Folks who’ve been reading our explorations of the American International Toy Fair convention each year know full well that we are BIG fans of the folks at McFarlane Toys and always make it a point to see what they have coming out when we catch up with them at their booth. This news arrived recently from their offices and since its some super cool stuff I am sharing it with you now. Check it out.
The Press Release:
Tempe, Ariz., Stardate – May 22, 2017 – McFarlane Toys has signed a toy license deal with CBS Consumer Products to create figures, role play weapons and accessories for the new Star Trek: Discovery television series. In addition, McFarlane Toys will also create merchandise from the entire Star Trek universe, ranging from the iconic classic television series Star Trek: The Original Series to the legendary films.
The initial line will highlight two of the most iconic characters in the Star Trek universe with articulated 7-inch figures of U.S.S. Enterprise Captain James T. Kirk from Star Trek: The Original Series and U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D Captain Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation. These figures will debut in window box collector packaging and feature iconic accessories such as phasers and communicators. Various characters from the highly-anticipated Star Trek: Discovery television series and other adaptations will follow.
When I explored the “Star Trek: Mission New York” Convention last year, there were signs all over the Javits Center that broadcast the coming of the next “Star Trek” series, and exclusive program to the CBS All Access offering called “Star Trek: Discovery”. Yesterday, the network released their “first look” trailer and I am sharing it with you below. Take a look.
The Premise: Set roughly ten years before the events of the original Star Trek, the series follows the crew of the USS Discovery as they discover new worlds and civilizations, while exploring the franchise’s signature contemporary themes. The season-long storyline revolves around “an incident and an event in Star Trek history that’s been talked about but never been explored”. Continue reading Set Your Visual Scanners On The “Star Trek: Discovery” First Look Trailer→
“Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.” – That’s how the show began so many years ago and believe it or not we are at the 50th Anniversary of the ground-breaking television series “Star Trek”.
The earliest memory that I have about watching “Star Trek” was from when I was a small child who had to be no more than six or seven years old at the time. My mother and I lived with my Grandmother at the time and the show was already cancelled from network television for a few years at the time and I was watching the program in syndication on Channel 11. Though it was originally in color, I was not seeing it with such a luxury and was instead watching it on a very small black and white TV that was in my Nan’s kitchen. It was actually the only television that we had at the time. I was hooked from those first viewings and loved the whole original cast with the most appreciation being for Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock. I could do the Vulcan “live long and prosper” gesture from that young age and I am sure that it added to my overall weirdness of being a child. The show truly did take my young and still developing mind to far away places and of course I believed a lot of this was in some sense real because there had to be more than only us out there. When it came to some of the alien races I was glad that we were way down here and they way way way out there being addressed by the crew of the Enterprise. Soon enough I would learn that this was just a TV show but it was still damned cool in my eyes. Look how far viewing the program has come. From original airings to syndication on numerous stations to around the world in numerous languages. So far ahead of its time and yet only a show that ran for three seasons. As you can see, I am penning this narrative as a part of my Captain’s Log, Stardate 94289.23 (which is the actual Stardate based on the fun calculator that I found HERE).
Actually the photo above was taken by the great staff of Trekonderoga at the recent “Star Trek: Mission New York” convention that I attended. So back to the show. I have too many episodes to line out as favorites but the “Trouble With Tribbles”, the “Devil In The Dark” (Horta) and “Arena” (Gorn) episodes remain the highest in my memory banks even if I cannot quickly recall the titles of the other ones I liked most. No matter what my preference was, I would still be able to binge watch a block of the show at any given moment. To a viewer such as myself, the names of the legendary crew and the cast who played them remain media icons. Thank you first and foremost to Gene Roddenberry for giving us this program and for William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForrest Kelly, George Takei, James Doohan, Walter Koenig and Nichelle Nichols for bringing Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Sulu, Scotty, Checkov and Uhuru to life. Though many of you have left us at the point of this anniversary, its through these shows that you adventure on forever. That brings me to the end of this missive my dear fellow Trekkies. Please let me know some of your thoughts about the show or even the franchise itself down in the comments section below where it counts the most. “Live Long and Prosper”.
“majQa’ Dub yab potlh law’ fourth chapter coverage vo’ Hov trek Qu’ chu’ york convention”. Oh I’m sorry I was speaking in Klingon for a moment but what I was saying was “Welcome back readers to the fourth chapter of coverage from the Star Trek Mission New York convention”.
Greetings again Trekkies, I was ready to welcome you back to the exploration of the “Star Trek: Mission New York” narratives but its only logical that you have returned to the website to see what the readings on our media tricorder have actually discovered. I’m sorry, I am aiming at being thematically humorous here so please bear with me. Let’s get this landing party started. So I had taken a quick break for lunch and when I returned I noticed two great actors being interviewed on that Enterprise bridge that I showed you before. This is Robert Picardo (The Doctor) and Michael Dorn (Mr. Worf) from “Star Trek: Voyager” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation” respectively. How cool is that.