I was very excited for the release of Star Trek: Into Darkness and talked a friend into “geeking out” and wearing Starfleet uniforms to opening weekend at the IMAX Theater. I really liked the new uniforms in the J.J. Abram’s Star Trek movies so I started shopping around.
It did not take long to find the replica Star Trek tunics made by Anovos Productions, LLC. Anovos describes their Star Trek tunics as “Faithful replicas… using patterns from screen-used uniforms, tunics are made of Jumbo Spandex featuring intricate Starfleet delta pattern print and dyed to match coloring used by production.” Generally, screen quality reproductions are going to be expensive, but I found the $199.95 price reasonable. I pondered going for the Rubie’s costume version, but I would have paid $40-$60 for a very cheaply made, and ultimately disappointing costume. I figured I’d go ahead and pay for quality.
I was very impressed upon delivery (I ordered from Thinkgeek.com; ordered on a Saturday and it arrived the following Thursday). Anovos makes a great costume! As far as I can tell, the fabric and the color are just like that which is worn in the movies. After seeing and feeling the quality of the shirt, I went to the Anovos website and ordered the black long-sleeve Starfleet undershirt.
A word of warning: this is a form-fitting article of clothing. Starfleet does not have a “loose fit” for going “boldly where no man has gone before.” I also think Anovos runs a bit small with their measurements. I have a 44-45” chest and I went with the extra large. I’m glad I did; the XL is supposed to fit 45-48” in the chest, but the tunic fits me very snug. I recommend ordering up one size.
Bottom line: This is a beautiful, screen-quality, costume piece that I think is affordable, especially for a screen-quality costume. Amazingly enough, as I was walking into the theater, I was approached by a girl (yeah… I know, a girl!) who asked, “is that an Anovos tunic you’re wearing?” This was, honestly, the first comment I got wearing this Star Trek costume in public. Clearly, Anovos is becoming the high-end of Trek fashion; watch out Giorgio Armani!