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Battlestar Galactica™ Q4 2019 Update

Greetings fellow BATTLESTAR GALACTICA fans! We want to provide you with a long overdue update on your Classic Colonial Warrior Jacket purchase. First off we want to say ‘Thank you’ for being some of the most steadfast fans in existence during this long journey.

Q1 - January, February, March
Q2 - April, May, June
Q3 - July, August, September
Q4 - October, November, December 

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA™ Classic Colonial Warrior Jacket 

At this juncture, we want to reaffirm our commitment and dedication to producing this jacket. We are determined to create this high quality and long-lasting jacket which will be cherished by fans for many years to come. We know the wait has been long, but we refuse to cut corners on quality, which has led to delays. We know this jacket should have shipped well before now, and for that we are truly sorry. As many of you are aware of blog posts earlier this year, we have fundamentally reworked our production schedule. This Jacket was moved to a different overseas manufacturer which is more adept at handling these types of garment projects. The reality here is that the production of our soft goods is proving to be more of a queue and less of a “make everything at once” sort of supply line. We want to extend our thanks and appreciation for your patience. 


Lastly, this is the only run we ever plan on doing for this jacket, and these limited pieces will not be offered again.  We are excited to get these out to you and are doing everything we can to push up the delivery date, but the revised date is now Q3 2020.

Charlie // Director of Customer Experience

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MARVEL™ Q4 2019 Update

We are excited about what 2020 is going to bring us with MARVEL. We have a lot of irons in the fire and can’t wait to open the doors to what our production team has been working on in secret. 

Our current offering consists of three “inspired“ hero jackets. Each of these items has presented their own unique set of challenges and have been a pleasure to work on. New methods of production and development have not only been created but streamlined since we first offered these to fans.

Since offering these jackets, we have struggled to find a manufacturer able to create what was envisioned. This proved to be a huge undertaking, but one we are proud to say we believe we have found the perfect partner for. 

Captain America: Civil War inspired Jacket
&
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Star-Lord Jacket


The jackets now will be better than we had anticipated and we look forward to showing the production sample with an in-depth blog post when it is available. The Star Lord Jacket is being made first and Captain America will be quick at his heels. This adjusts our delivery time table to Q2 2020 for both.

 

Black Widow Civil War Inspired Costume Jacket


Production has been complicated and not without its hurdles. Our Black Widow jacket only had less than a dozen interested customers. We had been hopeful that a small bespoke run would allow us to fulfill this miniature order and not force us to cancel, but sadly that is not the case. Since this small group has been loyal, we are going to reach out to each of you individually and see if there is a way we can reward your faith in us. If you are one of the few, please be on the lookout for our message, or contact our customer service directly if it doesn’t find you. 



Charlie // Director of Customer Experience

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Ghostbusters™ Q4 2019 Update

This has been a great year for our GHOSTBUSTERS brand. Some long-awaited items have shipped and the most exciting of which was the Proton pack kits. For those that purchased, everyone here wants to thank you for sending us pictures of your completed kits, they look amazing and we are excited that our proton packs are now on the backs of such devoted fans.

A few products remain unfulfilled and I wanted to tell you what is going on with them. 

Q1 - January, February, March
Q2 - April, May, June
Q3 - July, August, September
Q4 - October, November, December

 

GHOSTBUSTERS™: Spengler Legacy Proton Pack 


The decision to create this highly detailed and accurate replica was an easy decision to make, as everyone here wants one of their own. The attention to detail that is painstakingly put into hand assembling these replicas is proving to be a very time consuming process. We have brought new eyes to the table and are excited at how things are getting back on track. Yet, this is not a simple build and truly unique from any other offering we have ever attempted before.


We humbly ask that you hold fast while we spend more time to complete these properly. Our current estimation is that this will take us into next year to do it justice and deliver. We know this is a lot to ask of you and we wish we didn’t have to. But to get this hero pack at the quality you expect from ANOVOS, this is the only course ahead. Our new time table is Q3 2020.



GHOSTBUSTERS™: Jumpsuit Uniform


Let us first apologize for not getting these delivered alongside our Proton Pack Kits as had been expected. We know the two are a perfect pair and sincerely want you to know we are dedicated to getting the second half of your costume out to you as quickly as possible. 


This Jumpsuit was moved to a different overseas manufacturer which is more adept at handling these types of garment projects. The reality here is that the production of our soft goods is proving to be more of a queue and less of a “make everything at once” sort of supply line. We want to extend our thanks and appreciation for your patience. The path forward for these jumpsuits is not one we anticipated, but at the end of the day we feel was the best one for this product. 


Overall we are trying to give as accurate a delivery date as we can, given the change in manufacturer. The delivery delay on these items is now Q2 2020. 


Charlie // Director of Customer Experience

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Star Trek™ Q4 2019 Update

Dear Customers, the fourth quarter is heading to a close and in anticipation of the new year, we wanted to give you an update on outstanding product fulfillment dates. We apologize for the delay in providing these updates. We are struck with the painful reality that we are not as far along as we planned to be this time of year after encountering start-up challenges as we geared-up production at our new stateside factory.

Fortunately, processes are in place so production will begin progressing at a substantial rate. With the success of current completed products at our new factory, we are inspired to move a few more items stateside which are slated to be produced overseas. A huge benefit of switching to in-house manufacturing is that our production team has direct hands-on oversight of the production process which allows us to identify and solve production issues much faster than previous runs had ever allowed. 

Even though we are pleased with our strides in direct manufacturing, we firmly recognize that we still have hurdles to overcome, namely the delayed delivery dates. Fortunately, the quality and speed at which our stateside factory is affording us make us super excited for getting our production timelines back on track. 

Listed below are the items which have changed delivery dates since last we spoke in Q2. We have adjusted our expected dates based upon our overseas and stateside manufacturer's capacity to complete projects following the high standards we require.

We want to extend our deep-felt gratitude to our customers and patrons for allowing us the time to make these necessary steps in ramping up our stateside factory so we may continue to provide the high-quality you expect from ANOVOS products. 

Thank you!

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

Made to Order

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

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

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

Q4 2019 - Q1 2020

 

STAR TREK™: DISCOVERY - Starfleet Hand Phaser Interactive Prop Replica (Q4 2019-Q1 2020)

STAR TREK™: THE NEXT GENERATION - Captain Picard "Darmok" Uniform Jacket (Q4 2019-Q1 2020)

Q1 2020

STAR TREK™: DEEP SPACE NINE - Shore Leave Collection "Ben Sisko" Niners Baseball Jersey (Q1 2020)

STAR TREK™: DEEP SPACE NINE - Shore Leave Collection "Kira Nerys" Niners Baseball Jersey (Q1 2020)

STAR TREK™: DISCOVERY - Starfleet Officer's Duty Uniform for Men (Q1 2020)

STAR TREK™: DISCOVERY - Starfleet Officer's Duty Uniform for Women (Q1 2020)

 

STAR TREK™: DISCOVERY - Starfleet Captain's Duty Uniform for Men (Q1 2020)

STAR TREK™: DISCOVERY - Starfleet Captain's Duty Uniform for Women (Q1 2020)

STAR TREK™: DISCOVERY - Starfleet Phaser Rifle Interactive Prop Replica - Limited Edition (Q1 2020)

STAR TREK™: DISCOVERY - Starfleet Phaser Rifle Interactive Prop Replica - Standard Edition (Q1 2020)

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Q2 2020

STAR TREK™: BEYOND - Starfleet Survival Suit Men's Jacket (Q2 2020)

STAR TREK™: THE NEXT GENERATION - Era Starfleet Uniform Jumpsuit (Q2 2020)

STAR TREK™: THE NEXT GENERATION - Era Starfleet Uniform Shirt (Q2 2020)

STAR TREK™: THE NEXT GENERATION - Movie Era - Admiral's Uniform Jacket (Q2 2020)

 

Q3 2020


STAR TREK™: ENTERPRISE - Captain's Rank Pip Set (Q3 2020)

STAR TREK™: ENTERPRISE - Charles "Trip" Tucker Flight Jacket (Q3 2020)

STAR TREK™: ENTERPRISE - Jonathan Archer Flight Jacket (Q3 2020)

STAR TREK™: FIRST CONTACT / DEEP SPACE 9 - Premier Line Command Uniform Jacket (Q3 2020)


STAR TREK™: THE NEXT GENERATION - Premier Line Command Burgundy Uniform Tunic (Q3 2020)

STAR TREK™: THE NEXT GENERATION - Premier Line Uniform Pant with Suspender Bib System (Q3 2020)

STAR TREK™: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - Movie Era - Rear Admiral Rank Pin (Q3 2020)

STAR TREK™: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - Movie Era Commendation "Pip & Squeak" Ten-Piece Device Set (Q3 2020)

 

STAR TREK™: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - Starfleet Uniform Pant (Q3 2020)

STAR TREK™: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK - Captain Scott Bomber Jacket (Q3 2020)

STAR TREK™: THE WRATH OF KHAN - Admiral Kirk Uniform 2.0 Ensemble - Standard Line (Q3 2020)

STAR TREK™: THE WRATH OF KHAN - Command Division Uniform 2.0 Ensemble - Standard Line (Q3 2020)

 

STAR TREK™: THE WRATH OF KHAN - Command Division Uniform Undershirt (Q3 2020)

STAR TREK™: THE WRATH OF KHAN - Operations Division Uniform Undershirt (Q3 2020)

STAR TREK™: THE WRATH OF KHAN - Starfleet Landing Party Field Jacket (Q3 2020)

 

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STAR WARS™ Q4 2019 Update

Dear Customers, the fourth quarter is heading to a close and in anticipation of the new year, we wanted to give you an update on outstanding product fulfillment dates. We apologize for the delay in providing these updates. We are struck with the painful reality that we are not as far along as we planned to be this time of year after encountering start-up challenges as we geared-up production at our new stateside factory.

Fortunately, processes are in place so production will begin progressing at a substantial rate. With the success of current completed products at our new factory, we are inspired to move a few more items stateside which are slated to be produced overseas. A huge benefit of switching to in-house manufacturing is that our production team has direct hands-on oversight of the production process which allows us to identify and solve production issues much faster than previous runs had ever allowed. 

Even though we are pleased with our strides in direct manufacturing, we firmly recognize that we still have hurdles to overcome, namely the delayed delivery dates. Fortunately, the quality and speed at which our stateside factory is affording us make us super excited for getting our production timelines back on track. 

Listed below are the items which have changed delivery dates since last we spoke in Q2. We have adjusted our expected dates based upon our overseas and stateside manufacturer's capacity to complete projects following the high standards we require. And, just one bit of last minute good news for customers who have been waiting on (Kylo Ren Helmets, AT-AT Driver Helmets, TFA Han Solo Jackets, and Imperial Officer Caps) we are receiving an initial supply of these products from our overseas manufacturers very soon!

We want to extend our deep-felt gratitude to our customers and patrons for allowing us the time to make these necessary steps in ramping up our stateside factory so we may continue to provide the high-quality you expect from ANOVOS products.

Thank you!

Q1 - January, February, March
Q2 - April, May, June
Q3 - July, August, September
Q4 - October, November, December


Q4 2019 - Q1 2020

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS™ STORY Imperial Officer Hat Accessory (Q4 2019 - Q1 2020)

STAR WARS™: AT-AT Driver Helmet (Q4 2019 - Q1 2020)

STAR WARS™: First Order Rank Pauldron (Red/Officer) (Q4 2019 - Q1 2020)

STAR WARS™: First Order Rank Pauldron (Set of 3) (Q4 2019 - Q1 2020)

STAR WARS™: First Order Rank Pauldron (White/Squad Leader) (Q4 2019 - Q1 2020)

STAR WARS™: Imperial Royal Guard™ Helmet Accessory (Q4 2019 - Q1 2020)

STAR WARS™: THE FORCE AWAKENS: First Order Stormtrooper Standard Kit (Q4 2019 - Q1 2020)

STAR WARS™: THE FORCE AWAKENS: Han Solo Jacket (Q4 2019 - Q1 2020)

STAR WARS™: THE FORCE AWAKENS: Kylo Ren Helmet Premier Line (Q4 2019 - Q1 2020)

Q1 2020

 

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS™ STORY Cassian Andor Field Jacket (Q1 2020)

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS™ STORY Director Krennic Cape Accessory (Q1 2020)

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS™ STORY Jyn Erso Scarf and Gloves Accessory Set (Q1 2020)

STAR WARS™: First Order Flametrooper Helmet Accessory (Q1 2020)

STAR WARS™: First Order Stormtrooper Armor Kit Replacement Parts (Q1 2020)

STAR WARS™: Han Solo Signature Line Ensemble (Q1 2020)

STAR WARS™: Han Solo Signature Line Pant Accessory (Q1 2020)

STAR WARS™: Han Solo Signature Line Vest Accessory (Q1 2020)

STAR WARS™: Imperial Admiral Rank Badge Accessory (Q1 2020)

STAR WARS™: Imperial Admiral Tunic (Q1 2020)

STAR WARS™: Imperial Stormtrooper Ensemble (Q1 2020)

STAR WARS™: Imperial Stormtrooper Kit (Q1 2020)

 

STAR WARS™: THE FORCE AWAKENS: First Order Stormtrooper Completed Premier Ensemble with Helmet and Boots (Q1 2020)

STAR WARS™: THE FORCE AWAKENS: First Order Stormtrooper Premier Kit with Helmet and Boots (Q1 2020)

STAR WARS™: THE FORCE AWAKENS: Kylo Ren Premier Costume Ensemble with Helmet (Q1 2020)

STAR WARS™: THE FORCE AWAKENS: Kylo Ren Standard Line Costume Ensemble (Q1 2020)

STAR WARS™: THE FORCE AWAKENS: Rey Salvaged X-wing Helmet Accessory (Q1 2020)

 

STAR WARS™: THE LAST JEDI: Elite Praetorian Guard Helmet Accessory (Q1 2020)

STAR WARS™: THE LAST JEDI: First Order Stormtrooper Helmet Accessory (Q1 2020)

Q2 2020

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS™ STORY Death Trooper Helmet Accessory (Q2 2020)

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS™ STORY Death Trooper Specialist Helmet Accessory (Q2 2020)

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS™ STORY General Merrick Blue Squadron Helmet (Q2 2020)

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS™ STORY Jyn Erso Costume Ensemble (Q2 2020)

STAR WARS™: Classic Trilogy - Snowtrooper Helmet Accessory - Standard Line (Q2 2020)

STAR WARS™: First Order Heavy Artillery Vest Accessory (Q2 2020)

STAR WARS™: First Order Snowtrooper Helmet Accessory (Q2 2020)

STAR WARS™: Gold Leader Rebel Pilot Helmet Accessory (Q2 2020)

STAR WARS™: Red Leader Rebel Pilot Helmet Accessory (Q2 2020)

STAR WARS™: Luke Skywalker Rebel Pilot Helmet Accessory (Q2 2020)

STAR WARS™: REBELS Sabine Wren Helmet (Season 2) Accessory (Q2 2020)

STAR WARS™: REBELS Sabine Wren Helmet (Season 4) Accessory (Q2 2020)

STAR WARS™: Sandtrooper Helmet Accessory (Q2 2020)

STAR WARS™: THE FORCE AWAKENS Rey Quarterstaff Accessory (Q2 2020)

Q3 2020

STAR WARS™: Clone Trooper Phase II Helmet Accessory (Q3 2020)

STAR WARS™: Darth Vader Helmet Accessory (Q3 2020)

STAR WARS™: E-11 Blaster Kit (Q3 2020)

STAR WARS™: Imperial Patrol Trooper Helmet Accessory (Q3 2020)

 

STAR WARS™: Imperial TIE Pilot Helmet Accessory (Q3 2020)

STAR WARS™: Imperial Stormtrooper Helmet Accessory (Q3 2020)

STAR WARS™: Inferno Squad Commander Helmet Accessory (Q3 2020)

STAR WARS™: Mandalorian Jetpack Kit (Q3 2020)

STAR WARS™: RETURN OF THE JEDI Boba Fett™ EE-3 Blaster Kit (Q3 2020)

STAR WARS™: THE FORCE AWAKENS Poe Dameron Blue Squadron Helmet (Q3 2020)

STAR WARS™: THE LAST JEDI First Order Stormtrooper Executioner Helmet (Q3 2020)

STAR WARS™: THE LAST JEDI First Order Stormtrooper Premier Helmet Accessory (Q3 2020)

STAR WARS™: THE LAST JEDI First Order Stormtrooper Executioner Premier Helmet (Q3 2020)

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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.

 

© & ™ Lucasfilm Ltd.

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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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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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