Today a couple of images have cropped on the Interweb which some believe to be from the new Star Trek movie. First up is from a New York Toy Fair report at Gearlog. It shows pictures from various booths including the one above right from the Master Replicas booth with the following caption “A phazer model from the upcoming J.J. Abrams-directed Star Trek remake.” Soon after that report TrekWeb ran an article titled “First Look at Phaser from New Star Trek Movie.”
The problem (beyond spelling phaser wrong) is that picture really is Master Replicas Star Trek V/VI ‘Assault Phaser.’ TrekMovie.com reported on that (with a picture) last month. And just to be clear the ‘communicator’ shown at Gearlog is Master Replica’s new TNG tricorder (which we also reported on last month). Corgi/Master Replicas does have the license for the new movie, but they didn’t show any prototypes at Toy Fair.
This is NOT JJ Abrams on the set of Star Trek
Another ‘tip’ that has been sent to TrekMovie.com more than once is the following image.
It most recently appeared at the Brazilian site Omelete, in an article about the new Abrams show Fringe. Although Omelete doesn’t state it, some believe it to be from the new movie. The picture is actually a few years old and is of Abrams on the set of his series Alias which ran from 2001-2006. An example can be seen in a New York times article about the show from 2004.
So the lesson of the day is…don’t believe everything you read and see on the Internet…unless of course it is at TrekMovie.com