Trek Untold

Hosted ByMatthew Kaplowitz

"Trek Untold" is the Star Trek podcast that goes beyond the stars! This show features guests, including character actors, stunt performers, directors, writers, VFX artists, and the behind-the-scenes people who make the Star Trek universe boldly go where no sci-fi franchise has gone before.

The Trek Untold podcast is not endorsed by, sponsored by, nor affiliated with CBS, Paramount Pictures, or any other Star Trek franchise

32: Ben Robinson, Star Trek Book Author & Head of Hero Collector

If you collect anything from Star Trek, chances are you have at least one of those Hero Collector die-cast starships somewhere in it. Today, we’re speaking with the man responsible for that line, Ben Robinson.


Ben is the head of Hero Collector, a division of Eaglemoss, and has been the man behind their Star Trek, Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, WWE, Aliens, Ghostbusters, Marvel and DC figure collections, among other licenses. He’s also an author of over a dozen books on Star Trek, including a new one being released this holiday season.


Ben discusses growing up in England and what led him towards writing, working on the Star Trek Fact Files and Official Star Trek Magazines, and some memorable moments from interviews with cast members. We also learn about the process behind making the Hero Collector starship line and chat about the toy industry to see why Trek toys seem to struggle in big chain stores.

A slew of new books just came out, and we talk about them, including “Star Trek Nerd Search: Quibbles with Tribbles,” “Star Trek Cocktails,” “Mr. Spock’s Little Book of Mindfulness,” and Ben’s latest book “Star Trek Voyager: A Celebration.”

Plus, a look at an unproduced Hero Collector product, and what are the plans for Hero Collector in 2021 with Star Trek? We have a tease for something massive on the horizon that’s about to be announced, and we have the first bit of info about it!


Learn more about Hero Collector and their diverse range of products here –


Order directly on Hero Collector or by using our Amazon Affiliate links below, which help us out at no extra cost to you:


“Star Trek Voyager: A Celebration” –


“Star Trek Cocktails: A Stellar Compendium” –


“Star Trek Nerd Search: Quibbles with Tribbles” –

“Mr. Spock’s Little Book of Mindfulness: How to Survive in an Illogical World “-

 Check out the Build The Enterprise-D program here –

Here are some of the other books by Ben Robinson we discussed today –

U.S.S. Enterprise Manual (Haynes Owners Workshop Manual)


“Star Trek: The Next Generation”: The U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D Illustrated Handbook –

Star Trek Shipyards – Starships: 2294 to the Future


Pick up Armin Shimerman’s new book “Illyria: Betrayal of Angels” from


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