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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:

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.


Thursday, 23 August 2018

IDW's Star Trek comics for November

IDW have released their solicitations for November, which include three new Star Trek comics. Continue below for all the details of those, and other comics news.

New in November is the return of the anthology series Waypoint, in the form of a one-off oversized special:

Waypoint Special 
Written by Dave Baker and Nicole Goux, Brandon Easton, Jackson Lanzig and Collin Kelly, and Matthew Dow Smith. Art by Nicole Goux, Josh Hood, Sonny Liew, and Matthew Dow Smith
The anthology series spanning 50 years of Star Trek returns in this oversized annual! These weird and wonderful stories—set during the Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and more—expand on rarely explored corners of the universe or provide closure for long-forgotten plot threads. But they all remind us of why we love Trek. This volume features your favorite characters, including Data, Q, and Ezri Dax, handled by the top creators of today and the future!
Some of the creators have filled in some details on their stories: Jackson Lanzig and Collin Kelly's story will be illustrated by Sonny Liew, and focused on Spot and Data, via Twitter. While Matthew Dow Smith's stories is titled Histories, although he's not revealed history of what just yet, also via Twitter. There's just one cover for this book, by Josh Hood:


New Orleans class comes to Star Trek Online, plus Disco content

One of my favourite ships from the Wolf 359 fleet, the New Orleans class, is coming to Star Trek Online. Continue below to check out two variations of that design, and a Klingon cousin, as well as some previews from the forthcoming Discovery content coming to the game.

The New Orleans class joins the game as a "recon destroyer", and is available either in it's original TNG era configuration, or a new 25th century take on the design. STO designer Thomas Marrone tweeted these images of the classic configuration of the ship:


Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Action figure updates: DST Borg, Discovery Titans, and Mego

Got a bunch of Star Trek action figure updates today, including the latest from Mego and Titan Merchandise. But first, let's check out something new from Diamond Select Toys:

We got our first look at DST's forthcoming Star Trek Select Borg action figure a few weeks ago, and now it's up for pre-order - Entertainment Earth anticipate an March release. DST have released a new image, which disappointingly doesn't show the arm implants included:


The description makes it sound really fun though, with the assortment of interchangeable parts allow this one release to make many different drones (hopefully DST will release many more photos to show off this feature!):
A Diamond Select Release! Resistance is futile! No Star Trek fan can pass up the opportunity to own the ultimate Borg action figure! This 7-inch, fully poseable action figure is based on the Borg's appearance in Star Trek: The Next Generation, and includes multiple interchangeable parts, including human and Klingon heads, various eyepieces, different tool arms and a removable vest. You can create dozens of different configurations and build an army of Borg! With a full 16 points of articulation, this figure comes packaged in display-ready Select figure packaging with side-panel artwork. Sculpted by Patrick Piggott!

Hallmark updates: Lots of new itty bittys, and 2019 keepsake line-up

Hallmark have been busy of late, getting ready already for their 2019 Keepsake collection already, which includes several Star Trek items. But first let's check out some of their latest itty bittys release, which are available right now!

Just recently turning up on the Hallmark website is a new itty bittys cuddly character two pack, Kirk and Khan, from The Wrath of Khan:


Behind the scenes ship bits: Disco Klingons, K't'inga and Bajoran miniatures, DS9 art, and more

I've gathered some of the behind the scenes Star Trek starship design bits and pieces to hit the web recently, to enjoy a look at what goes in to bringing starships beloved and obscure to screen. Today's assemblage includes close looks at the K't'inga class and Bajoran transport filming miniatures, loads of DS9 concept art, and some Voyager and TNG bits too. But first, lets check out the very newest stuff, fresh from Discovery.

Discovery concept artist Samuel Michlap has shared several pieces of his work on his ArtStation profile. Those include pieces giving a good look at the Klingon obelisk from the very start of the series, both in its inactive mode, and deployed to light-up, with the latter showing a particularly elaborate design.


Saturday, 18 August 2018

Star Trek Cats clothing and gadgets!

