Comic-Con is finally here, as the annual media and entertainment fan expo opened its doors to the masses in San Diego today – and we’re getting our first looks at the wild Star Trek: Discovery props and costumes displayed on site!

The centerpiece of CBS’s Discovery display has to be the ornate, 3D-printed “Klingon Torchbearer,” created by Glenn Hetrick and Neville Page, first on display Wednesday evening in a scaled-down display from Gentle Giant studios:

Armored protection covers every inch of this Klingon spacesuit.
Each boot holds an ornate d’k tahg blade, ready for combat in vacuum.

Seen in the May teaser trailer facing off against Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) on the hull of a space vessel, this suit is a combination of both a spacesuit and battle armor, only able to be “worn by a warrior” who is “chosen through a sacred ritual” to “sound the call for all [Klingon] houses to unite.”

Also on display were a pair of d’k tagh blades, the traditional Klingon weapon first introduced in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. Adorned here with amazing texture and detailing – down to the Klingon face on the blade’s hilt and tlhIngan Hol (Klingonese) writing on the blade.

The d’k tagh blade, closed…
…and with blades extended.
A far cry from the original d’k tagh from ‘Star Trek III,’ for sure!

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In CBS’s off-site Star Trek: Discovery gallery, the Klingon invasion continues in full force with a wide variety of costumes and props to wow convention-goers — and each display (quoted below) contains behind-the-scenes information on each display item.

A life-size Torchbearer suit is on display in that off-site gallery, which is most definitely an intimidating sight to behold – especially with his full-scale, deadly d’k tagh blade.

Built by Glenn Hetrick and Neville Page’s Alchemy Studios in Los Angeles, the ceremonial blades located on the boots of the Torchbearer’s suite are ornate, re-imagined versions fo the classic and beloved Klingon weapons from ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ and other ‘Star Trek’ films and series.

The daggers, helmets, and full suits have embraced and augmented the cultural notes from ‘Star Trek: The Original Series’ Klingons, employing a mixture of Middle Eastern, Mongolian, and Byzantine influences to achieve the Klingon aesthetic.

The incredible outfit worn by Klingon leader T’Kuvma (Chris Obi) is another highly-detailed design, one that once again uses both 3D printing for detail and also includes Swarovski crystals – along with an amazingly-intricate helmet design reserved for a high-ranking warrior, and other outfits worn by members of the House of T’Kuvma.

T’Kuvma (Chris Obi) seeks to unite the 24 great Klingon houses to halt the encroachment of others. His elaborate clothing honors ancient Klingon ways and the path of honor set forth by Kahless the Unforgettable.

Designed by Gersha Phillips and Suttirat Anne Larlarb, this ornate costume is comprised of tow prime layers: a tunic and a chest plate. The tunic is made up of three types of leather and molded with task and hydraulic tubing to form panels into a skirt.

The intricate chest plate is made up of 3D printed beads with a magnetic back closure that creates a seamless appearance, claw-like Swarovski crystals, and vintage lace around the collar.

Built by Glenn Hetrick and Neville Page’s Alchemy Studios in Los Angeles, this is an example of a high-ranking officer’s personalized helmet and collar.

Each warrior’s battle armor bears a unique, signature look as a matter of honor. The full body armor suit and helmet can fully retract and extend from the collar itself, by combining physical elements and VFX compositing in post-production.

This House of T’Kuvma gray Klingon uniform is representative of the style worn by members and followers of the House. These more ancient Klingon designs pay tribute to Klingon ancestors and the path of honor walked by Kahless the Unforgettable.

The warrior uniforms are painstakingly built piece by piece with hand-pressed leathers that are individually stained, painted, and molded for texture. This ornate costume is designed by Gersha Phillips and Suttirat Anne Laarlarb, and takes a team of 10 costumers an estimated 110 hours to create.

Armor worn by female members of the House of T’Kuvma.
Armor worn by female members of the House of T’Kuvma.

Finally, what would a Klingon be without his weapons? On display are the new series’ take on traditional bladed bat’leth and mek’leth weapons… as well as their deadly disruptors.

Bat’leth, bat’leth, on the wall – who’s the fiercest warrior of them all?

The preferred weapon of the Klingon warrior, the bat’leth was made in Toronto. It was originally hand-sculpted out of a high-density foam. That sculpt was then turned into a 3D model and milled out of aluminum. The surface of the blade is hand-carved from a poured resin and the handle is also hand-carved from foam and then cast in rubber.

A pair of mek’leths, ready to hurt someone.

A ceremonial bladed weapon of Klingon warriors that is used in close quarters combat. Traditional mek’leths are often individualized to both the Klingon warrior and their house.

This mek’leth was made in Toronto from hand sculpted high-density foam. That sculpt was then turned into a 3D model and milled out of aluminum. The surface of the blade is hand carved from a poured resin and the handle is also hand carved from foam and then cast in rubber.

A Klingon disruptor (front) and disruptor rifle, complete with blades – of course.

Used by Klingon warriors with a bat’leth won’t do, the rifle was inspired by the ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ disruptor and made to look as nasty as possible. The rifle is 3D printed with an aluminum center hollowed out to house electronics and batteries.

A special thanks to Doyle Zhang (@StarTrekChina) and LC Thurston (@lcthurston) for sharing their photography with TrekCore for this report.

Soon to come: a round-up of all the Starfleet gear on-site in San Diego!

  • DC Forever

    Now this is what I call an alien race! It’s about time we got away from granddad’s version of the silly human-like Klingons from TNG. Now if they actually speak Klingon with subtitles on the show, I will really be happy!

    We haven’t had a truly alien vision of the Klingons since TMP. I hope they go full-tilt alien with these Klingons.

    • David Dennis

      Yes, when I saw the Klingons in 1979, I was like, wow, actual aliens, intricate, detailed…
      Then in ST3, they looked liked rushed, cheaper versions and were needlessly changed for the worse. 26 episodes was an enormous undertaking and I know they did the best they could in the spin-offs, but it’s nice to see they finally had the time and spent the money.

      • Neill Stringer

        I actually liked how the Klingons did look, say things like this makes if feel like they got it wrong for 50 years. The Klingon culture has been developed so much over the series that the ridged fore head warrior race were defined by that look.

        Another more basic question is, can you picture Worf looking like this?

    • I like hearing Klingon, and Vulcan etc. But it never made sense me that 99.999% of Klingon speech is translated by the UT, except when a couple of phrases are left untranslated for dramatic reasons. Like, why doesn’t the UT say “Success!” when Worf or Martok say “Kapla” to another Starfleet officer? Just one of those weird little things.

  • Dan King

    Absolutely terrible and overdesigned. The bat’leth looks absurd and incorrect. The power ranger Villian of the week Klingon space armor is downright stupid.

    • Karl

      They can’t expect any form of continuity if they keep rewriting everything to the detriment of a fanbase highly invested in continuing what they already enjoy, instead of what is clearly a hard reboot. It’s playing with fire.
      This isn’t the 1990’s, if people don’t accept it then it will be dead before the end of the first season, and quite rightly so.

      • mswood666

        Accept that its already been financed for more then one season. And thats with the highest budget any televised trek has ever dreamed, let alone if CBS is willing to run this at a loss like it has run UPN and it’s half of the CW going for over 20 plus years just on the possibility of getting a network out of it.

    • Pedro Ferreira

      “The bat’leth looks absurd and incorrect.” Oh my gosh I passed it. I didn’t even know that was supposed to be a bat’leth!

  • Julian Glover

    It all looks too intricate and fancy t actually be weapons. The klingon knifes from ds9 looked much better than what seems to be the fantasy themed ones depicted here. And why do the bat’leths look like antlers? Why, if this is set in the same universe, cant they look the same? AKA good?

  • David Dennis

    Great work!

  • David Lund

    The level of detail in these props and costumes is astonishing. Far greater than on anything seen before in Star Trek. Its a terrific contrast to the sleeker starfleet style.

    • DC Forever

      Yep!

  • pittrek

    Wow, the design is really bad. Somebody should explain them that
    1. sometimes less is more
    2. a knife/sword needs to be able to be used as a knife/sword

    Everything on display looks like a designer tried to make those things “cool” and forgot that those things should be actually used in “real life”. Sorry but the designs suck.

    • mswood666

      pittrek

      “Everything on display looks like a designer tried to make those things “cool” and forgot that those things should be actually used in “real life”.

      You realize that could be what the designer is trying to do. Just using Earth ancient culture a lot of what has been discovered in art work in it’s various forms has shown designs that for its time are ornate, elaborate, and really not user friendly. And that with people using fabrics and materials that we know and understand and sharing the same physical structure that we as humans have.

      Much of what we see appears to be ceremonial, from a house that deliberately is trying to follow the look of ancient high ranking Klingon society. And from a race that is stronger and more resilient then us with multiple reduct systems to keep them functioning.

      Heck, just go back a few hundred years find an example of a standard use pistol of it’s day, then find one that a prince of a noble house might have. It would most likely be heavily over designed, and often with it’s primary function to be ceremonial display not use as a functioning gun.

      You literally can find thousands and thousands of examples of just this sort of design in older cultures, let alone modern culture.

      • M33

        I agree with both of you. The key here will be if they use all this stuff as “stock” Klingon fare.
        That will be the drawing line.

    • DC Forever

      The Ming Dynasty just called you to say hello!

  • Perplexum

    Everything about these new klingons looks impractical as hell.

    • Ian Fleming

      They’re Klingons, what would you expect from an alien race.

    • Pedro Ferreira

      But where are the Klingons in this article? I can’t see any.

  • Ian Fleming

    Love it. They’ve finally made the Klingons feel “alien”.

  • My assumption about the ornate design (some call it complex), is that it has religious or ritualistic significance, rather than some functional role like TNG/DS9 era Klingon body armor.

  • bytes

    Does not look Klingon… Reminds me of Sauron from Lord of the Rings or that robot thing from Thor. Maybe even a Power Rangers bad guy or Sentinels from X-Men Days of Future Past.

    • M33

      LOL
      While I am willing to see where they are going with this given how drastically different it is from the rest of the series, I did have the same thought that this looked a lot like the way too over-stylized design ethos from the Hobbit movie trilogy (I mean, who needed the dwarves to look so… undwarvish?)

      This will surely be an interesting exercise in writing in-canon gymnastics.
      Could be really cool!

  • Dan King

    Go go power rangers! New mighty morphin Klingon rangers!!!! ~~~~~~

    • DC Forever

      Another “tweet,” I see.

  • Nanno Ym

    Klingon officers always have their quarters tidy – because a mess would be quite pointy and you just can’t afford to stumble over this kind of spacesuit on your nightly way to the loo.

  • Eric

    Ok here is in universe theory: DISCOVERY, the new series, is set ten years before Kirk. We know these Klingons are suppose be on mission to reunite the houses of the Empire. I think they’ve been in isolation, on sarcophagus ships and we’re out of contact with the disease that made the others more human. Maybe they left specifically because of the threat to their way of life the augment disease presented. They’re DNA will over time make the Klingons look like themselves again. This could also explain the difference in culture that we see in TOS. They are still maniacal and unconcerned with honor. Ten years is not enough time for reform. The introduction of these klingons will reintroduce traditional Klingon feudal culture also, making way Worf and his kind.

    Let’s see if I’m right!

    • Karl

      LOL clutching at straws much?
      STD is a trainwreck

      • Eric

        I think the artistry of DSC is absolutely gorgeous, and I think creative minds could really make it work, in-universe, which given what they’ve been saying, I’m inclined to think that’s what they’ll do.

        Try to be open and give them a chance.

        • Uzair

          I agree! All these haters….. Yet they will still watch it I guarantee that!

          • Harry Kane

            We may watch it, but doesn’t mean it will be rated highly

          • DC Forever

            Lol — ratings are based on people watching!

            Seriously?

        • TUP

          Dont bother debating Karl. he’s only here to whine, complain, stomp his feet and crap on everything. But has nothing of legitimate or relevance to contribute.

  • Do Your Job

    All you haters just stop and be happy we have SOMETHING. All of you who say you will not watch this show darn well know you will. I don’t like the Kelvin timeline but hey I still respect it and watched all of the movies. Why? Because I love Star Trek and have an open mind.

    • Spyros Spyrou

      No. Because we don’t have to blindly just take whatever we’re force-fed and be happy and shut up. Some of us would actually prefer to have quality over quantity. Just because it has “Star Trek” in the name doesn’t mean I have to accept it or even want it. If you do something, do it right. Every single thing to come out of the production is nothing but one continuous insult to the old-guard Trekkers, without whom, I might add, there would never have been a TNG, DS9, or VOY. This show owes its existence to us, and all it does is spit in our faces. If you believe the BS being crapped down your throat that this will in some way be the “prime universe”, you’ve clearly lost all attachment to reality. This is the JJ-verse, or whatever the hell they want to call it now. The original film/TNG-era dagger looks leaps and bounds more like a practical weapon designed to be used by a field soldier. This dagger looks like something some rabid, neckbeard-adorned WoW addict would jizz all over at a Renn Faire. Star Trek used to be about boldly going forward, and exploring the unknown. Now it’s about going backward and rehashing to death crap we already know about, and WAR!!! Because, you know, war. I truly, truly hope this used diaper of a show dies a hard and painful death. There’s no way CBS is making money off this steaming pile.

      • Do Your Job

        DONT WATCH IT THEN

        Thats all I gotta say to you

        • Ian Fleming

          You can say that. But they won’t listen.

      • Harry Kane

        Exactly, we have decent well founded opinions, alot of these sites are now infested with the kelvin boys who have no idea what proper trek is. We do not just take what is fed to us.

    • Erik

      Oh, please stop calling everyone a hater who has an actual own opinion and doesn’t follow this shit like sheeps to slaughter.

      • Do Your Job

        Yeah, you have an opinion we all do. But give it a chance before criticizing everything is what I am saying.

    • Pedro Ferreira

      It’s not supposed to be set in the Kelvin timeline mate, if it was everything would be okay.

  • dixonium

    The level of craftsmanship here is incredible. Star Trek Discovery is boasting some serious production values. I’m looking forward to learning more about the Klingons and seeing their culture further developed. If there’s one thing Star Trek desperately needed, it was a greater level of nuance and complexity in its depiction of alien cultures. Star Trek Discovery promises to add further layers to the Klingons, and that has me excited.

  • Erik

    I’m more than disappointed. What a mess…

  • bonesmccoy

    About as revolting as it comes… sorry, but ST Discovery just lost my family’s eye-balls. How in the world would I put my children in front of the TV to watch this monstrosity? Gads.

  • Lee Gregory

    Jeez man, all these haters and they ain’t even watched it yet.

    You guys need to relax. If it sucks then go ahead but until then “go climb a tree”.

  • Fiery Little One

    I’m more than a little curious about that bat’leth.

    • Dan King

      There is no blade on it. Just the absurd hook. I thought the weapon was ancient as established in TNG. Same design for thousands of years. What’s this BS?

      • Fiery Little One

        That’s why I’m curious about this ‘hook-blade’ version. It doesn’t fit with any variant we’ve seen so far.

        • geekfilter

          Kurn had a bat’leth-like weapon hanging in his office aboard the IKS Hegh’ta underneath two crossed swords in TNG’s “Redemption” that was similar (though not as well crafted) perhaps it’s a variation on that type.

          • Fiery Little One

            … After taking some time to track down a screen shot of what you were talking about, you might be on to something with that.

  • Harry Kane

    Utter wrong, They clearly do not care about cannon or actually respecting the estableshed trek universe. Can they remimagine humans next. These are not Kingons, the whole thing reeks of trying to please those from the who like the new movies. what was there to reimagine. Could have been good but is crap.

    • DC Forever

      There have never been cannons in Star Trek? Those are 19th century weapons?

      • Dan King

        You know what he meant. You just have no answer so you nitpick spelling.

  • Ian Fleming

    I love all of this stuff. One of TNG’s earliest mistakes was the homogenisation of Klingon culture, something that carried on straight through the DS9/VOY/ENT era. And I get it, they saved a ton of money reusing props and sets from the TOS movies, but we are now stuck in this rut of everything Klingon related having to look like Star Trek III: The Search For Spock.

  • Neill Stringer

    The bat’leth and the mek’leth were great the way they were. This smells more of a case of change because they can rather than for the right reason. Te Bat’leth as we saw on TNG was suppose to be an ancient weapon forged by Kahless, and the shape of the bat’leth was so unique and so alien that this one looks like it is borrowed from ancient feral Japan.

  • Neill Stringer

    Don’t get me wrong the designs look amazing but I don’t understand how this can be the prime universe if it does not fit in with the rest of Trek. In Enterprise the Andorians and Tellarites were updated but clearly still very much like their counterparts in TOS. Doctor Who updates yet keeps the iconic looks the same. This is a version of Klingon that is very alien and too different from what we know to be a wise choice. But I digress as this is just my opinion.

    • Pedro Ferreira

      Apparently it has to do with different housing.

  • Edson Santos

    Super Bad!!!!!!!!

  • fabiofbg

    Terrible.

  • geekfilter

    Everything is so expertly crafted! The advent of 3-D printing has really help elevate prop design.

  • Pedro Ferreira

    Klingons, I don’t see any Klingons…

  • Kahnorster

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5ec5c584dfd813c128243a6a435087f6897cbeb1fee19e918a80ff42601b92c9.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/662c248aebdd4b4c59b129fd8e19751a541e6d6b16d7becb06ee97407a813656.jpg Ok, the only real problem I have is that other than the teeth and the skull ridges they are throwing all of the Roddenberry background out of the window. I mean if Kahless made the first Bat’leth and according to legend it was way before Kirk and HE (Kahless) was the one who brought all the Klingon factions together then how do you explain any of the new, for all intents and purposes, Pretty and NON functional weaponry? How do you get this (The Sword of Kahless) from that (Discovery Bat’leth)?