And so it begins. Comic-Con International 2012 kicked off Wednesday evening with Preview Night and hordes of fans turned out for what’s become an increasingly popular portion of Comic-Con. In fact, tickets to Preview Night sold out in barely 90 minutes when they went on sale several months back. Many of the fans in attendance came to check out what’s new and cool in the world of Star Trek, and they walked away impressed. As always, StarTrek.com was on the scene, visiting licensee booths, boldly seeking out our Fan of the Day, taking photos and prepping the first of what will be daily Trek-centric Comic-Con recaps.
Hallmark (Booth 2913-H) revealed their 2013 ornaments. Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott, "Arena," and the U.S.S. Kelvin made their debut at SDCC's preview night. Also on display were the company's 2012 Star Trek Keepsake Ornaments, available in stores the weekend of July 13-15. Everyone seemed impressed at the long, long lines at the Hallmark booth.
Hasbro (Booth #2913) has been in the news with its upcoming Star Trek KRE-O products, and the company premiered the U.S.S. Enterprise alongside a life-size Kirk Kreon. For the first time ever, the U.S.S Enterprise was shown fully revealed; Comic-Con attendees were able to glimpse the inside of the ship. Hasbro also showed the buzz-worth trailer for the just-announced stop-motion Star Trek Kreon short film being produced by Bad Robot. As fans know, the short, which will premiere at a later date, will feature iconic Star Trek characters in a standalone storyline. By the way… our favorite Enterprise feature? The hull opens to reveal a bridge playset.
Lightspeed Fine Art (Booth #3745) proudly displayed its latest release, “The Five Captains - Trading Places.” The colorful, inventive lithograph piece measures 27”x35.5” and is autographed by all five captains: William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew and Scott Bakula. The piece, available at the Lightspeed booth and online, costs $1,995.
CBS (Booth #4129) gave away Star Trek Comic-Con exclusive posters celebrating Star Trek: The Next Generation's 25th anniversary. When we arrived at the booth, fans were lined up waiting for the posters. Check out the great pics.
Our Fan of the Day for Wednesday was a young woman dressed as Geordi – VISOR and all.
And now for a preview of today’s scheduled events:
2:00 – 3:00 PM in Room 7AB
Before and After: A Behind the Scenes Look at Star Trek: The Next Generation's Journey Into High Definition.
Fans will get an insider's view of how the Blu-ray team transferred the original TNG film elements into high-definition and how the visual FX were painstakingly recreated from the source material to look better than ever. Robert Meyer Burnett, filmmaker and DVD producer, will moderate this panel, which will include Roger Lay, Jr. (producer/director, Blu-ray), Mike and Denise Okuda (project consultants), David S. Grant (vice president, multimedia, CBS Television Distribution), Ryan Adams (director, multimedia, CBS Television Distribution), Craig Weiss (creative director, CBS Digital), Eric Bruno (lead compositor) and Wade Felker (film transfer technician).
Marina Sirtis and Brent Spiner will be at the Lightspeed Fine Art booth (#3745), greeting fans and signing autographs
Star Trek Comic-Con exclusives will be available at the booths of several Star Trek licensees. Follow @StarTrek for announcements about products and booths.
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