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This article covers Star Trek role-playing games and reference works which were produced by FASA and a number of related gaming companies.

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Gaming miniatures

FASA gaming miniatures promotion leaflet 1985 FASA gaming miniatures promotion leaflet 1988
1985 promotion leaflet showing finished miniatures
1988 leaflet showing additional finished miniatures

When FASA released the Starship Combat Simulator (No. 2003) in 1983, which was re-released in 1985 and added as an extra component in the deluxe edition of Star Trek the Role Playing Game (No. 2001) of 1983, they simultaneously released, during 1983 and 1984, a line of starship gaming miniatures to give the game, which was standard equipped with carton playing tokens, an extra dimension. They could also be used in the later-released Star Trek III Starship Combat Game (No. 2006). The miniatures, which had a stated scale of 1/3900, were made out of pewter (a lead-tin alloy in a 60%-40% ratio respectively, according to sculptor Ab Mobasher) and packaged in a transparent bubble attached to a card (blister pack). They came unpainted and most of them required a certain amount of constructing with the aid of superglue. The 1983 edition also came with transparent plastic hexagonal stands, on which the miniatures were to be mounted, and which fitted the hex grid maps accompanying the Combat Simulator. They were colored to denominate the major factions in the game, blue for the Federation, red for the Klingon Empire, purple for the Romulan Star Empire, green for the Gorn Hegemony and neutral for the Orion Syndicate. Apart for the then-known canon ships, the range was expanded with non-canon ships as earlier designed by the FASA staff. Though not the first to release starship gaming miniatures (that distinction fell to Task Force Games, who likewise produced miniatures for their Star Fleet Battles game), the quality and imaginative designs of canon and non-canon ships alike made FASA's miniature line the most popular item of the whole FASA Star Trek product range (as well as the most popular gaming miniature line), becoming highly sought-after collectibles in their own right amongst non-gaming Star Trek fans as well. Remarkably, most of the 1983-1984 releases were issued with ISBN numbers, something normally only given to print materials.

FASA reissued the line twice, once in 1985 and once in 1988, each issue expanding the line with further additions. The color coding of the stands was abandoned with the first reissue as all models were from then on accompanied by neutral transparent plastic stands. Each release had its own distinctive design style of the cards on which the models were mounted. In 1985 FASA sub-licensed the UK-based Citadel Miniatures to manufacture the miniatures for the UK market. Apart from being mounted on different style cards, the models differed from their US counterparts in that for many models less construction was needed and that they were more detailed, due to the fact that the pewter had a higher tin content. Although that made the metal more brittle, it also made the metal harder than their relative soft US counterparts and thus more susceptible to retain detailing. Eventually, Citadel released fifteen out of the eventual thirty-four models FASA produced, when the latter lost its license in 1989. Apart from the ship models, FASA also produced 17 small pewter crew members figurines in 1983 as gaming pieces (one release only). The sculptor of the first 22 starship pieces, Abbas Mobasher, received an H.G. Wells Science Fiction Award in 1985 for his work. [1] FASA had their miniatures of the 1983/84 issues manufactured by Ral Partha Enterprises, while their 1985-1988 issues were manufactured by the Canadian company RAFM Miniatures and Games.

The popularity of FASA's Star Trek gaming models attracted the attention of Rawcliffe, who also began to release Star Trek miniatures in 1988. Sub-licensed by FASA, Rawcliffe started to release high-quality solid pewter gaming pieces with the stand now as an integral part of the model. Thirteen of FASA's models were re-made as Rawcliffe's "SS" series. FASA was mentioned as co-licensee both on the clear plastic packaging boxes and on the bottom of the stand, while simultaneously FASA's numbering was followed.

When FASA lost its license in 1989, Rawcliffe renegotiated a separate license with Paramount Pictures and acquired the molds for the models from FASA. FASA had geared up to add Star Trek: The Next Generation figures into their product line, but it was Rawcliffe that eventually released these in 1992 after FASA was unable to. These former FASA miniatures became the basis for Rawcliffe to include larger scaled starships, figurines, key-chains, and sculptures in their product line.

In 1991 Rawcliffe issued the "RF" series (which included larger scaled ship models that did not originate as FASA miniatures), but as per their new license agreement, only produced canon ships. With all references to FASA and their gaming miniatures dropped, the models were packaged in Rawcliffe's blank white carton boxes which stated only Rawcliffe's name. The models were accompanied by a small colored carton nameplate which emphasized that they were released as decorative display items.

Rawcliffe's license to produce Star Trek products expired in 1999.

FASA Role Playing Game Star Ship Miniatures, Figurines and Collector Series
No. Issue Company ISBN Item
2501 1984 FASA ISBN 0425069303 USS Enterprise FASA 2501 RPG miniature USS Enterprise 1984 FASA 2501 RPG miniature USS Enterprise 1985 FASA-Citadel ST01 RPG miniature USS Enterprise 1985 FASA 2501 RPG miniature USS Enterprise 1988 FASA-Rawcliffe SS2501 RPG miniature USS Enterprise 1988
1985 n/a
ST01 1985 Citadel
2501 1988 FASA
SS2501 1988 Rawcliffe
RF789 1991
2502 1983 FASA n/a USS Reliant FASA 2502 RPG miniature USS Reliant 1983 FASA 2502 RPG miniature USS Reliant 1985 FASA-Citadel ST02 RPG miniature USS Reliant 1985 FASA 2502 RPG miniature USS Reliant 1988 FASA-Rawcliffe SS2502 RPG miniature USS Reliant 1988
1985
ST02 1985 Citadel
2502 1988 FASA
SS2502 1988 Rawcliffe
RF787 1991
2503 1983 FASA n/a D7 class FASA 2503 RPG miniature Klingon battlecruiser D7 1983 FASA 2503 RPG miniature Klingon battlecruiser D7 1985 FASA-Citadel ST03 RPG miniature Klingon battlecruiser D7 1985 FASA 2503 RPG miniature Klingon battlecruiser D7 1988 FASA-Rawcliffe SS2503 RPG miniature Klingon battlecruiser D7 1988
1985
ST03 1985 Citadel
2503 1988 FASA
SS2503 1988 Rawcliffe
RF788 1991
2504 1983 FASA n/a Romulan Bird-of-Prey
(FASA 1983 issue in unassembled and assembled variant; Citadel issue contains two pieces)
FASA 2504 RPG miniature Romuland Bird of Prey 1983 FASA 2504 RPG miniature Romuland Bird of Prey 1983 variant FASA 2504 RPG miniature Romuland Bird of Prey 1985 FASA-Citadel ST04 RPG miniature Romulan Bird of Prey 1985 FASA 2504 RPG miniature Romuland Bird of Prey 1988
1985
ST04 1985 Citadel
2504 1988 FASA
2505 1983 FASA ISBN 0425069346 USS Enterprise
(Old design)
FASA 2505 RPG miniature USS Enterprise 1983 FASA 2505 RPG miniature USS Enterprise 1985 FASA-Citadel ST06 RPG miniature USS Enterprise 1985 FASA 2505 RPG miniature USS Enterprise 1988 FASA-Rawcliffe SS2505 RPG miniature USS Enterprise 1988
1985 n/a
ST06 1985 Citadel
2505 1988 FASA
SS2505 1988 Rawcliffe
RF786 1991
2506 1983 FASA ISBN 0425069354 Regula One FASA 2506 RPG miniature Regula 1 1983 FASA 2506 RPG miniature Regula 1 1985 FASA 2506 RPG miniature Regula 1 1988 FASA-Rawcliffe SS2506 RPG miniature Regula 1 1988
1985 n/a
1988
SS2506 1988 Rawcliffe
RF790 1991
2507 1983 FASA n/a Larson Class Destroyer FASA 2507 RPG miniature Larson Class Destroyer 1983 FASA 2507 RPG miniature Larson Class Destroyer 1985 FASA 2507 RPG miniature Larson Class Destroyer 1988
1985
1988
2508 1983 FASA ISBN 0425069370 Klingon D-10 Heavy cruiser FASA 2508 RPG miniature Klingon D-10 Heavy Cruiser 1983 FASA 2508 RPG miniature Klingon D-10 Heavy Cruiser 1985 FASA 2508 RPG miniature Klingon D-10 Heavy Cruiser 1988 FASA-Rawcliffe SS2508 RPG miniature Klingon D-10 Heavy Cruiser 1988
1985 n/a
1988
SS2508 1988 Rawcliffe
2509 1983 FASA ISBN 0425069389 Klingon D-18 Destroyer FASA 2509 RPG miniature Klingon D-18 Destroyer 1983 FASA 2509 RPG miniature Klingon D-18 Destroyer 1985 FASA-Citadel ST09 RPG miniature Klingon D-18 Destroyer 1985 FASA 2509 RPG miniature Klingon D-18 Destroyer 1988
1985 n/a
ST09 1985 Citadel
2509 1988 FASA
2510 1983 FASA ISBN 0425069397 Klingon K-23 Escort FASA 2510 RPG miniature Klingon K-23 Escort 1983 FASA 2510 RPG miniature Klingon K-23 Escort 1985 ''No image yet'' FASA-Rawcliffe SS2510 RPG miniature Klingon K-23 Escort 1988
1985 n/a
1988
SS2510 1988 Rawcliffe
2511 1983 FASA ISBN 0425069400 Gorn Cruiser
(two pieces)
FASA 2511 RPG miniature Gorn Cruiser 1983 FASA 2511 RPG miniature Gorn Cruiser 1985 FASA 2511 RPG miniature Gorn Cruiser 1988
1985 n/a
1988
2512 1983 FASA n/a Orion Blockade Runner
(three pieces)
FASA 2512 RPG miniature Orion Blockade Runner 1983 FASA 2512 RPG miniature Orion Blockade Runner 1985 FASA 2512 RPG miniature Orion Blockade Runner 1988
1985
1988
2513 1983 FASA n/a Klingon L-9 Frigate FASA 2513 RPG miniature Klingon L-9 Frigate 1983 FASA 2513 RPG miniature Klingon L-9 Frigate 1985 FASA 2513 RPG miniature Klingon L-9 Frigate 1988 FASA-Rawcliffe SS2513 RPG miniature Klingon L-9 Frigate 1988
1985
1988
SS2513 1988 Rawcliffe
2514 1983 FASA ISBN 0425069438 Loknar Class Frigate FASA 2514 RPG miniature Loknar Class frigate 1983 FASA 2514 RPG miniature Loknar Class frigate 1985 FASA 2514 RPG miniature Loknar Class frigate 1988
1985 n/a
1988
2515 1984 FASA n/a Romulan Winged Defender FASA 2515 RPG miniature Romulan Winged Defender 1984 FASA 2515 RPG miniature Romulan Winged Defender 1985 FASA-Citadel ST15 RPG miniature Romulan Winged Defender 1985 FASA 2515 RPG miniature Romulan Winged Defender 1988
1985
ST15 1985 Citadel
2515 1988 FASA
2516 1984 FASA n/a USS Chandley Frigate FASA 2516 RPG miniature USS Chandley 1984 FASA 2516 RPG miniature USS Chandley 1985 FASA-Citadel ST16 RPG miniature USS Chandley 1985 FASA 2516 RPG miniature USS Chandley 1988 FASA-Rawcliffe SS2516 RPG miniature USS Chandley 1988
1985
ST16 1985 Citadel
2516 1988 FASA
SS2516 1988 Rawcliffe
2517 1984 FASA ISBN 0425066428 USS Excelsior FASA 2517 RPG miniature USS Excelsior 1984 FASA 2517 RPG miniature USS Excelsior 1985 FASA-Citadel ST17 RPG miniature USS Excelsior 1985 FASA 2517 RPG miniature USS Excelsior 1988 FASA-Rawcliffe SS2517 RPG miniature USS Excelsior 1988
1985 n/a
ST17 1985 Citadel
2517 1988 FASA
SS2517 1988 Rawcliffe
RF791 1991
2518 1984 FASA n/a Klingon L-42 Bird of Prey FASA 2518 RPG miniature Klingon L-42 Bird of Prey 1984 FASA 2518 RPG miniature Klingon L-42 Bird of Prey 1985 FASA-Citadel ST18 RPG miniature Klingon L-42 Bird of Prey 1985 FASA 2518 RPG miniature Klingon L-42 Bird of Prey 1988 FASA-Rawcliffe SS2518 RPG miniature Klingon L-42 Bird of Prey 1988
1985
ST18 1985 Citadel
2518 1988 FASA
SS2518 1988 Rawcliffe
RF792 1991
2519 1984 FASA ISBN 0425066444 USS Grissom FASA 2519 RPG miniature USS Grissom 1984 FASA 2519 RPG miniature USS Grissom 1985 FASA-Citadel ST19 RPG miniature USS Grissom 1985 FASA 2519 RPG miniature USS Grissom 1988 FASA-Rawcliffe SS2519 RPG miniature USS Grissom 1988
1985 n/a
ST19 1985 Citadel
2519 1988 FASA
SS2519 1988 Rawcliffe
RF793 1991
2520 1984 FASA ISBN 0425066452 Deep Space Freighter FASA 2520 RPG miniature Deep Space Freighter 1984 FASA 2520 RPG miniature Deep Space Freighter 1985 FASA-Citadel ST20 RPG miniature Deep Space Freighter 1985 FASA 2520 RPG miniature Deep Space Freighter 1988
1985 n/a
ST20 1985 Citadel
2520 1988 FASA
2521 1984 FASA ISBN 0425066460 Romulan Graceful Flyer
(Citadel issue contains two pieces)
FASA 2521 RPG miniature Romulan Graceful Flyerr 1984 FASA 2521 RPG miniature Romulan Graceful Flyerr 1985 FASA-Citadel ST21 RPG miniature Romulan Graceful Flyer 1985 FASA 2521 RPG miniature Romulan Graceful Flyerr 1988
1985 n/a
ST21 1985 Citadel
2521 1988 FASA
2522 1984 FASA ISBN 0425066479 Orion Wanderer
(two pieces; one of only two original FASA designs elevated to canon status)
FASA 2522 RPG miniature Orion Wanderer 1984 FASA 2522 RPG miniature Orion Wanderer 1985 FASA-Citadel ST22 RPG miniature Orion Wanderer 1985,jpg FASA 2522 RPG miniature Orion Wanderer 1988
1985 n/a
ST22 1985 Citadel
2522 1988 FASA
2523 1985 FASA n/a Kobayashi Maru
The second and last original Fasa design elevated to canon, though not as such, but rather as a LCARS display, quite possibly the USS Gremlin.
FASA 2523 RPG miniature Kobayashi Maru 1985 FASA 2523 RPG miniature Kobayashi Maru 1988
1988
2524 1985 FASA n/a Romulan Gallant Wing FASA 2524 RPG miniature Romulan Gallant Wing 1985 FASA 2524 RPG miniature Romulan Gallant Wing 1988
1988
2525 1985 FASA n/a Gorn BH-2 Battleship
(one issue only)
FASA 2525 RPG miniature Gorn BH-2 Battleship 1985
2526 1985 FASA n/a USS Baker Destroyer FASA 2526 RPG miniature USS Baker Destroyer 1985 FASA 2526 RPG miniature USS Baker Destroyer 1988
1988
2527 1985 FASA n/a Romulan Nova' Battleship FASA 2527 RPG miniature Romulan Nova Battleship 1985 FASA 2527 RPG miniature Romulan Nova Battleship 1988
1988
2528 1985 FASA n/a Romulan Bright One Destroyer FASA 2528 RPG miniature Romulan Bright One Destroyer 1985 FASA 2528 RPG miniature Romulan Bright One Destroyer 1988
1988
2529 1985 FASA n/a Klingon L-24 Battleship FASA 2529 RPG miniature Klingon L-24 Battleship 1985 FASA 2529 RPG miniature Klingon L-24 Battleship 1988 FASA-Rawcliffe SS2529 RPG miniature Klingon L-24 Battleship 1988
1988
SS2529 1988 Rawcliffe
2530 1985 FASA n/a Klingon D-2 Destroyer FASA 2530 RPG miniature Klingon D-2 Destroyer 1985 FASA 2530 RPG miniature Klingon D-2 Destroyer 1988
1988
2531 1985 FASA n/a Romulan Whitewind Cruiser FASA 2531 RPG miniature Romulan Whitewind Cruiser 1985 FASA 2531 RPG miniature Romulan Whitewind Cruiser 1988
1988
2532 1988 FASA n/a USS Northampton Frigate
(one issue only)
FASA 2531 RPG miniature USS Northampton Frigate 1988
2533 1988 FASA n/a USS Remora Escort
(one issue only)
FASA 2533 RPG miniature USS Remora Escort 1988
2534 1985 FASA n/a USS Andor Cruiser FASA 2534 RPG miniature USS Andor Cruiser 1985 FASA 2534 RPG miniature USS Andor Cruiser 1988
1988
2535 n/a FASA n/a USS Enterprise-D
(announced but not released by FASA)
FASA-Rawcliffe RF794 RPG miniature USS Enterprise-D 1992
RF794 1992 Rawcliffe
2536 n/a FASA n/a Template:ShipClass
(announced but not released by FASA)
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RF796 1993 Rawcliffe
2599 1984 FASA n/a Starship Support Stand
(five color variants)
FASA 2599 RPG miniature Starship Support Stand (Federation) 1984 FASA 2599 RPG miniature Starship Support Stand (Klingon) 1984 FASA 2599 RPG miniature Starship Support Stand (Gorn) 1984
RF795 1992 Rawcliffe n/a D'deridex-class FASA-Rawcliffe RF795 RPG miniature Romulan Warbird 1992
RF16 1997 Rawcliffe n/a USS Enterprise-E
(at the time only available through Star Trek: Communicator)
FASA-Rawcliffe RF16 RPG miniature USS Enterprise NCC-1701-E 1997
2601 1983 FASA n/a Admiral Kirk FASA 2601 RPG figurine Kirk 1983 FASA 2602 RPG figurine Spock 1983 FASA 2603 RPG figurine McCoy 1983 FASA 2604 RPG figurine Saavik 1983 FASA 2605 RPG figurine Scotty 1983 FASA 2606 RPG figurine Uhura 1983 FASA 2607 RPG figurine Sulu 1983 FASA 2608 RPG figurine Chekov 1983 FASA 2609 RPG figurine Khan 1983 FASA 2610 RPG figurine David Marcus 1983 FASA 2611 RPG figurine Joachim 1983 FASA 2612 RPG figurine Carol Marcus 1983 FASA 2613 RPG figurine Captain Terrell 1983 FASA 2614 RPG figurine Khan (robed) 1983 FASA 2615 RPG figurine Klingon Officer with Agonizer 1983 FASA 2616 RPG figurine Klingon with Disruptor Rifle 1983 FASA 2617 RPG figurine Klingon with Disruptor Pistol 1983
2602 Mr. Spock
2603 Dr. McCoy
2604 Lt. Saavik
2605 Scotty
2606 Uhura
2607 Sulu
2608 Chekov
2609 Khan
2610 David Marcus
2611 Joachim
2612 Dr. Carol Marcus
2613 Captain Terrell
2615 Khan (robed)
2615 Klingon Officer with Agonizer
2616 Klingon with Disruptor Rifle
2617 Klingon with Disruptor Pistol
3001 1983 FASA ISBN 0425059443 Number One: USS Enterprise and Crew
(contains 2501, 2601, 2603 (remolded), 2604, 2605, 2606, 2607 and 2608)
FASA 3001 RPG miniature Collector Series Number One USS Enterprise and Crew 1983
3002 ISBN 0425069451 Number Two: USS Reliant and Khan's Crew
(contains 2502, 2609, 2611, 2615 and 4 figurines not separately released)
FASA 3002 RPG miniature Collector Series Number Two USS Reliant and Khan's Crew 1983
3003 ISBN 042506946X Number Three: Space Laboratory Regula One and Staff
(contains 2506, 2610, 2612 and 5 figurines not separately released)
FASA 3003 RPG miniature Collector Series Number Three Space Laboratory Regula One and Staff 1983
3004 ISBN 0425069478 Number Four: Klingon Battle cruiser and Crew
(contains 2503, 2615, 2617 and 6 figurines not separately released)
FASA 3004 RPG miniature Collector Series Number Four Klingon Battlecruiser and Crew 1983

The appeal of FASA's 1/3900 scale gaming miniatures did not end when FASA and Rawcliffe lost their licenses. In the decades after official production had stopped small, non-licensed, "garage" (amateur) companies like Impulse Models, FMX Models, Macro Trek, and UK-based Future Legend continued to produce FASA-like miniatures, typically in resin. In most cases relatively short-lived, they often expanded on FASA's line with canon and non-canon ships of the later Star Trek productions. Particularly noteworthy was Future Legend, who not only expanded the line with canon ships, but also released FASA designs (in resin as well as in pewter), which FASA itself never got around of releasing.

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