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San Diego Comic-Con: The Couch Report.

July 13th, 2015

San Diego Comic-Con We weren’t at San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend, but we’ve done our best to gather relevant content to share. We hope to report to you from the convention itself next year rather than from our couches! ;)

Her Universe debuted a couple of new Star Trek items, the Captain Picard-igan and an “everyday cosplay” dress based on Deanna Troi’s purple catsuit. We hope to see the Star Trek collection continue to grow because it is a bit small. Star Trek also featured in the second annual Her Universe Fashion Show; check out photos of all of the designs in the show or watch a video of the highlights.

StarTrek.com posted about the Hallmark exclusives coming out this holiday season. They also previewed their upcoming super cute Star Trek “Itty Bittys” set (below) featuring Captain Kirk, Spock, Doctor McCoy, and Lieutenant Uhura. No release date was given for the set, but they are stated to be for the 50th anniversary. If current Itty Bitty sets are anything to go by, they will retail for $29.95; no word on whether or not they will be available individually. Limited quantities were available at SDCC and more will be available at NYCC. Hallmark also makes “Biggy” versions of some of their Itty Bittys — wouldn’t you love to see a Biggy Spock? I would! Be sure to check out StarTrek.com’s full guide to Star Trek at Comic-Con.

Hallmark Star Trek Itty Bittys

Spock, George, and Gracie.Think Geek unveiled their new Bluetooth The Original Series communicator, which you can use with your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone. It is currently up for pre-order and is expected to ship January 2016, though it’s a bit pricey at $149.99. Entertainment Earth had a Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home bobblehead figure featuring Spock with George and Gracie. It appears to be available for pre-order on their site here. A Spock die cut mousepad was also available and can be ordered from Action Figure Xpress.

The Star Trek ongoing comic book series, set in the alternate universe established with JJ Abrams’ 2009 film, will explore its version of the classic episode Mirror, Mirror with issue #50, due for release in October. They’re launching a new Starfleet Academy book as well, also due in October. Read more about this announcement at IDW.

If you have about an hour to spare, you can watch William Shatner’s panel at which he read excerpts from the upcoming The Autobiography of James T. Kirk on YouTube. (Sadly, there is no audiobook version with him planned.) Adam Nimoy was also on hand, appearing on NASA’s “Turning Science-Fiction into Science-Fact” panel; video hasn’t surfaced of that one, but if we come across it, we’ll share.

Michael Giacchino stopped by for Saturday’s Star Trek: Live in Concert with the San Diego Symphony featuring Star Trek Into Darkness. Not an official SDCC event, but conveniently located near the convention center.

A screen-used Spock costume and a screen-used Uhura costume from The Original Series were also on display at the convention which would have been really cool to see! Below is a photo posted by Adam Nimoy of the Spock costume. How cool is that?!

Comic con. Standing in front of Dad’s old clothes. #Spock #SpockDoc #ComicCon2015

A photo posted by For The Love Of Spock (@loveofspock) on

In non-SDCC-related news…

On June 29, Symphony Space in NYC paid tribute to Leonard Nimoy which included special programming, friends, and family.

On July 1, the Kickstarter campaign for Adam Nimoy’s For the Love of Spock came to a close! 9,439 backers pledged a total of $662,640 to help fund the project, making it the most successful crowdfunded documentary in Kickstarter history. We are very proud of the Star Trek fandom; it was lovely to see everyone come together in support of Adam’s film. Leonard would be proud — this was a dream of his. We look forward to watching the project come together.

Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience will be kicking off from Canada’s Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa on May 26, 2016 as part of the celebrations surrounding the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. Much like the original Star Trek: The Exhibition, it will then be going on tour. So far, we only have two Canadian locations on the list, with more dates and locations to be added soon.

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News, books, and other tidbits!

June 28th, 2015

For the Love of SpockFirst and foremost, if you haven’t already, please consider donating to Adam Nimoy’s Kickstarter for his documentary about his father Leonard Nimoy and his iconic role, For the Love of Spock. The Kickstarter campaign is in its final three day stretch and at the time of writing, is at 87% of its goal at $522,767 with a little over 7000 backers. We’re so close! The campaign needs to reach $600k by July 1 in order to be funded. Any amount is appreciated and you can currently pledge as little as $5 or as much as $3500, with varying rewards (which are pretty awesome). You can pledge through PayPal as well. If you tweet William Shatner, you might even get a personal “Thank you” for donating, as I did! Spread the word and let’s pull through in the final hours! And be sure to check out this interview with Adam over at Geek Nation.

Secondly, the third installment in the Star Trek reboot film series — possibly to be titled Star Trek Beyondofficially began filming on June 25! Soon after, it was also announced that Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto have extended their contracts which would allow for a possible fourth installment in the series.

Now, for some book news!

