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Archive for January, 2009

Stumbling across…

Posted by Michael Warren on January 31, 2009

Reading through my comics haul for this week, I was surprised by this as I made my way through Runaways

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I mean, I knew about the Esurance partnership, but it did stop me in my tracks for a few seconds. It’s one of those milestones, like the trailers, like the TV spots, that tell you it’s almost here.

And, of course, there’s the Superbowl commercial to look forward to on Sunday night as well…

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Enter The Archives…

Posted by Michael Warren on January 26, 2009

Star Trek Magazine - The Archives, Volume One coverStar Trek Magazine has been around for a very long time now. I’ve been collecting since issue 4, way back in 1995 (when it was Star Trek Monthly), and am responsible for creating the articles on the issues found at Memory Alpha.

Most of the older issues are extremely hard to come by now, particularly those that sold out back when they were first released (issue 2 and 3 were a particular bugbear for me), and I have quite a few single-issue gaps in my collection as a result. Plus, my collection is now 200 miles away as a result of my move, and so it’s not possible to go back and consult them for behind-the-scenes information and the like.

Fortunately, Titan Magazines (who publish the series) are releasing a CD-ROM Archives series in partnership with SCS Group. The first volume, covering the first 24 issues (dated March 1995-February 1997), is out now, priced at £19.99 for UK orders, $30 for US orders, and £24.99 for other countries (+P&P). The issues are fully-searchable and fully-printable – sadly, they do not include the comic strips that were featured in the early issues (licensing and such, I imagine), but you can always get them in the Complete Comic Book Collection 😀

You can purchase the first volume online at the SCS website.

I’ve already placed my order…

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Review – “To be regarded in his own age as a classic…”

Posted by Michael Warren on January 22, 2009

A Singular DestinySo, Destiny has reshaped the state of the Star Trek universe. And now, the ripples from that catastrophic trilogy are beginning to spread. A Singular Destiny is the first novel to explore this new horizon – and it sets the seeds for the next two years’ worth of stories.

Did it live up to expectations? Find out below…

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Playmates Toys 6″ Kirk – first look!

Posted by Michael Warren on January 17, 2009

As you may or may not know, Playmates Toys bought the rights to produce toys based on the new Star Trek movie. Playmates used to make toys based on the various series back in the 1990s, and I was a huge fan of them, until they started going wacky with the figure sizes and the exclusives.

Anyway, I was trying to find a new source for info on the old figures (to work on the article on Memory Alpha linked above) – since the one I had was on AOL’s homepage service, which was wiped off the face of the planet back in November – when I stumbled across a brand-new piece of news.

This was a surprise to me too.

This is the first look at the new 6″ figure of Kirk from the new movie.

I quite like it. The sculpt looks about as right as you’re going to get at this level – action figure, rather than collectible, remember. The uniform is a little funny – it looks a little like he’s wearing yellow chainmail…

Plus, there’s a look at the new phaser! It’s a very vague look, mind you, but it does seem to retain some of the sensibilities of the TOS phaser, and it also reminds me of the assault phaser from The Undiscovered Country.

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