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UnBoxing | Eaglemoss Collections STAR TREK Starships “Concept Ships” Are Here!

The farthest reaches of the Final Frontier continue to grow as Eaglemoss Collections introduces some very rare starship designs to the expanding line of models in the Official STAR TREK Starships Collection.

Eaglemoss Collections continues to prove a leading retailer of Star Trek collectibles and memorabilia, accelerating their lines of starship models to include vessels from the new series Star Trek: Discovery while ramping up their hero ships to the “XL Editions” which feature larger, more detailed releases of the popular vessels appearing throughout the Star Trek franchise. The initial product line of Official Starships Collection has passed the hundred mark, and has included several “special issue” variations including ships from the 1990 “reboot” feature films.

Recently the modelers have become far more ambition and have given fans the first-ever reproductions of starships that have been created outside of the cinematic canon of the series, including the USS Titan the ship captained by Will Riker in the popular line of novels, and the USS Aventine another starship that has itself become legendary inside of the publication of books. Far more enticing the recent additions of “concept ships” vessels that were imagined as part of the Star Trek timeline or introduced as potential designs have been introduced as models.

Among these new additions Andrew Probert’s initial design for the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-C. The ship only made one appearance in the fan-favorite episode “Yesterday’s Enterprise” which chronicled its significant final moments, but Probert, who was also instrumental in the design of The Next Generation’s NCC-1701-D, had very ambitious ideas for the predecessor to the series’ star vessel. The Ambassador-class was always imagined as a hybrid between an Excelsior-class and the inevitable Galaxy-class, and even appeared on the wall in the conference room.

Andrew Probert’s original concept art for the Ambassador-class Enterprise NCC-1701-D.

Probert’s “Concept Design” now a beautifully detailed model that can be purchased as a “Special Edition” from Eaglemoss is much more elegant and fluid than the final model that was built to appear in the episode. The Enterprise-C that meets its fate on camera was much more practically constructed and didn’t divert attention from the show’s star — the Enterprise-D. Probert’s design for the very naturally sets in with the evolution of the Federation flagship and with its longer nacelles (reminiscent of the Excelsior) makes for a formidable starship.

The model itself is nearly 5” inches in length and excellently detailed and comes with a Special Edition magazine that provides some very unique CGI perspectives of what this Enterprise might have looked like on screen.

Eaglemoss Collections Enterprise-C “Concept” model.
Eaglemoss Collections Enterprise “Phase II” Concept model.

Phase Not “2” Be

Before Star Trek The Motion Picture debuted in theaters, the studios original intention was to bring Star Trek back to television. “Phase II” has it had been entitled would reunite Kirk and his crew with the exception of a particular Vulcan science officer, and would also feature a slightly modified and more-streamlined USS Enterprise. Matt Jeffries the mastermind behind The Original Series starship design was recruited once again to append and update the Constitution-class NCC-1701 for the more savvy television audiences of the late 1970s.

Although he wasn’t all-too keen on rejoining the family, Gene Roddenberry insisted the Jeffries be instrumental in updating the Enterprise giving the ship a few very familiar looking upgrades that would inspire the final look of the ship when it finally reemerged on the big screen. Now Eaglemoss has taken Matt Jeffries notes and given Star Trek fans their first fully realized mode of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701 “Phase II” Concept as it might have appeared in a brand new television series.

Applying significant details to the surface guaranteed that the ship would look much more contemporary on television, especially given that audiences were already initiated into the looks of space ships that had appeared in Star Wars and would also appear on Battlestar Galactica. Jeffries didn’t feel it was important to reinvent the wheel so he focused on the obvious giving the nacelles a new shape and added some fins to give the starship the sensation of forward momentum. The engineering section was afforded a much more substantial shape as well.

When the decision was made that Star Trek would instead go straight to features, much of Jeffries new design had already been implemented to the shooting model. Rather than start from scratch, the visual effects team simply further updated surface details and made other adjustments modifying the “Phase II” ship to the much more familiar design of the “Refit” Enterprise that appeared in the final film. Eaglemoss Collections model brings the concept design to life and even helps to place it within the context of Star Trek canon.

The model comes with a magazine that details its evolution from concept to model to eventual redesign for the feature film. Each model is available exclusive through the Eaglemoss Collections website here: https://shop.eaglemoss.com/usa/. 

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UnBoxing | Star Trek Discovery Starships Collection

Eaglemoss Collections continues the tradition of creating for fans only the most exceptional line of starship models that now include the Federation’s all new additions with ships from Star Trek: Discovery.

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We’re not giving anything away by revealing that if you’ve been watching Star Trek: Discovery long time trekkers have recently been vindicated! Their faith has paid off and the newest franchise installment has thrown a major curveball in its Season One that has had audiences — new and old — reeling with delight! The adventures of Specialist Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) may have only just begun, but the USS Discovery is destined for greatness for sure. The highly anticipated return of Star Trek to television has been met with thunderous applause.

Selectively setting themselves apart in the collectible arena Eaglemoss Collections the creators of officially sanctioned memorabilia including the expansive Star Trek Starships Collection (which includes more than 100 standard starship die-cast models, nearly a dozen “special edition” releases and now the larger XL Edition line) is expanding on its brand with the release of the Star Trek Discovery Official Starships Collection. An entirely new assortment of die-cast and resin models based on the vessels appearing in the new CBS All Access Original Series.

The premiere release is appropriately the USS Shenzhou NCC-1227a Walker-class vessel and when DSC launches it is the ship at the center of it all. Captain Philippa Georgiou’s vessel is beautifully captured in this new model that measures nearly 8” inches in length and is expertly detailed so collectors can get a good look at the hero ship designed for the series by veteran Star Trek production artist John Eaves. The model sits rightly perched on its display stand and includes a collector’s magazine with concept art and the USS Shenzhou’s mission profile.

Designs Discovered

There was a lot about Star Trek: Discovery that immediately got the attention of fans, not withstanding the starship designs especially of its two hero ships. The USS Shenzhou and the USS Discovery chronologically are meant to belong to the same fleet as the Constitution-class USS Enterprise which is sharing the same space somewhere in the Alpha-Quadrant on its initial mission under the command of Captain Christopher Pike. The starships that have been introduced in DSC appear far more sophisticated even to the predecessor NX-01 Enterprise.

Fortunately there’s an established very good reason why the ships look so dramatically differently, and it was a theory introduced by longtime Star Trek designer John Eaves— and it’s a really good one. Eaves who has been responsible for creating designs for previous franchise television spin-offs and theatrical features, and who has had a hand in the shape of several “hero” ships was tasked with spearheading the designs of DSC two premiere vessels. He drew inspiration from aviation and most specifically from the 40’s era of “X” planes.

The theory is that these series of Starfleet ships, which have gone into service 100-years after the duly noted NX-01 commandeered by Johnathan Archer, divert dramatically from architecture that may have been heavily influenced by the Vulcan cooperative that pioneered the warp-5 designs. The USS Shenzhou and the USS Discovery including other ships in the service of the Federation in 23rd Century of Star Trek: Discovery are meant to reflect a drastic departure independent of any previous design influences, inherently far more Earth-influenced — experimental and pioneering.

The CG model used in the series serves as the template to recreate each individual scaled replica which is colored and detailed to match.

Although the Constitution-class Enterprise is already setting records on its maiden voyage, the USS Shenzhou captained with distinction by Philippa Georgiou (series guest star Michelle Yeoh) is considered “past its prime” and technologically dated in comparison to the more “streamlined” Enterprise or even the experimental USS Discovery. When the ship is introduced into the show, Georgiou who has been grooming her first officer Michael Burnham for her own command, appears to almost be suggesting retiring the USS Shenzhou, that is until the reemergence of the Klingons!

Special Edition Collectible

Following the widely popular Star Trek Starships Collection XL Editions also by Eaglemoss Collections reissuing the most popular hero ships in the line cast in a more formidable scale, the Star Trek Discovery Starship Collection is taking its lead from the success of the “Special Edition” models and giving fans a larger, more detailed to scale offering to add on the shelf. Alongside the recently released XL Edition of the NX-01 Enterprise the USS Shenzhou properly assumes its place in Star Trek history and looks to confirm to continuity seamlessly.

The fan-favorite magazine that accompanies the models have also been scaled down from the Official Starships Collection fanzine size; the new 8×10 glossy presentation won’t slip easily into the established binders, but certainly provide a tighter and comprehensive look at each ship. The cover art puts the series’ CG model front and center and inside the ship’s specifications are supported by previously unreleased perspectives of the Star Trek Discovery ships that really bring them to life. In 16-pages learn everything there is to learn about the latests ships in the fleet.

The price point is also well-suited and as an introductory offer subscriptions to the line begin at $9.99 with your first order, and each vessel in the collection will be shipped at under $50 — a 15% discount from purchasing the collection at retail price, and you’re guaranteed to not miss any new arrivals. Issue 2 continues with Captain Lorca’s USS Discovery NCC 1031 and will spotlight a dozen ships from the series including a half-dozen Federation ships that are inspired by this, the “experimental” era of Starfleet, to bring down the merciless Klingons.

Star Trek: Discovery The Official Starships Collection is available to order by visiting eaglemoss.com/discovery for exclusive subscription offers.

Unboxing :: Eaglemoss STAR TREK STARSHIPS Special Editions

The collectable line of starship models unveiled some very special new editions that include never before realized “hero” ships and an entire new collection starring the vessels featured on the just premiered hit original series Star Trek Discovery.

Eaglemoss Collections has expanded on its series of collectible models to meet the demand and expectations of its dynamically enthusiastic fanbase. The expansive final frontier of their signature line of Star Trek Starships Collection now includes “oversized” versions of the famous ships named Enterprise including Kirk’s Constitution-class from The Original Series stunningly depicted in rich die-cast detail and measuring a little over 8”.

The most recent addition to the “oversized” line includes Archer’s NX-01 which is now available for pre-order, and joins the Galaxy-class and Sovereign-class ships. Though the Enterprise is without a doubt the most famous of all the starships in the Federation’s Starfleet, the flagship isn’t the only vessel to have served with widely popular distinction. Throughout Trek history there have been many ships of the line that have stood out, or are still blazing a legacy for themselves.

Special Editions Indeed

Recently unveiled at New York City Comic-Con the Eaglemoss design team wasted no time in bringing to the forefront several key, new ships into the collection, some for the first time manifesting into physical representations of themselves — especially after winning fandom imagination over with their thrilling adventures within the pages of some of Pocket Books most memorable Star Trek novels.

Among the first ships to attract attention was the much anticipated release of the USS Titan. Captain Will Riker’s first command is mentioned (but not seen) in the last film to feature TNG crew Star Trek Nemesis. It was then made famous in the series of novels that continued the mission to broker peace between the Federation and the fractured Romulan Star Empire. The Luna-class USS Titan ship registry NCC-80102 was distinct in origin since it was designed by a fan.

It was one of the first times that the Star Trek brand extended to its audience an opportunity to become part of its history by creating the next “hero” ship to lead the Federation into the farther reaches of space. The honor went to Sean P. Tourangeau who was selected among hundreds of candidates with his exceptional design of the exploratory vessel that featured the Enterprise’s one-time first officer and his own intrepid crew.

The Luna-class ship was intended to serve multiple functions and featured a modular design which included a structural pod was placed just aft of the saucer section and above the ship’s bridge, and served as the ship’s main science and observation area. Once fully outfitted the USS Titan was dispatched on its first mission to Romulas. Ironically it mirrored the design aesthetic of the Sovereign-class and the Intrepid-class.

The Eaglemoss Collections model is beautifully detailed and captures the relevancy of the Titan which is now so well established that it is even featured within the recently released Fourth-Edition of the Star Trek Encyclopedia. Fans of the novels which continued the exploits of Capt. Riker and Counselor Troi who serves alongside her husband onboard the Titan will no doubt appreciate the effort taken to realize this ship design for the collection.

Going Even Deeper

Following the tradition in excellence of the novelizations which have extended the continuity of Star Trek adventures especially expanding on the timeline established for The Next Generation and the rest of their fellow 24th-century inhabits, another crew that has emerged with great distinction is that of the spin-off series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Though settled on an outpost at the edge of the final frontier, once the show went off-air its cast of characters widened their horizons.

Though the Dominion War played out as a major arc during the remaining final seasons of DS9 there were several repercussive storylines that emerged from that epic confrontation. One particular story threat lead to the introduction of the USS Aventine which would be commanded by Ezri Dax, a character featured prominently in the final season of the show. The majestically styled Vesta-class ship with the registry of NCC-82602 became an instant fan favorite.

The model was introduced at New York City Comic-Con as a “convention-premiered” Special Edition which convention goers scooped up, but has recently resurfaced on the Eaglemoss shop website and is available now. The accompanying magazine delves deep in the creation of this ship which rivals that of the Sovereign-class ship in scope, though it is unique in that it is among the first Starfleet vessels to feature the experimental Quantum Slipstream Drive.

The USS Aventine is now the second recent “Special Edition” release in the Eaglemoss line, joining the Titan, to introduce a ship from the novels as a physical model! Another vessel that was made into a model was the larger-size Special Edition release of the SS Enterprise (Refit) which had been intended to appear had the series ran a longer course.

A New Discovery

The latest original series Star Trek Discovery has also yielded its own particular line of collectible ship models from Eaglemoss that are now available for pre-order to ship in January. Many eager fans were treated to the prototype at NYCC of the series premiere “hero” ships the USS Shenzhou and the USS Discovery itself. These models will be slightly larger than the usual starship models in the line with the Discovery coming in at nearly 10 inches long.

Visit the Eaglemoss Shop https://shop.eaglemoss.com website to reserve your Special Editions now.

Unboxing :: STAR TREK Starships Collection – DAEDALUS CLASS

Eaglemoss Collections marks a milestone with the release of a class starship design for its 100th issue! The USS Horizon comes to life in this die-cast model with full details about the Daedalus Class ship often featured in The Original Series.

For the ardent Star Trek collector there is nothing more fascinating than the various ships in the fleet that provide an unwavering optimism that leads to fanciful expectations about the future of space travel and man’s potential to traverse the final frontiers beyond our own milky way. Gene Roddenberry imagined a 22nd Century and beyond with Star Trek and built upon the imaginations of many to world build a Federation that included many intrepid explorers before and after the legendary voyages of the famous first five-year mission of the Starship Enterprise.

Its captain James T. Kirk was only one of the many explorers to take those first steps into the unknown, and although we know of the adventures of Capt. Jonathan Archer that predated Kirk’s own mission, and captains Picard, Sisko and Janeway that would make their own contributions further into the 24th Century, there is still so many more missions that we’ve yet to mine. With each release in Eaglemoss Collections Star Trek Starships Collection we get a greater scope of the mythology of space travel within the realm of Star Trek.

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A (Daedalus) Class All Of Its Own!

Launched in the latter half of the 22nd Century, the Daedalus Class (Issue #100) is an explorer vessel that would replace the more compact and sportier-corvette look of the NX class ships that pioneered Earth’s ventures into uncharted territory. By 2161 the Federation of Planets was constituted and this brought the planet Earth closer to its space-faring neighbors. In accordance with Starfleet’s aspiring directives to seek out new life and civilizations, ships like the USS Horizon (a Daedalus Class explorer) were commissioned.

Approximately 140 meters in length, the Daedalus Class was right fitted to carry a crew compliment of about 230 individuals, and could achieve a speed of warp 7, far superseding the NX class which was limited to warp 5. Configured similarly to other Starfleet vessels, the design featured a primary hull connected to a secondary engineering section, with two nacelles placed in close proximity to the ship’s midsection. The Daedalus Class was uniquely identified by its spherically shaped primary hull, which at the time was felt a shape that would best withstand the vacuum of space.

An Original Concept

The Daedalus Class was based on an initial design by Original Series designer Matt Jefferies who when charged with realizing Roddenberry’s vision for the Enterprise avoided using a saucer because it might have felt cliche, so the artist chose a sphere for the ship’s main characteristic. A lot of the concepts first explored by Jefferies were also based in functional reality and physics, and the idea of a spherical primary hull made perfect sense. On the model it makes for a very dramatic appearance and very utilitarian approach.

The die-cast model is based on a model that was commissioned by Michael Okuda and built by Greg Jein. The Daedalus Class would become a popular design within the Star Trek mythology, and definitely does suggest the evolution of space travel between Archer’s NX ship and Kirk’s own Constitution-class that would become legendary. Eaglemoss’ approximately 5.5 inch replica may be the first time that collectors have had a chance to hold this classic ship and examine it from every perspective.

Eaglemoss Collections Star Trek Starships Collection Issue #100 DAEDALUS CLASS is available now at most retail collector stores or through the website at www.startrek-starships.com.

STAR TREK: DISCOVERY :: What We Know So Far…

CBS is preparing to take audiences back to the Final Frontier with an all-new and enlightened original journey with STAR TREK: DISCOVERY. The latest installment of the franchise has already hit some turbulent space and it hasn’t even launched the airwaves, but set your phasers for stun and prepare to engage!

When CBS first announced that it wanted to bring Star Trek back to television, many imagined that the network was caught up in the celebratory sensations linked to the long-enduring franchise which is still in the midst of its 50th Anniversary. The Original Series which took popular culture by storm and introduced us to Gene Roddenberry’s crew of the now legendary USS Enterprise created a phenomenon that has lead to four proper spin-off series, an animated Saturday morning TV show, thirteen motion pictures and countless hours of fan adulation!

With the growing advent of original subscriber base content CBS is hoping to lure a larger audience into its clutches on CBS All Access with Star Trek: Discovery the first new series hitting the television market in 12 years. The last of course being the prequel series Star Trek: Enterprise which starred Scot Bakula. Since then Star Trek was rebooted on the big screen thanks to J.J. Abrams who with his genius engineered an entirely refreshing take on the original recasting all the major roles and turning the Enterprise into a luxury-sized space Lexus!

There have been three films to follow, Abrams dictum, the last released in 2016 Star Trek Beyond doing well enough at the box office to stimulate interest in the studio to pursue a follow-up that may will bridge the generations. In the meantime, there is more than enough Star Trek to go around and CBS is hoping to pique audiences enough with the latest journey which promises to be a very different voyage in to the far reaches of space, with a focus not necessarily on the individual sitting in the captain’s chair, but on a crew member embarking on their greatest adventure yet.

Actor Jason Isaacs in the role of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Capt. Gabriel Lorca in an image first released by Entertainment Weekly.

Of Discovery

This much we already know about the new Trek series, it won’t be about the captains at the center of the seat. There will be captains along this journey, the captain of the Starship Discovery will be played by Jason Isaacs of Harry Potter fame. He plays Captain Gabriel Lorca, a master tactician who will find himself in the crosshairs of the Federation’s oldest adversaries, the Klingons. The series is set before Captain James T. Kirk’s historic mission, making Star Trek: Discovery another prequel series.

And although their will be some familiar faces popping into the narrative, it’s not necessary centered on the enduring legacy of a certain Starship Enterprise. It follows the life trials of a first officer played by Sonequa Martin-Green who left from one franchise hit (The Walking Dead) and into the spotlight of another. Martin-Green will be playing First Officer Michael Burnhum of the USS Shenzhou and her life is about to open up when she sets foot aboard Discovery. This will be the first time that a Trek series will be seen through the eyes of someone outside the captaincy.

Martin-Green has commented that it hasn’t escaped her, the enormity of what she’s about to step into and the legacy that is Star Trek. Though there has been certain controversies surrounding the production, first the obvious delays in production, the fact that it will be a serialized story that will run the length of the season, but strangely some have commented on the diversity among its cast, which is truly shocking! Considering Roddenberry’s mission of inclusivity of all cultures, races and religions that have at the core of Star Trek’s eddic, Discovery is a reflection of the times.

Her character, Michael Burnhum (deliberately a name that is most commonly associated for a man’s name) is on a very unique trajectory, one that audiences of Star Trek have never experienced before. Burnhum is a student of the Vulcan Learning Center and the Vulcan Science Academy — in fact the first human to emerge from these academies, hence her unique relation to Sarek, Spock’s father (played by James Frain). Show-runners Aaron Harberts and Grethen J. Berg are promising it will be very different, following the path of this one character to discovery.

Fans won’t have much longer to wait! Star Trek Discovery is set to premiere on CBS on Sept. 24 before transporting on the CBS All Access streaming service, with distribution on Netflix across the world.

Star Trek: Discovery premieres Sept. 24th on CBS with First Season episodes streaming on CBS All Access.

Star Trek: Discovery first look at Jason Isaacs as Captain Lorca

Here’s a major first look at Star Trek: Discovery: Above is the first photo of Jason Isaacs as Gabriel Lorca, a steely Federation Starship Captain who’s considered a brilliant military …

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