Star Trek Latest News http://startrek.com Star Trek Latest News Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:00:00 -0800 info@startrek.com (Star Trek Team) en <![CDATA[Shatner Talks Nimoy Book, Trek Past & Future, Part 2]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/shatner-talks-nimoy-book-trek-past-future-part-2

William Shatner is still boldly going. Sure, it’s a cliché, but you know what they say about clichés… they’re the truth as proven by the passage of time. Shatner will turn 85 in March, but even for a guy who’s always juggling multiple projects, his dance card is jam-packed. Among the many goings-on: Star Trek 50th anniversary events that include convention appearances and an official Star Trek cruise in early 2017, a Christmas album (yes, you read that right), and additional dates for his touring one-man show, Shatner’s World: We’re Just Living in It. And, notably, a new book… Leonard – My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man. The revealing memoir, which explores his relationship with Leonard Nimoy – Spock to his Kirk – will be released on February 16 by Thomas Dunne Books. In advance of the tome’s arrival in stores, Shatner spent nearly 45 minutes on the phone talking to StarTrek.com, answering questions both from us and from you, the fans. His replies were as detailed and reflective and personal as we’ve ever heard. We’ve broken the extensive, candid interview into two parts. Below is part two, and click HERE if you missed part one yesterday.
Star Trek aside, what are you proudest of in your life and career?

I’m proud to be alive and functioning. I’m proud of my family. If you’re pointing to something I have done, I’d say this one-man show (Shatner’s World: We Just Live in It), which I’ve been doing for a couple of years now. The show is certainly the sum total of everything I’ve done… directing, acting, writing and producing at this point, too.

You've had a decades love affair with horses. Why haven't you done more Westerns for film or TV?

They really don’t make westerns anymore. I’d love to. I was in a number of horse movies and shows some time ago. But they really don’t make them now. They make one maybe every five years. 

What is it you love so much about horses and about riding them?

There was a time that I thought I was getting the exercise, and you do get exercise. And there’s the congeniality. But, of late, what I’m getting is a spiritual quality that’s being applied to my ability to ride these horses. So I’m riding at a higher level of excellence than I ever have before. The older I have gotten, the better I’m able to ride a horse. And I think that’s a result of my tapping into the spirituality of the horse. I have seen it work with therapy, with equine therapy. But it also goes to the rider communicating with the horse. “Here’s what we’re doing. Here’s why we’re doing it. Here’s what I want you to do. And you must do it because I’m asking you to do it.”
How much money do you think you’ve raised to help kids through your annual Hollywood Charity Horse Show?

What we seem to be raising is $400,000 or $500,000 per year, and I’ve been doing it for 30 years. That’s a lot of money for charities all over this area. I don’t know who’s going to be the main act this year. It’s going to be in June, and I need help. I spoke to my friend Brad Paisley the other day. I said, “You’ve got to get me somebody!” He’s working on it.

Let’s talk about Star Trek for a little bit. Back when you did the show, how aware or not were you that the stories really were ahead of their time?

I was aware. I had read a lot of science fiction beforehand. I never understood the depth of the implications of science fiction until I started doing documentaries and realizing that science fiction is much more than just literature. The good stuff is really a chapter in the bible of science fiction. Same with the show.
Regardless of whatever went on behind the scenes, the chemistry between all of you, and especially you, Leonard and DeForest Kelley, was remarkable. How quickly and easily did the triumvirate’s chemistry evolve?

There’s a great deal of talk of chemistry, and it’s overrated in that good actors look at each other and talk to each other with the intention of what the author wrote, and they perform to that intention. You may work with someone, but you don’t want to invite them to dinner. You don’t actively dislike them, but they’re not your cup of tea. And you’re not going to tell them that at work because you want the work conditions to be pleasant. So you might say, “Hey, I’ve got half a sandwich left, do you want it?” or “I’m going to get coffee, can I get you one?” You put out all the aspects of a relationship that, in your mind, isn’t there. That’s what some actors can do with actors they don’t have chemistry with. And good actors should have chemistry even if they’re not friends. Now, there are a lot of actors who really like each other and also have chemistry. De and Leonard and I had that. We really liked each other. So we didn’t have to pretend, and I’d still get Leonard or De a coffee and they’d get one for me. Or we’d play jokes on each other, out of fondness and not distaste. But, what I’m saying is, an actor can act chemistry. You’ve seen a lot of great scenes between actors who didn’t like each other. And it works the other way, too, you know. People can be friends and not have chemistry

We are almost at the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. How remarkable an achievement is that?

There is nothing else like Star Trek. And if there ever is something else like it, we’ll all be long gone, because it will be 50 years from now. So, this is a unique phenomenon that I am very grateful to be a part of.

You won’t be in Star Trek Beyond, right?

Right. I’m not involved. I really don’t know anything about it. I’d like to do them, and they know where to find me. 
Let’s talk a little about the 50th anniversary activities with which you will be involved. You're helping promote the Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage concert tour, which is underway now. You'll be hosting Star Trek: The Cruise. You'll be the headliner at the massive Star Trek Las Vegas convention/event in August…

I’m excited for all of them. The concert tour is a really great invention. Brady Beaubien and Justin Freer are partners who have done other concerts with other movies, Godfather being one, where they played all the music, on stage, to the film playing on the screen. For the Star Trek concert tour, they have the charts that Jerry Goldsmith and others wrote. In other cases, there were no charts, so they had to listen to the notes and write them down. And, for Star Trek, they’re exploring themes, like “Man Against Machine.” So they’ll take two or three scenes from various Star Treks, put them together, and play the music live on stage to the scenes on the screen. The audience becomes aware of how movie music enhances a scene, how it is lovely as music itself. Much of the music from Star Trek, especially Jerry’s, would stand on its own, in a symphonic way. But, really, what people will discover is how important music is to the movies.

What do you recall of collaborating with Goldsmith when you directed Star Trek V: The Final Frontier? And how did his music complement your work as a director?

It was brilliant music. And I have been told by many people that it is the best music of any of the Star Treks. I talked to Jerry several times, during which we planned where the music would go, and then I left him totally alone. There’d been times when some of the directors would lay certain rules on the composers, that they couldn’t understand. One of them was no drums. It was no drums and no something else… maybe no oboe, or something. “But, what?” “No, we don’t want any drums.” “But drums are at the heartbeat of an orchestra.” So I didn’t do any of that, and he brought forth a beautiful sequence of music.

The cruise is actually sold out already. How prepared are you to spend seven days aboard a ship with thousands of Star Trek fans?

Well, given what we talked about earlier (regarding his shyness), I’ve been assured we’ll have our little area of cabins where nobody can go. But it should be fun.

Star Trek Las Vegas will be held right before the 50th anniversary date…

I think it will be one of the biggest conventions of all time. When you step in front of that many people you don’t know what’s going to come out of your mouth.

What else will you be involved with for the 50th anniversary?

I’ll be doing several conventions. And I’m hoping to do a show for the 50th anniversary. I don’t know if it will be a show or a documentary like the others I’ve done.

Especially with Leonard gone, you are the face of the franchise. What’s that like for you? Do you look at it, in part, as a responsibility?

I don’t think of it as a responsibility. And, without Leonard there, for me it is diminished because we had so much fun on stage together. Part of the friendship was based on the humor that we evoked from each other on stage. You can be much more frank, I guess, and take little conversational facets while joshing each other on stage, which you wouldn’t ordinarily do over a meal or something. So, we learned a lot about each other just by kidding each other and making each other laugh on stage. We will never do that again, and that’s a very sad thought.
You’re going to turn 85 in March. You hopefully will be among the living for many, many years to come, but, not to be morbid, what do you hope will be your legacy?

My legacy… What I want people to say is “I can’t believe he’s still alive.”

They’re saying that now? What about when you’re gone?

“I can’t believe he’s still alive.” (Laughs)

Is that denial?

That’s total denial. It’s the only way you can get through it, man!

Let’s go in another direction, then, to end our conversation. If you live to 100, what’s left to do? What have you not done yet that you’re itching to try?

I will play an old man role with veracity, with absolute truthfulness. Imagine being 100 and playing a 100-year-old codger, but still being randy. I can see me doing that.

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William Shatner is still boldly going. Sure, it’s a cliché, but you know what they say about clichés… they’re the truth as proven by the passage of time. Shatner will turn 85 in March, but even for a guy who’s always juggling multiple projects, his dance card is jam-packed. Among the many goings-on: Star Trek 50th anniversary events that include convention appearances and an official Star Trek cruise in early 2017, a Christmas album (yes, you read that right), and additional dates for his touring one-man show, Shatner’s World: We’re Just Living in It. And, notably, a new book… Leonard – My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man. The revealing memoir, which explores his relationship with Leonard Nimoy – Spock to his Kirk – will be released on February 16 by Thomas Dunne Books. In advance of the tome’s arrival in stores, Shatner spent nearly 45 minutes on the phone talking to StarTrek.com, answering questions both from us and from you, the fans. His replies were as detailed and reflective and personal as we’ve ever heard. We’ve broken the extensive, candid interview into two parts. Below is part two, and click HERE if you missed part one yesterday.
Star Trek aside, what are you proudest of in your life and career?

I’m proud to be alive and functioning. I’m proud of my family. If you’re pointing to something I have done, I’d say this one-man show (Shatner’s World: We Just Live in It), which I’ve been doing for a couple of years now. The show is certainly the sum total of everything I’ve done… directing, acting, writing and producing at this point, too.

You've had a decades love affair with horses. Why haven't you done more Westerns for film or TV?

They really don’t make westerns anymore. I’d love to. I was in a number of horse movies and shows some time ago. But they really don’t make them now. They make one maybe every five years. 

What is it you love so much about horses and about riding them?

There was a time that I thought I was getting the exercise, and you do get exercise. And there’s the congeniality. But, of late, what I’m getting is a spiritual quality that’s being applied to my ability to ride these horses. So I’m riding at a higher level of excellence than I ever have before. The older I have gotten, the better I’m able to ride a horse. And I think that’s a result of my tapping into the spirituality of the horse. I have seen it work with therapy, with equine therapy. But it also goes to the rider communicating with the horse. “Here’s what we’re doing. Here’s why we’re doing it. Here’s what I want you to do. And you must do it because I’m asking you to do it.”
How much money do you think you’ve raised to help kids through your annual Hollywood Charity Horse Show?

What we seem to be raising is $400,000 or $500,000 per year, and I’ve been doing it for 30 years. That’s a lot of money for charities all over this area. I don’t know who’s going to be the main act this year. It’s going to be in June, and I need help. I spoke to my friend Brad Paisley the other day. I said, “You’ve got to get me somebody!” He’s working on it.

Let’s talk about Star Trek for a little bit. Back when you did the show, how aware or not were you that the stories really were ahead of their time?

I was aware. I had read a lot of science fiction beforehand. I never understood the depth of the implications of science fiction until I started doing documentaries and realizing that science fiction is much more than just literature. The good stuff is really a chapter in the bible of science fiction. Same with the show.
Regardless of whatever went on behind the scenes, the chemistry between all of you, and especially you, Leonard and DeForest Kelley, was remarkable. How quickly and easily did the triumvirate’s chemistry evolve?

There’s a great deal of talk of chemistry, and it’s overrated in that good actors look at each other and talk to each other with the intention of what the author wrote, and they perform to that intention. You may work with someone, but you don’t want to invite them to dinner. You don’t actively dislike them, but they’re not your cup of tea. And you’re not going to tell them that at work because you want the work conditions to be pleasant. So you might say, “Hey, I’ve got half a sandwich left, do you want it?” or “I’m going to get coffee, can I get you one?” You put out all the aspects of a relationship that, in your mind, isn’t there. That’s what some actors can do with actors they don’t have chemistry with. And good actors should have chemistry even if they’re not friends. Now, there are a lot of actors who really like each other and also have chemistry. De and Leonard and I had that. We really liked each other. So we didn’t have to pretend, and I’d still get Leonard or De a coffee and they’d get one for me. Or we’d play jokes on each other, out of fondness and not distaste. But, what I’m saying is, an actor can act chemistry. You’ve seen a lot of great scenes between actors who didn’t like each other. And it works the other way, too, you know. People can be friends and not have chemistry

We are almost at the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. How remarkable an achievement is that?

There is nothing else like Star Trek. And if there ever is something else like it, we’ll all be long gone, because it will be 50 years from now. So, this is a unique phenomenon that I am very grateful to be a part of.

You won’t be in Star Trek Beyond, right?

Right. I’m not involved. I really don’t know anything about it. I’d like to do them, and they know where to find me. 
Let’s talk a little about the 50th anniversary activities with which you will be involved. You're helping promote the Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage concert tour, which is underway now. You'll be hosting Star Trek: The Cruise. You'll be the headliner at the massive Star Trek Las Vegas convention/event in August…

I’m excited for all of them. The concert tour is a really great invention. Brady Beaubien and Justin Freer are partners who have done other concerts with other movies, Godfather being one, where they played all the music, on stage, to the film playing on the screen. For the Star Trek concert tour, they have the charts that Jerry Goldsmith and others wrote. In other cases, there were no charts, so they had to listen to the notes and write them down. And, for Star Trek, they’re exploring themes, like “Man Against Machine.” So they’ll take two or three scenes from various Star Treks, put them together, and play the music live on stage to the scenes on the screen. The audience becomes aware of how movie music enhances a scene, how it is lovely as music itself. Much of the music from Star Trek, especially Jerry’s, would stand on its own, in a symphonic way. But, really, what people will discover is how important music is to the movies.

What do you recall of collaborating with Goldsmith when you directed Star Trek V: The Final Frontier? And how did his music complement your work as a director?

It was brilliant music. And I have been told by many people that it is the best music of any of the Star Treks. I talked to Jerry several times, during which we planned where the music would go, and then I left him totally alone. There’d been times when some of the directors would lay certain rules on the composers, that they couldn’t understand. One of them was no drums. It was no drums and no something else… maybe no oboe, or something. “But, what?” “No, we don’t want any drums.” “But drums are at the heartbeat of an orchestra.” So I didn’t do any of that, and he brought forth a beautiful sequence of music.

The cruise is actually sold out already. How prepared are you to spend seven days aboard a ship with thousands of Star Trek fans?

Well, given what we talked about earlier (regarding his shyness), I’ve been assured we’ll have our little area of cabins where nobody can go. But it should be fun.

Star Trek Las Vegas will be held right before the 50th anniversary date…

I think it will be one of the biggest conventions of all time. When you step in front of that many people you don’t know what’s going to come out of your mouth.

What else will you be involved with for the 50th anniversary?

I’ll be doing several conventions. And I’m hoping to do a show for the 50th anniversary. I don’t know if it will be a show or a documentary like the others I’ve done.

Especially with Leonard gone, you are the face of the franchise. What’s that like for you? Do you look at it, in part, as a responsibility?

I don’t think of it as a responsibility. And, without Leonard there, for me it is diminished because we had so much fun on stage together. Part of the friendship was based on the humor that we evoked from each other on stage. You can be much more frank, I guess, and take little conversational facets while joshing each other on stage, which you wouldn’t ordinarily do over a meal or something. So, we learned a lot about each other just by kidding each other and making each other laugh on stage. We will never do that again, and that’s a very sad thought.
You’re going to turn 85 in March. You hopefully will be among the living for many, many years to come, but, not to be morbid, what do you hope will be your legacy?

My legacy… What I want people to say is “I can’t believe he’s still alive.”

They’re saying that now? What about when you’re gone?

“I can’t believe he’s still alive.” (Laughs)

Is that denial?

That’s total denial. It’s the only way you can get through it, man!

Let’s go in another direction, then, to end our conversation. If you live to 100, what’s left to do? What have you not done yet that you’re itching to try?

I will play an old man role with veracity, with absolute truthfulness. Imagine being 100 and playing a 100-year-old codger, but still being randy. I can see me doing that.

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shatner-talks-nimoy-book-trek-past-future-part-2 Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:00:00 -0800
<![CDATA[Star Trek Starships Collection Adds Professor Gegen's Research Vessel]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/star-trek-starships-collection-adds-professor-gegens-research-vessel

The latest issue of Eaglemoss’s Star Trek Starships collection hits stores this week, and it's Professor Gegen’s research vessel from the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Distant Origin." The ship was an unusual design for Star Trek since it used quantum slipstream technology rather than conventional warp drive. This made perfect sense since it was created by an ancient species of dinosaurs that left Earth millions of years ago – the Voth.

As usual, the model has been based directly on the LightWave mesh that was created for the show, with members of the Star Trek VFX team also using it to create new images for the magazine that accompanies the model.
As the magazine reveals, the ship was designed by illustrator Rick Sternbach and built at Foundation Imaging. The magazine also features Sternbach’s original concept drawing for the ship and an exclusive interview with Star Trek makeup supremo Michael Westmore, who reveals how he created humanoid dinosaurs.

If you haven’t subscribed to this definitive collection, you can still sign up at http://www.st-starships.com/

The Official Starships collection is also available in selected retailers.
 
Keep an eye on StarTrek.com for additional information about upcoming releases and for detailed looks at each ship as it is released.

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The latest issue of Eaglemoss’s Star Trek Starships collection hits stores this week, and it's Professor Gegen’s research vessel from the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Distant Origin." The ship was an unusual design for Star Trek since it used quantum slipstream technology rather than conventional warp drive. This made perfect sense since it was created by an ancient species of dinosaurs that left Earth millions of years ago – the Voth.

As usual, the model has been based directly on the LightWave mesh that was created for the show, with members of the Star Trek VFX team also using it to create new images for the magazine that accompanies the model.
As the magazine reveals, the ship was designed by illustrator Rick Sternbach and built at Foundation Imaging. The magazine also features Sternbach’s original concept drawing for the ship and an exclusive interview with Star Trek makeup supremo Michael Westmore, who reveals how he created humanoid dinosaurs.

If you haven’t subscribed to this definitive collection, you can still sign up at http://www.st-starships.com/

The Official Starships collection is also available in selected retailers.
 
Keep an eye on StarTrek.com for additional information about upcoming releases and for detailed looks at each ship as it is released.

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star-trek-starships-collection-adds-professor-gegens-research-vessel Fri, 12 Feb 2016 07:00:00 -0800
<![CDATA[Star Trek Online: 20% Off Ship Sale ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/star-trek-online-20-off-ship-sale

Star Trek Online, from now until 10 a.m. PST on Monday, February 15th, 2016, is having a 20% off ship sale. Enjoy not just a discount on our ships, but fleet modules, dry dock slots and ship upgrade tokens as well. Have you been eyeing a new ship or ship bundle? Now is the time to grab the ship you've always dreamt of commanding.

•    All ships in the C-Store are 20% off, excluding the new Flagships (T6 versions of the Odyssey, Scimitar and Bortasqu’).
    o    This includes bundles which are comprised only of ships.
    o    This does not include bundles that have items other than ships in them.

•    The ship upgrade token, ship upgrade token bundle, and the fleet module are all 20% off as well.

•    Each time a player buys a Tier 5 ship, they will receive a free ship upgrade token.
    o    This only occurs when the Tier 5 ship is bought for the first time on an account.
    o    The Claim for this token will appear in the Promotions tab of the C-Store.
    o    When the player clicks claim, they will receive a bound to account ship upgrade token in their inventory and the product will disappear from the promotions tab.
    o    These tokens stack so if a player buys 3 Tier 5 ships at once, they will be able to claim the promotion 3 times.
    o    Tier 5 Ship bundles will have the equivalent amount of tokens as the number of ships in the bundle.
            Example: Buying the Dyson Mega Bundle will give players 9 tokens.

•    Dry dock slots are 20% off

•    The Pathfinder Voyager + Interior MT will be re-added to the store just for this sale period.
    o    Players can only buy this if they have not already purchased the Pathfinder solo ship or the Intrepid Bundle.

For more Star Trek Online news including their brand new Anniversary Event, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

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Star Trek Online, from now until 10 a.m. PST on Monday, February 15th, 2016, is having a 20% off ship sale. Enjoy not just a discount on our ships, but fleet modules, dry dock slots and ship upgrade tokens as well. Have you been eyeing a new ship or ship bundle? Now is the time to grab the ship you've always dreamt of commanding.

•    All ships in the C-Store are 20% off, excluding the new Flagships (T6 versions of the Odyssey, Scimitar and Bortasqu’).
    o    This includes bundles which are comprised only of ships.
    o    This does not include bundles that have items other than ships in them.

•    The ship upgrade token, ship upgrade token bundle, and the fleet module are all 20% off as well.

•    Each time a player buys a Tier 5 ship, they will receive a free ship upgrade token.
    o    This only occurs when the Tier 5 ship is bought for the first time on an account.
    o    The Claim for this token will appear in the Promotions tab of the C-Store.
    o    When the player clicks claim, they will receive a bound to account ship upgrade token in their inventory and the product will disappear from the promotions tab.
    o    These tokens stack so if a player buys 3 Tier 5 ships at once, they will be able to claim the promotion 3 times.
    o    Tier 5 Ship bundles will have the equivalent amount of tokens as the number of ships in the bundle.
            Example: Buying the Dyson Mega Bundle will give players 9 tokens.

•    Dry dock slots are 20% off

•    The Pathfinder Voyager + Interior MT will be re-added to the store just for this sale period.
    o    Players can only buy this if they have not already purchased the Pathfinder solo ship or the Intrepid Bundle.

For more Star Trek Online news including their brand new Anniversary Event, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

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star-trek-online-20-off-ship-sale Fri, 12 Feb 2016 06:45:00 -0800
<![CDATA[William Shatner Talks Nimoy Book, Trek Past & Future, Part 1 ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/william-shatner-talks-nimoy-book-trek-past-future-part-1

William Shatner is still boldly going. Sure, it’s a cliché, but you know what they say about clichés… they’re the truth as proven by the passage of time. Shatner will turn 85 in March, but even for a guy who’s always juggling multiple projects, his dance card is jam-packed. Among the many goings-on: Star Trek 50th anniversary events that include convention appearances and an official Star Trek cruise in early 2017, a Christmas album (yes, you read that right), additional dates for his touring one-man show, Shatner’s World: We’re Just Living in It. And, notably, a new book: Leonard – My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man. The revealing memoir, which explores his relationship with Leonard Nimoy – Spock to his Kirk – will be released on February 16 by Thomas Dunne Books. In advance of the tome’s arrival in stores, Shatner spent nearly 45 minutes on the phone talking to StarTrek.com, answering questions both from us and from you, the fans. His replies were as detailed and reflective and personal as we’ve ever heard. We’ve broken the extensive, candid interview into two parts. Part one is below, and visit StarTrek.com again tomorrow to read the second half of our conversation.


Beyond sorting through your own thoughts and memories, what kind of research did you do for the book?


I spoke to a lot of people, mostly talking from my own point of view, and then Leonard’s accomplishments were generally available to me either through knowledgeable people or just online. There was a lot of information out there.

What did you discover about your friendship with Leonard through writing the book?

In delving into him for the book, I realized that I did not do that while he was alive. And I sort of feel badly that I hadn’t looked into his pre-Star Trek accomplishments and post-Star Trek accomplishments. You know, we have our busy lives. You see somebody and you have dinner and you talk, but you haven’t really fully examined some aspect of that other person’s work. There are subjects you don’t necessarily go to in a conversation. It’s the details that I never got a hold of, that I wish I had while Leonard was alive.

You candidly write about how the two of you lost touch a few years back. How hard was that to put down on paper and share with the world?

It was very difficult. I played with the idea of not sharing it at all. But the story isn’t complete until I talk about the tragedy of our losing touch.

There’s also an anecdote about Leonard being angry at you for the way you handled matters when a TV Guide photographer came on the set of The Original Series to take pictures of him. You take the risk there of being honest and not coming off in a great light, but the reader learns a lot about your relationship with Leonard through that story. Take us through relating the details of that incident…

Well, there was a photographer coming into makeup, and that’s the most vulnerable moment actors have, when you’re without makeup. You’re there, it’s early morning and suddenly this guy is taking pictures of me. He’s snapping pictures, and the frame is containing me, I either imagined or I knew. So, I objected to being photographed. It wasn’t about Leonard being photographed, it was about me being photographed. I don’t know… it was one of those incidents that I’d totally forgotten about, but I was reminded of it by the fact that Leonard had talked about it. I keep thinking, "Oh yeah, I guess that happened." I don’t quite remember all the details, but there was a photographer doing stuff in the morning when everybody was doing their sleepy, 6:30 a.m. thing… and why is the photographer there? It seemed to be a reasonable question that got out of hand among emotional actors. I don’t know.

There’s a terrific exploration of the chemistry between you and Leonard as Kirk and Spock. You even quote Leonard as more or less saying that you as Kirk brought the energy to scenes, allowing him to be more reserved as Spock. How aware of that were you at the time, especially early on?

I wasn’t aware of it until much later, until after the show was over, until after everything we had done. He started to talk about that then, but he didn’t during the time we were working. I was just doing my thing. An actor is a source of energy. Even if that energy is deeply controlled and silent, there has to be a fire. There has to be a… vibration. That’s a better word. There has to be a vibration in the actor, and so many actors you see in a scene, there’s no impulse, no vibration. They just say the words. And, for me, that’s boring. But if somebody is impelled by some inner thought during a scene, that’s an action, that’s a feeling you can play off of, and it impels the other actor to bring their energy to it. So I guess I energize things as far as I thought they should go, and that helps keep a scene alive. Energy attracts energy, and so a scene starts to vibrate, especially if the other actor, or actors, is feeling it, too. And there will be a life in the scene that it might not have had without that energy. I look for that all the time in what I do as an actor. And when I direct, that’s what I look for in the actors. “Give me some energy. Have a thought here.” That’s what Leonard and I had together, and we just did it. We didn’t sit around and discuss it.

A lot of Trek fans out there know seemingly everything there is to know about you, about Leonard, and about you and Leonard. Yet, in the book you drop the following bombshell: “He was my friend. But according to the Global Reunion Project, we also were distantly related; supposedly I am Leonard’s wife Susan’s fifth cousin twice removed’s wife’s aunt’s husband’s uncle’s wife’s second grandnephew.” That floored us. When and how did you discover that factoid?

(Laughs). Well, that’s as a result of the modern-day ability to look into where your bloods have combined. So, it came up that in some, some distant way, we may be related. And I only heard about this after he passed. I’m telling you, it’s the result of all this looking at a computer. I think we’re all basically related, especially if you come from certain ethnic backgrounds. It narrows the field.

If Leonard is out there now on the Final Frontier, as they say, and reading your book, what do you hope he’d make of it?

I think he’d be embarrassed by the attention I brought to some of his excellences. Everything that I have done in connection with Leonard and Leonard’s family, it has always been done out of love. If I have made mistakes, if I have said or done something, it was inadvertent and I couldn’t have meant any harm because I have always loved Leonard and his family.

You will turn 85 years old in March. What do you know now that you wish you knew when you were just starting out?

I know, without any doubt, one thing, and that is I know nothing. I knew nothing when I started and now I really understand that I know nothing.

How hard a lesson is that to learn?

It becomes a revelation. It’s a slow revelation.

What were your aspirations early on? Did you just want to work or did you have your eye on stardom?

No, no. I just wanted to work. I wanted to make $100 a week, so that I could pay all my bills. What’s interesting is that I just wanted to work, but the definition of work changes as you become more successful or more well known. Work could have been a voiceover. Work could have been a walk-on part. Then your idea of work begins to evolve or change or grow, and work becomes something else. The definition of work changes as you go along.

You have talked about how you consider yourself to be an innately shy man, that you can stand in front of thousands of people at a convention or at a performance, but you’re uncomfortable if you’re surrounded even by a small number of people. Even now, do you still consider yourself shy?

Yes.

Really?

You say “really” like you don’t believe me.

We don’t not believe you. We’re just... surprised.

Well, what is shyness?

Uncomfortable around people. Not wanting to give too much of yourself…

Sounds like me.

Recoiling from attention...

There you go!

Back when you were a kid, who in pop culture were you a fan of?

Marlon Brando and Laurence Olivier.

Did you ever write them a fan letter or meet them over the years?

No, I never wrote them fan letters. And I never met them. I was in the proximity of Laurence Olivier. We had some mutual friends, eventually, from Stratford. But I didn’t meet him. And I live about a mile away from where Brando lived. I often thought I should ring his bell, but I never did. And then he died.

You've acted, written, directed, sung, emceed, hosted, been a pitchman and on and on. Is that wanderlust, curiosity, you trying to experience it all, or a bit of everything?

As a result of this celebrity that I’ve garnered, I have opportunities that aren’t given to most people. And I try to take advantage of those opportunities. (Just a few weeks ago), a record company called me and asked if I would do a Christmas album. I immediately had a concept in mind. I said, “This is what I’d like to do." They said, “Great.” And now I’m going to do a Christmas album. That’s an opportunity given to very few people. So now I have the ability to go out and try and create, and have these people pay me to put together a group of wonderful, talented people to help me with this Christmas album, because I really do have a concept. My ambition with this Christmas album would be to make it a perennial, that every Christmas you play this album in its entirety because it’s so delightful and so reminiscent of milk and cookies and ginger bread, and of the magic of Christmas and Santa Claus coming to visit and the snow and brittle air and breath being seen vaporized. So there’s a feeling of Christmas that I’d love to attain, to capture, with this album and, if I’m able to make this album a perennial, I would have succeeded in realizing this vision, this wish I have for it. And I’m going to do it. So we’ll see how close I can come.

A Christmas album by a nice Jewish guy from Canada?

(Laughs). But the Christmas feeling is similar to, but not the same, as a Hanukah feeling.

 

Go to www.amazon.com to pre-order Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man. And visit StarTrek.com again tomorrow to read part two of our exclusive interview with William Shatner.

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William Shatner is still boldly going. Sure, it’s a cliché, but you know what they say about clichés… they’re the truth as proven by the passage of time. Shatner will turn 85 in March, but even for a guy who’s always juggling multiple projects, his dance card is jam-packed. Among the many goings-on: Star Trek 50th anniversary events that include convention appearances and an official Star Trek cruise in early 2017, a Christmas album (yes, you read that right), additional dates for his touring one-man show, Shatner’s World: We’re Just Living in It. And, notably, a new book: Leonard – My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man. The revealing memoir, which explores his relationship with Leonard Nimoy – Spock to his Kirk – will be released on February 16 by Thomas Dunne Books. In advance of the tome’s arrival in stores, Shatner spent nearly 45 minutes on the phone talking to StarTrek.com, answering questions both from us and from you, the fans. His replies were as detailed and reflective and personal as we’ve ever heard. We’ve broken the extensive, candid interview into two parts. Part one is below, and visit StarTrek.com again tomorrow to read the second half of our conversation.


Beyond sorting through your own thoughts and memories, what kind of research did you do for the book?


I spoke to a lot of people, mostly talking from my own point of view, and then Leonard’s accomplishments were generally available to me either through knowledgeable people or just online. There was a lot of information out there.

What did you discover about your friendship with Leonard through writing the book?

In delving into him for the book, I realized that I did not do that while he was alive. And I sort of feel badly that I hadn’t looked into his pre-Star Trek accomplishments and post-Star Trek accomplishments. You know, we have our busy lives. You see somebody and you have dinner and you talk, but you haven’t really fully examined some aspect of that other person’s work. There are subjects you don’t necessarily go to in a conversation. It’s the details that I never got a hold of, that I wish I had while Leonard was alive.

You candidly write about how the two of you lost touch a few years back. How hard was that to put down on paper and share with the world?

It was very difficult. I played with the idea of not sharing it at all. But the story isn’t complete until I talk about the tragedy of our losing touch.

There’s also an anecdote about Leonard being angry at you for the way you handled matters when a TV Guide photographer came on the set of The Original Series to take pictures of him. You take the risk there of being honest and not coming off in a great light, but the reader learns a lot about your relationship with Leonard through that story. Take us through relating the details of that incident…

Well, there was a photographer coming into makeup, and that’s the most vulnerable moment actors have, when you’re without makeup. You’re there, it’s early morning and suddenly this guy is taking pictures of me. He’s snapping pictures, and the frame is containing me, I either imagined or I knew. So, I objected to being photographed. It wasn’t about Leonard being photographed, it was about me being photographed. I don’t know… it was one of those incidents that I’d totally forgotten about, but I was reminded of it by the fact that Leonard had talked about it. I keep thinking, "Oh yeah, I guess that happened." I don’t quite remember all the details, but there was a photographer doing stuff in the morning when everybody was doing their sleepy, 6:30 a.m. thing… and why is the photographer there? It seemed to be a reasonable question that got out of hand among emotional actors. I don’t know.

There’s a terrific exploration of the chemistry between you and Leonard as Kirk and Spock. You even quote Leonard as more or less saying that you as Kirk brought the energy to scenes, allowing him to be more reserved as Spock. How aware of that were you at the time, especially early on?

I wasn’t aware of it until much later, until after the show was over, until after everything we had done. He started to talk about that then, but he didn’t during the time we were working. I was just doing my thing. An actor is a source of energy. Even if that energy is deeply controlled and silent, there has to be a fire. There has to be a… vibration. That’s a better word. There has to be a vibration in the actor, and so many actors you see in a scene, there’s no impulse, no vibration. They just say the words. And, for me, that’s boring. But if somebody is impelled by some inner thought during a scene, that’s an action, that’s a feeling you can play off of, and it impels the other actor to bring their energy to it. So I guess I energize things as far as I thought they should go, and that helps keep a scene alive. Energy attracts energy, and so a scene starts to vibrate, especially if the other actor, or actors, is feeling it, too. And there will be a life in the scene that it might not have had without that energy. I look for that all the time in what I do as an actor. And when I direct, that’s what I look for in the actors. “Give me some energy. Have a thought here.” That’s what Leonard and I had together, and we just did it. We didn’t sit around and discuss it.

A lot of Trek fans out there know seemingly everything there is to know about you, about Leonard, and about you and Leonard. Yet, in the book you drop the following bombshell: “He was my friend. But according to the Global Reunion Project, we also were distantly related; supposedly I am Leonard’s wife Susan’s fifth cousin twice removed’s wife’s aunt’s husband’s uncle’s wife’s second grandnephew.” That floored us. When and how did you discover that factoid?

(Laughs). Well, that’s as a result of the modern-day ability to look into where your bloods have combined. So, it came up that in some, some distant way, we may be related. And I only heard about this after he passed. I’m telling you, it’s the result of all this looking at a computer. I think we’re all basically related, especially if you come from certain ethnic backgrounds. It narrows the field.

If Leonard is out there now on the Final Frontier, as they say, and reading your book, what do you hope he’d make of it?

I think he’d be embarrassed by the attention I brought to some of his excellences. Everything that I have done in connection with Leonard and Leonard’s family, it has always been done out of love. If I have made mistakes, if I have said or done something, it was inadvertent and I couldn’t have meant any harm because I have always loved Leonard and his family.

You will turn 85 years old in March. What do you know now that you wish you knew when you were just starting out?

I know, without any doubt, one thing, and that is I know nothing. I knew nothing when I started and now I really understand that I know nothing.

How hard a lesson is that to learn?

It becomes a revelation. It’s a slow revelation.

What were your aspirations early on? Did you just want to work or did you have your eye on stardom?

No, no. I just wanted to work. I wanted to make $100 a week, so that I could pay all my bills. What’s interesting is that I just wanted to work, but the definition of work changes as you become more successful or more well known. Work could have been a voiceover. Work could have been a walk-on part. Then your idea of work begins to evolve or change or grow, and work becomes something else. The definition of work changes as you go along.

You have talked about how you consider yourself to be an innately shy man, that you can stand in front of thousands of people at a convention or at a performance, but you’re uncomfortable if you’re surrounded even by a small number of people. Even now, do you still consider yourself shy?

Yes.

Really?

You say “really” like you don’t believe me.

We don’t not believe you. We’re just... surprised.

Well, what is shyness?

Uncomfortable around people. Not wanting to give too much of yourself…

Sounds like me.

Recoiling from attention...

There you go!

Back when you were a kid, who in pop culture were you a fan of?

Marlon Brando and Laurence Olivier.

Did you ever write them a fan letter or meet them over the years?

No, I never wrote them fan letters. And I never met them. I was in the proximity of Laurence Olivier. We had some mutual friends, eventually, from Stratford. But I didn’t meet him. And I live about a mile away from where Brando lived. I often thought I should ring his bell, but I never did. And then he died.

You've acted, written, directed, sung, emceed, hosted, been a pitchman and on and on. Is that wanderlust, curiosity, you trying to experience it all, or a bit of everything?

As a result of this celebrity that I’ve garnered, I have opportunities that aren’t given to most people. And I try to take advantage of those opportunities. (Just a few weeks ago), a record company called me and asked if I would do a Christmas album. I immediately had a concept in mind. I said, “This is what I’d like to do." They said, “Great.” And now I’m going to do a Christmas album. That’s an opportunity given to very few people. So now I have the ability to go out and try and create, and have these people pay me to put together a group of wonderful, talented people to help me with this Christmas album, because I really do have a concept. My ambition with this Christmas album would be to make it a perennial, that every Christmas you play this album in its entirety because it’s so delightful and so reminiscent of milk and cookies and ginger bread, and of the magic of Christmas and Santa Claus coming to visit and the snow and brittle air and breath being seen vaporized. So there’s a feeling of Christmas that I’d love to attain, to capture, with this album and, if I’m able to make this album a perennial, I would have succeeded in realizing this vision, this wish I have for it. And I’m going to do it. So we’ll see how close I can come.

A Christmas album by a nice Jewish guy from Canada?

(Laughs). But the Christmas feeling is similar to, but not the same, as a Hanukah feeling.

 

Go to www.amazon.com to pre-order Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man. And visit StarTrek.com again tomorrow to read part two of our exclusive interview with William Shatner.

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william-shatner-talks-nimoy-book-trek-past-future-part-1 Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:00:00 -0800
<![CDATA[Exploring New Worlds Exhibition Opening in Seattle in May]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/exploring-new-worlds-exhibition-opening-in-seattle-in-may

The EMP Museum in Seattle, Washington, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek with a new exhibition, Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds, that will open on May 21. Exploring New Worlds will showcase Star Trek’s significant impact on culture, society, arts, sports, technology and fashion, and it will feature more than 100 rare artifacts, set pieces and props from the television series, spinoffs and films.

Many of the items to be displayed will come from a private collection, and thus have never before been on public display. Further, fans will be able to participate in state-of-the art interactive photo and video opportunities.

“Fifty years after Star Trek: The Original Series first aired, its stories continue to energize people worldwide,” Brooks Peck, Curator at EMP Museum, said in a statement. “This exhibition explores that phenomenon, its enduring impact on our culture and how Star Trek’s themes of optimism, equality, and heroism have inspired people to imagine, explore and create.”

 Exhibition highlights will include:

  • More than 100 props and artifacts from all five Star Trek television series and many of the films, including an Original Series tricorder, communicator, and phaser; a Borg cube, Klingon disruptor pistol, Tribbles, and more

  • Set pieces from The Original Series, including Captain Kirk’s command chair and the navigation console, which will be on display for the first time to the public

  • KHAAAAN! video booth where visitors can recreate the memorable scene from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
     
  • Rare costumes, among them Spock’s tunic worn by Leonard Nimoy; Lt. Uhura’s (Nichelle Nichols) dress; Khan garments past and present, including the open-chest tunic worn by Ricardo Montalban and the costume worn by Benedict Cumberbatch in the 2013 reboot; Captain Picard’s (Patrick Stewart) costume, a Borg costume, the alien Gorn and more

  • Transporter simulator where visitors can create a film that shows them being beamed to another location

  • Spaceship filming models of the Enterprise, USS Excelsior, Romulan Warbird, Phoenix and the Deep Space Nine space station

  • Original scripts, concept art, storyboards, and production drawings

  • Showcase of Star Trek’s significant impact on culture, society, arts, sports, technology and fashion that includes a prototype of a real medical tricorder, Star Trek-themed beer, Red Sox “Star Trek Night” foam finger in the shape of the Vulcan salute, a “Picardigan” sweater, a listening station with songs by Star Trek tribute bands, USPS stamps featuring the U.S.S. Enterprise, and much more.

Go to www.empmuseum.org/startrek for details.

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The EMP Museum in Seattle, Washington, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek with a new exhibition, Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds, that will open on May 21. Exploring New Worlds will showcase Star Trek’s significant impact on culture, society, arts, sports, technology and fashion, and it will feature more than 100 rare artifacts, set pieces and props from the television series, spinoffs and films.

Many of the items to be displayed will come from a private collection, and thus have never before been on public display. Further, fans will be able to participate in state-of-the art interactive photo and video opportunities.

“Fifty years after Star Trek: The Original Series first aired, its stories continue to energize people worldwide,” Brooks Peck, Curator at EMP Museum, said in a statement. “This exhibition explores that phenomenon, its enduring impact on our culture and how Star Trek’s themes of optimism, equality, and heroism have inspired people to imagine, explore and create.”

 Exhibition highlights will include:

  • More than 100 props and artifacts from all five Star Trek television series and many of the films, including an Original Series tricorder, communicator, and phaser; a Borg cube, Klingon disruptor pistol, Tribbles, and more

  • Set pieces from The Original Series, including Captain Kirk’s command chair and the navigation console, which will be on display for the first time to the public

  • KHAAAAN! video booth where visitors can recreate the memorable scene from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
     
  • Rare costumes, among them Spock’s tunic worn by Leonard Nimoy; Lt. Uhura’s (Nichelle Nichols) dress; Khan garments past and present, including the open-chest tunic worn by Ricardo Montalban and the costume worn by Benedict Cumberbatch in the 2013 reboot; Captain Picard’s (Patrick Stewart) costume, a Borg costume, the alien Gorn and more

  • Transporter simulator where visitors can create a film that shows them being beamed to another location

  • Spaceship filming models of the Enterprise, USS Excelsior, Romulan Warbird, Phoenix and the Deep Space Nine space station

  • Original scripts, concept art, storyboards, and production drawings

  • Showcase of Star Trek’s significant impact on culture, society, arts, sports, technology and fashion that includes a prototype of a real medical tricorder, Star Trek-themed beer, Red Sox “Star Trek Night” foam finger in the shape of the Vulcan salute, a “Picardigan” sweater, a listening station with songs by Star Trek tribute bands, USPS stamps featuring the U.S.S. Enterprise, and much more.

Go to www.empmuseum.org/startrek for details.

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exploring-new-worlds-exhibition-opening-in-seattle-in-may Thu, 11 Feb 2016 11:00:00 -0800
<![CDATA[Nichols, Takei & More Added to Star Trek Las Vegas Guest List ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/nichols-takei-more-added-to-star-trek-las-vegas-guest-list

Creation Entertainment is on the fast track to securing its stated goal of 100-plus Star Trek celebrity guests for Star Trek Las Vegas, the official convention that will take place August 3-7 at the Rio Suite Hotel in Las Vegas. And they've just announced the next 10 guests locked in for the event, bringing the total to nearly 60 so far.

The latest names are:

Go to www.creationent.com for additional details and to purchase tickets.

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Creation Entertainment is on the fast track to securing its stated goal of 100-plus Star Trek celebrity guests for Star Trek Las Vegas, the official convention that will take place August 3-7 at the Rio Suite Hotel in Las Vegas. And they've just announced the next 10 guests locked in for the event, bringing the total to nearly 60 so far.

The latest names are:

Go to www.creationent.com for additional details and to purchase tickets.

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nichols-takei-more-added-to-star-trek-las-vegas-guest-list Wed, 10 Feb 2016 11:33:17 -0800
<![CDATA[Young Kirk, Uhura and Cadets Are Back in IDW's Starfleet Academy]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/young-kirk-uhura-and-cadets-are-back-in-idws-starfleet-academy

Star Trek: Starfleet Academy #3 (of 5) will arrive in stores today via IDW Publishing. Written by Mike Johnson and Ryan Parrott, with art and a cover by Derek Charm, issue #3 is for everyone who's a fan of seeing gifted youngsters come into their own. More specifically, this Star Trek miniseries continues with Uhura and Kirk drawing closer to uncovering the truth surrounding a century-old mystery. Meanwhile, T'Laan and the new cadets find themselves on the brink of elimination from the Centennial Competition.

The issue will have a page count of 32 and cost $3.99. Collectors should about a variant cover by Adam Rosenlunc. For additional details, contact your local comic book retailer or visit comicshoplocator.com to find a store near you. Keep an eye on StarTrek.com for additional news about the IDW's upcoming Star Trek adventures, as well as exclusive First Looks at covers and preview pages.

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Star Trek: Starfleet Academy #3 (of 5) will arrive in stores today via IDW Publishing. Written by Mike Johnson and Ryan Parrott, with art and a cover by Derek Charm, issue #3 is for everyone who's a fan of seeing gifted youngsters come into their own. More specifically, this Star Trek miniseries continues with Uhura and Kirk drawing closer to uncovering the truth surrounding a century-old mystery. Meanwhile, T'Laan and the new cadets find themselves on the brink of elimination from the Centennial Competition.

The issue will have a page count of 32 and cost $3.99. Collectors should about a variant cover by Adam Rosenlunc. For additional details, contact your local comic book retailer or visit comicshoplocator.com to find a store near you. Keep an eye on StarTrek.com for additional news about the IDW's upcoming Star Trek adventures, as well as exclusive First Looks at covers and preview pages.

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young-kirk-uhura-and-cadets-are-back-in-idws-starfleet-academy Wed, 10 Feb 2016 07:00:00 -0800
<![CDATA[FIRST LOOK: I.K.S. Amar for Attack Wing Wave 23 ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/first-look-i-k-s-amar-for-attack-wing-wave-23

WizKids/NECA will release Star Trek: Attack Wing Wave 23 next month, and StarTrek.com has the exclusive First Look at the ships in the upcoming expansion packs, continuing with the I.K.S. Amar.

The I.K.S. Amar is a Klingon K’t’inga-class battle cruiser that encountered and attempted to destroy the powerful entity called V’ger by firing torpedoes into the entity’s massive energy cloud. The torpedoes had no effect, which forced the Amar to retreat. The I.K.S. Amar has one extra shield and one extra Crew Upgrade slot compared to a generic K’t’inga class starship. The special ability on the Amar allows you to place an Evade Token next to you ship if you attack, but you do not hit your target. With this special ability, if you can’t damage your opponent, at least you can help ensure you will be around next turn to try again. As the Captain of the I.K.S. Amar, Barak allows you to discard your Photon Torpedo Upgrade to gain +1 attack die when attacking with Photon Torpedoes.
The I.K.S. Amar Expansion Pack comes with three Crew Upgrades, any two of which may be equipped to the I.K.S. Amar. Klingon Helmsman is an Action that allows you to immediately perform an additional 1 Come About or 2 Come About Maneuver as a red maneuver. However, you must also discard the card after performing this action, and it cannot be deployed to a ship unless it has a Come About Maneuver on its dial. Klingon Helmsman brings a new dimension to the game by allowing your ship to take its normal movement (bank, turn, etc) and then perform a surprise Come About Maneuver. Expect this card to change the way you think about maneuvering on the battlefield in a major way. Klingon Navigator, on the other hand, is just the kind of thing you will need if your opponent performs an unexpected maneuver. During the Activation Phase, before you move, you may discard Klingon Navigator to perform any maneuver on your maneuver dial with a speed of 3 or less, treated as a red maneuver.  The last Crew Upgrade, Klingon Tactical Officer, focuses on dealing damage. When attacking with your primary weapon, you may disable Klingon Tactical Officer and spend your Evade Token to convert 1 of your Battle Stations results into a Hit result. 
No Klingon vessel would be complete without Photon Torpedoes. This weapon is a 5 dice attack at Range 2-3, using the Time Token Mechanic. And of course the ability to convert 1 of your Battle Stations results into 1 Critical Hit result.  To ensure maximum damage the Klingons have a new weapon upgrade, Stand By Torpedoes. You may disable Stand By Torpedoes instead of spending your Target Lock when attacking with Photon Torpedoes. Combining these weapons with Barak should be just the thing to ensure a Klingon victory on the battlefield.  
The Klingons are living up to their reputation as fierce warriors by bringing devastating Photon Torpedo attacks and cunning new flight maneuvers to the game in this new expansion pack. Add to your Klingon fleet or “Investigate the Unknown” by playing the special scenario included in this pack. Long live the Klingon Empire!

Visit WizKids/NECA at WizKids.com/AttackWing for additional information about Star Trek: Attack Wing and keep an eye on StarTrek.com for more First Looks and previews coming soon. 

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WizKids/NECA will release Star Trek: Attack Wing Wave 23 next month, and StarTrek.com has the exclusive First Look at the ships in the upcoming expansion packs, continuing with the I.K.S. Amar.

The I.K.S. Amar is a Klingon K’t’inga-class battle cruiser that encountered and attempted to destroy the powerful entity called V’ger by firing torpedoes into the entity’s massive energy cloud. The torpedoes had no effect, which forced the Amar to retreat. The I.K.S. Amar has one extra shield and one extra Crew Upgrade slot compared to a generic K’t’inga class starship. The special ability on the Amar allows you to place an Evade Token next to you ship if you attack, but you do not hit your target. With this special ability, if you can’t damage your opponent, at least you can help ensure you will be around next turn to try again. As the Captain of the I.K.S. Amar, Barak allows you to discard your Photon Torpedo Upgrade to gain +1 attack die when attacking with Photon Torpedoes.
The I.K.S. Amar Expansion Pack comes with three Crew Upgrades, any two of which may be equipped to the I.K.S. Amar. Klingon Helmsman is an Action that allows you to immediately perform an additional 1 Come About or 2 Come About Maneuver as a red maneuver. However, you must also discard the card after performing this action, and it cannot be deployed to a ship unless it has a Come About Maneuver on its dial. Klingon Helmsman brings a new dimension to the game by allowing your ship to take its normal movement (bank, turn, etc) and then perform a surprise Come About Maneuver. Expect this card to change the way you think about maneuvering on the battlefield in a major way. Klingon Navigator, on the other hand, is just the kind of thing you will need if your opponent performs an unexpected maneuver. During the Activation Phase, before you move, you may discard Klingon Navigator to perform any maneuver on your maneuver dial with a speed of 3 or less, treated as a red maneuver.  The last Crew Upgrade, Klingon Tactical Officer, focuses on dealing damage. When attacking with your primary weapon, you may disable Klingon Tactical Officer and spend your Evade Token to convert 1 of your Battle Stations results into a Hit result. 
No Klingon vessel would be complete without Photon Torpedoes. This weapon is a 5 dice attack at Range 2-3, using the Time Token Mechanic. And of course the ability to convert 1 of your Battle Stations results into 1 Critical Hit result.  To ensure maximum damage the Klingons have a new weapon upgrade, Stand By Torpedoes. You may disable Stand By Torpedoes instead of spending your Target Lock when attacking with Photon Torpedoes. Combining these weapons with Barak should be just the thing to ensure a Klingon victory on the battlefield.  
The Klingons are living up to their reputation as fierce warriors by bringing devastating Photon Torpedo attacks and cunning new flight maneuvers to the game in this new expansion pack. Add to your Klingon fleet or “Investigate the Unknown” by playing the special scenario included in this pack. Long live the Klingon Empire!

Visit WizKids/NECA at WizKids.com/AttackWing for additional information about Star Trek: Attack Wing and keep an eye on StarTrek.com for more First Looks and previews coming soon. 

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first-look-i-k-s-amar-for-attack-wing-wave-23 Wed, 10 Feb 2016 06:30:00 -0800
<![CDATA[Bryan Fuller Named Co-Creator of New Star Trek TV Series ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/bryan-fuller-named-co-creator-of-new-star-trek-tv-series

Bryan Fuller, who launched his career writing for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager, will return to the television franchise as co-creator and executive producer of the new CBS Star Trek series.

As previously announced, the new series, produced by CBS Television Studios, will launch with a special preview broadcast on the CBS Television Network in early 2017. The premiere episode and all subsequent first-run episodes will then be available exclusively in the United States on CBS All Access, the Network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service. The new Star Trek series marks the first original series developed for CBS All Access. The next chapter of the Star Trek franchise will also be distributed concurrently for television and multiple platforms around the world by CBS Studios International.

“My very first experience of Star Trek is my oldest brother turning off all the lights in the house and flying his model of a D7 Class Klingon Battle Cruiser through the darkened halls," Fuller said in a statement. "Before seeing a frame of the television series, the Star Trek universe lit my imagination on fire. It is without exaggeration a dream come true to be crafting a brand new iteration of Star Trek with fellow franchise alum Alex Kurtzman and boldly going where no Star Trek series has gone before.”

“Bringing Star Trek back to television means returning it to its roots, and for years those roots flourished under Bryan’s devoted care,” said Kurtzman, who will executive produce the new show along with Fuller. “His encyclopedic knowledge of Trek canon is surpassed only by his love for Gene Roddenberry’s optimistic future, a vision that continues to guide us as we explore strange new worlds.”

“For the past 50 years, Star Trek has been a groundbreaking franchise that not only changed the landscape of television, but made a significant impact on pop culture,” said David Stapf, President, CBS Television Studios. “When we began discussions about the series returning to television, we immediately knew that Bryan Fuller would be the ideal person to work alongside Alex Kurtzman to create a fresh and authentic take on this classic and timeless series. Bryan is not only an extremely gifted writer, but a genuine fan of Star Trek. Having someone at the helm with his gravitas who also understands and appreciates the significance of the franchise and the worldwide fan base was essential to us.”

Fuller most recently served as executive producer and writer on NBC’s Hannibal, based on the characters from the book Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. He got his start writing Deep Space Nine, followed by Voyager, where he worked his way from freelance writer to staff writer to co-producer. Fuller went on to create the critically acclaimed series Dead Like Me and Wonderfalls. Also, he served as writer and co-executive producer on the first season of Heroes, before leaving to create the Emmy Award-winning Pushing Daisies. Fuller is currently executive producing along with partner Michael Green an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods for the STARZ network.

Star Trek will be produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout. Kurtzman and Fuller will be joined by Heather Kadin as executive producers.

 

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Bryan Fuller, who launched his career writing for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager, will return to the television franchise as co-creator and executive producer of the new CBS Star Trek series.

As previously announced, the new series, produced by CBS Television Studios, will launch with a special preview broadcast on the CBS Television Network in early 2017. The premiere episode and all subsequent first-run episodes will then be available exclusively in the United States on CBS All Access, the Network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service. The new Star Trek series marks the first original series developed for CBS All Access. The next chapter of the Star Trek franchise will also be distributed concurrently for television and multiple platforms around the world by CBS Studios International.

“My very first experience of Star Trek is my oldest brother turning off all the lights in the house and flying his model of a D7 Class Klingon Battle Cruiser through the darkened halls," Fuller said in a statement. "Before seeing a frame of the television series, the Star Trek universe lit my imagination on fire. It is without exaggeration a dream come true to be crafting a brand new iteration of Star Trek with fellow franchise alum Alex Kurtzman and boldly going where no Star Trek series has gone before.”

“Bringing Star Trek back to television means returning it to its roots, and for years those roots flourished under Bryan’s devoted care,” said Kurtzman, who will executive produce the new show along with Fuller. “His encyclopedic knowledge of Trek canon is surpassed only by his love for Gene Roddenberry’s optimistic future, a vision that continues to guide us as we explore strange new worlds.”

“For the past 50 years, Star Trek has been a groundbreaking franchise that not only changed the landscape of television, but made a significant impact on pop culture,” said David Stapf, President, CBS Television Studios. “When we began discussions about the series returning to television, we immediately knew that Bryan Fuller would be the ideal person to work alongside Alex Kurtzman to create a fresh and authentic take on this classic and timeless series. Bryan is not only an extremely gifted writer, but a genuine fan of Star Trek. Having someone at the helm with his gravitas who also understands and appreciates the significance of the franchise and the worldwide fan base was essential to us.”

Fuller most recently served as executive producer and writer on NBC’s Hannibal, based on the characters from the book Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. He got his start writing Deep Space Nine, followed by Voyager, where he worked his way from freelance writer to staff writer to co-producer. Fuller went on to create the critically acclaimed series Dead Like Me and Wonderfalls. Also, he served as writer and co-executive producer on the first season of Heroes, before leaving to create the Emmy Award-winning Pushing Daisies. Fuller is currently executive producing along with partner Michael Green an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods for the STARZ network.

Star Trek will be produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout. Kurtzman and Fuller will be joined by Heather Kadin as executive producers.

 

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bryan-fuller-named-co-creator-of-new-star-trek-tv-series Tue, 09 Feb 2016 10:02:20 -0800
<![CDATA[Star Trek -- Live in Concert Beaming to Hollywood Bowl This Summer]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/star-trek-live-in-concert-beaming-to-hollywood-bowl-this-summer

Star Trek -- Live In Concert will beam into the legendary Hollywood Bowl on July 8 and 9, at 8 p.m. each evening. Fans will enjoy an under-the-stars screening of Star Trek (2009) accompanied by Michael Giacchino's soaring score peformed live by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by David Newman.

"I am very excited for the people who have the opportunity to attend these concerts," Giacchino told StarTrek.com at the start of the Star Trek: Live in Concert tour in 2014. "As a composer, I am fortunate to have the opportunity to regularly hear incredibly talented musicians playing soundtracks live on a scoring stage. These screenings, however, will give the audience an opportunity to experience both the musicians and the music and the movie in a way that they can’t at home in their living rooms.

"I imagine that there are people that will find themselves enthralled with the film, and then realize that there are 90 musicians out there on stage, or there are those whose focus will be on the music," he added. "Either way, we are hoping that watching the film with a live orchestra will only enhance the emotionality and excitement of both film and music."

Tickets will available on Feb. 9 for those with a Hollywood Bowl subscription and on March 15 as part of a Five-or-More Package. Single ticket sales will commence on May 1 at www.hollywoodbowl.com/startrek.

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Star Trek -- Live In Concert will beam into the legendary Hollywood Bowl on July 8 and 9, at 8 p.m. each evening. Fans will enjoy an under-the-stars screening of Star Trek (2009) accompanied by Michael Giacchino's soaring score peformed live by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by David Newman.

"I am very excited for the people who have the opportunity to attend these concerts," Giacchino told StarTrek.com at the start of the Star Trek: Live in Concert tour in 2014. "As a composer, I am fortunate to have the opportunity to regularly hear incredibly talented musicians playing soundtracks live on a scoring stage. These screenings, however, will give the audience an opportunity to experience both the musicians and the music and the movie in a way that they can’t at home in their living rooms.

"I imagine that there are people that will find themselves enthralled with the film, and then realize that there are 90 musicians out there on stage, or there are those whose focus will be on the music," he added. "Either way, we are hoping that watching the film with a live orchestra will only enhance the emotionality and excitement of both film and music."

Tickets will available on Feb. 9 for those with a Hollywood Bowl subscription and on March 15 as part of a Five-or-More Package. Single ticket sales will commence on May 1 at www.hollywoodbowl.com/startrek.

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star-trek-live-in-concert-beaming-to-hollywood-bowl-this-summer Tue, 09 Feb 2016 09:16:54 -0800
<![CDATA[Fight Honorably with Foam Klingon Bat'leth]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/fight-honorably-with-foam-klingon-batleth

Prepare to fight with honor --  and safely, too. NECA will soon introduce a Klingon Bat'leth made of soft foam. The product, ideal for cosplay, is modeled on an actual Star Trek: The Next Generation screen-used prop. It's hand-painted and measures an impressive four feet long.
The NECA Star Trek: The Next Generation Klingon Bat'leth Prop Replica will ship this spring. It will cost $42.99 and can be pre-ordered at www.entertainmentearth.com.

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Prepare to fight with honor --  and safely, too. NECA will soon introduce a Klingon Bat'leth made of soft foam. The product, ideal for cosplay, is modeled on an actual Star Trek: The Next Generation screen-used prop. It's hand-painted and measures an impressive four feet long.
The NECA Star Trek: The Next Generation Klingon Bat'leth Prop Replica will ship this spring. It will cost $42.99 and can be pre-ordered at www.entertainmentearth.com.

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fight-honorably-with-foam-klingon-batleth Mon, 08 Feb 2016 07:00:00 -0800
<![CDATA[Trio of Trek-Themed Maxi Dresses Available Now from ThinkGeek]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/trio-of-trek-themed-maxi-dresses-available-now-from-thinkgeek

Ladies, if you're after some Star Trek couture that's the perfect combination of comfortable, feminine and geek chic, then look no further than the three new Star Trek Maxi Dresses unveiled by Mighty Fine and available now exclusively through ThinkGeek.com. First up is a black, blended jersey (50/50 cotton/polyester) maxi dress that offers tank-top styling and has a slit on the right side and the Enterprise printed across the front. The back is plain black. It's available now in sizes S to 3X and costs $39.99.
Next is a Delta Shield Maxi Dress. The navy blue dress features cap sleeves, a waist seam, and below that a 5 1/4" tall gold foil stripe with the command insignia repeated; the foil design wraps 360 degrees around the dress. Made of 94% cotton and 6% spandex, it also boasts a flattering narrow waist and flare silhouette with pockets. It's in stock now in sizes S to 3X and costs $49.99.
And, finally, there's the Picard's Painting Maxi Dress. It's a black dress emblazoned with the "A Captain's Painting" art -- originally created by Rick Sternbach and Andrew Probert -- that graced Picard's ready room throughout the run of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Made of 94% cotton and 6% Spandex, highlights include a starfield across the top, cap sleeves, pockets, a waist seam, and below that the reproduction of "A Captain's Painting" across the skirt; the print is on the front only. Available now in sizes S to 3X, it costs $39.99.

Go to www.thinkgeek.com to purchase.

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Ladies, if you're after some Star Trek couture that's the perfect combination of comfortable, feminine and geek chic, then look no further than the three new Star Trek Maxi Dresses unveiled by Mighty Fine and available now exclusively through ThinkGeek.com. First up is a black, blended jersey (50/50 cotton/polyester) maxi dress that offers tank-top styling and has a slit on the right side and the Enterprise printed across the front. The back is plain black. It's available now in sizes S to 3X and costs $39.99.
Next is a Delta Shield Maxi Dress. The navy blue dress features cap sleeves, a waist seam, and below that a 5 1/4" tall gold foil stripe with the command insignia repeated; the foil design wraps 360 degrees around the dress. Made of 94% cotton and 6% spandex, it also boasts a flattering narrow waist and flare silhouette with pockets. It's in stock now in sizes S to 3X and costs $49.99.
And, finally, there's the Picard's Painting Maxi Dress. It's a black dress emblazoned with the "A Captain's Painting" art -- originally created by Rick Sternbach and Andrew Probert -- that graced Picard's ready room throughout the run of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Made of 94% cotton and 6% Spandex, highlights include a starfield across the top, cap sleeves, pockets, a waist seam, and below that the reproduction of "A Captain's Painting" across the skirt; the print is on the front only. Available now in sizes S to 3X, it costs $39.99.

Go to www.thinkgeek.com to purchase.

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trio-of-trek-themed-maxi-dresses-available-now-from-thinkgeek Sun, 07 Feb 2016 11:00:00 -0800
<![CDATA[Poll Says Trek Pet You'd Want Is... ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/poll-says-trek-pet-youd-want-is

Star Trek is going to the dogs! For our latest weekly poll, StarTrek.com asked If you had to own a Star Trek pet, which would you choose? The reply options included Porthos the Beagle, I-Chaya the Sehlak, Christina the Tarantula, Spot the Cat, Isis the Cat, a Tribble and Neelix the Cat. Thousands of fans voted, and here are the results:

Porthos the Beagle (37%)

Spot the Cat (28%)

A Tribble (20%)

Isis the Cat (6%)

I-Chaya the Sehlak (5%)

Neelix the Cat (2%)

Christina the Tarantula (1%)

How did YOUR pet of choice fare???

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Star Trek is going to the dogs! For our latest weekly poll, StarTrek.com asked If you had to own a Star Trek pet, which would you choose? The reply options included Porthos the Beagle, I-Chaya the Sehlak, Christina the Tarantula, Spot the Cat, Isis the Cat, a Tribble and Neelix the Cat. Thousands of fans voted, and here are the results:

Porthos the Beagle (37%)

Spot the Cat (28%)

A Tribble (20%)

Isis the Cat (6%)

I-Chaya the Sehlak (5%)

Neelix the Cat (2%)

Christina the Tarantula (1%)

How did YOUR pet of choice fare???

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poll-says-trek-pet-youd-want-is Sun, 07 Feb 2016 07:00:00 -0800
<![CDATA[10 Photos from the 366 Project at Roddenberry Vault]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/10-photos-from-the-366-project-at-roddenberry-vault

Gene Roddenberry's son, Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry, recently launched the 366 Project at the Roddenberry Vault, a Faceook page on which Roddenberry.com is posting a photo a day in order to celebrate Gene Roddenberry and the 50th anniversary of the franchise he created. Once a month, starting today, StarTrek.com will share 10 photos from Roddenberry Vault, and we'll also share other unique photos as they're posted. Please enjoy.

1. Roddenberry on the set with the final Enterprise model 

2. The final Enterprise concept

3. 'Where No Man Has Gone Before' story outline

4. Roddenberry on the set with Talosians 

5. Roddenberry, Majel Barrett and William Shatner on set 

6. Shatner, James Doohan and DeForest Kelley in old-age makeup from 'The Deadly Years' 

7. Roddenberry on the set with the crew 

8. Multi-sheet from 'Journey to Babel'

 9. February 1st marked the day Roddenberry became a police officer 

10. Original slide of Commander Kang from 'Day of the Dove' 

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Gene Roddenberry's son, Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry, recently launched the 366 Project at the Roddenberry Vault, a Faceook page on which Roddenberry.com is posting a photo a day in order to celebrate Gene Roddenberry and the 50th anniversary of the franchise he created. Once a month, starting today, StarTrek.com will share 10 photos from Roddenberry Vault, and we'll also share other unique photos as they're posted. Please enjoy.

1. Roddenberry on the set with the final Enterprise model 

2. The final Enterprise concept

3. 'Where No Man Has Gone Before' story outline

4. Roddenberry on the set with Talosians 

5. Roddenberry, Majel Barrett and William Shatner on set 

6. Shatner, James Doohan and DeForest Kelley in old-age makeup from 'The Deadly Years' 

7. Roddenberry on the set with the crew 

8. Multi-sheet from 'Journey to Babel'

 9. February 1st marked the day Roddenberry became a police officer 

10. Original slide of Commander Kang from 'Day of the Dove' 

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10-photos-from-the-366-project-at-roddenberry-vault Sat, 06 Feb 2016 11:00:00 -0800
<![CDATA[Eaglemoss Adds Four Shuttlecraft to Starships Collection]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/eaglemoss-adds-four-shuttlecraft-to-starships-collection

Many fans have pointed out that the Eaglemoss Starships collection hasn’t included shuttles. That’s something that changed towards the end of last year, when they made a set of four shuttlecrafts available exclusively through their online store. You could be forgiven for having missed it, because the shuttles aren’t available anywhere else.

Each shuttle comes with a brief guide and a specially commissioned transparent Okudagram that was created for Eaglemoss by Star Trek’s own scenic art supervisor, Mike Okuda.

The four shuttles in the set are drawn from different series and were created using the CG models that were used on the show, or that were supplied by VFX artist Rob Bonchune, who worked on Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise.

The shuttles are: the Galileo from The Original Series, the Type 6 used on the Enterprise-D, the Type-9 shuttle which was assigned to the U.S.S. Voyager (informally known as the "speedboat shuttle") and the rare Type-10 shuttle, which was specially designed for the U.S.S. Defiant.
The response to the shuttles has been very positive and StarTrek.com can exclusively announce that Eaglemoss is planning at least two more. Check back for more details.

You can order the shuttles at http://bit.ly/1Pho34v

The Official Starships collection is available in selected retailers and by subscription. For more information visit www.startrek-starships.com. And keep an eye on StarTrek.com for additional information about upcoming releases and for detailed looks at each ship as it is released.

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Many fans have pointed out that the Eaglemoss Starships collection hasn’t included shuttles. That’s something that changed towards the end of last year, when they made a set of four shuttlecrafts available exclusively through their online store. You could be forgiven for having missed it, because the shuttles aren’t available anywhere else.

Each shuttle comes with a brief guide and a specially commissioned transparent Okudagram that was created for Eaglemoss by Star Trek’s own scenic art supervisor, Mike Okuda.

The four shuttles in the set are drawn from different series and were created using the CG models that were used on the show, or that were supplied by VFX artist Rob Bonchune, who worked on Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise.

The shuttles are: the Galileo from The Original Series, the Type 6 used on the Enterprise-D, the Type-9 shuttle which was assigned to the U.S.S. Voyager (informally known as the "speedboat shuttle") and the rare Type-10 shuttle, which was specially designed for the U.S.S. Defiant.
The response to the shuttles has been very positive and StarTrek.com can exclusively announce that Eaglemoss is planning at least two more. Check back for more details.

You can order the shuttles at http://bit.ly/1Pho34v

The Official Starships collection is available in selected retailers and by subscription. For more information visit www.startrek-starships.com. And keep an eye on StarTrek.com for additional information about upcoming releases and for detailed looks at each ship as it is released.

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eaglemoss-adds-four-shuttlecraft-to-starships-collection Sat, 06 Feb 2016 07:00:00 -0800
<![CDATA[The One:12 Collective Spock Figure Coming Soon ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/the-one12-collective-spock-figure-coming-soon

The One:12 Collective will soon add Spock to its line of Star Trek figures. Digitally modeled to craft an uncanny likeness of Leonard Nimoy and assembled on a One:12 Collective body with over 28 points of articulation, the figure will feature a series-accurate, real-fabric costume and leather-look screen-matched boots to create a true collectible.

Other Spock-centric elements will include: an alternate head with arched eyebrow, a "Live long and prosper” hand, a phaser holding hand, a Vulcan mind-meld hand, a Vulcan nerve pinch hand, a set of posing hands, a set of fists, a phaser, a communicator with flip-up panel, a tricorder with opening top section and a display base and posing stand.

Each figure will come packaged in a deluxe, fifth-panel window box featuring character-specific artwork and a translucent acetate slipcover. Designed for collector convenience, the packaging has been especially engineered to allow for maximum protection without sacrificing ease of removal for display.

The One:12 Collective Spock will cost $70, plus shipping, and it should ship in April or May. Visit www.mezcotoyz.com to pre-order.

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The One:12 Collective will soon add Spock to its line of Star Trek figures. Digitally modeled to craft an uncanny likeness of Leonard Nimoy and assembled on a One:12 Collective body with over 28 points of articulation, the figure will feature a series-accurate, real-fabric costume and leather-look screen-matched boots to create a true collectible.

Other Spock-centric elements will include: an alternate head with arched eyebrow, a "Live long and prosper” hand, a phaser holding hand, a Vulcan mind-meld hand, a Vulcan nerve pinch hand, a set of posing hands, a set of fists, a phaser, a communicator with flip-up panel, a tricorder with opening top section and a display base and posing stand.

Each figure will come packaged in a deluxe, fifth-panel window box featuring character-specific artwork and a translucent acetate slipcover. Designed for collector convenience, the packaging has been especially engineered to allow for maximum protection without sacrificing ease of removal for display.

The One:12 Collective Spock will cost $70, plus shipping, and it should ship in April or May. Visit www.mezcotoyz.com to pre-order.

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the-one12-collective-spock-figure-coming-soon Fri, 05 Feb 2016 11:00:00 -0800
<![CDATA[STO: Dilithium Weekend Event]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/sto-dilithium-weekend-event

Star Trek Online is running a special weekend event during which you can earn bonus Dilithium Ore by playing content throughout the game. It’s time to hit the drills, Captains. The Dilithium Ore event will run from now through to 10 a.m. PST on Monday, February 8. During the event, bonus Dilithium Ore will be provided for the following content:

•    Vlugta Asteroid Field:
    o    100% Bonus Dilithium Ore for Daily Mining Missions
    o    100% Bonus to all Rich Dilithium Claims

•    Fleet Dilithium Mine:
    o    100% Bonus Dilithium Ore for Daily Mining Missions

•    Everywhere else in the game
    o    50% Bonus Dilithium Ore

For more Star Trek Online news including their brand new Anniversary Event, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

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Star Trek Online is running a special weekend event during which you can earn bonus Dilithium Ore by playing content throughout the game. It’s time to hit the drills, Captains. The Dilithium Ore event will run from now through to 10 a.m. PST on Monday, February 8. During the event, bonus Dilithium Ore will be provided for the following content:

•    Vlugta Asteroid Field:
    o    100% Bonus Dilithium Ore for Daily Mining Missions
    o    100% Bonus to all Rich Dilithium Claims

•    Fleet Dilithium Mine:
    o    100% Bonus Dilithium Ore for Daily Mining Missions

•    Everywhere else in the game
    o    50% Bonus Dilithium Ore

For more Star Trek Online news including their brand new Anniversary Event, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

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sto-dilithium-weekend-event Fri, 05 Feb 2016 07:00:00 -0800
<![CDATA[Production Underway on Season 2 of Stewart's Blunt Talk ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/production-underway-on-season-2-of-stewarts-blunt-talk

Patrick Stewart is back at work on Blunt Talk, as season two of the STARZ comedy series is in production now in Los Angeles -- and StarTrek.com has photos. Stewart stars as Walter Blunt on the show, which is executive produced by another familiar Star Trek figure, Seth MacFarlane, and features guest shots by Stewart's longtime Star Trek: The Next Generation co-star and friend, Brent Spiner, who'll return as well in Blunt Talk's 10-episode sophomore season. 
Here's STARZ' synopsis of season two: Walter Blunt (Stewart) and his team are on top of the network ratings when Walter runs into an old flame (cast newcomer Lesley Ann Warren), in town to investigate a conspiracy involving one of Los Angeles’ most crucial environmental threats. Rosalie (Jacki Weaver), Jim (Timm Sharp), Celia (Dolly Wells), Martin (Karan Soni) and Shelly (Mary Holland), with all their various neuroses intact, are by Walter’s side as he delves into his past, which leads him into a web of intrigue affecting the future of L.A.

Blunt Talk will air this fall.

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Patrick Stewart is back at work on Blunt Talk, as season two of the STARZ comedy series is in production now in Los Angeles -- and StarTrek.com has photos. Stewart stars as Walter Blunt on the show, which is executive produced by another familiar Star Trek figure, Seth MacFarlane, and features guest shots by Stewart's longtime Star Trek: The Next Generation co-star and friend, Brent Spiner, who'll return as well in Blunt Talk's 10-episode sophomore season. 
Here's STARZ' synopsis of season two: Walter Blunt (Stewart) and his team are on top of the network ratings when Walter runs into an old flame (cast newcomer Lesley Ann Warren), in town to investigate a conspiracy involving one of Los Angeles’ most crucial environmental threats. Rosalie (Jacki Weaver), Jim (Timm Sharp), Celia (Dolly Wells), Martin (Karan Soni) and Shelly (Mary Holland), with all their various neuroses intact, are by Walter’s side as he delves into his past, which leads him into a web of intrigue affecting the future of L.A.

Blunt Talk will air this fall.

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production-underway-on-season-2-of-stewarts-blunt-talk Thu, 04 Feb 2016 11:00:00 -0800
<![CDATA[U.S.S. Enterprise Boingler Out Now]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/u-s-s-enterprise-boingler-out-now

If you've ever wanted to send the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 deep into a black hole... from the safe confines of your own desk, well, your chance is now. The good folks at The Coop released a NCC-1701 Enterprise Boingler. It's a mini-replica of the Enterprise, featuring hand-painted details, a plastic ship and base (the peel-n-stick permanent adhesive base will affix to almost any surface), and a steel spring on which the Boingler can boingle.
The product measures 4.25"L x 1.75W x 3.5"H, and costs $9.95. The U.S.S. Enterpirse NCC-1701 Boingler is avaiable for purchase at The Coop.

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If you've ever wanted to send the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 deep into a black hole... from the safe confines of your own desk, well, your chance is now. The good folks at The Coop released a NCC-1701 Enterprise Boingler. It's a mini-replica of the Enterprise, featuring hand-painted details, a plastic ship and base (the peel-n-stick permanent adhesive base will affix to almost any surface), and a steel spring on which the Boingler can boingle.
The product measures 4.25"L x 1.75W x 3.5"H, and costs $9.95. The U.S.S. Enterpirse NCC-1701 Boingler is avaiable for purchase at The Coop.

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u-s-s-enterprise-boingler-out-now Thu, 04 Feb 2016 07:00:00 -0800
<![CDATA[Dad Builds Son A Fully Detailed U.S.S. Enterprise Bridge Playset]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/dad-builds-son-a-fully-detailed-u-s-s-enterprise-bridge-playset

David Weisberg is definitely our nominee for Father of the Year: Star Trek Division. Weisberg crafted an uber-detailed U.S.S. Enterprise bridge playset for his eight-year-old son, and he did so using actual blue prints for the bridge.

"This project started when I found my old Star Trek: The Original Series Playmates figures,” Weisberg wrote on the Instructables site. “I gave them to my eight-year-old son, who had become a fan of the old show. He began building simple cardboard play pieces. Inspired by the clean wooden design of some of his other toys, I set out to design and create a modular play set that he could use to assemble various rooms aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise. I wanted a set that could break down and store easily.  I tried to use scrap materials where I could.”
Weisberg erected a bridge, deck, consoles, captain's chair, main viewscreen and chairs, then primed, painted and assembled the pieces. Next came graphics, which he researched and created with Photoshop. More assembly followed, and then it was playtime.
"The modular nature led my son to almost immediately create a multi-deck configuration," Weisberg wrote. "Once played with, the set could be easily broken down and stored."

And you know how the story ends.

"He has already asked," Weisberg said of his young Trek fan son, "how soon he will get the rest of the ship."

Better get started, Dad.

In the meantime, check out the full story at www.instructables.com.

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David Weisberg is definitely our nominee for Father of the Year: Star Trek Division. Weisberg crafted an uber-detailed U.S.S. Enterprise bridge playset for his eight-year-old son, and he did so using actual blue prints for the bridge.

"This project started when I found my old Star Trek: The Original Series Playmates figures,” Weisberg wrote on the Instructables site. “I gave them to my eight-year-old son, who had become a fan of the old show. He began building simple cardboard play pieces. Inspired by the clean wooden design of some of his other toys, I set out to design and create a modular play set that he could use to assemble various rooms aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise. I wanted a set that could break down and store easily.  I tried to use scrap materials where I could.”
Weisberg erected a bridge, deck, consoles, captain's chair, main viewscreen and chairs, then primed, painted and assembled the pieces. Next came graphics, which he researched and created with Photoshop. More assembly followed, and then it was playtime.
"The modular nature led my son to almost immediately create a multi-deck configuration," Weisberg wrote. "Once played with, the set could be easily broken down and stored."

And you know how the story ends.

"He has already asked," Weisberg said of his young Trek fan son, "how soon he will get the rest of the ship."

Better get started, Dad.

In the meantime, check out the full story at www.instructables.com.

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