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Tuesday, 25 December 2018

Star Trek Little Golden Book previews, and Kirk Fu update

In a couple of weeks time the first Star Trek Little Golden Books will be arriving, giving us a charming interpretation of the Star Trek universe for younger readers. Two are coming in January, which I have previews of below. So continue below to check those out, plus an update on the equally nicely illustrated Kirk Fu Manual.

But first, just recently it was announced there will be a third Star Trek Little Golden Book, Too Many Tribbles. This one is due out in July; here's the cover and blurb:

Saturday, 22 December 2018

Eaglemoss starships updates: XL Akira and Discovery prototypes

A little Eaglemoss Official Starships Collection update today, but with some really cool stuff, thanks to prototype models sent out to collectors recently.

But first, we have our first look at the twelfth XL model, and one I am especially looking forward to, the beautiful Akira class USS Thunderchild. This looks to be a nice substantial model, and has a lot more detail on the paints than the regular sized version. Interestingly it also actually has the name USS Thunderchild on the saucer (unlike the previous smaller model, which is screen-accurate for the unmarked ship on-screen). This is currently listed for February release on the US Eaglemoss webshop:


Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Eaglemoss Starships updates: Fesarius, Spacedock, Disco-ships, and more!

Eaglemoss have released their latest round of solicitations for The Official Starships Collection, which reveal two new issues of their regular series. We've also got lots of new images of the gorgeous Spacedock special, and Discovery updates too. Continue below for all the latest:

First up solicitations have revealed two ships in up-coming line-up for the regular series, with issue 146 being the long awaited Fesarius, from The Corbomite Maneuver, one of the first ever ships in Star Trek. It was previously suggested this was a challenging model to pull off, which one can imagine, due to the two colours and sizes of disk that cover the surfaces in triangular panels; there's a lot of small detail on this deceptively simple model. If you look closely at this image you can see some sort of impression of the triangular shapes, but it looks to be all one colour - But the colour on the solicitation images is often a bit off anyway, so let's hope the final model does the ship justice.


March Star Trek comics

IDW have announced their March solicitations, including two new Star Trek books, plus an omnibus. Continue below for all the details, and other comics updates.

Waypoint Special 2019
Written by Matt Sheean, Malachi Ward, Thom Zahler, Stephen Mooney, and Corinna Bechko, with art by Malachi Ward, Stephen Mooney, Andy Price, and Daniel Irizarri.
The anthology series celebrating 50+ years of Star Trek continues in this new oversized special. Featuring four all-new tales written and drawn by some of today's top creators, this new installment of the hit Waypoint Special will revisit fan-favorite characters all across the Star Trek universe.
The previous Waypoint Special was only just released, but it's great to see another volume rushing up to bring us even more creative and diverse Star Trek stories. There's just one cover for this book, by Stephen Mooney, which IDW note isn't the final version yet. From it we can at least infer this book will include TOS, TNG, and Voyager stories.


Monday, 17 December 2018

Eaglemoss starship book previews

Eaglemoss have released updated covers and preview pages for two of their forthcoming Star Trek starships focused books. Continue below to check them out:

First up, the cover for the first of the new Illustrated Handbook series, featuring the USS Enterprise-D, has been updated with a different selection of images which better reflect the illustrations that will be the highlight of its contents - The book is based on the old Star Trek Fact Files, and will center around the fantastic technical and cut-away images from that magazine series.


DST updates: Latest action figure, ships, and props

Diamond Select Toys have released new preview images of their forthcoming Star Trek action figures. Continue below to check out those, plus news of lots of reissues.

First up DST have released packaging shots of the Star Trek Select Kelvin timeline Kirk and Spock figures, which are due for release next month. These new images show off the generous range of accessories each figure comes with nicely!


Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Waypoint Special preview

This week brings us the return of IDW's anthology comic series Waypoint, in a new "special" format, featuring multiple stories in a one-off book (rather than the previous two stories per book miniseries format).

We are treated to four stories spanning the 23rd and 24th centuries:

  • Only You Can Save Yourself, an Ezri Dax story written by Dave Baker, with art by Nicole Goux and colours from Miquel Muerto.
  • Consider Eternity, which picks up right after The Motion Picture, with the young Decker/Ilia entity meeting Q. This one by Brandon Easton, with art by Josh Hood and colours from Thomas Deer.
  • My Human is Not, a charming story focused on Data's cat spot, written by Jackson Lanzing and Colin Kelly, with art by Sonny Liew.
  • Histories, a creative twist on a TOS first contact, written and illustrated by Matthew Dow Smith, with colour by Shaun Steven Struble.
Josh Hood also created the cover, which spans all four stories, which was coloured by David Garcia Cruz. Continue below to check out a five page preview of the Ezri story:


Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Terra Incognita #5 preview

Out this week is the penultimate issue of Terra Incognita, IDW's mirror universe tinged TNG comic, which this issue gives us some pleasingly alien aliens. Those come from writers Scott and David Tipton, and Angel Hernandez continuing on art duties this issue.

The book is offered in four different covers from the same gaggle of artists as previous issues. The A cover from Tony Shasteen (coloured by JD Mettler) features Worf and Riker. The photomontage B cover meanwhile also features work, but this time paired with Doctor Crusher. The same duo feature on J.K. Woodward's retail incentive cover, in a much more menacing scene. And once again Elizabeth Beals gives us something more intimate and everyday on the Enterprise, this time featuring Picard, Geordi, and Wesley Crusher, doing, something...

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

Star Trek vs Transformers #3 preview

This week brings us the third issue of IDW's Star Trek vs Transformers crossover comic series, and the crossover potential is really paying of this time, with a particularly killer final page! As ever the book is penned by Mike Johnson and John Barber, with art from Philip Murphy.

Three different covers are available again, with Philip Murphy once more providing the A cover, this time featuring a whole gaggle of characters. The B cover by Gavin Fullerton has several Starfleet characters, but just one Transformer towering over them, but the best of the bunch is surely Megan Levens' (coloured by Charlie Kirchoff) featuring the female characters from the series, with a particularly majestic looking M'Ress.

Continue below to check out all the covers, plus a five page preview:


Sunday, 2 December 2018

Book bits: New books and other updates

Some books updates today, including more new audio releases, and updates, plus two new titles announced!

First up, while talking to Literary Treks (TrekFM's Star Trek books podcast), David Mack has revealed he is working on a new (presumably TNG) novel, with the working title Collateral Damage - This will be a follow up to his last TNG-era novel, Section 31: Control, which of course saw Section 31 unravel and implicated numerous members of Starfleet in the centuries long conspiracy, including Jean-Luc Picard, for his part in the cover up of a presidential assassination - The latter action occurred in a much older book, A Time to Heal, which was subject of the podcast discussion. Mack ominously laid out what awaits Picard as a result:
Eventually the truth does come out, and Jean-Luc Picard is going to have to face the music.
He also hinted that the book will explore the fallout from his Borg invasion trilogy, Destiny:
Even though we think all is well all these years later, the level of damage and devastation that was done by the Borg continues to have its effects and to take its toll on Alpha Quadrant society.

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Mego wave 3 images

Marty Abram Presents Mego, the revival of the classic action figure range is now well into it's third wave of releases, which include three Star Trek items; all of those are now listed on the Target website, which means we get a much closer look at all the new figure:

First up we have the second mirror universe two-pack in the range (following the Kirk and Spock set in wave one), this time bring us Uhura and Sulu, both offered for the first time in mirror-Mego format:


Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Eaglemoss starships updates: New ships, new previews

Eaglemoss have released their latest round of solicitations for The Official Starships Collection, which reveal, well, only one new ship this time, but some new images of others, which along with other updates from both the regular and Discovery collections, give us lots to look at. Continue below for all the latest.

Starting with Discovery, issue nine was recently announced to be the Malachowski class USS Clarke, and from the solicitations we have a new image of that Miranda-ish model, and the cover too.


February Star Trek comics

IDW have released their solicitations for February, which include two new Star Trek comics, plus an omnibus. Continue below for the details of all those, and other comics updates.

The Q Conflict #2 
Written by Scott and David Tipton, with art by David Messina
It's Captain vs. Captain vs. Captain vs. Captain in the most high-stakes scavenger hunt the galaxy has ever seen as Picard, Kirk, Janeway, Sisko and their teams compete for the amusement of their godlike tormentors. The biggest Star Trek crossover event ever continues here!
This second issue in the Q mega-crossover is offered in at least three covers, A and B by David Messina, plus a retail incentive from George Caltsoudas. We can only see the A so far though.


Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Star Trek vs Transformers #2 preview

Out this week is the second issue in IDW's Star Trek vs Transformers crossover comic series. The book comes from crossover writing team Mike Johnson (Star Trek) and John Barber (Transformers), with art from Philip Murphy.

Three different covers are available, with Philip Murphy also providing the A cover, featuring Captain Kirk amid battling transformers. The B cover by Marcelo Ferreira (coloured by Thomas Deer) features Spock in a more spacey montage of the same battle, while Derek Charm's retail incentive cover is altogether more peaceful with a cute Vulcan hand-sign exchange between Spock and Optimus Prime.

Continue below to check out all the covers, plus a five page preview:


Saturday, 3 November 2018

New Zealand Mint bring us silver Spock, Wrath of Khan and TNG poster coin-notes

The New Zealand Mint have been busy of late, producing several new items in their various collections of Star Trek coins and silver-stuff. Continue below to check out some of the latest TNG and movie inspired releases.

But first, here is the recently revealed third in their series of TOS silver miniatures, Mr Spock (who follows the previous Captain Kirk and USS Enterprise releases):


Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Book bits: New TOS novel, and release updates

A few little Star Trek prose updates today, and one big one: A new book has been announced!

Due for release in May, Christopher L. Bennett will be returning to the TOS era with The Captain's Oath. Details beyond that are minimal at the moment, with just the tiniest preliminary blurb:
An all-new novel based upon Star Trek: The Original Series, featuring Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise!
Bennett also wrote the last TOS book to be published, The Face of the Unknown, and it seems this will be the first TOS book of the new year and new run of Star Trek novels after the recent hiatus, as the previously announced Greg Cox book, The Antares Maelstrom, has now been rescheduled, with an expected August release (instead of March).

In other books news, Blackstone have announced two more CD editions of recent Star Trek audiobooks (previously only available as downloads). April will bring us John Jackson Miller's Hell's Heart, the first book in the TNG-era crossover Prey trilogy. And then in May will be Dayton Ward's TNG novel Hearts and Mind. Both are read by Robert Petkoff and feature the same cover art as the previous download editions.


Thursday, 25 October 2018

QMx's Scotty action figure

QMx have put up a listing (ahead of taking pre-orders) for Scotty, the next Star Trek character in their range of 1/6 scale action figures.

Like previous figures in the range the twelve inch tall figure includes a remarkably life-like likeness, highly detailed cloth uniform, and lots of accessories. Scotty comes with a phaser pistol, communicator, and tricorder (but no engineering equipment!), and an assortment of hands to hold those, as well as fisted hands, and open hands. Continue below to check out lots of new images of the figure, and snazzy in-universe settings for the most part:


Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Captain Saru comic on the way

IDW have announced, at Destination Star Trek over the weekend, a new Star Trek Discovery comic, titled Captain Saru. Details about what the book will be about are limited at the moment, although the title certainly implies a late season one setting for Saru to be in the chair.

This will be a one-shot issue, published in February, and comes from the usual Disco comic writes Mike Johnson and Kirsten Beyer, with art by Angel Hernandez. TrekMovie shared this Paul Shipper cover art:


Terra Incognita #4 preview

Out this week is the fourth issue of Terra Incognita, IDW's latest mirror universe infused TNG comic, from writers Scott and David Tipton, with Angel Hernandez taking on art duties this issue.

