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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…