Thursday, 28 October 2021
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 StarTrek.com if you prefer to Instagram below):
Thursday, 21 October 2021
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.
Wednesday, 20 October 2021
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
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.
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
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
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:
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
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 StarTrek.com.
Saturday, 9 October 2021
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
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
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
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.