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  • 21 Jun 2021
    In September, as reported by TrekCore, two Trek ships will be released by Hero Collector, including one from Star Trek: Picard, and...
  • 21 Jun 2021
    In an interview with Comicbook, Jason Isaacs explained that there has to be a good reason for him to return to a...
  • 18 Jun 2021
    This year, Shore Leave 41.6 will be virtual, and after learning lessons from last year’s presentations, fans should be in for a...
  • 18 Jun 2021
    In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Sonequa Martin-Green, showrunner Michelle Paradise and executive producer Olatunde Osunsamni spoke about the character...
  • 18 Jun 2021
    Today, Paramount + released four new photos showing scenes from Star Trek: Prodigy. The photos show alien landscapes and two of the...
  • 17 Jun 2021
    This September, Playmobil will release their first Trek-themed toy, the USS Enterprise Playset. Here is the description of the large playset: “Where’s...
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  • 24 Jun 2020
    Stop the presses! Here's a photo of Nichelle, taken either during the filming of Trek or just before, that has come to light... one that I have never seen before. I had to share it with you immediately! (Click on the images to see full-size, as always.)

    Bonus: Below, a fake "vintage" ad that I created using an actual photo of Shatner taking a dramatic smoke break. The professional lighting and look of Bill in the shot seemed to suggest an ad, so I put it in the framework of an existing ad from the 60's. This is not endorsing smoking, but is making the best use of a photo that was perfect for the ad!

    Bonus #2: amazing artwork depicting many, if not most, of the characters seen in episodes of the original series! See how many you can find or identify! (Click to enlarge.)

  • 02 Oct 2019
    Artist Bob Larkin has been responsible for many. many memorable covers of the magazines that I collected when young; Planet of the Apes, Marvel's monster magazines, Crazy, DC comics covers, Trek novel covers, and many many more. I have just created a Facebook group devoted to collecting his art in one place, so if you, like me, love his art and have good memories of it, come join us! It's at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/boblarkinappreciationgroup
    A true Trek fan himself, here we see Bob in a photo from his blog commemorating the 50th anniversary of the show! Visit his blog here: http://boblarkin.blogspot.com/

  • 07 May 2019
    In 1974 I sent off for my first Lincoln Enterprises catalog (see some of the other posts about them here), and in 1983 I was still getting them in the mail. By then, they were getting bigger and fancier, with color photos of much of the material within. Whereas the original ones from the 70's were in a newspaper format (which was fun to read then, but hard to scan now), the newer ones were in magazine format, though still on newsprint paper. This issue from 1983 included material from both ST:TMP and The Wrath of Khan. However, it still contained older material from their earliest catalogs, like Kung Fu, Search, and Gene's several made-for-tv pilots. This post contains the first half of the catalog, the second half will be posted soon.

    (To view full-size, click on each image. It will open in a new window. You may have to click on it once more to magnify.)

    The painting prints offered below were unusual considering how they mingled characters from the films with figures like Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon and even The Great Gonzo Muppet!
    Bonus: Below, the cover of the soft-cover "Make-Your-Own Costume Book" for ST:TMP. Published for kids, it surely wasn't made for accuracy. However, I think it would be a fun retro-cosplay for some fan to recreate one of these now!

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1912 Billy Vernon is born.
1934 Terrence Evans is born.
1935 Monte Markham is born.
1940 Mariette Hartley is born.
1946 Bob Cummings and Marcy Lafferty are born.
1955 Leigh J. McCloskey is born.
1958 Josh Pais is born.
1964 Jim Argenbright is born.
1965 Carey Scott is born.
1966 Sixth day of filming on TOS: "The Enemy Within". First draft script for TOS: "Balance of Terror" is submitted.
1967 Second day of filming on TOS: "The Doomsday Machine". Revised final script draft for TOS: "Wolf in the Fold" is submitted. The score for TOS: "Catspaw", composed by Gerald Fried, is recorded.
1968 Third day of filming on TOS: "The Enterprise Incident". Final draft script for TOS: "And the Children Shall Lead" is submitted, titled "The Children Are Waiting".
1969 The Sixth UK Story Arc begins in Joe 90: Top Secret #23 with the first of eight installments.
1978 Jack Guzman is born.
1991 Forty-eighth day of filming on Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Excelsior and Enterprise bridge scenes are filmed today, as well as Christian Slater's cameo.
1993 TNG: "Descent" airs.
1994 Clare McConnell is born.
1996 Fifty-fourth day of filming on Star Trek: First Contact.
1999 Charlene Polite dies. CIC Video releases Next Generation volume 2.6, Deep Space Nine volume 7.6 and Voyager volume 5.6 on VHS in the UK.
2008 Remastered version of TOS: "Requiem for Methuselah" airs.
2017 IDW Publishing releases issue #9 of Star Trek: Boldly Go.

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  • 08 Jun 2021

    Presented below is the complete auction description and accompanying photos for an exceptionally rare TOS "Hero" Type II Pistol Phaser - a newly announced Star Trek: The Original Series major prop discovery and only the second known surviving TOS hero pistol phaser in existence - that shall be offered to the highest bidder in the upcoming Heritage Auctions July 16 - 18, 2021 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction #7241. (In January of 2021, it was announced that Joseph Maddalena, founder & CEO of the prestigious auction house Profiles In History, would be joining Heritage Auctions as Senior Executive Vice-President, thus signalling the joining of Profiles operations with Heritage.)

    As the auction description below indicates, this hero prop has been authenticated through direct comparison with what was for many decades the only known TOS hero Type II phaser in existence - in the collection of the renowned Star Trek TOS expert Greg Jein - and, indeed, several of the photos below show both historic phasers and their unassembled components displayed directly side-by-side. A detailed photostudy of the Greg Jein prop was presented on this site in an April, 2008 post and may be viewed at the following link: http://www.startrekpropauthority.com/2008/04/rare-photos-of-greg-jein-tos-hero-type.html

    The Auction Preview page for this lot may be directly viewed on the Heritage Auctions website at the following link, where users can also register to bid in the entire Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Auction: https://entertainment.ha.com/itm/entertainment-and-music/star-trek-the-original-series-extremely-rare-hero-type-2-phaser-pistol-paramount-1966-1969-/p/7241-79001.s?ic4=GalleryView-ShortDescription-071515

    The complete auction catalog description is as follows:

    Star Trek: The Original Series Extremely Rare Hero Type-2 Phaser Pistol (Paramount, 1966-1969). The Type-2 Phaser Pistol is the most iconic and sought-after hand prop from the original Star Trek series. Designed by Star Trek art director Walter "Matt" Jefferies (designer of the Starship Enterprise), this was the first pragmatic/utilitarian energy weapon in science fiction, marking a stark design departure from the fantasy "ray guns" of Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, and Forbidden Planet.

    This hero Type-2 Phaser was built for close up camera shots and breaks down into three detachable components: 1) The palm-sized Type-1 Hand Phaser – used for diplomatic missions and undercover work due to its discreet size, 2) The Type-2 Pistol Phaser body into which the Type-1 would install to make a more powerful weapon, and 3) The elongated brass handle/power pack (attached by twist-lock) capable of being quickly swapped out and "reloaded" during prolonged engagements. This is one of only two hero Type-2 Phasers known to exist.

    Crafted of fiberglass, resin, turned aluminum, brass, steel and acrylic components, the weapon measures 8 in. long x 6 in. tall and features moving parts. The Type-1 has a moving dial on top that raises the "targeting sight" when rotated, as well as extending the acrylic emitter at front. A panel below the Type-1 (attached with flathead screw) removes to reveal the internal metal mechanism and holder for a single AA battery to illuminate a grain of wheat light bulb when activated (bulb and battery are no longer present).

    The Type-2 pistol body features a spring-loaded acrylic emitter that moves backward as the Type-1 separates from the Type-2 by depressing the brass side-mounted release button. The front turned aluminum nozzle rotates to "focus the beam" of the weapon, and a turning inset aluminum side dial is installed on the left. A rear-mounted, rotating aluminum "power level" dial is mounted at the top of the weapon with engraved numbers from "1" to "9" with 10 hash marks between each number (9.9 being the maximum setting).

    The provenance of this piece is as incredible as the Phaser, itself. The Type-2 pistol body was acquired directly from Star Trek prop designer and builder Wah Ming Chang in the late 1960s (Chang designed and built the Starfleet Communicators and Tricorders for the original series).

    The accompanying LOA states the studio had sent the Phaser pistol body to Chang for repair and the show was cancelled before he was able to return it. The Type-1 Hand Phaser was acquired by a member of the production crew after filming completed on a second season episode in 1967 (a second LOA accompanies the Type-1).

    Eventually, the respective owners of the Type-1 and Type-2 Phasers learned about their counterpart, and in a detailed study the two hero components were reassembled and scrutinized in a side-by-side comparison with the only other known Hero Type-2 Phaser Pistol belonging to the highest-profile collector and top authority of original series props and costumes. The collector extensively examined the internal and external components and determined, based upon the comparison, that this Type-2 Phaser Pistol is authentic. In fact, the build tolerances between both pistols are such that the Type-1 Phasers are interchangeable and fit perfectly in both pistol bodies!

    To many science fiction fans around the world, the original series Type-2 Phaser Pistol transcends its association with a groundbreaking science fiction television series – it represents one of the defining indelible images of American pop culture. Exhibits expected paint loss and scuffing, with missing partial strip of Velcro for attachment to costume.

    In December 2018, Profiles in History sold a midgrade Type-2 Phaser Pistol (for medium distance shots), one of several known, for $192,000. This Hero Type-2 Phaser Pistol is the first to ever reach public auction. COA from Heritage Auctions.

  • 05 Apr 2021

    Presented below are some rare behind-the-scenes photos taken during the production of the first season of Star Trek: Picard ...

  • 14 Mar 2021

    Presented below is the complete set of final prices realized for the 23 lots of Star Trek memorabilia that were offered in The Prop Block's spring 2021 Entertainment Memorabilia auction; which concluded yesterday afternoon in a live online bidding session at icollector.com.

    The highest selling Star Trek item in the sale was Lot Number 155B, the Enterprise-E Bridge Engineering LCARS from Star Trek: First Contact, which realized a final price of $3,075 (including a 23% buyers premium.) A Star Trek: Feature Films Starfleet Emblem sold for $1,968 and a Jeri Ryan 7 of 9 Blue Undersuit from Star Trek: Voyager changed hands for $1,476. A pair of TOS U.S.S. Enterprise Bridge Control Panel Buttons sold for a final price of $615.

    The following results show both the high bids witnessed on the items as well as the 23% buyers premium. Just click on any of the images below to view an enlarged version ...

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