Saturday 11 November 2017

Help decide the next Eaglemoss ships, plus high res photos of new and forthcoming Starships Collection releases

Lots of Eaglemoss updates today, including news and images of Discovery ships, and future Eaglemoss publications. But starting with a chance for us to help decide what comes next in The Official Starships Collection.

USS Titan and USS Aventine, by Nils Walter
Following the glorious sell-out success of the USS Titan and USS Aventine, two ships from the Star Trek novels released as Starships Collection bonus issues (brought to the collection at least in part thanks to demand demonstrated by petitions started right here on The Trek Collective), Eaglemoss have launched a survey so that we can help pick further ships to be released as bonuses.

There are seven ships to choose from, hailing from quite a variety of backgrounds:
  • The SS Bonaventure from TAS.
  • USS Bonaventure from the Ships of the Line calendar.
  • USS Enterprise-F from Star Trek Online.
  • Klingon D4 class designed by John Eaves for Enterprise (and seen in Ships of the Line since).
  • USS Enterprise-D with saucer separation.
  • Assimilated version of USS Voyager.
  • USS Altair, a Doug Drexler concept ship which has also appeared in Ships of the Line, but dates back to being a concept for Voyager.

Where's the USS Sagittarius?
I'm rather disappointed the USS Sagittarius and Starbase Vanguard aren't options here, but there you go. There always seems to be a lot of people asking for the Enterprise-F, so I'd be surprised if that didn't lead the poll. And despite an already abundant supply of Enterprise-D's I dare say the saucer separation will get some fans.

Personally I voted for the SS Bonaventure, not so much because I love the design, but I really want some other TAS ships, so I'm willing to back one to get more! And also the Klingon D4, because I do really like that design. I was pretty tempted by assimilated Voyager though, so I kind of hope that gets strong support too!

Anywho, make sure you get your votes in.

Eaglemoss have also been seeking our opinion on future projects, in a survey sent to existing subscribers. Alas that survey has closed already, so you can't contribute to it if you missed it. But it did reveal some very interesting plans!

That Japanese kit could be reborn
It looks like Eaglemoss are looking to do a huge part work model kit of the USS Enterprise-D, and are seeking feedback on what sort of features it should have. One option suggested is to include interior deck plans, very similar to the cancelled Deagostini kit trialed in Japan a few years ago.
There is a different kind of model with a realistic exterior, but where the inside is made up of a series of clear plastic decks that stack on top of one another.

Each deck has the blueprints for that deck inscribed into it. When all the decks are assembled they can be lit up with a strong blue light.

You can remove part of the hull plating to reveal the illuminated decks inside.

The model will have a saucer separation mode.
But they are also floating the idea of a model with cutaway sections revealing interior details:
The model will be made of a combination of metal and resin parts. It will have metal and resin parts. It will have a very detailed exterior, it will be hollow and have a lighting kit inside.

It will have the following features:
- Light up windows and navigation lights
- Light up warp nacelles
- Light up impulse engines
- Detachable captain's yacht
- Detachable warp core
- Rollback doors that reveal the shuttle bays
- Cutaway section in the warp nacelle to show the inner workings as detailed in the Star Trek: Technical Manual
- Saucer separation mode
And pondering different size kits.

Which could be a series of smaller kits of several ships:
How interested would you be in building a series of three model Starships.

The models will be the Enterprise-D, Kirk's Enterprise from the movies and Voyager. Each model will be approximately 40cm long and be made of a combination of metal and high-quality resin. They will be hollow with a lighting kit inside, and due to their size will have fewer features than a larger model.

They will have the following features:
- Light-up windows and navigation lights
- Light up warp nacelles
- Light up impulse engines
- Moving nacelles (Voyager only)
They also asked about other ships that would be of interest, giving options of most of the main hero ships: TOS TV-era Enterprise, TOS movie-era Enterprise, Enterprise-D, Enterprise-F, Voyager, Defiant, Deep Space 9, Excelsior, and Discovery.

