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Sunday, 23 September 2018

New Wizkids game: Conflick in the Neutral Zone

Wizkids have announced a new Star Trek board-game, Conflick in the Neutral Zone - And yes that's the right spelling; a play on words, as the game involves flicking discs around to defeat your opponents:
Resource-rich planets have been found in the Neutral Zone and both the Federation and Klingon Empire are out to exploit them!

In this simple flicking game, players will flick discs representing the various ships found within the Star Trek universe. These ships are used to collect resources or attack other ships.

Collecting resources (energy and command points) is accomplished by bringing a collector ship within range of an energy or command point planet. To attack, you must use your attack ship to hit an opponent’s ship off the planet or board. Successfully attacking an opponent will award a command point.

But attacking isn’t always easy—players can add in asteroids in order to block shots and protect their ships.

Your fleet can be expanded during your turn by purchasing more ships, allowing you to increase the strength of your forces and ultimately claim the planets for yourself.

The game is over when a player reaches 10 command points, and that player is declared the winner.

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Short Treks trailer, and titles and dates announced

CBS have announced the full details of the forthcoming four episode run of the Discovery spin-off Short Treks mini-episodes. Continue below for episode descriptions, release dates, and credits. But first, check out the trailer (US geo-locked alas, but the Instagram version should help you if you can't see on YouTube):

IDW's December Star Trek comics, 2019 hints, and Transformers crossover preview

IDW  have announced their solicitations for December, which include two new Star Trek comics (both the final issues of their respective series). Continue below for full details of those, hints at a new series for 2019, previews from the Transformers crossover, news of the latest omnibus releases, and more!

So first up, coming in December:

Star Trek vs. Transformers #4
Written by John Barber and Mike Johnson, with art by Philip Murphy.
With the Enterprise disabled by the Klingon-Decepticon alliance, things look dire for Spock, Optimus Prime, and the landing team. But with the Autobots’ help, can Captain Kirk come up with a solution to save the day from a massive Cybertronian threat?
This book will be offered in three covers. The A cover by Philip Murphy has yet be released, but we can check out the rest. The B cover is by Priscilla Tramontano, featuring Optimus Prime filling the viewscreen on the Enterprise. There will also be a retail incentive cover by George Caltsoudas, featuring M'Ress (who is getting a good showing on covers for this series), and, I think, Bumblebee.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Star Trek Nemesis soundtrack on vinyl

Star Trek Nemesis has become the latest Star Trek movie to get a shiny new vinyl soundtrack release. Available now from Varése Sarabande is a two disc set, featuring Jerry Goldsmith' music from the film on distinctive (thalaron) green discs! If you're a fan you'll want to get in quick though, as this is a limited edition of just 750!

At long last Jerry Goldsmith’s final musical journey into the Star Trek universe gets the vinyl treatment. Now available in a deluxe 2 LP gatefold jacket is the full & thrilling score to Star Trek: Nemesis on green thalaron colored vinyl. Also included are detailed liner notes by Star Trek historian, Jeff Bond. Get this exclusively on our website before Shinzon does.

Eaglemoss starships updates: First look at XL Enterprise-C, new previews, and new ships confirmed

Lots of updates from Eaglemoss' starships collections today, including news of new ships confirmed for the series. But first, let's check out some new previews:

First up we have our first look at the tenth XL ship, the USS Enterprise-C, which has just recently appeared on the UK Eaglemoss webshop, with the promise of an October release.

Friday, 14 September 2018

Cancelled Kelvin timeline Playmates toys revealed

Back in 2009, the relaunch of the Star Trek movies with the first Kelvin timeline film brought with it the return of Playmates to Star Trek toys, coming with ambitious plans for a large range of of Star Trek action figures at multiple scales, role play props, and model ships. Alas those ambitions quickly became the latest chapter in Star Trek toys' long history of flops, and after the initial wave plans for expanding the collection were quietly forgotten, while the lingering remains of the first releases found themselves covered in discount stickers.

By the time Playmates pulled the plug they had already announced the line-up of a second wave of action figures, which would have expanded the available cast considerably, including the Delta Vega creatures! But it was known Playmates were already at work on further releases too, and now thanks to an eBay seller we can get a look at what they were developing. Kateunc2 is offering copies of several pieces of concept art, which were apparently "personally obtained via previous worker at Playmates"; they seem fairly credible, as they illustrate several lines Playmates were known to be working on. Continue below to check out what could have been.

Many of the pieces shown are versions of Spock, so I guess either Playmates were really keen on Spock variants, or whoever smuggled these out just had that preference. That includes Spock prime as we first met him in the movie, in his Delta Vega thermals. This design is for one of Playmates smaller 3.75 inch scale "Galaxy Collection" figures; in fact all the action figure artwork shown here appears to be for the smallest scale range Playmates were working on.

Get funky in the latest TOS Trek-wear

TOS inspired clothing is getting pretty jazzy lately, with rainbows, neon colours, comic book inspiration, and more giving the latest TOS Trek-wear some pop. Continue below to check out some of the latest releases.

Drawing colourful neon tinted imagery from the Tokyo Invasion Star Trek branding are a pair of "lounge pants" from ThinkGeek, released last month. Covered in a dense texture of blue Star Trek imagery, there are also larger renditions of Spock, Kirk, the Enterprise, and both Japanese and English text on the legs. These are just the latest product to use these designs are drawn from artwork used to promote Star Trek in Japan in the 70s, with previous examples including an even brighter martial arts top.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Terra Incognita #3 preview

Out this week is the third issue of Terra Incognita,  IDW's latest TNG comic seasoned with mirror universe Barclay. This particular issue focuses on Doctor Selar, and Vulcan culture in general. Angel Hernandez takes on the art duties for this book, from regular writers Scott and David Tipton.

The book is offered in four different covers, with the A cover, featuring an energetic group of La Forge, Crusher, and Selar (the main crew characters in the issue) from Tony Shasteen and colourist JD Mettler. The B cover is a photomontage featuring Geordi as well. There are also two retail incentive covers; one by Elizabeth Beals which features Riker and Worf mok'bara training (curiously enough neither character appears in this issue at all!), and the most issue relative cover of the set, featuring Selar and a lot of Vulcan-ness, by J.K. Woodward

Continue below to check out all the covers and a five page preview.

Friday, 7 September 2018

Model kits round-up: Updates on K't'inga class, Oberth class, and USS Kelvin kits

I've got a round up of the latest Star Trek model kits news today, with updates on several exciting up-coming releases, including the first Oberth class and USS Kelvin kits. But first, lets take a close look at what is surely the most significant model kit release of the year, Round 2 Models' Polar Lights 1:350 scale Klingon K't'inga class battle cruiser.

Round 2 are hoping to have this big kit out before the end of the year, and have just recently released the box-art for both the kit itself and the separate lighting kit. Both are in the latest style Star Trek packaging, which has been nicely specified to the ship with a Motion Picture Klingon in the character segment, and V'Ger making a pretty background to the model shots, which are of course emulating the shots of the ship from the movie.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

New TNG postage stamps, including TNG cats!

Star Trek postage stamps have over the years have explored most corners of the Star Trek universe now (still waiting on some Discovery and TAS releases), but just occasionally they get really out there, and the latest release is certainly one of those times!

Released by the Marshall Islands in July, the latest Star Trek stamps series features artwork from Jenny Parks' Star Trek: The Next Generation Cats book. Twelve designs are available, released as two collectable miniature sheets, which together give us all the main TNG characters and a few secondary ones too - This is just the latest in an increasingly diverse range of spin-offs from the Star Trek Cats series, which other recent releases including T-shirts and mobile accessories.