Tuesday 12 December 2017

Quantum Mechanix Star Trek insignia badges

Quantum Mechanix (otherwise known as QMx) have been releasing Star Trek insignia badges since 2009. Like many of QMx's products, the badges are highly accurate reproductions of screen used props, in some cases even using original production molds.

QMx have two different ranges: Full scale prop replicas (early badges had pin backs, but these were soon replaced with powerful magnets, allowing each badge to be worn without damaging clothing), and under-scaled pins (which continue to use pin fastenings).

The list below is split into those two groups, and then in reverse release order, with the latest badges at the top of each section.

Full-scale replicas

 Discovery mirror universe insignia badge pins

Discovery Enterprise insignia badges

Saturday 25 November 2017

Star Trek rugs

Starting in 2013, ThinkGeek have released several Star Trek rugs (and indeed rugs from a number of other popular culture series). The rugs have drawn from several different aspects of Star Trek, although the majority have been starship inspired.

The following list is in reverse release order, with the latest rugs at the top of the page.

Federation Presidential seal rug
  • Dimensions: 48 inch diameter.
  • Release date: November 2017.
  • Coverage: Images.
  • Purchase: ThinkGeek.

Borg Cube rug
  • Dimensions: 52 x 52 inches.
  • Release date: December 2015.
  • Coverage: Images.
  • Purchase: ThinkGeek.

Sunday 19 November 2017

McFarlane Toys Star Trek action figures

Page created 19th November 2017. Last updated 18th August 2018.

McFarlane Toys will start releasing Star Trek toys in 2017, after having acquired a license to produce toys from all the prime timeline TV series and movies. They have so far announced plans for two lines of action figures, at seven-inch and ten-inch scales. Characters currently planned are from TOS, TNG, and Discovery.

The list below is split into the two different scales, with characters listed in release order within those sections.

Seven-inch figures

Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Captain James T. Kirk

Star Trek: Discovery novels

Page created 19th November 2017. Last updated 6th March 2020.

This is list of novels based on Star Trek: Discovery. Both the TV series and tie-in novel series began in 2017. So far books based on the series have all been prequels to the main events of the TV series.

The books are released in the large trade paperback format, published by Gallery Books (part of Simon and Schuster), with audiobook releases by Simon and Schuster Audio, and German translations by Cross Cult.

The novels so far released or planned have had an unprecedented degree of coordination with the television production, thanks to Star Trek novelist Kirsten Beyer's role on the series' writing staff, and subsequently as tie-in fiction coordinator. Thanks to this, the first Discovery novel was released near simultaneously with the start of the TV series, and the novel authors have been able to co-ordinate with the TV writers so that the works written during in the development of the series avoid contraction and have the character voices firmly established - Indeed the works were so effectively coordinated that details developed for the novels were even adopted back into the TV production.

This list is in publication order.

Desperate Hours
  • Overview: Set a year before the TV series, this book features the crew of the USS Shenzhou, as well as the USS Enterprise under Captain Pike, as both ships try to solve a problem on a colony world. The book brings together Michael Burnham and Spock, giving in insight into their relationship, and also explains away some of the visual discontinuities between the TOS pilot episode aesthetic and that used in Discovery
  • Author: David Mack.
  • Published: September 2017.
  • Other editions:
  • Purchase: AmazonForbidden Planet, iTunes.

  • Overview: Set ten years before the TV series, this book features not-yet-captains Philippa Georgiou and Gabriella Lorca, and their involvement in the Tarsus IV massacre (an incident established in the TOS episode The Conscience of the King).
  • Author: Dayton Ward.
  • Published: February 2018.
  • Other editions:
  • Coverage: Excerpts, audiobook excerpt.
  • Purchase: AmazonForbidden Planet, iTunes.

Sunday 12 November 2017

Star Trek: Discovery episodes

Star Trek: Discovery is the sixth live-action Star Trek TV series, which began airing in 2017. The series is set ten years before TOS, and focuses on the character of Michael Burnham. The series is mainly set on the USS Discovery, featuring the crew of the ship, but the first two episodes took place on the USS Shenzhou, and Klingon characters also feature prominently in the series.

In most territories the series was available only via streaming services, available on Netflix in most of the world, CBS All Access (itself also available via Amazon) in the USA, and Bell Media services in Canada (including the Space TV channel).

This page lists and details episodes of the series - The description section for each episode is how CBS describe them in publicity releases. For a more general overview, details of behind the scenes coverage, and tie-in products, see my Discovery guide page.

Season 1

This fifteen-episode season was released in two parts, with the first nine episodes released weekly from the 24th of September 2017. The series then pauses over the festive period, and resumes in January 2018.

