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Thursday, 30 April 2015

This (last) month: April 2015's Star Trek releases

I've cut this so fine this month that imagine most of you will in fact be reading in May! But none the less, continue below for a round-up of all the Star Trek stuff that made its way into the world in April 2015.

Books

It's a busy month for comic books, plus the latest novel, and an issue of the Star Trek Magazine. This month's prose adventure was Uncertain Logic, the third in Christopher L. Bennett's Rise of the Federation series.
Years ago, Jonathan Archer and T’Pol helped unearth the true writings of Vulcan’s great philosopher Surak, bringing forth a new era of peaceful reform on Vulcan. But when their discovery is seemingly proven to be a fraud, the scandal threatens to undo a decade of progress and return power to the old, warlike regime. Admiral Archer, Captain T’Pol, and the crew of the U.S.S. Endeavour investigate with help from their Vulcan allies, but none of them suspect the identity of the real mastermind behind the conspiracy to reconquer Vulcan—or the price they will have to pay to discover the truth.

Meanwhile, when a long-forgotten technological threat re-emerges beyond the Federation’s borders, Captain Malcolm Reed of the U.S.S. Pioneer attempts to track down its origins with help from his old friend “Trip” Tucker. But they discover that other civilizations are eager to exploit this dangerous power for their own benefit, even if the Federation must pay the price!

Beam into your shower, TNG style

Following on from their previous TOS shower curtain set, ThinkGeek have moved onto the 24th century with their new TNG transporter room shower curtain. Which looks like this:


The shower curtain is available now. As is the recently released USS Enterprise sushi set, for which ThinkGeek have now released a video to better demonstrate how it works. Check that out after the jump:

Leggings, Hawaiian shirts, and more creative Trekwear from Mighty Fine

Mighty Fine have recently released several new creative forms of Star Trek clothing, including this glorious TOS Hawaiian shirt!


Continue below for more TOS and TNG themed releases from Mighty Fine, including leggings, ties, and a sweater!

Romulan Bird of Prey, Worf bust bank, and other DST updates

At the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Diamond Select Toys have revealed their next all new electronic starship toy, the Romulan Bird of Prey - This was first displayed at the Toy Fair earlier in the year, but photography wasn't allowed, so now the rest of the world can see it in all its glory. Images via Tomopop and DST' Facebook page.



Also coming soon is a reissue of the Enterprie NX-01 model, with a new and much improved paint job. Continue after the jump to check out that, and other new stuff from DST:

Friday, 24 April 2015

Starships Collections' USS Enterprise, Hirogen, D'kyr, and more!

The next two issues of Eaglemoss' Official Starships Collection have now been solicited, and come July, when the series gets to issue fifty, we have a ship I'm sure will get more adoration than most, the one that started this whole Star Trek thing going, the original USS Enterprise. This is followed by the Hirogen Hunter from Voyager, which looks like it's going to be one of the more impressive models in the series to me!



Preliminary covers have also been released. Both of these issues will be arriving in July in the UK, and will arrive in the US come August/September, with the rest of the world to follow as the series progresses in other markets.


Continue below for more previews from the series!

IDW's July Star Trek comics, with loads of covers!

July is a big month for Star Trek comics, with the new Green Lantern crossover series headlining IDW's solicitations for the month, plus new issues of the nuTrek ongoing and New Visions series. Continue below for details of them all, and a lot of covers!

Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War #1
Written by Mike Johnson, with art by Angel Hernandez.
Two iconic franchises collide for the blockbuster crossover event of 2015! The crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise meets the Green Lantern Corps for the first time in an all-new adventure that spans the cosmos! Don't miss the thrilling first chapter of THE SPECTRUM WAR, as Kirk and Spock make a most unusual discovery on a lost world... igniting events that will change the fate of empires!
There are at least seven different covers for this issue! The regular covers are by Gabriel Rodriguez (check out the pencil art for this on the artist's Tumblr), Francesco Francavilla, and Elsa Charretier:


Saturday, 18 April 2015

Eurydice, Part 2 preview

Out this week was issue forty-four of the nuTrek ongoing comic series, the middle section of the three-part Eurydice story. Continuing from the previous issue, the Enterprise and crew are stranded far from home (thanks to a continuity glitch that might be either the Delta Quadrant, or the Andromeda galaxy!). Continue below for a five page preview from the issue, including a snazzy new transporter effect:

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Sacraments of Fire cover

Simon and Schuster have released the cover for David R. George III's next DS9 novel, Sacraments of Fire. The story is set to pick up some of the dangling threads from The Fall, and along with the follow-up, Ascendance, it appears will also be filling in some of the missing period  from the DS9 relaunch when the series jumped forward to align with the post-Destiny timeframe - While the blurbs don't hint at filling in that missing time in this first book, the cover certainly does, with Iliana Ghemor (last seen at the end of The Soul Key when she became the Ascendants' messiah) looming over the new Deep Space 9:


Sacraments of Fire is due out in August, and Ascendance is coming in January. Continue after the jump for a reminder of the blurbs:

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Ships of the Line and other 2016 calendar updates

Universe Publishing have released updated covered and new preview images for some of their 2016 Star Trek calendars. The biggest reveals come from Ships of the Line, with new front and back covers revealing some (but not all) of the competition winning designs that will feature in next year's calendar:



