The Star Trek: Discovery exhibit opened on Thursday at the Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts Gallery, located a couple of blocks away from Comic-Con at the San Diego Convention Center. Along with genuine props, costumes and sketches from Discovery, a captain’s chair where you can take photos and a Star Trek gift shop, there are Klingon costumes and weapons on display. Here’s a close-up look.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Descriptions of all items comes from the placards in the exhibit.
Helmet and Collar
This is personalized for a high-ranking officer; each warrior’s battle armor is unique. The full body armor suite and helmet can fully retract and extend from the collar, achieved by a combination of physical elements and VFX. (Built by Glenn Hetrick and Neville Page’s Alchemy Studios.)
Serves as both an EV space suit and battle armor, and worn only by a warrior chosen through a sacred ritual to serve as the Torchbearer, who can sound The Call for all the Klingon houses to unite by activating a ceremonial obelisk. (Made using cutting edge 3D techniques. A hundred individual components were made from Neville Page’s digital designs.)
House of T’Kuvma Klingon Uniform – Female
A representation of the style worn by female members and followers of the House of T’Kuvma. (These were built piece-by-piece with hand-pressed leathers that were individually stained, painted, and molded for texture. Designed by Gersha Phillips and Suttirat Anne Larlarb, each costume take a team of ten costumers about 110 hours to create.)
House of T’Kuvma Klingon Uniform – Male
This gray uniform is worn by male members and followers of the House. The design pays tribute to Klingon ancestors and the path of honor walked by Kahless the Unforgettable.
A Klingon warrior’s preferred weapon. (The original model was hand sculpted out of high-density foam, then turned into a 3D model and milled out of aluminum. Handle is hand carved and then cast in rubber.)
Torchbearer D’k tahg
Ceremonial blades on the boots of the Torchbearer’s suit. (Built by Glenn Hetrick and Neville Page’s Alchemy Studios, they are reimagined versions of the Klingon weapons from Star Trek: The Next Generation and other films & series. The daggers, helmets, and full suits embraced & augmented the culture notes from the original series Klingons.)
A weapon used by all Klingon warriors. (Entirely 3D printed, with a hollowed-out aluminum center for electronics and batteries. Inspired by the Klingon disruptors seen on TNG.)
Klingon Disruptor Rifle
When a bat’leth won’t do the job, a warrior turns to his rifle. (Inspired by the TNG disruptors, and made to look as ‘nasty’ as possible.)
A ceremonial bladed warrior’s weapon used in close quarters combat, individualized to both the warrior and his/her House. (Made from hand sculpted high-density foam and then turned into a 3D model and milled out aluminum.)
The Discovery exhibit will run Thursday, July 20 through Sunday, July 23 at the Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts Gallery. Hours are 11am to 7pm each day and you will not need a Comic-Con badge for entry.
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