SDCC17: Klingon ‘Torchbearer’ Revealed + Gentle Giant Announces ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Collectibles

Tonight is preview night at San Diego Comic-Con, and one of the most exciting things we have seen so far is at the 3D Systems Gentle Giant Studios booth. They are showing off a scaled-down version of a suit for a Klingon character named ‘The Torchbearer’ from Star Trek: Discovery. The character will appear in the pilot episode.

The suit was designed by Neville Page and Glenn Hetrick. Page and Hetrick are both working on Discovery and regularly featured on Syfy’s Face Off. Fans may also know Page as the concept and creature designer for the three Kelvin-era Star Trek feature films.

The suit was made using 3D Systems’ printing technology. According to a spokesperson, the 3D Systems/Gentle Giant suit could only be done using 3D printing due to “all the intricacies and the undercuts to the whole piece.”

The attention to detail on the suit, even in this scaled-down size, is truly impressive.

Also on display were some Klingon weapons, possibly used by the ‘Torchbearer.’

This ‘Torchbearer’ suit was seen near the end the Star Trek: Discovery trailer when you see Michael Burnham and a Klingon face off in EVA space combat.

Gentle Giant to make Star Trek: Discovery collectibles

Gentle Giant also revealed that they have a license for Star Trek: Discovery and plan on making mini-busts and statues from the show, in particular for the Klingons. They said they just picked up the license and are still working out the details but expect to be making announcements on Trek products soon and hope to have some available later this year.

Stay tuned to TrekMovie all week and weekend for our full team coverage of San Diego Comic-Con including more coverage soon on other new merchandise being shown on the exhibit floor.

Star Trek: Discovery premieres on September 24th on CBS with all subsequent episodes on CBS All Access in the US. See our Discovery info page for more details.

Keep up with all the Star Trek: Discovery news at TrekMovie.


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