Friday, 19 September 2014

First look at Official Starships Collection USS Vengeance and other new ships

Lots of updates from the The Official Starships Collection below. Starting with a first look at the third over-sized special issue, the USS Vengeance:

Entertainment Earth posted the image, and also a description which hints at things we can look forward to in the magazine:
This special Star Trek Starships Collection Vehicle is one of the biggest and baddest Starfleet vessels ever designed - the U.S.S. Vengeance, the villainous warship that played a starring role in 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness. This oversized model has been produced at a larger size to reflect the huge size of the Vengeance and is nearly 8 1/2-inches long. Every detail of this heavily armed ship has been carefully reproduced with careful reference to the original CG model created by ILM. The accompanying magazine explores the design process and includes never-seen-before concept artwork and all new interviews with the Vengeance's creators.
Entertainment Earth have this listed for March release, but it will be out in the UK first. The Vengeance was listed alongside regular issues coming out in December in the UK, so I would guess this special issue should be out by the year's end too.

Those regular issues also give us first and/or new looks at forthcoming models, issues thirty-five to thirty-seven, the 22nd century Klingon Bird of Prey, the Oberth class USS Grissom, and the Andorian cruiser Kumari. I think the image processing might have been a bit off in these images, so I would imagine the final colours wont be quite so vivid!

Continue after the jump for more previews from the series:

The series manager, Ben Robinson, posted a new behind-the-scenes photo on The Collection's Facebook page. We have here the first look at the Olympic class USS Pasteur, and Excelsior class refit USS Enterprise-B, plus a very early-stages prototype of the original USS Enterprise, and another look at the Oberth class USS Grissom.

Ben also posted a comparison image of the Enterprise-B, and previously released USS Excelsior, showing how they are quite different models:

Meanwhile over on The Collection's website, there are a couple of new images, showing model and cover images of October issues (in the UK), the Valdore, and the Danube class runabout USS Orinoco (which the cover identifies simply as "The Runabout"):

German retailer X-Comics have released a higher resolution version of the previously seen image of the Nausicaan fighter, which is also set for release in October. This image gives us a good look at the details of the model, but like some of the images up page, I think the colours are probably off; more recent images of the ship have had a more bronze-finish.

Finally, some subscribers were recently sent a survey to gauge interest in new binder designs to keep the magazines in. The survey offered three different designs featuring alien ships, which you can see below (I wont link to the survey itself, so not to bias Eaglemoss's targeted market research):

Oh, and one more thing... Don't forget, if you want to see the USS Titan in The Collection, you need to add your name to the USS Titan petition - Ben Robinson has stated that if five-thousand people willing to pre-order can be found, then a special issue will be made. So we just need to find those Titan fans; if you've already signed, please help spread the word too.

For a listing of all the ships in the Starships Collection, including links to all my previous previews and reviews, see my index page.

Find Star Trek starships on!


Fox said...

Looks like I'll have to abstain from the next special issue, sadly.

All the other ships look absolutely gorgeous, though. Especially the Oberth since they didn't mess it up with "texturing". The Andorian ship looks a bit oddly proportioned to me, but maybe that's just because I never got a good feel for its shape.

botanycameos said...

I'm very excited for the release of the Vengeance. I have several of the previous releases in this collection and had been hoping the vengeance might be one of the next ones, so I'm so happy. :)

People who hate on Trek and who like to leave pointless comments just to say they won't buy something should stop polluting our beautiful fandom. Don't let the door hit you on the way out, Fox. The rest of us who actually care about Trek as a whole will get to enjoy it without all the hate comments.

Fox said...

You are a child.

Look: I don't care if you masturbate to everything in the franchise, but don't insist everyone else in the world do the same. Learn to accept dissenting opinion and criticism and you'll be a better person.

botanycameos said...

"masturbate to everything in the franchise"

Your vulgarity is typical of you haters, and only further exemplifies your lack of understanding of Trek values.
The only child here is the person resorting to vulgarity due to lack of proper arguments.

I prefer to call it as it is: I enjoy the franchise as a whole, in all its infinite diversity, and that makes that I can love both TOS and its reboot.

I have absolutely nothing against dissenting opinion. What I dislike are the pointless posts left by haters, who come to every site only to pollute the fandom by leaving comments for the sole sake of making their hatred known. That's what I was objecting to, not the fact that you don't enjoy it.

The part of your comment where you talk about the ships you were looking forward to was fine, but the fact that you evidently left a comment for the sole sake of making it known that you would pointedly avoid the Vengeance, was so typical of the haters that go around spamming the various other Trek sites, that it was just so pointless and irritating.

I just wish all of you haters would focus on enjoying the things you do like, even if you can't understand Trek as a whole or enjoy all of it.
If you don't like something, why make posts just to say you'll "have to avoid it", why not make posts about the things you do enjoy?
That way the fandom would be far more enjoyable for all in it.

Fox said...

The very fact that you think anyone who doesn't love EVERYTHING is a "hater" is indicative of your childish mindset.

The fandom would be far more enjoyable if people like you could just accept the fact that there's more than one way to be a fan.

As for my "vulgarity?" It's not vulgar at all. It's a very appropriate metaphor: insisting on enjoying everything and going nutty and anyone who doesn't is the very essence of masturbatory fandom.

Empathic Mimicry said...

As far as I can see, Fox didn't make any "hate comments" in the first place, all they said was they're going to abstain from getting that special issue, which they are perfectly entitled to do. You're making a mountain out of a mole hill, botany.

Anyway, I'm as big a supporter of pre-Abrams trek as anyone else and think the last two films are just action romps with no meaningful message or themes, but I do have a soft spot for the Vengeance. From some angles it reminds of me the Enterprise-E. I shall be getting it.

Brad Wilson said...

Just wow at the hate shown to someone simply making a comment about not buying it. Makes me a little bit sadder about being a Trekker.
This model is only just about to be released in Australia, hence me finding this page.
I will get it, but like Fox, I consider them to be holodeck malfunctions rather than canon material.