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Star Trek Merch Update: New Mondo “City” Poster Tomorrow + New DVD/Blu Packs + Robes In USA + ST Mag Goes Global + New Enterprise Model Axed March 1, 2011

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Apparel,Art,DVD/Blu-ray,Magazine,Merchandise,Replicas,TOS , trackback

It is time for a quick update on some Star Trek stuff. First off Mondo has a cool new poster coming out tomorrow. Plus Paramount Home Video has a new Star Trek movie two-pack, The Kirk and Spock Bathrobes have come to the USA, Star Trek Magazine is going global, and the new Enterprise model has been canned. Get all the latest merch news below.

 

New Mondo Poster celebrates "City on the Edge of Forever"

The latest limited edition Star Trek poster from Mondo will be released tomorrow (Wednesday March 2nd). This time the artists have taken inspiration from the original Star Trek episode "The City on the Edge of Forever". Costing $40, Mondo will sell just 325 copies of the hand-numbered 12”x24” posters at a "random time" on Wednesday at www.mondotees.com. To get in on the action, follow on Twitter @MondoNews and look for the announcement.


Latest Mondo poster

DVD & Blu-ray: Star Trek II & IV 2-pack + UK TOS Box set

Paramount Home Entertainment is releasing a new two-pack combining Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home for a discounted price of $14.98 DVD/$24.99 Blu-ray. The new two-disk set contains the same releases of ST II and ST IV from the Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection six-movie box set from 2009, including the new special features and commentaries. The new set is part of a new series of "Franchise Collection" two-packs being released by Paramount, which also include releases from the Jack Ryan movies. The new two-pack comes out March 29th and can be pre-ordered with a discount at Amazon: DVD for $13.49 & Blu-ray for $18.49.


New Star Trek franchise collection 2-packs

And in the UK, CBS is releasing DVD and Blu-ray new box-sets combing all three seasons of the original Star Trek. The Blu-ray set retails for £199.99 (discounted to £149.99 at Amazon.co.uk), and the DVD set retails for £99.99 (discounted to £73.99 at Amazon.co.uk)  the TrekMovie is trying to find out if these sets have any new special features or are just combining the recently released remastered individual seasons.   


Star Trek TOS Box set in the UK

Star Trek Robes available in US at ThinkGeek

TrekMovie previously reported that officially licensed Star Trek bath robes were coming to the UK. They are now available in the USA via ThinkGeek. You can pick up yours (in Spock Blue or Kirk Gold) for $49.99 at ThinkGeek.  


Get comfy as Star Trek robes come to US

Worldwide Subscriptions For Star Trek Magazine

Star Trek fans from all over the globe can now subscribe to the official magazine!

Fans from all over the globe can now subscribe to the official Star Trek magazine. This is good news for Star Trek fans in countries where the magazine is not widely distributed, and who are forced to pay over the odds for their favorite magazine via online outlets. Star Trek fans in countries other than the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand can now buy a yearly subscription to the magazine, comprising 6 regular issues and two 100-page specials, for US $69.99 (saving 20%). Here is how to subscribe

US and Canada: $49.95
Online: Click here | Telephone: Call toll-free on 800-999-9718

UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand: £29.99
Online: Click here | UK Telephone: Call 0844 322 1263
EIRE/Aus/NZ Telephone: Call +44 (0) 1795 414 920

Rest of the World: (excluding Italy): $69.99
Online: Click here | Telephone: Call toll-free on 800-999-9718


Star Trek Mag goes global

Star Trek 2009 USS Enterprise Model cancelled

Way back in the summer of 2009 we reported that Round 2 were developing a brand new 1:2500 scale (11.5") snap-together model of the Ryan Church redesigned USS Enterprise from the 2009 Star Trek feature film. That model should have been coming out this year, but last week Round 2 announced it is not coming at all:

Round 2 is not proceeding with development on the U.S.S. Enterprise model kit, as based on the 2009 film, Star Trek. We will continue to focus on classic Star Trek by reissuing nostalgic favorites and enhanced re-releases as well as some all-new tooling of favorite Trek subjects.

Live long and prosper,
The Round 2 Model Kit Team


The model that will not be arriving at a hobby shop near you

 

John Tenuto contributed to this report

Comments

1. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - March 1, 2011

No two-packs for me, thank you – I’m a resolution whore…

2. NX-17000 - March 1, 2011

No fair… I was looking forward to that model… Guess I’ll have to find one somewhere else…

3. A real person - March 1, 2011

Cancelled due to it’s sheer ugliness, no doubt. God that was an awful design.

4. Areli - March 1, 2011

Why is it II and IV? Why did it skip over III? That is stupid. I’ll just buy them on iTunes in order.

5. Tha Shimmerman can - March 1, 2011

awful design indeed!

6. Tony Todd's Tears - March 1, 2011

I wanted that Model, now I’m going to Cry.

I’m the only Hirogen who has ever cried.

7. AdamTrek - March 1, 2011

The two-pack idea is alright, but why 2 and 4? That’s two movies out of a trilogy. 2,3 and 4 go together. With a two-pack of 2 and 4, it’s like something’s missing.

I think a two-pack of 2 and 6 would have been better.

=A=

8. BringBackTrek - March 1, 2011

Agree with #3 and #5. Here’s hoping that the ship gets a proper refit so we won’t be seeing that model in the next film either and that they lose the brewery set. Scotty was always much more discreet about where he kept his stash of adult beverages in the original series.

9. Hat Rick - March 1, 2011

Sad that the beautiful 2009 Enterprise won’t get a model from Round 2.

Another piece of not-so-good news is an article that says that only about 8,000 people visited the Star Trek exhibit at the Riverside, California museum. The museum will lose hundreds of thousands of dollars because it expected 40,000 to visit during its nine-month run.

The only good news in that, as far as I can see, is that you are one of the 8,000 or so who visited the Exhibit there, you contributed 1/8000th of the total take.

I wonder what the problem was.

10. Christopher Arnold - March 1, 2011

Sad to hear that Sci-Fi model kit collectors who’ve been looking forward to purchasing 1:2500 scale ST’09 NCC-1701 model kit won’t have their wish. At least, there’s the small-scaled die-cast replicas of the ship by Mattel to check out, and the art work is excellent, true to the studio model design I’d say .

11. chris - March 1, 2011

I’m very fond of the ’09 Enterprise. Looks especially good in action.

12. JP Saylor - March 1, 2011

Thoughts:

-Cool poster
-A two pack of II and IV is stupid. I’d rather get the spiffy single DVD with lots bonus stuff. What happened to III? They should just have a trilogy. II, III, and IV.
-Cool TOS set, but I’m not in the UK. Rather have them do the Remastered series.
-I want the Kirk robe. Tis awesome.
-The new Enterprise sucked.

Peace and chicken grease.

13. jorDe' - March 1, 2011

I have the Original Collector set of TOS crew on Laser Disc.

14. Rocket Scientist - March 1, 2011

I was on the fence about buying the new E model, not because I don’t like it, but because I already have a huge ‘kit collection’. Heaven help me if I ever build them all because there would be nowhere to display them!

15. Red Dead Ryan - March 1, 2011

They already came out with the “Motion Picture Trilogy” collection containing II, III, and IV. Why they felt the need to skip TSFS is beyond me. Why they needed to come out with a two-pack at all I don’t get. There are the even numbered films that are available individually (except for “Nemesis”), the box sets with all of the movies (except 09 of course) and the aforementioned MPT set.

I actually like the new design of the Enterprise. And I’m glad I bought the Playmates model, despite the lack of aztec detailing on the saucer and the screws on the bottom.

Right now is a tough time for “Star Trek” merchandising, it seems. The Borg figures from Diamond Select got cancelled, the Playmates line got canned, and now the NuEnterprise kit got nixed.

16. Red Dead Ryan - March 1, 2011

And if they wanted to do a two-pack, why didn’t they just combine TWOK with FC or TWOK with the new movie? Would have made more sense.

17. Hat Rick - March 1, 2011

The merchandising cancellations tend to make me suspect only one thing:

Despite the amazing and truly spectacular reinvigorating effect of ST2009, there will eventually be a need for another TV series in order to keep Star Trek in the news.

Some may say that Star Wars gets away with just having movies (although it does have its Clone Wars) and is still a merchandising monster, but let’s face it: Star Wars is the exception that proves the rule. SW essentially started the entire merchandising craze — the only real precursor to its merchandising success I can think of is the original Planet of the Apes, which was big on lunchbox lids and such. In some ways, you could almost say that the movies exist to support the merchandise. Look at the sheer variety of playable things in the SW movies — different kinds of starships, different alien creatures, etc.

ST can’t replicate SW’s merchandising success no matter what. However, it can probably do better than it’s doing now — if it has a constant TV presence.

18. Hat Rick - March 1, 2011

^^ And by “in the news” I mean “in the consciousness of people who don’t go to conventions but who buy merchandise for their kids because they remember having fun playing with (e.g.) the Millennium Falcon, or who in fact are kids.”

SW is science fiction whose creatures and ships are unmistakably created with playability in mind. Who wouldn’t want to cuddle an Ewok? Who wouldn’t want to play with with a collapsible toy “light saber”? Who wouldn’t want to wear a voice-changing (?) Darth Vader mask? Who wouldn’t want to pretend they’re an X-wing pilot taking out the baddies? These things are pretty darned attractive if you’re in the 6 to 12 age group. And that’s where they get them — when they’re small.

19. Red Dead Ryan - March 1, 2011

17

“Star Trek” did a pretty good job with marketing and merchandising in the ’90′s I thought. But that was before “Star Wars” made it’s big comeback, and eclipsed Trek in terms of popularity and prestige.

“Star Wars”, not “Star Trek”, is seen as the preeminent sci-fi franchise. And that is partly why “Star Wars” will never be beat.

20. Will - March 1, 2011

2 and 4 because those are the only films that the general public likes.

21. Red Dead Ryan - March 1, 2011

20

Cosmo Kramer was a big fan of “The Search For Spock”…..

“I know Jerry will tell you The Wrath Of Khan is the better picture, but I prefer The Search For Spock.”

The general public did enjoy the recent movie, and to a lesser degree, “First Contact”. So it wasn’t just TWOK or “The Voyage Home”.

22. Hat Rick - March 1, 2011

19, you’re probably right. I’m talking in the long run. I remember when the first SW came out and it rapidly eclipsed faves such as Planet of the Apes, The Six Million Dollar Man, and Batman in one of the only things that really counted to schoolkids: Lunchbox lids.

I’m only half-joking, here. SW was built for merchandising and from the 1977 film on, you couldn’t take out your wallet in a toystore without having to buy some double bun-haired Princess Leia doll for your daughter or some X-wing model for your young starfighter. At least that’s what it seemed like to me from various trips to Toys “R” Us throughout the decades.

SW has always dominated the toy aisles, even though I’m sure ST has had times where it came somewhat close.

For example, I remember a big ST2009 merchandising push that had ST merch taking up a great deal of shelf space, rivaling SW stuff. But that ended within months and now it’s hard to find anything in the toy stores or Walmart based on ST. SW stuff is legion.

All of which goes to prove my theory, by the way, that SW is viscerally more attractive to kids, with its knights and sorcery and evil empire, and that’s where they get them.

23. Red Dead Ryan - March 1, 2011

Hasbro continues to put out neat stuff, while Playmates, bar the Enterprise, put out crappy 09 figures and props.

24. kmart - March 1, 2011

9,

C’mon, man … it’s Riverside. I spent three years living there because I had to, and it is like Hell on Earth. The L.A. smog blows inland and mixes with all the drugs being produced in neighboring basements, and it’s over 100 degrees most of the time. Why would they put a Trek exhibit THERE? to watch it melt?

Am glad the model company is focusing on classic Trek instead of TheAbramsThing. An equally good bit of modeling news is a company got hold of the rights for the original MOONBUS model from 2001 and is reissuing it … that’s a model I haven’t seen since 1969!

25. Hat Rick - March 1, 2011

Riverside ain’t all bad. Are you thinking of San Bernardino, a.k.a. San Berdo? There are plenty of worse places than Riverside in the “Inland Empire.” I can’t think of anything to do in Colton, for example, other than go to the big RV center there. And I think the regional Stater Bros. distribution center is located there.

In the Inland Empire, there is definitely a hierarchy, with Redlands at the top and Riverside not so far down. There are newer places like Corona, which is pretty much a bedroom community.

I do think that they could have put it in a nicer area, though, that was more accessible. Few people actually go to downtown Riverside, even though it’s not that bad, at least in the daytime.

Attractions in Riverside include the world-famous Mission Inn, where Tricky Dick Nixon got hitched, and which is a perennial fave for weddings, as I understand it.

You want to avoid University Avenue, even though UC Riverside itself, which is at one end of it, is a reasonably nice campus.

26. Hat Rick - March 1, 2011

^^Mission Inn is also in downtown Riverside, BTW; didn’t mean to imply otherwise.

Now, where could they have held it, instead? I’m sure there’s some science museum nearby. I guess I don’t understand why they didn’t get with the California Science Center near USC; at least it’s closer to the L.A. metropolitan area.

It’s true, though, that Riverside is about 60 miles from metro L.A. I suppose they thought that if Trekfans could drive 200 miles to Vegas, 60 miles would be nothing.

Who knows….

27. Dave - March 1, 2011

If I was Paramount/CBS– I would be worried about the long term fandom of Star Trek…. b/c there isn’t much to appeal to the next generation/kids/young people for Star Trek–except for Star Trek 2009 movie…

Star Wars– smart– with Clone Wars Cartoon series. and making toys for kids…and coloring books, books for kids , etc.

Hasbro cool toys, etc.

Nothing like that for Star Trek… I really believe that there should be new Star Trek cartoon series– similar to Clone Wars— relatively low production cost, get kids involved/interested, avenue for new marketing, etc…and sets up next movie nicely.

Thoughts ?

Star Trek exhibit in Riverside, CA was awful, compared to its exhibition at other places, esp compared to its first presentation in Long Beach, CA…really need to re-think the idea of separating the Star Trek Exhibition in 2 parts…

28. Red Dead Ryan - March 1, 2011

27

Agreed about the need for an animated series. “The Clone Wars” not only appeals to kids, but to adults as well. Perfect recipe for success right there!

29. Hat Rick - March 1, 2011

^^ I totally agree that we should have another TV rendition of Star Trek, and an animated version with today’s CGI would be a killer show on wheels. Or jet packs. Or could be, if they play their cards right.

Also, regarding the Exhibit, I wish I could have gone to the Long Beach version. Missed it. Wasn’t it held at the old Spruce Goose dome near the Queen Mary hotel/attraction, or am I thinking of something else?

(I did get to see the Spruce Goose before they shipped it up to Seattle, or wherever it is now. Helluva plane.)

30. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - March 1, 2011

What I want is The Motion Picture the Directors Edition on Blu-ray. Till then I will just wait. I do have 2 through 11 on Blu-ray. Just waiting for Tmp Directors cut. I want a Red Shirt Robe. Yes. it is dangerous.

31. Red Dead Ryan - March 1, 2011

30

How did you manage to get 2 through 11 on Blu-Ray without buying the box set of the TOS films?

32. Jason - March 1, 2011

why can’t we get a TOS set with cool packaging like that in the u.s?

33. Let Them Eat Plomeek Soup - March 1, 2011

God, I want that robe. I’m going to blow my whole month’s worth of allowance on that one thing–and it’ll probably just sit in my closet forever.

By the way, since we’re on the subject of Wrath of Khan, can anybody tell me whether Ricardo Montalban’s chest in that movie is real? I’ve been in a continuous argument about that with my dad for a while.

34. Davidj - March 1, 2011

Dammit. I was really looking forward to getting that model. The movie may not have shown it off that well, but I thought it was an awesome design. I hope they’re not just judging interest based off the sales of those crap toys from two years ago…

35. Hat Rick - March 1, 2011

33. From what I’ve read, it’s real. So who wins — you or your dad?

36. Red Dead Ryan - March 1, 2011

33

Yes, Khan’s chest was real. And it was spectacular!

Nick Meyer, on the TWOK dvd, said his chest was real.

37. Devon - March 1, 2011

I can assure you that they didn’t stop production on the model of the new Enterprise because a few people here thought it was “ugly.” Especially two years after the fact, and 3 years after we had our first glimpse of it.

38. GarySeven - March 1, 2011

#33- RIcardo Montalban’s chest was real in the movie.

39. DJT - March 1, 2011

Me want that Mondo poster.

40. Weerd1 - March 1, 2011

Dear Round 2,
Thanks for nothing. I really appreciate you helping Paramount with their complete refusal to provide merchandise based on the updated franchise. I can get brand new toys and props based on a 45 year old TV show which never broke the top 25 in first run, but I can’t get anything based on the highest grossing and only Trek film to win an Oscar. Round 2, have you been recruited into some kind of conspiracy?
Thanks,
Dan

Seriously, why can’t I get NuTrek swag??!! Why wasn’t 2009 Trek in the Haynes guide? Why was Playmates allowed to make substandard toys? Where are the canceled novels? What the hell is wrong with Paramount’s marketing department?

41. Simon - March 1, 2011

Shame about the Polar Lights model. What ever happened to that Diamond Select Excelsior/Enterprise-B?

42. Reign1701A - March 1, 2011

Is it possible the Round 2 model got cancelled because they’re modifying the Enterprise for the sequel?

43. Tarrax - March 2, 2011

I already have the pewter one from the Bluray/Amazon release, so I guess that will have to do. It’s sitting next to a model of the original on my shelf (radar dish included), making the original look rather plain and just a tad silly too. ;)

44. Horton Heat - March 2, 2011

To be honest, I could care less that Round 2 won’t be releasing a kit of the new Enterprise; I didn’t like the re-design anyway. All I care about is that they release their 1:350 scale TOS Enterprise kit for late 2011/early 2012.

I can’t wait for that one, it’ll look great alongside the 1:350 scale Enterprise refit model!

45. Anthony Thompson - March 2, 2011

The poster: Harlan is going to want his cut! : D

The model: Who cares about the one-footer? When is the QMX studio replica coming out??? TrekMovie has promised numerous times that news on it was forthcoming, but NOTHING! Is QMX going to go belly-up like it’s predecessor?

46. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - March 2, 2011

I’m waiting for a 1:1 scale of the Enterprise from the 2009 movie, fully functioning, with lights, crew and warp-speed capacity… now that’s something worth having….

47. Christopher_Roberts - March 2, 2011

27. About the decline in long-term fandom for Star Trek. Merchandise concentrating on TOS and very little from successive iterations…

CBS Television ought to start re-running Star Trek Enterprise somewhere close to prime-time and see what kind of audience it gets. If it fails again, it fails. But what’s the betting, so many fans having given up on it five-plus years ago, it won’t suddenly feel fresh and exciting again?

I’d even recommend them a list of episodes – just the best ones – for an abbreviated season. Trust me on this.

As for the Abramsverse Enterprise model kit, the design wasn’t my cup of tea – maybe it needs to grow on me. But that’s not the point, it’s the look of the ship for a whole new generation and what’s the betting, this product won’t finally reach the shelves next year in time for Star Trek 2012?

48. Trekboi - March 2, 2011

The 2009 enterprise deserves a model- I’m surprised they think the old re-release models would sell better than the new ship.

Very disappointed at round 2 over this- maybe they can jump right to a 30inch one!

49. Trekkie626 - March 2, 2011

I can’t believe that for TWOK they still use the picture of Kirk from TSFS.

50. TrekMadMeWonder - March 2, 2011

Can’t even put out a model for ST09′s E?

FACE IT! Star Trek 2009 was a LOT of fluff. It would have been much better received it if had strictly adhered to a more traditional and classic Star Trek TOS style. Just because it was the 60s doesnt mean it was dated. TOS gave us so much, and to me it was ignored by the creators of ST09 because (aparently) our darling J.J. just never really took the time to realize all the magic that was laid out before him.

You may ask me, TrekMadeMeWonder, “what is your ST12 wish?”

My wish is to see a new ST movie where they switch back to the familiar and established ST-TOS universe and expand on ANY of the 1st two season storylines. In CLASSIC Trek STYLE and STORY TELLING.

Hell, I’d even take a movie where the New cast meets the old ones.
With today’s CGI they could easily do it. The main problem is that we would need an Art director with the talent and vision to bring it all together.

Now just where could they find such a person?

I Wonder.

Hmmmmm.

51. I'm Dead Jim! - March 2, 2011

Jeez… WTF is the problem with getting a model of that ship! Why don’t the powers that be just go ahead and give the modeling rights for the Enterprise to Starcraft Models who have already put out some nice resin kits of every other Federation ship from ST:09, including the Kelvin. Guess I’ll have to find that nice Hallmark ornament on Ebay if I want a decent replica. I didn’t think the Hotwheels ships were that great.

52. Capes - March 2, 2011

Harlan Ellison will be on the phone with his lawyer suing Mondo any minute now. I am looking forward to hearing his latest tirade against all things that even remotely have a passing similarity to his work.

Terminator had a cyborg? Hey I had a story about a cyborg…….I’ll sue!!!!
And they will pay me to just shut me up about it !

