Monday 5 September 2016

Loads of new ships announced and other Starships Collection news

At this weekend's Star Trek Mission: New York convention Eaglemoss ran a panel on Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection, in which series manager Ben Robinson announced loads of new ships,and other news. Continue below for a round-up of what we learnt:

The big news is that once again the collection has been granted an extension, and will now run for at least 130 issues (plus specials and other additional issues), which is almost twice the originally planned 70 issue run!

Ben announced a whole load of new ships during the panel, but by far the most exciting to me was confirmation that the USS Titan issue will be coming, off the back of the petition to find support for it championed right here on The Trek Collective. And better yet, Ben also confirmed the USS Aventine will be released too! Both ships are due out in 2017.

When asked about other non-canon ships Ben was less keen, noting he did not expect to do a USS Enterprise-F. However also noted such decisions will depend largely on how well the Titan and Aventine do. As noted previously, Eaglemoss need to be able to sell at least 5000 of a ship to make it viable. So if you really want to see the Enterprise-F, or other Online and book ships to follow, then you need to make sure you snap up the Titan and Aventine, as well as petitioning for the ships you want.

The next special issue, the Jellyfish, due out later this year was revealed. TrekCore have posted a bunch of photos of the impressively huge looking model. Here's one view:

Ben announced a run of four new special issues (oversized models outside the regular fortnightly releases), which will be coming out next year. The first of these will be the USS Franklin and a swarm ship from Star Trek Beyond - These haven't come as close to the film's release as initially hoped, because the designs kept changing throughout the production of the film, making it difficult for Eaglemoss to keep up with the final designs in time to release sooner.

Following will be the Kelvin timeline Klingon battlecruiser, as seen in the Kobayashi Maru simulation in the first nuTrek movie.

And then Deep Space Station K-7 (only the second station in the collection so far), which may feature an article by The Trouble with Tribbles writer David Gerrold.

Ben also announced a whole new run of ships which will be convention and subscriber exclusives. The first of those will be the SS Yorktown, the originally proposed name of the ship that became the USS Enterprise when TOS was in development, released this year to mark the 50th anniversaries (I assume this will be a repaint of the regular Constitution class model, but it could be one of the Jefferies concept designs, I'm sure Ben will clarify soon).

This will be followed next year by the USS Enterprise design created for the unmade film Planet of the Titans, created by Ken Adams and illustrated by Ralph McQuarrie. This design is of course the inspiration of the USS Discovery, so will be a timely release alongside the new TV series. There were two distinct study models created of the design, which have appear on-screen as background ships, and Eaglemoss plan to release both, one as a regular issue, and the other as one of these new subscriber exclusives releases (images via Memory Alpha).

Ben also announced several new regular issues! Issue ninety will be the USS Saratoga, the first variant class design in the series, following the original USS Reliant Miranda class release much earlier.

That will be followed by the Medusan ship seen in the remastered version of Is There in Truth No Beauty?

Issue ninety-three will be a Suliban cell ship, and another Enterprise ship follows that, the ECS Horizon.

And then issue ninety-five with by the New Orleans class USS Kyushu, the first of the unique designs seen in the wreckage of the Battle of Wolf 359 - Renderings of this ship have previously been released. Ben also noted that with the series expanded to 130 issues we can now expect to see all the Wolf 359 ships featured (see previous reports to see rare photos of all those designs).

And still there's more! Ben also revealed the line-up of the second set of shuttles will be: The Enterprise-era shuttlepod, the TNG type 15 shuttlepod, the early TNG shuttle (type 7 I presume), and the executive shuttle form The Undiscovered Country. On top of that Ben is already seeing what designs he might compile into a third set.

During the Q and A at the end of the panel Ben also noted a few other ships. He is definitely doing to be doing the ringship Enterprise. He would also like to do another concept Enterprise, the Matt Jefferies phase II design. Captain Proton's rocket ship is being considered too (!!!!). But don't expect to see any TAS designs any time soon; maybe after 130 if the series gets another extension.

When asked about Discovery he wasn't able to say much, but seemed very enthusiastic about the series, and made a comment similar to something he tweeted recently, implying we will be seeing many ships in the series:
10 years before Kirk... ST Discovery is a Pike-era show and you have no idea how varied the fleet was in 2255.
Beyond ships Ben also noted he is looking at doing plaques for the USS Enterprise-A and USS Franklin. And also confirmed the previously teased book series will be going ahead; these books will collect and expand on the design articles from the magazines in the series, with the first due out later this year, looking at the designs of the many starships Enterprise.

He also spoke a little a bout Eaglemoss Star Trek: Graphic Novel Collection, confirming the series will launch next year and that it will be collecting comics much wider than the IDW titles featured in the first issues:
The purpose of doing this really, is to collect a lot of stuff that's never been reprinted, or not been in print in a very long time.
Finally, beyond the Star Trek universe he also noted there will be new Eaglemoss ship series launching soon featuring designs from Aliens and Battlestar Galactica!

And if you wan't to listen to Ben discuss all this himself, you can watch the entire panel on the Starships Collection Facebook page.

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

PS, screencaps used above came via TrekCore's eternally useful galleries.

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Unknown said...

Glad they choose the Aventine over the ugly STO-Enterprise.

mark bernero said...

2 ENT ships but no D-5 -- very disappointing! Most ENT ships recently have been lame: Klingon Augment ship,ECS Horizon(very ugly and looks like ailen ship-of -the-week),Suliban cell ship.
I HATE the TOS/R ships -- just as bad a JJverse ships!!!!I want Vulcan TMP shuttle--if AMT/Round2 can come up with a kit why not an EM one!!!!!First Contact Vulcan ship would be cool too!-----One good thing is all of the $$$$ i will save over the next 6 months!!!!-----

mark bernero said...