Star Trek Cats is turning into a bit of a sub-brand within Trek merchandise. Following the TOS and TNG Star Trek Cats books, Jenny Parks' feline illustrations have found themselves part of a calendar, offered as various accessories before, and now there's a bunch more stuff!

Available now is a range of Star Trek Cats T-shirts, featuring portraits of Cat-ptains Picard or Kirk, or the clever TNG cat logo:


Non-fiction book bits: New Eaglemoss starships books, Stellar Cartography update, and novelty book previews

Lots of Star Trek non-fiction updates today, including previews of up-coming releases, and new details on the Stellar Cartography re-issue. But first, let's take a look at Eaglemoss' latest:

As promised, the Star Trek Shipyards series looks set to expand beyond its initial Starfleet offerings, with the third book in the series due to explore The Klingon Fleet. The details of this come from a Canadian online catalogue, which anticipates a release in May next year, credits Ben Robinson. Marcus Riley, and Matt McAllister as authors, and give us this cover and blurb:

UPDATE: This is now available to pre-order on Amazon too.

The Star Trek Shipyards series provides Star Trek fans with the first ever chronological guide to the starships from the television and film series. In this third volume, the ships of the Klingon fleet are explored from their first appearances in the original Star Trek television series through their most recent appearances in the hit new series Star Trek: Discovery.

A chronological history of the Klingon fleet from the Star Trek television programs and films, including the TV series Star Trek: Discovery.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Terra Incognita #2 preview

Out this week is the second issue of Terra Incognita,  IDW's latest TNG mirror universe comic series (although the mirror elements are fairly minor in this particular issue).

Scott and David Tipton continue in writing their ongoing mirror universe saga, with Carlos Nieto on art duties for this issue.

The book is available in four different covers, with Tony Shasteen summarising the Vulcan/Cardassian ambassadorial dispute of the book on the A cover. The B cover is a photo-montage featuring this issue's focus character, Deanna Troi. There are also two retail incentive covers; a moment with Geordi and Data by Elizabeth Beals, or J.K. Woodward's own take on the story specifics.

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

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Discovery finds its Spock

CBS have announced the much anticipated casting of the new Spock for Star Trek: Discovery, and chosen for the role is Ethan Peck, who certainly looks rather Spock-ish to me!


Peck is the grandson of fellow actor Gregory Peck, and has been acting nearly all his life, amassing numerous TV and film credits, including recurring roles in the series I Ship It and 10 Things I Hate About You.

Sunday, 12 August 2018

New Star Trek novel format and blurb updates

Simon and Schuster announced the details of the first 2019 Star Trek novels a week or so ago, and have now released updated blurbs for them too. Continue below for new details of these new books.

Before that though, there is a new detail on the format too, as listings for these books reveal they are all to be released as trade paperbacks (as well as ebooks) - That's the larger format paperback published by Gallery Books, which previously was used to release additional titles on top the the monthly released smaller mass market paperbacks from Pocket Books (both Pocket and Gallery are imprints of Simon and Schuster). All the previous Discovery novels have been released in this format, but it would appear this will now be the standard across the entire Star Trek novel range.

With only three novels so far announced for 2019, it remains unclear if a monthly release cycle will resume or not. Also not yet revealed is whether these books will get audio releases, although in the last couple of years it has become increasingly common for Star Trek novels to get simultaneous audio editions, so I'd be surprised if most if not all did get that treatment.

Anovos' Niners baseball gear, Disco shirts, and new TOS releases

Anovos have released and previewed a whole bunch of new Star Trek costume replicas and novelty clothing items at the recent Star Trek Las Vegas convention, and now those are starting to appear online too.

Those new items include new versions of the DISCO T-shirts, the distinctive Wrath of Khan landing party jackets and TOS equipment belts, and an entire range of pieces based on the Niners baseball team from DS9's Take Me Out to the Holosuite. Continue below to check them all out.

The Niners gear is all up for pre-order, and of course includes the Niners baseball cap, complete with the Niners logo embroidered patch on the front, and a subtle Starfleet delta to one side.