Love it…….

53. Captain April - March 2, 2011

I liked the new design but Round 2 just took too long to get the kit out(should have been released with the film)plus it was just too small. Hopefully they will learn from Round 2′s mistake and release the New Enterprise model kit with the new movie in 2012!

54. Niall Johnson - March 2, 2011

Granted, I think the 2009 Enterprise is as ugly as sin, but it is a good design for a generic Federation Ship. I was planning to add different aftermarket decals. What bugs me is is that I have had it on back order from entertainmentearth.com for well over a year!

55. TrekMadMeWonder - March 2, 2011

54. Niall Johnson

It’s called denial. Seek help with your nearest Federation psychologist. Look for a man named McCoy. No, not that new guy. The REAL McCoy! : )

Get the Robe instead (if you have not oredered it already).

56. Dave in RI - March 2, 2011

If anyone wants some GOOD modeling news, Revell of Germany is coming out with TOS Enterprise and Klingon D7 in 1/600 scale (slightly larger than the classic AMT kits), but the kicker is it will be ALL NEW TOOLING!
Anyone who’s built the AMT kits knows of all the shortcomings that went along with them.
The prototypes have been built (there are pictures of them found at hobbytalk.com) and are due out later this year.

57. Jeyl - March 2, 2011

Sorry Trek09 Enterprise. Can’t touch the original.

58. The Squire of Gothos - March 2, 2011

The reissues of the films on blu ray are pretty odd. I already have the TOS films. Still holding out on the TNG ones. I figure all will probably be reissued next year anyway?

Let’s hope better mastering for the TOS films this time.

I’m guessing the TNG films will have 7.1 audio when reissued as well?

It is pretty odd they haven’t issued Motion Picture, 3, 5 and the TNG films individually???

59. Trek Nerd Central - March 2, 2011

Wow. There be nerds here. (I know, I know, pot calling the kettle black. . . )

60. scooby1701 - March 2, 2011

surprise surprise another star trek merchandise item thats been cancelled. they must be associated with Galoob and their long track of promised but unfulfilled star trek items.!!

can’t we get Hasbro or Kenner to take over

61. Phil - March 2, 2011

9. Hat Rick – March 1, 2011

The painful answer is that a Trek exhibit appeals to a very small audience, and frankly, there really isn’t that much new in the franchise. If you ever saw “The Experience” then you have seen “The Exhibit”. If all you have is a similulator ride, well, I’ve done that, too. The exhibit was set up across the street from the Mission Inn, which drew visitors in six figures during the holidays, even with the rain. There was plenty of advertising, but when I was down there during the holidays the place was empty.

62. Robman007 - March 2, 2011

It took so long for Round 2 to make the stupid kit (movie came out in 2009..hello round 2?) that it could be that the kit is getting shelved for 2012 Star Trek. No point in releasing a model for a ship that might look different in the new flick. I’m betting the kit did not live up to AMT’s superior eye in detailing (sarcastic, if you are a model builder of previous trek kits, you know what I’m talking about).

Still very sad. It was not a fun announcement when Polar Lights/Round 2 was bought out by AMT. Polar Lights was making some fun star trek kits, such as the 3 foot Refit….now they are subject to releasing the incorrectly detailed (and poorly constructed) AMT molds from way back in the day. Don’t be fooled by the retooling claim…they usually just get enhanced decal sets which take away from the point of building the frickin model, and a new base. Look at the original Enterprise model….NO CHANGES, except a new decal set which was a half-@$$ed way of “improving” the original release. The mold was the same it has always been.

LAME!!!

63. CDR Arch - March 2, 2011

The Target Blueray special ed Enterprise model is AWESOME! I did not even like the ship until I got that. It was sold out the same day so it might be hard to find!

64. DavidJ - March 2, 2011

40, agreed. It’s frustrating (and a bit strange) that there’s been so little quality merchandise for such a popular, high-profile movie as the last Trek.

Just some ugly, cheapass toys, a few posters, and a quickie novelization. We did (finally) get a decent Making Of book, but that’s about it.

65. Dep1701 - March 2, 2011

@63

Agree with you about that Target special Enterprise disc holder. It is arguably the best representation of the nu- Enterprise on the market. There is one minor error in that the photon torpedo tube is positioned up too high on the ‘neck’, but other than that , it’s pretty darn accurate.

It’s actually far better and more detailed than the pewter collectable that came with the blu-ray from Amazon ( and it even has some aztecing panels ainted on ).

I’m not a huge fan of the new design, but I’ve learned to appreciate it for what it is, but to me the two original Enterprise designs ( series and movies ) will always be the best, and look the most realistic. The nu-Enterprise has so much sculptural flaring and exaggerated parts, that it doesn’t look like something a real government would bankroll. More like what a billionaire playboy would buy.

I’ve always thought – even from the first glimpse of it – that the new ship looked like the Enterprise as drawn by Japanese anime/manga artists.

66. Jeyl - March 2, 2011

@65: “The nu-Enterprise has so much sculptural flaring and exaggerated parts, that it doesn’t look like something a real government would bankroll. More like what a billionaire playboy would buy.”

And wouldn’t you know it? That was J.J.’s intent.

Special Effects: “JJ had said he wanted to turn it into the Hotrod. And that’s what I’m most proud about actually was that we did turn the Enterprise into kind of this hotrod thing.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcOjr_4TXHM#t=1m49s

67. Red Dead Ryan - March 2, 2011

There’s nothing wrong with someone modernizing a classic. In this case, the Enterprise (and the movie itself) take place in an alternate timeline/reality/universe which means the TOS Enterprise still exists within canon at least.

68. THX-1138 - March 2, 2011

Here is some sad news for fans of the original Enterprise. The original model builder for the 3 footer and the 11 footer, Richard Datin, passed away on Feb 24. Here is a link to his obituary:

http://colin.org/RichardDatin/

On the culttvman site there are numerous great links in the Datin article with pix of the E and the filming process for TOS ship models. Check out the Trekhistory link. I even found a series of pix of the E dismantled for the attrocious most recent refurbish for the Smithsonian. Great peeks under the bridge dome and the bussard FX.

I was also looking forward to the R2 E model. While not my favorite, I do have all of the E’s built up and on display. I have been using the lousy Playmates toy as a placeholder until the model came out. This news sucks. I have to continue my gripe that the ’09 film is one of the worst merchandised alleged tentpole movie I have seen in a while.

69. They call me Stasiu - March 2, 2011

I’m way past the model kit building phase, but I think the packaging design is very attractive. Too bad it won’t show up on store shelves.

70. TrekMadeMeWonder - March 2, 2011

JJ should do a remake of “The Final Countdown” and see if he could tweak the movie by making the Nimitz appear more sleek, or like a hotrod, so that it is so much more tense and climatic when they are ordered to take on the Japanese.

Anyhow, at least I will ALWAYS have my treasured TOS memories.
Maybe that’s what I should do tonight, put in an old classic TOS episode and re-live a true Trek experience.

Perhaps Space Seed.

As Scotty would have put it. “Show me the Enterprise Bridge. NCC one seven o’ one. No bloody A, B, C, or D.

Up you shaft, JJ!

ps. Sorry, Trekkies. I must be havin’ a bad day.

71. William Kirk - March 2, 2011

@3 and @5 Yes, I totally agree :-)

72. William Kirk - March 2, 2011

Great artwork on the Star Trek TOS Box set in the UK.

73. Robman007 - March 2, 2011

The new E was not too bad looking. Yes, the secondary hull was a bit “small” but then again the Enterprise D had a thin looking secondary hull with stubby looking warp engines..it looked all together goofy, and I know of plenty of Trek fans who at the time hated the D, and some who still do, but others go used to it.

The new E was really cool looking…it will never replace the original, but it does not have too. Now, if we can see it blow the crap outta Klingon vessels, then that would rock! Just please, please, please do not put the Enterprise into the same “Damsel in distress” mode that the TNG writers plagued the D and E with. That was so lame for the Big E to constantly get it’s ass whipped by the johnny come lately ship of plot.

I’m still pretty mad about the cancellation of the model. I’m so tired of the releasing of “new” Trek kits that just include a new metal stand and decals that take the fun outta painting the kit. The AMT kits of old are OLD, inaccurate, cost about 10 prices more then they used too and crappy, especially when compaired to the Polar Lights Refit. Oh, such a cool model!

74. DavidJ - March 2, 2011

65, I don’t know, the Refit doesn’t exactly look to me like a government creation either. It’s way too elegant and streamlined for that, and (in it’s own way), is just as “arty” as the JJPrise is. It’s just arty by late-1970s standards instead.

And personally I love the “hot rod” aesthetic used on the new ship. As cool as the TOS-E and Refit are, they do look almost fragile in comparison, and don’t project nearly as much strength and power as the new ship does.

I will admit the movie didn’t show the design off that well though. The distorted, fish-eyed views we got did make it look awfully awkward at times (and it’s not til I got a good look at the Quantum FX model that the design REALLY started to work for me).

75. Robman007 - March 2, 2011

@64

Yeah, there was a series of novels that was supposed to be released, a really cool looking model kit, a small (somewhat affordable) version of the QMX Enterprise, more toys, etc. They all seem to have disappeared. The new model..GONE. The series of novels..GONE…..the larger QMX Enterprise…too expensive to even think about buying…the replica uniforms from Anovos are too expensive if you want to get your own rank put on it…spend 300 to get one that has just one strip rank with an attached undershirt…LAME.

What in the world is wrong with the new movie and the merchandise?

76. I'm Dead Jim! - March 2, 2011

So the robes don’t come in the engineering/security color? Guess nobody want to be a red robe!

77. I'm Dead Jim! - March 2, 2011

Oh… does anyone know if QMx canceled their 09 Enterprise too? They were also supposed to have their “more affordable” small version last year weren’t they? There must be a curse on that ship.

78. Christopher_Roberts - March 2, 2011

70. Only to eliminate the whole “Don’t screw with history” moral dilemma, by setting the film in a parallel universe where the U.S.S. Nimitz stays in the past, and Pearl Harbour wasn’t as bad but the rest of history was.

79. Kirk's Flying Wig - March 2, 2011

The region 2 TOS box set appears to be a reissue of the individual remastered box sets, judging by the list of extras that can be seen on the packaging in the above photo (“More Tribbles, More Troubles” and “Trials and Tribbleations” as extras for season 2 for example).

