Friday 2 November 2012

Tough little ships

If you like little model starships then you're in for a good time next year!

Back in May, Eaglemoss did a trial launch for a new part work magazine in the UK, Star Trek: The Official Starship Collection. One of my readers, Darth Duranium, has now pointed me to the new Facebook page for that publication, which after having paused for several months will launch nationally in February next year.

There are initial plans for seventy issues/ships, all based on either original CGI files (where available) or newly created models 3D models from Star Trek veteran effects artist Adam "Mojo" Lebowitz (who's previous credits include a whole book for of starship imagery, the Starship Spotter). Eaglemoss were present at the recent Star Trek convention in London, and had a banner sporting twenty-six of the ships to feature in the magazine (including some insanely obscure ones), which they've subsequently posted on Facebook:

At the moment the magazine will be available only in the UK and Ireland, but Eaglemoss are aware of international demand and are looking to CBS to consider launching in other territories.

UPDATE: Darth Duranium has come back with even more information; a complete list of the initial ships planned. You can read that in the comments section of this post (or on the Facebook page). It includes ships from all series, including to my surprise and delight ones from the new movie timeline. Especially exciting are the many Enterprise designs which have never been modelled before.

My personal highlights include the Enterprise-J, USS Kelvin, various Xindi ships, Akira class, Valdore, Enterprise-era Klingon ships, The Scimitar (I wonder how the wings will be presented...), Scorpion fighter, and the USS Dauntless. Exciting stuff, and hopefully the initial 70 issue run will do well enough to fill in some notable gaps, like the Jellyfish, assorted shuttlecraft, the D'Kyr class, Andorian ships, and (in my dreams) the Titan, Aventine, and Enterprise-F.

There is hope for small ship fans elsewhere in the world. Darath Duranium has also pointed me towards news of a revival of the Hot Wheels starships range. Coinciding with the release of the new film next year will be a wave of ships. There are mixed reports on exactly what the new collection will include. Initial rumours indicated the USS Excelsior, and a Klingon battle-crusier form Star Trek Into Darkness. Big Bad Toy Store currently have a preorder for four ships: The Narada, Enterprise NX-01, USS Enterprise NCC-1701, and a none-specific Into Darkness ship. Entertainment Earth also note a ship from Star Trek Into Darkness will be included, and also suggest there will be battle-damaged variants. At any rate it looks like a mix of new and old - See my Hot Wheels starships list for the run-down of previous releases.

Finally Wizkids have announced their latest Star Trek Heroclix game, a second series of ships in their Star Trek Tactics game, due in January. This second series will include ships from an assortment of races, including the Federation, Klingons, Romulans, Vulcans, Jem'Hadar, Cardassians and Ferengi.

It appears it will follow the model of the first Tactics series, with a four-ship starter kit, and individual ship releases. The starter set includes the USS Fearless, IKS Drovana, IRW N'Ventnar, and Jem'Hadar 4th Division Cruiser 1.


  1. Yeah I wish they'd offer these in the states. It's either that or I'm going to be watching eBay after these things come out. Also, why is it that when showing a model or toy of the Narada from Star Trek 2009 they always have it going backwards? I understand the confusion from before the movie came out. I thought it was supposed to go that way too, but when the movie came out it shows it warping and moving with all the pointy things in front, not the back.

  2. Hi and thanks for the mention, happy to share. BTW, nice wrap-up of the ships! 2013 will be epic!
    FYI: John-Robin (a.k.a. Robster) just posted Eaglemoss' list of ships from the London con! Looks like the poster shown by Eaglemoss was a red herring for some ships, but there are loads of wonderfully obscure picks.

    1 Enterprise-D
    2 Enterprise refit
    3 KBoP
    4 Enterprise NX-01
    5 Romulan Warbird (D'deridex)
    6 Voyager
    7 K'Tinga
    8 Excelsior
    9 Defiant (DS9)
    10 Borg Sphere
    11 Miranda
    12 Ferengi Marauder
    13 Akira
    14 V'orcha
    15 Prometheus
    16 Valdore
    17 Equinox
    18 Bajoran Solar Sailer
    19 Enterprise-E
    20 Xindi Insectoid ship
    21 Raptor
    22 Jem'Hadar Fighter
    23 Nebula
    24 Surak
    25 Delta Flyer
    26 Breen warship
    27 Krennim Temporal Weapons ship
    28 Enterprise-C
    29 Galor
    30 Stargazer
    31 Borg Queen's ship
    32 Dominion Battlecruiser
    33 Maquis Fighter
    34 RBoP
    35 Hirogen Hunter
    36 T'plana Hath
    37 Proto KBoP
    38 Enterprise-J
    39 Son'a Command ship
    40 Runabout
    41 Klingon D-5
    42 Romulan Drone
    43 Enterprise-B
    44 Dominion warship
    45 Malon Freighter
    46 Starfleet Scout Ship (Insurrection)
    47 Scimitar
    48 Relativity
    49 Tholian ship (Enterprise)
    50 Goroth's Klingon Ship
    51 Kelvin
    52 Son'a Collector Ship
    53 Xindi Reptilian ship
    54 Oberth
    55 Suliban Ciollector ship
    56 The Phoenix
    57 Fesarius (glowing pearls)
    58 Steamrunner
    59 Xindi Aquatic Cruiser
    60 Vulcan Warp Shuttle
    61 Saber
    62 Hideki
    63 Enterprise-A
    64 RBoP (2150's)
    65 Dauntless
    66 Holoship
    67 Scorpion Fighter
    68 Norway
    69 Enterprise (TOS)
    70 Species 8472 Bioship

    Borg Probe
    Enterprise-E Captain's Yacht
    Borg Cube
    Galileo Shuttle

    Deep Space Nine
    Space Stations (?)

    Kaang, the backwards ships are usually the result of the proto photographers not knowing which way to shoot them (and being too lazy to check or shoot 'em both ways). Hasbro apologised for this kind of error many, many times.
    Well, at least HW didn't release the JJ-prise with red nacelles, which nearly happened.

  3. Oh yeah, for some reason, the Future Enterprise-D isn't listed, though it's pictured on the EM site.

  4. Oops, Suliban Collector Ship should be Suliban Cell Ship, my bad.

    Oh, I think you meant to say Tough, not "Though" in your header! :)
    Typos R Us! :)

  5. Thanks Darth, corrected the title, and updated the article with info on the list. So VERY exciting ships in there!

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