Saturday, November 1, 2014

Deep Space Nine: Quark's Bar Chair

I have been lucky more than a few times when it came to collecting Ferengi costumes and props, but on one occasion I was able to buy a few items directly from CBS itself.  This is an actual chair used on Deep Space Nine in Quark's bar.

I was blessed to be able to acquire several of these from CBS when they were retiring some of the items on their tour.  Every episode that had a scene take place in Quark's bar or the Replimat had one of these chairs on camera at some point.

Like so many items in the Star Trek world, this was actually something you could buy in a store.

An IKEA store!  This took me several years to figure out as I had bought and looked through dozens upon dozens of period catalogs to get the answer. They were sold for two years only and I have scanned the actual pages in their catalog for you to see here.  As you can see, they were quite expensive!

As cool as this is, I have a few larger pieces coming up...stay tuned!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Rom and Nog in Las Vegas

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work with, or even play in your favorite band?

In a way, I got to.

Like many of you, I watched DS9 during it's initial run but it didn't click with me.  By the time I was aware of it's greatness, it was gone and many years passed.  I had always wondered what it would have been like to to be there during filming and meet the cast in costume and makeup... to make it real.

I can only take partial credit, but after years of much thought, Rom and Nog were literally willed back into existence.  It wasn't as easy as it seems on the surface, but all obstacles were overcome.

After having seen and met Martok and Gowron in full costume and then L'ursa and B'Etor, I started to wonder 'Why not Ferengi?'.  I tested the waters with Max and Armin a few years back by asking them if they would wear their Ferengi jackets in a photo op with me Here:

Max told me then He would consider revisiting Rom, but Armin said no.  Fast forward to Las Vegas 2014 and the results of everyone's efforts are on stage to be enjoyed by all convention attendees.

I consider this to be the pinnacle of success for for Rom and Nog on tour.  The stage show was fantastic with numerous Trek references.  Whether is was Nog teaching Ferengi dance moves, to Rom reciting his very clever Ferengi rap, no one can deny their broad appeal to fans everywhere.

Then came the photo op.  Because I supplied the costumes, I was given great latitude with mine and I made it count.  I wanted something a bit different than what everyone else got.  When Rom became Grand Nagus, we never got to see him wear the cloak.  That slight has been corrected.

Max and Aron will continue to make several more appearances this year, and at least one next year.

Let's see how far they can take this!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Ferengi at FedCon 2014

FedCon 2014 came and went, and a very tired Max called me after he got home to give me a rundown of how it went.

For starters, I wish I could give you a picture of Rom and Nog on stage at FedCon, but I can't.  Max tells me that he and Aron weren't allowed to dress up in their Ferengi costumes during their stage time. I know, strange, right?!  Because of this, they had to get into costume and makeup twice. However, Rom and Nog were available for photo op's, and it was a HUGE hit with over 400 photo op's sold.

Here is a shot of Aron and Max on stage.

In related news, Rom will finally get his proper teeth.  They were done and ready to ship before FedCon, but there was no way to get them from the US to the German convention in time with any cushion. He wore an off the shelf temporary costume set, as the previous set went missing (Max was a bit upset with this). The next shows from Chicago onward should see Rom fully sorted and in true form, teeth and all.  Also, Aron finally got a com badge.  Looking good guys!

Stay tuned as something else is brewing out there....

Special thanks to KrokoHunter for the stage pic.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Next Generation: Ferengi Knife

This is another example of a rare and unique Ferengi prop.  This is the actual knife used in the season 7 episode 'Bloodlines'.  The blade is real metal engraved with Ferengi iconography, while the handle seems to be resin or perhaps wood.  It is hard to tell as it is painted.

Even though it was seen in just the one episode, it revealed a violent quality in Ferengi culture.  Who needs a knife when you have all kinds of phasers at your disposal?

It can only mean that this is personal!

What can I tell you about this piece besides how much I obviously love it?  I had an opportunity to buy this knife a couple of years back, but passed on it.  It wasn't until about a year later when I had rethought my decision.  When the opportunity to own it came up again, I made sure that I got it. This knife may have changed hands a few times before it ended up in my collection, but I can tell you that it has found a permanent home here with New Ferenginar.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Next Generation: Ferengi Head and Nose

Ok, back to my regular posts about Ferengi costumes and props while Rom and Nog are on a break.

This is an actual Ferengi foam silicone head and nose prosthetic from Star Trek The Next Generation.  The head and nose are separate pieces as was common in the early TNG episodes.  As time went on, they incorporated the Ferengi nose prosthetic with high cheek bones to give the eyes more depth and more texture to the face.  The screen used head pieces are somewhat rare as they served multiple actors and uses, so they didn't need a bunch of them.

The head seen in this posting was made for the TNG season 7 episode 'Bloodlines'.  In the episode, Damon Bok wants to kill Picards son as revenge for Picard's self defensive killing of Damon Bok's son.
This one is easily screen matches to one of Bok's crew as it has distinctive veins in the temple.

I purchased it from a collector that was clearing out several prosthetics.  When it was shipped to me, it was packed in with foam packing peanuts.  This caused a serious problem as they stuck to the paint on the head all over.  I spent hours carefully peeling the peanuts off with solid results, however it is still in bad need of preservation and restoration and it will get that quite likely this year.  The nose piece was not made for the same character, but it is a TNG Ferengi nose and displays exceptionally well with the head.

Again, this piece is quite rare and I am thrilled to have it in my collection.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Rom and Nog Thrive in San Francisco!

According to my sources, Rom and Nog killed in San Francisco!  Congratulations guys!  This is the last stop for these Ferengi this year.  However, you must know by now this has gone over so well that we have all agreed to continue with Rom and Nog appearances. Several dates for next year are on the schedule, including one in Germany!

Since I have provided the Ferengi costumes, I have had many people ask if I provided the teeth and prosthetics as well. Here is a quick rundown:  John Paladin had the head and face prosthetics custom made for these guys, and while they work, both Aron and Max have expressed some concerns about the facial appliances.  As I own a Nog face mold, I am actively working on getting Nog proper screen molded pieces, with an outside chance of a new one for Rom.

Aron is currently using his original Nog teeth and you know it because they look great!  Max, however, no longer has his original ones as they were 'lost' from  his table at a convention years ago.  The ones he is using now are (as we all know) ill-fitting and poor in appearance.  Because so much of Rom's look is dependent on his teeth, Max and I are actively in the process of having accurate ones fabricated.

I can't tell you enough how thrilled I am to be a part of this process.  Max and I were talking a few days before the Convention and he thanked me for the loan of the costumes and said they couldn't have done it without me.  While that may be true in part, I told him how he and Aron had to say 'Yes' first, and it certainly wouldn't have happened without them.  These guys are the real deal, and I am glad to help make it work.  Star Trek (and SciFi in general) has given me so many great moments and memories, this is a fantastic opportunity for me to pay a little of it back. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Ferengi in Nashville are a Hit!

And so the train keeps a-rollin'!

It looks like Rom and Nog in their Ferengi costumes are a huge hit in Nashville, Tennessee!  This is great news as I want to see these guys keep the show going.

Here they are in Nashville lookin' great!

I saw part of the show in Seattle via a submitted video and it was all kinds of hilairious!  And, according to a first hand account, the Nashville show was even better.  Here is her brief comment:

'The Ferengis', the actors who played Rom and Nog on Deep Space Nine showed up in full blown character and made me laugh until my face hurt..

Alright people, there is just one more opportunity this year to see this fantastic duo in person:

November 9, 2013 in San Francisco, Ca.

Special thanks to the followers that sent me your pics of the event, and a very special thanks to Ode to Jo & Katniss for the photo and review.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Thoughts From Max and Aron

By now, you have seen a sample of the success that Max and Aron are having from breathing new life into their Deep Space Nine Ferengi characters, Rom and Nog.  I couldn't be there to witness the truly amazing transformation from actor to character, so I asked each of them if they could give me a couple of quotes about their transformation that I could print here with permission.

Here is what Max said:
Well, I couldn't believe that the Rom outfit fit me as if it was still 1995. And I don't know how you have taken care of it over the years, but it felt like Bob Blackman had just put the finishing touches on it -- the costume hadn't aged a day! [wish I could say the same for myself]

And, most of all, it brought back a flood of memories: I could visualize myself as Rom shuffling down the Promenade, stopping by my favorite shops, or waiting at the bar at Quark's for Leeta to finish work, slowly sipping snail juice as Quark browbeats me, trying to get Rom to understand the value of Ferengi ways. Rom smiles, taking it in, knowing this is how his brother expresses his love.

All this, and much more, came flooding back to me as I looked in the mirror at myself once more in Ferengi makeup and wardrobe.

And Francis, many thanks for that!

Max G.
Aron said:
So, a few weeks ago I was transformed in to my "Nog" character from Star Trek; DS9! What memories it brought slipping in to the costume. And, it actually still fit!! not too bad at all I must say. Actually seemed a bit tight length wise, which is really strange since I do not think I grew since the show, but, who knows, right?!!? hahaha!! Anyway, it was very, very cool to slip in to the costume once again. And it was in terrific shape and well taken care of! Just amazed it still fit and quite extraordinary to be transported back to the set just by putting on the uniform once again. :) I look forward to the future cons…..

There are two opportunities left this year to catch these guys as Rom and Nog:

September 8, 2013 in Nashville, TN
November 9, 2013 in San Francisco, Ca

The Grand Nagus insists that you go see them and give them your support.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Ferengi Success in Seattle!

Well, the results are in. The 2013 Star Trek convention in Seattle went well, but the buzz on the street is that the first appearance of Rom and Nog in 14 years went over exceptionally well!  I am so proud to be able to help out with the loan of their original Ferengi costumes.

Brace yourself, as this is just the beginning!

Here are a few of the highlights of Rom and Nog (and Armin!) on stage.  Enjoy!

Next month:  Ferengi in Nashville, Tennessee!

Special thanks to Garrett Wang and Ronald Woan for their photo contributions.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

New Ferenginar Joins Forces With Actual Ferengi!

As the curator of Ferengi costumes and artifacts, I sometimes get to be involved with unique and exciting Ferengi  related opportunities...and this is no exception.

Max Grodenchik and Aron Eisenberg will be appearing as Rom and Nog  in full costume and makeup in a few select cities!  This is great news for Ferengi fans and for Star Trek fans.

When I was contacted by the representative for Max Grodenchik and Aron Eisenberg to lend screen worn costumes for upcoming photo ops, I felt obligated and honored.  One stipulation... I wanted to present the costumes to them in person!

My request was granted, but I would need to drive to the 2013 Vegas convention to do it.

Well I did and I was not disappointed.  I was escorted back to the green room and there they were.  I have met Max numerous times before, and he remembered me (even where I work?!), but I had never met Aron.  We talked about costumes and props, values, and the marketplace. When the talking was done, we took some pics. These guys were generous with their time and couldn't have been nicer.

Here are the 2013 dates and locations to be a part of this opportunity:

August 25, 2013 in Seattle, WA
September 8, 2013 in Nashville TN
November 9, 2013 in San Francisco CA

Deep Space Nine may be over, but you can still take a great memory of DS9 home with you.  If you are fortunate enough to be at one of the above conventions where they will be in costume, go get your picture taken with them.  Help to make this successful so that they will continue to do it and give fans what they want.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Ferengi Tongo Wheel

I know this is not a Ferengi costume, but it is a great piece of Ferengi gaming culture:

This is the actual Tongo Wheel seen in Deep Space Nine.  

We first find the game in the season 5 episode 'Business As Usual' where Dax and Quark are playing while Gaila tells Quark of the benefits of selling weapons.

Later, we find it in the season 5 episode 'Ferengi Love Songs'  where Quark discovers his mother has been seeing Grand Nagus Zek, and they are in love. Seeing this, Brunt hatches a plan to become Nagus with the help of an unknowing Quark

Again, this table gets more action in season 6 with Dax and Quark playing in 'Who Mourns For Morn?' where Morn fakes his own death to smoke out his former partners in crime, with the intent to have them removed by Quark.

The final time we see this Tongo Wheel is in season 6 where we see O'brien and Bashir learning the game in 'Change Of Heart'

Interesting fact:  This Tongo Wheel was seen in numerous touring Star Trek displays around the world and has remained in great condition.  I had an opportunity to buy it directly from CBS (and tried), but at the last moment CBS backed out.  Bummer!  It eventually came to auction and I made sure to acquire it then.  It is a fantastic piece and I am very proud to own it.   

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Ferengi Phaser

Here is another Ferengi prop for your viewing pleasure:  A Ferengi phaser. 

This style of weapon was seen numerous times in a variety of colors throughout Deep Space Nine and Enterprise.  Seeing as it was used by Humans, Vulcans, and Ferengi, it is hard to know which species designed the weapon, but it is generally considered to be of Ferengi origin as it shares more screen time with them.

These Phasers were seen in such DS9 episodes as 'The Emperor's New Cloak', and 'The Siege of AR-558' and in Enterprise's 'Acquisition'.  However, they were most prominently seen in the season 6 DS9 episode 'The Magnificent Ferengi'.  In the episode Ishka is being held captive by the Vorta, so Quark, Rom, Nog and 3 other Ferengi go to Empok Nor to rescue her.  This weapon seems to be standard issue as every Ferengi in the episode has one as their sidearm.

There was one additional use of this style of phaser in the Star Trek Enterprise episode 'Acquisition'.  Muk carries one as his sidearm and it is seen several times in the episode.

 I have wanted a light colored one for some time, but with so many fakes in the market, I have been very cautious.  This particular Ferengi phaser was sold at the 2006 Christie's  auction in a set of 8 that was eventually broken up and sold individually.  It is easily identifiable in the Christie's catalog at the bottom of the page by the distinctive paint marks on the handle.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Zek's Beetle Snuff Box

And you thought I just collected costumes!  This is Grand Nagus Zek's Hupyrian beetle snuff box.  Often mentioned throughout the series, but seen twice in the series.                                      
We first see this in the season 2 episode 'Rules Of Acquisition'.
...and finally in the season 6 episode 'Profit And Lace'.

This Ferengi beetle snuff box was originally sold at the 2006 Christie's auction and had traded hands a couple of times when the last owner had contacted me about buying it from him. It now resides with it's true owner, Zek, in my collection.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Deep Space Nine: Nilva

'Nilva' was a Ferengi Commerce Authority commissioner and the chairman of the Slug-o-Cola company. Portrayed by the late Henry Gibson, it is featured in the Deep Space Nine episode 'Profit and Lace'. Nilva was the only Ferengi who agreed to travel to Deep Space Nine to hear 'Ishka' talking about the benefits of allowing the unheard of scenario of a Ferengi female making profit.

This is one of my most prized Ferengi costumes as it is incredibly detailed and elaborate. I can hardly describe it's beauty. You would have to see it to fully know how awesome it is. I am blessed to own it.

As a sidenote, I was contacted by GQ magazine in October 2009 to be in a photo shoot as a Ferengi with Star Trek's new Captain Kirk, Chris Pine in the December 2009 issue. They needed an actor and genuine costumes right away. Would I like to do it? I live near the west coast and the moment I said 'yes', GQ booked and paid travel and hotel arrangements. Barely four hours later I was boarding a plane to New York! Meeting Chris was great, and we had several laughs during the shoot. Here are a few 'behind the scenes' photos of what became a fantastic two page photo.

My brother is on tv at a Las Vegas station and put some of the highlights on the air here:
and here:
In a strange twist of fate, I recently found this behind the scenes photo of 'Nilva' and 'Lumba' being directed by Siddig, during a break in the filming of 'Profit And Lace' I had not seen this photo prior to the GQ photo shoot!