Friday, April 30, 2010

Star Trek DS9 Phaser Rifle on eBay

A Star Trek TNG/DS9 style Phaser Rifle is up again on eBay. The seller has offered this before, but because of his high price has never sold it. The eBay ad states:

Here's the info I was given about the rifle when I got it:

" is one of my favorite Phaser rifles. I bought it from Next Gen's Property Master on one of my set visits. It was the day they filmed inside the Borg "hall" for the 6th season's cliffhangar "Decent part 1". I saw this being used right in front of me, and when I went to lunch with the P.M. we worked out the deal and when I left that day, I left with the prop."

Comes with an LOA (Letter of Authenticity) detailing the history of the prop (it was also used on DS9), and is guaranteed to be authentic.

OK, so the seller didn't get it from the Prop Master, the guy he bought it from CLAIMS he did. I don't know about you, but I don't know many prop master's who sell props on the studio lot.

Now, to be fair, no one makes replicas in rubber. So that works in its favor. Still, shaky provenance and way overpriced.


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Julien's auctions off Roddenberry and Shatner items

Julien's Auctions has added a Star Trek items to their Summer Auction on June 27th. What was originally just props & costumes from the new movie has morphed into a broader Star Trek sale with the addition of items from Eugene Roddenberry and William Shatner.

This will be a big summer for Star Trek prop & costume collectors as June will also see the Profiles in History sale, which will have a couple hundred props in their sale, and the Propworx official Star Trek auction (licensed by CBS and including assets from the Star Trek Experience).

The items from the JJ movie are all top notch and will draw good bids. But besides a few Majel Roddenberry costumes from her estate, the Roddenberry and Shatner items are not of interest to most collectors.

From Roddenberry:

Highlights from Roddenberry's Bel Air home include: a Gene Roddenberry hand annotated script from Star Trek: The Next Generation (Est. $2,000/$3,000), costumes worn by Majel Barrett Roddenberry as she portrayed Lwaxana Troi in both Star Trek The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine (Est. $800/$1,200), a copy of “I Sing The Body Electric” inscribed to Gene Roddenberry by Ray Bradbury (Est. $1,000/$1,500), a Peabody award for Star Trek The Next Generation episode “The Big Good-bye” (Est. $400/$600), the remaining archive of Lincoln Enterprises Star Trek film clip collection (Est. $2,000/$3,000), cast bronze sculpture after Frederic Remington (Est. $2,000/$3,000), cast bronze figure after Auguste Moreau (Est. $600/$800), Steinway and sons baby grand piano ($8,000/$10,000) and other fine & decorative art pieces.

And from Shatner:

Leading the collection of William Shatner is his 2005 FXDC Dyna Super Glide Custom Harley Davidson (Est. $12,000/$14,000).Boldly go where no man has gone before… riding William Shatner's motorcycle; the first FX Super Glide was produced by Harley Davidson in 1971. Also included are his Golden Globe nomination certificates for Boston Legal (Est. $300/$500), “Rescue 911” pinball machine (Est. $1,000/$1,500), William Shatner original “Walk of Fame” plaque when he received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in May 1983 (Est. $150/$300) and various ephemera from his personal collection relating to Star Trek and other productions from his career.

Now, for any prop & costume collector, the above are pretty boring. The focus for collectors will remain the 25 items from the 2009 movie which are all pretty good.


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

TOS Costume Designer William Ware Theiss

Another great article by Scott Lukas Williams

William Ware Theiss
or Bill Theiss was the costume designer on the original Star Trek and for the first years of Star Trek: The Next Generation. He was responsible for the iconic Starfleet uniform designs that are so often copied these days. Theiss was a three-time Oscar nominee and an Emmy winner for his work on TNG "The Big Goodbye." Theiss was famous for being able to make something from nothing. He had minuscule budgets to work with on TOS and was still able to create compelling and unforgettable designs that fans will never forget.

Theiss' contribution to Vulcan design began with the TOS episode "Amok Time" which is probably the best-remembered Vulcan-centric episode of the entire franchise. His costume designs for the Vulcan guards at Spock's koon-ut-kal-if-fee ceremony are simple, yet striking. Here is a sketch which became the basis for these costumes.

With very few lines, Theiss was able to lay out an indelible design for the guards which was also the basis for Stonn (Lawrence Montaigne)'s costume.

Also in "Amok Time," Theiss created two beautiful costumes for the Vulcan women T'Pring (Arlene Martel) and T'Pau (Celia Lovsky). The T'Pau costume began a long tradition of including elaborate jewelry for Vulcan Masters. It is such an incredible piece that it sold for $45000.00 at the Christie's 40 Years of Star Trek auction!

Theiss' Vulcan designs also extended to Spock's parents: Amanda Grayson (Jane Wyatt) and Sarek (Mark Lenard). The ambassadorial couple visited the USS Enterprise in "Journey to Babel." Theiss crafted two militaristic jackets for Sarek and two beautifully flowing gowns for Amanda. The ones pictured below sold in a Profiles in History auction for $25000.00!

What's most impressive about these pieces is that they look like clothes and not costumes. Often, science fiction designers will focus on finding new and interesting "looks" but in the process, forget to create something that feels like a functional item of clothing. Also, established here, is the tradition of dressing Vulcans in warm, earthy colours and metallics. This theory of design will hold (more or less entirely) throughout the next forty-plus years of Star Trek.

Perhaps Theiss' most important contribution to Vulcan culture is his design for the IDIC. During the third season of TOS, Gene Roddenberry noted that fans were clamoring for Star Trek merchandise. He had Theiss design a symbol to represent the Vulcan philosophy of IDIC (Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations). The result was first seen in "Is There In Truth No Beauty?" and it frequently appeared in the subsequent Trek films and television series
becoming the ultimate symbol to represent the Vulcan species.

Finally, Theiss created a very memorable costume for the "Father of Vulcan Logic," Surak (Barry Atwater). Below is a design sketch for Surak's appearance in the third season episode "The Savage Curtain."

All of Theiss' Vulcan costumes manage to create a sense of otherworldly-ness while at the same time, being familiar enough to identify with. They are the clothes that one would expect a race of philosophers and logicians to wear. They evoke a sense of mystery, tradition and mysticism that pervades Vulcan culture.

William Ware Theiss passed away at the age of 61 in December 1992 but he lives on in his remarkable creations.

The Theiss designs featured here were found in The Star Trek Sketchbook by Herbert F. Solow and Yvonne Fern and in The Art of Star Trek by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens. More can be seen at this wonderful Online Trek reference, Forgotten Trek

Friday, April 16, 2010

New Prop Blog launches!

This hobby has needed a decent, relevant prop blog that focuses on the hobby as a whole and now we have it! has launched and is written by a friend of mine, Dan Benton. Dan is a professional journalist who owns Giants101, which is the # 1 website for the NY Giants. Dan is a pro and we are lucky to have him in our hobby. He worked for me at my last company as Director of Content and was awesome, so I am glad to have him helping grow the hobby.

So check out his blog and don't be surprised if he contacts you for an interview!


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Maggie Schpak and the Studio Art Metal Shop

by Scott Lukas Williams

Maggie Schpak is the proprietor of the Studio Art Metal Shop in Glendale, CA. Her contributions to Star Trek, and especially to Vulcan design, cannot be overestimated!

The Star Trek III: The Search For Spock Collector's DVD has a short interview with Maggie on Disc Two about her work for the Star Trek feature films. If you haven't seen it, it's definitely worth a watch (especially for the rare close-up glimpses of some amazing Vulcan art).

Robert Fletcher hired Studio Metal Shop in 1979 to help with Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The relationship lasted throughout the features with Schpak and her partner creating unforgettable jewelry for Klingons, Vulcans and the Federation. In the DVD interview, Schpak says her most memorable Star Trek work was on Vulcan items. She created the elaborate breastplates for Sarek and the ceremonial guards on Mt. Seleya in ST III. These are truly works of art featuring cast resin "stones" and wonderful sculptural details. Here are some screencaps of the guards' breastplates from the documentary (Note the blue stones; Schpak says it was decided that there were no blue stones on Vulcan so these were simply extra castings she used for her own memento).

Schpak also gives us a rare look at a ring created for Dame Judith Anderson in her role as T'Lar. The design clearly echoes Mt. Seleya itself and some have noted that it is also reminiscent of the famous Vulcan hand gesture.

Finally, we see a rare resin "stone" created for a Vulcan necklace. Schpak affectionately refers to it as a "Spock Rock." The colour, she says, was specific to Spock. I haven't been able to catch one of these on screen but three necklaces with stones like these were sold by It's a Wrap!

I recently re-discovered this documentary treat thanks to a friend in the Trek Prop & Costume Forum. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it. Next time you watch the Fal-tor-pan sequence, you can thank Maggie Schpak for giving the Vulcans such a remarkable look!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Star Trek Warehouse Sale video

The sale was a huge success and we had a blast. It was great to see old friends like Francis (who got a bridge chair and nav console) and even my former nemesis Gerald Gurian, who we all had a great time chatting with. Gerald walked away with the Enterprise D Nacelles! Well, he didn't really "walk away" with them, but he bought them and got a great deal!

And Daryl was there as always to help out. We also got to have Adam Savage from Mythbusters stop by!

And here is a great video you MUST watch!

Thanks to all!


Saturday, April 10, 2010

STTE Warehouse Sale Phone ordering update.

PLEASE read the rules in my previous blog post. DO not email before 3:00pm.

Photos and prices are below. Please note Costumes will be available for sale at a later date. We have a good number of them and I don't want to deal with sizes and such today. They will be taken back to Santa Ana and sorted and sized, for sale at a later date.

Engine Nacelles from Enterprise D (2 available, left and right) $ 800 each

Enterprise D #1's station next to his chair $ 400 (no translights)

Cardassian display case from store $ 800
49" x 34" x 43"

Cardassian cash register counter from store $ 600
Missing wheels, scuffed and chipped paint in places, tape marks on counter top. Trim is damaged and needs replacing.
57" x 48" x 31.5"

Big Cardassian store display case
Missing wheels, scuffed and chipped paint in places, tape marks on counter top. Trim is damaged and needs replacing. $ 600
96" x 36" x 51"

Borg Alcove $ 800 (Broken Plasma display)
Yes, it's upside down!

Transporter Panels
95.25" x 32.75" $ 300

Quark's Table and 4 chairs $ 395

Enterprise Doors (HEAVY!) $ 300 each
Cool Big-ass wall panels (on left) $ 300 (VERY HEAVY!)


Friday, April 9, 2010

Star Trek Experience Warehose Sale Ordering Info

For anyone who wants to order something from the Star Trek Experience Warehouse Sale.

The Star Trek: The Experience Warehouse Sale is a cash and carry event (Well, we take checks and PayPal too). But a lot of people have been calling me about getting items even though they cannot be here. So, to address this, and take care of the people who actually are coming, if you want an item you see on our sites tonight, follow the following process:

Please note first that tonight we will have a ton of photos of the final set-up with everything for sale as well as a video. Please refer to that.

We will be accepting emails starting at 3:00pm PST on Saturday and if we have anything left that you want, we will try and make arrangements to get it to you.


1) Look at the photos on our sites tonight. The photos up tonight will show everything for sale.

2) Send me an email, NO SOONER than 3:00pm PST Saturday to (emails before 3:00 will be not count, but we will be answering questions if we can.)

3) Do NOT leave a voice mail as I have no time to either listen to or answer it this weekend. We are buried!

4) Be BRIEF. I will be getting a ton of emails.

5) If we are sold out, I will respond by email. If not, I will CALL YOU. So include your phone #.

6) I can tell you the price and then you can make a decision.

7) If I tell you I have set aside an item for you, then IMMEDIATELY go to PayPal and pay for it. You will be given an order #. Send your money to and Curtis will record it. Make sure you list in your PayPal payment what it is for and your order #.

Alec Peters

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Preparing for the big Star Trek Experience Warehouse Sale!

Well, it is 11:00 and we just got back from a 13 hour day preparing for the big Star Trek: The Experience Warehouse Sale this Saturday. It was a VERY long day, but many ex-Experience employees and members of the USS Las Vegas (the biggest Star Trek fan club in Las Vegas) helped us a ton and we are way ahead of schedule getting ready for Saturday.

There are a ton of photos of what we have for sale (and some of what we are taking for the August auction)
HERE. So if you can't make it and really want something, please call me at 404-918-1701.

I can tell you we have two complete TNG bridge sets, one of which we are keeping for the August auction, another that we are selling Saturday.

The TNG Captain's chair

Helm and Nav bridge chairs

Here are some of the bridge pieces available

We also have a TON of translights, of every size. We are only taking a few for the auction. Also, we are selling the "History of the Future" translights that many of you saw when you first enter the Experience. They are all for sale this Saturday.


And more translights!

An AMAZING retail counter!

Cardassian Exit signs from the Promenade and Experience logo glass panels

Borg Alcoves (we have 2 for Saturday) and soem cool display cases

AMAZING custom made store fixtures

TNG Bridge Wall Panels

This is the ONLY chair from the Klingon Attack ride that was ever created by itself (All the rest were attached in rows) and this is for sale Saturday!

And then we have all 3 ships available for sale! The Enterprise A, Voyager and the Klingon Bird of Prey (but all need some tender loving care and restoration).

PLUS! We have AWESOME< Paramount-made TNG and First Contact costumes for sale!


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