Abrams’ Trek Goes Retro-futuristic

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Nov 9, 2010 in Star Trek

Star Trek Propaganda Posters - Boldly Go

No, Abrams didn’t revive Flash Gordon — though, I really wish he would. Instead, these retro-futuristic propaganda posters feature the his reimagined Trek, captured brilliantly with an art deco approach. Of course, the designs already lent themselves to it, but that doesn’t make them any less cool. Lucky for me, I can’t really pick a favorite which is why it’s probably a good thing that ThinkGeek is forcing us to buy the lot of them rather than selling these individually. Unfortunately, if you do have a favorite, that might pose a bit of a problem. The set of four will run you roughly $30. My suggestion? Buy them, take one and sell the rest on ebay. Piece of cake, right? Read more…

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Budget-less Star Trek Spoof Is Fantastic, But Needs More Lens Flare

Posted by Tim Sheehy on May 12, 2010 in Fandom, Star Trek


This little video might spoil J.J. Abram’s Star Trek for you, but if you haven’t seen the film, you deserve to have it spoiled by now. While I was reading Simon Pegg’s (Scotty) tweets, I stumbled upon a link to this hilarious, albeit short, spoof of the 2009 sci-fi blockbuster. Push It Films, known on YouTube for their various low-budget spoofs, really went all out with this one — though I have to admit I a bit disappointed by the lack of lens flare, because if anything about has yet to be spoofed to death, it’s that. Read more…

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The Harddrive That Goes Boldly Where No Other Drive Has Gone Before

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Apr 14, 2010 in Cinema, Star Trek, Tech


Rather than exploring strange new worlds or civilizations, Seagate and Paramount have recently teamed up to offer a strange new deal for film and portable hard drive enthusiasts. In what they claim is an industry first — I’ve yet to find evidence to the contrary — Seagate will be selling a selection of their 500 GB Free Agent Go portable hard drives pre-loaded with a selection of 20 Paramount films, including a free copy of J.J. Abram’s Star Trek. Read more…

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Star Trek Cosplay on an Enterprisingly Low Budget!

Posted by Michael Pinto on Mar 29, 2010 in Star Trek

Star Trek Starfleet Command Division Badge Replica

You can spend so much time and cash on cosplay, but at the $10 each these Starfleet badges are the best way to pass yourself as an Enterprise crew member on a low budget! Each badge includes a pin back so you can wear them — and then just make sure that you have a colored t-shirt handy and black jeans for the full effect. Shown above is the command division badge replica, and below are the badges for the science division, engineering division and medical division: Read more…

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To Boldly Step Where No Fanboy Has Gone Before

Posted by Michael Pinto on May 21, 2009 in Star Trek

Star Trek Sneakers

Over the last year or two I’ve noticed that sneakers have upstages t-shirts as a self expressive fashion item, and these limited edition Star Trek sneakers are proof of my theory. The sneakers are designed by jeffstaple and are known as the “Enterprise Edition”. They’ll be on sale at jeffstaple’s retail shop Reed Space which is located in SoHo, NYC and will set you back $80 (but only $60 fora kids pair). Of course if you’re a real fanboy that will be $160 as you’ll need to own a mint pair and one for actual wearing. Here’s the official description: Read more…



Are You Fanboy Enough for the Kingon Defense Academy?

Posted by Michael Pinto on May 13, 2009 in Star Trek

Burger King is running a funny series of ads to promote their tie in into Star Trek — these spots feature the Kingons who are a parody of the Klingons. The Kingons strike fear into the hearts of burger loving humans who like Star Trek collectables: Read more…

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Yes Fandango I Loved Star Trek, but I Hate Your Spam

Posted by Michael Pinto on May 11, 2009 in Star Trek, Tech

Fandango Spam: Now in Passive Aggressive Flavor!

There was only one way to buy a Star Trek ticket (aside from getting on a physical line at a movie theater) and that’s to purchase it through Fandango. But having a relationship with Fandango isn’t my idea of “fun” — my goals when using this type of site is to get in and to get out, it’s a utility and anything that gets in my way is just a hassle. However some marketing dudes at Fandango somehow think that they’re Yelp! and want to push their lame attempt at a “community” by including reviews of films. Now I don’t mind that, but what I do mind is that their way of building a “community” is to spam those who purchased a ticket but never asked for any marketing emails to come their way: Read more…

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Star Trek XI: Fanboy Approved

Posted by Michael Pinto on May 8, 2009 in Star Trek

Star Trek XI

Well after a long wait I made my pilgrimage to see Star Trek open today which was filled with the usual rituals of waiting on line and hanging out with old friends. Given how cynical I’ve become over the years at seeing the franchise abused it was quite rewarding to see what they did with this film. The first thing that I liked about this film is that they stayed true to the original series. Not to Next Generation, not to Deep Space Nine, not to Voyager — but to the original flavor, the real thing. Read more…



The Fanboy.com Giveaway: Tweet Us Your Star Trek XI Review

Posted by Michael Pinto on May 7, 2009 in Fandom, Star Trek

Lenovo Star Trek laptop bag

For our first ever Fanboy.com giveaway the kind folks at Intel and Lenovo have given us a Star Trek laptop bag to bestow on a lucky fanboy or fangurl in our audience. So here’s what you have to do to have a chance to walk away with this geeky goodie bag:

On Twitter send a tweet to @michaelpinto (hint: it would be nice if you friended me on Twitter) with your first reaction to the Star Trek XI film. This can be a mini-review, snarky comment, cliched catch phrase or lament at the lack of Shatner. The deadline will be this Sunday, May 10th at midnight. Read more…

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Star Trek XI: Joe Strike’s First Impressions of the Film

Posted by Guest Author on May 6, 2009 in Star Trek

Exclusive Star Trek XI Report with Joe Strike

Editor’s Note: In this column film critic Joe Strike gives us his first impressions on Star Trek XI. Warning this might contain a few spoilers and ruin a maximum virgin film watching experience:

Heavy, heavy, HEAVY ST logo– looks like it was carved out of highly polished dwarf star material, probably weighs about the same… music is pretty heavy too: Giacchino wants us to know this is an intense movie… Read more…



Kirk Meets Kirk: As a Fanboy This Makes Me Feel Awkward

Posted by Michael Pinto on May 6, 2009 in Star Trek

So I guess the torch has been passed? This video from April 25th shows a meeting between William Shatner and Chris Pine. The clip is from Shatner and he looks very cool about the whole thing, but it still makes me just a tad sad that he won’t have some sort of bit part in this film. My own theory more and more is that Paramount was too cheap. Read more…

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Star Trek XI as a Bad 80s Teen Film: Trek Yourself

Posted by Michael Pinto on May 6, 2009 in Star Trek

Directed by Dan Meth this clever parody film Trek Yourself hits the spot — in a strange way his take on having the new film be a sort of Revenge of the Nerds is almost as appealing to me as seeing spaceships blow up.

Found via a tip from Atom films on Twitter.



Star Trek XI: The Question is — Which Review Will You Choose?

Posted by Michael Pinto on May 5, 2009 in Star Trek

The latest Star Trek XI spots are out — not much new footage but plenty of quotes from the likes of Newsweek, Rolling Stone and Film.com? To be honest I’m more likely to trust a review from Ain’t It Cool News rather than a dead tree publication at this point, but then again I am a fanboy… Read more…



Star Trek DAC: New Gameplay Footage

Posted by Michael Pinto on May 5, 2009 in Star Trek, Videogames

The upcoming Star Trek DAC game (for the Xbox 360, PlayStation3, PC) is all about battles between the Federation and the Romulans. From my understanding it’s a multiplayer game so there isn’t much of a plot to it, but the video above and the screenshots look pretty impressive: Read more…

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Star Trek XI: Have It Your Way

Posted by Michael Pinto on May 4, 2009 in Star Wars

I’m a vegetarian, but this exclusive preview of the Star Trek XI toys make me want to visit Burger King to get my hands on these totally rad trinkets. In a sad way they sort of remind me of the Muppet Babies which was my first reaction to seeing trailers of the show — but with any luck there will be spaceships and enough things blowing up to make up for that…

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New Behind the Scenes Footage on the Set of Star Trek XI

Posted by Michael Pinto on May 1, 2009 in Star Trek

This is some amazing new footage (posted with permission) which shows J.J. Abrams in action directing the new Star Trek XI film. I like the little touch in the bar scene of having the poster of Neil Armstrong on the moon, and there are also a few new details of the Starfleet Academy that I hadn’t seen before. Also worth looking at is this interview with a few of the folks working on the film from about a month ago: Read more…

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Shatner Watches the Star Trek XI Trailer

Posted by Michael Pinto on Apr 30, 2009 in Star Trek

Watching this video is painful to me — William Shatner is a class act in this case, but there’s something cruel about not having him in this film. It would be one thing if Nimoy didn’t have a cameo because then you could argue that “we just couldn’t make it work with the script”. But sadly my bet is that while this may been about ego, it most likely had more to do with money (which may not be unrelated to ego). Shame on Paramount for letting this happen this way. Read more…

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Star Trek XI IMAX Trailer: Got Your Ticket Yet?

Posted by Michael Pinto on Apr 29, 2009 in Star Trek

I’m getting excited by this film! This new trailer has a bit of new footage, but nothing that adds much more to our understanding of the film. By the way I’m starting to see a great a great deal of advertising all over the place — here’s an ad I spotted in the NYC subway system: Read more…

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The Star Trek XI Press Conference in Berlin: To Boldly Promote Where No Producer has Gone Before…

Posted by Michael Pinto on Apr 18, 2009 in Star Trek

I haven’t seen this film yet, but I know one thing for certain: J.J. Abrams really knows how to promote a film! I’ve now seen him pushing this film every where from Australia to Wired magazine — and I like the fact that he’s not taking his audience for granted. He seems to understand that this isn’t just about making a film, but rescuing a franchise that could fade away. Of course at the end of the day this film has to be damn good, but the amount of work I see him doing is a good indication. Read more…

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Star Trek XI Deleted Scene: William Shatner’s Cameo

Posted by Michael Pinto on Apr 13, 2009 in Star Trek

No this isn’t real, it’s just a fan made video! But wouldn’t it be nice if it was real?

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Third Trek Trailer: Kirk Takes the Helm of the Enterprise

Posted by Michael Pinto on Mar 6, 2009 in Star Trek

FIRE EVERYTHING! It’s hard to go wrong with a line like that? This latest trailer starts to flesh out the story — clearly it’s a coming of age tale ala the first Star Wars movie which would be an ironic but a good reboot for one of my favorite space opera franchises. This new trailer has all sorts of new footage that looks cool like bar fights (this brings me back to what made the original series cool — no drinking Earl Gray tea!) and some cooling looking Starfleet cadet training exercises that involve doing space jumps in orbit above Mars. But I’d say the most interesting thing is that we see Kirk taking the helm of the Enterprise. Read more…

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Star Trek XI New Toys: Design Critique

Posted by Michael Pinto on Mar 4, 2009 in Hobbies and Collections, Star Trek

Star Trek Movie Enterprise Vehicle

The new Star Trek film will be hitting theaters in May, but early signs of merchandising are already appearing. Playmates has just introduced a line of toys which will be hitting the streets this month. So far we’ve only seen a trailer for this film, but these toys give us a first real glimpse into the look-and-feel of the film. It’s important to remember that the original Star Trek series was a real breakthrough in terms of production art — a spacecraft no longer had to look like a rocket or a flying saucer, so there’s a real tradition that’s at stake here. That and frankly if Paramount wants to reinvent the franchise they’ll have to top the amazing work Lucas has been doing these past couple of years with Star Wars. Read more…

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As a Geek I Hate the Superbowl, but Check Out These Trailers!

Posted by Michael Pinto on Feb 1, 2009 in Cinema, Star Trek, Television

Land of the Lost Superbowl Spot

Update: We also had the trailers for Star Trek and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen but the legal department at Paramount had the trailers yanked from our YouTube source. In our humble opinion this was a dumb marketing move as many fanboys (and fangurls) might not want to watch an annual jock ritual.

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William Shatner is Everywhere! Just Like Elvis or Santa…

Posted by Michael Pinto on Dec 12, 2008 in Star Trek

You know even if he doesn’t have an overpaid one minute cameo in Star Trek XI William Shatner is doing a brilliant job of promoting himself lately while pushing his talk show into the spotlight in the process. The above video is an example of this Shatnermnaia in the wild from thinkhero.com. And you want to know something? Oprah look out because the real Captain James T. Kirk is no slacker!

Because there is only one Captain James T. Kirk: Bring Shat Back!

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