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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


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

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