MAGAZINE REVIEW: Star Trek The Official Starships Collection #1

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From the people who last year, brought you the Batman Automobilia Collection!

Last year I raved on about the Batman Automobilia Collection, and I am pleased to say that those clever chaps at Eaglemoss have done it again – this time with Star Trek. I had a long think about a hypothesis of mine, and then tested my theory on the least geeky people I know – my parents! My conclusion: the USS Enterprise probably is the most iconically recognised spaceship in Sci-Fi. It’s hard to have that conversation amongst ourselves, because as geeks we all have our favourite, and can’t comprehend the idea that the layman wouldn’t recognise the Falcon in silhouette, or the outline Discovery One (it’s been a round for +40 years now!). But the Enterprise is instantly recognisable, generation upon generation, anywhere on this globe!

So what’s inside? The first issue covers the NCC-1701-D – Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Enterprise as captained by Picard. You get a very detailed history of the build of the ship, as laid out by the accumulation of Trek lore, and a lot of technical specifications. There’s also a lot of very beautiful pictures, anecdotal information relating to key moments or episodes, and trivia (I didn’t know that the -D had appeared in every series except – TOS obviously)

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The model stands on its own weight plinth, and is very detailed and fine to handle – expect to see a few fan clips on YouTube, as they certainly lend themselves to that use.

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I was also lucky enough to see Issue #4, which covers the NX-01 – Capt. Archer’s ship from Star Trek: Enterprise. Again, the issue is very thorough in covering all aspects, including the issues in filming – it’s not all CGI, and lots of models were built over the years.

It’s important to point out that it’s not just Enterprises: Issue 5 features a Romulan Warbird, and Issue 3 is a Klingon Bird-of-Prey. And if you take out a subscription, you get a Borg Cube which also lights up!

Now for the fine-print: the first issue is £1.99, the second £5.99 and all subsequent ones are £9.99. Subscribing get’s you:

  • a Binder and access to the online version (as with the Batman magazine, you can see the first one for free on an iPad) on your first delivery
  • a Dedication Plaque (a replica that could be found on the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D) with your second delivery
  • a Future Enterprise-D Ship (Q’s heavily armed, three-nacelled Enterprise-D from the final episode of ST: TNG 140mm long) with your fourth delivery
  • a deadly Borg Cube which lights up with your sixth delivery

You can cancel your subscription at any time giving 28 days notice.

Live long and prosper!

GS Reporter: SilverFox

GS Rating: 4/5

Sources: Official Magazine Site

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2 comments

  1. Jay /

    When was the D in Voyager?

    • SilverFox /

      Hi – good question! The magazine doesn’t give details, but I did some research on cross-overs; there are several (10) crossovers from TNG into Voyager (13 if you count Q!), but it would appear that the episode “Life Line” (24th episode from the sixth season), is the culprit, featuring Reginald Barclay and Deanna Troi from TNG, the latter being situated on the Enterprise. No doubt the Enterprise was in shot circling a planet for a whole 2 seconds, but it counts as an appearance…

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