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Eaglemoss Collections (also operating as Eaglemoss Ltd., Eaglemoss Publications Ltd., and the Eaglemoss Publishing Group Ltd., the latter two for print publications in particular) is a British publishing company that produces and markets licensed magazines and collectibles, and has offices in London, New York, Moscow, Paris, São Paolo, and Warsaw.

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Originating in 1975 with the release of its first collection, Eaglemoss Publications merged with GE Fabbri in 2011 and continues to focus on publishing partworks that encompass a vast array of subjects. It has created and distributed more than 150 collections in thirteen different languages, in thirty markets, across five continents.

It is presently owned by Eaglemoss Capital Ltd., a holding company comprised of private investors based in London and Paris. The company markets its product lines and subscriptions through its own international webshops[1] and a wide range of other retailers.

Hero Collector

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Eaglemoss' science fiction, "genre", and pop culture collections, including its Star Trek books and products, are marketed under its Hero Collector publishing imprint and brand. Associated web portals and webshops are also operated under this trademark.

Noted Star Trek author Ben Robinson is the Editorial Manager of Global Developments for this imprint, and Chris J. Thompson, formerly of Titan, is its Global Brand Manager.

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Eaglemoss/Hero Collector has held licensing agreements with a number of entertainment companies, including 20th Century Fox/Disney Studios (Alien, The Orville, Predator), the BBC (Doctor Who), Columbia/Sony Pictures (Ghostbusters), DC Comics, EuropaCorp/Striker Entertainment (Valerian), ITC Entertainment/ITV Studios (Space:1999[2]), Marvel, MGM/Amazon (Stargate), Syfy/Amazon (The Expanse), Universal Studios (Back to the Future, Battlestar Galactica), and Warner Bros. (Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Rick and Morty), among others. [3]

Star Trek licensing

Eaglemoss/Hero Collector staff on the bridge set at the 2019 Official Star Trek Convention

Since 2012, Eaglemoss/Hero Collector has become one of the most prolific manufacturers of Star Trek collectibles ever, far outstripping its contemporaries by swiftly bringing quality products to market. [4]

Under a number of licenses from CBS Consumer Products, its vast range of releases and frequent interactions with the online collecting community has made the company popular with adult collectors. [5]

Miniatures

Market research conducted for predecessor company GE Fabbri's Star Trek: The Figurine Collection indicated that the public would be more interested in starship miniatures than character figurines and provided its successor, Eaglemoss, with the impetus to commission the Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection, which debuted in the UK in May 2012.

A spin-off partwork called the Star Trek Starships XL Edition, exclusively comprised of larger models from the Official starship collection, premiered in the US in 2017.

On 31 January 2018, the company introduced the Star Trek: Discovery The Official Starships Collection partwork, which transitioned into the Star Trek Universe line in 2021, as is detailed below.

In Japan, many products from the Official and DIS starship lines have been released by De Agostini, another partwork publisher, under its own imprint.

Another monthly partwork, the Star Trek: The Official Busts Collection, premiered on 4 October 2018, featured 4.5 to 6 inch-tall polyresin busts of a number of Star Trek characters, and concluded after the release of twelve issues.

Eaglemoss/Hero Collector's Ben Robinson giving away ships at a 2019 convention

In June 2020 and in association with Perfect World, the company debuted the Star Trek Online Starships Collection, which presented four to six-inch starship miniatures from Star Trek Online, the massively multiplayer online role-playing game.

Similar to De Agostini's (short-lived) Japanese project, the company test-marketed the Star Trek: The Next Generation Build The USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D partwork in the UK and US in early 2019, which featured a 70 cm-long "build-your-own" electronic and die-cast metal USS Enterprise-D model kit. Following Eaglemoss' decision to retool the model before initializing subscriptions, the 120-stage partwork premiered in March 2021 (in the UK, US, and EU) and was shortly thereafter test-marketed in Japan by De Agostini.

Due to the lack of availability of new CG starship assets (as of July 2020), the production of ships from the third season of Star Trek: Discovery was delayed, and resulted in the company's decision to suspend the DIS partwork after the release of (numbered) issue 33. In October 2020, Eaglemoss further reported that it planned to release more models from DIS in a future starship miniatures line, combined with ships from Star Trek: Picard and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. [10] It was subsequently named the Star Trek Universe: The Official Starships Collection and launched to retail in March 2021. Additionally, large XL Edition models from DIS and PIC will continue as releases within the first (Official) starship partwork.

In June 2019, the company's project manager first indicated that the company will manufacture starships from Star Trek: Prodigy and the forthcoming untitled Section 31 series. [11] The company also confirmed that the first ships from its Star Trek: Lower Decks starships line will debut in January 2022. [12]

Books

The book publishing division of the company – formally known as Eaglemoss Publications Ltd. – publishes the Star Trek: Designing Starships series of hardcover reference books, compiled from starship design articles in the starship collections' magazines and supplemented with new material.

Later mass-market versions of these books as well as the subsequent ("in-universe") Star Trek: Shipyards, Illustrated Handbook, and the Star Trek Celebration series were published by Eaglemoss, utilizing Penguin Random House's Publisher Services division for the production and distribution of titles, under the Eaglemoss/Hero Collector imprint. The arrangement is reminiscent of the one entered into by Midsummer Books Ltd. when they partnered up with Eaglemoss' predecessor GE Fabbri for the launch of the Star Trek Fact Files.

Largely based on material from the Star Trek Fact Files and subsequently updated and expanded, mass-market volumes of the comprehensive Illustrated Handbook reference book series are also in production.

Michael Okuda, John Eaves, Anthony Montgomery, Rick Sternbach, Judy Elkins, André Bormanis, and Doug Drexler visiting company convention booths

Non-English editions of some of these books have also been published by Cross Cult, De Agostini, and Egmont/HarperCollins Publishers. Eaglemoss partnered with Simon & Schuster in 2018 for a contest to cross-promote the DIS partwork and the first three novels involving the series. [13]

Eaglemoss began to publish volumes of the Star Trek Graphic Novel Collection in January 2017. This series of hardcover books was composed of previously published Star Trek comic books from a wide range of publishers and ran for 150 issues. The company also collaborated with IDW to produce a variant edition of the Star Trek: Year Five, Issue 6 comic book in 2019.

The company published the Star Trek Nerd Search: Quibbles with Tribbles puzzle book in September 2020, and released the Star Trek Voyager: A Celebration, Mr. Spock's Little Book of Mindfulness, and Star Trek Cocktails books later in the year. The 2020 titles stood out as works that were not based on previously published works, but were rather original works conceived by the editorial staff of Eaglemoss. Following suit as such were Star Trek - The Original Series: A Celebration, Star Trek: The Next Generation Nerd Search: Bloopers of the Borg and Star Trek Discovery: The Book of Grudge, which saw publication in 2021. Creating Star Trek: The Next Generation: A Season by Season Companion – Season 1: 1987-1988, the first volume of a new reference series, is scheduled for release in 2022.

The Star Trek reference books became the template, both for contents and format, for the company's similar works that explored other notable sci-fi franchises, most conspicuously Battlestar Galactica, Stargate, and the satirical Star Trek homage, Galaxy Quest, using the same publication and distribution methodology as utilized by their Star Trek counterparts.

Other products

From a new advent calendar series that encompasses a number of other licensed entertainment properties, the company plans to release the Star Trek: Borg Cube Advent Calendar in late August 2021. [14]

Through its webshops, Eaglemoss has retailed a number of Universe Publishing's Star Trek-themed calendars, including its groundbreaking Ships of the Line series.

In 2020, Eaglemoss' webshop began to retail Mego's Star Trek figures. It also markets a number of other Trek products, including art prints and posters, dedication plaques, kitchenware, barware, decoratives, clothing, apparel, key chains, pin badges, lapel pins, and a variety of other novelties.

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  1. At the turn of 2020/2021 Eaglemoss ran into severe delivery troubles for all their publications because of two reasons beyond their immediate control; the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit. A flareup of the pandemic caused massive delays at the UK/EU borders at the turn of the year because truck movements were constricted out of precaution, which took months to get resolved. The by the pandemic induced personnel shortages in the transportation sector continued to plague the company, well after the immediate border problems were solved, [1] and extending far beyond Europe as well. [2] [3]
    The second reason was the circumstance that Brexit became definitive and in full effect at 24.00 hours on 31 December 2020. Like many other British companies with strong EU trading ties, Eaglemoss opted for transferring their warehouse and distribution center from London, UK – which was subsequently closed [4] – to the European continent, Waghäusel-Kirrlach, Germany in Eaglemoss' case, in order to avoid their substantially larger European customer base (see this entry for further clarification) being hit with with hefty VAT taxes and import duties, besides circumventing the unavoidable longer customs hold-ups at the now reactivated UK/EU border. The German warehouse was originally slated to start operating on 13 January 2021, but did not open its doors until a month later, on 9 February. [5]
    British customers were henceforth also to be physically served from the German warehouse as well, but in their case price surcharges were avoided because as a domestic company, its distribution center was formally still located on UK soil – that is, on paper at least. While this arrangement (as part of the UK/EU "divorce" trade deal settlement) entails that EU customers could no longer order at the UK webshop without heavy "fines" and vice versa, it remains to be seen however, how long this administrative trickery will be allowed to remain in place for British customers, considering the rising trade tensions between the EU and the UK; if these spiral out of control, Eaglemoss will be left with no other option than to reopen an actual UK-based warehouse for the home market as their second one, but that will inevitably result in above-regular inflation price increases nonetheless.
    All this this led to massive delivery delays for subscribers and customers. Brett Coles, the head of Eaglemoss' Customer Service did his best to inform the customers as best a he could through both the service's dedicated Facebook-page and a flurry of December-February emails sent to subscribers and those customers who had items on order at that particular point in time. Nonetheless, he was unable to avoid that customers were confronted with delivery delays of at least four months and more. When bad winter wheather [6] and (Brexit-related) carrier problems [7] also came into play, the situation became so bad that Cole sent out emails to European customers in early February, offering to have their outstanding orders rescinded, accompanied by a discount code if they choose to reorder items at a later, more convenient time. While services have since then been resumed at a more-or-less normal level, the ripple effects of the delays still played an adverse role in Eaglemoss' product release planning by late 2021.
  2. Eaglemoss' licensed products from Space: 1999, the British cult favorite, debuted in 2021 after lengthy negotiations with the licensor. [8]
  3. Eaglemoss was formerly a sister company of Data Base Factory when both were subsidiaries of the Financière Aurénis Group. [9](X) Data Base Factory was acquired by CCA International Inc. in 2015 and presently performs several marketing-related services for Eaglemoss in the UK (and various non-English-speaking countries), under its new company name.
  4. Anovos and ThinkGeek began to market a number of Eaglemoss Star Trek products, commencing in 2018 and 2019, respectively.
  5. In the past, Eaglemoss has surveyed collectors to evaluate their interest in sixty to eighty centimeter-long starship models with built-in lights, forty centimeter-long models with LED lighting (specifically, a USS Enterprise refit, a USS Enterprise-D, and a USS Voyager with movable nacelles), and a fifty centimeter-wide USS Enterprise-D bridge with electronic features, among many other items.

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