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.