A few updates from The Official Starships Collection, starting with news from StarTrek.com of new ships set to join The Collection in 2015. Several ships which have been previously confirmed were mentioned: The original USS Enterprise, Centaur class, and Steamrunner class. Those will all be out by September next year (in the UK at least), which is where the running order as so far announced runs out, at issue fifty-five. But StarTrek.com also mentioned a couple more ships for 2015: Zefram Cochrane’s warp ship, the Phoenix, and a TOS Klingon battlecruiser. To accompany this news they also released a new group image showing most (but not all) of the series so far.
a new binder to hold magazines from The Collection. A few months ago they distributed a survey to gage interest in alternate binder designs, and it appears Federation ships got the best feedback, as it's a gaggle of them which can been seen on the new binder design (not in fact one of the designs in the survey, but a new arrangement). The new binder is only available via Eaglemoss' online shop.
Continue after the jump for the latest previews of forthcoming issues of The Collection, and news of a major milestone for the USS Titan petition.
Due out in March next year, issue forty-one of the series will be the 22nd century Klingon Raptor. Thanks to Forbidden Planet, we can now have a really good look at the model with a higher resolution version of the previously released image:
Meanwhile the most recent issue in the UK is another 22nd century Klingon ship, the Bird of Prey. To mark the release of issue thirty-five, The Collection's Facebook page released the finalised cover and model image:
USS Titan petition. For those that have missed previous details of this: A little while ago I did an interview with The Collection's manager, Ben Robinson, who mentioned that if sufficient demand could be shown for any given ship (particularly in reference to requests for popular non-canon ships), then a special issue could be commissioned, and that ship will earn its place in The Collection.
For that to happen Ben needs five-thousand people who would be willing to pre-order said special issue, and to that end I set up a petition to collect the names and emails of five-thousand people who would like to see the USS Titan made into a model. And the good news is, as of a couple of days ago we are now half way towards that goal! Over two-and-a-half thousand Titan fans have now pledged to pre-order a special USS Titan issue. Which means we just have to find that many people again and we'll get the Luna class in our hands! If each person who has already signed up can find just one other Titan fan, we're done! So please, help spread the word, pester your trekkie friends, find those Titan fans, and the model will soon be with us! Sign the petition!
For a listing of all the ships in the Starships Collection, including links to all my previous previews and reviews, see my index page.