Like previous issues in the series, the book is offered in four different covers, with the A cover featuring the main characters from the issue, Riker and Wesley Crusher, by Tony Shasteen (coloured by JD Mettler). The B cover features the same pairing, in a photo-montage (which has been modified since it was previewed in solicitations). There are also two retail incentive covers, with Riker and Crusher once again featured on J.K. Woodwards cover. The final cover by Elizabeth Beals breaks the mold with a rather glorious Dixon Hill scene!

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

Monday, 22 October 2018

Mego wave 3 revealed, and wave 2 images

Mego's third wave of action figure releases this year are starting to arrive, and once again include multiple Star Trek characters. Continue below to check them all out, as well as lots of images of the wave two figures released last month.

Wave three includes four characters in three seperate releases, and Mego Museum have been quick to hunt them all down and share pictures.

First up we have a new Captain Kirk figure, released for the first time in the Mego style wearing his green wrap-tunic uniform.


Eaglemoss' next Discovery ships, and other Starships updates

Lots more Eaglemoss today, with the latest few Discovery ships just the highlight of ever more Starships Collection news coming out of Destination Star Trek. Continue below for all that's new.

So first up the next few issues of the Discovery collection have been announced, with images released via the Hero Collector blog. Going furthest into the future first, issue #10, which should arrive around January, will be the fantastically purple Klingon Qoj class - So far I'm finding the Klingon ships, so packed with detail and interesting design choice, to be the highlights of this series, and this seems to be no exception!


Saturday, 20 October 2018

Eaglemoss reveal more XL ships, bonus issues, and more!

At the Destination Star Trek convention Eaglemoss have announced a whole host of new ships in The Official Starships Collection, and released lots of new images online too. Continue below for all the latest.

First up we've got our first look at the rather splendid XL edition of the Discovery USS Enterprise (images posted on the Hero Collector blog):


Wednesday, 17 October 2018

January Star Trek comics

IDW have released their January solicitations, which include three new Star Trek books, and an omnibus. They pre-announced most of this month's big event releases a week or so ago, but did save one nugget of news for the solicitations; the Transformers crossover has been extended an extra issue! Continue below for all the details of the month's releases:

Star Trek vs. Transformers #5
Written by John Barber and Mike Johnson, with art by Philip Murphy
The stunning conclusion! As the Klingon-Decepticon alliance prepares to wipe out their enemies once and for all, Kirk and the Autobots make one last desperate bid to merge Cybertronian technology with Starfleet ingenuity. It’s a final conflict you won’t want to miss!
As IDW proudly proclaim, "Demand was so high, we’re doing another issue!". This surprise extra issue in the crossover will be offered in at least three covers, with apparently only the battle-worn retail incentive cover by Chris Panda so far revealed. The A cover will be by Philip Murphy, and the B by Josh Burcham.


Lots of new Eaglemoss ships announced, and many new images

It's a huge Eaglemoss news day, with several new ships announced for The Official Starships Collection and loads of new images of forthcoming Discovery ships, special issues, and the next shuttle set. Continue below for all the details.

First up, four new regular issues of the Starships Collection have been announced, and it's a particularly good round this time. That starts with issue 141, the first release of 2019, which will be the 24th century Vulcan ship T'Pau, of the Apollo class, as seen in TNG's Unification. This is another welcome addition to the growing Vulcan fleet from the collection, and a design I have been particularly looking forward to getting, so I'm delighted to finally see it!

We've got lots of images, as Eaglemoss' latest round of solicitation released one model photo and an initial cover design, the Hero Collector blog released a couple more photos, and the Starships Collection Facebook page also released renderings of the new announcements!


Friday, 5 October 2018

IDW crossover Q series and Picard prequel

IDW have announced two big new Star Trek comics due out next year.