I am looking forward to Station K-7 but if it comes out after all those JJverse ships announced, it will be the 23rd century for real!

Shadowknight1 said...

I don't get it. Why is the Aventine a shoe in? It hasn't made it to 5,000 signatures, but the Enterprise-F is only 5 signatures away!

Fox said...


This is fantastic news!

Though I have to say the extension of the collection makes me really glad I cancelled my subscription. I ran out of room to display new models several issues ago, so I don't really want to get the whole collection any more, but you can be damned sure I'll be preordering the Aventine and Titan the moment they hit TFAW.

Anonymous said...

No non-Canon ships, plz

Unknown said...

Variants have been done before the Saratoga. The Enterprise B is a variant of the Excelsior. An armor plated Voyager. But yeah, looking forward to a select few variants of ships. The Soyuz class USS Bozeman, Or the nebula class USS Phoenix

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Unknown said...

I'm a bit disappointed news about mythic models like ENTERPRISE E shuttle, First contact Vulcan Vessel, Earth Starbase...

But hopefully will have USS TITAN and USS VENTINE, just hope to also have ENTERPRISE F and other STO vessels

Unknown said...

It's a Klingon Warbird not a Klingon Battle Cruiser

Doctacosa said...

Great news all around to me! I've been long waiting for an Aventine model, and there are several great ships scheduled to be coming, too.

Now, a side question: has anyone heard news about the status of the collection in Canada? My shipments stalled over six months ago, and whenever I ask Eaglemoss about when deliveries will resume, I get a generic "no news to share yet, sorry". Things were going very smoothly until then, and I'll be utterly disappointed if the series got axed over here with no solid explanation. Importing all of these would get expensive way too quickly...

Fox said...

I'm in the USA, not Canada, but in general Eaglemoss' North American distribution seems to be having... a lot of trouble. I've had to contact them about nearly every other shipment, and a couple of models ended up arriving more than a year late.

If you're able and willing, I'd suggest simply canceling your subscription if you keep having trouble and buy via third party sellers instead. I've used Amazon and for several models, and while it does mean paying slightly more (about $5-10 USD), the customer service is much more prompt and effective.

@Komaro Kamachi: the Enterprise-E shuttle? What's that? If you're talking about the fancy shuttles from Insurrection (I think there were three?) I believe they were all confirmed a while back. I believe we're getting 100% of all the "prime" movie ships.

The only possible exception I can think of off the top of my head is the Romulan/Reman fighter from Nemesis.

mark bernero said...

There was also the Argo from Nemesis. Several people like that one.Insurrection had captain's yacht and type 11 shuttle. Mission Scout Ship was seperate from the Ent-E.
One place in the US that has EM ships is "The Flying Mule". They deal mostly with diecast military and aircraft collectables but they have just about all the EM ST ships from the past several months. Shipping charges are very reasonable. Also "Diecast Direct" has them.

MattR said...

That's interesting. I've had very few problems with Eaglemoss, including their online store. I have had at least a dozen that had to be replaced for various reasons (broke in shipping, bad paint application, glue issues), but they replace them without question. The online store has sent me the wrong items a couple times but also replaced those without requiring me to send the wrong ones back.

I've been subscribed since the beginning and except for a month without any ships when they switched over their systems, I haven't had issues of not receiving my shipment

Unknown said...

yeah true !

Indeed i'm talking about Insurrection ENTREPRISE E shuttle, that one work and Picard used to stop DATA inside Scout Ship

I would love also an ARGO shuttle...
And more amazing federation ships from STO

Trekker1977 said...

STO Announced last week that you can get 3D printed models of your STO ships.

Very cool as I would definitely buy a model of my command cruiser.

12 inches.

First time as a male I'm excited about length.

Ok. Sailing vessels not withstanding....

Trekker1977 said...

For your information:

Unknown said...

Think I will be cancelling my subscription as im not interested in non canon ships and don’t think they should be a part of it, I think it should only be ships that have
appeared in the films or tv shows.
Also the majority of special editions seem to be in favour of the nu films, and ive been a fan since the 80s, how about a special of the HMS Bounty in the landing position also if there doing the enterprise ring ship why not the aircraft carrer, saling ship and the nasa shuttle.

MattR said...

I think most of the non-Canon ships will not be part of the official 130. I think they are all going to be con/online store exclusives. I believe that's definitely the case with the Titan/Aventine, and the Planet of the Titans Enterprises. I think they know they shouldn't force those on people who don't want them

Izo said...

@Doctacosa Canadian subs is resuming in 3-4 weeks time. Was at Mission NY and asked the question, both Ben and someone else form EM confirmed they finally fixed the issue with the distributor in Montreal (company was sold to a bigger company).
They are planning to move subs from UK center to US center, and they are looking at opening webshop to Canada for 2017.

Doctacosa said...

@Izo Fantastic news, thank you very much for the details! A webshop is a nice unexpected perk, and that will likely give me a chance to order the second batch of shuttles directly from them. I had to ask an american friend for the first set, and those additional shipping fees aren't super fun. I'll miss hearing those UK accents whenever I call them, though!

Unknown said...

They need to put magnets in the Suliban Cell ship so we will buy several and link them together.

Looking forward to the Medusan and USS Kyushu ships and especially the Klingon Warbird. It took forever to just find a decent picture of that ship.

Still no Husnock, I guess when Kevin destroyed them, he really wiped them out.

Unknown said...

YAY the Aventine! I hope I can get my hands on one.

regemet said...

With the Titan and Aventine announced shouldn't yow romove the petitions as they are no longer needed. Keep Enterprise F though.

Unknown said...

The Titan and the Aventine are canon. The e-books are canon; STO is not.

The Saratoga is not the first off shoot model. The Enterprise-B is.

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