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Star Trek Universe: The Official Starships Collection is a forthcoming British partwork magazine and product line that is slated to premiere in April 2021 and will be published by Eaglemoss Collections under its Hero Collector imprint.

The line is scheduled to debut simultaneously in the UK, Europe, and the US, and will be available in a number of countries worldwide. Subscriptions are available to select countries, and products will be widely retailed by the company's international webshops and many other retailers.

Each sixteen-page issue will include a (roughly) six to ten inch-long (150 to 250 mm-long) hand-painted [1] scaled replica of a starship from Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard, and/or Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.

Cast in ABS and die-cast metal, a number of starship designs will be reproduced here (as miniatures) for the first time by any manufacturer.

It will later serve as a continuation of the Star Trek: Discovery The Official Starships Collection, as part of its scope, and may grow to encompass future Star Trek projects that are currently in production.

Once again, Ben Robinson will act as the senior manager of the project and a co-author and co-editor of the accompanying magazines.

Gift premiums will be released to subscribers and larger Special Edition starship models have been scheduled. XL Edition models of some popular "hero ships" from the above Star Trek shows will also be manufactured for (and retailed within) the first Official Starships Collection.

A sister publication of the Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection, Star Trek: The Next Generation Build The USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D, and Star Trek Online Starships Collection lines, it is authorized and licensed by CBS Consumer Products.

Issues

Star Trek: Picard The Official Starships Collection

No. Cover Title/Contents Model Lng* Scale
(01) Star Trek Universe Starships Collection issue 1.jpg La Sirena

31/03/2021

  • Contents, p. 2
  • La Sirena Specification, p. 3
  • La Sirena, pp. 4-7
  • Designing La Sirena, pp. 8-14
Eaglemoss La Sirena.jpg ~229 mm ~1:374
(02) Star Trek Universe Starships Collection issue 2.jpg USS Zheng He

04/2021

Eaglemoss USS Zheng He.jpg ~220 mm ~1:2804
(03) Star Trek Universe Starships Collection issue 3.jpg Romulan Bird-of-Prey

05/2021

Eaglemoss Romulan Bird-of-Prey PIC.jpg ~145 mm
(04) Star Trek Universe Starships Collection - Picard temp cover.jpg Fenris Ranger Ship Eaglemoss Fenris Ranger Ship.jpg
(05) Star Trek Universe Starships Collection - Picard temp cover.jpg Narek's Snakehead Eaglemoss Narek's Snakehead.jpg
(06) Star Trek Universe Starships Collection - Picard temp cover.jpg Romulan Bomber Warbird Eaglemoss Romulan Bomber Warbird.jpg
*Starship length as measured from bow to stern, where applicable.

Upcoming issues

Renders of upcoming starship models appeared in promotional material and on mock-ups of the box artwork.

Temp. cover Title Starship
Star Trek Universe Starships Collection - Picard temp cover.jpg Oh's Romulan warbird Oh's warbird, dorsal.png
Star Trek Universe Starships Collection - Picard temp cover.jpg Wallenberg-class Eaglemoss Wallenberg-class.jpg
Star Trek Universe Starships Collection - Discovery temp cover.jpg Hunhau transport ship Eaglemoss Hunhau Transport Ship.jpg
Star Trek Universe Starships Collection - Discovery temp cover.jpg USS Discovery NCC-1031-A (refit) Eaglemoss USS Discovery-A.jpg
Star Trek Universe Starships Collection - Discovery temp cover.jpg USS Nog Eaglemoss USS Nog.jpg
Star Trek Universe Starships Collection - Discovery temp cover.jpg USS Voyager NCC-74656-J Eaglemoss USS Voyager NCC-74656-J.jpg
Star Trek Universe Starships Collection - Discovery temp cover.jpg Unidentified four-nacelled 32nd century Starfleet ship Eaglemoss 32nd C Starfleet ship.jpg

Pin badge set

First previewed as a forthcoming product through the company's US webshop in early 2021, this set will also be distributed as a gift premium.

Title Set
Star Trek: Picard Pin Badge Set Star Trek Universe Starships Collection gift pins.jpg

Gifts

Subscribers will receive gift premiums at predetermined delivery milestones during the duration of the partwork's run, and vary in different territories.

Delivery Title Gift
1st Star Trek: Picard Pin Badge Set
(early subscriber bonus)
Star Trek Universe Starships Collection gift pins.jpg
2nd Collector's binder Star Trek Universe Starships Collection binder.jpg
3rd 'Speed of Light' plaque Star Trek Universe Starships Collection Speed of Light plaque.jpg
5th Metal mug with Starfleet Headquarters logo
(early subscriber bonus for UK/EU)
Star Trek Universe Starships Collection mug.jpg
6th USS Toussaint (Inquiry-class) Eaglemoss USS Toussaint.jpg
8th Star Trek Universe-themed print
(UK/EU)

Background information

Box art mock-up

In July 2020, the company announced that its Discovery starship line and its subscriptions would be suspended after the release of issue 33, due to production delays with the third season of DIS and the resulting lack of new CG assets.

Eaglemoss further reported in October 2020 that it planned to release more starship models from DIS in a future starships line, combined with ships from Picard and Strange New Worlds, [2] and later indicated that the 32nd century Federation fleet from the third season of DIS would be produced. [3] Additionally, a number of unused Klingon starship designs from the DIS partwork may eventually be put into production. [4]

Magazine spread

In February 2021, Robinson reconfirmed that the Universe line will begin with ten ships from Picard and then pivot to Discovery vessels. Robinson had yet to receive any CG assets of starships from the Strange New Worlds production but revealed that he had received four variants (two unique physical models in two distinct liveries) of the Inquiry-class starship from PIC's producers. [5]

Regarding a larger model of the retrofitted 32nd century USS Discovery, Robinson reported, "The hope is to get this out in 2021. We're doing what we can to accelerate an XL version of the Disco-A". [6] Although a formal announcement has not been made by the company, this Disco-A is currently listed (at M-A) within the Official Starships Collection, as a larger XL Edition model of La Sirena is already slated for release within it.

Appendices

Footnotes

  1. The models are painted freehand and with the use of paint masks (templates), alongside pad and tampo printing processes. From CAD files made from conversions of the original CGI studio models, the earliest prototypes are 3D printed in resin and, once approved by Eaglemoss and the licensors, are tooled and manufactured in China using a variety of injection, vacuum, and compression molding techniques. [1]

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