Star Trek - Tribble Tree

Last weekend I was on Holiday in the Cameron Highlands part of Malaysia. Very nice area where you can visit Tea Plantations, Strawberry Fields and Bee Farms.

When looking around a Cactus and Plant shop, I came across those:


No idea what this is and the explanations were foggy at best so this is something I need to look into. Anyway having any tips, please leave a comment.

Star Trek DS9 - Ferengi Altar Replicas

Since seeing a post in the Star Trek forum Everyday items made into props, I thought of doing a replicas for myself.

The first part was to go on Ebay and find this prop which isn't produced for quite some time but amazingly there is still quite a few for sale.

 

Official Star Trek Next Generation Ferengi Saving Bank






Then the idea would be to paint it in Gold and get some Latinum Bricks to create the display you can see below.


Finding a good paint in spray was fairly easy, and painting it was too. Nothing difficult to do it right once you understand it's not needed to do it all at once. Just spray one coat at a time and touch back where you miss a spot later on. Overdoing it at once will just make the paint to leak which isn't good.

Then to find someone creating replicas of Latinum Bricks and "voila", you can have your own Ferengi Altar at home.




Still looking at getting 3 more bricks later on but in the meantime wondering if I could do 3 of those using wood to make it cheaper as the one below don't need to be of good quality to get the overall idea.

This was fun to do.

Star Trek VI - Klingon Disruptor Rifle - SOLD

This prop was on top of my list as I coveted a Klingon Disruptor since forever. Those weapons are so recognizable as being Klingon as much as a Bat'leth or a uniform.

I have seen a few "Beak Nose" disruptors in auctions or for sale, and as a previous post I had the chance to catch the "Beak Nose" shotgun disruptor before reselling it to buy this baby. But over the years I never saw a rifle within my reach.

Still hoping to get a pistol but, seriously, how could I miss the chance to get a rifle?


Now waiting to get a proper display done for it and soon enough I'll be able to post some actual pictures of it.

Star Trek DS9 - Kira Nerys Mirror costume "Intendant"

The Mirror Universe in DS9 had one recurring character playing in all episodes and it's the "Intendant".

This character was the mirror of Kira Nerys played by Nana Visitor and the costume was really showcasing her at her best... if I can say so.


Unfortunately the hero version of this costume, at least one we know the whereabouts was cut in pieces to make collectible cards. So this is a stunt version but all the same for me as it's really a dream come true to be able to have this in my collection.

The Headband is an Hero version.




 About the costume it was stated "If you were to put the two uniforms together, you'd say, 'Well it's kind of a shiny gray version of the rust.' It's not that I've exposed more of her body - it's exposed pretty much the same way it always is. What's the difference? She's the difference. It's how Nana wears it. It's what she does. She walks like a provocative woman, with her legs crossing in front. She uses her hips, and a whole other kind of body English than she normally uses."

For those having seen the episodes, I don't think we can contradict that statement.





Will be adding a Bajoran combadge replica and this Alliance emblem pin to the costume to get a close look to what we can see on screen.







Waiting now to have the right display for it but in the meantime this is another costume that played in the same episode than my Ezri mirror.


Nana visitor said this about the Intendant: "It's very much me. I mean, I hope I don't send people to their deaths or anything like that, but yeah, that is more of who I am." Visitor also described the mirror Kira as "a spoiled brat with an ego gone awry." Speaking in 1999, she said, "She was interesting because she was Kira, she's got all you know, it's all the same, everything is exactly the same, except in this other world, her ego is twisted one way, whereas Kira's is twisted another. So where Kira thinks of others, and finds a justification for her life in doing things for other people, the Intendant's justification for life is in doing things for herself. She is completely the most self involved, self centered person, she's like a child in that sense, which makes her funny, but in her childish way, she cares so little for other people that she thinks nothing of disposing of them, using them, it doesn't matter, which makes her very scary."

Star Trek DS9 - Leeta Mirror costume - Hero

Somehow I should do one entry instead of two for the Leeta costume and the Intendant one as the stories behind me adding those to my collection are linked as one.

After getting the Nog and the Bashir mirror, I mentioned on the forums my desire to get the Leeta costume but somehow I really had no clue besides doing an appeal on how to find this costume. Well Jim thought maybe he could as he said he would look into it.

In the meantime he also somehow posted a tease about starting "heavy negotiations" about the Intendant if I would ever be interested in adding it to my collection. "Interested"... the word wasn't strong enough as never thought it was a possibility. Seems never say never and after some emails... I wouldn't call it negotiations... we had a deal.

So what about Leeta as it's a post about her costume...  well in the emails series, Jim just told me out of the blue that he did found the Leeta mirror and it was available if I wanted. At the end I got those 2 costumes just after Christmas 2011. Very happy.


Of course it goes well with my Ezri Mirror. 
Can't wait to have a chance to display those side by side.


Leeta was a Bajoran working with the rebels on Terok Nor. "Smiley" O'Brien instructed her to "debrief" Ezri Tigan, following the Terran Rebellion's defeat of Regent Worf, which Leeta apparently took literally. When Rom told her "We're married!", she gave him a disgusted look and sneered, "I don't think so...!". Like Ezri and the Intendant, Leeta seemed to prefer female companionship. (DS9: "The Emperor's New Cloak")

Star Trek DS9 - Bareil Antos Mirror costume - Hero

In the, so called, "normal" timeline in DS9, Kira wasn't very lucky with her intimate life. Even at the end the romance story with Odo would not unfold in the most happy note.

But before Odo there was Vedek Bareil. I think it was a great character that had the same passion as Kira in him but managed to control it in a wiser way.



In the mirror universe Bareil was no Vedek which unfortunately means I would not seek to get a Vedek costume. Unfortunately as those should display greatly. Well at leat Bareil did appear in the mirror universe as the Intendant was again trying to use others feelings to her advantage. At least this time her vanity worked against her... or should I say again one more time.



 In the mirror universe, Bareil Antos is a petty thief who is close to the alternate Kira. He leaves his universe in a foiled attempt to steal an orb.





Thanks to Carolan on the Star Trek forums, I managed to get this costume to add to my collection. As you can read in my post, being part of the forums is definitely a great way to complete your collection with the exact items you desire.



A costume featured in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Resurrection”; wherein the “Bareil Antos” from the mirror universe arrives on the station requesting asylum but it all turns out to be a plot with the “Intendant” (Nana Visitor) to steal one of the Orbs of the Prophets. This costume is for wear by Philip Anglim in the role of the mirror version of “Bareil Antos”, and is a long-sleeved, brown, suede, jacket featuring a wrap around flap, and brown, overall-style trousers with broken stripes in darker shades of brown, and stirrups for the feet. The costumer's tag reads ‘DS9 #532, Shakaar, Duncan Regher’ but the costume was actually worn by Philip Anglim in this episode.


Star Trek TNG - Romulan Disruptor - SOLD

Once you start collecting props it's quite easy to get lost and start collecting a bit of everything. Then one moment, at least for me, you start wondering if you shouldn't focus a bit more. Mostly it helps to avoid spending too much as at first we believe we shouldn't miss any opportunity but then opportunities keeps coming.


So getting this opportunity to buy a very nice Romulan Disruptor, I decided to see if I could get a nice sample of various phasers and disruptors from the main races in Star Trek.



This style Romulan Disrupter can be seen on screen in many episodes. It was first introduced in Star Trek The Next Generation.

Made of resin with no moving parts. This is a very recognizable prop from this now classic show.

Star Trek DS9 - Nog Mirror costume - Hero

As mentioned, my resolve on collecting costumes keeps changing... but now it's definite I will stop at collecting only DS9 Mirror Universe costumes... unless maybe something like a grail passes by.

So my third costume in that niche is Nog, the Ferengi bartender... well after the rest of his family got killed in the first 2 mirror episodes... and he didn't survive the third one.

Nog was the owner of the bar on Terok Nor in 2372. He had a great distrust of tall men, but an equal interest in tall women.
Nog inherited the bar after the death of his uncle Quark and his father Rom, both at the order of Intendant Kira Nerys. In gratitude, Nog helped the Intendant escape from the custody of the Terran Rebellion. However, the Intendant killed Nog, on the off chance that he might tell the rebels that she had escaped. (DS9: "Shattered Mirror")

I was always tempted to buy a Ferengi costume as those are really colorful and blend so many different fabrics that they are very intricate in general.

So when Darrin from the Star Trek forums mentioned he owned this one, it did stay in my mind. At that time Darrin was quite interested to swap with my Ezri costume but I can't let go this costume as I really like it much.

Luckily for me, Darrin decided to sell the Nog and after he patiently let me get the necessary Latinum it was a deal and I got my third mirror costume.


It's a great costume to display and it has the headband as well which I can't display easily as such. The fabric feels great and there you go, I have my Ferengi costume and it's a mirror one.

Star Trek DS9 - Bashir Mirror costume - Stunt

Seems I did lack the resolve to stop after one costume and maybe as I was selling one it did make sense to switch for another... or simply I wanted to get more of those.

Anyway it was also how I really started getting Jim as my favorite vendor for Mirror Universe costumes. It was also my first exchange as I was shipping once costume (the Lwaxana Troi dress) while he was shipping me this one. Working with Jim is great as he is very patient and has a lot of understanding.

So as I couldn't keep my resolve to stop at one costume, I said to myself I will collect only costumes from the Mirror Universe episode "The Emperor New Cloak"... and that didn't last long either.



 Julian Bashir was a Terran slave who joined the Terran Rebellion against the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance in the 2370s. An angry and impetuous individual, Bashir didn't get along well with anyone. 

When his lover Jadzia was killed during a skirmish with the Alliance in early 2375, Bashir became even more irritable and unreasonable. He personally shot and killed Vic Fontaine and wanted to torture Ezri. (DS9: "The Emperor's New Cloak") 

Star Trek TNG & DS9 - Lwaxana Troi - SOLD

Lwaxana Troi was the extrovert mother (to say the less) of Deanna Troi the counselor of the Enterprise in TNG. This is one of those great character appearing from time to time giving some very interesting twists to the storyline.

Like Q it was also one of the few character to move from TNG to DS9 and the relationship between Odo and Lwaxana had its funny and deeper moments.

So I was quite tempted to go ahead in an auction and buy one without really believing my bid would be the winner... but it was for this costume.



When I got this I was amazed by the quality of the fabric and the workmanship done... but at the end shouldn't be too much a surprise as after all Majel Barrett playing Lwaxana Troy was the "First lady of Trek".

Later on I came to the decision to let go this dress as trying to focus on other props... and when I did came along my second costume from the DS9 Mirror Universe. Timing couldn't be more perfect.

Star Trek DS9 - Ezri Tigan - Mirror Universe

Seriously I was trying to avoid starting collecting costumes and uniforms. The main attraction to do it of course is that those are magnificent on display and attracts more discussion than props. Mostly I guess it's that people can relate to clothes easily while ray guns and other tricorders might not give the same feel to non-trekkies.

Nichole De Boer who plays Ezri Dax in DS9, is an actress I quite like for what she did in Dead Zone as well. The mirror universe had some silly stories but somehow I found those episodes fun to see. The "Intendant" is a great character,  there was a Ferengi killed in every episode, no-one was who it should be and even Rom was wondering if Gul Dukat would be the president of the Federation in this weird universe.

So when I saw this Ezri mirror costume for sale, I had to buy it... and I thought "Well that's it, I have one" and it would stop there... well big mistake. It didn't.


STAR TREK: DS9 “MIRROR UNIVERSE EZRI TIGAN" COSTUME

A costume featured in the Star Trek: DS9 Star Trek: DS9 episode “The Emperors New Cloak” for wear by Nichole De Boer during her portrayal of “Ezri Dax”. 

The costume is black leather trousers with braided string accents down the outside seams, a short sleeved suede shirt, and a cropped black leather jacket with faux reptile skin pattern. The costume also comes with black leather zip front boots, a leather belt with metal studs affixed all around and a black nylon sheath with black leather accents, and a second belt made from black leather strips woven to appear as chain link with a molded resin holster. 

The costume pieces feature affixed Deep Space Nine tags reading ‘Nichole De Boer' and the costumer’s tag reads ‘#562 DS9, Emperor’s New Cloak, Ezri Dax, Nichole De Boer’ and lists the components.




Took me some time to find a way to display it and I hoped to achieve some likeness with the character so I needed to turn a teenage mannequin into a Trill.


 Ezri Tigan was an unjoined Trill mercenary who along with Brunt frequently worked for the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance. Ezri had a sexual relationship with Intendant Kira Nerys, who in 2375 selected Ezri to cross over into another universe on a mission to blackmail Quark and Rom into stealing a Klingon cloaking device and smuggling it into the mirror universe. This mission was successful; however Rom subsequently sabotaged the cloaking device, providing the Terran rebels with an opportunity to force the surrender of Regent Worf. Following Brunt's death at Kira's hands, Ezri chose to betray Kira and helped the Ferengi escape to rebel-occupied Terok Nor, where she joined the Terran Rebellion and was "debriefed" by Leeta. (DS9: "The Emperor's New Cloak")

Star Trek DS9 - Baseball Cap

This is a come back to my first love and the DS9 episode "Take me out to the Holosuite".


Somehow it might sound strange that I love such an episode as I have no clue how baseball plays but the story around friendship and what's important in life is always cheering me up.


Baseball cap and patch created as backups for the ones used in
the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Take Me Out to the
Holosuite." Caps and patches like these were worn by the team from
Deep Space Nine called the "Niners" as they played the all Vulcan
team "Logicians." Cap with embroidered and printed patch measuring 4.25" x 2.5". From the collection of Doug Drexler.




As I don't have that many table top space to display props, I decide to showcase this one in a frame. The props is of course not permanently attached to it.

Star Trek: TNG - De-Assimilation relay - SOLD

Not one of my wisest acquisition over the years but was one of those moments of weakness where you feel like in need to buy something after a dry season.

Still having some lights up and part of a great episode "The Best of Both Worlds".

The display tries to recreate the scene where Data is linked to this device with some cables going to his positronic relay. I'm still thinking how I could best reproduce this which explains the black piece on top of the pole with the item description. One day when I got the time, I'll get to it.


Star Trek DS9 - Quark Dabo Chip

As mentioned before, I'm quite fond of the Ferengis in DS9 and a central part of Quark's bar is the Dabo table. If I can't imagine getting a Dabo table to display like some lucky fellow I know, one of the next easy item to display is a Dabo chip... well wouldn't mind a Dabo girl outfit one day either.

The nice part of a Dabo chip is that it's imprinted with Quark's face which makes those easily recognizable as a DS9 prop. There are a few different colors to own but one red is plenty enough... for the moment.


Again keeping the same desing than the Romulan items and the Bajoran earring but blending Gold and Silver colors which of course should please any Ferengi.

Star Trek DS9 - Bajoran Earring

Of course DS9 is also all about Bajor. This is also something peculiar to a Star Trek serie, the fact that a lot of the action is around the same place or should I say planet.

Therfore as one of the typical item Bajorans wear is an earring, I needed to have one on display and thanks to Jim Williams (aka Thot Pran) on the Star Trek forums I manage to get my first one. Since then Jim has been one of me repeating prop provider and he has as beautiful collection I really urge anyone interested to see on his Niners Paradise blog.

At the time I remember trying to negotiate him out of the Leeta and Rom earrings but he had second thoughts which is normal as it's a great pair to have in a DS9 collection. Since then he made my day on other items that I will describe in a coming post.


I tried to keep some uniformity in the display with the Romulan Bandolier pin and Insignia.

Star Trek DS9 - Tribbles

It is one of the reason I love DS9, there are some episodes that blends with other part of the Star Trek universe like in this case the TOS episode "The troubles with Tribbles".

And this time when I say blend, it really is as the DS9 episode "Trials and Tribble-ations" puts together 2 great series, so getting some Tribbles on display was a no brainer.

At least one prop I won't try to screen match any time soon.


"Trials and Tribble-ations" is a fifth season episode of the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. It has an average fan rating of 4.7/5 on the official Star Trek website and was written as a tribute to the original series of Star Trek, in the 30th anniversary year of the show; sister series Voyager produced a similar episode, "Flashback." It is widely held to be one of the best episodes of the series, ranking as the best DS9 episode on TV.com.


It was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, as "The Trouble With Tribbles" had been in 1968. ("The Trouble With Tribbles" lost out to "The City on the Edge of Forever" that year.)

Star Trek VI - Klingon "Beak Nose" Shotgun Disruptor - SOLD


This is also one of those moments where choices needs to be done.

Was really lucky to be able to buy this type of Klindon disruptor. Having one of those Beak Nose was one of my top priorities in collecting Star Trek weapons.

Now as my focus is still DS9 I was thrilled by this but for a small part is that weapon is so specific to Star Trek VI the movie as being a version never used afterwards.



If you can notice just in front of the center part before the silver barrels there is some moving part that can be used the same way shotguns are reloaded... this would explain the name of this prop.

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A few months later a Klingon rifle was on sale and that was my top grail in terms of weapons, but to afford it I decided to let go this Beak Nose. So today I'm the lucky owner of a very rare Klingon disruptor rifle... but still looking for a Beak Nose.