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QMx Releases Cool Retro-style Star Trek 2009 Movie Poster Set

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).

 

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CmdrR
July 15, 2010 1:18 pm

1st and 3rd are interesting.

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

rm10019
July 15, 2010 1:18 pm

Nice posters, just picked up a set!

DS9 IN PRIME TIME
July 15, 2010 1:20 pm

@1

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

DS9 IN PRIME TIME
July 15, 2010 1:21 pm

Boborci if you see this tell me your thoughts!

July 15, 2010 1:29 pm

very nice stuff.

July 15, 2010 1:29 pm

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.

Rick Carthew
July 15, 2010 1:38 pm

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

boborci
July 15, 2010 1:42 pm

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!

July 15, 2010 1:45 pm

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

Which I also had hanging on my wall

fax
July 15, 2010 1:50 pm

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.

July 15, 2010 2:09 pm

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

somethoughts
July 15, 2010 2:21 pm

#8

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

Enlist in Starfleet!

John from Cincinnati
July 15, 2010 2:23 pm

Love those TOS nacelles!

July 15, 2010 2:49 pm

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

RoobyDoo
July 15, 2010 2:58 pm

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

Vultan
July 15, 2010 3:09 pm

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:
http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/70-insightful-retro-and-historic-artwork-around-the-world/

philpot
July 15, 2010 3:25 pm

summer 2012:

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

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

“F@@k!!”

MJ
July 15, 2010 3:55 pm

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

Vultan
July 15, 2010 4:34 pm

#18

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.

J.J. Savard
July 15, 2010 4:35 pm

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.

T.'.
July 15, 2010 4:54 pm

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

T.’.

JB
July 15, 2010 4:54 pm

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

fax
July 15, 2010 5:07 pm

@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.

AdmNaismith
July 15, 2010 5:39 pm

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.

AdmNaismith
July 15, 2010 5:41 pm

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

kmart
July 15, 2010 6:26 pm

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”

coolpt
July 15, 2010 6:45 pm

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

Hat Rick
July 15, 2010 7:12 pm

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.)

Vultan
July 15, 2010 7:28 pm

#26

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.

t_mac78
July 15, 2010 8:07 pm

@ 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!

Vultan
July 15, 2010 8:23 pm

#30

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?”

somethoughts
July 15, 2010 9:03 pm

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

Anthony Thompson
July 15, 2010 9:08 pm

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

Julie
July 15, 2010 9:34 pm

The first would fit nicely with my Obama posters.

Vultan
July 15, 2010 11:00 pm

#32

“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. ;)

Kenji
July 15, 2010 11:07 pm

Lovely.
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.

Jerry Modene
July 15, 2010 11:46 pm

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. ;)

Praetor Tal
July 16, 2010 12:58 am

@24/25

They see me trollin’

They hatin’

Praetor Tal
July 16, 2010 12:59 am

@26, too, ‘specially

Chris Pike
July 16, 2010 2:03 am

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……

Kirk, James T.
July 16, 2010 3:37 am

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?

Buzz Cagney
July 16, 2010 3:48 am

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.

Buzz Cagney
July 16, 2010 3:51 am

#9 Philip D.

ah Normadie. Now that was a beautiful ship.

July 16, 2010 4:23 am

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.

Capt. of the USS Anduril
July 16, 2010 5:14 am

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

William Kirk
July 16, 2010 6:37 am

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

July 16, 2010 7:40 am

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.

rogue_alice
July 16, 2010 7:41 am

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

Absolutely love the ST posters. Great stuff!!

Anthony Thompson
July 16, 2010 8:05 am

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…?

July 16, 2010 8:38 am

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.

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