Monday, January 24, 2011

A Tale of Two Death Stings Part 2

The Klingon Death Sting is an interesting weapon, as it was seen before, in the middle of, and after the development of the other type of Klingon Disruptor.  That type, which we all recognize as THE Klingon Disruptor of the DS9 era was first seen in Star Trek III.  It was later changed to have a "beakie" nose in TNG and later.  

We first see the Death Sting in Star Trek: TMP, but not really!  It is actually stuck in its holster and we only see the butt sticking out of the first officer's holster.

In Star Trek III we see the version we are all so familiar with, but before the "beakie" nose.

ST III Klingon Disruptor - note the nose

In Star Trek VI, we are back to the Death Sting, but now it is a different color and the actual prop is cast off a TMP version.  It now has a solid back.

General Kord with a Death Sting.  Notice it is missing the "tube" on the right side!

TNG starts off with all Klingons using the Death Sting.

In the TNG episode "The Icarus Factor" we see 8 Klingons with Death Stings in their Holsters
The Emissary - K'Ehleyr has a Death Sting in her holster

"Sins of the Father" - Note Kurn's holster

However, in "Redemption Part I, Klingons have switched to the Beakie Disruptor.

"Redemption Part I"  -  Note the silhouette on the right

"The Chase"  -  The Beakie is in full force!
"Firstborn"  -  We see the full beak!

The Beakie was developed because the Star Trek III style kept breaking when actors pulled it from the holster.

And then Deep Space Nine kept the Beakie Disruptor from the outset.

"Past Prologue" - We see the Beakie the whole series.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

A Tale of Two Death Stings Part 1

Well, I recently bought a hero resin and metal Klingon Death Sting from a collector friend.  This was the version built for Star Trek V and used in TNG.  What is great is that I own a Death Sting from TMP, which I have written about before here.

So I decided to have my photographer at Propworx take some detailed photos and we can start doing some comparisons and matching.   I went back and reviewed the previous artciles I wrote and thought that since I now have two versions we might be able to get some more detailed info on the history of this weapon.  

So next week  will write some more on these weapons and we will see what more we can learn.  And if you own one of these, please email me and let me know.  I would love to see other versions of this.

TMP Death Sting

Star Trek V Death Sting

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Sword Of Kahless

Acquired from It's a Wrap, this is one of three stunt Sword of Kahless that were made for the Deep Space Nine episode "The Sword of Kahless" and then reused in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Prophecy".

When it came on eBay in fall of 2008 I was on the set of Battlestar Galactica and remember calling Max Cervantes, the well known propmaker, and asking him about the swords.  He told me that three stunt swords were made.

Another stunt sword surfaced recently and my good friend and fellow big Star Trek collector Donna Sakaida bought it.  Though not from an offical source it proved similar to mine.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

ST XI Romulan Disruptor in Detail

Here are some detailed photos of the Romulan Disruptor from Star Trek 2009.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Propworx Star Trek Auction II - Call for Consignments

This April, Propworx will hold its second Star Trek auction.  We already have over 125 items and there are some great props & costumes including a matte painting from TOS and Celeste Yarnell's TOS Red mini-dress uniform.

If you are interested in consigning to the auction, please email me at


Star Trek Prop, Costume & Auction Blog makes "Top 100 Sci Fi Blogs" list!

OK, so it isn't "Entertainment Weekly", but the Star Trek Prop, Costume & Auction Blog got voted to the 100 Top Sci Fi Blogs by the "Guide to Online Schools".

So I wonder if this is just an elaborate SEO (Search Engine Optimization) ploy, as last year in December, we got voted to a similar Star Trek list for the Radiology Technician's School website! This is what they spend their time on?

Whatever, it is nice to be Noticed!!


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Working on the blog!

Well, it is time for a change.  And so the four year run on the Star Trek Prop, Costume & Auction blog is going to see a design change.  I haven't been happy with Blogger for years, but now they offer more design options.  Most importantly the way images are managed is soooo much better on the new system so I have switched over.  I will be making more changes over the next few days, so stay tuned.  Hopefully you find this format easier to read and navigate.