I Am Spock by Leonard NimoyLeonard Nimoy’s 1995 autobiography, I Am Spock, is now available in paperback for the first time! If you never got a chance to read it or have had difficulty in finding a copy, rejoice! Also out this past week is The Wit and Wisdom of Star Trek, a book of classic quotes and photos from The Original Series.

The Spectrum War — the upcoming six issue comic book miniseries crossover event between Star Trek and Green Lantern — has a release date. Look for issue number one on shelves July 8 and check out the covers, including variants, for the first three issues over at Comixology.

In September we can look for The Autobiography of James T. Kirk (out September 8) which William Shatner is set to read excerpts from at SDCC on July 9 as well as Star Trek Costumes: Five Decades of of Fashion from the Final Frontier (out September 29). As a fan of Star Trek and costume design, I especially can’t wait to pick up the latter!

Shop ’til you drop!

I recently came across these cute TNG-style “Set Phasers to Stunning” cardigans — available in teal and goldenrod — over on ModCloth. It looks like the teal option is currently out of stock, however, they reorder based on community feedback. At the link, click ‘I need it!’, and they’ll email you if and when they’re back in stock. Over at Think Geek, the blue TOS dresses are back in stock as are the “Boldly Go” capri yoga pants. Finally, it’s convention season and StarTrek.com is having a 20% off uniforms and accessories sale through June 29 with the code KHAN20.

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For the Love of Spock.

June 3rd, 2015

This afternoon, Adam Nimoy launched the Kickstarter and official website for the previously announced documentary, For the Love of Spock, celebrating his father Leonard Nimoy and his iconic character. Watch the video below and be sure to follow the project on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We’ve added a widget to the Kickstarter in our sidebar and will be backing the project to show our support. We are very excited for this project and wish Adam the best!

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ICYMI: News roundup!

April 15th, 2015

Co-writer and star Simon Pegg told Comic Book Resources that the third installment of the latest series of Star Trek films will capture the spirit of the original show; you can read the full interview at the link. We remain cautiously optimistic and hoping for the best!

Spectrum WarDC Comics and IDW announced at WonderCon that their Star Trek ongoing series will be crossing over with Green Lantern in a six issue miniseries titled The Spectrum War, scheduled to hit shelves in July.

Both of Leonard Nimoy’s children are producing documentaries in memory of their father. Adam Nimoy is producing and directing For the Love of Spock. The film will be narrated by Zachary Quinto and will focus on the enduring nature of Spock and Nimoy’s portrayal of the character. Julie Nimoy will be producing a documentary about the latest advances and treatments available for COPD in an effort to help educate patients with the disease as well as the public.

The first dates for the Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage concert tour were recently announced; the tour will begin in January of 2016 and tickets will go on sale soon.

We Love Fine has some new Star Trek apparel, including Starfleet delta shield leggings, TNG-themed ties, and a few other items.

Shop LLAP has memorial t-shirts available for $10 and the proceeds will go towards the COPD Foundation in memory of Leonard Nimoy.

Her Universe will be holding their second annual “geek couture” fashion show at SDCC this summer! The deadline for submissions for this year’s show is April 22. More information is available at the link.

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Megacon! 

April 13th, 2015

This past Saturday, I attended Megacon in Orlando, Florida. I’ve been going to this convention off and on since I was around 14 years old, sometimes for the whole weekend, sometimes for a day. A lot of it has changed and a lot of it has remained relatively the same. The focus has shifted more toward the anime crowd in recent years, but they still cater to a variety of sci-fi and fantasy fans. This year, for the first time in a long time, the guest list did not include any Star Trek alumni. However, Trek was well represented in other areas of the con. I saw several cosplayers expressing their love for various incarnations of the show, and for the first time ever, there was an official Star Trek store booth! I should have taken a photo of the booth, but I completely forgot. I picked up the 2013 Diamond Select Spock and Horta action figure set for 20% off due to damaged packaging, old 1990s Playmates Jadzia Dax and Saavik action figures (buy one, get one!), an unboxed Funko Science Fiction Mystery Mini Amok Time Spock, a teensy Starfleet pin, a Spock car decal, and a Spock pillowcase (the last one available at the Star Trek store’s booth — if you’d like one of your own, Stylin Online has them in stock for $19.99).

Megacon loot. Spock pillowcase.

Earlier in the week I picked up two of the four 3 3/4 inch Funko ReAction Star Trek figures. Series one includes Spock, Uhura, McCoy, and Sulu. These figures retail for $9.99 each and are available at Toys R Us, Target, and your local comic book stores as well as various online retailers. Shortly after I purchased these, Funko announced that series two would include Kirk, Scotty, a Gorn, and Vina. I don’t know about you, but I’ve got to collect them all! Series two is scheduled for release in July. April 2’s Teefury shirts were both Spock designs, so I ordered both and those arrived in the mail this afternoon.

Funko ReAction figures Spock and Uhura. Teefury limited edition Spock shirts.

Next weekend is Calgary Expo, which Karen usually attends. Guests representing Star Trek this year include Rene Auberjonois and Garrett Wang.

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