Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Discovery's Captain Pike cast

CBS have announced a much anticipated bit of casting, the new Captain Pike, who will appear in season two of Star Trek: Discovery. The captain of the Enterprise will be played by Anson Mount, who bares a striking resemblance to the original Captain Pike, played by Jeffrey Hunter - So alike I'm not entirely convinced they haven't utalised time travel to just get the original actor to reprise the role!

Sunday, 8 April 2018

2019 Star Trek calendar previews

Universe Publishing have released updated previews and covers of the 2019 Star Trek calendar range, giving us a great look at all six of the calendars on offer for next year, which include regular calendars for Ships of the Line, Discovery, and TOS series, plus a TOS art poster calendar, and diary and daily formats. Continue below to check them all out.

2019's Ships of the Line calendar looks to be packed full of great images, with one of the most exciting thankfully offered as a preview image: John Eaves and Scott Schneider's U.S.S. Enterprise - Star Trek: Discovery, which gives us great look at the new look USS Enterprise, alongside the USS Discovery.

The back cover reveals the rest of the images in the calendar, with a pretty diverse offering:

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Fear Itself cover revealed

The third Star Trek: Discovery novel, James Swallow's Fear Itself, is due in June, and now StarTrek.com have revealed the cover, which of course features Saru, who is at the center of this latest tale, set aboard the USS Shenzhou prior to the TV series.

Friday, 6 April 2018

Latest Star Trek pins from Fansets and Anovos

Lots of pins to look at today, starting with the latest updates from Fansets' ever expanding range. Their newest release in the MicroCrew range of character pins is April Cornwell from Discovery, available since yesterday:

Behind the scenes starship bits: New-old TOS, Discovery ships, designing the Enterprise-D, DS9 kitbashes, and more!

Got some fun stuff to share with you today: Loads of behind the scenes starship bits and pieces, spanning everything from TOS to Discovery, with TNG, DS9, and the Kelvin timeline in between. Continue below for some new and rare views of starship miniatures, CG models, and concept art.

We'll start as far back as you can go: Star Trek visual effects artist Daren Dochterman recently posted a video with composited versions of the newly discovered unused shots of the original USS Enterprise miniature, as featured in the Roddenberry Vault. Check out these new views of the Enterprise (as well as Deep Space Station K7 and the SS Botany Bay) brought fully back to life:

Then coming right up to date, starship modeller Pierre Drolet, has posted on his ArtStation portfolio recent work from Discovery, including a nice up close look at one of my very favourite designs from the show, the bizarre dragonfly-meets-peacock Klingon raider:

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

New images of Eaglemoss XL USS Defiant and other starships updates

Eaglemoss have updated their online shop with new images of several new and forthcoming releases in The Official Starships Collection, the highlight of which is the XL size USS Defiant; a 22cm long model, due out in June. We've got lot more images of that model to drink in all the details of this not so little ship! Continue below to check it out:

Star Trek Discovery Annual preview

Out this week is the 2018 Star Trek Discovery Annual, a one shot comic from IDW filling us in on the delightful backstory of Paul Stamets and his fungi (as well as Doctors Strall and Culber, and to a lesser extent Cadet Tilly). Like all the Discovery comics so far announced, the book is written by Kirsten Beyer and Mike Johnson, with Angel Hernandez taking on the art duties for this issue.

The comic is available in three different covers, with a similar collection of characters and colour scheme on both the main covers: The A cover by Angel Hernandez, and coloured by Esther Sanz, and the B cover by George Caltsoudas. Also available is a blank sketch cover, ready to be illustrated by an artist of your choice. Continue below for a five page preview:

Discovery soundtrack vinyl and chapter two release details

Lakeshore Records have revealed the details for the anticipated vinyl release of Jeff Russo's Star Trek: Discovery season one soundtrack, and also announced the chapter two soundtrack to be released on CD and digital. Continue below for all the details.

As you can see, for the vinyl release they have selected some of the more colourful promotional artwork to use for the covers, and plan for equally colourful discs - Which they describe as "'Intergalactic Starburst" (and note the colours are not finalised yet). It looks spectacular! And is a fine addition to some of the other recent Star Trek vinyl soundtrack releases. They are anticipating a summer release.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Lots of creative new Klingon products announced today!

Today, the 1st of April, has seen quite the host of quirky new Star Trek product announcements, curiously all involving Klingons, which I'm sure will all be arriving on our shelves, and fridges, soon... Continue below to check out what's new.

Author Dayton Ward has announced the first new Star Trek novel in some time. Co-written with his regular writing partner Kevin Dilmore, we can look forward to a TOS adventure in, Mission to Gamma VI. Check out the cool cover art by Aaron Harvey:

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Incredibuilds wooden starship model kits revealed

Insight Editions are adding two new Star Trek releases to their range of Incredibuilds book and model kits. Featured will be the USS Enterprise from TOS, and USS Enterprise-D from TNG, both rendered in laser-cut wood, and coming with a 32-page book detailing each ship written by Star Trek novelist Dayton Ward.

UPDATE: Dayton has now blogged about these releases, including a description of what he has done in the books:
For both Enterprise editions, I took a similar approach, so you’ll get a brief rundown of the ship and their place in Starfleet history, as well as a look at each filming model’s design and creation for their respective television series. Lots of pictures are jammed into both books, as well.
As for the models: The parts pop out of a sheet of wood, and snap together with ease, following the included instructions, which also have suggestions for further crafting projects using the models (some of which are pretty cool as you'll see below). StarTrek.com and Australian retailer Dicebox have released images of both kits, continue below to check them out.

We'll start with the Enterprise-D, which for something made out of flat bits of wood is a pleasingly solid and curvy: