ST09 Tidbits (T-10): BK Toys First Look + US Premiere Details + Talk Show Blitz Starts Tonight + more

10 days and counting, the new Star Trek movie is coming fast and the blitz is headed your way. We have the first look at the Star Trek toys and food coming to Burger King, details on the US premiere, the latest box office buzz, another Star Trek comic prequel, your Tivo schedule for the talk show celebrity appearances and more.


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First look at Burger King toys and Star Trek food!
As reported before, Burger King is gearing up for a big promotion for Star Trek, and they have sent TrekMovie an image of the in-store banner which shows off all the toys as well as the BK Kids Meal with "Star an Bolt Shaped Chicken Tenders." The Star Trek promotion starts next Monday at Burger Kings restaurants across the US. There will also be a corresponding TV campaign, with footage shot on board the USS Enterprise, kicking off on Monday as well. TrekMovie will have more coverage of BK early next week.

Have your Trek your way at Burger King
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Star Trek US Premiere April 30th in Los Angeles
After a whirlwind worldwide tour, Star Trek will get its American premiere this Thursday, April 30th, at the famous Chinese Theater in Hollywood. This premiere will have the biggest celebrity guest list with Star Trek director JJ Abrams joined by most of his crew and almost the entire cast. Fans are encouraged to come and greet the new Star Trek celebrities as they walk the blue carpet. The show should start around 7:30, so show up early to get a good spot on the rope line. TrekMovie will be there and will post a report with pictures and video Thursday night. As a good omen, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan premiered at the Chinese in June 1982. 

US gala premiere to be at famous Chinese Theater

"Spock Reflections" – the prequel prequel comic to Star Trek
The new Star Trek movie has a prequel comic ("Countdown") and in July another comic that ties into "Countodwn" with "Spock Reflections." The story is written by by Scott Tipton and David Tipton with art by David Messina (who also did "Countdown"). The book appears to be a prequel to "Countdown" (a prequel to a prequel!). IDW describes the comic thusly:

What could drive a man to abandon all he knows and go to live with the Federation’s sworn enemy? In the follow-up series to the Star Trek: Countdown movie prequel, readers see for the first time the real motivations behind Spock’s decision to live on Romulus, and follow as he looks back on what brought him to this place in his life. From the team that brought you Star Trek: Mirror Images!

Cover for “Spock Reflections” (click to see it big)

Tivo Alert: Trek TV Talk Show Blitz
Are you ready for some talk shows? The Star Trek team are fanning out to the various shows to promote the movie so set your Tivo. Here is a list of appearances for JJ Abrams and Star Trek actors and over the next two weeks (thanks to Kevin for compiling list):

  • Monday 4/27: "Tonight Show" (NBC)  – Eric Bana
  • Tuesday 4/28: "The Late Show" (CBS) – Zachary Quinto
  • Wednesday 4/29: "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (ABC) – JJ Abrams
  • Monday 5/4: "The Late Show" (CBS) – Chris Pine
  • Tuesday 5/5: "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (ABC) – Zachary Quinto
  • Wednesday 5/6: "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (ABC) – Zoe Saldana
  • Thursday 5/7: "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (ABC) – John Cho
  • Friday 5/8: "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (ABC) – Chris Pine
  • Friday 5/8: "Tavis Smiley" (PBS) – JJ Abrams

Latest Box Office Buzz
In the last couple of weeks there has been a lot of talk about the box office for Trek, with an early report from Ad Age being pessimistic and subsequent reports, including early ticket sales being much more optimisitic. Today CanWest news service has an article "JJ Abrams Star trek on track to set records" which states:

Initially expectations had Abrams’ new Trek landing at $50 million for that important opening weekend. Now pundits have moved it into the $80 to $100 million neighbourhood based on the preview news, which is very nice place for $150-million picture to live. That should put the updated film on track to surpass the $300 million world-wide total. Abrams seemed pleased about that but was hesitant to embrace the good news fully just yet. “I don’t want to be presumptuous,” he told reporters in L.A. on Sunday.

It is unclear who the new ‘pundits’ are, but it seems the buzz train has moved well into the ‘hit’ column for now.

Interviews, interviews, interviews
Over the weekend was the big Paramount press junket in Los Angeles. I was there and did quite a few interviews which I will be spreading out over the next 10 days. Shortly after this article goes up I will be putting up a report on the press conference I attended (note that due to the volume of journalists and volume of interviewees, there were actually three separate press conference rooms with each broken into three sep. groups of interviewees, so not all press conference reports are the same).

We will try and keep up in the tidbits with other outlets, but we are going to reach a point where there are just too many. But for today here is a video interview from The Insider with Pine & Quinto and Abrams (thanks to Salvor for the cap).

The Insider also had a chat with The Shat about the new movie

Stay tuned to TrekMovie for much more coverage of the Star Trek movie, including many more exclusives over the next two weeks. Tidbits will also likely be an additional daily feature as we catch up on even more coverage

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Not sure I like the BK toys, but I’ll probably still get a few. The glasses look way better.

wow, first .)

are that burger king toys coming to europe, too?


2 Years of waiting basically, and it all comes down to the next ten or so days.


It’ll be almost strange finally getting to see it….

Bk toys look kind cheesey, but hey it’s not like i’m geeting them.

Although that tricorder from BK will work a treat at 3am after a night out….

“Kirk to Enterprise…beam me up!”

That’ll never get old, especially after saying it a million times to people just out of nightclubs…

Scotty looks about right, but that warbird has me worried.

#6…i meant Communicator….

Such a rookie mistake….

spocks doing it wrong in the BK toys..

Heh, heh, heh….

Those BK toys just in the States? (I’m from Canada; I imagine they’d be here too, but what do I know….)


Oh, wow, you’re not kidding! That’s terrible! >.<

I second the Canada motion!

How sad is it that the BK toys have more resemblence to the actors, and generally look better than the Playmates ones?

Whoo-hoo, got email today that my soundtrack CD has shipped! First day pre-orders strike again!

Well, I only need 3 more BK toys to complete my collection :)

Robert, it SHIPPED already? Where did you order it from?

I’ve managed to fine a few other upcoming appearances for Trek 09 actors:

Monday 5/4: “Live with Regis & Kelly” Zachary Quinto
Tuesday 5/5 “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Zachary Quinto
Wednesday 5/6: “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Chris Pine
Wednesday 5/6: “The Tonight Show” John Cho
Friday 5/8: Nimoy on The View

I wonder why Yelchin, Urban, and Pegg are absent from so much of the press.

dont like the BK toys

Rather thave ones in likenesses to originals

So the battlecruisers really are warbirds now?

Got Season 1 on Blu Ray today

It is fantastic

Wow. Those saucer sections are HUGE.

I’m all about getting the new Kelvin!

The BK toys are on sale in Germany. I got three of them on sunday, after the live event of the ARG in Berlin.

Michael aka Amujan

#16 – Amazon (same as my week early Countdown). Ships from NV to CA, so I wouldn’t be surprised if I have it tomorrow.

Here’s an interview with Simon Pegg from Friday night with Jonathn Ross:

Just wondering, is there any reason the food tie-ins just say “Only in Theaters” and not mentioning its release date?

Will someone please invite Bill to the Movie so he’ll feel special!
I certainly hope they don’t expect him to pay.

So why is there a Warbird that looks A LOT like the D-7 Klingon battle cruiser? I’m guessing that Burger King had the toys commissioned before they decided to scrap the Klingon portion of the movie. Sad, because if you use your imagination and stretch it out to non-cartoon proportions, it seems like a pretty faithful interpretation of TOS version


Remember in Enterprise…Broken Bow…

Ambassador Soval referred to Klingon ships as Warbirds…the ship from ENT Broken Bow was a warbird…

I can’t believe that they got Spock wrong!

@Michael: Hast Du die im regulären Burger King gekriegt?

Ugg… I’m disapointed in the way the BK toys look. The hoverbike might have potential, and I might try and snag a tricorder and communicator. For some reason I thought the chicken nuggets were going to be in a delta shape.

I’d like to see some pics of the glasses. Those might look cool with my old ST: TMP plastic cup, and my Taco Bell glasses.

Hmm Trek Funko in a way but do gthe heads bobble?

I dig the tric and the comm have em in ya pocket…get on people’s nerves with it! Heh!

Jeez do I really wanna watch Leno/Letterman/Kimmel?

So no love for Craig Ferguson or Jimmy Fallon?


The D6 Battlecruiser…(seen in ENT Unexpected) the 22nd Century predecessor of the of the D7 we all know and love was referred by Vulcans to resemble Birds of War…aka Warbirds…

The most advanced ship of the mid 22nd Century (2150’s) in the Imperial Klingon Defence Force…was a prototype and the one seen in Unexpected was one of the first warbird prototypes (2151) that would last until the early 23rd century and be replaced by the D7… The armada at Rura Penthe that would have been seen in the deleted scenes fighting the Narada would have been the same D6’s seen in Enterprise…Unexpected, albiet a similar yet more primitive design by the new production team… This deleted scene would have Mirrored the V’Ger vs. the Klingons in TMP….

Stars and Bolts?? What is it the NFL kids meal??

It is generally well established that the klingons had shared the D7 designs with the Romulans during the TOS era. Either way… this is the first hint I have heard of that either a klingon or romulan ship that is familiar to us would have been featured in the movie…

I actually hope it is a Romulan warbird….. would be interesting to see how it could be fit into the storyline….

Please spoil me on this aspect anyone who has seen it already.

the klingon ship in Broken Bow was a shuttle….so I meant to say that we saw a Warbird in ENT Unexpected…

I’m gonna try to go to Hollyweird Thursday. Woot!!

27) I’m guessing that maybe the Klingons show up as part of the Kobashi Maru training exercise. They were there for TWOK so maybe Starfleet Acadaemy is like today’s military, they still use those classic WWII training films.

I was invited to a premiere at the Chinese Theater a few years back, and they were giving out tickets earlier in the day to some who had lined up. Not saying it’s going to happen this time, but it does happen. Just maybe not for the hottest ticket in Hollywood this week! But if you can, just go for the festivities if you’ve never been, it’s a blast!

I guess I’ll be seeing Eric Bana tonight.

I wonder if Shatner will be at the premiere??

Nice to see a reporter doing an interview who knows her subject matter, has a nice personality and is pretty. Will definitely be watching her work from now on. Hope she has a great career, she deserves it.

The JJ / ZQ-CP interviewer to be specific. ” ”


Seriously, I’m going to walk into a BK some time and see if the glasses are there yet to buy, as well as just the toys themselves without the kids meal.

Both video clips are just blank squares to me..Cant click on em whats wrong with my puter? arrghhh!!

I hope there won’t be any swine flu downturn.

Nuts to the toys. I love a good Shat interview. WOO-HOO!

17. Captain Jack Bauer – “I wonder why Yelchin, Urban, and Pegg are absent from so much of the press.” At least in the case of Pegg, he’s been all over print and TV in the UK. Trekmovie has posted many links for weeks.

I love, love, love how goofy Quinto and Pine are in these interviews. It’s very endearing.

Wow, only 10 more days… You know its gonna sound strange, but I’ve been looking forward to this movie for so long I’ll miss the anticipation. I’m trying to ground myself before the movie opens!