Sunday, 27 December 2020

TNG aliens come back to life

Inspired by some awesome restoration projects, I've gathered together some of the latest TNG behind the scenes bits and bobs I've come across to take a look at a few of TNG's aliens; including some memorable one-shot wonders, and some more established species too. Continue below for some real treats.

What sparked this exploration was seeing some amazing work done recently by Tom Spina Designs, who specialise in restorations and display models and have worked on several Star Trek projects over the years. Their newest creation is a beautiful display of one of the Solanagen-based lifeforms from the episode Schisms. Working with an original costume and mask, they recreated new hands to finish off the alien and then gave it a suitably creepy pose for display. Check it out:


Friday, 25 December 2020

Discovery round-up: Su’Kal previews, behind the scenes photos, travel poster, and Killy's log!

This week brings us episode eleven of Discovery season three, with the promise of the return to the Burn mystery in Su’Kal. Continue below for previews of the new episode, and a round up of all the latest bits and bobs from last week's mirror universe escapade, including a great new travel poster, fun new log entry from Captain Killy, and lots of behind the scenes photos.

First up, here's the blurb and trailer for Su'Kal (trailer also up on StarTrek.com if you prefer to Instagram below):
Discovery ventures to the Verubin Nebula, where Burnham, Saru, and Culber make a shocking realization about the origin of the Burn as the rest of the crew faces an unexpected threat.

Friday, 18 December 2020

Discovery round-up: Terra Firma, Part 2 previews, and loads of mirror universe badness in behind the scenes and set photography from part 1

This week brings us part two of the current Discovery mirror universe story Terra Firma, and as ever CBS released an assortment of previews ahead of the episode going live. They've also gone to town with imagery and more looking at last week's part one; the on-set photographer must have been enjoying themselves! Continue below to check out all that golden armoured goodness!

First up, here's the blurb and trailer for this week's new episode (which can also be viewed on StarTrek.com if you prefer):

Georgiou uncovers the true depths of the plot against her, leading her to a revelation about how deeply her time on the U.S.S. Discovery truly changed her. 

Seven's Reckoning #2 covers and preview pages

Out this week is the second issue(ad) of IDW's new Voyager comic miniseries, Seven's Reckoning(ad). The issue, titled Concrete and Iron are no Match for Flesh and Bone, is written by Dave Baker, with art by Angel Hernandez, colours by Ronda Pattison, and continues the story of Seven of Nine (new to the Voyager crew at this point) and her interactions with a new alien race Voyager has encountered. 

This issue is offered in three different covers: Hernandez and Pattison also provide the A cover(ad), featuring Seven and one of the Ohrdi'nadar; or there's a photo B cover(ad), featuring Captain Janeway; or if you can find it, the rarer retail incentive cover(ad) by Jeffrey Veregge, which also features Seven, discovered an alien artifact.

Continue below to check out a five page preview, and all the covers for this issue.

Thursday, 17 December 2020

Lower Decks finally coming to the rest of the world. Plus cool behind the scenes artwork from the series.

Lower Decks is finally coming to viewers outside of the US and Canada! CBS have at last announced Amazon Prime Video(ad) will be the new come of the animated comedy Star Trek series in Europe, Japan, India, Australia, New Zealand, "and more". All ten episodes of the first season will arrive on the 22nd of January in 2021.

Continue below for more Lower Decks updates.

Friday, 11 December 2020

Discovery round-up: Terra Firma, Part 1 previews, The Sanctuary behind the scenes, alien make-up, set photos, travel poster, and more!

Lots of Discovery bits in my latest round-up, including plenty of behind the scenes goodies related to last week's The Sanctuary, as well as aliens from earlier in the series, and some great set photos. Plus another fun new travel poster, the latest Instagram log, and more! But first, the preview's for this weeks new episode, Terra Firma, Part 1. Starting with the blurb and trailer (which is also up on StarTrek.com if you prefer):

The U.S.S. Discovery crew journey to a mysterious planet in hopes of finding a cure for Georgiou’s deteriorating condition. Stamets and Adira make a stunning breakthrough with the newly acquired Burn data.

Wednesday, 9 December 2020

Eaglemoss' Build the Enterprise-D series launches in 2021

Eaglemoss Hero Collector are launching their Star Trek: The Next Generation - Build the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D part-work collection(ad). Following a trial run of the first few issues last year, the series is due for its proper start in February, with sign-ups starting now.

Over 120 issues (!), the collection will build a 70cm long model of the Enterprise-D, with die cast metal parts, and lighting throughout (including nacelles, impulse engines, deflector, windows, and navigation lights). The model can also saucer separate, with independent power supplies in each part so the lights will still function while separated. Everything comes pre-painted, and either clicks or screws into place. Each issue also comes with a magazine (see below for details of that).

Here's a little video showing the model in action:



Sunday, 6 December 2020

Round 2 Models reveal brand new USS Voyager model kit, plus pre-built USS Enterprise and USS Discovery

Round 2 Models have lots of exciting upcoming releases, including a brand new USS Voyager model kit coming next year, and a new line of pre-built models, so far featuring the classic USS Enterprise, and the USS Discovery. Continue below for all the details of those, and more.

Round 2 Models recently did a YouTube product reveal for a couple of new kits coming in 2021, and one of those was a completely new 1:1000 scale USS Voyager! Check out the prototype:


Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Discovery round-up: 3x08 The Sanctuary previews, plus latest behind the scenes, travel poster, and more

This week brings us episode eight of Discovery season three, The Sanctuary. CBS have releases lots of images to preview it, plus a trailer. Continue below to check out those, plus a round up of all the latest Disco bits, including behind the scenes photos, a new travel poster, the latest Log entry, and more.

First up, here's the blurb and trailer for the new episode (trailer also on StarTrek.com if you prefer):

Burnham and the U.S.S. Discovery crew travel to Book’s home planet to help rescue it from Osyraa, the formidable leader of the Emerald Chain. Meanwhile, Stamets and Adira continue their search for valuable information on the origin of the Burn.


So many Star Trek pins! All the latest from FanSets, QMx, Numskull, and Forbidden Planet.

Looking for some Star Trek pins? Then continue below for all the latest designs from FanSets, including multiple Badgey pins, a Christmas design, new character and ship pins, and more! Plus a new range of TOS pins from Numskull, 32nd century Federation merch from Forbidden Planet, and QMx combadge reissues.

As previously reported, FanSets are continuing their annual tradition of a festive Star Trek pin with a Christmas themed Badgey this year, freshly released this week:


Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Cool Star Trek miniatures, props, and artwork up for auction from PropStore

This week PropStore are running their Treasures from Film and Television auction, which includes props, costumes, miniatures, and artwork from numerous series, including a lot of really cool Star Trek stuff. Continue below to check out the highlights.

The most eye-catching item on offer is a miniature of the refit USS Enterprise, used in The Wrath of Khan, The Search For Spock, and The Undiscovered Country. The model is used for close-ups of the engineering hull, with a battle damaged section (patched-up) on one side, and one torpedo tube. The other torpedo tube lights up rather satisfyingly, as do many oft he windows. Which you can see in action in this video: