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QMx Releases Cool Retro-style Star Trek 2009 Movie Poster Set July 15, 2010

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Art,Merchandise,Star Trek (2009 film) , trackback

Today Quantum Mechanix has announced their first set of lithographs prints from the recent Star Trek movie. The first set of four prints will be based on early poster design concepts, as seen in the recent "Star Trek: The Art of the Film" book. The posters are available to buy now and will also be available at San Diego Comic Con. More details and images below.


QMx Star Trek Poster Set

If you picked up the excellent "Star Trek: The Art of the Film" book last year, you would have seen a few pages at the end of the book showing off multiple design concepts for posters for the Star Trek movie, many of which even had the original release date of 12/24/08. Quantum Mechanix liked them so much, they are making a selection of them available for their first posters tied to the Star Trek movie. The first thematic sets of four 18" x 24" prints focuses on retro, WPA-style themes that were explored early on.

And here are the four designs:

As with all of QMx’s poster sets, the Star Trek Movie Poster Set, Series 1: Retro consists of plated-printed lithographs that come on 100-pound, aqueous-coated, satin-finish paper. All four prints for just $29.95. The posters are available now at the QMx site and will also be available at the QMx booth at San Diego Comic Con next week (Booth 3251).


Also available from QMx – Star Trek movie badge replicas

Earlier this year QMx released a series of four Star Trek movie badge replicas, which cost $9.99 each. You can buy them at Entertainment Earth (click images below to buy).



1. CmdrR - July 15, 2010

1st and 3rd are interesting.

“Boldly Go” would be an excellent name for the next movie, btw.

2. rm10019 - July 15, 2010

Nice posters, just picked up a set!

3. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - July 15, 2010


I agree “Boldly GO” or “To Boldly GO” would be nice title!!!

4. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - July 15, 2010

Boborci if you see this tell me your thoughts!

5. jas_montreal - July 15, 2010

very nice stuff.

6. Philip D. - July 15, 2010

These posters are incredible. Wish I had a credit card (and some space on my walls) so I could buy them. I’m going to need to find me a man-cave.

7. Rick Carthew - July 15, 2010

To Boldly Go” was the title (Cover) in Newsweek Mag…

8. boborci - July 15, 2010

4. DS9 IN PRIME TIME – July 15, 2010

We commissioned these types of posters early in the marketing process when we were pondering using a kind of RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN for people to join Starfleet. The artists who made them out did themselves, in my opinion. I think they are gorgeous.

They seem inspired by a mix of these general dynamics posters from the 50’s and 60’s (which we have hanging in our office), which tout atomic power as a benevolent force for the future.



and of course the classic recruitment posters during World War 2.

Boldly Go would be a good title!

9. Philip D. - July 15, 2010

They remind me of an AM Cassandre poster for the French Line’s Normandie


Which I also had hanging on my wall

10. fax - July 15, 2010

They look wonderful, although to me they smack more of communist / cultural revolution-esque Red Army posters rather than 1950s/60s (UK, at least). Probably due to the colour scheme – weren’t western posters at that time generally more colourful? Here black, red and dystopian white-fading-to-beige seem more prominent. Striking: yes. discovery/adventure: no.

Of course, the Federation is in many ways socialist, but it was an enlightened socialism, not a passionate ‘patriotic’ (lacking any more applicable description) one. Ideology for a reason, not ideology because of loud noises.

11. SilverExpress57 - July 15, 2010

Will they still have release dates on them? I think they would look cool if the dates were left off.

12. somethoughts - July 15, 2010


Nice title, “Boldly Go” I like these posters over the black and white ones released.

Enlist in Starfleet!

13. John from Cincinnati - July 15, 2010

Love those TOS nacelles!

14. David C. Roberson - July 15, 2010

I just ordered mine:-) I think they will be a fine edition to my Star Trek wall… well… walls.

15. RoobyDoo - July 15, 2010

Nice. Thanks for the tip, AP. I mentioned that trekmovie.com sent me when I ordered my set.

16. Vultan - July 15, 2010

Love that first one.

