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Friday, 24 January 2020

Picard season trailer, Ready Room, and behind the scenes

With the first episode of Picard now available around the world it's time to get excited about what comes next! Continue below to check out a tantalising season trailer, and a smattering of behind the scenes bits and pieces for the series so far. All of which of course include some degree of spoilers for the first episode, so continue no further if you've not watched it yet!

If you have, then point your eyes back this way and drink in this exciting trailer for episodes to come:

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

2021 Star Trek calendar line-up revealed

We may barely be into 2020, but it's already time to start musing on what calendar you want for next year! The 2021 Star Trek calendar line-up has been revealed, with, so far, eight different designs on the way. Those include the return of familiar calendar formats and themes we've had for many years, plus some new options for next year.

Continue below to check them out. Though do note the images below almost certainly do not represent the final product in at least some cases, with previously used artwork being used as a stand-in here until the publishers are ready to show off new imagery at a later date. They do at least give us a flavour of what to expect.

So first up, the US releases, from Universe Publishing, who have six different designs on the way. Those include a new Star Trek Cats calendar. We have had a couple of Star Trek Cats calendars before, from Chronicle Books (who published the books they are based on), in 2018 and 2019, each focusing solely on TOS and TNG respectively. With Universe taking the reins this time the new calendar includes artwork from both eras.

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Star Trek Online introduces a Federation/Klingon hybrid ship

In the world of Star Trek Online the Federation and the Klingons have swung from being friends, to being at war, to now being really good friends - And that apparently means their starships are now having hybrid babies!

Coming soon, as part of a 10th anniversary event, will be the Khitomer class Alliance Battlecruiser, the first original design from the in-universe Allied Cooperative Starship Development Board, which brings together Starfleet, Klingon, and Romulan expertise to build the new Allied Fleet Service between the three powers - You can read more about the in-universe explanation in a Star Trek Online lore blog.

Monday, 20 January 2020

Funko Pop! Discovery figures on the way

Funko have revealed their return to Star Trek with a preview of two forthcoming Discovery characters in their Pop! vinyl range. Coming soon are Michael Burnham and Saru:

UPDATE: Entertainment Earth now have these up for pre-order, suggesting a July release.

Friday, 10 January 2020

Tribbles breakfast cereal art prints!

In a gloriously strange product choice the latest offering on the Star Trek Shop is a range of poster prints of the Tribbles breakfast cereal box art, as seen in the post-credits mock-advert from last year's tribble-stuffed Short Treks episode, The Trouble with Edward.

The Tribbles cereal range includes the classic Tribbles: Original Flavour, appealing Hairy Berry, the according-to-the-advert new flavour Spicy Ranch (with sheriff tribble mascot!), and not seen on-screen there also an additional Cinnamon Tribbles ("the non-stop pop") variety! Check out the not-exactly-appetizing jokes in the small print!

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Star Trek costumes, props, miniatures, and concept art heading to auction

There are two big TV and movie auctions coming up in the next couple of weeks (from Profiles in History and Julien's Auctions), and both feature numerous Star Trek lots, offering many costumes, props, miniatures, and pieces of production art from several Star Trek movies, and all of the classic live action TV series. Continue below to check out some of the highlights.

If you're a fan of The Motion Picture you might be able to get hold of something interesting, as several of the lots from Profiles in History are from the film. My favourites are a couple of pieces of Robert Fletcher costume concept art, mainly because Spock's "meditation garments" are so gloriously unusual!

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

New Star Trek coins feature the TOS and TNG crews

The two mints currently releasing Star Trek coins have both had new releases recently. Continue below to check them out:

From the Perth Mint we have a new TOS coin, featuring the USS Enterprise, along with Captain Kirk, Spock, and Doctor McCoy.

Sunday, 10 November 2019

USS Enterprise and Borg Cube PCs, and other Trek gadgetry

Got a round up of the latest Star Trek gadgets today, including USB sticks hidden in insignia badges, a wireless charger, and the latest Borg Cube PC. But first, the most extraordinary Star Trek PC so far released:

Remember the USS Enterprise shaped PC that Lenovo were showing off last year? Well they and Tiburn (aka Titanium Technology) only went and actually brought it to market! This starship-shaped computer has been licensed for release in twenty-five countries, which I assume is covering the Asian market, as so far it has been offered via crowd funders in China (via JD Finance) and Japan (Makuake) - These were run earlier this year, and the PCs are starting to arrive with backers now.

Check out this snazzy video which shows of the features of the starship computer:

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Discovery starship production art round-up

The many people who help bring Star Trek to life often share their work with the wider world, given us a great insight into their process and designs. Today let's take a look at some of the latest starship focused art from the makers of Discovery:

First up, from the distant future Short Treks episode Calypso we have a welcome close up look at the V'draysh escape pod. This was shared by modeller Kelvin Tam on their Art Station portfolio, who commented:
Was fun working on this vehicle, because I got to do most of the designs. I even tried to figure out the pod door opening with some keyframe animation but never got in the final cut.

Lovarzi's Discovery uniform inspired scarves and hats

Lovarzi have been making stylish geek-infused Star Trek winter wear for a little while now, and have just revealed their latest designs, which include several taking inspiration from the Discovery uniforms, pus some new TOS and TNG pieces. Continue below to check them out:

My favourite from the new range is this Discovery delta patterned scarf, which is a really good example of Lovarzi's perfect balance of design; taking icons and design influences from the series, and using them in a way that celebrates them while still looking like everyday clothes (rather than some novelty on-the-nose print). The pattern in Disco uniform colours is accented here with a Starfleet Command patch.