(written from a Production point of view)
Star Trek: Communicator was the main publication of the Official Star Trek Fan Club. An evolution from Star Trek: The Official Fan Club Magazine, Communicator was a bimonthly magazine, and began releasing with issue 100 – continuing the issue numbering from its predecessor.
On 9 February 2001, Decipher purchased the assets of FANtastic Media, including the fan club, and continued publication of Communicator. In 2005, the company announced the cancellation of the magazine after issue 155, citing complaints about subscription mailing delays as well as threats of lawsuits; the underlying cause was financial, due to the collapse of the card gaming industry that was Decipher's mainstay.  Attempts to revive the publication by creator/club founder Dan Madsen and managing editor Larry Nemecek have, to date, been unsuccessful.
Recurrent sections Edit
- Note: a concerted effort was made to group articles and interviews that shared similarities into sections, though both section contents as well as section headings changed several times during the publication run. A typical subdivision was:
- Readers' letters
- News on upcoming episodes, information on Trek actors, sets, behind-the-scenes, etc.
- Information and interviews with actors and actresses in Trek
- Specifications of ships and stations, "Treknology"
- Star Trek gaming
- Quark's Bazaar
- Catalog of items for sale from the fan club.
The Decipher version of the magazine has seen at least one internationally released variant in the form of the edited Italian language Star Trek: La Rivista Ufficiale, which was published between 1997 and 2000 by Fanucci Editore. From 2000 onward, publication of the magazine was taken over by the official Italian Star Trek fanclub, STIC, with a restarted numbering as "(Inside) Star Trek magazine".
Starship replica exclusivesEdit
A number of "limited edition" cold-cast resin Star Trek starship miniatures, measuring from eight to twelve inches in length, were produced in 1996 by Legends in 3 Dimensions for the fan club and sold through mail order around the turn of the millennium. Advertised as fanclub exclusives and made available through issues of Star Trek Communicator magazine, these replicas were also retailed at Las Vegas' Star Trek: The Experience, with editions limited to 2,500 models per ship.
A small pewter miniature of the USS Enterprise-E was also retailed by mail order through Star Trek Communicator magazines during the same era. Produced by Rawcliffe in 1997, the miniature was a homage to the legendary gaming miniatures, released by their former licensor FASA over a decade before, and duly executed in (approximately) 1:3900 game scale.
The separate Captain's yacht Cousteau exclusive was produced by an unknown manufacturer and executed in PVC rather than cold-cast resin, but was also designed and mastered by John Eaves. Limited to 5000 pieces, the Cousteau model came with a dedication plaque stand.