It’s that time again, time to post an article full of images culled from Tumblr complete with comments. As usual, we will link to sources if we can (though I’m not linking to NSFW stuff), but I won’t link if I have no idea where it came from or if it is something that obviously isn’t from where I found it. Fun images are fun, so let’s have fun. Won’t you?
I have no idea who Dee Vee the DVD Monster is, but he’s awesome! Can you be as awesome as Dee Vee the DVD Monster? No, you cannot. Don’t even try, it is embarrassing for both of us, and you are upsetting Dee Vee the DVD Monster.
No, that’s not Mr. Spock, it’s his identical cousin Mr. Rock! Mego was a popular toy line, and like all popular toy lines, there are waves and waves of bootleg knockoffs. Mr. Rock here is one of many, he’s from a line produced by Lincoln International, most of the others were various versions of monsters like Frankenstein, Dracula, the Mummy, and a Girl Victim!!! Amazingly, the Girl Victim is a ripoff of an old Aurora model kit from 1971 that elicited a string of protests resulting in the kit being pulled. Then a few years later Lincoln International decides to do it all again! I guess Mr. Rock here can be a hero and save her, assuming he isn’t the evil goateed version of Mr. Rock from the Mirror Universe!
As you can see in this link from the wonderful Plaid Stallions website, Mr. Rock came complete with a ray gun and a pink space communicator, which looks amazingly like a cell phone. Bootleg toys, predicting the future just as well as Star Trek!
Oh, Mr. Sweet Potatoes, what mysteries could you possibly contain? Oh. Well, then! Public domain is the best domain! Also there is a drawing of a chimp in a monocle reading the newspaper for one of the stories (Spoiler: the chimp dies!) via monster-a-go-go
Dance dance dance!
We had a bootleg Mr. Spock, now how about the real deal Mr. Spock hawking candy cigarettes! Those of you who are young might not know that there used to be candy cigarettes that you could buy to pretend that you smoked, only they were basically flavored chalk (they were usually NASTY!) and I never really saw them again after the 1980s. But this is the swinging 70s, 1970 to be exact, and Primrose Confectionery from England is proud to present Star Trek Sweet Cigarettes! How many people do you think died because of these candies?
One of many Godzilla images on Tumblr, this is a copy of the Godzilla vs. Hedorah soundtrack! Back when album art mattered.
If there is one thing I like as much as ridiculous movies, it is ridiculous bootleg toys. So the second bootleg toy series we’ll look at is this cheap vending machine set called Horrible Vending Machine Monsters. As you can see, they featured the classic monster lineup, but also “Godzilla” and “King Kong”. Except you can clearly see that the “Godzilla” toy is just a bigger Creature from the Black Lagoon, and the “King Kong” looks like a big Wolfman. It is entirely possible that there are other molds beside these and there are actual Godzilla and King Kong toys, but who knows? Your new life goal is to travel back to 1960s vending machine America and answer that question some day! So hurry up and post the answers in the comment section!
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Remember that movie The Purge and how it’s plot was totally the same plot as the classic Star Trek episode, Return of the Archons? Well, a challenger has appeared as a bidding war over a yet to be published trilogy of Young Adult post-apocalyptic books called The Young World has resulted in a huge payday and future movies. The Young World features
teenage survivors who inherit a destroyed and desolate earth, after a cataclysmic event kills off every person not between the ages of 12 and 21
Sound familiar? That’s the plot of Miri! And Jeremiah! And a bunch of other stuff. Why the crap this got a bidding war, only the idiots who paid far too much for this property in a market bloated with terrible post-apocalyptic YA fiction know. Expect them to get huge bonuses that they blow on hookers and coke, while we work extra hours and can’t afford a movie ticket.
Even better, these books were written by Chris Weitz, the terrible director of the awful Golden Compass movie and the worst of all the Twilight films, New Moon. And he’ll be directing.
So BOOOOO! to this crap, and 2013 is rapidly becoming the Year of the Ganked Star Trek Plots! Let’s go all Hodgkin’s Law of Parallel Planetary Development on Hollywood’s butt!
What Star Trek plots would you like to see reused by Hollywood? And, yes, I am fully aware that many of the plots are not original to Star Trek, but that would spoil the fun!
image via Memory-Alpha
Part of the Star Trek Into Darkness global domination tour involves having local artists in six countries sing their own Star Trek theme songs. Nothing interesting there, until you realize the Japanese artist will be Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. If you don’t know who Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is, then you ain’t seen anything! She is literally the embodiment of crazy JPop costumes, her videos are some of the most entertaining things that ever evered. So we eagerly await the video to the Star Trek song, knowing it might just be the best thing that was ever connected to Star Trek. Plus, any time I can talk about Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is a good time!
The exciting world of Star Trek remastering is actually really exciting and not just a term I’m using to make it sound more interesting than it is. The discovery of cool not-seen-before deleted scenes thanks to workprints and uncompleted VFXs are archival gold, and new stuff is popping up in unexpected places. TrekCore has posted some deleted scenes from The Bonding, that episode where a kid named Jeremy becomes an orphan when his mom is killed, and so the crew leaves him alone for long periods (right after Picard tells him that “No one is truly alone.”) and then wonders why he’s easily manipulated by the kooky alien of the week. Eventually he and Worf become Klingon blood brothers and he’s never seen again. Luckily the crew becomes much better at dealing with orphan kids several seasons later, when the next one is left alone for long periods and decides to pretend he’s an emotionless android instead of dealing with his grief.
Remember, this is the crew with the magical empath counselor that should have prevented all of this from happening!
In addition, there is news on remastered DS9! It turns out that many of the computer effects artists have much of the assets used to create the shots, including many of the ship models and skins and layouts. The skins were even overly complex considering how much would show up on tv, which helps make them look cool when used for HD work. The image above is an HD render of the DS9 ship USS Honshu from the episode “Waltz“, which just needs an NCC number modification and it’s good to go!
As the article says in summary:
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Voyager are far more challenging to remaster in HD due to their use of CG. Until now, the original assets used to create these CG shots were presumed lost.
- Through talking to original artists such as Robert Bonchune, I discovered that a large number of the assets still exist for these shows.
- The scene files can be accessed using current technology relatively easily.
- A large amount of the work produced originally was over-built and should hold up well when re-rendered in high definition.
TrekCore continues to be the go-to place to find awesome stuff like this.
The world of 3D printing is full of a lot of unjustified hype and a lot of more realistic scenarios. But one industry that has been making use of 3D printers since before you even heard of them is the toy industry. There is nothing like quickly producing a 3D prototype to find out just how your figures will look, as opposed to a time consuming wait for a physical sculpture (which you can always do later after you get the general look down, but things are increasingly being done via 3D tools)
To wit this pair of current promotions from the two biggest science fiction franchises. First up, you can send in some photos of your head and get yourself a 3D printed Star Trek figure of YOU! A company called 3D Systems is making this happen through a store on Cubify. There are a variety of poses and genders available, though currently all figures are The Original Series uniforms. You can be pointing phasers, running a tricorder, or just telling someone to live long and prosper while sporting Spock ears. This will run you $70 per figure.
Now, if you are a fan of that other gigantic franchise, Star Wars, then you are also in luck! But only if you can get to Disney Hollywood Studios in Disney World after May 17th, when is when the D-Tech event begins that will scan your face and 3D print you a Star Wars figure! You can either be a stormtrooper or be frozen in carbonite. This action will cost you $99.95 plus shipping, as you don’t get it until it is mailed to you weeks later. In any event, expect more of these promotions as they are great ways to get blogs to write additional articles about movies. Hey, wait a minute!!!
Here is a message posted on SomethingAwful by Aatrek, SA goon and hard-working contributor of TrekCore. TrekCore has gotten a hold of some of the VHS workprints of Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes that feature deleted scenes that do not appear to have survived in any other format. They got these tapes because someone posted a thread on Reddit and mentioned they had them. Thus, Aatrek got in contact with him and the footage has been saved and is beginning to appear online. As these tapes exists, it seems likely that other tapes are out there. So TrekCore has put out the call to find these tapes and help preserve history for all mankind. But mostly Trekkies who love seeing deleted scenes.
There is some precedent as the extended version of A Measure of a Man was created using a VHS workprint of the episode. Here are two video montages made from the new footage Aatrek got, including deleted scenes from The Wounded, which it is highly unlikely anyone ever saw until this release: