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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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Anovos Productions LLC June 19, 2019 0 tags (show) Add a comment

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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John Cooley June 14, 2019 0 tags (show) Add a comment

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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Anovos Productions LLC June 05, 2019 0 tags (show) Add a comment

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

John Cooley

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Anovos Productions LLC May 21, 2019 0 tags (show) 4 comments

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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Anovos Productions LLC May 16, 2019 0 tags (show) 3 comments

AT-AT Driver, Darth Vader, and Desert Stormtrooper Helmets (Fulfillment Update)

Hello again!

I’m pleased to notify you that we are in the process of having completed units of the following Classic Star Wars helmets inbound to us: AT-AT Driver, Darth Vader, and Desert Stormtrooper (a.k.a. “Sandtrooper”).

AT-AT Driver HelmetDarth Vader HelmetSandtrooper Helmet

We anticipate fulfillment to occur within Q3 2019 (July 2019 through September 2019).

Our shipping container is now being packed, and once it has been fully loaded and is en route to the freight vessel (and we have firm quantity numbers of what is on-board), we’ll begin reaching out to customers individually to confirm shipping information, etc.

Thank you for your patience!

Regards,
J. James, Operations Coordinator

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Anovos Productions LLC May 16, 2019 0 tags (show) 2 comments

A Cowboy, a Samurai and a Princess Walk into a Bar…

“It’s just a bunch of rags sort of wrapped around her. I mean, I get wanting to dress up like the main character but it’s not like Rey’s costume is all that interesting.”

Honestly, I had to pick my jaw up off the floor before I could even respond to my friend after hearing that comment. I mean, I’m a film geek first, sure, but I’m a costume geek second, and I don’t know if I’d ever heard an opinion about a costume just so totally different from my own. And, about my girl Rey? I just couldn’t believe it. Call me obsessed, but I launched into a rant about the virtue of our dear scavenger’s ensemble before my friend could finish off the rest of their blue milk.

Let’s talk about the brilliance of Rey’s original design from The Force Awakens. When you first laid eyes on her in the earliest scenes of the movie, did anything come to mind? The sandy landscapes of Jakku brought back memories of another dusty planet, certainly, but the gauzy wrappings of beige and off-white must have reminded you of someone. Of course it did. Luke.

ANOVOS Rey Jakku Scavenger Costume

Customer Supplied Pic. Photo by Justin Tongson.

Now, love them or hate them, I think we can all agree that the newest films are undoubtedly a kind of remix of the original trilogy. Personally, I think that’s a great thing. At the end of the day everything is just a remix with a little splash of something new. Done right, you’ve got a nice little homage. And Rey’s outfit is definitely just that, an homage to someone we already know and love with a potent visual cue we’re already familiar with. But I think the references go even deeper than that.

Rey is, at the core of her character, a scavenger. And what I find just so interesting about her costume is that it’s, well, just so scavenged from other characters. I’ve covered the very obvious resemblance with Luke’s ANH look but if you’re looking closely you’ll find inspiration from two other early Star Wars heroes as well. To me the low slinging holster is just so cowboy, so undeniably Han. Leia’s look, for better or worse, has always been largely defined by her very loud, very proud hairstyles, and Rey is no different. The criss crossing right-over left style lines of her wrap recall the Japanese influence of Luke and Obi-wan’s Jedi’s underpinnings. It really seems like little bits and pieces have been taken here and there and reforged into something new and interesting, not unlike the franchise itself. What we end up with an amalgamation that’s truly cohesive within the Star Wars universe. You know what you’re looking at when you see her—a hero.

A splash of something new also makes an appearance in her costume. Little details are hidden throughout out from her mismatched sleeves to the versatility of her wrap. While borrowing from the past costume designer Michael Kaplan never forgot to give Rey her own spark of personality. Her look feels useful and a natural reflection of her setting without beating you over the head with it and I appreciate that subtlety.

ANOVOS Rey Jakku Scavenger Costume

Customer Supplied Pic (Gloria Northup)

I think we did a wonderful job of bringing Rey’s costume to life. Real leather was used for the appropriate parts and the pants are a lovely silk blend. The gathering at the shoulders is meticulous and I can tell you first hand the colors of the ensemble are excellent. And despite what my friend said about this just being a series of wraps (it isn’t), we took the time to carefully pattern everything off of the original movie assets.

Maybe I’m just a dreamer but I relished being a part of this project and the opportunity it gave us to add our own little stitch to the tapestry of this costume.

We hope that you’ll enjoy wearing it as much as we did creating it.

-Amanda

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Anovos Productions LLC May 13, 2019 0 tags (show) Add a comment

All Wings Report In: Putting Red Leader In The Spotlight

"All wings report in." - Garven Dreis, Red Leader

Red Leader, Garven Dreis

I don't know about you, but I've never been an Imperial sympathizer. Nothing about their ideology appeals to me. I much prefer liberty, and freedom to being a faceless automaton in plastic armor.

I am a Rebel, and a very specific one at that. I'm not royalty, a smuggler, or a general, and I'm no Jedi (though I do prefer a lightsaber to a blaster). I'm an X-Wing pilot. I have been ever since I saw the Battle of Yavin forty two years ago, and my first squadron commander was Garven "Dave" Dreis - Red Leader.

Red Leader Rebel Pilot Helmet

I've always liked X-Wing pilot gear, and nothing epitomizes that dashing look like their flight helmets. The one piece of equipment that could be personalized were their distinctive Koensayr model, #K-22995 Starfighter Helmets. And, to me the helmet most tied to aerospace combat was Red Leader's.

Now, I've lived most of my life around Airforce aircraft. I served in the USAF, was an AirForce brat before that, and I grew up around jets. Red Leader's helmet has always caught my eye because its primary color is the same, greenish-yellow "zinc chromate" pigment that all military aircraft are born with. Everything from freighter to fighter starts out with a primer coat of yellow zinc chromate to act as a base layer protectant against corrosion for the aluminum structure and skins that comprise any air or space-frame. Eventually those hulls end up wearing whatever color they require for the duty they're assigned to. But, if you pull a panel, or open an equipment bay you'll find that same yellow staring back at you, the color of Red Leader's Starfighter Helmet.

Red Leader's Helmet flash (the proper fighter community term for what designer John Mollo referred to as "graffiti art") is unique too. The red marks on the front of his helmet are stylized representations of the shapes used for fighter weapon system targeting reticles (similar to symbols seen on the Death Star's main targeting array). And, while it lacks the familiar Rebel Starbird, its earcups display the insignia representing "The Alliance to Restore the Republic.”

Costume design is an art unto itself. The best designers consider a character's traits while they also take into account the actor playing the character, story, back story, and even elements of the surrounding set dressing, when designing a new costume. A great costumer is one that tells an unwritten story with clothing, and John Mollo was a master storyteller. My feeling is that he had very firm ideas about what kind of squadron commander "Red Leader" was supposed to be, and that character was ALL pilot. That would account for the elements on his Starfighter helmet that tie into aviation. From its distinctive color to its markings, everything unique about this helmet says "Fighter Pilot". Sure, ultimately Red Leader was bested in combat by Lord Vader, but his flying during “The Battle of Scarif” proved his skill as a leader in the cockpit, and it took a pilot who just happened to be a Dark Lord of the Sith (!) to knock him out of the fight.

Rest in the Force Garven Dreis, Red Leader. We'll keep ’em fighting, and flying!

MTFBWY,

John










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John Cooley May 06, 2019 0 tags (show) 4 comments

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Star-Lord Jacket Update

Greetings, valued customer,

We recognize the wait for your Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Star-Lord jacket has been exceptionally long and cannot thank you enough for your loyalty to this project. We encountered multiple challenges getting the look of the faux leather to meet our expectations. This caused quite a few restarts. Finally, we were forced to find a new vendor. You have waited this long, and we are determined to get it right.



With our new vendor/manufacturer came an amazing opportunity, but it comes at the expense of starting from scratch. As a result of the changes and improvements, we now estimate that your jacket will ship by Q4 2019 (October 1–December 31, 2019). Thanks to our new vendor, you will receive these
free upgrades in exchange for your faith in our project:

  • Genuine Leather. Your jacket will now be made of genuine leather, just like the original. It will have the exact feel, durability, and body as the original. This costs us more and when we re-introduce this jacket for additional orders, it will be much more expensive. But you will get this upgrade for free.
  • Replica Prop Communicator Badge. As seen on Quill’s jacket in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, we are adding Star-Lord’s communicator to complete the look of your jacket.
  • Special Certificate of Authenticity. You will also receive a special certificate that signifies your place as an early adopter. It will entitle you to 15% off future purchases for a limited time.

Please note: This jacket will return to pre-order for more orders in the near future. It will have a higher price to reflect the use of genuine leather and the inclusion of the communicator badge. Because you were an early adopter, for a limited time, we are extending an opportunity for you to purchase an additional jacket at the same price as your first. Just email us directly for more details.

Please feel free to send us an email via our ticket system using subject line “GUARDIANS STAR-LORD JACKET INQUIRY” with any changes to your pre-order, including sizing and change of address.

J. James, Operations Coordinator

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Anovos Productions LLC May 06, 2019 0 tags (show) 3 comments

Star Wars Celebration Chicago - Part 2

When people talk about their dream careers, or anything they really hope to achieve in the future, the topic of “meaning” tends to crop up. You can aspire to do what you love, sure, but is it meaningful? That’s the holy grail. There are the obvious choices in that regard, of course; doctors, nurses, firefighters, charity workers…these are significant and meaningful pursuits. Me, personally, though? I mainly, humbly, traffic in Star Wars.

Star Wars Celebration ANOVOS Booth

Now I have never thought of that as a small or shameful thing by any means. If you had asked me as a kid if I thought I would end up not as a lawyer or a ballerina, but as someone who professionally chats about sci-fi and debates the color of fabrics filmed over 40 years ago, I would have said “probably” and “I hope so”. I would have gone to school for a degree in ‘the fandoms’ if it was offered, no questions asked. Who wouldn’t, right?

This past Star Wars Celebration however, having met so many of you and cheered with you and thrown back shots of Malört with you (I have neither forgiven nor forgotten this one) after the show, no longer a vendor and a customer but true friends who simple share the same love of a galaxy far, far away, I was reminded that my job, too, has that special little X factor called meaning.

Fans Visiting the ANOVOS Booth

This was my first celebration and to say that I was unprepared for the level of warmth and good spirited fandom that you all brought to our booth is a huge understatement. I had lost count of the number of kind strangers that came to us for a handshake and chat alone within hours. Words of encouragement passed by us like leaves on the wind and troopers wearing our armor gave friendly waves as they happily marched to their next mission. We honestly had come to the con armored for blowback regarding our recent string of long, very transparent blogs and newsletters issued that same week. Instead we found that we had reopened a channel between us that had been closed for way too long. We were finally reduced back to the ideals this company was founded on: Just a bunch of fans, us but especially you, collaborating to turn out the most kick ass costumes and props we can muster. That may seem silly to some outsiders but you and I both know it’s not.

Walking an AT-AT at the ANOVOS Booth

Like any sales experience we did have our share of customers come to us with difficult questions or unresolved issues but it was a wonderful feeling to be able to talk with them in person, face to face, and do our level best to help. Some of you came to us upset but I like to think that we left each other as friends.

The love we all share for this franchise is meaningful. The time we got to spend with you all and the friendships we left with are too. This is my job as much as it is my passion and I may not be a lawyer or a doctor, but at ANOVOS we work daily to make dreams come true and I refuse to believe that’s silly. It was an absolute pleasure to have geeked out with you all and I’m waiting on the edge of my seat for the next one.  The human spirit was alive and well at Celebration this year and you just can’t beat that. You can’t beat Star Wars, man.

See you next time!

Amanda



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Anovos Productions LLC May 01, 2019 0 tags (show) 2 comments
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