The search for Spock continues into the 21st century with the Star Trek III phaser

George Orwell predicted that 1984 would be the year all the crazy dystopian stuff went down. And maybe he was right . . . I mean, is it really a coincidence that one of the most legendary sci-fi films of all time came out that same year? This is for the ultimate movie buff in your life (even if that buff is you)! We’ve got a Star Trek III movie phaser, exactly what you need to embark on the search for Spock.

Diamond Select Toys has developed this life-size weapon as a two-part affair comprised of a removable Type 1 “cricket” phaser and a Type 2 pistol grip. You’ll feel like you’re right in the thick of things with light-up and sound effects that are true to the 1984 film experience. “Try-Me” packaging sets off this awesome advancement in role-play technology. Don’t miss out!

Weapon goals.

Weapon goals.

Spock Star Trek Piggy Bank

Sculpted by Patrick Piggott! Saving is logical, but busts are fun! Satisfy your human and Vulcan halves with the first in DST’s fascinating new line of Star Trek vinyl bust banks! This 8-inch rendering of the USS Enterprise’s famous first officer, Mr Spock,  has a coin slot in the back and an access door in the base so you can store your spare change, as well as your conflicting emotions!

Spock Star Trek Piggy Bank

Star Trek Select: COMMANDER SPOCK

Now this–this–is an awesome figure.

From Diamond Select and sculpted by the brilliant Art Asylum, here’s a brand new figure that makes up part of a highly collector-friendly action figure line. Featuring a cave and a Horta alien (from “Devil in the Dark”), this 7-incher features incredible detail, an amazing paintjob and enough articulation to satisfy those who like to put some action into their displays.

NAMCO BANDAI ANNOUNCES STAR TREK SHOOTER!

Well, this is great news. We were already pretty pumped about the upcoming sequel to 2009’s STAR TREK, but Namco Bandai has just announced a video game that will bridge the gap between the 2009 and 2013 films. Here’s the story from Tecca:

The idea of a video game based on the classic sci-fi series Star Trek is nothing new; In fact, they’ve been produced since the early 1970s. What makes the new Star Trek game from Namco Bandai — due on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC in early 2013 — different is its third-person shooter gameplay and, as we saw during a theater presentation at E3 2012, its two-player cooperative aspect.

Away team
In this game based on director J.J. Abrams’ 2009 cinematic reboot of the franchise, you’ll have the chance to play as U.S.S. Enterprise captain James T. Kirk and his first officer, Mr. Spock. The deadpan Vulcan joins in when you play the game with a friend, and assists Kirk in unique ways, such as scanning for enemies through walls with his Tricorder and using the device to determine the weak points on alien foes.

In the demo we saw, Spock relies on taking down enemies using moves like his Vulcan nerve pinch and can reveal details about the story by mind melding with other characters. Kirk, on the other hand, is every bit the gung-ho, phasers-blazing type seen in the film. The interactions between the two characters in the game really echo their rapport in the movie, too, with Spock serving as the deadpan foil to Kirk’s wisecracking. This is helped by the fact that Kirk and Spock are voiced by Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto from the films, respectively, with the rest of the core movie cast reprising their roles as well.

Strange new worlds
The E3 demonstration of Star Trek unfolded on New Vulcan, home to the fledgling Vulcan race following the destruction of their home world in the 2009 film. The Enterprise is sent to investigate a loss of contact with the colony, beaming Kirk and his first officer down to see what’s become of the settlers.

It wasn’t long before we found out they’d been attacked by the Gorn — lizard-like aliens first seen in the first season of the original Star Trek series in 1966. Far more fierce and animalistic than their TV counterparts, these beasts put up an intense fight against the two Starfleet officers, forcing Kirk and Spock to make ample use of cover and tactics such as diving behind pillars to avoid charging Gorn. More than once, the developers controlling Kirk and Spock had to come to each others aid, whether it was shooting a Gorn to free their comrade, or grabbing them before they plunged to their death.

Set phasers to stun
Not only does the game capture the look of the film and its 2013 sequel extremely well — the story’s supposed to fill in the gap between the movies, too — but it also manages to sound just like them. From the music to the sounds of the transporter, communicators, and weapons, the game’s audio is already one of its stand out qualities.

Beam us up
So far, we’re impressed by the sheer Star Trek-ness of it all, from the sights and sounds to the interactions between beloved characters, like Kirk’s banter with Scotty over his communicator during the mission — complete with pleas to beam Spock and himself up as the Gorn utterly overwhelm them. The demo ended with Kirk directing the Enterprise to launch photon torpedoes at their foes from orbit, resulting in a fittingly explosive end for what had been a surprisingly thrilling presentation. We’re looking forward to seeing more of Star Trek as its spring 2013 release draws closer.

Naturally, while we wait yet another seemingly-endless span of months for this to come out, we’ve got a couple things for fans of the franchise to enjoy. Check out our Star Trek section for some awesome figures from the shows and the film!

STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES – PILOT KIRK and SPOCK

Pilot Kirk and Spock are now available as 6-inch figures from the folks at Diamond Select. The design of both characters is based not only on the original series, but, specifically, on the very first appearance of two men who would become classic heroes. They come with the series-accurate accessories you might expect from these fan-friendly items and make an absolutely brilliant addition to the growing collection of any Trekker or Trekkie.

I have a pretty cool picture below….thanks to Photoshop!  Do you like it?  Give me some comments….good or bad.

Star Trek Osama Barack as Spock

Star Trek Salt Vampire Figure + Zachary Quinto News

Also known as the M-113 Creature, the salt vampire was one of the creepiest creatures ever encountered by the crew of the original Enterprise. Though its salivorous species was known to be highly intelligent an quite calculating, the isolated individual first encountered by Kirk and Spock brought only madness and chaos with it and had to be killed by a sharp-shooting McCoy. As the universe of Star Trek expanded, though, we came to see more and more examples of its race and learn more–though they never became any less unnerving in appearance. Really, with looks like those, it was no wonder they needed employ telepathy to draw their victims in. But now, from Diamond Select and Art Asylum, you can get a creepy salt-sucker of your very own! Just check out our Star Trek: The Original Series section.

Meanwhile, if you have a preference for any of the other incarnations of Star Trek, be sure to take a look at our Complete Star Trek Collection, too.

But of course, going from Trek to Trek begs the question: what’s next? Well, while the upcoming Star Trek online is sure to keep fans busy, it’s going to be another 2 long years before we’re lucky enough to have a sequel to 2009’s incredible Star Trek revamp. Read on for info from Zachary Quinto (Spock) about the official work on Trek.

Reelz Channel reports…


In a recent interview with Wired magazine, Zachary Quinto gave Trek fans nightmares when he announced he was taking a two-year break from Star Trek.

I’m stepping away from Star Trek for at least two years — no movies, no conventions, no anything for a while. I want to invite [my fans] along with me on my journey, which is going to take them out of their comfort zone and into other areas and other styles of storytelling.

Quinto’s “stepping away” has led to confusion and speculation amongst his fans, so Quinto tried to ease their worries over whether he would return as Spock in an announcement on his website.

i have been inundated with questions and confusion about a comment i made during an interview with wired — about the new atari Star Trek online game — in which i said i am stepping away from Trek for the next two years. obviously i will be a part of any upcoming films… reprising my role as spock. what i meant was that in the meantime i won’t be making any public appearances related to the franchise – or doing any more auxiliary projects pertaining to the trek universe. i will be focusing my efforts on other projects and preparing to shoot the next film — which will be released in june of 2012… two years from now. hence the no Trek for two years remark. worry not trekkers. it was a misunderstanding of context. i am not spock. but i am spock. all at the same time.

As for Quinto’s next project, Deadline Hollywood reports the actor is set to appear as composer George Gershwin in a biopic that could be the next directorial project for Steven Spielberg. Doug Wright (Quills) wrote the script, which is one of three projects Spielberg is considering. Quinto is already working with an accent coach for a possible April shooting start.