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The Mandalorian Helmet - More Than Expected!

Lucasfilm Ltd. © 2019 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.Lucasfilm Ltd. © 2019 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

 

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!”

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.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.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.

Helmets ready for the intricate painting process and helmets ready for final touches.  © 2019 ANOVOS & ™. All Rights Reserved.Helmets ready for the intricate painting process and helmets ready for final touches.  © 2019 ANOVOS & ™. All Rights Reserved.

 

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.

ANOVOS finished helmet. © 2019 ANOVOS & ™. All Rights Reserved.

 

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Anovos Productions LLC November 04, 2019 3 tags (show) 6 comments

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Picard "Darmok" Jacket Update - October 2019

"Rai and Jiri at Lungha!" or—to translate that into Federation Standard—Greetings!  

We have good news about our STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION Captain Picard "Darmok" Jacket and wanted to share that with all of you.

We have just received samples of the pre-production iteration for the new Picard Jacket called "Sizers." Receiving these jackets is an integral step in the manufacturing timeline. The purpose of the sizers is to confirm the garments are properly sewn and fitted before they go into final production.  

Having had a chance to examine these sizers we're happy to report that they are fantastic and that using real suede for this piece gives it a sophisticated look.

 

The heft, and weight of the jacket is something that we found unexpectedly satisfying, and we think you'll enjoy the feel as much as we do. The drape of the jacket is outstanding as well, and very close indeed to how we see Sir Patrick wearing it in "Darmok." The skill and craftsmanship that the experienced leather artisans at our overseas factory craft into each jacket should speak for itself.

Captain Picard's "Darmok" Jacket has been one of those projects that we have a personal stake in. It's an insanely cool jacket from one of our favorite episodes here in the office, and it was a fantastic update to Captain Picard's look. Dressing Patrick Stewart in what amounted to a Starfleet field uniform served to both set him apart from the rest of the cast, and to make him more dashing—and it worked. Captain Picard's Field Uniform and its distinctive "Flight Jacket" is constantly mentioned as a “fan-favorite” look for Captain Picard over the seven seasons of TNG.

This jacket is one of our favorite replicas and we hope that you'll enjoy it as much as we do.

"Timba his arms wide.”

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John Cooley October 16, 2019 0 tags (show) 4 comments

From Childhood to Adulthood: The Story of the Star Trek "Retro" Shirt

Stardate: 1976, Aboard the Gulfstar Trawler PARAJACS IV

For me, '76 was all about playing “Star Trek” my friends. We ran around on green grass playing with Remco Phasers, blue on blue Mego Communicators, and wearing one of four department colored Starfleet Uniform shirts by Donmoor. Saturdays would start with an episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series (by then syndicated, as its run had ended the year before), and after that all of the kids in our little neighborhood would beam down behind our homes to explore whatever new planet we decided the yard was that day. I was usually our group's Captain Kirk (most likely because I had the only gold uniform shirt, having sadly grown out of my favorite green Command "tunic").

That summer though, I found myself aboard my Grandfather's yacht, the ParaJacs IV on a Bicentennial Cruise around the Chesapeake Bay. I remember wearing my Gold Star Trek shirt as we made preparations to get underway. I remember wearing it while watching The Animated Series on the tiny TV in my Grandparent's cabin as the boat rested in her slip. But somewhere between stops on that cruise I lost my gold uniform shirt, and I never saw it again. That is until I was living in Oregon in 2004, thanks to a Trekkie living in Texas, her Mom in North Carolina, and a random eBay search.


I was a kid when I lost my gold Star Trek shirt, and I searched for it for years & years. I would even occasionally accuse my Mom of stashing it away wherever it is mothers keep momentos their kids have discarded as they grow up (sorry Mom). Honestly, the loss of that shirt drove me deeper into learning about Star Trek's costumes. Even as I studied everything I could about TOS' uniforms, and their designer William Ware Theiss - I never forgot about my long lost gold shirt. 

A few decades later, I wanted to add a similar gold shirt to my collection. Of course nothing could replace my lost original, but one would nicely fill that hole in my collection. I would occasionally cruise eBay for "Gold Children's Star Trek Shirt", but I was really just window shopping. Then one day in 2004 I found a listing for a shirt that matched mine almost precisely. Too precisely. It was the same size. There was a tiny hole on one sleeve that I remember snagging on a branch when I was a kid, and a subtle stain that I doubt anyone else would notice, that came from a drop of pancake syrup. The patch looked weird, but the listing explained that the mother of the shirt's owner had replaced the patch's flaked-off gold with gold thread. I contacted the owner (a nice lady in Texas), to ask where the shirt had come from? She told me that her mother who lived in northeast North Carolina had found it around 1991 in a second-hand store in a consignment lot of old furnishings & fittings from a boat, and that she'd repaired the patch and sent it to her in Texas. I called my Mom and learned that the PARAJACS had been sold around that same time, and had been moved to Columbia, North Carolina from her berth in Virginia Beach. I had been looking for A vintage gold Star Trek shirt, and had found MY vintage Star Trek shirt. Reunited, it now rests in a shadow box in my office a nearly a continent and over forty years removed from where I lost it. 


Our newest Gold Star Trek Shore Leave Shirt has been re-designed to bring it even closer in detail and continuity to that original shirt. Our first offering of these iconic products was great, but this run comes even closer to recreating the experience of owning one of the original vintage shirts. The colors are more accurate than ever, the collars are sharper, and the patch has been redesigned with embroidery that replicates the originals, with a larger gold edge surrounding the black outline of the classic Starfleet insignia. The reason for this extra edge was to simulate even how the original shirts aged over time. The vintage shirts had a bit of a gold edge to their patches too. As the shirts were worn, laundered, and worn again, the insignia's gold edge would curl and even fray a little bit. We hope that our new patches age in a similar way.

The desire to get these shirts "just right" will always be a thing we strive for with every run. And I imagine that we'll always tinker with them to bring them ever closer to a precise replica of the originals. Our research and design teams work diligently to capture the finest details in every product we make, and while these replicas are no different, they do benefit from the fact that once upon a time we lived in the originals. Not many can say that about an original TOS costume, but we and many of our friends out there can remember wearing the shirts this replica is based on. That's why we'll always try to make them just like they were when we were kids. 

Honestly, I think part of the reason we work so hard on these particular shirts is because I grew out of one, and lost the other. I've been trying to get back into those shirts in one form or other my whole life and so my "other family," my ANOVOS family - helped me achieve that dream. 

For so many of us, holding or wearing something from our favorite movies & tv shows IS wish fulfillment. It captures a moment in time from something we grew up loving and makes it "real" in a way that it wasn't before. That feeling is why we go to such lengths to try and get things right. Our Star Trek: The Original Series short-sleeved Starfleet Uniform Shirt in Command Gold is part of our retro-styled “Shore Leave Collection,” and can be found here: http://bit.ly/2SKtVw5

Now, if you'll excuse me I'm going to go watch Star Trek with my daughter as we pretend our landing party has encountered danger on an unexplored planet. 

 

LLAP,

John     


        

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John Cooley September 16, 2019 0 tags (show) 7 comments

Star Trek 2019 Q2 Update

2019 Q2 Brand Update

This second quarter update for 2019 will bring all of our outstanding product delivery dates in line with our newly revised production schedule. This year has been about opening new avenues of production, with a focus on smaller runs to get older items produced and delivered. While this meant many products had to re-enter production stateside, we are happy to share that a few products are coming much sooner than anticipated because of this.

Our production schedule projected through Q1 2020 is prioritizing items according to: how long an item has been on our shipping calendar, if the item was already nearly completed, and how readily available the raw goods were for production. Organizing all of these variables has been a complicated task and we are thankful you gave us the time to address these issues properly. 

Finally, to simplify delivery dates  we are moving back to a Quarterly system as noted below. 

Q1 — January to March
Q2 — April to June
Q3 — July to September
Q4 — October to December



Q3 2019 Expected 



STAR TREK™: DISCOVERY - Starfleet Hand Phaser Interactive Prop Replica (Q3-Q4 2019)

These have started shipping and a vast majority of these should be fulfill early in Q3 2019. We are hopeful to have all outstanding fulfilled by the end of Q3, but want to remain realistic and state that some will probably be fulfilled in Q4 as our last expected shipment is very close to the end of Q3. We have had some issues with the stand and are expecting them to ship in Q4. At this time the Phasers are going out solo. Finally, a blog update about the batteries can be found here

STAR TREK™: THE NEXT GENERATION - Captain Picard "Darmok" Uniform Jacket (Q3 2019)

These gorgeous jackets have been unaffected by our recent manufacturing shifts and we are excited to see our customers feedback and pictures when they finally arrive. 

STAR TREK™: THE NEXT GENERATION - Movie Era - Admiral's Uniform Jacket (Q3 2019)

Everything looks great on this jacket and we are thrilled to get this out the door Q3 2019, pending final licensor distribution approval.

STAR TREK™: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - Season 1 Utility Belt (Q3 2019)

These have been shipping in waves and will continue to do so throughout Q3 2019.

 

STAR TREK™: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - Movie Era - Rear Admiral Rank Pin (Q3 2019)

We are expecting these to arrive and ship out to our customers mid Q3 2019 

STAR TREK™: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - Shore Leave Collection Starfleet Uniform Shirt (Capt. Kirk Command Gold) (Q3 2019)

This has started shipping and will continue to do so throughout Q3 2019.


Q4 2019 Expected

STAR TREK™: BEYOND - Starfleet Survival Suit Men's Jacket (Q4 2019)

We are almost at the end of a long road for these Jackets. Everything's coming together smoothly and the engineering that has gone into the hard parts is surpassing all of our expectations.  

STAR TREK™: DISCOVERY - NCC-1031 U.S.S. Discovery Studio-Scale Starship Filming Miniature

(Q4 2019)

Some of these ships will deliver throughout the remainder of Q3, with the majority being fulfilled in Q4 2019

STAR TREK™: DISCOVERY - NCC-1227 U.S.S. Shenzhou Studio-Scale Starship Filming Miniature 

(Q4 2019)

Some of these ships will deliver throughout the remainder of Q3, with the majority being fulfilled in Q4 2019

STAR TREK™: DISCOVERY - NCC-1701 U.S.S. Enterprise, Constitution-Class Studio-Scale Starship Filming Miniature (Q4 2019)

Some of these ships will deliver throughout the remainder of Q3, with the majority being fulfilled in Q4 2019

 

STAR TREK™: DISCOVERY - Starfleet Officer's Duty Uniform for Men (Q4 2019)

STAR TREK™: DISCOVERY - Starfleet Officer's Duty Uniform for Women (Q4 2019)

STAR TREK™: DISCOVERY - Starfleet Captain's Duty Uniform for Men (Q4 2019)

STAR TREK™: DISCOVERY - Starfleet Captain's Duty Uniform for Women (Q4 2019)

All 4 uniforms have moved to stateside production. This shift in manufacturing is part of our recent strategy that we discussed in the blog from April called The Complex Burden of Accuracy. As we get closer to our expected delivery date, we will post a blog about these ensembles that will chronicle the journey of these pieces from inception to delivery and all the struggles in between. If you do not have one of these ensembles on order now, please sign up for the interest list so you can be a part of this run.

 

Q1 2020 Expected 

 

STAR TREK™: DEEP SPACE NINE - Shore Leave Collection "Ben Sisko" Niners Baseball Jersey

(Q1 2020)

In line with our recent shift in manufacturing that has prioritized products that have been on our shipping calendar longer, these Jerseys have had their delivery date slightly delayed.

STAR TREK™: DEEP SPACE NINE - Shore Leave Collection "Kira Nerys" Niners Baseball Jersey

(Q1 2020)

In line with our recent shift in manufacturing that has prioritized products that have been on our shipping calendar longer, these Jerseys have had their delivery date slightly delayed.

STAR TREK™: DISCOVERY - Starfleet Phaser Rifle Interactive Prop Replica - Limited Edition 

(Q1 2020)

Both the standard and limited edition phaser rifle are scheduled to deliver Q1 2020. At this time, because of the production shift to stateside, these items were paired up because of their obvious similarities. This shift is allowing other products that were on our production calendar for longer to get fast tracked to completion. 

STAR TREK™: DISCOVERY - Starfleet Phaser Rifle Interactive Prop Replica - Standard Edition 

(Q1 2020)

The Standard Edition has not been delayed in production, but it is being made alongside the Limited edition version now to help streamline our manufacturing schedule.

STAR TREK™: ENTERPRISE - Captain's Rank Pip Set (Q1 2020)

This reorder is expected to deliver in Q1 2020. 

 

STAR TREK™: ENTERPRISE - Charles "Trip" Tucker Flight Jacket (Q1 2020)

This jacket is sticking to its most recent delivery schedule and is expected to ship Q1 2020.

STAR TREK™: ENTERPRISE - Jonathan Archer Flight Jacket (Q1 2020)

This jacket is sticking to its most recent delivery schedule and is expected to ship Q1 2020.

STAR TREK™: ENTERPRISE - NX-01 Uniform Cap (Q1 2020)

These have suffered slightly because of our production shift and are now expected to deliver Q1 2020. If we are able to push up the delivery we will notify of the change. 

STAR TREK™: ENTERPRISE - Starfleet NX-01 Uniform Jumpsuit (Q1 2020)

This jumpsuit has not changed delivery dates from its most recent update and is still expected to deliver Q1 2020.

STAR TREK™: FIRST CONTACT / DEEP SPACE 9 - Premier Line Command Uniform Jacket 

(Q1 2020)

The first wave of stateside manufacturing has been completed and shipped.  We are currently working on the custom fabric production of the second run and anticipate a Q1 2020 delivery date.

STAR TREK™: THE FINAL FRONTIER - Captain Kirk Bomber Jacket (Q1 2020)

The two Bomber Jackets are being made at the same time now because of our production shifts. This has not changed the current delivery date for the Captain Kirk Jacket, but the Captain Scott Jacket will be slightly delayed. 

STAR TREK™: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - Captain Kirk Green Wrap - Season One (Q1 2020)

To keep in line with the new production schedule we spoke about in our blog found here  “The Complex Burden of Accuracy”.  The Green Wrap was delayed until Q1 2020 to make room for other items that have been on our Shipping Calendar for longer.

STAR TREK™: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - Captain Kirk Green Wrap - Season Two (Q1 2020)

To keep in line with the new production schedule we spoke about in our blog found here  “The Complex Burden of Accuracy”.  The Green Wrap was delayed until Q1 2020 to make room for other items that have been on our Shipping Calendar for longer.

STAR TREK™: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - Movie Era Commendation "Pip & Squeak" Ten-Piece Device Set (Q1 2020)

This set is scheduled to deliver Q1 2020. 

STAR TREK™: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - Season 3 Premier Line Sciences Uniform Dress (Q1 2020)

This Dress is in flux as we are trying to see if we can move it to stateside production or not. Currently it is scheduled for Q1 2020 and we are hopeful to get this produced sooner.

STAR TREK™: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - Season 3 Premier Line Command Uniform Tunic 

(Q1 2020)

The Premier Line Tunic has suffered a little because of the recent production schedule shifts. It is currently scheduled to deliver Q1 2020 and our team is trying to find a way to produce and deliver sooner. If they are able to, we will contact you about the happy news.

STAR TREK™: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - Season 3 Premier Line Sciences Uniform Tunic (Q1 2020)

The Premier Line Tunic has suffered a little because of the recent production schedule shifts. It is currently scheduled to deliver Q1 2020 and our team is trying to find a way to produce and deliver sooner. If they are able to, we will contact you about the happy news.

STAR TREK™: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - Starfleet Uniform Pant (Q1 2020)

All four waves are now being combined and are expected to deliver Q1 2020. 

STAR TREK™: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK - Captain Scott Bomber Jacket (Q1 2020)

The two Bomber Jackets are being made at the same time now because of our production shifts. This has not changed the current delivery date for the Captain Kirk Jacket, but the Captain Scott Jacket will be slightly delayed. 

STAR TREK™: THE NEXT GENERATION - Era Starfleet Uniform Jumpsuit (Q1 2020)

These Jumpsuits are shifting to Q1 2020 because of the recent production shifts. Other items that have been on the shipping calendar longer took precedence. 

STAR TREK™: THE NEXT GENERATION - Era Starfleet Uniform Shirt (Q1 2020)

To be in line with the Jumpsuits that were delayed, these shirts were also pushed to a Q1 2020 delivery schedule.

STAR TREK™: THE NEXT GENERATION - Premier Line Command Burgundy, Operations Gold, & Sciences Teal Uniform Tunic (Q1 2020)

The Tunics are shifting to Q1 2020 because of the recent production shifts. Other items that have been on the shipping calendar longer took precedence. 

STAR TREK™: THE NEXT GENERATION - Premier Line Uniform Pant with Suspender Bib System

(Q1 2020)

These are expected to deliver Q1 2020.

STAR TREK™: THE WRATH OF KHAN - Admiral Kirk Uniform 2.0 Ensemble - Standard Line

(Q1 2020)

We are eager to send out this latest wave of the beloved TWOK. It unfortunately has been slightly delayed because of the recent productions shifts. Other items that have been on our shipping calendar longer have taken precedence.

STAR TREK™: THE WRATH OF KHAN - Command Division Uniform 2.0 Ensemble - Standard Line

(Q1 2020)

We are eager to send out this latest wave of the beloved TWOK. It unfortunately has been slightly delayed because of the recent productions shifts. Other items that have been on our shipping calendar longer have taken precedence.

 

STAR TREK™: THE WRATH OF KHAN - Command Division Uniform Undershirt (Q1 2020)

This undershirt delivery date is now in line with the remaining TWOK ensemble as they will be produced at the same time.

STAR TREK™: THE WRATH OF KHAN - Operations Division Uniform Undershirt (Q1 2020)

This undershirt delivery date is now in line with the remaining TWOK ensemble as they will be produced at the same time.

STAR TREK™: THE WRATH OF KHAN - Starfleet Landing Party Field Jacket (Q1 2020)

Wave 1 and 2 are now going to deliver at the same time as the Wave 3 was predicted to deliver. This is just a slight byproduct of our new production schedule. Beyond that, everything about this Jacket is going as anticipated.

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Anovos Productions LLC July 10, 2019 0 tags (show) Add a comment

Kylo Ensemble—Worth the Wait!

Hello, my name is Maegen, and I am the Sr. Director of Manufacturing and Soft Goods Production for ANOVOS.  I have been with the company since they first contracted with Lucasfilm to feature the Star Wars license. I wanted to provide some insight into the production trials and tribulations we have faced in making one of our most complicated ensembles:  Kylo Ren.

From the opening scenes of The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren continues the tradition of Star Wars’ antagonists becoming fan-favorites, largely thanks to his menacing helmet and understated but complex ensemble. While Kylo’s helmet is fairly straight-forward, his costume is another matter entirely. What makes this so complex? It is the perfect storm of three incredibly difficult techniques, crammed into one outfit, then having to replicate it perfectly over hundreds of copies. First, the basketweave of the hood and top coat was custom made. Secondly, the patterns were highly complex.  And lastly, the coating usually only found on simpler garments such as trousers were used for four other pieces in this ensemble: hood, top coat, under tunic, and the shirt. The prototype took an incredible amount of effort, especially when we realized we would need to manufacture our own fabric, adding the finishing treatment to it before shipping to China. Once the prototype was complete, we thought the heavy lifting was done, but finding a manufacturer to create this costume with the accuracy it deserves has been an even greater challenge.

Kylo Ren has a 9-piece ensemble that we are replicating.  It features purposefully uneven pleating throughout the shirt sleeves and undertunic. It also features a very specific coating on the overcoat, hood, undertunic, shirt, and trousers.  The Belt and Gloves are made from real leather. It is no small task and we took no shortcuts on this ensemble. We are confident that while the wait was long, you will be pleased with the final product.

Our Customer Service Team at Anovos asks every single day:  When is the Kylo Ensemble going to be shipping to our customers?  There was a time when I could provide a date with confidence. Then our first manufacturer backed out of the production after 9 months of creating counter samples, fitting sizers, and finalizing patterns. Sadly, this wasn’t even due to the complexity of the ensemble, but because of internal issues at that manufacturer.

We sought a second Manufacturer that was very promising.  But starting over meant another 6-12 month production delay.  They completed the Rey Ensemble from The Force Awakens, and we were able to ship those out to our consumers.  They were nearly done with production of the Kylo ensemble and we thought we were in the home stretch as the final garments were being assembled and the zippers were installed.  We even sent out a newsletter that stated how close we were... then our worst nightmare was realized. The final step of coating the fabric, was inconsistent and affected most of the garments. The quality issue wasn’t caught in time and the manufacturer took another three weeks to tell us; there was no solution to fixing or correctly applying the coating to the rest of the fabrics. Worse yet, they over estimated their own technological capabilities and severely underestimated the even coating of large surface areas over the span of hundreds of garments. We were left with scraps and needing to desperately find a THIRD manufacturer for the costume. So that you can visualize what the issues did to the pieces, here are some pictures of the product with the coating problems:

 

Once again, we sought another manufacturer, this time with not only the quality and complexity of the ensemble in mind but because you have had to wait so long, timing was also at the top of our mind.  We knew that we could not afford another extended delay and we are dedicated to shortening that time dramatically.  Luckily, we were able to find a company with a reputation for  timely production and consistent quality results. Currently from our new manufacturer, we are in the midst of treating the fabric to start, and have received some photos as shown below.  The fabrics they have sourced for the core of the ensemble is perfect, however, as you can see we are running into some heavy coating issues. They are continuing to test their layering and heat treatment in order to achieve the perfect amount of coating.

And it is taking time, but I will not sacrifice quality, especially for how long you’ve waited. Luckily as you can see, there is absolute consistency in their application and with their skilled experience are able to evenly apply and heat press large amounts of fabric at one time.  Aside from that small issue which we are working through, you can see the production quality this manufacturer has to offer as well in the fine pleating and pressing of the sleeve sample. I firmly believe that we have finally found the right partner.

Pics 1-2:  Coating on the trousers denim fabric.

 

Pic 3:  Coating of the cotton duck and the shirt sleeve sample.

As we get further updates, I will try to share with you as much as I know, both the issues and successes, so that you can be assured we are moving forward.  We appreciate every one of you that has stood by (with or without frustration) and waited this long.  We appreciate your patience as we cross the finish line and put these pieces into your waiting hands.

It is worth the wait.

Maegen Hensley
Sr. Director of Manufacturing and Soft Goods Production

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STAR WARS 2019 Q2 Update

2019 Q2 Brand Update

This second quarter update for 2019 will bring all of our outstanding product delivery dates in line with our newly revised production schedule. This year has been about opening new avenues of production, with a focus on smaller runs to get older items produced and delivered. While this meant many products had to re-enter production stateside, we are happy to share that a few products are coming much sooner than anticipated because of this.

Our production schedule projected through Q1 2020 is prioritizing items according to: how long an item has been on our shipping calendar, if the item was already nearly completed, and how readily available the raw goods were for production. Organizing all of these variables has been a complicated task and we are thankful you gave us the time to address these issues properly.

Finally, to  simplify delivery dates, we are moving back to a quarterly system as noted below.

Q1 — January to March
Q2 — April to June
Q3 — July to September
Q4 — October to December

Q3 2019 Expected

STAR WARS™: AT-AT Driver Helmet Accessory (Q3 2019)

Per the recent blog update from May 16th, a wave of the outstanding orders are confirmed inbound to us now, with the remaining orders to be fulfilled later in Q3.

STAR WARS™: Darth Vader Helmet Accessory (Q3 2019)

Per the recent blog update from May 16tha wave of of the outstanding orders are confirmed inbound to us now, with the remaining orders to be fulfilled later in Q3.

STAR WARS™: First Order Rank Pauldron (Red/Officer) (Q3 2019)

STAR WARS™: First Order Rank Pauldron (Set of 3) (Q3 2019)

STAR WARS™: First Order Rank Pauldron (White/Squad Leader) (Q3 2019)

The remaining First Order Rank Pauldrons are being completed in-house and are expected to be fulfilled Q3. Shipments have already begun on these, and will continue in waves into Q3.

STAR WARS™: Imperial Royal Guard™ Helmet Accessory (Q3 2019)

With our production schedule shifting, this helmet was able to be produced much quicker than at first anticipated. It is now scheduled to deliver two seasons earlier than we had at first anticipated! This is one of the many examples of how our production overhaul is now benefiting our customers in a very tangible way.

STAR WARS™: Sandtrooper Helmet Accessory (Q3 2019)

Per the recent blog update from May 16th, a wave of the outstanding orders are confirmed inbound to us now, with the remaining orders to be fulfilled later in Q3.

STAR WARS™: THE FORCE AWAKENS: First Order Stormtrooper Standard Kit With Helmet (Q3-Q4 2019)

These kits started shipping in Q2 2019 to very positive reviews. We have a mountain of orders still left to fulfill and our team is working in overdrive to ensure the vast majority of orders can be delivered by the end of Q3, with some kits delivering into Q4 2019.

STAR WARS™: THE FORCE AWAKENS: Han Solo Jacket (Q3 2019)

We are excited to get this order fulfilled and believe everything is on a clear path to delivery based upon our new production schedule. We are looking to post a blog about this jacket and if you have any questions that you would like answered please send them to our customer service email here.

STAR WARS™: THE FORCE AWAKENS: Kylo Ren Helmet Premier Line Accessory (Q3 2019)

The Kylo Ren helmet is coming much sooner than anticipated and we should be able to fulfill all outstanding orders in Q3 2019.

STAR WARS™: THE FORCE AWAKENS: Kylo Ren Premier Costume Ensemble with Helmet (TBD 2019)

A detailed blog post about both the Premier and Standard Kylo Ren Ensemble is nearly completed and just going through final approvals. Please check our blog posting here in the next couple weeks.

STAR WARS™: THE FORCE AWAKENS: Kylo Ren Standard Line Costume Ensemble (TBD 2019)

A detailed blog post about both the Premier and Standard Kylo Ren Ensemble is nearly completed and just going through final approvals. Please check our blog posting here in the next couple weeks.

STAR WARS™: THE LAST JEDI First Order Stormtrooper Helmet Accessory (Q3 2019)

The Last Jedi First Order helmet has been moved up because of the production shift we talked about earlier this year. It is now expected to deliver Q3 2019 instead of its early Q1 2020 release date. This is a direct result of the efficient steps taken by our production team.

Q4 2019 Expected

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS™ STORY Cassian Andor Field Jacket (Q4 2019)

We have moved the Cassian Andor Jacket to our new state-side manufacturer. As this is one of our older soft goods products left un-produced, it has been marked as a priority piece. We anticipate it to be one of the first completed out of this new facility and early completed test samples are showing the level of detail and craftsmanship needed for ANOVOS goods is on point..

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS™ STORY Death Trooper Helmet Accessory (Q4 2019)

The Death Trooper and Death Trooper Specialist helmets are moving to a stateside manufacturer with an anticipated Q4 2019 delivery. This new facility allows us to both ramp up our ability to produce smaller runs and also produce a greater variety of items at once. This implemented strategy is a direct result of our commitment from earlier this year we laid out in our blog posts.   

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS™ STORY Death Trooper Specialist Helmet Accessory (Q4 2019)

This Death Trooper and Death Trooper Specialist helmets are moving to a stateside manufacturer with an anticipated Q4 2019 delivery. This new facility allows us to both ramp up our ability to produce smaller runs and also produce a greater variety of items at once. This implemented strategy is a direct result of our commitment from earlier this year we laid out in our blog posts.  

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS™ STORY Director Krennic Cape Accessory (Q4 2019)

As many items were adjusted in our production calendar, the Krennic cape was moved to be in line with the other items from this ensemble. With only a slight delay, it should complete production and ship in Q4 2019.

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS™ STORY General Merrick Blue Squadron Helmet Accessory (Q4 2019)

With our new production schedule in place, we are anticipating a quick and clean run of these helmets.

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS™ STORY Imperial Officer Hat Accessory (Q4 2019)

We had some issues getting the cockade pin produced, as the original manufacturer had their facility destroyed in a flood and all of our completed pieces were lost. A new manufacturer has been found and this hat is back on track.

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS™ STORY Jyn Erso Costume Ensemble (Q4 2019)

Jyn Erso has moved to a stateside manufacturer in order to fast track its completion. The skilled team assigned to this ensemble has been taking on some of our more complicated costumes to great success.

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS™ STORY Jyn Erso Scarf and Gloves Accessory Set (Q4 2019)

The gloves from this set have all been delivered, the Scarf is still pending delivery. The production has been moved to stateside in order to expedite delivery.  

STAR WARS™: Classic Trilogy - Snowtrooper Helmet Accessory - Standard Line (Q4 2019)

With our new production schedule in place, we are anticipating a quick and clean run of these helmets.

STAR WARS™: Clone Trooper Phase II Helmet Accessory (Q4 2019)

This helmet is technically moving up its delivery schedule as we are changing the date from Winter 2019 to Q4 2019.

STAR WARS™: E-11 Blaster Kit (Q4 2019)

This has benefited greatly from our new production schedule and is moving up a season to Q4 2019.

STAR WARS™: First Order Flametrooper Helmet Accessory (Q4 2019)

This has moved to a stateside manufacturer in accordance with our new production schedule. This is going to be produced as a smaller run.

STAR WARS™: First Order Heavy Artillery Vest Accessory (Q4 2019)

As one of our older products, the heavy artillery vest is marked as a priority. We are pushing to get these done earlier in Q4.  

STAR WARS™: First Order Snowtrooper Helmet Accessory (Q4 2019)

This has moved to a stateside manufacturer in accordance with our new production schedule. This is going to be produced as a smaller run.

STAR WARS™: First Order Stormtrooper Armor Kit Replacement Parts (Q4 2019)

This has changed to Q4 from a Winter 2019 delivery date.

STAR WARS™: Gold Leader Rebel Pilot Helmet Accessory (Q4 2019)

This helmet is technically moving up its delivery schedule as we are changing the date from Winter 2019 to Q4 2019.

STAR WARS™: Han Solo Signature Line Ensemble (Q4 2019)

The shirts for this ensemble have been delivered, but the remaining items are in the final stages of production. If at all possible, we will get these shipped out in Q3, so keep your eyes peeled for an update throughout the third quarter.

STAR WARS™: Han Solo Signature Line Pant Accessory (Q4 2019)

These are on track to be shipped out in Q3 2019 so watch for additional updates.

STAR WARS™: Han Solo Signature Line Vest Accessory (Q4 2019)

These are on track to be shipped out in Q3 2019 so watch for additional updates.

STAR WARS™: Imperial Admiral Tunic (Q4 2019)

This has only been slightly delayed as our production schedule shifted it out earlier this year.

STAR WARS™: Imperial Admiral Rank Badge Accessory (Q4 2019)

In an attempt at fulfilling all of the Admiral items together, this piece was moved out one season to match the rest of the ensemble.

STAR WARS™: Imperial Patrol Trooper Helmet Accessory (Q4 2019)

With the new avenues of stateside production opened up, this helmet is now scheduled to arrive earlier than first anticipated. The production team has been working extremely hard at getting all items fulfilled and this helmet is proof that their efforts are paying off.

STAR WARS™: Imperial TIE Pilot Helmet Accessory (Q4 2019)

We have made these helmets in the past and this current run has been slightly delayed to allow older items priority.

STAR WARS™: Imperial Stormtrooper Helmet Accessory (Q4 2019)

We have made these helmets in the past and this current run has been slightly delayed to allow older items priority.

STAR WARS™: Imperial Stormtrooper Kit (Q4 2019)

This is actually moving up in our new schedule since we have moved from a quarter system. We are anticipating this to be smoothly built and delivery timely.

STAR WARS™: Imperial Stormtrooper Kit Without Soft Goods (Q4 2019)

This is actually moving up in our new schedule since we have moved from a quarter system. We are anticipating this to be smoothly built and delivery timely.

STAR WARS™ Imperial Stormtrooper Ensemble (Q4 2019)

This was slightly delayed because of our production change, but we are anticipating this to be a smooth build from here on out.

STAR WARS™: Inferno Squad Commander Helmet Accessory (Q4 2019)

This has been prioritized after some of our products that have been on the books for quite some time. All products are important and we are sorry some items are being delayed.

STAR WARS™: Luke Skywalker Rebel Pilot Helmet Accessory (Q4 2019)

All remaining orders are scheduled for Q4 2019. This new date is an improvement for those that purchased in the second wave, as originally this was intended for a Winter 2019 release.

STAR WARS™: Mandalorian Jetpack Kit (Q4 2019)

Some older products ultimately took priority over this kit and its production date was unfortunately delayed. This had the added benefit of allowing our engineering team to spend more time tweaking and upgrading their design.

STAR WARS™: REBELS Sabine Wren Helmet (Season 2) Accessory (Q4 2019)

Both of the Sabine Wren helmets were moved stateside in line with our new production schedule. They are being made at the same time and were only slightly delayed because of our production changes.

STAR WARS™: REBELS Sabine Wren Helmet (Season 4) Accessory (Q4 2019)

Both of the Sabine Wren helmets were moved stateside in line with our new production schedule. They are being made at the same time and were only slightly delayed because of our production changes.

STAR WARS™: Red Leader Rebel Pilot Helmet Accessory (Q4 2019)

The Red Leader helmet has been moved up because of the production shift and is now expected to deliver Q4 2019 instead of its early Q1 2020 release date. This is a direct result of the efficient steps taken by our production team.

STAR WARS™: RETURN OF THE JEDI Boba Fett™ EE-3 Blaster Kit (Q4 2019)

Since we changed to a Quarter system, the EE-3 blaster has essentially moved up delivery time by as much as 3 months.

STAR WARS™: THE FORCE AWAKENS Poe Dameron Blue Squadron Helmet Accessory (Q4 2019)

This is one of the many helmets that moved to stateside manufacturing. This shift has helped streamline not just its production but some of our older offerings as well.

STAR WARS™: THE FORCE AWAKENS: First Order Stormtrooper Completed Premier Ensemble with Helmet and Boots (Q4 2019)

The delivery update for these ensembles is still on track for Q4 2019 delivery.

STAR WARS™: THE FORCE AWAKENS: First Order Stormtrooper Premier Kit with Helmet and Boots (Q4 2019)

The delivery update for these ensembles is still on track for Q4 2019 delivery.

STAR WARS™: THE FORCE AWAKENS Rey Quarterstaff Accessory (Q4 2019)

This is being delayed until Q4 as older products took priority.

STAR WARS™: THE LAST JEDI First Order Stormtrooper Executioner Helmet Accessory (Q4 2019)

This helmet was moved to stateside production in line with our updated shipping schedule.

STAR WARS™: THE LAST JEDI First Order Stormtrooper Premier Helmet Accessory (Q4 2019)

This helmet was moved to stateside production in line with our updated shipping schedule.

STAR WARS™: THE LAST JEDI First Order Stormtrooper Executioner Premier Helmet Accessory (Q4 2019)

This helmet was moved to stateside production in line with our updated shipping schedule.

STAR WARS™: THE LAST JEDI Elite Praetorian Guard Helmet Accessory (Q4 2019)

This helmet was moved to stateside production in line with our updated shipping schedule.

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Reflections of Father's Day, Baseball, and DEEP SPACE NINE

"Is this Heaven?"
"No. It's Deep Space Nine."
"I could have sworn it was Heaven."  - With apologies to Phil Alden Robinson's "Field of Dreams"

 

The lines above might just as well have come from an episode of STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE, as from the film FIELD of DREAMS. DS9 is a show about relationships, and the most important relationship featured in that show is the one between Benjamin Sisko, and his son Jake. When we first meet them - they are two people recovering from loss, so from the beginning their story is one of a father and his son on their own. Complex and not always easy, relationships between parents and their children can be... dynamic. Sharing interests can be something that strengthens & deepens the bond between parent and child, and for Ben & Jake Sisko one of those interests was Baseball.

Ben Sisko grew up loving, and playing the great game of Baseball, and taught his son the game very much the way Ben learned it when he was young. We know that the two of them not only watched and played the game against live opponents, but played with historic players and in classic games via one of the great technological advances of the 24th Century - "The Holosuite" (or "Holodeck" for any Starfleet officers reading). That’s the part I'm most envious of. To take the field with my Dad and play a game of Baseball with and against some of the greatest people to ever play the game? What an amazing way to both celebrate the game of Baseball, and to spend an afternoon with Dad. It’s this idea that links Deep Space Nine, and Field of Dreams. In both worlds Baseball fields are populated with great players from the past conjured there by children and fathers.

The similarities between the two concepts are fun to contemplate and even mirror each other in DS9’s premiere episode “Emissary.” It can't be accidental knowing the man who gave Ben Sisko's character a love of Baseball, writer Michael Piller. One of the greatest contributors to the larger Star Trek franchise — Mr. Piller was a huge Baseball fan who wrote his love for the game into the very DNA of Star Trek’s 24th Century era.

It’s widely accepted that Star Trek: The Next Generation hit its stride in the third season when Michael Piller was called up to the show, and he came out swinging for the fences. He may have hit it out of the park with the two-part episode “The Best of Both Worlds," but I love the first script he wrote for TNG, the third season’s premiere episode “Evolution." In this story we learn that the late Jack Crusher had taught a very young Wesley the game, and that fellow “wunderkind,” Dr. Paul Stubbs, used to replay classic ball games in his head as a thought exercise. It was the first script produced that Michael wrote for the franchise, and the first of many nods to Baseball.  

From there, innocuous references to Baseball would pop up from time to time in all of the TNG-era shows, but Mr. Piller really went the distance when co-creating Star Trek: Deep Space Nine by giving Commander Benjamin Sisko a love of the game. Sisko even keeps a Baseball on his desk. A ball that remained present throughout the entire Cardassian occupation of Deep Space Nine — a subtle reminder to Gul Dukat that Ben would return to retake the station.

Later, Ira Steven Behr and Robert Wolfe created the character Kasidy Yates, who also loved the game and grew up with a brother who played Baseball. Independent, strong, and with a love of the game hardwired into her, Yates became the perfect love interest (and eventual wife) for Ben Sisko.

Which brings us to one of my favorite episodes of Deep Space Nine — perhaps in the entire franchise — “Take Me Out to the Holosuite.” In this episode our heroes turn themselves into an ad-hoc Baseball team, "The Deep Space Niners," in less than two week’s time to face the all-Vulcan “Logicians” of the U.S.S. T’Kumbra. Logically I suppose, the Niners lose to the Logicians 10-1. However (perhaps not so logically), the important lesson the Logicians fail to learn about baseball is that playing the game is victory enough. At the end of that episode, the Niners present Ben Sisko with the game ball, complete with all of their signatures, a significant gift to any fan from an important game.

Baseballs are cherished objects for many fans of the game, especially if they’re connected to a particular point in time: a ball caught by a spectator during a game, one signed by a favorite player, or a commemorative ball stamped for a landmark event. That’s why our team at ANOVOS believed that a baseball was a perfect way to commemorate last year's 25th Anniversary of DS9.

Instead of making a direct replica of the screen-used ball from the episode, the ANOVOS team went the “inspired-by” route. We asked ourselves: What would a baseball look like in-universe, had Quark made these for the "hew-mon" patrons of Quark’s Bar? The answer: a souvenir Official Planetary League baseball, similar to those used by Planetary Baseball League teams like Buck Bokai’s London Kings, and by teams like the Pike City Pioneers. As a passionate Baseball fan, Ben Sisko wouldn’t play with anything less than a replication of an official league game ball. And our version is a unique commemorative baseball that we’ll never re-release again.

I have a few special Baseballs in my collection, but my Official Planetary League Baseball is the first one that melds my love of the game with my love of Star Trek. And, while it may seem frivolous - one of the first things I did with mine was to take it outside and play catch with my daughter. It IS a baseball after all!

Until next time fellow Niners, live long and play ball!

-John

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A Closer Look at the Famous GHOSTBUSTERS “No-Ghost Patch”

The “No-Ghost” symbol and its use is something the Ghostbusters took very seriously. The ghost surrounded by the ‘NO’ symbol was originally designed for the film production in 1983 by the original art director for the prestigious "National Lampoon" magazine, Michael C. Gross.

This Classic GHOSTBUSTERS uniform accessory 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."

Original Ghostbusters Name Tapes and Patches

We at ANOVOS studied the screen used patches which are still sewn to the original costume jumpsuits worn by Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. 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 a manually operated embroidery machine. Another surprising discovery we made was that the white background and the "body" of the ghost in the logo was not embroidered at all, but is in fact white felt similar to vintage varsity letterman patches.

Original Ghostbusters Screen-used Patch

Having examined original patches from the film, our design team set to work recreating the artwork used to create the replica. Not an easy task, as again none of the handmade patches from the film matched each other, nor did they match the 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.

Ghostbusters Patch Comparison

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.

ANOVOS Ghostbusters Patch

It's our hope that whether you're thinking of opening up your own Ghostbusters franchise, or simply want a memento of our historic first adventure in midtown, that you'll enjoy wearing this patch.  

Are you bored with your life? Are you tired of the same old routine? Have you or any of your family ever been troubled by a spook, specter or ghost?
If the answer is yes, then don't wait another minute. You too can have an exciting, rewarding career as a GHOSTBUSTER!


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In a Next Generation State of Mind

"May I have your name, please, sir?" - Starfleet Ensign to Jean-Luc Picard (former Captain of the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE).

Jean-Luc Picard

Quick show of hands—how many of us are in a bit of a NEXT GENERATION mood after the reveal of Jean-Luc Picard from CBS ALL ACCESS’ new show, STAR TREK: PICARD ?

Yeah, me too. I've been scouring social media for any insight about the show's new Starfleet uniforms (just professional curiosity… I swear), and doing my best to steer clear of any major spoilers along the way.

While fruitlessly searching for anything about the new uniforms, I put "All Good Things" on in the background, and started to think back on all the uniforms Captain Picard has worn over the years, and that last episode of TNG is great if you're as uniform focused as we are. We get to see an alternate-future version of the uniform (eventually overwritten by the restored flow of time), we see the final "Mandrin Collared" version of the uniform worn at that time, and we see our temporally shifting captain wearing the uniform in use when he first assumed command of the ENTERPRISE-D. The 1st Season jumbo weight spandex, one-piece, Starfleet uniform jumpsuit that the TNG cast referred to as their "Spacesuits."

Star Trek TNG Uniforms

I remember the first time I ever saw those uniforms in a "sneak peek" featurette on "Entertainment Tonight!" They were really cool, and unlike anything we'd ever seen in Star Trek on TV, or on the movie screen. They brought back the department colors, but switched them up. Also, that new badge! I was more than a little obsessed with that badge. Sometime later I found out that these spacey new uniforms had been designed by Star Trek's original costume designer William Ware Theiss which just made them that much cooler!

Sidebar: As a kid in 1987 I wrote a letter to Mr. Theiss asking about his new uniforms and specifically about the new insignia badge. At that same moment in time, Star Trek Original Set Tour creator & owner James Cawley wrote an almost identical letter to Mr. Theiss. He got a response AND an authentic badge from the set. I didn't. It's OK. Everything worked out the way it needed to for both of us. Today, we're friends and we both get to work with Star Trek stuff for a living!

Now, growing up I was always a Star Trek fan, and my favorite piece of Star Trek memorabilia has always been my kid sized, short sleeved, Starfleet command division uniform shirt. They had been made by a company that specialized in durable kids clothing in the ‘70s &’80s, and were the first licensed Star Trek uniform shirts ever made. They even made them for STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE, and I remember hoping that they would make something similar for this new show. No one ever did.

TNG Shore Leave Collection

So in the run-up to the thirtieth anniversary of TNG's premiere, and recalling my hope that someone would make a "casual,” shirt version of those first Next Gen uniforms I asked if we could do it? Amazingly everyone said, "Yes!” So ANOVOS designer Steve Fronczek and I set to work designing what would become our STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION Shore Leave Collection Uniform Shirt. The first thing we asked ourselves was: "What would these have looked like if they had been designed and marketed during the first season of TNG in 1987?”

TNG Shore Leave Schematics


The first thing we realized is that any company working on a garment for that show would have been working closely with the production, very likely even seeing costumes in person. They would have been very cognizant of the fact that they were hoping to make a "fun-to-wear", short-sleeved shirt based on the show's new uniforms. And so they would have been thrilled with the new uniform skant. With the skant, Bill Theiss had done half their work for them. It already had shortsleeves, and the simplified color blocking & shoulders would make manufacturing easier. Plus, thanks to a suggestion from Gene Roddenberry himself, those uniforms could be worn by anyone on the ship. Make it shirt length and your work's half done, but what about the badge?

TNG Shore Leave Embroidered Delta Patch

The badge presented an interesting challenge. In 1987 any clothing company would have used a piece of production designed art, and simply made a patch of the badge, or just silkscreened it. But, what we loved about the '70's version was how much it looked like a real uniform, right down to the perfect Starfleet insignia patch. We had to do better. Using a production made combadge as our model we utilized a technique called "Trompe l'oeil" (which literally means "to trick the eye") to create a patch that looks from about a foot back like a real communicator badge. We even used an athletic reflective material to simulate the look of a silver, painted plastic delta for the Starfleet insignia on the combadge. Finally, to complete the first season look we worked to get the shoulder piping just right. A tricky detail, but one we had to have for a true 1st Season look.

Star Trek TNG Shore Leave Collection

All in all, I think we got it right. As a "concept" piece it hit every requirement we set for it. It had to be faithful to TNG's first season uniforms (with close attention to detail), while being a casual, hopefully fun-to-wear shirt. In fact, I'm rocking mine now as I watch "Judge Q" fading away from Captain Picard after another successful trial. I wonder if Picard ever saw Q again?

"See you out there!"

John

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Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of “Star Trek ‘09”

"The purpose is to experience fear. Fear in the face of certain death. To accept that fear, and maintain control of oneself and one's crew. This is a quality expected in every Starfleet captain." - Mr. Spock, Star Trek (2009)

 

Star Trek 2009 Poster

This past weekend was the tenth anniversary of the release of 2009's Star Trek. From then to now, there's been a lot of ink (electrons?) spilled over that film and it's creation of what later came to be known as "The Kelvin Timeline." I'm not going to rehash that here, except to say, REALLY PEOPLE?!?!? That movie is beyond fun! I'm actually very fond of that movie. It came at a time of uncertainty for the STAR TREK franchise and reinvigorated it in numerous ways. It took characters and concepts from the 1960's and remixed them for modern audiences. It introduced new fans to Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and the crew of the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE, and left them wanting more. And what did they find? The Original Series, The Next Generation, and an entire universe that they might never have discovered had it not been for Star Trek '09.

It also marks a significant milestone for our company. When Star Trek hit theaters on May 8th 2009, ANOVOS was in its infancy. We had just formed, and were just laying the foundation for something that had never been tried before. And at that same time, this new iteration of STAR TREK exploded onto the scene. Some folks may not remember, but Star Trek was an enormous hit that summer and played, first run, in some theaters into early fall. We loved it. Crazy, and cool, fun, and exciting, we couldn't get enough, and the whole time we were falling in love with the film's new uniforms.

Zachary Quinto as Spock

What costume designer Michael Kaplan did with Star Trek's retro-futuristic uniforms was nothing short of brilliant. Of course, they had to be. His whole NEW approach to William Ware Theiss' iconic Starfleet Uniforms was—to people obsessed with STAR TREK's decades of costumes—nothing short of genius. The classic silhouette, shapes and color blocking of the originals were all present and accounted for, right down to the saddle sleeves, and slightly pointed, contrasting collar that now belonged to an undershirt worn beneath the uniform's tunic. And the colors were striking too! Using the original color pallet left behind by Bill Thiess, Mr. Kaplan only subtly turned up the color saturation. Another innovation was in choosing a spacey, and well wearing jumbo weight spandex for the tunics and dresses, A material that ensured the crew of the Enterprise looked as cool as the rest of the film.

Of course...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 among the first to be 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 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.

Delta Pattern Material

And so it was that one of the very first products we ever attempted was Zachary Quinto's costume...correction... Mr. Spock's Tunic from Star Trek ‘09. It seemed to represent what ANOVOS was all about, to make something new, to renew something classic. It was the perfect example of our stated mission. Hell, it was even (almost precisely!) the same shade of blue we had chosen for our symbol. It was perfect.

Star Trek Sciences Tunic

It took a lot of 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 had to work 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!

Now, it’s time for total truth between us: I'm a "Jim Kirk" when it comes to my uniform choices. I always have preferred command colors to the blue hue of the specialist corps. That being said, the first ANOVOS tunic I ever owned was our original Spock tunic. I love that thing. To me it represents so much more than a simple costume. That blue shirt is tied up with my affection for that movie, and for the people I work with. It reminds me of the crew of the Starship Enterprise, and family.

Father and Daughter Moment

So, you'll have to forgive me if I feel a bit like celebrating. For all those reasons (and a few I'll save just for me) Star Trek ’09 is one of my favorite movies. It marked a cool time for me professionally, personally, and as a Trekkie. In fact, I think I'll throw it on right now. So if you'll excuse me...I just queued the movie up, and The Future Begins.

LLAP!

John    



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