Sunday 20 July 2014

Ships bits: SDCC event, DST Enterprise-A, and more

Here's some starships news, starting with details of a ship-centric event at the San Diego Comic Con next week. report there will be a Ships of the Line panel on Thursday July 24th, which will see:
...a team of Star Trek designers showcase the art and inspiration of Star Trek’s most famous Ships of the Line and explore why starships have fascinated and inspired fans for nearly 50 years.

Panelists include John Eaves, Andrew Probert, Doug Drexler, John Goodson, Greg Jein and Mike Okuda and every fan who attends the panel will be given a starship collectible from Eaglemoss.
Sounds like a ship-lovers dream! I know Doug Drexler has been working on the new covers for the forthcoming expanded edition of the Ships of the Line book; I wonder if they might also reveal that at the event?

Now to more tangible ships: DST have formally announced they will be reissuing their USS Enterprise-A electronic starship. The new version will be based on the Enterprise as seen in The Undiscovered Country, and promises a new paint-job, lighting, and sounds.

Entertainment Earth already have a pre-order up, and are expecting to be shipping her from January next year. Meanwhile posted details of all the sounds, promising it will include alert, impulse engines, phasers, photon torpedoes, warp drive engaging and transporters, as well as dialogue from all three films to feature the A, specifically:
Kirk: "My friends, we've come home."
McCoy: "What's the matter Jim?"
Kirk: "I miss my old chair."
Kirk: "Engine room, we'll need all the power you can muster, mister."
Kirk: "Let's see what she's got."
Kirk: "Kirk to Scotty, lower shields."
Sulu: "We stand ready to assist you."
Uhura: "Mr. Spock, Starfleet is screaming."
Chekov: "We must respond personally."
Scotty: "Captain, she's packing quiet a wallop."
Kirk: "Where's that damned torpedo!"
McCoy: "She's ready Jim, lock and load!"
Kirk: "FIRE!"
Kirk: "Once again we've saved civilization as we know it."
Spock: "If I were human, I believe my response would be "Go to hell.""
Kirk: "Second star to the right, and straight on 'til morning. "

Continue after the jump for even more ships, including QMx's Enterprise refit, the latest from Eaglemoss, and more Ships of the Line:

Announced last week, QMx will be releasing a different model of the refit USS Enterprise, a metal desktop model. The QMx blog has now posted about this as well, including releasing a higher res photo to tempt us with. Oddly they also quote a different size to that suggested last week, claiming the model will be ten (rather than eight and a half) inches long. Their listing for the model now also gives an estimate for the release date, which they expect to be in the first quarter of next year.

Moving away from Enterprises, The Facebook page of The Official Starships Collection has posted the cover for issue twenty-six in the series, the 22nd century Tholian webspinner. This will be debuting in the UK in a few weeks (you can see a picture of the model in one of my previous reports):

Finally, Ships of the Line artist Dan Uyeno has blogged his image from the 2015 calendar on his blog. But of course that's only web resolution, so if you really want to drink in this Romulan War spectacle, you'll want to grab a copy of the calendar, which has just been released this month!

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Unknown said...

I'm all about getting more love and attention for the Enterprise-A -- such an underrated vessel, especially with the original NCC-1701 soaking up most of the spotlight (granted, it was the progenitor and all that, but still).

It had an eight-year service history, with lots of distinctions to call its own, but rarely even turns up in the novels or comics any more. Will definitely be getting this.

Unknown said...

I hope to heck that somebody is going to be there to live tweet that panel!

Dan said...

Very impressed with that Daedalus upgrade.

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