Tuesday, September 18, 2018


PropStore's upcoming auction has Voyager offerings with one theme: Seven of Nine! Let's go.

What set Seven of Nine (Seven to her friends) apart from her crewmates can be summed up with two words: 1.) implants (no, not those kind – the Borg kind!) and B.) catsuit. Propstore has both.

For starters let's examine the costume. Though it's identified as her Starfleet uniform, since Seven wasn't in Starfleet, she didn't wear a uniform. Instead, she wore a series of one-piece body stocking suits in various colors. This is one of the purple versions.

Lot #: 418 - Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) Starfleet Uniform, STAR TREK: VOYAGER (TV 1995-2001)
Seven of Nine’s (Jeri Ryan) Starfleet uniform from the sci-fi television series Star Trek: Voyager. After she was liberated from the Borg, Seven was allowed to stay on board the USS Voyager. While she initially wore a Borg-like silver suit, Seven’s outfit changed to a purple color as she adjusted back to human life.
This one-piece suit is made from purple tinsel lurex fabric. The elastic qualities of the fabric enabled Seven’s outfit to have its signature tight fit. A hidden zipper closes the suit at the back and clasps complete the seamless look at the collar. Additionally, the feet close at the rear with Velcro, in order to allow an easier fitting.
A Starfleet badge is also included and attaches to the suit with Velcro. The badge is made of resin and has the number 10 written on its reverse side. The piece shows minimal signs of wear and is in very fine condition.
£4,000 - 6,000
This fantastic piece comes with a production-made Starfleet Comm badge that attaches via a Velcro patch. 
To go along with this great costume you'll need the right accessories. How about some Borg hand implants? They're just the thing.
Seven featured Borg implants on her face and left hand. Nothing says "I was Borgified" like creepy circuitry on your body, right?

Lot #: 417 - Seven of Nine's (Jeri Ryan) Borg Exo-Glove, STAR TREK: VOYAGER (TV 1995-2001)
Seven of Nine's (Jeri Ryan) Borg exo-glove from Star Trek: Voyager. Seven of Nine retained some of her robotic appearance after her de-Borgification in the fourth season. The piece is attributed to the sixth season finale episode “Unimatrix Zero”, in which Seven of Nine makes contact with a secretive Borg enclave in a virtual reality world.
Made from foam rubber, the glove is finished in metallic steel and brass-effect paint. There is wear to the glove and some sections have become detached. However, it remains in good but fragile condition, and is presented on a black flocked hand. Also included is a studio certificate of authenticity and an autographed 10” x 8” promotional still of the character, signed in gold ink. Dimensions (hand display): 32 cm x 15 cm x 4 cm (12 ½” x 6” x 1 ½”)
£2,000 - 3,000
There you have it – a great batch of Star Trek items from across the various franchise installments. Don't miss out on your opportunity to grab a piece of the future. The auction is on September 20th so get signed up now at PROPSTORE.

Good hunting and as always...



Monday, September 17, 2018


PropStore's upcoming auction has some extremely significant TNG stuff that any collector would instantly recognize. Let's start big!

The Husnock ship model from the TNG episode "The Survivors" is up first. But to be clear, it's not JUST that ship, but rather it started OUT as that ship. Then it would be used over and over again and again, each time being tweaked a bit here or there so as to give a different look to better represent various alien races, not just in NextGen but also in various episodes of Deep Space Nine and even had an appearance in Voyager. This baby got around!

Lot #: 415 - The Husnock Ship, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION (TV 1987-1994); STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE (1993-1999); STAR TREK: VOYAGER (TV 1995-2001); STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE (2001-2005)
A model miniature spaceship from the sci-fi television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise. Appearing in more than 20 episodes, the ship was originally created as the Husnock ship for The Next Generation episode “The Survivors”, and was modified by model makers throughout the years to appear as various other ships.
The triangular ship is made of fiberglass with an internal metal armature, and is decorated with an array of styrene greeblie detailing throughout the hull. Painted blue-grey, the ship is outfitted with dozens of small lights that run along the hull, and includes three red engine panels that were illuminated internally. A removable panel below the bridge provides access to the electronic cabling which runs through the interior and exits through a hole cut into the bottom of the model.
 The miniature includes a production storage crate which features the names of other vessels it has been modified to appear as, including “Bajoran” and “Jovis”. The model is believed to have represented more different craft than any other in Trek history, and as such is well-used in the Star Trek saga, exhibiting minor cracks and wear to the paint finish. However, it remains in very fine condition. Dimensions (ship): 66 cm x 35.5 cm x 18 cm (26” x 14” x 7”); (crate): 91.5 cm x 66 cm x 49.5 cm (36” x 26” x 19 ½”)
£20,000 - 30,000 

Here's the complete list of shows in which the model appeared in one of its many guises (care of ex-astris-scientia.org).

TNG: "The Survivors"  – Husnock ship
TNG: "The Most Toys"  – Kivas Fajo's ship
TNG: "Half a Life" – Kaelon warship
TNG: "Ensign Ro"–  Bajoran cruiser
TNG: "Silicon Avatar"  Boreal freighter
TNG: "Unification I"–  Smmuggler ship
TNG: "The Perfect Mate" –  Valtese ship
DS9: "A Man Alone"– Bajoran transport
DS9: "The Circle"–  Kressari freighter
DS9: "Shadowplay" –  Bajoran transport
DS9: "The Collaborator" –  Bajoran transport
VOY: "Ex Post Facto"– Numiri ship
DS9: "Rules of Engagement" –  Cardassian Transport
VOY: "Warlord" – Ilari warship
DS9: "The Reckoning"– Bajoran transport
DS9: "Take Me Out to the Holosuite"  – Bajoran transport

When the model was reused as a new ship, they would add and/or subtract parts to give a new visual appearance, though sometimes it was as simple as changing the lighting to achieve a new look. Several of the later episodes actually re-used earlier footage from other episodes (especially when it stood in for the Bajoran Transport!).

Ironically, the first incarnation is one of hardest ones to see in the model since it was heavily modified afer that initial use. The Husnock ship:
By subtracting some structures and adding some new ones, we then got Kivas Fajo's ship:
 For "Half a Life" they simply tweaked the lighting:
By getting rid of the "wings" we then got the Bajoran Transport. This is the version you're probably most familiar with and it is the way the model currently looks:
It then got some new wings for the smuggler ship in "Unification":
By dropping the wings and adjusting the lighting, we then got the Cardassian Transport in the usual ochre:
When productions moved to CGI, they actually built a CGI version of the Bajoran ship for DS9 and that same 3D model was used and reused in both Voyager and Enterprise. This puppy really got around!

Next up is one of the most iconic NextGen pieces ever – Captain Jean-Luc Picard's original Starfleet uniform!
This is a stunning specimen of the Season 1/2 style of uniform worn by Patrick Stewart himself. It comes complete with the original sewn-in costume tag.

Lot #: 416 - Captain Picard's (Patrick Stewart) Starfleet Uniform, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION (TV 1987-1994)
Captain Jean-Luc Picard’s (Patrick Stewart) Starfleet uniform from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Picard wore his one-piece uniform throughout the first two seasons as he and his crew set out on their mission to boldly go where no one had gone before.
The one-piece burgundy-and-black Starfleet uniform is made from spandex, with a hidden zip from the collar to the waist and zips at the ankles for a tight fit. Four brass captain rank pips are at the right side of the collar and a replica Starfleet communicator badge is found on the left side of the chest. A costumiers’ label inside has handwritten detail reading, “#2 Patrick 022”. With only minor signs of wear, the costume remains in excellent condition and is presented on a custom-made display stand. Dimensions (displayed): 173 x 62 x 37 cm (14.5” x 24” x 68”)
£10,000 - 15,000

What helps makes this such an awesome piece is the custom-made display that features a perfectly-fitted mannequin body mounted on a beautiful display stand. This has to be every NextGen fan's holy grail.

Finally, on a slightly smaller scale than the ship model and the Picard uniform is a classic NextGen phaser. Not to be confused with the early "Dustbuster" style phasers, this is the model used beginning with the third season.

Lot #: 413 - Type 2 Phaser, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION (TV 1987-1994)
A type 2 phaser from Gene Roddenberry’s sci-fi series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Type 2 phasers varied throughout the series, with this version debuting on the show in the third season.
Made of resin, the hand-held phaser features a slight curve and is painted silver and black with a ribbed grip. The phaser includes three static buttons: one for controlling the beam range, one for beam intensity, and one to fire the weapon. The prop phaser features three green stickers to represent power-level indicator screens. The piece shows wear due to production use, with the green stickers peeling away from the surface and light paint flaking. Dimensions: 21 cm x 6 cm x 4.5 cm (8 ¼” x 2 ¼” x 1 ¾”)
£3,000 - 5,000

And that's it for NextGen – small, medium and large offerings for whatever kind of collector you are.

Tomorrow: Voyager!



Sunday, September 16, 2018


PropStore has a big damn auction in London coming up later this week and since they are one of the premiere auction houses offering up fantastic entertainment memorabilia, they naturally have some fantastic Star Trek offerings. Regarding the UK VAT tax, I've been told that it doesn't pertain to most items so if you're in the US and want to bid, contact them directly for more information.

Ignore that Star Wars thing on the cover (which, admittedly will be very difficult!) and shoot on over to the Star Trek section starting with Lot number 412. There's a bit of something for everyone this time around – props, costumes, set pieces and even a shooting model!

My personal favorite is a piece that has been offered up at auction before and is, in my opinion, one of the coolest pieces to ever come to light. It's literally a piece of the original Starship Enterprise – a control panel from the original bridge!
Lot #: 412 - USS Enterprise Bridge Translite, STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES (TV 1966-1969)
A USS Enterprise bridge translite from Gene Roddenberry’s original television series Star Trek. This screen served as set decoration on the USS Enterprise bridge throughout the pilot episode, as well as all three seasons of the sci-fi show. Visible on consoles to the left of the captain’s chair, this translite was rescued by animator Mike Jittlov while the original bridge set was being demolished at University of California, Los Angeles.
This translite was made by producing colourful gels in the shape of the USS Enterprise. The gels were then sandwiched between two panels of glass and placed in front of a light box to achieve the desired ‘screen’ effect. A label is placed at the bottom right corner and reads, “Original Enterprise Screen from the Star Trek Bridge Set Liberated by Mike Jittlov as the set was being demolished at UCLA in 1970”.
£8,000 - 10,000 
This amazing piece can be seen on the bridge throughout the run of the original series. Here's a few episodes in which it appeared:
Balance of Terror
Charlie X

The Doomsday Machine

In short, you can get a glance at the panel in tons of episodes!
The other (sorta) original series piece is the original cover art for the DC comics run of Star Trek from 1985 and features a very heroic Hikaru Sulu in action in beautiful black and white. 

Lot #: 419 - Tom Sutton and Ricardo Villagran Hand-Drawn Cover Artwork, STAR TREK #20 (1985)
Hand-drawn cover artwork by Tom Sutton and Ricardo Villagran featuring Sulu, from Star Trek #20. In this issue, which is titled “Giri” (Japanese for honour), Commander Sulu found excitement and danger as he took shore leave for a wedding.
This original pencilled-and-inked artwork is drawn on Bristol board by penciller Tom Sutton and inker Ricardo Villagran. The cover shows Sulu using a sword to defend himself against Reijiro, the groom, who operates a cyber suit. This was the first cover to feature Sulu alone, and shows the Starfleet officer using a sword — although he does not wield one in the comic. Pasted onto the artwork are the artist’s names, issue block, title art, barcode block and tagline, which reads: “SULU GOES HOME -- TO LEARN THE MEANING OF HONOR!” On the back of the sheet is a DC Comics stamp and a handwritten date, “5/8/85”.
£500 - 800

That's it for original series stuff. Tomorrow, I'll get into some amazing Next Generation pieces.
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