Toy Review: Enterprise 2271 Refit and Enterprise D (Eaglemoss)


I really dig the Eaglemoss Batmobiles. They're great little models with wonderful detailing, and they look fantastic on my bookshelf at work. They're not perfect... some of them have minor paint problems, they're attached to their bases and don't have working wheels, and the magazines they come with leave much to be desired. But they're cool enough that when Eaglemoss announced last Spring it would be making models of Star Trek ships, I immediately signed up.

And I mean immediately. So immediately, in fact, that I didn't even give myself a chance to think about budgeting for it. When the realization of what I had signed up for set in (namely two $20 commitments every month for who-knows-how-many years) I asked Eaglemoss to kindly cancel my subscription. I'm sure they thought it was weird for somebody to cancel months before the first starship had even been released, but to their credit, they agreed. Something must have slipped through the cracks because right when the first two ships were released, my Paypal account was charged.

I didn't suspect shenanigans, I just figured the email chain that cancelled my subscription was probably forgotten (and I should have cancelled the subscription payment though Paypal anyway). Eaglemoss was cool about it and refunded my money, saying I could keep the two ships for my trouble. That proves no shenanigans.

Although they should have known that these starships are awesome enough to get me hooked, and a little freebie now would turn into a much bigger return for them later. Let's take a look at the first two ships in the Eaglemoss line, the refitted Enterprise from the first three movies and the Enterprise D from Star Trek: The Next Generation.



Like the Batmobiles, these little ships have fantastic detailing. They're similar in size to the Hot Wheels Trek ships (about 5" long) but the sculpting is more precise, the paint apps are more intricate, and the detailing is more show-accurate (even though they're not to-scale with each other). The Eaglemoss ships also have metallic saucer-sections that make them feel pretty substantial. They're clearly not for playtime, though; I'm sure the plastic nacelle supports would snap off very easily. (I wasn't sure whether this article should be a "Toy Review" or not since these starships are clearly not toys. But, we'll go with it anyway.)



Each ship comes with a stand. Unlike the hollow plastic stands for the Hot Wheels and DST ships, the Eaglemoss ones have a heavy base and a clear plastic tong specifically configured to hold an individual ship. The idea here is that the tong cradles the ship so a hole doesn't have to be drilled into the bottom to insert the stand's peg. This maintains the integrity of the bottom of the ship's hull, which is important for a model that's striving for accuracy. Unfortunately, this also means that the tongs can be distracting on display as they cover a substantial portion of the ship. I think I would have preferred the usual hole-peg stand instead.



A magazine is also included that is specific to each ship. I wasn't a fan of the Eaglemoss Batmobile magazines because they were light on the content and the 3D CGI models had noticeably inaccurate proportions. These Trek magazines fare much better. The CG renders of the ships are pretty strong, although that's not to say that you can't pick them apart (the shield grid lines are absent from the saucer of the Enterprise Refit, for example). I haven't read through them both yet, but it looks like there are some good technical details and nice behind-the-scenes stuff. If you're a Trek reference book aficionado like me, you probably won't see much here that you haven't already seen in other resources, but the little that is new is nice to see.

I'll be interested to see how they fill out the magazines of the more obscure ships that only appeared in one episode, like the USS Relativity. It will be cool to see those ships highlighted given the limited amount of information we have on them.

Okay, let's take a look at each ship...

Enterprise Refit




Here we see the Enterprise Refit that was featured in the first three Star Trek movies. The sculpt of this model works well and it seems like a good representation of the ship from the films.

The real problem here is the coloration of the hull. The Enterprise in the first film had pearlescent paint, but the cinematography couldn't pick it up well and it appeared to be light gray with some slight Aztecing (the pearlecense was painted over for the other movies). But the Eaglemoss model is just a flat gray... no Aztecing, no pearlescent effects, and while we're at it, that gray is too dark, too. I can live without the pearlescent paint, especially since that effect didn't really carry over into the movie, but the lack of Aztecing is very disappointing. The explanation given by Eaglemoss is that the pearlecense was too difficult to pull off. If that's so, why not just scrap it and go with an Azteced light gray hull, like it should be anyway? Check out the Reliant's paint job over at The Trek Collective. That would have worked just fine.

Enterprise D




The Enterprise D has a great sculpt with proportions apparently based on the 6-foot model of the Enterprise (thin saucer section rim and no exaggerated texture on the saucer's hull). Unlike the Refit, the D sports a more accurate coloration with lots of nice subtle Aztecing. It seems to be based on the repaint of the studio model for Generations, but it's hard to tell for sure.

The whole effect is really cool... I went more than a little giddy when I first opened the box. That's not to say there aren't problems: Shuttlebays 2 and 3 are the same size, the sides of the Main Shuttlebay are concave, and some of the windows have misaligned paint. I'm sure every Star Trek fan will be able to pick out their own nitpicks, but from a normal viewing distance, this thing looks gorgeous.

Conclusion


So what's the final verdict? Honestly, the jury is still out. As spectacular as the Enterprise D is, there's still that inexcusable Enterprise Refit with its dark coloration and lack of Aztecing. Eaglemoss is getting heat for it, and hopefully they've learned their lesson. On the other hand, the coloration of the prototype for the Cardassian Galor class ship is completely off, so who knows?

There's also the problem of ship selection. Although it's great that obscure ships are finally getting some recognition, some just aren't interesting enough to warrant a purchase (et tu, Tholian ship). There are other more popular ships that have already been done to death so they don't interest me in the slightest (Klingon Bird of Prey).

So I'll be a cherry picker for this line, much like I was with Masters of the Universe Classics. I just hope Eaglemoss doesn't take a cue from Mattel and start snubbing cherry-pickers with a lot of subscription exclusives.


Left: Eaglemoss Enterprise Refit with Hot Wheels USS Kelvin.
Right: Eaglemoss Enterprise D with Hallmark Enterprise D 2012 ornament.

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