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Thursday, 21 February 2019

Trek TV updates: Animation rumours, Discovery titles, The Sound of Thunder previews, and more

Lots of Discovery updates today, including new episode titles, previews for this week's The Sound of Thunder, and follow-ups to last week's Saints of Imperfection. But first, a little note on other Trek TV news:

The Hollywood Reporter among others have reported that the child-orientated animated series in the works is close to finding a home at Nickelodeon. The series, which is also reported to be written by Kevin and Dan Hageman (whose previous credits include the series Trollhunters and Ninjago, and The Lego Movie), is described as being tentpole in a refreshed lineup for the network - I'm really glad to see this series progressing; Star Trek for a younger audience is long overdue, and much needed to help indoctrinate *ahem* inspire a new generation of trekkies.

Back to the current series, TV Passport has again revealed the titles for several more episodes of Discovery. Speculate away what they might mean:
  • 2x07: Light and Shadows
  • 2x08: If Memory Serves
  • 2x09: Project Daedalus
  • 2x10: The Red Angel
  • 2x11: Perpetual Infinity
And just before all those we have this week's Saru focused The Sound of Thunder. Here's the trailer:

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019

New Eaglemoss Starships books revealed

New listings give us our first looks at two new Eaglemoss starships books on the way, plus previews of other books coming before those. Continue below to check them out:

First up we have the fourth in the Designing Starships series of books, which this time is focused entirely on Discovery, promising to detail the design of every ship from season one. These books are normally mostly content from the Official Starships Collection magazines, with a few extra pages added in, but in this case, with the Discovery Collection still some way off releases of many of the season one ships, this should bring us a lot of new content finding it's first release in the book. This Discovery Designing Starships book is due out in October.

2020 Star Trek calendar line-up revealed

The Star Trek calendar ranges for 2020 from both US publisher Universe Publishing and Germany Heye have been announced, offering a selection of eight different designs to choose from. Continue below to check them out.

Perhaps this year's most unique calendar is 2020 16 Month Engagement Calendar. This format has seen a fresh new look every year for several years now, and this year they have got quite creative with a fully bilingual Klingon calendar! As you can see from the preview pages below, not only have they translated absolutely everything, but they've also gone to town with Klingon design inspired by the unique triangular based monitor designs often seen used by Klingons. The description also suggests this will encompass Klingons from all the live action TV series.

For the first time in Klingon and English, Star Trek 16-Month Klingon Engagement Calendar for 2020 features full-color photos from every live action Star Trek television show.

With text in both Klingon and English, and featuring more than 40 fan-favorite images from across the franchise's six live action television shows, this 16-month engagement-style calendar will captivate casual fans and die-hard Trekkers alike.

Monday, 18 February 2019

Mego reveal first 14 inch Star Trek figures, plus other updates

The Mego action figure revival continues to show a big commitment to Star Trek with a new forteen inch assortment of figures now set to join the already quite numerous eight inch range. On show for the first time at the New York Toy Fair, the first releases at this large scale are revealed to be Kirk, Spock, "Security Guard", and most excitingly a Gorn! I assume from the sculpt that the red shirt is actually meant to be Scotty, and Mego Museum reporting on that basis too.

While on show they are all marked up as "not final", which is clear from the packaging which has them marked up as being eight inchers! The images here come from Mego Museum and Toy Ark, who both have additional images if you'd like a closer look.

Friday, 15 February 2019

Star Trek comics update: New covers and art previews for Captain Saru, The Q Conflict, Transformers, and Waypoint

IDW and their artists have been busy releasing new covers and teases of things they're working on lately, so continue below to check out lots of exciting stuff from almost all the Star Trek series (sorry Kelvin timeline fans, nothing for you).

First up with have a new retail incentive cover for the forthcoming Discovery one shot, Captain Saru (set shortly before Captain Pike came and stole his chair!). This retail incentive cover is from Angel Hernandez, who is also doing the interior artwork. The book should be out this month.

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Eaglemoss Discovery ships updates: First look at Sarcophagus ship, another Disco-Enterprise, tardigrade, and more!

Eaglemoss have updated their listings for ships in the Discovery Starships Collection, giving us first looks and new looks at several forthcoming ships. Continue below for all the latest:

First up we have our first look at the first larger special issue in the series, the Klingon Sarcophagus ship. Even as a larger model it seems hard to do this ship justice with all it's pointy details, but they've certainly had a good crack at it! The US Eaglemoss shop has this down for March release.

UPDATE: Eaglemoss have released a much higher res image of this model as part of their Toy Fair press release:

Discovery: Saints of Imperfection previews

This week's fifth episode of Discovery season two is Saints of Imperfection, and as ever CBS have released a trailer and images for what looks to be a big spore drive unspooling episode.

Here's the trailer, via Instagram (or for slightly higher res):

CBS's preview images for the episode are particularly spoilery this week regarding who's in the episode, so if you'd rather not know, look no further (the most spoilery image is a few down):

Eaglemoss Build the USS Enterprise-D part work launches

Eaglemoss have launched a new Star Trek magazine a model partwork series, Build the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D, which does exactly what the title says! Each issue includes parts to build a large (70+ cm long) model of the Enterprise-D, with built in lighting features, and of course comes with a magazine, in this case split between building instructions and behind the scenes articles.

The model is meant to be a hybrid of details from the various studio models used in the series to try and best represent the ship, while also converting it into a model kit issued in many pieces. The kit is either assembled by clicking it together or screwing in certain parts. It does still manage to have a working saucer separation feature. Here are a few images of the model from the subscription site:

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Valentines Star Trek style: Romantic Trek-shirts from Fifth Sun, and new Star Trek jewellery

Are you in the mood for love? Continue below for some Trek-inspired Valentines fashion!

Fifth Sun have released a big range of Valentine's themed Star Trek T-shirts, tank tops, and hoodies, with playful takes on Trek tropes, and a lot of hearts!

My favourite appears to have taken inspiration from ThinkGeek's Valentine's tribble of a few years ago, with an added punny caption! This and most of the designs below are available on multiple clothing types to suit different preferences and bodies.

Monday, 11 February 2019

Oodles of Discovery production art from Disco panel at Director’s Guild of Canada

This weekend the Director’s Guild of Canada hosted a special Star Trek: Discovery panel, with many members of the the production team discussing and showing their work from the series. The panel largely focused on season one set design, but also looked at some of other details, and a few hints at things to come. Continue below to check out what was shared.

Prior to event the DGC also shared several sets of artwork, some of which don't appear to have been discussed at the panel itself. For instance this interesting set of drawings and photos from set designer Michael Stanek on the construction of the Discovery shuttlecraft set: