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Leonard Nimoy’s passing last week spawned some beautiful tributes to the man who brought Spock to life. Now there are two statues in his honor that you can visit in Star Trek Online.

The first is on Vulcan and the second is on New Romulus which is a part of the parallel universe that was created after Star Trek XI and is the time during which the game takes place. Vulcan was chosen as Spock’s home planet of course, and New Romulus for all of Spock’s work with the Romulans after the original series.

Nimoy’s name also appears on permanent plaques installed in the game’s three main hub zones of Earth Space Dock, Qo’noS, and New Romulus. The plaques contain the names of fellow original series cast members and creators that we’ve lost: Majel Barrett, James Doohan, DeForest Kelley, and Gene Roddenberry. Lastly, the hub zones will display black flags of mourning for the next week.

See another picture and video of Nimoy recording for the game after the break.

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For years, Canadians have been doodling on their five-dollar bills, transforming the former Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier into characters such as Spock and Severus Snape. “Spocking Fives,” as it’s called, has experienced a resurgence since the recent passing of Leonard Nimoy last Friday.

The bills that are best suited for “Spocking” are currently in the process of being replaced by newer, plastic bills which feature a different portrait of Laurier—but that isn’t stopping people from paying tribute on the new bills as well.

Check out the call to action along with a Spocked new bill after the break…

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You can be in command of the entire pool when you float along in this captain’s chair pool float. It looks like the one used by Captain Kirk when he commanded the USS Enterprise on Star Trek. Expect to see it in stores soon for around $50, just in time for the world to thaw.

See more pictures after the break.

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At New York Toy Fair 2015, which kicked off on Saturday and is running through Tuesday, there is A) a lot of Frozen, B) A LOT OF FROZEN, C) a Tribble coin purse from The Coop (bless), and D) all the Funko you can shake an adorable plastic figurine at. If you weren’t there either because you weren’t in New York or you were in New York but made the completely reasonable decision to stay indoors where it wasn’t frakking freezing, you can live the experience vicariously through me. There’s no visual aid for my reaction to the upcoming X-Files figures, above, but it was something like this. Behind the cut: Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jaws, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Arrow, Firefly, The Fifth Element, Star Trek, and more!

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There are some mashups that would be amazing to see, but don’t expect Star Wars vs Star Trek to happen anytime soon. That’s okay, because Alex Luthor has made a fan trailer for this nonexistent movie that is absolutely fantastic. He’s spliced scenes and dialogue from the franchises’ movies together to make it look like a trailer for one film with the two worlds battling each other. I wonder how a Sith Lord would handle a Vulcan nerve pinch?

See the video after the break.

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This 1978 GMC van is the ultimate set of wheels for a Star Trek fan with a mullet. The owner has decided to sell and purchase a smaller vehicle for his family. According to the listing on Craigslist:

The van was built up from stock in 1979-1980, paint was done by G.S. Roy, a well known Canadian artist. I contacted Mr. Roy, who remembers painting this van as well as another for the owners cousin (that one was ‘mermaid’ themed. . .wish I knew where it was!). The van is a survivor and sat for years in storage owned by the same family from new to 2012 (33 years). . .I purchased it in 2013 from Ontario and shipped it out to the west coast here in Vancouver where I have enjoyed every day of owning it. NOT a vehicle for the shy, you absolutely cannot go anywhere without many thumbs up, cheers, and people waxing nostalgic about custom vans and/or Star Trek.

This can all be yours for $9500.

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It takes extra time and talent to build with Lego bricks but hide all those little studs. This is a technique that Chris Melby has mastered in his build of Star Trek‘s USS Enterprise. The 18,000 piece model took him eight months to build and measures a truly huge five feet long. It’s also a little bit of crossing the streams as the warp nacelles are actually Star Wars planet pieces.

See Also: This Giant LEGO Star Destroyer Is Most Powerful Toy In The Playroom

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The third Star Trek film is due to hit theaters in 2016 and Simon Pegg’s reps have confirmed that he is writing the script along with Doug Jung. Pegg appeared in the first two movies as Scotty and will also be back in the role.

See Also: “Star Trek 3? Gets A Release Date And Director Justin Lin

Pegg takes over after two prior writers walked away. J.J. Abrams left to helm Star Wars while Roberto Orci reportedly left over studio concerns with his script. As we’ve noted in the past, Orci will still be involved with the movie as a producer.

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Justin Lin, director of several Fast and Furious films and season 2 of True Detective, has been chosen as the director of Star Trek 3. He replaces Roberto Orci who will stay on to produce the film which is set to be in theaters on July 8, 2016.

His choice for the job makes a lot of sense seeing as he managed to breathe new life into the Fast and Furious franchise after 2 Fast 2 Furious left fans cold. He’s being handed Star Trek midstream to see if he can do the same thing again.

Fans pretty much loved the first film, but the second Star Trek film was less well-received. Now Lin has the job of making the third film spectacular, just in time for the franchise’s 50th anniversary.

(Deadline via /Film)

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Roberto Orci is no longer directing Star Trek 3. You probably aren’t all that broken up about it. However, he explained a little about his departure over on TrekMovie saying that he will remain “very involved” and is excited about the movie.  He also refuted that he was let go over issues he had over a Vulcan time travel plotline saying that, “No time travel was ever considered, fyi.”

As for his replacement, Jonathan Frakes has said that’s he’s absolutely up for the job. He told KOMO News:

I’m all over it. I’m all over it […] I would love that job… I say, unabashedly, I’d be great at it and would love to do it. I’m trying to keep the lid on how excited I am about the possibility, knowing it’s such a long shot. But there’s nothing I would like better.

Apparently, he’s even spoken with Abrams and his agent has spoken to Paramount about getting him on the film. What do you think about Commander Ryker taking the job? Would you prefer that a director like Edgar Wright (who is rumored to be in the running) take the helm?

If you’re down with Riker,  you can get in on the #BringInRiker campaign that’s currently going strong on Twitter.

(io9 and Blastr via The Mary Sue)