I seem to remember Pixar doing some retro posters like these for Up and Wall-E a couple of years ago.

Here’s a link to some other classic retro posters:

17. philpot - July 15, 2010

summer 2012:

-“one to ‘Star Trek: Boldly Go’ please”

-“sorry sir we’re sold out…theres tickets still available for The Amazing Spiderman though”


18. MJ - July 15, 2010

Would it have been so hard for them to update the date on these to the actual release date?

19. Vultan - July 15, 2010


The wrong date will probably make them worth more in the long run. Like those coins with the wrong year or the buffalo pointing in the wrong direction.

20. J.J. Savard - July 15, 2010

Is it possible that these would be sold in Vegas? As I would love to buy one, and that’s the only convention I’m headed to in awhile.

21. T.'. - July 15, 2010

Again, I’m telling you guys, the Federation is a classic post-scarcity technocracy, not socialist or capitalist.


22. JB - July 15, 2010

These look great, but when is QMx going to release their nu-Enterprise replica?

23. fax - July 15, 2010

@21. T.’.

Actually yes, silly me, you’re right, and trek is all the better for it. My momentary lapse in clear thinking, that’s all. Still stand by the rest of what I said though.

24. AdmNaismith - July 15, 2010

Star Trek design and art has always been a statement unto itself. Other people copied them.

Between the T-shirt cartoon Kirks & Spocks and now this- the legacy of Matt Jeffries, Gene Roddenberry, and all the rest is seriously diminished.

25. AdmNaismith - July 15, 2010

Besides, Neo-Sovietism isn’t exactly in keeping with the spirit of Star Trek.

26. kmart - July 15, 2010

Neo-Sovietism is probably just one more thing introduced to century 23 when this B.S. alternate Abrams reality was created/vomited forth.

Might explain the red cadet uniforms too. Either that or it is badly designed homage to the Visitors in the original “V”

27. coolpt - July 15, 2010

11- I agree, no dates, or if so, how about the real date the movie came out???

28. Hat Rick - July 15, 2010

The posters — which ARE gorgeous — are strangely appropriate in that, to me, they evoke the Great Depression era (WPA).

And in 2009 and 2010, with the economy the way it’s been — well, you know.

(Disclaimers: This comment is NOT endorsed by any candidate or party. Not FDIC-insured. Batteries not included. MPG estimated — your mileage may vary; see dealer for details.)

29. Vultan - July 15, 2010


I’m not really sure how the economics of the future work, but I do know I identified with the Ferengi much more than the Feds. Profit through manipulation and exploitation I understand; bettering myself through realigning plasma coils or networking a few tricorders together to bypass a computer core invested with nannites–sorry, Geordi, I’ll stick with capitalism.

30. t_mac78 - July 15, 2010

@ 29 so if inflation stays constant, a tricorder would cost about what? 30-40 Million? Capitalism will fail, i’m not against it by any means, but its very nature is flawed, as is communism or any other societal structure we’ve designed so far. End of rant.

btw Love these posters!

31. Vultan - July 15, 2010


So, what’s going to replace capitalism after it supposedly fails? Anarchy? And do you have a date for this disaster? Because I’d really like to know how soon I need to buy a fallout shelter and a lifetime supply of gatorade. ;)

Also, my previous post had nothing to do with inflation or the cost of Apple’s latest tricorder; I was pointing out the Ferengi motivation for profit was more in line with human nature than Geordi’s tedious ways of improving himself through being Picard’s mechanic. I think it was one of the writers on DS9 (either Moore or Behr) who said he liked the Ferengi because they were essentially modern day humans with really big ears, and he could identify with them more easily. It sure wasn’t those perfect 24th century humans. “Who are those guys?”

32. somethoughts - July 15, 2010

No system will work in the long run because we are human, to error n fail is to be human.

33. Anthony Thompson - July 15, 2010

QMx has given us badges and posters. Big deal! What about the Enterprise model promised well over a year ago???!!!

34. Julie - July 15, 2010

The first would fit nicely with my Obama posters.

35. Vultan - July 15, 2010


“No system will work in the long run because we are human, to error n fail is to be human.”

Save for one system. To quote the good doctor: “The bureaucratic mentality is the only constant in the universe.” Rest assured, if and when we do make first contact with another world, whether they be big-earred capitalists, techno-savvy socialists, or even rodent-eating reptilian fascists, there’ll be plenty of paperwork on both sides. ;)

36. Kenji - July 15, 2010

Reminds me of the NYK Line posters by George Hemming.

They would be better if they added more colour though…looking forward to the next set.

37. Jerry Modene - July 15, 2010

I was always amused at Picard’s line in “First Contact” about how humanity had outgrown the need for money, when Stewart was paid, what – about $5 million to deliver that line. ;)

38. Praetor Tal - July 16, 2010


They see me trollin’

They hatin’

39. Praetor Tal - July 16, 2010

@26, too, ‘specially

40. Chris Pike - July 16, 2010

Fab design work, the original genius MJ’s E together with the retro feel is intoxicating…real pity they weren’t brave enough to go with that design ethic for the new film series, a great chance missed……

41. Kirk, James T. - July 16, 2010

Boldly Go for the next film title?? erm not to lower the tone but don’t you think that “Boldly Go” would lend itself to some less than funny toilet humour…

love each of those designs, will they be available to UK customers like the pins are through Forbidden Planet and Play.com?

42. Buzz Cagney - July 16, 2010

I like the designs but I think the choice not to use them was probably the correct one. They are just too old fashioned looking. They are more Buck Rogers than Star Trek.

43. Buzz Cagney - July 16, 2010

#9 Philip D.

ah Normadie. Now that was a beautiful ship.

44. Victor Hugo - July 16, 2010

I can see why they weren´t used, they´re way too smart for the regular crowd to “get” the joke.

It is a glorious constructivist work.

45. Capt. of the USS Anduril - July 16, 2010

This is fine, but where the heck are the starships they promised us?

46. William Kirk - July 16, 2010

Hm, but this design has nothing to do with the Abrams Trek. These are nice retro poster to the remastered TOS…

47. Philip D. - July 16, 2010

43. You’re not wrong. Shame she went to such a waste but she, along with Cunard’s Lusitania, are probably the two most elegant to have ever displaced water. I was always a fan of Cassandre’s work too. He’s probably one of the biggest influences on the art deco movement, which was an aesthetic I just love.

48. rogue_alice - July 16, 2010

Have always loved the WPA poster. Have about 5 of them. This is my favorite.


Absolutely love the ST posters. Great stuff!!

49. Anthony Thompson - July 16, 2010

The 4th one looks like it is purposely “distressed”. Wonder why? And I especially wonder why they contemplated using TOS Enterprise to promote the 09 film. Had they originally contemplated using that design for the film? Maybe Bob would know…?

50. Hat Rick - July 16, 2010

Speaking of ships, everyone remembers the Titanic, but fewer remember the RMS Olympic, one of two of her sister ships, or the largest of the Olympic class, the Britannic, which sank only after a year of service.

Ocean liners today are in some ways more luxurious than ever. One of example of modern ships that ply the oceans is the Queen Mary 2, an ultramodern, 148,000-ton behemoth that dwarfs the Titanic.

So the idea of the Enterprise-D as some kind of luxoliner really has quite a long history.

The nuEnterprise has yet to be fully shown; we’ve seen a few spaces, notably the futuristic bridge, the somewhat retro engine room, the medical bay, and the ship’s corridors. Still to be shown, for example, are the officers and enlisted cabins, the mess hall, or any recreational area.

One could theorize that there are green spaces on board, re-creating parkland areas on Earth. I believe that some of the Franz Josef-era blueprints for the TOS Enterprise incorporated a similar feature.

51. Anthony Thompson - July 16, 2010


“Somewhat retro” engine room? You can’t get more retro than a 20th century Bud plant standing in for a 23rd century warp drive engine room!

52. VZX - July 16, 2010

8. boborci – July 15, 2010

So, “Boldly Go” is the new title? Without “Star Trek:” in front of it?

Cool. Go with it. You have my approval.

