(written from a Production point of view)
|Publication:||Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection|
|Cover date:||2012 - 2017|
Each fortnightly issue includes a hand-painted ABS and diecast metal scaled replica of a starship from the Star Trek universe. Notably, the magazine line has produced many starship models that have never been released by any other licensed company.
Ben Robinson, the project's manager, utilizes the original CGI studio models for reference whenever they are available. For starship designs without available 3D models, designers "Mojo" Lebowitz, Rob Bonchune, and Doug Drexler have supervised the construction of new ones. A number of new 3D models have been built by Meshweaver and cgreactor. These models are converted into tooling masters at the factory and renders of them are often used for illustrations in the magazine.
Each accompanying 20-page magazine features articles about the design, filming, and on-screen appearances of the original studio model(s). Detailed "in-universe" information about the vessel's history, crew, weapons, and technology is also included. An online version of each magazine is made available to subscribers.
UK Issues Edit
|1||USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D
|2||USS Enterprise NCC-1701 (2271)||135 mm||1:2260|
|3||Klingon Bird-of-Prey (B'rel Class)
|5||Romulan Warbird||135 mm||1:10000|
|6||USS Voyager NCC-74656
|7||K't'inga-Class Battle Cruiser||134 mm||1:2610|
|8||USS Excelsior NCC-2000
|9||USS Defiant NX-74205
|10||Borg Sphere||67 mm||1:9000|
|11||USS Reliant NCC-1864
|12||USS Thunderchild NCC-63549||120 mm||1:3870|
|14||Cardassian Galor Class||140 mm||1:2660|
|15||USS Equinox NCC-72381
|17||USS Dauntless NX-01-A
|18||Bajoran Solar-Sailor||83 mm||1:390|
|19||USS Stargazer NCC-2893
|20||Klingon Attack Cruiser||135 mm||1:3570|
|21||USS Enterprise NCC-1701-E
|22||Krenim Temporal Weapon Ship||150 mm||1:10350|
|23||Nebula Class (USS Honshu)
|24||Xindi Insectoid Warship||131 mm||1:1150|
|25||USS Prometheus NX-59650
|26||Tholian Starship (2152)
|27||Romulan Bird-of-Prey (2152)
|30||Nausicaan Fighter||104 mm||1:870|
|31||Romulan Warbird Valdore||96 mm||1:6270|
|32||Starfleet Runabout (USS Orinoco)||115 mm||1:201|
|33||Cardassian Hideki Class
|34||Vulcan Surak Class
|35||Klingon Bird-of-Prey (2150s)
|36||Oberth Class (USS Grissom)
|37||Andorian Battle Cruiser
|38||Starfleet Delta Flyer
|40||USS Enterprise NCC-1701-B
|42||USS Pasteur NCC-58925
|43||Species 8472 Bioship
|44||United Earth Starfleet Intrepid
|45||Malon Export Vessel|
|46||USS Enterprise NCC-1701-C
|47||Klingon IKS Negh'Var|
|48||Armored USS Voyager ("Endgame")|
|50||USS Enterprise NCC-1701 (2266)|
|52||USS Centaur NCC-42043|
|53||Klingon Attack Ship|
|54||Steamrunner-class (USS Appalachia)|
|56||Saber-class (USS Yeager)|
|57||Romulan Bird-of-Prey (2266)|
|58||Borg Tactical Cube|
|59||USS Relativity NCV-474439-G|
|60||SS Botany Bay|
|61||Norway-class (USS Budapest)|
|62||Voth Research Vessel|
|73||Borg Type 03|
Extra Issue Edit
In May 2015, the magazine's project manager announced that an extra issue of the magazine will be made available in late autumn 2015. The model will be a deco variant of an earlier regular release.
|N/A||ISS Enterprise NCC-1701|
Special Issues Edit
Eaglemoss announced that it had received licensing to release starships from Star Trek's alternate reality as "special issues", alongside unique starships and space stations from Star Trek's prime reality. These "special" models are larger than the regular releases and retail at roughly twice the price.
The company hoped to release special issues quarterly and has also made them available to retailers. In the future, some models may incorporate moving or separating parts, unlike the fixed-in-position regular releases.
|SP1||Deep Space 9
|SP2||USS Enterprise NCC-1701
|SP5||USS Kelvin NCC-0514|
|SP6||Enterprise NX-01 Refit|
Starship Dedication Plaques Edit
In March 2015, the magazine's project manager announced that additional starship dedication plaques would be made available to subscribers and through Eaglemoss' online shop. The first plaque is slated for release in the second half of 2015.
|1||N/A||USS Voyager dedication plaque||210 mm||1:2|
|2||N/A||USS Defiant dedication plaque||210 mm||1:2|
|3||N/A||USS Enterprise dedication plaque||210 mm||1:2|
Premium Subscription Issues Edit
Additional issues were offered to online subscribers in France, Germany, Austria, and Luxembourg in January 2015 but availability to France was withdrawn in February 2015 without comment.
Four Starfleet shuttlecraft, each measuring about ten centimeters long, will be sent exclusively to "Premium Subscription" members who pay an additional monthly fee. A small magazine will accompany each model.
In March 2015, the magazine's project manager announced that the shuttlecraft issues will be made available worldwide at a later date and stated that they would be marketed differently to other countries. Alternate deco variants of these models may be offered to other countries in the future.
Gift Premiums Edit
Gift premiums (known here as "loyalty gifts") have been delivered to subscribers. These free items include a binder for holding the magazines, a cast resin USS Enterprise-D dedication plaque, a three-nacelled Future USS Enterprise-D model, and a battery-powered, LED-illuminated plastic Borg Cube.
Japanese subscribers will receive a unique LED-illuminated Borg Cube (approximating the television version of the cube) rather than the regular UK release (which approximated the movie version). This smaller cube may be made available for retail release outside of Japan at a later date. A USS Enterprise Command division key ring will be released by De Agostini as a gift exclusively in Japan, in lieu of a free magazine binder.
Additional magazine binders have been released to retail, and a "limited edition" binder (with alternate artwork) was released in December 2014. The other gift premiums may also be made available for retail sale in the future.
Distribution issues have resulted in some subscribers receiving their gift premiums months later than the scheduled intervals indicated on the magazine's subscription sites. However, the magazine's Terms and Conditions state that the company has the right to modify this schedule unilaterally. Delivery of the UK version of the Borg cube to the US has been delayed due to issues with US Customs.
For American and Canadian subscriptions, the gift premiums are scheduled for much later subscriber milestones than is the case for all other territories.
|1||N/A||Magazine Binder||300 mm||N/A|
|1*||N/A||USS Enterprise Command Division (TOS) Key Ring (*Japan)||45 mm||N/A|
|2||N/A||USS Enterprise-D dedication plaque||210 mm||1:2|
|3||N/A||Future USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D ("All Good Things...")||139 mm||1:4610|
|4||N/A||Borg Cube||150 mm||1:20600|
|4*||N/A||Borg Cube (*Japan)||80 mm||1:37500|
UK Test Marketing Edit
The first five issues were test-marketed at retail in England's South West region beginning in May 2012. The company's website also began to solicit UK subscriptions at that time. Due to unexpected heavy demand and the resulting production and distribution challenges, new subscriptions were suspended at the end of July 2012.
Upon receipt of the first five issues, subscribers were advised that the magazine had been suspended and that confirmation of forthcoming issues from the publisher was pending. Free gift premiums were not distributed to subscribers. This type of early "test release" is a common practice for partwork publishers.
UK and Ireland marketing Edit
In September 2012, a Facebook page was established for the magazine and Eaglemoss subsequently announced that a full UK roll-out of the line was slated for February 2013. New subscriptions resumed on 17 September 2012 and the company confirmed that gift premiums and more issues were forthcoming.
Initially, the company had plans for seventy issues and displayed a provisional list at the Destination Star Trek London convention in October 2012. Since the provisional list was first shown, a number of possible additional issues have been identified by the line's project manager through social media. Residents of the Republic Of Ireland were added to the UK subscriber base in early 2013.
On 9 January 2013, the company announced that the line would be indefinitely placed on hiatus until a new manufacturer was found, following the closure of their contracted production facility by Chinese authorities. The starship models produced by the first factory were used for the UK and Japanese test releases and some later appeared in large volume online auctions from Hong Kong. Notably, the early Klingon Bird-of-Prey, USS Enterprise-D, and Future USS Enterprise-D models display paintwork that differs markedly from later releases.
In early April 2013, Eaglemoss sent emails to subscribers stating that the magazine was back in production at a new factory and that shipping would resume in August 2013. This re-launch date was confirmed on the line's newly redesigned website in May 2013 and the first issue was re-released on 21 August 2013.
Data Base Factory manages Eaglemoss' subscription and customer services for the UK market. Eaglemoss and Data Base Factory are sister companies and are both subsidiaries of the Financière Aurénis Group.  COMAG UK distributes subscription mailings in the UK and Ireland.
When the regular series was launched, Eaglemoss indicated in the FAQ section on their official UK website that the total regular series run would consist of the seventy issues as previously announced, but by late 2014, Eaglemoss increased the number of forthcoming regular issues to a new total of ninety. Many of the magazine's official websites were redesigned and placed into Eaglemoss' main website in December 2014.
Additional Provisional Issues From 2012 Convention ListEdit
- Borg probe
- Borg Queen's vessel
- Breen warship
- Federation holoship
- Federation mission scoutship
- Goroth's starship
- Jem'Hadar battleship
- Son'a collector
- Son'a command ship
- Suliban cell ship
- USS Enterprise-A
- USS Enterprise-J
- Vulcan long range shuttle
- Xindi-Reptilian starship
Additional Ships From 2012 Promo PosterEdit
Additional Possible Issues Identified On Social MediaEdit
- Academy flight trainer
- Bajoran raider*
- Borg cube (alternate design)
- Class J*
- Federation attack fighter
- Kazon Predator class
- New Orleans-class
- Romulan science vessel
- Romulan shuttle*
- Smuggler's combat vessel
- Tamarian deep space cruiser
- USS Raven*
- USS Rhode Island
- Vidiian starship
- Warp Delta
- Armstrong type
- Earth Spacedock
- Klingon warbird
- Mayflower type
- Newton type
- Space Station K-7
- Starbase 375
- USS Enterprise undergoing refit in spacedock
- USS Enterprise-D under construction in spacedock
- USS Enterprise-D (oversized)
- USS Enterprise-E (oversized)
International Marketing Edit
All English-language magazines and models distributed outside of the UK are identical to the UK releases. Aside from those countries where it has entered into joint ventures with established outside publishing partners, Eaglemoss has outsourced its customer services, distribution, translation, and editorial services for non-English language areas to Data Base Factory. 
In Japan, the line is published and distributed by De Agostini and carries its imprint on the cover. The first six issues were released in 2012 in a test marketing run, similar to the UK's initial test release. De Agostini's subscriber website went live in April 2014 and the first issue was re-released on 20 May 2014. The magazine's running order differs from the UK's.
In May 2013, the company launched their US website and American subscribers began to receive issues in October 2013. At the same time, the line was also made available for retail sale by US retailers affiliated with Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc..
The line was made available to Canadian retailers through Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. commencing in August 2013 and issues began to reach shops in October 2013. The subscription website went live on 25 January 2014 and issues began to reach subscribers in early May 2014. LS Distribution Logistics distributes Canadian subscriptions. Special issues are available exclusively at retailers and are not offered to subscribers.
After a five-issue test marketing run and website launch in early 2014, the magazine fully relaunched in Germany in January 2015. The magazine's running order differs from the UK's. It is distributed by Interabo GmbH.
Early imported issues began to reach retailers in Australia beginning in December 2013. An Australian subscriber website went live in February 2014. Subscriptions and wide retail availability commenced on 31 March 2014. Bissett Magazines Pty. Ltd. distributes the line.
Imported early issues began to reach some New Zealand retailers beginning in December 2013. On 9 August 2014, a New Zealand subscriber website went live. Subscriptions and wide retail availability commenced in October 2014. Netlink Subscriptions, a division of Netlink Distribution Co. Ltd., distributes the line. On 24 April 2015, the distributor announced that there are no plans to release the special issues in New Zealand. 
A new website was launched and online subscriptions were briefly available to the residents of France in January 2015. Without comment, the website for France was discontinued in February 2015. In April 2015, the project manager indicated that the line will be launched in France later in 2015.
On 3 October 2014, the company announced that online subscriptions would begin for Dutch subscribers in March 2015. No retail availability is planned.
On 3 October 2014, the company announced that online subscriptions would begin for Spanish subscribers in March 2015. No retail availability is planned.
Availability to Austria was included in Germany's online subscription launch in January 2015.
Availability to Luxembourg was included in Germany's online subscription launch in January 2015.
The Rest of the WorldEdit
On 3 October 2014, Eaglemoss announced that they had acquired licensing for all of Europe and stated that the line would begin to be released in the remaining countries of Europe commencing in 2015. The company also stated that it hoped to release the line in other territories in the future but did not offer specific dates or countries. The magazines list additional details for South African, Malaysian, and Singaporean distribution. In a number of countries, retailers have imported issues of the magazine from the UK for resale.
- ↑ Ben Robinson has previously used live-action production CGI studio models to create illustrations for other licensed Star Trek print publications, in the process becoming, at least where the Star Trek franchise was concerned, a pioneer by doing so. He commissioned Rob Bonchune (and others) to render models for use in the Star Trek Fact Files and its US magazine derivative. Robinson served as project manager, editor, and writer of many issues of those publications (incidentally, published by one of Eaglemoss Collections' two original constituent parts, GE Fabbri), foreshadowing his similar role at the Official Starships Collection.
- Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection - official Australia website
- Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection - official Canada website
- Star Trek: Die Offizielle Raumschiffsammlung - official Germany website
- Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection - official Japan website
- Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection - official New Zealand website
- Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection - official UK and Ireland website
- Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection - official US website
- Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection - official Facebook page
- Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection at Twitter.com
- Ben Robinson (project manager) at Twitter.com
- Hero Collector - official Eaglemoss Collections collector website
- Irish Trekkie - Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection Youtube Reviews
- Some Kind of Star Trek - Official Starships Collection Resource
- Star Trek: Starships.Wordpress.com - Starship Collection Review
- The Trek Collective - Starships Index