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Sunday, 21 July 2019

New official Star Trek podcast on the way

Nestled among yesterday's exciting updates on forthcoming Star Trek TV projects was a brief mention of another new Star Trek venture, an official podcast, which will be called Prime Directive: The Official Star Trek Podcast.

The podcast will be co-hosted by Tawny Newsome, a podcaster (Yo, Is This Racist?), comedian and actor (Brockmire, The Comedy Get Down, Bajillion Dollar Propertie$), and musician, and surely most importantly, the voice of Ensign Beckett Mariner in the new animated series Lower Decks. The other host has not yet been announced.

StarTrek.com gave this summary of what to expect:
With unparalleled access to Star Trek luminaries and behind-the-scenes creative professionals, this official podcast will take a smart, witty and thoughtful look at all things “Trek”– both old and new. Offering a high-level discussion of the themes, ideas and characters that resonate across the history of the franchise’s storied universe, episodes will also explore the brand’s 50-plus year legacy and influence in an accessible and inclusive way for dedicated and casual Star Trek fans alike.
Each episode features an in-depth personal interview with a notable guest, coverage of a Star Trek event, or a discussion of a specific topic with one or more guests. Listeners will also be able to hear updates about new projects and take part in a regular quiz segment. Guests will include the cast and creative teams behind upcoming, current and legacy projects, as well as noted writers, performers, critics, scientists, musicians, historians and scholars – all offering fresh perspectives as the franchise continues to expand with a range of new projects.

Saturday, 20 July 2019

Picard trailer is here to blow your mind

CBS revealed a bunch of very exciting surprises about Picard at the San Diego Comic Con today, with the release of a new trailer that brings us more familiar faces that we might have hoped for, and sets the scenes for a whole new Trek. Check it out (on Instagram is geolocked YouTube fails you):



Short Treks and Discovery season 3 previews

At the San Diego Comic Con today CBS announced a whole bunch of new Short Treks episodes, and revealed some new bits regarding Discovery season three. Continue below for more:

First up, without spoiling anything, check out this awesome trailer for forthcoming Short Treks (also on Instagram if geolocked YouTube lets you down):



Lower Decks characters revealed

CBS have given us our first look at the characters from the forthcoming new animated comedy Star Trek series, Lower Decks. The first season has been confirmed as being ten episodes long, and starting in 2020. Continue below to check them all out:

Revealed at the San Diego Comic Con today, and as previously hinted, the series will focus on a group of lower rank crew members working in the background on a "not important starship". The main characters will be a group of four ensigns aboard the California class USS Cerritos (a new and as yet unseen design), a Starfleet support ship:


Star Trek homewares round-up: Bottle stoppers and openers, stationary, and soap!

Got a gaggle of Star Trek stuff for practical and decorative use at home today, including pop-up cards, coasters, and even soap! But first, a whole new range of drink-accessories.

Revealed at this week's San Diego Comic Con, Factory Entertainment have been showing off a forthcoming range of Star Trek bottle stoppers and bottle openers. Figures.com got the following pictures. First up, there are two showy starship wine stoppers, the USS Enterprise and a Klingon D7. These, and everything else in this range, are described as "coming soon":


Thursday, 18 July 2019

IDW announce mirror universe Voyager comic, and other comics updates

A few comics updates today, starting with a notable new announcement from IDW: The first stand-alone Voyager comic is almost two decades! Coming in October will be Mirrors and Smoke, a mirror universe Voyager one-shot, which will be the first in a new series of mirror universe one-shots, with DS9 and TOS issues to follow later - Presumably these are all in the continuity of IDW's recent series of TNG mirror universe comics.