If you can't quite make out what you're seeing on the back there, I believe we have:
  • The Insignia class, one of my favourite fan designs (inspired, I believe, by one of the proposals for a next generation starship in the TNG Technical Manual), which I'm delighted to see in an official publication.
  • What appears to be a meeting of the TV era TOS Enterprise and the Enterprise-C.
  • An Argo-type shuttle on the way to the Enterprise-E.
  • The Enterprise-D, with the big shuttlebay open (same image as the cover).
  • A refit Constitution class ship next to a spacedock, possibly with a pre-refit inside said dock (I can't quite make it out).
  • Another pre-refit Enterprise in spacedock, this time seen from within the dock, and with a classic shuttle flying by.
  • A new TOS-era ship, with a similar configuration to the USS Kelvin.
A preview image form inside the calendar has also been released, which means there are four (maybe five if there's a centerfold) images yet to be revealed! Continue after the jump to check out a USS Defiant picture from the calendar, and updates from other 2016 Star Trek calendars:

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Primate Directive final chapter prevew

Out this week is the final issue in The Primate Directive, the TOS/Planet of the Apes crossover comic series. Continue after the jump for a five page preview. But first, here are all three covers (and the credits page), including a Leonard Nimoy tribute.



Monday, 6 April 2015

Starships Collection issues 61-65 revealed, and more

Eaglemoss' Hero Collector website has a new post revealing five more ships in the line-up for the magazine and model series, The Official Starships Collection. Continue below for the details of those issues, and more news from The Collection.

The newly confirmed issues start with the Norway class, the last of Alex Jaeger's First Contact fleet in the series, which will be issue sixty-one. This will be out in early December in the UK, with the US following in January, and other region getting it as the series catches up.

Sixty-two will be the smaller of the two Voth ships from Voyager's Distant Origin, Professor Gegen’s research vessel. Hopefully we can still look forward to the huge city ship later in the series.
Sixty-three is a design which originated from The Animated Series, and then with the addition of a crew compartment became the Antares in the remastered version of Charlie X. This will be the first 2016 issue of the series, due out in the UK early in January next year.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Star Trek/Green Lantern crossover comic

IDW have announced their latest Star Trek crossover comic series, The Spectrum War, a six-part Green Lantern crossover, which for the first time ever will see the nuTrek crew encountering beings from another universe. Starting in July, the series will be written by Mike Johnson, who has penned all IDW's nuTrek comics to date, and will feature art from Angel Hernández, who recently illustrated several issues of DC Comics' Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse. Here's the blurb for the series:
Now all Star Trek fans can watch their favorite U.S.S. Enterprise crew members meet Hal Jordan and the entire Green Lantern Corps in an adventure that spans space, time and all the colors of the spectrum. Set in Star Trek’s 23rd Century, the balance of the universe will be tested when the Green Lantern Corps’ Power Rings come into the possession of certain Star Trek characters while a dark and powerful evil looms around every corner. Only the combined power of the Green Lantern Corp and the Federation stand any chance of stopping those who worship evil’s might.

I'm sure we can expect lots of different covers in this series, and the first issue is already down for at least four, from Gabriel Rodriguez (above), Francesco Francavilla (below, after the jump), Garry Brown. and Elsa Charretier. Other issues in the series will see cover art by  Declan Shalvey and Marc Laming.

Friday, 3 April 2015

New Trexels drinking vessels

Icup, makers of novelty kitchenalia, including a number of previous TOS themed releases, have expanded their Star Trek range with some new Trexels releases. The pixelated forms of Kirk and company can now be found on the side of a set of four twelve-ounce glasses:


And a landing party about to meet the Gorn also features on a plastic cup, which has a screw on top and reusable straw!


Thursday, 2 April 2015

Family Guy quests for stuff on the Enterprise-D

The USS Enterprise-D is visiting Quahog in a special Star Trek event in the Family Guy mobile game, The Quest For Stuff. The Star Trek event, which continues until the end of April, sees players exploring the Enterprise, and meeting members of the crew. Here's the blurb from the developer, Tinyco:
Join the denizens of Quahog as they collide with the cast of Star Trek for a raucous race to save humanity! After sustaining heavy damage from the Borg, the USS Enterprise and its crew set an emergency course back in time for Earth, year 2015. The Enterprise’s Commander William Riker infiltrates Quahog on a mission to protect baby Stewie – whose future self creates technology which threatens the Borg’s very existence. With baby Borg Bertram in hot pursuit, Riker enlists Family Guy, Peter Griffin, to repair the Enterprise, save the crew, and protect the future of Mankind… oh, and Stewie too.

Players will explore the USS Enterprise, visiting reimagined versions of iconic locations like The Bridge, Holodeck, Sickbay, Engineering and more. Throughout their exploration, players will meet and unlock The Next Generation crew including Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Lt. Commander Data, Lieutenant Worf, Chief Engineer Geordi La Forge, and more – with voices from the actors of the television series.

Extending the adventures to the edges of known space, players can send away teams on exploratory missions to other planets, collecting resources and rewards. Back on the Bridge, give enemies “all she’s got!” using photon torpedoes to blast enemies and debris into deep space. Other epic fights pit players against the warp speed-reproducing Tribbles, who are choking Quahog’s communities. Take a turn in the Captain’s chair and equip the deck for the final face-off with the Borg and prepare to rendezvous with the biggest names in Starfleet, including the one and only Captain James T. Kirk!
And here's the Enterprise as she appears in the game:


Continue below for a trailer, and more images and information from the game: