Saturday 24 March 2018

New Eaglemoss starship models revealed: Niagara class, XL USS Defiant, Beyond Enterprise, Miranda variants, and more!

Eaglemoss have released their latest round of solicitations, giving us the first look at several new models in The Official Starships Collection. Continue below to check out those new models, plus new previews of other ships in the series, and hints of things to come.

Starting furthest ahead in the main series, issue 126, which should start to arrive in June, will be the latest in the fantastic miniseries of Battle of Wolf 359 kitbash ships we've been enjoying lately, the Niagara class USS Princeton. This quirky tri-nacelled ship looks rather nicer than I was anticipating, and we've got lots of images of it thanks to a Hero Collector blog preview as well as the solicitation image:

Preceding that we've got a much smaller ship for issue 125, Voyager's Alice, from the episode of the same name:

The Hero Collector blog has also released some new images of last month's solicited issues. Here's the SS Emmette, issue 124:

And our first proper look at the Romulan Science Vessel model, issue 124:

Also newly revealed in the new solicitations is the seventh XL model, the USS Defiant, which looks great with all that crisp detail the larger size allows:

Speaking of the Defiant, Eaglemoss have uploaded a whole bunch of new 360 videos, mostly of DS9 regular issues of the series, featuring a wide variety of ships: USS Defiant, USS Saratoga, Akira class, and runabout, Cardassian Galor class, Bajoran Solar Sailor and Raider, Jem'Hadar Fighter, Klingon Vor'cha class, and Romulan shuttle:

They also appear to have updated the listings on the US Eaglemoss shop for all those ships, with new galleries of images for each ship - See the links above to check them all out.

Also subject to an updated listing with both new images and video is the latest special issue, the Beyond refit Kelvin timeline USS Enterprise:

Curiously they have released for the second time a video of the Phase II concept USS Enterprise bonus issue. The video is closer cropped than the previous one, which better helps to show how the concept-Enterprise is different from the TV or Motion Picture versions. There are new images of this release too:

And also subject to second videos, the first two issues of the Discovery collection, the USS Shenzhou and USS Discovery, both reshot to reflect the updated final paint jobs:

Meanwhile in other corners of the internet, determined Eaglemoss fan Darth Duranium has been digging around on the website of one of Eaglemoss' modellers, Fabio Passaro, and came across a previously unknown gallery, which includes a couple of ships we've not got in the collection yet: The Miranda class variants USS Antares (a deep background ship in DS9, with a particularly unique set of modifications), and USS Lantree (seen more prominently in TNG's Unnatural Selection, this variant simply removes the rollbar element of the standard Miranda configuration). With ever fewer Starfleet ships for Eaglemoss to produce, surely it's only a matter of time before they bring us these ships, and complete the Miranda variant set.

Finally one little update on the new books Eaglemoss are working on. It seems in addition to the standard release of Star Trek Shipyards Starfleet Starships: 2151-2293, they are also going to do a version packaged with a model ship, specifically the TV-era USS Enterprise. 

Thanks to the quirks of Amazon's pricing, it's actually cheaper to pre-order the version of the book that comes with the model too!

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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Unknown said...

It seems less and less likely this late into the collection we're going to see some I was really looking to. Starbase, The Scitimer, Enterprise in dry-dock and saucer separated Enterprise where some I really wanted.

Shadowknight1 said...

I'm actually really upset at how good a paintjob the Beyond Refit Enterprise has. They even fixed the insides of the warp engines. But I HATE the refit that they did for Beyond! The neck and pylons look ugly and I actually hate how small they made the nacelles.

Unknown said...

I'm interested in the Beyond Enterprise, but I don't plan to purchase it as long as the pictures shown of it show an incorrect number of phaser banks. The saucer had 6 dorsal/6 ventral in an hexagon formation, rather than the more classic 3 dorsal/3 ventral.

It's one of the things that makes it distinct, and they shot themselves in the foot by not getting it right from the get-go despite the magazine cover being pretty obvious about the difference in phaser banks.

Too bad for them, I guess.

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