The Voyager book will be written by Paul Allor with art by IDW's mirror universe specialist and painter extraordinaire J.K. Woodward. Here's a blurb from the press release:
Voyager: Mirrors and Smoke introduces Captain Janeway of the Voyager, a rebel ship stranded in the Delta Quadrant, far from the ruins of the Terran Empire. When Janeway crowns herself Pirate Queen of the Quadrant, the locals – including scavengers Neelix and Kes – won’t give up without a fight. Amid this conflict, the crew of the Voyager has a second problem on their hands: just who is the Terran calling herself Annika Hansen, and can she be trusted?
And here's the first look at the mirror crew on the Woodward cover for the issue:


Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Mego reveal new Khan action figure, and Spock gift set

Mego have revealed their new Khan action figure, which will be seeking his wrath with the seventh wave of releases from the reborn Mego brand this September. Continue below to check him out, as well as a new Spock gift set, and new images of the latest releases

Khan will be one of three new Star Trek figures in mego's next wave, appropriately joined by Admiral Kirk and Captain Spock - They will be released Separately, but you can order them as a bundle from Entertainment Earth. These will be the first Mego figures outside the TOS TV era in the current run (although DST released a couple of TNG figures when they did Mego figures a few years ago).

Mego Museum released these first look photos of the Khan figure, along with previews of other non-Trek wave seven characters. Kirk and Spock are yet to be seen, although I doubt we'll have long to wait with San Diego Comic Con coming up.


Book bits: Next Discovery novel details, Too Many Tribbles preview, and more

Got a few book updates today, including a look at the new Tribbles book! But first, new book news!

There have been a handful of mystery new books with "Untitled" listings floating about for a few months now, and the first of those just got a title! Due out in December is Dead Endless, the next Discovery novel, which will be written by Dave Galanter. This book will focus on Paul Stamets and the spore drive, and according to Enterprising Individuals, who had a chat with Galanter at the recent Shore Leave convention, Airiam will also get some attention. TrekToday have released the following blurb, via a press release they were sent:
The U.S.S. Discovery’s specialty is using its spore-based hub drive to jump great distances faster than any warp-faring vessel in Starfleet. To do this, Lieutenant Paul Stamets navigates the ship through the recently revealed mycelial network, a subspace domain Discovery can briefly transit but in which it cannot remain. After responding to a startling distress call originating from within the network, the Discovery crew find themselves trapped in an inescapable realm where they will surely perish unless their missing mycelial fuel is found or restored. Is the seemingly-human man found alone and alive inside the network the Starfleet officer he claims to be, or an impostor created by alien intruders who hope to extract themselves from the mycelial plane at the expense of all lives aboard Discovery?
There's no cover yet, but surely it will feature Stamets (and some spores?).

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Eaglemoss starship book updates

Eaglemoss' range of starship-related reference books has just had it's latest release, and I've got previews of several other recent and forthcoming releases. Continue below to check the latest from the Illustrated Handbooks, Shipyards, and Designing Starships series.

First up, the latest series from Eaglemoss is the Illustrated Handbooks, which pull together material previously published in the Star Trek Fact Files, a part work magazine long out of print, to give us a detailed and lavishly illustrated guide to all the systems. The second book in that series, due in October, will focus on the original 1701 and the 1701-A, and interestingly that includes brand new content that integrates the Discovery version of the Enterprise into the overall history of the ship

Like previous Eaglemoss releases, the book is also being offered paired with a model ship, and images of that version of the book have now been released, giving us a look at the packaging, as well as a peek inside the book:


Saturday, 13 July 2019

Chronicle Collectables' impressive new Enterprise-D model

Chronicle Collectables have announced their latest, and most impressive, Star Trek release to date, a 1:1000 scale model of the USS Enterprise - That's 24 inches long, 19 wide, and 7 tall. The included base adds another 14 inches of height, and features some LCARs art. The windows, warp nacelles, impulse engines, deflector dish, and the base display are all lit too. The model is built from fiberglass, resin, and aluminium, and as you can see below looks pretty impressive (especially when lit up).


If you fancy it, it will set you back just a cent less than £2000. Chronicle Collectibles are taking pre-orders now, with the expectation of delivery in the fourth quarter of this year. Continue below for lots more pictures: