Monday, February 29, 2016

Deep Space Nine: Latinum Bars

Here is one of the central pieces of Ferengi commerce:  Gold Pressed Latinum.

In the Trek universe, the Latinum is a mercury-like liquid that is encased in a gold shell of 4 or 5 standardized sizes.  I own 3 of them.

Memory Alpha recognizes 4 sizes:  Brick, Bar, Strip, and Slip.  There has been numerous discussions as to the value of each in real-world Dollars, but this will always be difficult at the economics of the future are fluid, much like the actual economy in the real world.  However, there are numerous, and sometimes inconsistent,  examples in DS9 where a character will say X amount of Latinum will buy you Y amount of goods or services.

These are 6 screen used Bricks of Latinum.  There were numerous ones made for the Season 6 episode "Who Mourns For Morn?"

This is a 'bar' of Latinum.

This is a 'strip' of Latinum.

There are soooooooo many recastings out there, that it can be difficult to tell the real from the fake ones.  For this reason, I have spent perhaps more than I should for screen-used without regret.  Even more strange is that the cost of purchasing screen used Latinum has increased by almost double over the past several years to the point where it costs almost as much as real gold!

Perhaps I will just stick with the 9 pieces I already have, thank you very much.

Also, don't worry costume enthusiasts.... I have more Ferengi costumes coming.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Deep Space Nine: Ferengi PADD

Ok, time to close 2015 out with another great Ferengi prop brought to you by New Ferenginar:  A Ferengi PADD!

Many of this type of PADD were made for the show, and can be seen in countless DS9 episodes and at least 3 different Star Trek series.

This device is used by Ferengi primarily as an accounting tool and contract binder.  In Star Trek Enterprise they were used as a scanning device.

My quest for a screen used Ferengi PADD started in January 2009 at the Battlestar Galactica auction session 1.  A well known dealer had one of the ones from the Christies auction of 2006.  I actually held it in my hand and was seriously considering it.  The reason I didn't buy it was that a friend that was there overspent and sold me his Quark costume to generate some quick cash...a win for both of us.   However, original Ferengi PADDs never seem to come up for sale in the open market.  It would be 6 years before I got a shot at another one.

After a time, the obvious hole in my collection became a small obsession to fill it.  Anyone that had one wouldn't sell.  Then, strangely, this one came up for sale in a 2015 auction and I was determined to win it, and I did.  This PADD comes directly from the collection of Joe Longo, and even though it was a bit beat up, the wait was  worth it.

Over the course of the DS9 series, there were essentially 2 versions made.  Early ones were cast bare without the details as those were glued on during construction.  As those pieces were prone to coming off during filming, later versions became a one piece casting with a few differences in the details.  Also, the colors were different between the early and late versions.

According to people that worked on the show, there are numerous paint and construction tells that make it obvious that this is one of the first ones made.  The graphic was one tell all by itself.  In fact this particular one had three graphics glued one on top of the other!  The glue was dry enough to separate them and mine now displays its original translight graphic.

Thats right...this one has it's original film graphic with colored gels!

This one has undergone a sympathetic restoration by an expert propmaker whom actually worked on Star Trek.

The missing bits were replaced with exact materials, paints, and techniques.

The new pieces were then aged to match the patina of the original prop.

The prop itself was untouched and the repairs are seamless!

This was a great addition to the New Ferenginar collection.  On to the next items!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Deep Space Nine: Ferengi Quill Pen

Here is a historically interesting Ferengi prop... A pen!

Wait, what?

Yep. A pen, but more importantly, THIS pen.

We see pens like this offered for sale in the DS9 episode 'Fascination' and used throughout the series.

This is the same type of pen used to sign the peace treaty between the Federation and the Dominion.

This pen was auctioned off from the collection of the late Joe Longo.  The cool part is that it was found together with the actual treaty from the episode and auctioned off separately.  It is very likely THE pen that was used to sign the truce between the Federation and the Dominion.  Here is another screencap:

When it came to auction, I was not going to bid on it as several were made for the series and I would likely get one later. However, I got a big push from someone whom actually knew the importance of this particular pen, so I got it for the collection.

Want one of your own?  Dozens of these pens were made and sold after the show was over, and you see them pop up for sale often.  There are minor differences, but for the casual collector, they can be a great addition to a collection.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Star Trek Voyager: Ferengi Console Dome

This item is more along the lines of set dressing than a Ferengi prop or costume, but it is cool none the less.  Here we have a Ferengi console dome used in the Star Trek Voyager episode 'Inside Man'.

When Deep Space Nine ended it's run, all of the sets were struck and discarded, with the exception of the Defiant set.  It was placed in storage and reused a few times as different ships, and one of those times it was redressed as a Ferengi vessel.

Many domes were made during the course of all the Star Trek series, so it can be difficult to identify which ones went where, but this one still has several spots with some of the green paint from being used on the redressed Defiant set on Voyager.

I strongly suspect it is the leftmost dome in this frame.

This particular dome was bought the old fashioned way...Ebay.  I didn't have one at the time, and my collection needed one.  That hole is filled and now on to the next item.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Deep Space Nine: Quark's Bar Table

Many months back, I made a promise that I have bigger items in store to show you.  In keeping that promise, I assure you that this month won't disappoint.

This is a screen used guest table from Quark's bar on DS9.  Seen in virtually all episodes, these tables were the workhorse for the set as they got moved around and repurposed frequently.

In many episodes, when they needed a different table, they would just make a large top and set it on top of a table or two.

Here is another picture using the flash.  This shows you some of the details not easily seen on screen.

These very tables were once on tour with various traveling Star Trek Exhibitions.

And while I feel this (sadly) accelerated wear and tear, the public was invited to actually sit at these tables and enjoy food and drink.

I acquired three of these tables directly from CBS several years ago and I have never regretted it.  All three needed some kind of electrical repair, and it was worth every penny spent.  Of all of my Ferengi costumes and props, these tables are among my top favorites and make me smile every time I light them up.

Still more stuff to come!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Deep Space Nine: Grand Nagus Bust

Ok, I have been very bad and neglectful of this blog.  I have been busy on other projects including traveling for my work, contributing to other blogs, and the purchase of the new location for New Ferenginar.

I have a whole lot more stuff to share with you, believe me.  Lets start with this:

This is the bust of the Grand Nagus as seen in the Antechamber of the Divine Treasury of the season 4 Deep Space Nine episode 'Body Parts'.  In the episode, when Quark thinks he is dying, he sells his dessicated remains on the open market.  Unexpectedly, Brunt swoops in and buys all of them.  When Quark finds out he is fine, Brunt still demands he gets what he paid for.

That night, Quark dreams of being in the Antichamber of the Divine Treasury with Grand Nagus Gint, and is told to break his deal with Brunt.  He does, and Brunt retaliates buy closing Quark's establishment and seizing his bar's property.  However, he is alive and his brother Rom is still at his side.

This bust was on tour with various traveling Trek shows for many years before I was able to purchase it from CBS.  I believe mine is the one on the left in the picture as there are some minor tells in the base.  It is a wonder these set pieces get saved at all, so I consider myself very lucky to have this piece!

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.