Also on the survey were questions about a detailed Enterprise-D bridge model:
The model of the bridge will be 50cm across including, consoles that will light up, the captain's chair, sliding doors. The graphics on the consoles will be accurate replicas of the ones used on the show. You will be able to remove the front wall with the main viewer on so you can look into the bridge.
Plus a figurine series and bust series were also mentioned.

Eaglemoss must being doing pretty well with their Star Trek lines to be pondering all these!

Of course we already know that given the Starships Collection has been extended multiple times, and give us spin-off series of larger models and the new Discovery ships. Speaking of which... I have been sent a bunch of new photos of the latest XL ship, the Enterprise NX-01:

And here also are some high res versions of the previously released images of the first two Discovery ships, which will launch as a separate series early next year, starting with the USS Shenzhou:

And the USS Discovery as issue two:

USS Clarke
USS Europa
USS T'Plana Hath
USS Yeager
USS Edison
In other news from the Discovery series, recently updated their database listings adding class names to ships from Discovery. In response to this Eaglemoss' Ben Robinson tweeted:
Official confirmation of some Discovery ship names and classes. 

All part of our plans ūüėÄ
Which I think we can take as confirmation of the following:
  • USS Gagarin NCC-1309, Shepard class
  • USS Clarke NCC-1661, Malachowski class 
  • USS Edison NCC-1683, Hoover class 
  • USS Europa NCC-1648, Nimitz class 
  • USS Shran NCC-1413, Magee class
  • USS T'Plana Hath NCC-1004, Engle class 
  • USS Yeager NCC-1437, Cardenas class 
Designer John Eaves also responded to the names being released, noting and celebrating the diverse origins of the names so far. And revealing some sixty ship designs are available to the producers to use in the show! (Not all will necessarily be used, but they are designed and ready to be picked up)
Out of the 50-60 ships drawn for the first season, the ones that have been seen so far cover a pretty good range of international and inter-galactic acknowledgement. So glad to see the broad range of names used with the ships covering so many races and nationalities at such an early time in the first season. So with that said here is where we are today.

1) Malochowski class - Polish
2) Magee class - Irish
3) USS Gargarin - Russian
4) USS Kerala - Indian
5) USS Shenzhou - Chinese
6) Cardenas class - Spanish
7) USS Sioux - Native American
8) USS Shran - Andorian
9) USS T'Plana Hath - Vulcan
10) USS Europa - Jupiter's moon
11) USS Clarke - British
11) Dana, Engle, Hoover, Glenn, Ride, Yeager, Walker, Shepard, Crossfield, Nimitz, and Edison are all US test pilots, authors, inventors, astronauts, and pioneering women in space and aviation.

Stay tuned for more races and cultures to be added to the list as the show goes on.
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 for the main series, and list for the Discovery series.

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Dan said...

I'm an existing subscriber since the beginning, and I never received the first survey. Hmmm. I really hope the Discovery from the new line is offered as a special in the original set. I simply cannot justify another subscription when I have been giving them $40 a month, plus a $40 special every three months for the last 4 years. Indeed, I am a little miffed they are priced at a higher rate and a separate subscription.

That being said, I really do love this line, and I would love to see more TAS ships (the Kukulkan!) before it ends.

8of5 said...

I often don't get the emails too (although this one did get to me), and have been subscribed all along.

You could always just buy the Discovery issue on it's own? I think the separate subscription makes sense, so they can get on with doing Discovery ships at a good rate without sidelining everything else, although I'm not so keen on them all being bigger models.

I really want the TAS Orion ship!

Dan said...

Oh yes! The TAS Orion would be a great choice!

And agreed, if the Discovery models were $20US a piece, I would potentially swallow that pill.

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Really on the fence here about the Discovery subscription. I like the Fed ships quite a bit, but I don't need or want those ugly "Klingon" vessels as a model. Not for 45€ anyway.

I voted for the Ships of the Line Bonaventure, I always liked the design, and the D4. One of my favorite Klingon ships, sadly unused. And I also hope for the Sagittarius in the future. :)

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Jim said...

If only the windows would match the indents.

Fox said...

lol, yeah, I'll buy pretty much any starship, but have zero interest in Discovery's Klingon ships.

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