Star Trek Beyond was easily one of the best feature length Star Trek films, combining great storytelling with imaginative graphics and superb acting. That said, we are proud to have finally taken delivery of two of the ships portrayed in the film: a Constitution class cruiser, USS Franklin NCC-1743 (STSP08), and its nemesis, an Altamid Swarm ship (STSP09).
Both are part of the Eaglemoss Special Edition series, meaning they are larger than a standard-sized star ship and made in far fewer numbers. We are already starting to run low on both of these exciting releases and we are not sure if they will be restocked and if so, when, considering many of the earlier Special Edition releases are still on back order with no sign of their return to the Neutral Zone.
With the debut of the latest Star Trek series, Star Trek Discovery, just a few days away, Eaglemoss has begun showing off images of the series star attraction. The USS Discovery NCC-1301 features a distinctive disk in the forward section of the ship, which is circumnavigated by a second larger disk attached to several connectors. This unusual configuration is connected by its neck to a larger splayed fuselage which, in turn, is affixed to the traditional twin engine nacelles. Its a radical departure of sorts, since most of the Federation starships boast a single saucer where most of the ship’s activities take place. We can only assume there is a reason for this odd configuration that will likely be explained as the series commences.
We will be listing the Discovery ship on our site shortly, which will reportedly be followed by additional ships from the new series. No price has yet to be established, although rumor has it that this line will be more in line with their XL range of larger starships that come bundled with their own magazines.
If you’ve been wondering what new rabbits Eaglemoss plans to pull out of its Star Trek hat, wonder no more. Word on the street is that they plan to offer a glow-in-the dark series of standard-sized starships, beginning with the USS Defiant NCC-1764. A fuzzy image was uploaded by Ben Robinson, project manager for the Eaglemoss Star Trek series, showing how the product would likely look when viewed in the dark. No further product information was provided and whether or not the starship would come bundled with the customary magazine.
While most Trekkies no doubt expected a rendition of the USS Franklin as part of the Eaglemoss Star Trek Universe, it was a bit of a surprised when the Company announced plans to offer an over-sized replica of one of the Swarm Ships. Measuring 8 inches in length and capable of carrying two crewmen, the Swarm ship were employed in large numbers on Altamid by the planet’s original inhabitants sometime prior to the 2160s. In the year 2263, Krall used his swarm to attack the Federation starship USS Enterprise under the command of Captain James T. Kirk. Approaching the Enterprise in orbit of Altamid, these ships initially appeared to be one large vessel, emitting an unidentifiable signal, but quickly separated and attacked in a coordinated effort to disable the Constitution-class ship. Surrounding and ramming it repeatedly, these ships inflicted serious damage on the Enterprise, first severing its warp nacelles before finally separating its primary hull from its secondary hull.
Look for the Swarm ship to make an encore appearance some time in September.
Apparently, late March is shaping up to be a big month for all things Star Trek. Not only were a number of new Star Trek-related merchandise announced by Eaglemoss last week, the Company also primed the pump and is now delivering on several products that were announced several months ago.
Perhaps the most noteworthy newcomer is their inaugural large scale starship, which is based upon the iconic USS Enterprise NCC-1701. Measuring some eleven inches in length (as compared with a 5-inch standard-sized Enterprise) and packaged with the customary collector magazine, we predict this one to sell out quickly, no doubt forming the cornerstone to an entirely new segment of the Eaglemoss universe. Also arriving is their first Designing Starships reference guide, a 160-page full-color, hardbound book detailing the creation of many of the earliest standard-sized starships. Of course, no discussion would be complete without a survey of the newest standard-sized ships to join the Eaglemoss navy. They are, in chronological order:
EMST0086 – Star Trek Gorn Starship [With Collector Magazine]
EMST0087 – Star Trek Federation Aeon Timeship [With Collector Magazine]
Now that Chinese New Year has slipped into the intergalactic rear view mirror, Eaglemoss Collections has shed light on some of their Star Trek standard issue releases slated for a mid year release. Six starships are pegged to get underway this summer, among them the following:
At long last, Eaglemoss Collections has shed light on some of their upcoming standard starships destined for release in 2017. The following ships have now been added to the range and scheduled to arrive in staggered shipments over the course of the year:
101. Bajoran Antares Class Freighter
102. Klingon D5 Battle Cruiser
103. Vidian Warship
104. Federation Galaxy Class Starship – USS Jenolan (NCC-2010)
105. Smuggler’s Ship
106. Kazon Warship
107. Klingon Attack Bird-of-Prey (Wings Down)
108. Federation Cheyenne Class Starships – USS Ahwahnee (NCC-71620)
109. Borg Queen’s Vessel
110. Federation Springfield Class Starship – USS Chekhov (NCC-57302)
111. Captain Proton’s Rocket Ship
112. Federation Nebula Class Starship – USS Phoenix NCC65420
113. Lokirrim Fighter
114. Federation Challenger Class Starship – USS Buran (NCC-57580)
115. Tellarite Cruiser
As usual, the lineup is skewed towards Federation starships, which have thus far proven to be the most popular choices among collectors. A smattering of new races have been added, including the Tellarites and Vidians, along with some rather obscure ships, such as an unnamed smuggler’s skiff and Captain Proton’s rocket ship, which resembles something from a Buck Rogers saga. Of note is the USS Chekov, no doubt paying homage to Anton Yelchin, the actor portraying Pavel Chekov in the NuTrek series of feature films, who lost his life in a freak accident in 2016. We anticipate news concerning the rest of the Star Trek Starships series shortly.
After the ship’s commissioning in 2387, AmbassadorSpock piloted the Jellyfish during his attempt to save the Milky Way Galaxy from destruction by a massive supernova before it destroyed the planetRomulus. Spock used the Jellyfish to inject red matter into the supernova, resulting in the creation of a black hole that absorbed the nova. While the plan succeeded, Spock was unfortunately too late to stop the nova from destroying Romulus.
The ship was destroyed when the younger Commander Spock of the alternate reality was able to retrieve the ship and piloted it on a collision course with the Narada, igniting the red matter inside. Spock survived the collision and was beamed aboard the USS Enterprise at the last moment.
If you like them big, “bold”, and beautiful, then you may want to grab a seat at the helm of the latest Star Trek starship about to join the fleet. According to information from Comic Con, held this weekend in New York City, Eaglemoss will begin scaling up their line of starships, offering select ships in a mega-sized format, which shows off far more detail, and possibly come illuminated. According to Ben Robinson, project manager for the Star Trek series, “all of the Enterprises” and other “hero ships” (including DS9’s USS Defiant, the USS Voyager, and possibly the USS Excelsior) would be produced in a large scale.” Judging by the photo, it would appear as if USS Enterprise NCC-1701 will kick off the series. No word concerning the exact size of the first replica, its price or date of availability, but its refreshing to see them take the series in new directions, thereby satiating even the most discriminating collector.
Along with several new standard sized starships, Eaglemoss also plans to offer new printed material this fall, in the form of a 160-page reference book series comprised of starship design articles compiled from the Collection’s individual magazines. According to Memory Alpha (http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Star_Trek:_The_Official_Starships_Collection), the first perfect bound installment, Designing Starships Volume One, focuses on thirty-three ships and was supplemented with additional articles and concept artwork not found in the saddle stitched magazines. The first edition of one hundred copies was retailed at a recent Birmingham convention. No word as yet concerning its price and whether it will be made available in North America and elsewhere.