A both familiar and very new.

The latest FanSets collectable pins, featuring ships, characters, and more!

Back in June FanSets launched, with the promise of making numerous pins featuring characters from several media franchises, starting with Star Trek. They apparently have some sixty pins already available or at some point in production in their Star Trek collection alone, including "MicroCrew" representations of characters, and "MicroFleet" ships with a sort of mission patch feel. Here are many of the ones they have so far released/announced, and continue below for a look at all the most recently announced additions to the collection:

Friday, 5 August 2016

The art of Starbase Yorktown, from Sean Hargreaves and Milena Zdravkovic

My new favourite thing in the entire Star Trek multiverse is Starbase Yorktown; that staggeringly beautiful structure is one of the most amazing creations to ever grace the screen, and a perfect icon of the Federation utopia. Indeed, designer Sean Hargreaves put that rather perfectly when I talked to him about it:
Yorktown was what Roddenberry's entire source material was about. Living together in harmony, with other planets and cultures we have all discovered.
As a big fan of the design, I am of course really pleased that Sean has shared much of his artwork from the production of Star Trek Beyond, which details how he and other artists created this beautiful thing.

Let's start on the outside, with the outer doors that let starships fly into the very heart of the base. The first image here shows an earlier iteration of the design, which was later widened.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Starships Collection's run up to issue ninety announced

Eaglemoss have announced, via, several new ships coming soon to their magazine and model series, Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection. Continue below for a look at those newly announced ships, and other updates from the collection.

So working back from the furthest ahead, due out as issue ninety is the Romulan scout ship (which will arrive first in the UK in January, and as ever follow later in other markets as the series progresses in each part of the world). This isn't the first model ever released of this design, but I believe it will be much larger and more detailed than any previous release, following little Micro Machines and Wizkids game miniature versions.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

USS Franklin production art by Sean Hargreaves

Star Trek Beyond production artist Sean Hargreaves is responsible for many of the most eye-catching designs from the film, and has been sharing some of his work from the production. Continue below for a look at the the USS Franklin, and how it became the ship we now know.

These first few renderings show the more or less final form of the ship as we see her in the film, including what has become quite a familiar image; the first piece of concept art that introduced us to the design months ago.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Amazing video of the Smithsonian's USS Enterprise restoration process

Star Trek visual effects artist Bill Geogre just posted this amazing video chronicling the restoration and reconstruction of the original USS Enterprise filming miniature, before she went back on display at the heart of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum new look Milestones of Flight Hall (as recently reported).

The ship was taken apart by the conservators at the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy facility, with almost the Entire ship painted anew, save for the top of the saucer, the only place where the original paint had been preserved. This video shows that process in detail, and it makes me tense just watching it - Can imagine the sense of responsibility handling that half century icon?

New Star Trek role play game coming from Modiphius Entertainment

Modiphius Entertainment have announced they are working on a new Star Trek role play game, Star Trek: Adventures, which is set for release next summer.

The game will span the entire prime timeline, and will also make use of miniature models of characters, as Modiphius describe in their announcement:
Star Trek Adventures will use the Modiphius 2d20 game system (Mutant Chronicles, Infinity, Conan, John Carter of Mars) designed by Jay Little (Star Wars: Edge of the Empire, X-Wing Miniatures Game). Modiphius is also sculpting an accompanying Star Trek miniature figure line, the first to be produced in 17 years. 
Modiphius say that the focus will be on telling new stories, but will have plenty of familiar faces:
Yes there will be pre-generated characters for many of the well known personalities from Star Trek including Picard, Kirk and more, but the focus will be on creating your own stories in the Star Trek universe. 
They also emphasis it's not all fighting:
In Star Trek Adventures the ability to solve problems, deal with moral dilemmas, unearth conspiracies or ancient mysteries, will be as important as being able to command a ship in action or lead an Away Team under fire. 

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Cool new South Korean Star Trek Beyond posters

Star Trek Beyond might be out in some parts of the world, but plenty of countries are still waiting, with releases in August for many in Europe and Asian, most of South America having to wait until September, and poor old Japan not getting it until October! Which means months of continued marketing for the movie still to come!

I wouldn't expect much more than localised versions of the posters and trailers we've already seen in most cases. But in South Korea, where the film is out in a couple of weeks, they have decided to do their own thing, and released two brand new posters with a totally different look to all the others so far. This first one shows off Starbase Yorktown in all it's gravitational bending glory:

Friday, 29 July 2016

Super cute Pin Mates bridge playset

At the San Diego Comic Con the Entertainment Earth booth had plenty of Star Trek stuff on display, including one of the most charming and adorable Trek toys in an age: The delightful Pin Mates bridge playset. Designed for play and display with the tiny wooden peg renditions of the TOS crew recently released by Bif Bang Pow, the playset appears to come with three extra Pin Mates, which add Nurse Chapel to the crew, alongside a wrap-uniform variant of Captain Kirk, and Spock equipped with a painted on tricorder.

The Entire bridge has been recreated, with the front portion removable so you can look into the bridge from the front as well as above. In the Comic Con display the two sections were stacked on top of each other.

Mezco expands its Star Trek action figure range with tribbles, chairs, and more

At the recent San Diego Comic Con, Mezco announced some new Star Trek additions to their One:12 Collective range of highly detailed 1/12th scale action figures. Continue below for a look at the new figures, and the latest on the rest of the range.

The newly announced figures include a Trouble with Tribbles variant of Captain Kirk, in his wrap-style uniform, which of course comes with lots of tribbles!

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Star Trek comics round-up: Green Lantern crossover continues, Captain Data, Gold Key, covers, and more

Lots of Star Trek comics news below, including the return of Captain Data, preview art and covers from several series, and IDW updates from the San Diego Comic Con.

First up, a new crossover series! Last year's really rather good Kelvin timeline/Green Lantern crossover series, The Spectrum War, ended quite surprisingly with the Green Lantern characters apparently having settled in the Star Trek universe. A sequel series due to start later this year promises to pick up where the previous tale left off:
Captain Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise will once again cross paths with the Green Lantern Corps in a sequel to last year’s Star Trek/Green Lantern series. The creative team of Mike Johnson and Angel Hernandez will reteam for another epic space opera, this one picking up the new status quo where it left off and introducing additional cosmic heroes and villains familiar to fans of both series. 

Mega Bloks Star Trek displays and sets at Comic Con

Mattel's Mega Bloks put on a show at the San Diego Comic Con over the weekend, and while they don't appear to have displayed any of their excellent TOS ships and playsets, they did have a bit of Trek going on in their booth, which focused entirely on their Kubros range of stylised figures. Indeed a giant version of the Kubros Spock was one of their centrepieces:

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: