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HERO COLLECTOR - Discovery's Vulcan Cruiser

"That ship is Sarek's. I recognize it."
- Cmdr. Michael Burnam upon seeing her father's cruiser in
STAR TREK: DISCOVERY "Points of Light"


Vulcan corvette cruisers were small, warp-capable craft used for both suborbital and interstellar transport by inhabitants of the planet Vulcan during the 23rd century. Initially designed by the Vulcan Expeditionary Group, these cruisers featured a U-shaped version of the "warp drive ring" common among Vulcan starship designs.

These small starships were capable of sustaining high warp speeds and, having arrived at their destination, could remain in orbit, or make planetfall on a set of retractable landing gear. Accommodations aboard these cruisers were as beautiful as they were austere - exemplified by the bridge of the ship which consisted of a simple standing cockpit for two.



First seen (and nearly destroyed) in “Lethe,” Sarek's Vulcan corvette is a "Solkar" class cruiser. This class of ship is named after Sarek's grandfather, Solkar who served as the first Vulcan ambassador to Earth and had been the captain of the survey ship "T'Plana-Hath " which landed in Montana making First Contact with Earth.


Designed for the first season of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, the Vulcan Cruiser has become a mainstay in the series and usually appears (even in the background) whenever Sarek or Amanda are needed in an episode.

I dig this ship a lot. I love that it feels fresh and new while still retaining classic elements of Vulcan design in a way that I suppose Sarek would dismiss as simply “logical.”

LLAP, 
John
 

John Cooley 
John Cooley is a writer based in Las Vegas, and a product developer for ANOVOS.  


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HERO COLLECTOR - Discovery's Klingon Bird of Prey

"tlhIngan maH taHjaj!" - tIquvma t'Ha'lIjlah*

STAR TREK: DISCOVERY is unique among the Star Trek franchise as the only series to begin from an alien point of view. From the first shot of the series it offered a different perspective. As if that wasn't bold enough, the perspective offered was that of a Klingon zealot and warlord.

It was an amazing way to launch a whole new era of Star Trek on the small screen. An up close and personal encounter with the Klingons, who had spent the better part of a century as isolationists, and dealing with their own great civil war between all twenty four great houses of the Klingon Empire, was riveting. The story that unfolded between "The Vulcan Hello" & "The Battle of the Binary Stars" was extraordinary, focusing on two massive fleets faced off in what became the first conflict of The Klingon War. 


Among the assembled starships of the Klingon Battle Fleet were the ships that have always been the mainstay of their forces: The Klingon Bird of Prey.

The Bird of Prey in use during the Empire's isolationist era departed somewhat from the designs seen by the NX-01 ENTERPRISE a hundred years earlier. By the time of DISCOVERY they had become much more ornate.

This new Bird of Prey, designed for STAR TREK: DISCOVERY by John Dickenson & Sam Michlap drew its inspiration from the works of H.R. Giger, Islamic architecture, and even Gothic cathedrals. Beneath all that, of course, is the basic shape of Nilo Rodis & David Carson's iconic, original Bird-of-Prey - designed a generation earlier for STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK. 

STAR TREK: DISCOVERY co-creator Bryan Fuller had directed his design team to conjure a "different vibe" for the venerable Klingon Empire, and they succeeded. The insectoid look of the Bird of Prey warship confirms it. It's different, one might even say "alien", and yet somehow it remains Klingon.

* "Remain Klingon!" - T'Kuvma the Unforgettable

LLAP,
John 

John Cooley 
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HERO COLLECTOR - The U.S.S. Europa

"Attention, Klingon leader, I am Admiral Brett Anderson. I speak with the authority of the entire Federation when I propose a cease-fire so that we might resolve this conflict with no further bloodshed."
– Admiral Anderson to the Klingon zealot, T'Kuvma 




When Admiral Anderson warped his flagship - U.S.S. EUROPA into a binary star system to assist U.S.S. SHENZHOU, he could not have imagined that his ship would be one of the first major casualties of the Klingon War.


Designed for STAR TREK: DISCOVERY by John Eaves, the NIMITZ CLASS EUROPA was seen in Discovery's second episode, "The Battle of the Binary Stars." A massive ship of the line, EUROPA had four warp nacelles and a RELIANT-like roll bar that held both scientific and defensive equipment.



NCC-1648's arrival on screen during the battle temporarily saved Captain Georgia's own ill fated U.S.S. SHENZHOU, but at an enormous cost as EUROPA fell prey to the even larger Klingon Cleave Ship. This cloaked enemy vessel intentionally collided with the Federation flag ship, splitting her saucer section with a huge blade and comprising the Klingon ship's entire bow.

However, Admiral Anderson had one final play to make in the battle-- he set his ship's warp core to self-destruct, destroying the Klingon warship in the process.

U.S.S. EUROPA may not have the history of other venerable Federation starships, but she made an amazing entrance, and an exit to remember!

LLAP,
John 

John Cooley 
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I Ain't Afraid of No Ghost!

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!

For four people who liked to have fun while working, the “No-Ghost” symbol and its use was something the Ghostbusters took very seriously. The ghost surrounded by a red ‘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. If you lived through the summer of '84 it's likely that you wore that symbol at some point, you couldn't miss it. The symbol was everywhere; from collectible glasses to t-shirts and patches.  

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Our Classic GHOSTBUSTERS uniform patch was recreated using reference and measurements taken from the original uniforms seen on-screen in Ivan Reitman's dramatization of the crew’s first paranormal adventure, "Ghostbusters". We studied the screen used patches which are still sewn to the original costume jumpsuits worn by Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd along with the original surviving uniform name tags. What we found was that no two patches looked alike as they had all been hand-stitched back in 1983. The embroidery was irregular with a loose stitch typical of patches made on manually operated embroidery machines. Another discovery we made was that the Ghost's "body" in the logo was not embroidered at all, but in fact white felt similar to what was used in vintage varsity letterman patches.

After examining original patches from the film, our design team set to work recreating the artwork. Not an easy task, as none of the handmade patches from the film matched each other, nor did they match the original line art version of the logo used for the movie posters and promotional materials. So we took the best looking aspects of both the Murray and Aykroyd uniform patches, and merged them into one patch that represented "the" uniform logo as intended and designed by Mr. Gross.


The result is nothing less than the definitive iteration of the patch worn by the original Ghostbusters.


ANOVOS found the perfect weight white felt backing material, while the embroidery stitch pattern and thread colors have been exactingly replicated from the original patches.

Whether you're thinking of opening up your own Ghostbusters franchise, or simply want a memento of that historic first adventure in midtown, we hope you'll enjoy wearing this patch as much as we did making it.

IAAONG!
John 


John Cooley 
John Cooley is a writer based in Las Vegas, and a product developer for ANOVOS.  


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Embracing the Dark Side with Subtle Geek Wear

STAR WARS Imperial Officer Hat

Imperial™ Officers were high-class soldiers who held various positions of responsibility, authority, and duty within the branches of the Galactic Empire™. Common traits among those officers were ambition, ruthlessness, and strong approval of the Emperor's plans to destroy the rebellion.

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"The Jedi are extinct. Their fire has gone out of the universe. You, my friend, are all that's left of their religion." - Grand Moff Tarkin to Lord Vader

Truth in advertising, I can't wear anything Imperial.

I just can't. I've spent too much of my life pretending I was Luke Skywalker in Red 5's cockpit, or holding a lightsaber, to ever enjoy dressing as "my'' enemy. My wife, on the other hand has no such compunction, and would without reservation align herself with the Dark Side of The Force, and swear fealty to the Galactic Empire.

Remember a few years ago the video of the little girl at the Jedi Training Academy who when confronted by Darth Vader, bent the knee to the Dark Lord of the Sith? My wife cheered and laughed, while I sadly closed my eyes to the sinister event.

That's why I gave her my Imperial Officer buckle. She pulls off dark side style better than I can, and that buckle works with her wardrobe of concert t-shirts & 1460s.    

Don't get me wrong, I truly like that buckle -
                                    I know what went into making it.

When we set out to make our replica of the Imperial Officer's uniform, we sought out the best examples of surviving costumes we could find. That meant donning some white gloves and examining all the original uniforms in the Lucasfilm Archive, and even some pieces that have passed into private collections.

Among those costumes was Peter Cushing's "Grand Moff Tarkin" uniform. Amazing stuff. From those original pieces, coupled with the surviving original patterns we compiled volumes of valuable research. 


Our Imperial Officer's Belt and Buckle were meticulously duplicated from those examples. And while "similar" belt buckle blanks are available in the marketplace, we couldn't simply slap an Imperial "cog" on an inaccurate buckle. We manufactured our own replicas from scratch to perfectly emulate the subtle nuances we discovered in the original uniform belts & buckles we documented.

So if you embrace the dark side of life, and crave the uniformity and order of the Galactic Empire - I understand.

And we have the perfect "low key" way for you to signal your allegiance to other Imperial Officers.

MTFBWY,
John 

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The Belt of a Gunslinger - Exploring Han Solo's Iconic Look

"Look, Your Worshipfulness, let's get one thing straight. I take orders from just one person: me."

Take a look at almost any Han Solo action figure you have. 

It's fine, I'll wait. OK. Good. Now consider the things that make it look like "Han Solo." If it's an original '78 Kenner figure there's not much to go on. Likeness? OK. Vest, boots, check and check. Belt rig? Wow, that really looks like his belt. In fact for an early action figure that's soft on detail, it's one of the elements that the sculptor, and painter made fairly accurately. From that first action figure to the latest hyper detailed statues, Han Solo's right handed belt rig is one thing that all of them get right.

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Han Solo's large hexagonal belt buckle is one of the most recognizable aspects of his traditional uniform. Worn front and center in five of the six films Han Solo appears in - it's one of the defining traits of his look. For 1977's STAR WARS, costume designer John Mollo created a style for Han Solo that recalled the gunslingers of the Spaghetti Western genre. He wore an old shirt & vest with a pair of military striped pants, and riding boots. But, what really anchored the design was this particular piratical cowboy's gun belt. Carl Schmidt of Bapty & Co Ltd. crafted it alongside Roger Christian who, as Star Wars' set decorator - had been tasked with creating Han Solo's DL-44 Blaster along with all the other weapons needed for the film. That belt and buckle design became iconic, and has been worn in that configuration for nearly all of Han Solo’s appearances over the years.

Part of what goes into developing a successful costume, particularly for high adventure, superheroic, or science fiction stories is crafting something that can be dynamic when framed on screen. Han Solo's costume consists of mostly dark pieces broken up by his shirt and gunbelt with the belt's buckle acting as a kind of focal point and image break. Think of it like Batman's yellow utility belt, an artist's tool to add something visually dynamic to break up a silhouette & catch the eye. Han Solo's belt buckle acts exactly in that fashion on screen, and in real life.

I tend to wear my Han Solo buckle a lot. I paired it with my (very old, heavy, well worn) favorite belt, and it gets the occasional complement from people who recognize it. I can't wear Han Solo's full gun belt around town, but I can wear my buckle when I pick my daughter up from school.

MTFBWY,
John 

John Cooley 
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Lt. Tasha Yar and her lost Starfleet Uniform Skant

Show of hands - how many Trekkies (Trekkers?) out there knew that Lt. Tasha Yar wore a Starfleet skant dress in an episode?

Much less the pilot episode "Encounter at Farpoint?" It's alright if you hadn't noticed. I didn't either. To me it's an interesting glimpse into a show that was really only at the beginning of figuring itself out.

In the earliest days of STAR TREK: The Next Generation the production staff was a mixture of people new to Star Trek and those who had been part of Gene's staff during pre-production on The Original Series. Among them was TOS costume designer William Ware Theiss who had designed all the iconic uniforms and costumes worn from "The Cage" to "Turnabout Intruder."

His first task on TNG was to design all of the new Starfleet Uniforms from formal dress uniforms and standard duty uniforms to the dresslike "skants" which fulfilled Gene Roddenberry's edict that both male and female crewmembers were free to wear whichever uniform style they felt most comfortable with. To further Illustrate the idea that any member of the Enterprise crew could wear what they want (so long as it did not interfere with their assigned duties) - the last shot of the pilot was set up to drive the point home by dressing even the new action oriented, Security & Tactical Officer Lt. Tasha Yar in a skant. To be fair, she rocks it. It looks great, and shows the flexibility of the new uniform suite to adapt to different shipboard roles, and jobs.

She never wore it again.

I do understand. It would seem perhaps a challenging garment for a tactical officer to wear in the field, but aboard the Enterprise-D (described by some of the behind the scenes staff as a "Hilton in Space"), why not? It looks cool. It looks comfortable, and with its unique "skant" shorts design it could move and flex just as well as the standard Duty Uniform.

For whatever reason her skant never showed up again except on background actors, called "atmosphere" on set. Throughout the first season it would flit in and out of scenes, but it always seemed to be on its way somewhere else. A few years ago we got to examine an original TNG 1st season women's Ops gold skant. It was awesome to see Mr. Theiss' unique construction & closure methods up close. He was a master at fitting a costume to a person, and the skant we saw was no exception. So cool. Now, I can't be certain as the costume department’s assigned name tags had been removed, but I've always suspected that skant was Lt. Yar's lost dress. There just weren't that many operations skants built for TNG before the uniform dresses disappeared from the show entirely, so I suppose it's possible. Either way studying that dress was a privilege, and helped immeasurably during the development of our replica.

So, there's a rare piece of Star Trek: TNG lore for you - Tasha Yar's lost Uniform skant. If nothing else maybe it'll help you win your next round of Star Trek trivia. ;)

LLAP,
John

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Star Trek Summertime Favorites!

Summer is finally here!

This time of year I always replay my All-Time favorite summer movies, and 2009's Star Trek is absolutely among them. I love that movie! It reinvigorated the STAR TREK franchise by taking characters and concepts from the '60s and remixed them. It introduced Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and the crew of the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE to a legion of new fans 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 without Star Trek '09.

Some folks may not remember, but STAR TREK was an enormous hit that summer and played, first run, in some theaters into early fall. Crazy, cool, fun, and exciting, we couldn't get enough, and the whole time we were falling in love with the film's new uniforms. What costume designer Michael Kaplan did with Star Trek's retro-futuristic uniforms was a fresh NEW approach to William Ware Theiss' iconic Starfleet Uniforms. 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 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.

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There is one additional element that made these new uniforms unique, the continuous "Delta Print" found on all the standard shipboard Starfleet Uniform Tunics and Dresses. When Star Trek '09 was made it was filmed with the knowledge that not only would its effects, sets, props, and costumes have to look amazing on larger than life movie screens, but they would have to withstand even greater scrutiny on the increasingly larger, and higher resolution monitors in people's living rooms. The explosion of super high definition equipment in people's homes led to a new line of thinking among some costume designers working in the sci-fi, and superheroic genres. Traditional textiles can look fairly flat when photographed and displayed in some higher definition formats, and so this led directly to costume designers using repeating prints, and tiny, three dimensional textures printed, or applied to represent futuristic fabrics. It's a trend that continues today.

Recreating those uniforms took a lot of hard work - over a year of effort to do it right and bring it to market.

We worked closely with CBS, Paramount, Bad Robot, and even spoke to Michael Kaplan himself. We got to examine the original costumes, and meet the people who made them for the film. We worked diligently with dye houses, and printers, and learned a lot along the way. But at the end of the day we were rewarded with the most accurate replica of an original costume piece ever offered up to that point. And it was incredibly gratifying, to see people wearing and enjoying that tunic. It still is!

Star Trek ’09 is one of my favorite summertime movies. In fact, I think I'll throw it on right now.

If you'll excuse me... The Future Begins.


🖖 LLAP!
John  


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Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the Tale of Darmok

"You knew there was a dangerous creature on this planet and you knew from the tale of Darmok that a danger shared might sometimes bring two people together. Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra. You and me, here, at El-Adrel." - Captain Jean-Luc Picard to the Tamarian Captain Dathon in "Darmok"

"Darmok", written by Joe Menosky, has to be the purest distillation of what STAR TREK has always been about. In it the Enterprise meets the totally alien "Children of Tama”—and despite all of the technology at their disposal, our crew finds themselves totally incapable of understanding the Tamarian's unique language. Realizing that, the noble Captain Dathon goes to extraordinary lengths to communicate with Captain Picard. In this one episode the ethos of Starfleet and STAR TREK itself is on display. It’s hard for anyone that loves The Next Generation as much as I do to pick a "favorite" episode, but this is mine.


I don't know how many people can say that they remember the first time they watched an individual episode of their favorite series, but I remember this one. At my parents’ house, after the cold open & credits, during the first commercial break, my best friend called and simultaneously we said, "DID YOU SEE PICARD'S NEW UNIFORM?!" 


We loved it instantly, and called it the PNNU-- an acronym that stands for "Picard's Nifty New Uniform." Of course, our favorite component of the new ensemble was his jacket, the PNNUJ. Not only had we been given an amazing new episode, but also a fantastic new uniform for our captain.


That uniform was an instant fan favorite and something of an icon itself. So much so that the next year, when the new line of "Next Generation" toys was launched, the first figure released was Captain Picard in his new uniform jacket (my original figure lives right here on my desk).

That uniform became something we identified with a new, "action hero" version of Captain Picard. That was the point.

 The new uniform was a perfect piece of design work on the part of Next Generation's costume designer Robert Blackman with direct input from Sir Patrick Stewart himself. Taking inspiration from World War II Submarine captains and fighter pilots - the new uniform cast the silhouette of a daring officer who was ready for anything.

As for the jacket itself, there were a few of them made and worn over the last three seasons of the show. But, it’s that first jacket that caught our attention. It was made of real leather suede and designed quite literally to be Starfleet's rendition of a fighter pilot's flight jacket.

There’s a lot of sense to that choice. After all, Captain Picard was a polymath. He was an explorer, diplomat, archaeologist, strategist, and an excellent pilot. It's the classic image of a test pilot that comes to mind when we see Picard in his new jacket, and that’s exactly what Next Gen's producers intended.

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Our "Darmok Jacket" had to be nothing less than the definitive iteration of that original coat. So we decided to make it as accurate as possible by taking reference from a screen-used jacket and following the original patterns drafted for the “Darmok” version. In fact, the only thing we added to the jacket was a couple of pockets to the interior for functionality & wearability, while retaining the visual look of the jacket. We even included the large hook & eye fasteners that Captain Picard used a few times to close the bottom of the jacket. Finally, for perfect fidelity between the original jacket and our replica, we constructed them from real leather suede.

I’m really very proud of our “Darmok” Jacket and how well it fulfills a wish I made back in 1991. We hope all of you will love it too.

“Temba, his arms open.”
🖖LLAP,
John

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The Mandalorian Helmet - More Than Expected!

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When I set eyes on the original helmet from The Mandalorian™ in person, my first thought was: “Wow, that helmet wasn’t as I expected!”

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Having closely studied the original Boba Fett™ helmets, I can appreciate why Jeremy Bulloch dubbed him “Bucket head.” Boba Fett and Jango Fett™'s helmets were similar in size, where The Mandalorian™'s helmet is more compact and fitted.

Forty years past Boba Fett’s creation, we are clearly in a different time and this new helmet serves a different purpose. The Mandalorian’s helmet, as with the entire costume, is built for action and stunts. Everything is tight and well fitted. There is no bucket feel or bobblehead here. This helmet is meant to move with you and be purely functional.

Pedro Pascal is The Mandalorian in the Disney+ series THE MANDALORIAN. Lucasfilm Ltd. © 2019 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.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.

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