Toy Review: The Wrath of Khan 25th Anniversary Enterprise (Diamond Select)
I'm so impressed with Diamond Select's Starship Legends Enterprise D that I want a whole fleet of starships. Okay, maybe I can't afford a fleet, but at least I need the Enterprise refit that was seen in the first 3 Star Trek movies. Fortunately, Diamond Select re-released its The Wrath of Khan 25th Anniversary Enterprise so I don't have to track it down on eBay. Let's run a full diagnostic and check it out!
Company: Diamond Select Toys
Size: 16" long
Price: $35 at Big Bad Toy Store
I compared this Enterprise with schematics from the book Ships of the Starfleet (1991) as well as screencaps from TrekCore.com, and I can say that this toy is about as movie-accurate as you can get at this price point. The proportions are virtually perfect and you can see precise sculpt detailing in the nacelles, Stardrive, and Saucer Section (the bridge and impulse engines in particular). There are even the docking ports on the Stardrive to which the travel pods connect in the docking bay sequence in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. I was also interested to find what appears to be an airlock on the port side edge of the Saucer. When a toy's sculpt is so precise that you notice details that you never did before, you know it's a great sculpt.
The paint apps are similarly awesome. The hull has a sort of pearlescent tone that catches the light and looks fantastic (presumably to mimic the pearlescent hull of the model that was so difficult to capture on film). The paint detailing is clean with sharp lines and text that's legible even at its smallest. If I were to nitpick (which I will) I'd say that the colors in general are a bit strong, especially the teal on the Stardrive. But it's not a big complaint and I'm happy with the color scheme overall.
I should note that the plastic is a bit too translucent. The Saucer Section in particular lets light shine through too much and makes the ship look cheaper than it is.
This Enterprise features 18 sound effects from TWOK that are activated when you press the bridge button. You'll hear the transporter, phasers, the warp engine, and memorable phrases from both Kirk and Khan. And yes, Kirk's infamous "KHAAAAAN!" is included. Unlike the voice effects of the Enterprise D, these sound like they're straight from the movie.
As the sound effects play, the warp nacelles, deflector dish, bridge, and impulse engines light up in different sequences. It looks great, but because the Saucer's plastic is so translucent, the impulse engine's light shines through the underneath of the Saucer. It's an unintentionally cool effect though, as it looks like the neck of the ship is lit up by a spotlight.
Missing is the cool "All On" button that activates all the lights at once, like the one on the Enterprise D.
Admiral Kirk's Enterprise comes with a display stand (the base of which looks like the Starfleet emblem, of course) and two battery compartments: one with the hole in which you pop the stand, and one without. These are pretty standard accessories for starship toys, and nothing too impressive. How cool would it have been if it came with a travel pod or two?
$35 for a ship with extensive special effects is a pretty good deal. The quality is top-notch, and it makes the similarly priced Playmates 2009 Enterprise, with its crappy paint and muted details, look like a tub of snot. This Enterprise doesn't have the bulk of the Enterprise D, but it's still a good value.
I love the look of the Enterprise from TWOK with that angular style that was so prevalent in science fiction of the late 70's and early 80's. It's a great contrast to the curvilinear designs of the Enterprise D and the 2009 Enterprise. And this ship is so photogenic that you can have hours of fun reproducing shots from the movies with it. But it isn't quite as fun as the Enterprise D because it doesn't have a play feature that competes with D's separating saucer.
Diamond Select's TWOK Enterprise is a worthy addition to my nascent starfleet. It's not quite as crazy-awesome as the Enterprise D, but it's a fantastic rendition of one of my favorite Star Trek ships with an excellent sculpt, precise paint apps, and great sound effects. Maybe if it came with a travel pod or two, or maybe if the Saucer Section was a little less translucent, it would have scored a perfect 5. But this shows that Diamond Select is cranking out some pretty awesome starships nonetheless. I hope the rest of the Enterprise family eventually sees plastic in this scale. My dream would be to build a wall mount with all the ships, like the ship display in the Observation Lounge on the Enterprise E.