53. Hat Rick - July 16, 2010

Well, 51, they *did* dress up the Budweiser plant with futuristic consoles and lights. They also added CGI water tubes.

54. Marc McKenzie - July 16, 2010

I like all of them. I remember seeing these in the “Art of” book and being blown away.

Hopefully I’ve got the funds to get them–all four for only $30? That’s a bargain!

@boborci: Bob, you are the man! I did not know that you had helped to shepard these along.

55. Buzz Cagney - July 16, 2010

#47 and #50 fellow liner lovers I see.

The QM2 is a monster. I drove down to Southampton to get a look at her and she doesn’t disappoint.

And yes, Normandie really did come to such a tragic and wasteful end.
Another one of my favourites is still very much intact but in desperate need of help. The United States. A superb ship conceived for more serious times and uses beyond simple pleasure travel.
Google her.

56. Buzz Cagney - July 16, 2010

#47 yes, I agree Art Deco is a nice style indeed. And quite unmistakable too!

57. Admiral Archer's Prized Beagle - July 16, 2010

That first poster is gorgeous and will be hanging on my wall soon.

58. Hat Rick - July 16, 2010

Indeed, 55. Ocean liners (and now, cruise ships) are still the largest moving objects ever built by mankind, equipped for travel in high style. What’s not to like? :-)

59. Anthony Thompson - July 16, 2010


Not really. The largest rigid airships dwarfed the ocean liners of their day (and probably today’s cruiseships, too).

60. Vultan - July 16, 2010


Now that’s something I really wish they’d bring back. With today’s technology a fleet of rigid airships could safely circle the world. Too bad the economy is in the tank… and the Hindenburg disaster is so embedded in the minds of most people.

On the flipside, I did read a few years ago of companies like Lockheed and Boeing experimenting with semi-rigid airships, looking more like airplanes than actual airships. But I guess it’s cool somebody is still interested.

61. Hat Rick - July 16, 2010

I think that the largest airship ever built was the Graf Zeppelin, at about 780 feet in length. The Queen Mary 2 is over 1,100 feet long — somewhat longer than a Nimitz-class supercarrier of the U.S. Navy.

62. kmart - July 17, 2010

What, no love for complete sentences? I’m soooo shocked.

63. kmart - July 17, 2010


I didn’t identify with the Ferengi (I work with too many of them to do that) or the Federation (not even a tangential connection to fiscal reality there), so I can only take solace from sociological/ethical stuff in Trek … once you get to century 24, that leaves the Maquis as the only folks I can root for.

64. Vultan - July 17, 2010


Yeah, I hear that. Maquis all the way! And don’t forget Terra Prime. Their methods may have been a bit brutal, but at least they acted like the flawed humans we are here in the 21st century.

65. CarlG - July 17, 2010

@64: Err, you might want to go back and watch that episode again before you start rooting for the blatantly racist, isolationist, anti-alien psychotics.

Talk about your misaimed fandom….

@56: I agree — can’t get enough Art Deco! :) Wouldn’t it be awesome if someone did an art-deco version of the Enterprise?

66. kmart - July 17, 2010

JMS/B5 took to heart what was always there in TOS and glaringly absent (till mid-ds9) in TNG-era trek: three steps forward, two steps (or more) back, human nature doesn’t change like [snap] that.

When DS9 summed up what ModernTrek had become with ‘it’s easy to be a saint in paradise’ or words to that effect, it finally seemed like somebody realized they needed to make these people and situations relatable, instead of the old ‘meet two aliens that squabble and make them get along’ shtick, which doesn’t try our people or make them reveal themselves.

Might also be why Q WHO is the only TNG that really worked for me, since it was the one time they didn’t use their special rule of PICARD IS ALWAYS RIGHT, or their second special rule SEE ABOVE, PICARD IS ALWAYS RIGHT.

I remember reading about Melinda Snodgrass’ discarded take on THE HIGH GROUND, which had Picard on the wrong side of a planetary insurrection, supporting a bad government against legitimate rebels, until he is made to realize he is playing the British side of the American war of independence. They wouldn’t let her write that, and more’s the pity.

Well, that was a helluva long digression. Got to get back to work.

67. kmart - July 17, 2010

65, The TMP refit IS the deco Enterprise. That is what Richard Taylor’s redesign was all about, on the exterior anyway, on the rim of the dish and the nacelles (unfortunately.)

68. Red Dead Ryan - July 17, 2010


Wasn’t the TOS Enterprise considered “art deco”? Or am I confusing myself with minimalism?

69. Vultan - July 17, 2010


There’s only one race, and that’s the human race!

Just kidding. Take it easy, pal. Before you start marching on Selma, just let me assure you that I do not support those FICTIONAL terrorist organizations or racism of any kind. I was applauding the writers for finally portraying humans in the future as they are now–deeply flawed. Sorry if you misunderstood.

70. Vultan - July 17, 2010


TOS Enterprise was more 60s Swiss minimalism than art deco. If you’re looking for art deco, check out The Rocketeer or Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.

71. CarlG - July 18, 2010

@89: Ah, I see. Didn’t mean to jump down your throat like that.
To be honest, I think that was an opportunity the Enterprise writers missed — showing a humanity that hadn’t quite “made it” yet. Their idea of “flawed” seemed to always be some variation on “shouty jerkass”.

72. C.S. Lewis - July 18, 2010

55. Buzz Cagney – July 16, 2010

Yessir, the S.S. United States sits moldering near the “mothball fleet” of the old Philadelphia Navy Yard off the former Hog Island.

I do hope she meets a better fate than the ignominy suffered by her contemporary and fellow Philadelphian, U.S.S. America, CVA-66 (Kitty Hawk class), whose final mission was to be blown to bits and sunk, her glorious name and record not withstanding.

She represents a different and I believe better time, when we built things to last and held pride in the workmanship. Certainly the United States represents all the virtues we (ought) hold dear.

C.S. Lewis

73. Vultan - July 18, 2010


Or shouty former cyborg police officer from Detroit. ;)
But then his character wasn’t the only jerk in that episode. Don’t forget the sniveling politician guy trying to take all the credit for the alliance. Or the sexy little Lois Lane type who will do anything or ANYONE for a scoop. See, plenty of jerks all around. But, hey, “Demons/Terra Prime” was a lot better than “These Are The Voyages…” Agreed?

74. C.S. Lewis - July 18, 2010

65. CarlG – July 17, 2010

@64: Err, you might want to go back and watch that episode again before you start rooting for the blatantly racist, isolationist, anti-alien psychotics.

If you can peer beyond the Soviet-inspired, post-WWII propaganda of the Communists, you will find those qualities mentioned are necessary for human survival. (May I suggest watching an excellent Star Trek study called “The Enemy Within”?)

Their opposites are, in fact, platform planks of the Communist Manifesto and supporting works, reflected by the very name of “international socialism” which posited allegiance to one’s own nation (a term that describes the blood-ties of geographically distinct peoples, derived from “natal” or “born”) would necessarily compete for loyalty and obedience to the Soviet – the government – which denied existence of Creator for the same reason.

C.S. Lewis

75. CarlG - July 18, 2010

@73: Oh definately. You know you goofed up when a series of novels is commissioned to un-screw up your series finale. ;)

@74: Actually, what I got from “Enemy Within” was that we needed a certain amount of agression to succeed (especially in an “alpha male”-type job like starship captain).

I’m not really sure where you were going with the whole communism thing, though — would you mind elaborating a bit? :)

76. John - July 19, 2010

“@1 Boldly Go” would be an excellent name for the next movie, btw.”

You really dont get it do you? Quit the nerdy stuff and open your eyes.

77. mramazing - July 19, 2010

Aah if only the movie could have been as cool as these posters!

78. Starship Conductor - July 26, 2010

I received my 4 posters today (7/26/10) smashed in a shipping box. Why they were not sent in a heavy duty mailing tube is beyond me. Hopefully QMx will replace these at no extra cost. If your planning to order these posters, it might be a good idea to request that there sent in a heavy duty mailing tube!

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