"That ship is Sarek's. I recognize it."
- Cmdr. Michael Burnam upon seeing her father's cruiser in
STAR TREK: DISCOVERY "Points of Light"
Vulcan corvette cruisers were small, warp-capable craft used for both suborbital and interstellar transport by inhabitants of the planet Vulcan during the 23rd century. Initially designed by the Vulcan Expeditionary Group, these cruisers featured a U-shaped version of the "warp drive ring" common among Vulcan starship designs.
These small starships were capable of sustaining high warp speeds and, having arrived at their destination, could remain in orbit, or make planetfall on a set of retractable landing gear. Accommodations aboard these cruisers were as beautiful as they were austere - exemplified by the bridge of the ship which consisted of a simple standing cockpit for two.
First seen (and nearly destroyed) in “Lethe,” Sarek's Vulcan corvette is a "Solkar" class cruiser. This class of ship is named after Sarek's grandfather, Solkar who served as the first Vulcan ambassador to Earth and had been the captain of the survey ship "T'Plana-Hath " which landed in Montana making First Contact with Earth.
Designed for the first season of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, the Vulcan Cruiser has become a mainstay in the series and usually appears (even in the background) whenever Sarek or Amanda are needed in an episode.
I dig this ship a lot. I love that it feels fresh and new while still retaining classic elements of Vulcan design in a way that I suppose Sarek would dismiss as simply “logical.”
"tlhIngan maH taHjaj!" - tIquvma t'Ha'lIjlah*
It was an amazing way to launch a whole new era of Star Trek on the small screen. An up close and personal encounter with the Klingons, who had spent the better part of a century as isolationists, and dealing with their own great civil war between all twenty four great houses of the Klingon Empire, was riveting. The story that unfolded between "The Vulcan Hello" & "The Battle of the Binary Stars" was extraordinary, focusing on two massive fleets faced off in what became the first conflict of The Klingon War.
Among the assembled starships of the Klingon Battle Fleet were the ships that have always been the mainstay of their forces: The Klingon Bird of Prey.
This new Bird of Prey, designed for STAR TREK: DISCOVERY by John Dickenson & Sam Michlap drew its inspiration from the works of H.R. Giger, Islamic architecture, and even Gothic cathedrals. Beneath all that, of course, is the basic shape of Nilo Rodis & David Carson's iconic, original Bird-of-Prey - designed a generation earlier for STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK.
STAR TREK: DISCOVERY co-creator Bryan Fuller had directed his design team to conjure a "different vibe" for the venerable Klingon Empire, and they succeeded. The insectoid look of the Bird of Prey warship confirms it. It's different, one might even say "alien", and yet somehow it remains Klingon.
"Attention, Klingon leader, I am Admiral Brett Anderson. I speak with the authority of the entire Federation when I propose a cease-fire so that we might resolve this conflict with no further bloodshed."
– Admiral Anderson to the Klingon zealot, T'Kuvma
When Admiral Anderson warped his flagship - U.S.S. EUROPA into a binary star system to assist U.S.S. SHENZHOU, he could not have imagined that his ship would be one of the first major casualties of the Klingon War.
Designed for STAR TREK: DISCOVERY by John Eaves, the NIMITZ CLASS EUROPA was seen in Discovery's second episode, "The Battle of the Binary Stars." A massive ship of the line, EUROPA had four warp nacelles and a RELIANT-like roll bar that held both scientific and defensive equipment.
NCC-1648's arrival on screen during the battle temporarily saved Captain Georgia's own ill fated U.S.S. SHENZHOU, but at an enormous cost as EUROPA fell prey to the even larger Klingon Cleave Ship. This cloaked enemy vessel intentionally collided with the Federation flag ship, splitting her saucer section with a huge blade and comprising the Klingon ship's entire bow.
However, Admiral Anderson had one final play to make in the battle-- he set his ship's warp core to self-destruct, destroying the Klingon warship in the process.
Our Classic GHOSTBUSTERS uniform patch was recreated using reference and measurements taken from the original uniforms seen on-screen in Ivan Reitman's dramatization of the crew’s first paranormal adventure, "Ghostbusters". We studied the screen used patches which are still sewn to the original costume jumpsuits worn by Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd along with the original surviving uniform name tags. What we found was that no two patches looked alike as they had all been hand-stitched back in 1983. The embroidery was irregular with a loose stitch typical of patches made on manually operated embroidery machines. Another discovery we made was that the Ghost's "body" in the logo was not embroidered at all, but in fact white felt similar to what was used in vintage varsity letterman patches.
After examining original patches from the film, our design team set to work recreating the artwork. Not an easy task, as none of the handmade patches from the film matched each other, nor did they match the original line art version of the logo used for the movie posters and promotional materials. So we took the best looking aspects of both the Murray and Aykroyd uniform patches, and merged them into one patch that represented "the" uniform logo as intended and designed by Mr. Gross.
The result is nothing less than the definitive iteration of the patch worn by the original Ghostbusters.
ANOVOS found the perfect weight white felt backing material, while the embroidery stitch pattern and thread colors have been exactingly replicated from the original patches.
STAR WARS Imperial Officer Hat
Imperial™ Officers were high-class soldiers who held various positions of responsibility, authority, and duty within the branches of the Galactic Empire™. Common traits among those officers were ambition, ruthlessness, and strong approval of the Emperor's plans to destroy the rebellion.
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"The Jedi are extinct. Their fire has gone out of the universe. You, my friend, are all that's left of their religion." - Grand Moff Tarkin to Lord Vader
Truth in advertising, I can't wear anything Imperial.
I just can't. I've spent too much of my life pretending I was Luke Skywalker in Red 5's cockpit, or holding a lightsaber, to ever enjoy dressing as "my'' enemy. My wife, on the other hand has no such compunction, and would without reservation align herself with the Dark Side of The Force, and swear fealty to the Galactic Empire.
Remember a few years ago the video of the little girl at the Jedi Training Academy who when confronted by Darth Vader, bent the knee to the Dark Lord of the Sith? My wife cheered and laughed, while I sadly closed my eyes to the sinister event.
That's why I gave her my Imperial Officer buckle. She pulls off dark side style better than I can, and that buckle works with her wardrobe of concert t-shirts & 1460s.
Don't get me wrong, I truly like that buckle -
I know what went into making it.
When we set out to make our replica of the Imperial Officer's uniform, we sought out the best examples of surviving costumes we could find. That meant donning some white gloves and examining all the original uniforms in the Lucasfilm Archive, and even some pieces that have passed into private collections.
Among those costumes was Peter Cushing's "Grand Moff Tarkin" uniform. Amazing stuff. From those original pieces, coupled with the surviving original patterns we compiled volumes of valuable research.
Our Imperial Officer's Belt and Buckle were meticulously duplicated from those examples. And while "similar" belt buckle blanks are available in the marketplace, we couldn't simply slap an Imperial "cog" on an inaccurate buckle. We manufactured our own replicas from scratch to perfectly emulate the subtle nuances we discovered in the original uniform belts & buckles we documented.
STAR WARS™ Imperial Officer Hat
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Han Solo's large hexagonal belt buckle is one of the most recognizable aspects of his traditional uniform. Worn front and center in five of the six films Han Solo appears in - it's one of the defining traits of his look. For 1977's STAR WARS, costume designer John Mollo created a style for Han Solo that recalled the gunslingers of the Spaghetti Western genre. He wore an old shirt & vest with a pair of military striped pants, and riding boots. But, what really anchored the design was this particular piratical cowboy's gun belt. Carl Schmidt of Bapty & Co Ltd. crafted it alongside Roger Christian who, as Star Wars' set decorator - had been tasked with creating Han Solo's DL-44 Blaster along with all the other weapons needed for the film. That belt and buckle design became iconic, and has been worn in that configuration for nearly all of Han Solo’s appearances over the years.
Part of what goes into developing a successful costume, particularly for high adventure, superheroic, or science fiction stories is crafting something that can be dynamic when framed on screen. Han Solo's costume consists of mostly dark pieces broken up by his shirt and gunbelt with the belt's buckle acting as a kind of focal point and image break. Think of it like Batman's yellow utility belt, an artist's tool to add something visually dynamic to break up a silhouette & catch the eye. Han Solo's belt buckle acts exactly in that fashion on screen, and in real life.
Show of hands - how many Trekkies (Trekkers?) out there knew that Lt. Tasha Yar wore a Starfleet skant dress in an episode?
Much less the pilot episode "Encounter at Farpoint?" It's alright if you hadn't noticed. I didn't either. To me it's an interesting glimpse into a show that was really only at the beginning of figuring itself out.
I do understand. It would seem perhaps a challenging garment for a tactical officer to wear in the field, but aboard the Enterprise-D (described by some of the behind the scenes staff as a "Hilton in Space"), why not? It looks cool. It looks comfortable, and with its unique "skant" shorts design it could move and flex just as well as the standard Duty Uniform.
So, there's a rare piece of Star Trek: TNG lore for you - Tasha Yar's lost Uniform skant. If nothing else maybe it'll help you win your next round of Star Trek trivia. ;)
John Cooley is a writer based in Las Vegas, and a product developer for ANOVOS.
Faithful replica of the uniforms worn in the Star Trek™ movies directed by J.J. Abrams.
Replicated using patterns from screen-used uniforms, these uniforms are made of Jumbo Spandex featuring the intricate Starfleet delta pattern print and dyed to match coloring used by production. Character specific heat applique rank stripes, as seen in film. Shop Now!
There is one additional element that made these new uniforms unique, the continuous "Delta Print" found on all the standard shipboard Starfleet Uniform Tunics and Dresses. When Star Trek '09 was made it was filmed with the knowledge that not only would its effects, sets, props, and costumes have to look amazing on larger than life movie screens, but they would have to withstand even greater scrutiny on the increasingly larger, and higher resolution monitors in people's living rooms. The explosion of super high definition equipment in people's homes led to a new line of thinking among some costume designers working in the sci-fi, and superheroic genres. Traditional textiles can look fairly flat when photographed and displayed in some higher definition formats, and so this led directly to costume designers using repeating prints, and tiny, three dimensional textures printed, or applied to represent futuristic fabrics. It's a trend that continues today.
Recreating those uniforms took a lot of hard work - over a year of effort to do it right and bring it to market.
We worked closely with CBS, Paramount, Bad Robot, and even spoke to Michael Kaplan himself. We got to examine the original costumes, and meet the people who made them for the film. We worked diligently with dye houses, and printers, and learned a lot along the way. But at the end of the day we were rewarded with the most accurate replica of an original costume piece ever offered up to that point. And it was incredibly gratifying, to see people wearing and enjoying that tunic. It still is!
Discover the story behind Jean-Luc Picard's famous Darmok Jacket.
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Explore the Origins of Vulcan ears, and how they were designed.
"You knew there was a dangerous creature on this planet and you knew from the tale of Darmok that a danger shared might sometimes bring two people together. Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra. You and me, here, at El-Adrel." - Captain Jean-Luc Picard to the Tamarian Captain Dathon in "Darmok"
"Darmok", written by Joe Menosky, has to be the purest distillation of what STAR TREK has always been about. In it the Enterprise meets the totally alien "Children of Tama”—and despite all of the technology at their disposal, our crew finds themselves totally incapable of understanding the Tamarian's unique language. Realizing that, the noble Captain Dathon goes to extraordinary lengths to communicate with Captain Picard. In this one episode the ethos of Starfleet and STAR TREK itself is on display. It’s hard for anyone that loves The Next Generation as much as I do to pick a "favorite" episode, but this is mine.
I don't know how many people can say that they remember the first time they watched an individual episode of their favorite series, but I remember this one. At my parents’ house, after the cold open & credits, during the first commercial break, my best friend called and simultaneously we said, "DID YOU SEE PICARD'S NEW UNIFORM?!"
We loved it instantly, and called it the PNNU-- an acronym that stands for "Picard's Nifty New Uniform." Of course, our favorite component of the new ensemble was his jacket, the PNNUJ. Not only had we been given an amazing new episode, but also a fantastic new uniform for our captain.
That uniform was an instant fan favorite and something of an icon itself. So much so that the next year, when the new line of "Next Generation" toys was launched, the first figure released was Captain Picard in his new uniform jacket (my original figure lives right here on my desk).
Celebrating Star Trek: The Next Generation's 30th Anniversary, the ANOVOS Star Trek design team has decided to re-release Captain Picard's Uniform Jacket, but with its original iteration as introduced in the fifth season episode, "Darmok." Shop Now!
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When I set eyes on the original helmet from The Mandalorian™ in person, my first thought was: “Wow, that helmet wasn’t as I expected!”
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Having closely studied the original Boba Fett™ helmets, I can appreciate why Jeremy Bulloch dubbed him “Bucket head.” Boba Fett and Jango Fett™'s helmets were similar in size, where The Mandalorian™'s helmet is more compact and fitted.
Forty years past Boba Fett’s creation, we are clearly in a different time and this new helmet serves a different purpose. The Mandalorian’s helmet, as with the entire costume, is built for action and stunts. Everything is tight and well fitted. There is no bucket feel or bobblehead here. This helmet is meant to move with you and be purely functional.
Pedro Pascal is The Mandalorian in the Disney+ series THE MANDALORIAN. Lucasfilm Ltd. © 2019 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
My second thought was regarding the finish, recognizing that it was going to be one of our biggest challenges.
At first, the helmet’s paintwork seems quite simple—just a pewter finish with some weathering—but upon closer inspection, this isn’t true at all. Just for comparison Captain Phasma™’s helmet has a chrome finish and Jango Fett’s helmet color was a result of being cold cast with aluminum powder. The Mandalorian’s helmet is neither! It is unique and quite complicated. First, because of the way it was painted, it changes its color contingent upon different lighting conditions. Second, don’t let the initial “one-note metallic” finish fool you! There is an incredible amount of subtle intricacy, not seen in other paint jobs, with clever shifts in tonality—somewhat mimicking the contouring seen in the makeup industry.
Pedro Pascal is The Mandalorian in the Disney+ series THE MANDALORIAN. François Duhamel. © 2018 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™. All Rights Reserved.
We learned the exact paint process the production team used to paint the original screen-used helmets. Even though we knew how the helmets were painted and detailed it still took our development team a few weeks to settle upon a paint process we can implement for mass production which replicates the beauty and subtle tone shifting nature of the original helmets. To perfect our finishing process we painted our prototypes side-by-side with an original screen-used helmet which allowed us to instantly compare our paintwork directly to the original piece and make adjustments as needed. Once our factory paint and finishing processes were authenticated against the real screen-used helmet, our research team directly guided our artists as they hand-painted and weathered each helmet based on the same multi-stepped techniques used to create the originals. There was a lot of cleverness poured into replicating the paint finish and I am proud that we were able to provide this artisan touch to our collectors in this helmet.
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Boba Fett will always have a cult following and this new character, The Mandalorian, is awesome in his own right and will likely find a similar fandom. His look takes advantage of all the latest technologies in digital printing as well as modern paints. He is more streamlined, and his overall design is far more agile. He is the future and a character worthy to be called The Mandalorian.
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