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Monday, 6 April 2020

Star Trek jigsaws to wind away your time

Stuck at home in need of something to do? Maybe you need a jigsaw puzzle to fill a few hours? Well lucky you, there are several recent Star Trek designs just waiting to be put together. Continue below to check out the latest:

New to the world of Star Trek are Cobble Hill, who last year launched a range of Star Trek designs spanning all the older series. All of their Star Trek designs are 1000 piece puzzles, and all come with a poster too (I assume of the same design).

My favourite of the collection is their Women of Star Trek puzzle, which celebrates all the major female characters from TOS, TNG, DS9, Voyager, and Enterprise:

Sunday, 5 April 2020

A Star Trek concert and virtual roller coaster, care of the Movie Park

Here's a nice musical treat, in the vein of many an online arts streaming event in these days of quarantine, the Movie Park Germany theme park have released a 24-minute video of the recording of the music for their Operation Enterprise roller coaster. Opened a few years ago, this is currently the world's only Star Trek roller coaster, and also includes a tour through set recreations, all accompanied by specially recorded music; a mix of classic Trek themes, and brand new music composed just for the ride. You can check out the music, which is pretty rousing, right here:

Friday, 3 April 2020

The Starships of Star Trek Picard

Star Trek Picard expanded the fleet of the Star Trek universe with quite a wide variety of ships, including a heroic Borg Cube, giant space flowers, and an impressive expansion of Romulan starship design. I thought it would be fun to have a look back through all the ships featured; so continue below starships fans:

Picard is the only Trek TV series apart from DS9 not to have its primary setting aboard a Starfleet starship with the very familiar saucer and nacelles silhouette. Instead we got La Sirena, Cristóbal Rios' Kaplan F17 Speed Freighter.

Picard season one soundtrack details

Lakeshore Records have today released the full season one soundtrack for Picard. The album includes Jeff Russo's music from the entire season, including all the tracks from the previous Chapter One soundtrack, the Blue Skies cover featuring Isa Briones which released as a single last week, plus 26 new tracks filling out the rest of the season's music. That adds up to a 55 track release, with more than 2.5 hours of music!

This is available now as a digital download or stream, and according to a tweet from Jeff Russo there will be a CD release later, plus a vinyl edition with a smaller selection of tracks (but no doubt much prettier presentation).

Continue below for the full track listing:

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Kelvin timeline behind the scenes round-up: Prosthetics, costumes, props, concept art, and photos!

Do you enjoy a visit to the Kelvin timeline? Then dive below for a look back at some behind the scenes goodies to recently surface from the production of all three films! Including lots of on set photography, concept art, alien prosthetics, costumes, and props!

We can start almost right at the start, with Alnschloss K'Bentayr, a crew member on the USS Kelvin. The prosthetic mask for this character is currently up for sale from The Prop Gallery, giving us a great chance for a closer look. Check her out:

Doctor McCoy dilemma in latest TOS novel

Simon and Schuster have announced a new forthcoming Star Trek book, the latest TOS novel from Greg Cox. A Contest of Principles will be a five-year-mission era tale focusing on Doctor McCoy and Nurse Chapel; an extraordinary timely selection, when I'm sure we're all ready to celebrate the work of the medical professions! Here's the blurb:
An epic new Star Trek saga by New York Times bestselling author Greg Cox set during the original five-year mission!

The planet Vok is holding its first free elections after years of oppressive military rule. Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise have been dispatched by Starfleet to serve as impartial observers, but remaining neutral proves a challenge, as Kirk confronts a tangled web of scandal, conspiracy, and assassination plots—with the stability of an entire sector at stake.

To make matters worse, Dr. Leonard McCoy has vanished while on a mission of mercy to Braco, a nearby planet only a system away. With Kirk unable to abandon his vital mission on Vok to hunt for his friend, it’s up to First Officer Spock and Christine Chapel to lead a team in search of the missing doctor, even if it means risking whatever fate befell McCoy.

Unknown to his friends and crewmates, however, McCoy has been spirited away to another world, Ozalor, where he’s expected to find a cure for a mysterious ailment plaguing a member of the planet’s ruling family. Torn between his Hippocratic oath and his desire to escape, McCoy finds himself at the center of deadly palace intrigues—and a struggle for power that may ultimately consume all three worlds!

Monday, 30 March 2020

New images of Funko Pop vinyl Discovery figures

Coming in July are Funko's first Pop! vinyl figures based on DiscoveryMichael Burnham and SaruEntertainment Earth have recently updated their listings for these with new images, giving us a look at the character's final forms (after previous art previews). I think the characters translate really well into the Funko Pop! form, especially Burnham, who looks really sharp here:

Picard finale travel poster and behind the scenes photos

Following the release of the final episode of Picard season one, CBS have released a whole bunch of on set photography, giving us a glimpse behind the scenes. Continue below to check that out.

But first, here's the last in their excellent series of social media travel posters, this time celebrating Coppelius; complete with all the key tourist attractions: The crashed Borg Cube, giant space flowers, android twins, two moons, and cool pointy architecture!

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Blue Skies single previews further Picard soundtrack release

Lakeshore Records have announced a second Picard soundtrack album coming along in a few days time, and before that have released separately the beautiful version of Blue Skies from the show, sung by none other than Isa Briones, aka Soji/D'jahl/Sutra. The music was of course orchestrated by Picard and Discovery composer Jeff Russo, in this instance building upon the original creation of the great Irving Berlin. The track is available for download, or streaming, such as on Spotify below:

Here's a closer look at the cover art:

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Eaglemoss reveal latest starship books

New listings have revealed covers and blurbs for a couple of forthcoming starships books from Eaglemoss. Continue below for the details of those, plus some other book updates.

First up, the latest volume in the Star Trek Shipyards series will feature The Borg and Delta Quadrant ships, of course mostly from Voyager (the Borg ships should include a few from other series). This series is largely built upon the in-universe segments from the magazines from The Official Starships Collection, thought typically feature a few added entries for ships that haven't been made as a model in that series yet, plus some extra artwork. Here is a not-final cover: