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In The Meantime | STAR TREK DISCOVERY

The Final Frontier proved it still has a lot of space that has been left unchartered as the latest dip to the well STAR TREK: DISCOVERY overflows with enthusiasm and an entirely refreshing perspective of popular culture’s longest running space epic.

When CBS announced that it would launch a subscriber based streaming network and that its very cornerstone there would be a brand new Star Trek series, many doubted the relevancy of such a move. Many speculated that the fandom had all but burned out on the vision of the future inspired by Gene Roddenberry and introduced in 1966. Star Trek: The Original Series was cancelled after three seasons, but went on to achieve an entirely new level of success in syndication…the rest is — literally — the history of the future.

The most recent full-length feature film Star Trek Beyond continued the adventures of the crew of the Starship Enterprise from an alternate timeline running concurrently to the adventures of the heroes first introduced in The Original Series. With their sights set on establishing themselves in the subscriber market, CBS turned to the enduring franchise once again and Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller to executive produce the new iteration of the series. With these powerhouse creatives attached many anticipated that the new series would be set outside of established continuity.

Instead Star Trek: Discovery would be clearly foraging its own path, but would venture forth from very familiar territory.

Set 10-years prior to historic first 5-year mission of the Starship Enterprise the new series would depict an era often discussed in Trek lore but hardly illustrated: the Federation/Klingon War has finally come to the small screen. Star Trek: Discovery would trump nearly every trope of its predecessors, introducing not one but two new hero ships to elaborate its narrative and their crew, but also altered the centrifugal view of the storyline from the perspective of its captain, but from a particularly significant crew member.

A New Discovery

Star Trek: Discovery is told from the perspective of the uniquely gifted crewman Michael Burnham (portrayed by Sonequa Martin-Green) who serves as the First Officer of the exploratory vessel the USS Shenzhou under the command of Captain Philippa Georgiou. When their ship comes across a clandestine Klingon ship on the edge of the galaxy, Burnham takes measures that put the Shenzhou and everyone aboard in the crosshairs of the Klingon Empire. It isn’t long before her actions plunge the Federation int a war with the greatest adversaries!

The first three episodes of the premiere season define and set the tempo for the rest of its First Season. “The Vulcan Hello”, “Battle at the Binary Stars”, and “Context Is For Kings” setting a pace that is completely of its own design. Given the circumstances that Burnham finds herself in, Starfleet’s first mutineer, is recruited by captain of the experimental warship USS Discovery Captain Gabriel Lorca to serve aboard the Discovery. Though many are at odds with Burnham and what she represents, it isn’t very long before she proves herself essential to their mission.

For the casual viewer who hasn’t been inducted into Star Trek: Discovery it is worthy of its legacy. The first truly serialized storyline, each episode stands alone, but is interconnected with an overall arc that ultimately leads to one of the most incredible reveals of its initial launch. Star Trek: Discovery did not set about to reinvent the wheel, but it did find a new way of taking its audience on an entirely inspired ride, that is as exploratory as the spirit of Star Trek itself. For those who are still unconvinced, before diving in too deep digest for the first three episodes in the series.

There is much discovery to be had!

Star Trek: Discovery The First Season is available though CBS All Access.

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UnBoxing | Eaglemoss Collections “Enterprising” Redesign from STAR TREK BEYOND

The latest Special Edition release from Eaglemoss Collections reveals the dramatic redesign incorporated into the iconic hero ship as it appeared in director Justin Lin’s Star Trek Beyond.

When Justin Lin stepped into the director’s chair for Star Trek Beyond the filmmaker known for pushing the speed limits on the Fast & The Furious franchise wanted his venture into the final frontier to instantly stand apart from its two predecessors. In the third feature length film set in the “alternate” Kelvin Timeline introduced when J. J. Abrams rebooted the cinematic universe of one of the most beloved and long-enduring sci-fi series, the Star Trek universe’s most iconic hero ship would be once again redesigned, reimagined and reinterpreted for a new generation.

In 2009 when Abrams recast the crew he also demanded that the Enterprise get a major retrofitting that would befit his vision of a more contemporary Starfleet. The Enterprise maintained its familiar classic silhouette but appeared more a silver-white hot rod than its more practical looking 1960s space-faring namesake. For Lin’s adventure the Starship Enterprise NCC-1701 would be once again overhauled, not as dramatically as one would have imagined; the detailing is subtle and nuanced, only to have the ship meet its end by the end of the movie’s first act.

The starship itself has evolved and been modified ever since it was introduced in Star Trek (2009). After the climatic confrontation of Star Trek Into Darkness left the ship badly damaged, before it is recommissioned to begin its five-year mission, the Enterprise received several upgrades, though those were not so readily obvious. With Lin inheriting the reigns of the franchise Star Trek Beyond would actually introduce not one, but two versions of the Enterprise during the course of the film. The filmmaker had two surprises in store for the audience.

As the Enterprise arrives at deep space station Yorktown we get our first glimpse of the ship as it’s been handling the rigors of space during the first three-years of its five-year mission. Unlike her crew and especially its captain which is showing some signs of wear and tear, the Enterprise herself has never appeared more glorious. Though Abrams had been heavily criticized for reimagining the iconic ship, setting it in an “alternate timeline” immediately endeared the forward looking design with the fanbase.

The new “Special Issue’ Enterprise from STAR TREK BEYOND.

“Beyond” Imagining

For Star Trek Beyond Lin wanted the Enterprise to appear more elegant and sleek, but he also requested that she look particularly fragile, especially when facing off against destructive invading armada sent by the movie’s villain Krall. Lin wanted the nacelles of the ship to come apart in the first wave of the attack, and also requested that the neck connecting the saucer and the engineering hull appear much more slender so that when Krall’s fighters dive in they basically shred the ship in wave after wave.

To the casual viewer, the upgrades — very subtle touches — almost went unnoticed, but the trained eye the Enterprise did appear differently and the recent “Special Issue” release of the ship available from Eaglemoss Collections as part of its Star Trek Starships Collection makes those changes all the more apparent. Never compromising the majesty of the Starship Enterprise NCC-1701 the model coming in at nearly 8 inches, really does give us our first very detailed look at Lin’s Enterprise from Star Trek Beyond.

Even though the Enterprise is ripped to pieces 20-minutes into the film, we can appreciate the detailing that went into her. The most obvious of the cosmetic changes is one that was first glimpsed at the end of Star Trek Into Darkness and that it the longer impulse engine that is placed at the rear of the saucer. Lin also had the ship’s nacelles more proportionately shorted and swept back away from the saucer. The director felt that the more muscular nacelles that were part of the original redesign were much too big and outweighed the ship and were too close to the saucer.

Pulling them back and shortening them gives the Enterprise a much more agile shape, and in profile actually makes the ship look as if she’s moving fast. The more streamlined detail to the engineering hull that courses up the side of the neck connecting the saucer also appear to much more organically support the ship, giving the Enterprise the appearance of a slim, wild bird in active decent. The saucer section of the ship also benefits from more detailing including to its surface, making the Enterprise much more believable on screen.

Gone Too Soon

The starship model makes it all-too real that at least this version of the Enterprise never really got its day in the sun. In continuity this is the ship that Captain Kirk and his crew set upon their historic five-year mission, but it’s unfortunately ruined three-years in and doesn’t bring the crew back the Yorktown space station at the end of the film. That honor goes to the Starship Franklin (also available as a “Special Issue” model from Eaglemoss Collections). Though the crew may be stranded on the Yorktown for the moment, a newly constructed and commissioned ship is crafted.

Built from the struts up, the redesigned Starship Enterprise NCC-1701-A is introduced and launched from the deep space station to take our heroes onto their next mission. The Constitution-class ship is not all that dramatically different and shares many similarities with its predecessors, but is meant to withstand more vigorous tasks and we’ll hopefully get to see her in action in the next installment of the Star Trek features. This time we can hope, this Enterprise lasts longer out in the field.

Eaglemoss Collections Starship Enterprise NCC-1701 (Star Trek Beyond) is a “Special Issue” release and part of the Star Trek Starships Collection available by visiting the site here.

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/. 

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.