The biggest of those is a new six-part multi-series crossover event, The Q Conflict, which will bring together the crews of TOS, TNG, DS9, and Voyager (sorry Enterprise, Discovery, and the Kelvin timeline!). The series will be written by many times crossover experts Scott and David Tipton, with art by David Messina, one of IDW's first ever Star Trek artists, returning to Trek for the first time in years!

The series is due to start in January. Here's how they describe the series in the announcement press release:
When a dispute between godlike beings threatens the galaxy, it will take all of Starfleet’s best captains to stop them. James T. Kirk, Jean-Luc Picard, Kathryn Janeway, and Benjamin Sisko must go head-to-head in a competition rigged by the arrogant Q and his nigh-omnipotent cohorts.
The first issue will be available in multiple covers, including connecting A and B covers by David Messina, and retail incentives by George Caltsoudas and J.K. Woodward. The artwork for Woodward's cover (or maybe covers if the image is split rather than a wrap around) is what IDW have used to announce the series:


Thursday, 4 October 2018

First look at Eaglemoss Earth Spacedock and other Starships Collection updates

It's a big Eaglemoss day, with their both at New York Comic Con revealing several new models, and many other updates from the Official Starships Collection. Continue below for all the latest:

First up we have our first look at the long awaited Earth Spacedock special, and it looks like a suitably impressive model! Toyark got this shot, along with lots more excellent coverage of Eaglemoss' booth (check out their full gallery).


Saturday, 29 September 2018

Book bits: TNG: Available Light cover, and Discovery audiobook updates

StarTrek.com have revealed the cover for their next TNG novel, Dayton Ward's Available Light, which is due out in April. The alien packed design is by Doug Drexler and Ali Ries. StarTrek.com have also confirmed this book will be getting an audiobook release. Continue below for a reminder of the blurb, and some other audiobook news:

Friday, 28 September 2018

USS Enterprise shaped PC on the way from Lenovo

What's the best sort of Star Trek product? One shaped like the USS Enterprise of course! So thank you Lenovo for bringing us the latest in a long line of things improbably starship-shaped, with the forthcoming Tiburn Enterprise Star Trek PC, which was debuted at the Lenovo Tech World Conference in Beijing this week. Mydrivers.com were on hand to get pictures:


Gentle Giant reveal their amazing Discovery statues

Gentle Giant are set to release a pair of most impressive 1/8th scale Discovery statues, taken from the very start of the series and featuring two of the most impressive costume designs from the entire season: Michael Burnham, in her long-haul space-suit, and the Klingon Torchbearer. Both are of course based on original production assets, with the Torchbearer in particular coming from work Gentle Giant themselves did making the real costume.


These are expected to ship in the second quarter of 2019, and are both now available for pre-order -Which means Gentle Giant have released a whole load of images, showing off the truly incredible level of detail these offer. Continue below to check them out:

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Short Treks: Runway trailer

CBS have released a trailer for the first episode of Short Treks, the Tilly focused Runaway. Check it out (and if you can't see the geo-locked Youtube video, see the Instagram version instead).



Eaglemoss starships updates: New ships, new previews

I've got a bumper Eaglemoss update today, including the reveal of several new ships to The Official Starships Collection, and previews of many more, from the regular series, specials, XL, and Discovery collections!

First up lets go right to the leading edge of the main series, with the latest round of solicitations revealing two previously unannounced ships in the series. Issue 140 will be the Starfleet Tug, seen fleetingly in DS9's A Time to Stand. This isn't the prettiest ship, but I find it rather delightful that Eaglemoss are able to dive so deep into the obscurities of Starfleet that we're now going to being getting a model of something like this! It should arrive first in the UK in December, with other markets following.


Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Star Trek vs Transformers #1 preview

Out this week is the first issue in IDW's latest crossover comics series, Star Trek vs Transformers: Prime's Directive. The four-part series brings together the original animated series eras of both universes, with artist Philip Murphy and colourist Priscilla Tramontano taking us right back to the retro look of both series. The comic's writing duties are a crossover in themselves, bringing together Star Trek's Mike Johnson with Transformers' John Barber.

This first book is offered in four different covers, with Philip Murphy providing both the A and B covers, which form a diptych, featuring the Starfleet and Autobot characters on the A side, and the Klingons and Decepticons on the B side. There are also two retail incentive covers, with Paulina Ganucheau giving us a feline crossover, and Derek Charm riffing on the classic TAS promo art with a Transformers twist.

Continue below to check out all the covers, plus a five page preview:

Action figure updates: Mego wave 2, DST and McFarlane previews, and standees

Lots of Star Trek action figure updates today, including new previews of forthcoming Diamond Select Toys and McFarlane action figures. Continue below for those.

But first we have our first look at the at the Star Trek figures in wave two of Marty Abrams Presents Mego revival range. Joining Sulu, Chekov and mirror Kirk and Spock from the first assortment, we will soon be able to get Spock and the Gorn.

TrekMovie posted this nice clear images of the Spock figure, which Mego Museum have found a packaged shot of. This is of course very close to the original Mego Spock figure from the 70s.


Picard desktop computer replica from Roddenberry

Roddenberry have revealed the final piece in their Picard desk set of replica prop reproductions; the previously release desk crystal and isolnear circuits set will be joined by Picard's desktop computer.

This is in fact something of an upgrade to the original prop, matching the overall look, and in some cases original techniques used to make it, but switching out some materials to give the new replica a bit more heft and durability. As Roddenberry explain at some length:

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.


Titan Magazines Discovery companion, and Star Trek Magazine updates

Just starting to turn up on bookshelves now is one of the latest Star Trek releases from Titan, the Star Trek Discovery Special Edition: The Making of Season 1, a companion to the first series including an episode guide, behind the scenes coverage, interviews, and more. Continue below to check out lots of preview pages and covers for that releases, plus other updates from the Star Trek Magazine.

Like last year's Discovery "Collector's Edition" from Titan, this special edition is being released in both magazine and book formats; in fact it's got no less than four different releases! There's the hardcover format release using one of Paul Shippers Discovery illustrations for the cover. The regular magazine format release is an assemblage of promo photos and typically magazine-ish text shouting about the contents. And then more obscurely there's a Previews exclusive tri-coloured Vulcan/Starfleet/Klingon cover, and already available for a month, the Star Trak Las Vegas exclusive cover.


Sunday, 2 September 2018

Latest TOS costume replicas from Anovos

Several new items from the TOS TV and movie eras are now available to order from Anovos, the maker of high end Star Trek costume replicas. Continue below to check them out.

First up, something that was previewed at conventions recently, the Wrath of Khan "Starfleet landing party field jacket". The elaborately collared and multi-pocket coat worn by Admiral Kirk in the film, is now available to order, with a long lead time; they're not expected to ship until autumn 2019!

There are lots of details on this piece, which as ever are meticulously recreated referencing originals, and that is no doubt reflected in the certainly-not-a-casual-purchase price of $1500. Alas so far Anovos have only released two images, so detail remain seen from afar (including the Sol Sector Earthbase patch on the sleeve, which sadly can't be seen clearly in either image):


Saturday, 25 August 2018

Eaglemoss starships updates: New previews of Discovery, XL, bonus, and more issues!

I've got a bumper collection of new Eaglemoss Starships Collection previews today, with dozens of new images of the latest Discovery ships, XL and bonus issues, the main series, and more!

First up, we've got lots of new images of the Nimitz class USS Europa, the fifth issue of the Discovery series, which is just starting to arrive with subscribers, and has also now been added to the US webshop, giving us these new previews of a nice little ship:


Friday, 24 August 2018

Star Trek Discovery season one bluray steelbook and international releases

CBS have announced further details of the Discovery Season One home video releases, including international release dates. The have also revealed new steelbook packaging for the bluray release, which will be a retailer exclusive in certain markets, including Best Buy in the US, and Zavvi in the UK. Continue below for a closer look at that packaging, as well as disc art, and other updates.