Captain Picard’s Favorite Jacket is arriving now across the Federation!
We're continuing to ship out our new STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION "Darmok" Captain Picard Jackets, and the response has been extraordinary!
As soon as the first few arrived at their new homes we started seeing photos, and messages from our fellow fans & friends who were already starting to rock their jackets even in this summer weather.
It turns out that it's a good lightweight leather jacket to have on any away team mission.
And that’s precisely how this particular uniform piece was designed to be worn.
At the start of Season 5 Patrick Stewart's Captain Picard was going to be a more action oriented character than in the previous seasons, and needed a new costume that would serve as a dashing counterpart to the two piece standard duty uniform he'd been accustomed to. TNG producer David Livingston once observed that, "The genesis of the design was that submarine and aircraft commanders sometimes have a jacket that's special."
And it is special. I'll admit it...in all the years we spent in the 24th century - from "Next Gen" to "Picard" - THIS jacket is my favorite costume piece.
There's just something so cool about it. The way it drapes...the way it's instantly recognizable as a Starfleet Uniform, but pull the combadge off, and it's STILL a great looking jacket!
It also served as "proof of concept" for the future uniforms Mr. Blackman would design for STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT & for Deep Space Nine. Seriously. Look at the two jackets side by side and note the similarities. This jacket wasn't just something from the future, it pointed the way to the future. Kinda cool if you think about it. A costume from Star Trek echoing exactly what Star Trek is really all about. Entertaining us now, while showing us a future we can have.
Close-up of Nick Cook’s Captain’s Jacket with his STAR TREK: GENERATIONS com-badge.
John Cooley is a writer based in Las Vegas, and a product developer for ANOVOS.
The rotunda of the Rio Convention Center.
This past weekend felt weird.
Like I was missing part of myself. Oh, the week was fun. We got the premiere of STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS (which was awesome by the way), and with it some fun conversations with other Trekkies, but as the week pulled into Friday I just started to feel antsy. Like I was somehow spending too much time sitting down. And I kept wanting to talk about Star Trek...anything Star Trek. “What do you think of the new show?” "What does a sonic shower feel like anyway?" "Are you conscious of dying every time you use a transporter? Is that why Dr. McCoy really hates using them so much?" I know I probably drove my wife and daughter nuts playing TOS and LDS all weekend long.
In retrospect my symptoms had an obvious cause. I was missing STLV.
Fans enjoying a panel discussion in The Leonard Nimoy Theater.
"STLV", is of course "Star Trek Las Vegas", the planet's largest annual gathering of Star Trek fans. Every year at this time, Trekkies & Trekkers from everywhere around the globe meet up at the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino here in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, Earth, Sol System, Sector 001 of the Alpha Quadrant.
Speaking as a member of the con-going Trek fandom, our entire year revolves around this convention. I know for some ‘Geek New Year’ is celebrated at SDCC, but for those of us that know who "The Great Bird of the Galaxy" is, STLV is “The Big Show.” For obvious reasons, that show didn't happen this weekend. It's been postponed till December, and hopefully still happens. But, it won't quite feel the same - nor should it.
Let it be its own unique thing for this unprecedented time.
I missed the convention... Correction, I do miss it.
As I sit here writing this piece, I should be recovering from the hardest work I do & simultaneously the most fun I have all year.
For me that means manning the ANOVOS booth at "The Khan." Tuesdays are spent unpacking, assembling, and setting up our booth and its contents. It's a lot of work, but interspersed with those activities are moments to meet up with old friends. Friends from CBS who are usually busy setting up their own amazing exhibits, and friends who are fellow licensees hard at work setting up their booths. All these people make up the core of our community. They are more than just colleagues, they are family.
The Starfleet Museum exhibit - “Jean-Luc Picard: The First Duty” presented by CBS ALL ACCESS.
Tuesday night's "Preview Night" and it's the first chance we have to see the other half of our extended family - the fans. There's nothing better. Hugs and Vulcan hand salutes everywhere. People who haven't seen each other in a year pick up conversations that feel like they were paused yesterday. It's warm, it's comfortable, and it feels like home.
The rest of the convention feels like that. Don't misunderstand, it IS work, but it's the most pleasant kind of work. We're all on our feet for about eleven hours. We usually try to have a schedule, kind of a rotation of sorts where people cycle out of the booth for a few hours. It never works. For example - I never want to leave. And it's not because someone from a Star Trek show might float past our booth, it's because we have so much fun seeing everyone.
Some days I never leave the booth at all.
The ANOVOS exhibit booth during a lull at STLV.
There are lulls in the action. Like the tides, there’s an almost predictable ebb and flow. "Low tide" - William Shatner is on the stage in the Leonard Nimoy Theater. These pauses are a breather. A time when you can even drift from your booth to a friend's on the same isle (mustn't get too far away).
Captain James T. Kirk himself, William Shatner, on the main stage at STLV.
ANOVOS, Gold Bubble, Eaglemoss, Chronicle Collectibles, Hallmark/Pop Minded - we're all usually in the same area. We're all friends and we love to catch up with each other. "What are you guys working on?" "How's the fam?" "Is that a Tribble?" At this point in the game, we all know everyone very, very well, and there's a real sense of community.
"High tide!" William Shatner has just left the stage, and everybody's coming back into the exhibit hall. At first it takes you by surprise. One moment you're having a nice convo with John Byrne about his Star Trek: New Visions series, the next - people have multiplied around you like tribbles.
You get a feel for it in time though. When you're in tune with the larger convention going on around you, you sense when there's a change. A few more people trickle past you in the aisle than there were a moment ago. The noise level starts to increase...just a touch at first, it grows louder every thirty seconds or so. Almost instinctively you start to drift closer to your booth and by the time you're there so too is a horde of people. The decibels go up and so does the temperature. Where you needed an Archer jacket when everyone was at the panel, it gets warm in the hall as all the fans hit the floor again.
More conversations. New faces mix with the familiar - but here - in this Temple of Trekdom, we're a family. "We Reach" and we all "Grok Spock."
Since 2016 & the 50th Anniversary of STAR TREK, STLV has been a five day event. It's a long haul of a convention (especially for those that just wrapped SDCC right before it), but it's always a pleasant one.
Almost the opposite of the manic hurricane of ComicCon. The days spent at the con go very much like I've described it here. Seeing and greeting friends old and new. People we love, and people we've just met, and everyone sharing stories, observations, and affection for the global phenomenon called STAR TREK. Not bad for a little TV show that just barely had enough episodes for syndication.
An aisle in the STLV exhibitor’s hall.
Sunday comes and there's a slight spiritual scent of Dikironium in the air. Bittersweet. People still attend panels, and come to the booth, but there's a soft melancholia to the day. No one really acknowledges it, but it's there.
People drift into the booth to make last minute purchases and say goodbye. "See ya next year!" "Yeah, we'll be right here!" "Live Long and Prosper!" "Peace and Long Life!" "Can't wait till next year!" "Till then..."
The exhibitors work fast to strike our booths. We're all tired, and with the guests off the floor and off to farewell parties and dinners, the air conditioning to the hall is turned off. The large doors open to the loading docks and Las Vegas' August evening heat hits you in the face. Work faster. Let's get going, but hang on. See the guys over there? Let's go help them with their stuff. We are a community after all and help is always there when needed.
Time to go. We get our backpacks together, but hang on...let's go see if the CBS folks are still in “mission control”. Let's say goodbye.
"Hey! The Enterprise bridge set is still up, let's check it out?"
We head out, bumping into lingering Trekkies, most of whom we know personally. More hugs and kisses. "See ya next time?" "Of course."
Of course we know "Next time" hasn't come yet. It's been postponed.
Hopefully only till December, but then none of us really know for sure. That's life though right? You can never really know. I know that there are people we saw last year at STLV who aren't with us anymore.
Covid? For some...sure, but like someone once said "On a long enough timeline everyone's survival rate drops to zero." It's worth remembering that though. None of us ever really know how long any of us are here, So be good to each other.
Jonathan Frakes and Patrick Stewart during the second season of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION.
Treat everyday with your fellow fans like a day on the floor of STLV! We have become a splintered collective as a fanbase. Some of us like things about the franchise, some do not, and that disagreement spills out into social media like cancer from a ruptured cell. Stop.
Instead, let's Unite.
Like we did behind Bjo & John Trimble to get a third season of TOS.
Like we did when The Committee organized the First Star Trek Convention.
Announcement flyer for the First STAR TREK Convention ever held.
Let us Unite like we did when we caused NASA to name the first Space Shuttle "ENTERPRISE." Like when we rose up around the world and founded thousands of Star Trek Fan Clubs.
The Cast of STAR TREK at the roll-out of the Space Shuttle Orbiter “ENTERPRISE.”
Unite like we do every year at Star Trek Las Vegas.
We need reunification, and it can happen. Try.
This week saw the launch of a new show and a new time for Star Trek. During the virtual premiere friends and colleagues kept saying how nice it was to meet up.
How great it was that we could share the event together, even if it was via computer.
They were right, it did feel good. In the absence of STLV I've seen fans take to social media and post pictures and recollections of past Khans. I've seen videos, chats, and virtual meet-ups happening all over as people come together to reconnect
Costumed fans in The DeForest Kelley Theater.
And at the center of it all is a shared love.
Love of Star Trek, sure. But, more than that - love for our community, and most of all love for our friends & fellow fans.
Keep it going.
For yourselves and for the fandom, keep it up.
We need that kind of unity now more than ever.
With Bjo & John Trimble at Star Trek Las Vegas.
Remember that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few or the one.
And when confronted with a friend that maybe doesn't share the same perspective as you do remember IDIC. I know someone out there will remind us all that Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations was a concept designed to sell a widget and that they're just words.
Perhaps. But good words. That's where ideas begin. Maybe we should listen to them.
John Cooley is a writer based in Las Vegas, and a product developer for ANOVOS.
Welcome, everyone to 23 Weeks of NEW STAR TREK !
Welcome back to the time of The Next Generation, but in a way that we've never seen it before. We've all just been invited to one of the best times ever to be a Star Trek fan!
I just finished watching the series premiere of STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS which kicks off 23 straight weeks of new episodes of Star Trek. For anyone that grew up loving the franchise as I did - this is a new golden age. Ten episodes of Lower Decks laughter followed by 13 episodes of Discovery drama. And if by any chance you haven't yet seen LDS go watch it now! I'll wait…
STAR TREK: Lower Decks
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"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.”
"tlhIngan maH taHjaj!" - tIquvma t'Ha'lIjlah*
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. ;)
John Cooley is a writer based in Las Vegas, and a product developer for ANOVOS.
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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!
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