1.01: The Vulcan Hello

1.02: Battle at the Binary Stars
  • Description: Face to face with Klingon vessels, the USS Shenzhou prepares for the possibility of war if negotiations fail. Amidst the turmoil, Burnham looks back to her Vulcan upbringing for guidance.
  • Release date: 24th September 2017.
  • Writers: Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts Story by Bryan Fuller.
  • Director: Adam Kane.
  • Coverage: reviewstills and clipsconcept artUSS Edison renderings.

Thursday 9 November 2017

2018 Star Trek calendars

This page is a list of Star Trek calendars for 2018. There are twelve different designs, with releases from Universe Publishing and Chronicle Books in the USA, Danilo in the UK, and Heye in Germany. The new TV series Discovery is the subject of two different calendars, alongside many of the calendar lines from previous years continuing.

Universe Publishing

Ships of the Line 2018 calendar
  • Overview: Landscape format starship art calendar in the long running Ships of the Line series.
  • Published: June 2017.
  • Purchase: Amazon.

50 Artists 50 Years 2018 poster calendar
  • Overview: Poster calendar featuring art from the 50 Artists 50 Years exhibition. This is the second year for this calendar series.
  • Published: June 2017.
  • Purchase: Amazon.

Saturday 4 November 2017

QMx 1:6 scale Star Trek articulated figures

QMx have produced a range of Star Trek characters as 1:6 scale articulated figures, starting in 2016. Each character is released separately, and features highly detailed head sculpts, intricately recreated cloth costumes, numerous accessories, and an assortment of different hands to allow different poses, and to hold all those accessories. Each figures also comes with a display base. Most of the releases have also been available as an exclusive edition when bought directly from QMx, including additional accessories. At 1:6 scale, each character is about twelve inches tall.

So far the majority of releases have been of TOS TV-era characters. There has been one TNG figure in the series so far. QMx have plans for many more characters from the TOS and TNG TV eras, plus Wrath of KhanStar Trek Beyond, and Discovery figures.

This list is in release order.

Captain Kirk

  • Overview: TV-era Spock, with a phaser pistol, communicator, tricorder, and landing party utility belt. There are numerous hands to hold each of those, plus ones for the live long and prosper sign, nerve pinch and mind meld. The exclusive edition comes with a Vulcan lyre too.
  • Release date: July 2016.
  • Coverage: Images and details.
  • Purchase: AmazonThings From Another WorldEntertainment EarthForbidden Planet.

Friday 29 September 2017

Star Trek Cats products

Star Trek Cats is a series of Star Trek products featuring Star Trek characters reimagined as cats by artist Jenny Parks. The series began with a book, published by Chronicle Books, based on TOS, accessories and a calendar followed, based on the original artwork, and later a TNG book too.

This list is split into several cat-egories.


Star Trek Cats

Star Trek: The Next Generation Cats

Sunday 24 September 2017

Star Trek: Discovery - The Official Starships Collection

Page created 24th September 2017. Last updated 28th February 2021.

Star Trek: Discovery - The Official Starships Collection is a series of model starships with accompanying magazines, published by Eaglemoss from early 2018 until early 2021. It is a spin-off series from the long running Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection, focusing solely on Discovery.

The series follows the same basic structure as the original Starships Collection, with each issue including a model starship, and a magazine detailing the ship from both an in-universe and production point of view. The models are larger than standard size in the former collection however (similar sized to the occasional "special" issues of the previous series), and are released monthly (rather than fortnightly).

With initial plans for twenty issues, the series ultimately released thirty-three regular issues, four specials, and two bonus variants. Future Discovery ships will continue to be released as part of the wider Star Trek Universe collection.

This list is in release order.

#1 USS Shenzhou NCC-1227 (Walker class)

#2 USS Discovery NCC-1031 (Crossfield class)

Monday 18 September 2017

Star Trek Miniature Editions

Page created 18th September 2017. Last updated 24th April 2018.

Miniature Editions are a series of novelty gifts published by Running Press, each comprises a small model, sometimes with light and/or sound features, and a short booklet detailing the subject matter. Running Press produce Miniature Editions based on numerous popular culture subjects, including several based on Star Trek, since 2013. To date the Star Trek sets have all been small model starships, or miniature props. The first four releases were all based on TOS, while later releases moved on to TNG subjects.

Chronicle Books have also released a similar gift and book set, Mr. Spock: Logic & Prosperity Box, released in 2013, which includes a small bust of Spock along with a booklet.

The following list is in publication order.

Light-Up Phaser

Light-Up Starship Enterprise