80. SoonerDave (formerly Author of "The Vulcan Neck Pinch for Fathers") - March 2, 2011

I guess the frustrating thing for me on the Abrams Enterprise is that, no matter how many times I look at it, it just doesn’t quite look, well, “right.” Maybe its the proportions, maybe its the shape, maybe its just how it looks a little like several Enterprises, but a lot like *none* of them. I guess the idea of the “NCC-1701 Dragsterprise” is aimed for a demographic other than mine. It didn’t need to be a dragster or a hotrod. And it doesn’t look like a ship designed to carry several hundred crew for a multi-year mission. which I guess goes back to the proportion and size issue. Oh, well…

I don’t hate the new Enterprise, but it surely isn’t my favorite. The TOS movie Enterprise wlll, for me, always be the “prettiest” Enterprise of them all. Enterprise 09 just doesn’t have very many “beauty angles….”

81. jas_montreal - March 2, 2011

“Star Trek 2009 USS Enterprise Model cancelled”

Is it possible they cancelled it because their redesigning the Enterprise for the Star Trek Sequel ?!?!?!?!

82. Maj - March 2, 2011

@81

It’s certainly possible.

If you look at all the movies there’s always a new ship. NCC-1701, 1701-A, 1701-B, Enterprise-D in Generations, Enterprise-E after that. And they might’ve covered C, I’m not sure but the episode was Yesterday’s Enterprise. And don’t forget NX-01. Probably was a good idea to reintroduce the original 1701 and take it from there.

But then again we’ve barely scratched the surface with the new one, we’re bound to see more of the interior, and they have to go on missions too.

It looks like ST12 will start with the crew having a certain amount of experience, being on missions for a few years. And there’s sure to be Klingons.

83. Darkowski - March 2, 2011

I’m not surprised they cancelled the 2009 JJ-Prise.
It’s just ugly. And I don’t think Round 2 would’ve made a lot of $$ in sales…

I’m glad they focus on nostalgic favorites :-)

Hopefully they’ll redesign the Enterprise in the next film… and trash the brewery while they’re at it! :-P

84. MvRojo - March 2, 2011

75. The novels were suspended and young adult novels set during the academy days were released instead. The reasoning was that the filmmakers didn’t want the novels to either constrain or be completely off from future movies. This makes sense since it’s essentially a new universe and they don’t want to clutter stuff up too soon.

85. Robert - March 2, 2011

Now maybe we will see a 1/350 scale klingon k’tinga battlecruiser or the U.S.S. Reliant

86. Red Dead Ryan - March 2, 2011

82

“Yesterday’s Enterprise” was indeed the episode that featured the Enterprise-C.

87. CarlG - March 2, 2011

Very disappointed about the cancelled Enterprise model. I’m just getting back into model building and I was really looking forward to that one… :(

Boo-urns, Polar Lights.

BTW, a while ago I made a post mentioning the cancellation and it got deleted — did I do something wrong? If so, my apologies.

88. Chasco - March 3, 2011

Any Scotty or Uhura fans wanting a bathrobe in Services Red should email the manufacturer – info@groovyuk.com

89. Let Them Eat Plomeek Soup - March 3, 2011

@ 35, 36, & 38:

MUAHA! i knew it! my dad thought it was a chestplate and didn’t believe me when I told him it was real.

@Hat Rick:

as you can see, i won that argument. Unlike the time i argued that Saavik was full-Romulan. Ah, how we spend our time doing such useful things…

90. Jeyl - March 3, 2011

@67: “There’s nothing wrong with someone modernizing a classic.”

Turning the Enterprise into a hotrod is hardly something I would classify as modernizing since hotrods have been around since the 1930s.

91. Robman007 - March 3, 2011

84: Considering that nobody (and I mean Paramount) has ever taken any of the novels seriously as cannon (none of them are), then the decision made zero sense. Never stopped them from releasing novels in the past that were trashed in 2-3 years by movie/tv cannon. Look at the comic series that took place after Trek 3…Kirk captaining the Excelsior…that worked out well…..Oh well. Such is life I guess.

77: The QMX Enterprise has been in production forever. Which was super lame considering that they had a dozen of them out and about (the artist renditions and the one in the select hollywood theaters) even before the movie aired in 2009. I think alot of it has to do with Paramout licensing, which sucks. It will cost in excess of $4000 too, way too expensive if you ask me. The smaller version was announced once and never even mentioned again. I don’t see that one seeing the light of day.

85: Yeah right on that one. They have been talking about a 1/350 scale of the original series Enterprise for years and nothing. Odds are high that the kit won’t even see the light of day. If it was just Polar Lights, then I’d say it would be high, but since AMT took over, again, odds are no on the Original Enterprise or any other 1/350 scale kit, especially Klingon ships. The Akira class model was canned, the New E canned as well. I’d say just keep on the look out for old molds to be re-released with a metal stand, some fixed but not accurate parts and a detailed decal set which will take away from the point of building a model in the first place.

92. falcon - March 3, 2011

I have a Polar Lights 1:1000 TOS Enterprise model that I haven’t finished yet. I am not sure I want to – working on it is half the fun. Too bad Round 2 isn’t doing the NuPrise, but they’re also not doing (or not right now at least) the 1:350 TOS Enterprise, which really sux. That model would have been somewhere around 33″ long, and the reported detail would have been tremendous. But, do like Guy Fleegman in “Galaxy Quest” and find a lathe somewhere, and make your own, I guess.

93. Dom - March 4, 2011

I think perhaps the novels were just a little too much too soon as the film doesn’t even state whether it’s set in an altered version of the ENT-TNG timeline, an alt-universe (a la Fringe) which I consider the the most likely, or logically an altered timeline in an alt-universe. Hawking theorises that, in order to travel into the past, you have to travel into the past of a different universe and there’s too much different in the ST09 universe for for one ship being destroyed 20 years earlier to have changed so much.

A shame about the model, but I wonder, cool as it looks in the movie, whether a plastic model might have problems balancing!

I agree with the posts saying that the post-movie merchandising and so on was a bit of a bust. The toys looked cheap (should’ve gone with someone like Hasbro) and, like Star Wars, there should have been a cartoon series. Cartoons can work in many ways: kids are happy to accept them as unconnected to movies and live-action shows, although it’s nicer if they are acknowledged, but they can test the water with lots of different types of story, they keep the franchise in the viewers’ minds, they leave things open for spin-off merchandise in the style of the cartoon, so you can get books, comics and Blu-rays. But the film series can continue relatively unmolested. I suppose the lack of a cartoon series, as much as anything might stem from the Viacom split!

Then again, me being a sad case, I’d have liked a straight-to-Blu spinoff film where William Shatner’s Kirk steps out of The Nexus to help the Leonard Nimoy’s Spock and Bruce Greenwood’s Pike protect the new Vulcan Colony!

94. Mike - March 5, 2011

Too bad about the model, but I haven’t really bought those things for awhile now. I still like the E09 design better than most of the ships the franchise has produced. It might have been neat to put one together again. Oh, well.

The Kirk robe is uber cool.

95. Robert - March 5, 2011

WOW!!!!!!!!!!! This is the 45th anniversary of Star Trek and this is the best the model companies can do. Come on, they cancelled the new enterprise model and then sit around dusting off old molds of star trek models then say they are new. They can do better then that, Oh wait, I forgot they can’t make new or bigger models.They just keep selling the old ones. One………..at………….a………..time………If they wish to do something big for Star Trek’s anniversary, maybe they should get on the ball and make some new models.There has been a lot done in 45 years. Stop dusting off the old ones!!!

96. captain_neill - March 6, 2011

I think the blu ray set is just the previous release re packaged

Its a nice looking set though

97. captain_neill - March 6, 2011

I don’t get why they have repackaged the blu rays other than to get more money.

I don’t think there are anything new with the features and TOS blu rays are the best.

98. captain_neill - March 6, 2011

I am loving the mondo poster

99. BRADY - March 6, 2011

MAYBE ROUND 2 COMING OUT WITH A 1/350 VERSION, AFTER ALL
IT’S STAR TREKS 45 YEAR.

100. Ricardo Delfin - March 8, 2011

I’ve waited so long for the Star Trek Magazine to be available in other countries that I completely lost the interest.

101. TV-tastic - March 10, 2011

I have a model building and selling business and I buy Trek kits from R2 from a wholesale disrbutor. The reason why R2 couldn’t get this kit made is because they are a rinky-dink outfit that bites off more than they can chew. Don’t get me wrong, their quality is fantastic but they lack the manpower, production capability and organization to meet deadlines and pricepoints.

FACT: The NuTrek Enterprise was originally announced with a release date of December 2009.

Round 2 has a bad history of pushing back release dates but it’s never been as bad as it has been in the last year. The latest kits in their stable, (Klingon BOP, Clear ENT D, Reliant, ENT B) were pushed back 5 seperate times over the last two years. To make matters worse, they jacked up the prices twice since I placed my pre-order in August 2010 and they did the same thing with the NuTrek Enterprise as late as December 2010. R2 is an embarrassment as a company. No one in the toy business has a record like theirs.

They are in way over their head and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if they lost the license to produce the kit because they failed to meet their conrtractual agreements (or were about to) for a release date.

I wouldn’t blame Paramount for this, though.They are probably more upset than anyone else and considering the fact that they are again licensing Trek kits to Revell Germany, it’s probably a sign that Paramount is going to let a bigger, more established firm handle the NuTrek kit. Don’t be surprised to see the kit released by Revell Germany or another larger company.

One more thing: R2 had announced an Akira Class kit in 1:1400 in 2008 and cancelled its development in June 2009 to do the NuTrek Enterprise instead. What do you think the chances of an Akira class ever making it to shelves now? Forget a TOS Enterprise in 1:350, Forget a K’Tinga Class in 1:350 and forget a relaint in 1;350. R2 is not goingto be doing any new kits for a long time if ever. Expect re-pops and retooled-repops only.

@62, Robman007 – You are confused. R2 bought the AMT brand from Ertl, not the other way around. There is no company “AMT” any more, it’s just a brand. R2 makes the kits using the original molds from AMT and they have done some retooling on some of these to make corrections and adjustments (Reliant, Enterprise B and Kilingon BOP come to mind).

As for decaling a kit (particularly for Aztecking), you’re obviously not a builder. Decaling a kit properly is an artform in and of itself and is as challenging and time-consuming as painting when done correctly. Builders who choose to use decals do so for consistency and it’s nothing to disparage. Also, no one is forcing you to use them.

102. Robert - March 13, 2011

I just find out that R2 has no plans for Star Trek’s 45th anniversary. I’m not surprised, they have not made something new in years now.I’m surprised they are still in business. I think it is time for them to give the job to someone who cares about there work and fans.

103. Robert - April 12, 2011

Still looking for a 1/350 scale Klingon K’tinga battlecruise model to go with my Enterprise model. I hope some model companies gets off there butt and starts working on it. hopefully some time this year!!!!!!!

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