We still have a bit more stuff from our tour of the San Diego Comic-Con exhibition hall to share. We already reported on QMx who had the most new Star Trek stuff to unveil, but there were a few other licensees who shared some first looks in SDCC.
Moebius Models USS Franklin coming by Christmas
Moebius Models are planning a series of model kits for the Kelvin-timeline Star Trek movies and at SDCC they were showing off a preliminary mold of their first model which will be a 1/350 USS Franklin from Star Trek Beyond. They hope to have it out by the fourth quarter of this year and it is priced at $69.99.
Hallmark Itty Bittys – The Next Generation
Hallmark previously released a series of their mini-plush ‘Itty Bittys’ for the original Star Trek. At SDCC they were showing off their new line of Star Trek: The Next Generation Itty Bittys. The first two TNG releases are a Data and Geordi which will be available exclusively online on August 17 at hallmark.com for $7.95 each.
They were also showing off a Picard and Worf Itty Bittys which will be available in stores later this year, along with an Enterprise-D which can hold two Itty Bittys.
McFarlane shows off first Star Trek figures
McFarlane toys recently announced they acquired the license for Star Trek. Their first products will be 7″figures for Captain Kirk and Captain Picard. These will be released in 2018 and they were showing off the prototypes at SDCC. McFarlane is also planning figures for Star Trek: Discovery, but didn’t have any prototypes for that show to display.
Wizkids game expansions
Wizkids were showing off some expansions to their Star Trek games, starting off with the “Return of Khan” expansion for the Star Trek: Frontiers board game which arrives in August priced at $49.99.
They also were displaying card pack expansions coming in September for their Star Trek: Attack Wing game.
More merch news updates from SDCC
Rubies to do Discovery costumes
Speaking to TrekMovie the owner of Rubies Costumes says they have acquired the license to do costumes for Star Trek: Discovery. The plan is to have two levels of adult costumes: high end and more budget costumes, with no plans as of now for children’s costumes. The higher-end versions will be made of thick spandex and and priced around $100 to $150. The lower-end costumes will be made of nylon and sell for around $50. They will also be selling a Saru mask. TrekMovie will update when the first designs are available and when pricing and dates are finalized.
No news at Diamond Select
We have been waiting for news on a number of previously announced Star Trek items from Diamond Select Toys / Art Asylum. Unfortunately a rep for DST says they just weren’t able to finalize things before Comic-Con, so they were not able to share photos or details for the Borg figure and USS Reliant being developed. Nor do they have a date or details on the previously revealed Star Trek: The Next Generation phaser. We hope to have an update soon on DST when they are ready to reveal more.
Bif Bang Pow! SDCC exclusives available to order
Entertainment Earth/Bif Bang Pow! were offering a couple of bobbles at SDCC and there are still some available so those can be ordered online to be shipped in August. You can get Monitor Mate Star Trek: The Next Generation U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D for $11.99 and a talking Mr. Spock for $24.99.
Keep up with all the merchandise news at TrekMovie.com.
Awesome model of the well-designed Franklin
I must have the DST Reliant.
I really like the Franklin. Wish we could see more of that design.
Itty Bittys are adorbs! And the Franklin is a beautiful ship. You can see the “roulette wheel” design elements that were in the original Discovery concept.
Great Scott! A Star Trek product that isn’t junk. That Franklin looks fantastic.The rest looks like the typical Trek tat, but mobius models are class.
When I asked Diamond Select Toys for timeline associated with TNG Phaser and Reliant..the 2 employees were discussing it among themselves and one remarked, “we would be lucky to have one of the products by 2019” to the surprise of the other employee. Seems like timelines associated with production and long delay in shipping it from China are 2 major time drives…I just looked at the two of them and said ‘ok’… kindda sad :(
As much as I love their stuff, DST takes forever to make anything. =(
How hard is it to type out “merchandise”?
Matt Jefferies must be rolling over in his grave with these bizarre over-designed federation starships. His clean unadorned design philosophy hss been thrown out the window. Everything is just so overwrought these days.
I think the advent of big budget sci-fi movies and the emergence of high definition conspired to make filmmakers think that everything must be hyper-detailed and ultra-textured. I also loved his clean designs but once Star Wars hit that aesthetic was largely kicked to the curb.
I think his more lasting contribution as far as Trek goes is in the archetypes he helped create. Over 50 years on and most Federation ships still have follow his basic design cues – a circular primary hull, nacelles and even some kind of secondary hull. Likewise, just about every Klingon ship’s lines before Discovery could be traced back to that classic D7 shape (and I am not at all impressed with the Klingon designs I’ve seen for Discovery, maybe they’ll look better as 3-dimensional models in flight).
I like the Frankin. Hated it in Beyond.
That doesn’t make sense. You like it or you hate it?
You hated the Franklin’s performance?
I hated the the whole Franklin take off scene. It killed what little momentum the story had at this point. And it was predicable and so very tired.
Did Sulu really have to wait until the last moment to pull up? That was needless tension and the scene just did not work for me. Did the damn ship have to collide with the top of the mountains? Seriously?
Isn’t there a Warp field around the ship that makes it weightless?!
This scene, like many others, just raised too many “science questions” and without any consideration to the Trek’s accepted science of how a Starship’s propulsion – or how a warp field – might lift the ship, or even help propel it in space. The only thing this scene did was to show us all how close it can be before the Franklin (poorly) blasts off at the last second.
That’s a spaceship! Its not a bi-plane! Jeeeez!
Yes. I loved the Franklin’s design, but I hated the direction on how this important scene was depicted. As an example, here is how I thought it should have gone…
Kirk orders the Franklin to liftoff.
We here and see the ship’s engines begin to spin up to speed (insert TOS engin noise here). The camera pulls back as a tremendous explosive wind sweeps away from the Franklin’s engines. A turbulent thrust of plasma emits from the warp nacelles and to the sides of the ship as waves of bluesih gravity energy buffet and crash against the nearby mountainsides. An rushing and expanding plasma field begins to envelope the Franklin.
A closeup of Scotty working the controls.
The waves of plasma energy create huge shearing forces against the mountainsides as rocks and debris are scattered away from the ship in an immense wind pushed out and away by the Franklin’s engines.
The bridge shakes as Scotty yells in a loud voice. “Thrusters NOW, Mr. Sulu!”
A closeup of a panicked Sulu as he stabs quickly at his own controls. Sulu screams, “Yes Sir!”
A shot from underneath the primary hull as the ship’s thrusters erupt and begin pushing the ship up with thunderous wail. AS the Franklin begins to rise we see arcs of lightning scatter across the enormous grey hull. The Franklin begins to lift slowly from the shaking ground. Shots from the side of the ship show crushed rocks falling from the sides of the hull to the ground as some others are still suspended zero gravity – in mid air.
The shaking of the ship is severe but start to subside. On the bridge wailing klaxons emit from a few stations as we see closeups of the cast – Scotty specifically – as he works heroically to stabilize the ship within the emerging warp field.
Scotty in an exhilerated voice screams, “Captain! We are airborne and stabile!”
Kirk then quickly turns to Sulu with a quick order. “Mr. Sulu. Punch it!”
An exterior shot of the Franklin as it’s immense impulse engines ignite. A raging blast of fire and energy erupt from the drive section as it blasts the now seemingly weightless and boyant Franklin quickly into Space. We see the remaining rocks quickly slide away from the ship’s hull (as some ship hull plating) crash to the ground in a thunderous heap as we watch the ship rocket away high into space on a thick plume of super-heated gases.
I think this is better. And it only seemed natural for this to play out especially with more cast drama involved. Plus it explains the science a better – visually and dramatically. And just when will we see any trust out of a spaceship anywhere onscreen? I think we have to go back to the flash gordon serials. It takes combustion to make thrust. That makes usually created a smokey trail. Right?
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The Franklin is a must-buy, and McFarlane doing Trek figures is just amazing – that has to be the best Kirk sculpt I’ve ever seen.
Agreed, the Kirk sculpt looks great. But is it me, or is the phaser out of scale with the figure?
Maybe it’s just the prototype. Picard’s phaser looks right – even though I would prefer my TNG Picard to hold a cup of Earl Grey or a PADD. Picard with a phaser doesn’t feel right. Picard in First Contact uniform on the other hand, that one should come equipped with the full range of rifles and other weapons… :D
Well I won’t be buying the Rubies version of that Hidious Discovery Space Tracksuit design.
The Franklin Looks Beautiful- Hope they do the Kelvin.