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Citadel Miniatures

Citadel Miniatures Limited is a British company based in Nottingham, England that produces metal, resin, and plastic miniature figures for tabletop wargames, and was formed as a division of the British game company Games Workshop PLC in early 1979. No longer operated as a separate company, the brand is currently used for miniatures retailed by the parent company.

Star Trek association

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Star Trek ST figurine series spread in the 1980 Red Catalog (l), figurine ST05 in its typical packaging, the packaging identifier carton, and the starship miniature series page from the 1986 catalog (r)

In early 1980, the company issued a line of licensed (as indicated in its Red Catalog of that year) Star Trek 25mm gaming figurine miniatures, capitalizing on Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and associating them with the multitude of background aliens seen in the feature. Sold in 24 pairs, the 25mm white-metal gaming figurines were Citadel originals, not derived from FASA, unlike its later starship miniatures line. The figurines came packaged in a plastic bag stapled shut at the top with an doublefolded identifier header card. There were also four 54mm figures: Kirk in command chair, Spock, Ilia Probe and the Klingon Captain.

An issue of Games Workshop's White Dwarf, the UK Science Fiction & Fantasy Games and Miniatures Magazine (Issue No. 18, April/May 1980), featured a Motion Picture refit-USS Enterprise cover and an article with a "Miniatures Scenario" (pp. 8-13, written by Tony Yates and Steve Jackson) to promote their Citadel licensed products.

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Cover White Dwarf, issue 18, 1980
1985 UK variants of the Star Trek: The Role Playing Game and the Star Trek III: Starship Combat Game, for which the Citadel starship miniatures were manufactured

For the UK market in late 1985, Citadel released starship miniatures, which had been derived from gaming materials created by FASA and by whom it was sub-licensed to do so, as was dutifully indicated on the packaging. As far as the starship miniatures were concerned, apart from being mounted on different style cards, the models differed from their US counterparts by requiring fewer construction steps and were more detailed, due to a higher tin content in the pewter. Although this made the metal more brittle, it also made the metal harder than the metal used for the (relatively soft) US versions and able to better preserve details. It seemed however that the Citadel sub-license was quite short-lived, as the starship line had only been advertised in the company's Citadel Journal Spring 1986 catalog (specifically mentioning the sub-license in the byline), as far as can be ascertained. [1]

Incidentally, the FASA starship miniatures releases in the UK were not whimsical acts on Citadel's part, as mother company Games Workshop had released the second edition of FASA's Star Trek: The Role Playing Game – the very same game the miniatures had originally been conceived for in the first place as complementary game-enhancing supplements – and the first edition of the Star Trek III: Starship Combat Game that year, under its own respective catalognumbers 24362 and 010501 for the British market.

Incidentally, it appears that some of the starship miniatures had multiple release issues, despite the limited time span Citadel was allowed to market the miniatures. Of at least one miniature, ST17 USS Excelsior, there are two issues known; one issue had white lettering on the blister pack, whereas the other issue had slightly differently placed yellow lettering on its blister pack. Being the largest and heaviest miniature Citadel did release, the Excelsior was also marketed at the higher retail price of £3.95, instead of the standard £1.95.

In the end, Citadel released only fourteen of the 34 ship models that FASA eventually produced (guided by FASA's numbering, which explains the gaps in Citadel's numbering). FASA concluded its Star Trek licensing in 1989, while Citadel never had a direct license from the franchise for this line, so the moment FASA's license ended, so did Citadel's. Being the rarer one of the two releases, the Citadel variants commonly command higher prices on the second-hand markets.

Star Trek releases

Star Trek gaming products
1980/81 Figurine models (licensed)

ST01: Captain Kirk (two poses)

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ST02: Mr. Spock (two poses)


ST03: Dr. "Bones" McCoy (two poses)

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ST04: Scotty & Chekov

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ST05: Sulu & Willard Decker

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ST06: Uhura & Christine Chapel


ST07: Ilia (one of two poses) & Janice Rand


ST08: Enterprise Crew

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ST09: Security Guards


ST10: Vulcans


ST11: Deltans


ST12: Klingons

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ST13: Aaamazzarites


ST14: Kazarites


ST15: Betelgeusians (spelt "Betalgeusians")

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ST16: Arcturians


ST17: Zaranites

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ST18: K'normians


ST19: Rigellians

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ST20: Rhaandarites


ST21: Shamin Priests


ST22: Megarites


ST23: Saurians


ST24: Andorians (spelt "Andoreans")


Alternate poses: Kirk, Ilia

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Magazine ad: Citadel Miniatures

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54mm: Kirk in command chair

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54mm: Commander Spock

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54mm: Ilia Probe

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54mm: Klingon captain

1985 Starship models (sub-licensed)
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ST01:refit-USS Enterprise

FASA-Citadel ST02 RPG miniature USS Reliant 1985.jpg

ST02:USS Reliant

FASA-Citadel ST03 RPG miniature Klingon battlecruiser D7 1985.jpg

ST03: D7 class

FASA-Citadel ST04 RPG miniature Romulan Bird of Prey 1985.jpg

ST04: Romulan Bird-of-Prey (two pieces)

FASA-Citadel ST06 RPG miniature USS Enterprise 1985.jpg

ST05: USS Enterprise (Old design)

FASA-Citadel ST09 RPG miniature Klingon D-18 Destroyer 1985.jpg

ST09: Klingon D-18 Destroyer

FASA-Citadel ST15 RPG miniature Romulan Winged Defender 1985.jpg

ST15: Romulan Winged Defender

FASA-Citadel ST16 RPG miniature USS Chandley 1985.jpg

ST16: USS Chandley Frigate

FASA-Citadel ST17 RPG miniature USS Excelsior 1985.jpg

ST17: USS Excelsior

FASA-Citadel ST18 RPG miniature Klingon L-42 Bird of Prey 1985.jpg

ST18: Klingon L-42 Bird of Prey

FASA-Citadel ST19 RPG miniature USS Grissom 1985.jpg

ST19: USS Grissom

FASA-Citadel ST20 RPG miniature Deep Space Freighter 1985.jpg

ST20: Deep Space Freighter

FASA-Citadel ST21 RPG miniature Romulan Graceful Flyer 1985.jpg

ST21: Romulan Graceful Flyer (two pieces)

FASA-Citadel ST22 RPG miniature Orion Wanderer 1985,jpg.jpg

ST22:Orion Wanderer (two pieces)[1]

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Generic blister pack back

  1. One of only two FASA design originals elevated to canon status.

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