I was reading at The Telegraph online about the Official Starships Collection, a new partwork in the UK from Eaglemoss. The information in the report coupled with local magazine sales data and the success of non-circulation science fiction products provides us with enough information to set our expectations about sales of this new series – months or even a year before it reaches Australia.
It’s frustrating newsagents are not part of the conversation. I’d love to talk with Eaglemoss about what we could do with partworks if the scale out and distribution were better handled. So many missed opportunities.
Here’s some of the report from The Telegraph online that I found interesting:
The launch of The Official Starships Collection has been long awaited by some, Eaglemoss began test marketing the collection in May 2012 and was due to officially launch in the UK and Ireland in February of this year but due to extraordinary demand for the publication as well as other manufacturing issues, they were forced to delay the official launch until August 21st 2013. Retailer WHSmith sold almost 7000 copies nationwide within the first 2 days of the first issue being available.
Eaglemoss has not officially announced how many issues will be included in the collection, however the first 30 have been confirmed and include a number of Federation vessels, from all series in the franchise, as well as a Borg Sphere and several of the more common Romulan and Klingon ships. Those hoping for a Borg Cube will have to subscribe to the publication, which is at this time rumoured to be running to a total of 70 issues (R.R.P. £9.99), which could set the most avid collector back almost £700.