The Collective: The Return of Star Trek Model Kits August 2, 2008by John Tenuto , Filed under: ENT,Merchandise,TOS,Toys , trackback
Model makers rejoice, Star Trek models are back. Round 2 is reissuing four popular Star Trek models (under the AMT and Polar Lights brand names) for this Fall, and there are more new models on the way for 2009 and 2010. Today TrekMovie’s Collective has an exclusive first look at the return of Trek models.
Model Behavior: Star Trek Model Kits Return
Old 1701 with some new features
The first new Star Trek model is a "Legacy" (or retro) reissue of the famous 1966 AMT model, including original styled packaging sure to be a nostalgic favorite. The 1/650th scale (18″) model will be available with two different kinds of packaging: either a cardboard box like the 1966 edition for about $20 or a deluxe limited (to 1701, of course) edition with a metal tin box, retailing for about $40.
The original AMT model was available from 1966 to 1996, offered in slightly differing versions as new molds were required. The Round 2 "Legacy Edition" will feature the most recent mold, yet is eliminating the inaccurate "panel lines" from the top of the saucer section from previous editions. A new feature allows fans to customize their model by choosing from decals with names and registry numbers for the USS Enterprise, the Mirror Universe ISS Enterprise or twelve other Constitution class starships of the TOS era (before you ask, TrekMovie will update with the full list).
3 more re-issues
Also coming this fall are three re-issue 1/000 scale snap-together models (under the Polar Lights banner): the TOS Enterprise, the NX-01, and a Klingon Battlecruiser. Each will include decals and ship appropriate displays, retailing for about $15. These models will be packaged in two formats, one for hobby shops and one for the generic retail stores. While these kits are reissues of previously available Polar Lights starships, there have been improvements to the molds for better detailing.
All four re-issues come out this October and are available for pre-order at your local comic shop, or online at CultTVMan’s Hobbyshop. Round 2 expect Trek models to start showing up at major retailers like Toys R Us in early 2009.
More re-issues and new models on the way
2009 re-releases will include the AMT versions of Enterprise E and the Polar Lights 1/350 scale Enterprise A. Round 2 has the license for all versions of Trek except the animated show and the 2009 movie (although they are hoping to secure those rights). The first new kit for 2009 will be a 1/1000 scale kit of the Akira class U.S.S. Thunderchild (from Star Trek First Contact). There are also plans in 2010 for a 1/350 scale kit of the TOS Enterprise (which will be an amazing 30" long when assembled and incredibly detailed).
Models long history with Trek
This is wonderful news because Star Trek model building is as old as the show itself. Star Trek model kit building is historically a favorite expression of fan artistry. In fact, one of the first Star Trek items ever licensed was the AMT 1960s model. It was of such good quality that the U.S.S. Constellation from "The Doomsday Machine" episode was actually the AMT Enterprise model bought off the shelf with redesigned decals and distressed detailings. AMT held the license for Star Trek models during the 1970s to the 1990s, releasing model ships and characters from the films, TOS, TNG, and DS9. Revell had the license in the late nineties for Voyager. Polar Lights acquired the rights in the 2000s, releasing both simple snap-together kits as well as more elaborate models with built in lights and electronics. In total, more than 100 different models are available from various companies during the previous 42 years. Now, Round 2 helps revive the hobby of Trek model making with should provide some great models, both new and reissues.