QMx Worf sculpture and Klingon badge available now

In a Klingon double whammy, QMx have released their new Worf sculpture and Klingon emblem badge this month. Continue below for lots of new images and details of both.

The Worf model is the second character release in their Star Trek Mini Master's range, following the previous Locutus figurine. Like that release this was also to be offered as one of the items in Loot Crate's Mission Crate, although said crate is so far behind schedule that QMx's individual release now has ended up coming ahead of it's originally planned debut in the crate!

The plastic sculpture is at 1:12 scale, making Worf about six inches tall, and it posed dramatically with bat'leth raised high, ready to make a killing blow on one of his opponents.


Saturday, 11 August 2018

No Chrises (no Kirks) for Star Trek 4?

The forthcoming fourth Kelvin timeline Star Trek movie, which was supposed to see Captain James T. Kirk meet his late father George Kirk, appears to have lost both of said Kirks, as Chrises Pine and Hemsworth have reportedly both walked away from the roles due to negotationations on the pay for the increasingly high profile actors falling apart.

According to The Hollywood Reporter this apparently comes down to Paramount trying to keep costs low due to Star Trek Beyond not doing as well as hoped, this has led to them trying to get Chris Pine to take a pay cut despite him already being signed up to do Star Trek 4 as part of the deal that got him back for Beyond. Exactly when Chris Hemsworth signed up and to what is less clear, but the same effect seems to have occured.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Discovery season one home video releases

If you've been holding out for Discovery on disc, or just want a physical copy to add to your library, good news; it's coming soon. CBS Home Entertainment have announced season one of Discovery will be coming to bluray and DVD on the 13th of November (in North America at least). The boxset will include some two hours of extra features, including deleted and extended scenes, and a bunch of behind the scenes coverage. The covers for both releases reuse one of the early posters for the series:


Continue after the jump for a list of all the behind the scenes featurettes, plus a preview video of the release:

Monday, 6 August 2018

CBS wants to give us constant Trek

And who are we to stop them!

Talking to Deadline CBS's David Stapf (TV Studios), Marc DeBevoise (All Access), and Julie McNamara (Original Content), who are all titled presidents of one sort or another, had a lot to say about their plans to bring us a lot more Star Trek.

Perhaps the most exciting comment came from Stapf, who seemed to suggest an eternal supply of Trek to keep All Access alive:
My goal is that there should be a Star Trek something on all the time on All Access. We know it draws an audience, and Discovery has done quite well.
They discussed how they plan to work on both limited and ongoing series of Trek, which could include direct spin-offs from Discovery, as described by McNamara:
We’ve really talked about virtually all of the characters who popped in Discovery as potential spin-off shows. It’s obviously very much driven by our conversations with Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout and the other creators involved.

Eaglemoss announce a load of new ships for the Starships Collection

Eaglemoss have had a busy weekend at the Star Trek Las Vegas convention, announcing a lot of new ships in both the The Official Starships Collection and the Discovery spinoff. Continue below for a look at all the new ships to come:

First up we have two more ships confirmed for the Discovery collection, images of which were also posted on the Hero Collector blog. Issue seven will be the Cardenas class, and in a change to the initially announced ship for this class we are going to be getting the USS Buran - This is a particularly interesting choice as while that ship was frequently mentioned in Discovery, it was never seen on screen. The ISS Buran was featured briefly but prominently, and the USS Yeager which was the ship originally planned to be released appeared in the battle at the start of the series.


Sunday, 5 August 2018

Captain Picard returns to TV

Over the weekend at the Star Trek Las Vegas convention it has been announced that Patrick Stewart is return to play Captain Jean-Luc Picard in a new Star Trek TV project. There's exciting news on who's involved behind the camera too, continue below for more details on that.

The series is very early on in development at the moment, and little is known about the details of the show: Will it be an ongoing thing or a one-off miniseries, when it's going to air, or if any other 24th century characters might also return. We do know it's going to be set about twenty years after Nemesis (so getting close to the 25th century), and in the US at least it will be released on CBS All Access. Here's how Stewart summarised it at STLV:
He may not, and I stress may not, be a captain anymore. He may not be the Jean-Luc that you recognize and know so well. It may be a very different individual. Someone who has been changed by his experiences. Twenty years will have past, which is more or less exactly the time between the very last movie, Nemesis, and today.

We have no scripts as yet, we're just talking talking talking storylines. It will be, I promise you, I guarantee it, something very, very different. It will come to you with the same passion, and determination and love of the material and love of our followers and our fans, exactly as we had it before.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Eaglemoss confirm Spacedock, plus Ripper reveal, USS Glenn variant, XL Reliant previews, and more!

Lots of Eaglemoss updates today, including first looks, new previews, and news of new things to come to their various Starships Collections.

Top of that list is the long anticipated confirmation that Earth Spacedock will be the 15th special issue in The Official Starships Collection. This is just the third space station to make it into the collection, following Deep Space 9 and Deep Space Station K-7, and I think this iconic design from the TOS movies is long overdue; can't wait for it to arrive!


Discovery: Succession #4 preview

Out this week is the fourth and final issue of Succussion, IDW's mirror universe Discovery series. If you're a fan of Airiam you should find this an especially enjoyable conclusion to the surprisingly consequential series for Discovery's mirror characters.

The series is written by Kirsten Beyer and Mike Johnson, with art by Angel Hernandez, who also provides the A cover (coloured by Esther Sanz) for this issue, featuring many of the stories main players. The B cover is a photo of Lorca. There are also two retail incentive covers with Nick Roche and colourist Josh Burcham using the Discovery as a mirror to reflect mirror and prime versions of Burnham on one. The other is the latest in Declan Shalvey and colourist Jordie Bellaire's series of ship covers, this time featuring the USS Constellation.

Continue below to check out all those covers, and a five page preview from the book:


Wednesday, 1 August 2018

New Star Trek novels finally announced!

Star Trek novels have been regularly released every month for years, but lately the line has ground to a halt due to issues with the license renewal. But finally there is news of new Star Trek books coming! Via a panel at this week Star Trek Las Vegas convention several new books have been announced for release in 2019:

January will relaunch the novels line with the fourth Discovery novel, The Way to the Stars, by Una McCormack, which will focus on Sylvia Tilly and explore her background. We also have a cover and blurb for this one, via StarTrek.com:

Despite being an inexperienced Starfleet cadet, Sylvia Tilly became essential to the U.S.S. Discovery finding its way back home from the Mirror Universe. But how did she find that courage? From where did she get that steel? Who nurtured that spark of brilliance? The Way to the Stars recounts for fans everywhere the untold story of Tilly’s past.

It’s not easy being sixteen, especially when everyone expects great things from Tilly. It’s even harder when her mother and father are Federation luminaries, not to mention pressing her to attend one of the best schools that the Federation has to offer. Tilly wants to achieve great things — even though she hasn’t quite worked out how to do that or what it is she wants to do. But this year, everything will change for Tilly, as she about to embark upon the adventure of a lifetime — an adventure that will take her ever closer to the stars…

Friday, 27 July 2018

Silver starship Enterprise from the New Zealand Mint

The New Zealand Mint have issued the second in their series of Star Trek silver miniatures, and have gone a whole new direction this time, with a little silver model of the USS Enterprise.


This follows the previous silver sculpture of Captain Kirk; so who knows where they might go next if the series continues. The Enterprise is cast from 150g of pure silver, and the 4cm tall model will set you back $550! Just 1000 of them are being cast. Continue below to check out a 360 video and the packaging:

More Discovery coming to Star Trek Online

Star Trek Online already has a handful of Discovery ships available, but is soon to dive much deeper into the setting of the series, with new story content from the Discovery era in their latest expansion, Age of Discovery, which will include Mary Wiseman playing Cadet Sylvia Tilly in the game. Here's how they describe the new content, due to launch this autumn:
Age of Discovery opens in the year 2256, just after the Battle at the Binary Stars. In the wake of a brutal war against the Klingons, Starfleet Captains must face J’Ula, matriarch of the House of Mo’Kai and sister of T’Kuvma, who seeks to alter the destiny of the Alpha Quadrant. Players will need to rely on the help of fellow Starfleet Academy Cadet Syliva Tilly (played by Discovery actress Mary Wiseman), who has come home to assist with training and see them off on their first assignment. From there, they will journey to iconic locations from Star Trek: Discovery, like the Dilithium Mines of Corvan II, explore the new experimental Crossfield class Starship, the U.S.S. Glenn, and defend Starbase 1 from a fearsome attack by the Klingon House of D’Ghor.

Thursday, 26 July 2018

IDW's October Star Trek comics, and other updates

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

Star Trek vs. Transformers #2
Written by John Barber and Mike Johnson, with art by Philip Murphy.
The Enterprise is burning, brought down by the united forces of the Klingons and Decepticons. Captain Kirk and Optimus Prime have a plan to strike back, but can they bring their scattered Starfleet crew and Autobots together before Megatron wipes them out? The no-holds-barred Saturday morning mash-up continues!
Philip Murphy is also the A cover artist, and has released his cover, featuring Kirk transporting into or away from battling bots, via Twitter. IDW have released two other covers: The B cover, by Marcelo Ferreira (which oddly is also marked as the B cover in the art released), features a similar battle, but this time with a giant Spock looming over the scene. And there's a much friendly meeting on the Starfleet and Autobots, with Optimus Prime doing the Vulcan hand sign, on Derek Charm's cute retail incentive cover:


First looks at Eaglemoss' Vulcan and racing ships, plus new previews of XL and bonus issues

Eaglemoss have released their latest round of solicitations for The Official Starships Collection, including the first looks at the models and covers for issues 133 and 134. The latter of those is the Vulcan survey ship, one of two 20th century Vulcan ships seen in Enterprise's Carbon Creek (the other has yet to find its place in the collection). This one should arrive in September in the UK, and other markets later.


Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Trek Toys updates: Mega Construx, Titans, DST, McFarlane, Mego, and more!

Got lots of Star Trek toys updates today, mostly action figures of one sort or another from a very diverse mix of companies, styles, and series!

First up Mega Construx have added an extra Star Trek item to their slowly growing collection of construction toy compatible mini action figures. Available now as part of series three of their Heroes range is TNG's Data, who comes equipped with a phaser and tricorder.


The Heroes range brings together an assortment of Mega Construx's licenses in each wave, so this third series sees Data released alongside characters from Terminator, AliensMasters of the Universe, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Short Treks details and Discovery season 2 bits and bobs

Following the Discovery season 2 newsgasm that was the San Diego Comic Con, more details of the second season and the new Short Treks series of shorts are trickling out.

We have some notable new details on one of those Short Treks, as author Michael Chabon (probably best known for The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay) has been revealed as the writer of an episode called Calypso. Posting on Instagram he talked a little about his experience on the show:
A few weeks ago, I flew to Toronto to be on the set of #STARTREKDISCOVERY for the 3-day shoot of a short film I wrote (one of four making up a new spinoff micro-series called SHORT TREKS). Mine’s entitled “Calypso,” it stars the blazingly talented @aldis_hodge, was directed by the brilliant #OlatundeOsunsanmi, and while all of that is very exciting, the most exciting part of all, personally, was the moment you see here, in this photo. I did not SAY “Ahead, warp factor 4, Mr. Sulu,” or “Make it so!”, because after all I was aboard the Discovery, not the Enterprise. But I THOUGHT both of those things. I thought them very hard.

Discovery mirror universe exhibition from the San Diego Comic Con

At the past weekend's San Diego Comic Con CBS put on an exhibition of costumes, props, and concept art from Discovery's mirror universe episodes. If you weren't able to visit, let's take a virtual tour:


More Eaglemoss busts previews

Eaglemoss have released a few more images of their new Star Trek bust collection, giving us a look at the models they have previously previewed from a few different angles. So far four characters have been revealed, Kirk, Spock, Data, and Worf, all depicted in their main TV era uniforms. The running order has yet to disclosed. Continue below to check them out: