Thursday 18 November 2021

Prodigy round-up: Terror Firma previews, behind the scenes art, and Dream Catcher extra content

This week has delivered the fifth episode of Prodigy, which will now be taking a break until January, so the last for the time being. Continue below to check out previews for the new episode, some cool behind the scenes art from across the series, and extra content reflecting on last week's episode.

There isn't an episode specific trailer for this week's new episode, but there is a new general trailer. This mostly features familiar shots, but does include one tantalisingly brief new scene on a Galaxy class bridge!

Eaglemoss complete Inquiry class fleet, and launch the XL USS Discovery-A

Eaglemoss: Hero Collector have this week added some new listings to their web-shops for both some variant designs from Picard, and the XL edition of the Discovery-A. Continue below to check them out.

First up, you might recall the fleet of near identical Starfleet ships seen at the end of Picard season one was in fact made up of our distinct variants, featuring a mix of two different nacelle shapes (rounder ones and more squared-off ones) with bussard collectors in two different colours (more reddish or orangey). Until now Eaglemoss had released two of different looks for the ship, the USS Zheng He(ad), as issue two of the Star Trek Universe starships collection, and the USS Toussaint, which so far has only been available to subscribers of the series(ad) as an extra for maintaining the subscription. Well now the full Inquiry class fleet can be completed, as Eaglemoss have released the final two variants as bonus models on their European web-shops (no news on a US release just yet, but hopefully they will come there).

The red square-nacelled ship is the USS Varian Fry:

Wednesday 17 November 2021

Discovery pulled from Netflix as international fans forced to wait until 2022 at the earliest to watch season 4 on Paramount+

In an infuriating last minute announcement, CBS have revealed Star Trek Discovery season 4 will not be launching on Netflix alongside the US release on Paramount+(ad) as expected, but instead will only be available in the US on Paramount+ and Canada on Bell Media services, with the rest of the world having to wait until Paramount+ launches in local markets. Past seasons of Discovery have also been pulled from Netflix with immediate effect. Here's the message to fans:

Sunday 14 November 2021

Eaglemoss starships: Discovery's 32nd century ships arrive, plus lots of other Lower Decks, TNG, DS9, and TOS ship previews, and a new Starfleet reissue series

The Eaglemoss Hero Collector shipyards are busy as every with new ships and stations on the way from almost every corner of the Trekverse. The latest previews include the first look at the first few ships from Discovery's 32nd century era, more previews of the first Lower Decks release, Eaglemoss' first Klingon starbase model, more classic TOS and TNG bonus issues, new bigger TNG shuttle models, and a Starfleet focused relaunch of the original Starships Collection! Continue below to check that all out.

So first, something Discovery fans have been waiting for, the first of the 32nd century ships from season three are finally joining the running order in the Star Trek Universe: The Official Starships Collection(ad). After mostly Picard ships in that series so far, with issue eleven we get the USS Discovery-A, complete with floating nacelles held away from the ship with little clips:

EXO-6's Voyager Doctor, and other new characters to come

EXO-6, makers of high end Star Trek action figures currently have their second Voyager character ready for pre-order, and have also recently announced more new characters on the way. Continue below to check out The Doctor, and for news of those forthcoming releases.

Voyager's EMH will join the Captain Janeway figure(ad) offered earlier in the year, and like her and EXO-6's other figures is at 1/6th scale, making him about 30cm tall. The highly articulated figure features a realistic head sculpt, and intricately tailored miniature uniform.

Thursday 11 November 2021

Prodigy round-up: Second season confirmed, behind the scenes art, Starstruck extra content and more

This week brings us the fourth episode of Prodigy, and will there doesn't seem to be a new episode specific trailer for it, there are plenty of other Prodigy updates to enjoy. Continue below for the latest behind the scenes art, extra content based on last week's episode, and more.

First up this big news is that Prodigy has been officially renewed for a second season. They've also detailed the release plans for the rest of the first season, which are not as straightforward as we might have expected, now split into three blobs of episodes:

  • The current run will only be continuing for five episodes, with next week's fifth episode being the the last to release this year. 
  • A second block of five episodes will then return from the 6th of January onwards. 
  • Another pause will follow, with the end half of the season, a further ten episodes, coming at some point later in 2022!
Which means at twenty-episodes this will be the longest season of any of the new Trek series, and going to take it's time unfolding! There's no info on the number of episodes for season two yet.

This week's new episode is Dream Catcher, and here's the blurb:
The crew has their first away mission on an undiscovered planet that manifests their deepest desires, only to realize the planet has desires of its own.

But with a lack of previews that's all I've got to share about that, so onward to behind the scenes... 

Where thanks once more to director and executive producer Ben Hibon we have a cool bit of behind the scenes imagery of the bridge set. Here's how he describes the design:

We had many ideas when we started designing our USS Protostar bridge, but three factors kept coming up; all stations should be facing forward, internal lighting should always indicate its structure, and most importantly - for our kids - it should feel like an open window into space…

Monday 8 November 2021

The Mirror War #2 comic preview, covers, and artwork

The latest issue in IDW's The Mirror War(ad) year-long comic event is available now; with issue two(ad) of the main series within the event released last week. Continue below to check out lots of covers, a five-page preview, and behind the scenes artwork.

While this story is focused mostly on TNG characters, the TNG title was dropped off before the series launched, and this issue might point to why, as it brings in Regent Worf from DS9 along with several other DS9 characters, not to mention more TNG cameos, and event a little love for Enterprise!

The book and series is written by Scott and David Tipton, with art by Gavin Smith, and colour from Charlie Kirchoff. Like the previous issue it's available in no less than four different covers! The A cover(ad) is painted by J.K. Woodward, and prominently features Worf, framed by several of the TNG crew. The B cover(ad) is by Amanda Madriaga and features Sisko and Ro. There's also a rarer retail incentive cover(ad) by Mark Alvarado and also features Ro. And on top of that there's also a really cool Worf cover by Zach Howard with colour by Nelson Dániel, which is an online exclusive - I'm not sure exclusive to where though; the similar issue-one cover was associated with a convention, so maybe we can expect similar.

Sunday 7 November 2021

Starship miniatures, concept art costumes and props from TOS, The Motion Picture and more, all up for auction

In the coming hours and days two different auctioneers are offering up quite a variety of interesting props, costumes, starship miniatures, artwork and more from across numerous Star Trek TV and film productions, including a lot of items from TOS and The Motion Picture, and more spanning right up to Into Darkness. Continue below to check out some of the highlights.

The most notable item is probably the iconic TOS phaser rifle from Where No Man Has Gone Before, which is coming up for sale later today from Hertitage Auctions in their Hollywood and Entertainment Signature Auction. This large one-of-a-kind prop remains in remarkable condition 55 years on from its creation.

Prodigy round-up: A close look at the USS Protostar, concept art, character images, behind the scenes, trailer, movie-potential, and first episode for free

Prodigy it into it's third episode this week - Though it feels more like the second after the extended two-part start to the series, which you can, for a while, watch for free (more on that below).  Paramount+(ad) have of course been enthusiastically promoting the series, both looking ahead, and reflecting back on the first episodes. Plus several of the production team have shared some really cool behind the scenes artwork. Continue below to check out all the latest from the series.

First up, director and executive producer Ben Hibon shared some great images of the USS Protostar, giving us a chance to really examine the shaping and details of this shiny new starship design. In his tweets he credited designer John Eaves for the "early ideation", the final design to himself and the Nuen Studio team, and the textures to look development designer Nikie Monteleone.

Thursday 28 October 2021

Prodigy launch previews

Star Trek Prodigy, the new animated series aimed at younger viewers, has begun! At least for viewers in the US, Canada, and parts of the world where Paramount+(ad) has so far launched. The series will also air on Nickelodeon at a later date, and hopefully find its way to other parts of the world too. Whether you can watch it yet or not, Paramount+ have released several clips and promos to wet our appetites. So get a taste below:

First up here are the clips from the first episode, Lost and Found. This first one highlights the magic of the universal translator:

Lower Decks end of season round-up

Season two of Lower Decks came to its conclusion a couple of weeks ago, and of course Paramount+ released a bunch of behind the scenes stuff and fun extra content to mark the release of the final episode, and the season as a whole. Continue below to catch up on all those little extras.

First up, we got an end-of-season episode of The Ready Room, where cast and crew joined Will Wheaton to discuss the season's adventures, plus a fun little art moment (you can also watch this on if you prefer to Instagram below):

Thursday 21 October 2021

New Star Trek 3D Chess Collection figurines

Eaglemoss: Hero Collector have launched a new Star Trek collectable range, the Star Trek 3D Chess Collection(ad), which combines the classic game in it's tridimensional Star Trek form, with figurines of characters from across the Trekverse. Continue below to check out details of this new series.

The collection promises to delivery 48 characters as chess pieces, comprising three full sets, themed on The Original Series, The Next Generation, and "Aliens and Enemies".  The pieces are at 1:21 scale, making most of them about 3.5 inches tall, and they are all hand painted metallic resin. 

Wednesday 20 October 2021

The Wand Company's Bluetooth communicator is back, and tricorder on the way

The Wand Company, makers of high end Star Trek prop replicas with practical functions, are back in action, with both the return of a classic product, and a new working tricorder on the way. Continue below to check them out.

So far The Wand Company have produced a TOS phaser remote control(ad), a TOS communicator Bluetooth handset, and a type-1 phaser remote controlled mood light rock(ad). The phaser and communicator have been out of production for some time, and as a result are typically garnering very inflated prices on the secondary market. Well that price bubble just burst, as communicator is going back into production for a 55th anniversary release, and is available to order now on the Star Trek Shop (due to ship just next month).

Friday 15 October 2021

Lower Decks round-up: First First Contact previews, and wej Duj extra content

This week has brought us the final episode of season two of Lower Decks, First First Contact. Continue below to check our previews of the new episode, and all the extra bits and bobs of content released to explore last week's episode wej Duj.

So first up here's the blurb and trailer for First First Contact:

In the season two finale, the U.S.S. Cerritos is tasked to aid another starship on a first contact mission.

The Mirror War #1 comic preview, covers, and artwork

Out this week is issue one(ad) of IDW's new mirror universe comic event series The Mirror War(ad) - Although if you're following the series it will feel more like the second issue, as it was preceded by an issue zero(ad). Building on IDW's three previous TNG mirror universe miniseries(ad), this eight issue series, with numerous one-shot side stories also promised, will expand on the story of the remnant of the Terran Empire still active in the 24th century, and the grand ambition of mirror-Picard and crew. The core series in the event is written by Scott and David Tipton, with art by Gavin Smith, coloured by Charlie Kirchoff. 

This first issue is offered in no less than four covers! The A cover(ad) featuring mirror-Picard and a montage of other characters and ships, is by J.K. Woodward; who created the look of the IDW TNG-mirror universe crew in their first miniseries, and has been involved in some capacity with all the subsequent outings. The B cover(ad) featuring echoes of Barclay, is by Amanda Madriga. There's then a rarer retail incentive cover(ad) by Mark Alvarado, featuring a shattered vision of Data. Finally there's the most elusive cover of all an online exclusive convention cover(ad) offered as part of the New York Comic Con last weekend, which features Picard, as illustrated by Zach Howard and Nelson Daniel.

Continue below to check out all those covers, a five-page preview, and artwork from the book. Look out for cool stuff including the Enterprise-D's captain's yacht in action, and black versions of the Insurrection-style dress uniforms!

Wednesday 13 October 2021

Star Trek Explorer fiction authors, story details, and features revealed, plus extra cover variant

The new Star Trek Explorer magazine is just a month away from launch, and Titan Publishing and the magazine's creators have revealed some new details of what to expect, including most tantalisingly some details of the four new short stories that the first issue will offer. Continue below for information on those and other features in the magazine, plus a new cover variant.

While the Star Trek Magazine of old has previously offered some Star Trek Online based fiction (an omnibus of which(ad) is coming soon), this will be the first time a broader fiction offering will be coming to the official Star Trek magazine. The new quarterly Star Trek Explorer will feature two new short stories each issue, alongside two more delivered as a digital supplement to subscribers.

Titan Publishing have announced the four writers for the first issue, and three of them appeared in a virtual panel at the New York Comic Con this past weekend, and gave a few more details. Notably this first batch of stories are all based around Q, but maybe not in the most expected settings. It's not clear which of these four are in the print magazine, and which are digital, but they are:

Monday 11 October 2021

Year Five #25 preview and artwork

This past week brought us issue 25(ad) of the Star Trek: Year Five(ad) comic series, the bumper epilogue issue which bridges the end of the Five Year Mission on towards the world of The Motion Picture. Almost the entire creative team of the two year maxiseries returned to contribute to this final issue, which was written by Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, Jody Houser, Paul Cornell, Jim McCann, and Brandon Easton, with art by Carlos Nieto, Silvia Califano, Angel Hernandez, J.J. Lendl, Megan Levens, and Christopher Jones, all coloured by Charlie Kirchoff!

The book is available in two different covers, with the regular cover artists for the series of course also return: The main cover(ad) is by Stephen Thompson with colour by Charlie Kirchoff, while the rarer retail incentive cover(ad) is by J.J. Lendl. Continue below to check them out, plus a five page preview from the book, and come behind the scenes art:

Prodigy Janeway clip, casting, trailers, character promos, and real life bridge!

With the start of Prodigy just weeks away Paramount+ and Nickelodeon have been ramping up their promotional efforts for the series, with new clips, trailers, and artwork revealing new details about the characters, and the latest announcement revealing the existence of more Starfleet characters in the series. Oh and they built a real world version of the USS Protostar bridge! Continue below for a round-up of all the latest.

First up check out this awesome clip of holographic Janeway introducing herself to the young crew of the USS Protostar:

Sunday 10 October 2021

Discovery season four trailer hints at missions to come and returning aliens

As part of the New York Comic Con this weekend a new trailer for season four of Discovery was released. Check out below (with screencap breakdown), and other Disco updates. 

I've embedded the Twitter version here, which seems to be viewable in the UK (and so I hope other non-US parts of the world, which are alas geolocked out of some other hosting platforms), but if you have an issues, check it out on

Saturday 9 October 2021

Lower Decks round-up: wej Duj previews, and I, Excretus extra content

This week's new episode of Lower Decks, the ninth and penultimate of the second season, is wej Duj. As ever Paramount+ have released preview materials for the new episode, and a bunch of fun graphics and behind the scenes bits from last week's episode. So continue below to check out the latest Lower Decks bits.

Firstly, here's the blurb and trailer for this week's freshly released episode:

Boimler tries to find a bridge buddy while the U.S.S. Cerritos crew has down time during a long warp trip.

Thursday 7 October 2021

New Spocks from Super7's ReAction Figures and Funko's Pop! vinyls

Two distinctive new Spock action figures/figurines are on the way from Super7's ReAction Figures range, and and Funko's Pop! vinyl line. Continue below to check them out.

First up from the ReAction Figures (which are retro styled-action figures at 3¾ inch scale) we have a Target exclusive Spock(ad), with one hand posed in the Live Long and Prosper salute. Perhaps the most interesting thing about this figure is the very distinctive packaging, which is itself a die cut Live Long and Proper hand!

Sunday 3 October 2021

Science Division's interactive tribbles now available in silver and giant variants

A couple of years ago Science Division created the best tribble toy to date, with their app-enabled interactive tribbles which can sense when they are being played with and react with a soft purr, or be trained to guard your objects and shriek at any pesky Klingons. Their initial breed of tribble were all brown, but now they're back with two new members of their tribble family. Available to pre-order now, are their new silver tribble, or giant silver tribble! Here's the full tribble family, and continue below for more info:

Friday 1 October 2021

Lower Decks round-up: I, Excretus previews, and Where Pleasant Fountains Lie extra content

This week's new episode of Lower Decks, the eighth of season two, is I, Excretus, and as ever Paramount+ have released a trailer and some preview images, along with lots of additional content based on and behind the scenes of last week's episode. Continue below for the latest Lower Decks round up:

Here's the blurb and trailer for this week's I, Excretus:

A consultant arrives on the U.S.S. Cerritos to run drills that require the lower deckers and bridge crew to swap duties.

Sunday 26 September 2021

The Mirror War: Data comic covers, blurb, and art teases

IDW's TNG mirror universe comic series The Mirror War(ad) is due to get its first character focused one shot in Data(ad), details of which have been announced in IDW's latest round of solicitations. Taking a break from the main eight-issue run, December will bring the first of four one-shot side-steps in the year long comic event. The Mirror War: Data takes on a different creative team to the core series, with Celeste Bronfman writing and Roberta Ingranata providing artwork. Here's the blurb for the book:

The spotlight turns to Data in this one-shot set in the Mirror Universe of The Next Generation! Expand upon the world of The Mirror War!

 Data and Barclay’s relationship has been strained since Barclay returned from the Prime universe. When Barclay becomes preoccupied with revenge, Data determines to help him right past wrongs so that the human can return to peak operating efficiency. Can the two put aside their differences and work together?

The comic will be offered in three covers, all featuring Data and Barclay. There's the A cover(ad), also by Roberta Ingranata, the B cover(ad) by Ejiwa "Edge" Ebenebe, or a more elusive retail incentive cover by Tom Ralston. Continue below to check them all out.

Friday 24 September 2021

Lower Decks round-up: Where Pleasant Fountains Lie previews, and The Spy Humongous extra content

This week brings us episode seven of Lower Decks season two, Where Pleasant Fountains Lie. As usual Paramount+ have released some previews for the episode, plus lots of fun social media extra content based on last week's episodes. Continue below to check out that, the latest weekly T-shirt, and more in this latest Lower Decks round-up.

Here's the blurb and trailer for Where Pleasant Fountains Lie:

Mariner & Boimler are stranded on an uninhabited planet with a sentient computer. On the Cerritos, Lt. Commander Billups must prove his engineering abilities to an old adversary.

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