Last Summer TrekMovie reported that Round 2 was bringing back classic Star Trek model kits, with a number of 2008 releases under the AMT and the Polar Lights brands. Today we have news of Round 2’s retro kits for 2009, including the Enterprise E, a big Enterprise A and the ‘Legendary Mr Spock’ diorama. See below for images and details on these new exciting model kits.
AMT Enterprise E 1:1400 Model Kit – February 2009
The first 2009 model kit coming from Round 2 will be the re-release of the AMT 1:1400 scale model kit of the Enterprise E, first released in 1996 in conjunction with the feature film Star Trek First Contact. About 19 inches long when assembled from the 30+ pieces, the re-release kit comes with an improved display stand with a metal rod for a more sturdy presentation (the original kit had a plastic rod). The re-release kit also includes an updated decal sheet. The original E kit was a popular design and the model has not been available for years, except on eBay at pretty harsh prices, so at a little over $20 this new kit is a big dollar saver for model collectors and for new model makers.
The Enterprise E kit will be available at hobby, comic book, retail, and online stores beginning early February for about $23. Preorders now at CultTVman’s Hobby Shop.
Polar Lights Enterprise A 1:350 Model Kit – May 2009
The next Trek item from Round 2 in 2009 will be the re-release of the very popular Polar Lights 1:350th scale U.S.S. Enterprise 1701 A from the TOS movie era. This model is 35" when built and the new edition will feature more detailed decaling than the previous release from nearly a decade ago. The Enterprise A can be also built as the NCC-1701 (TMP refit) using additional included parts and decals. Interior details include a shuttle bay, officer’s lounge and botany section you build and could see inside the model, and it includes a scaled shuttle Galileo .
The Enterprise A kit will be available at hobby, comic book, retail, and online stores beginning in May for about $60. Preorders now at CultTVman’s Hobby Shop.
AMT Spock Diorama Model Kit – December 2009
In December 2009 will be the re-release of the "Mr Spock: Star Trek’s Most Popular Character" model. One of the earliest and most popular models available from AMT, the Mr. Spock kit has not been available for almost 30 years. For 2009 there will be two editions, one in cardboard retro packaging and a special collector’s edition in a retro tin. Both versions will feature the original artwork.
The Enterprise A kit will be available at hobby, comic book, retail, and online stores beginning in December for about $15 ($25 in tin box). Preorders now at CultTVman’s Hobby Shop.
More model kits on the way
Round 2 is working on even more Trek models. They are planning on doing additional retro AMT and Polar Light releases for 2010. They are also developing brand new Polar Light Star Trek models for 2010, including the USS Thunderchild (Akira class). TrekMovie will have an update on Round 2’s 2010 plans when they are finalized.
Model reviews coming
Round 2 has sent over all four of their 2008 kits and the new Enterprise E, look for a review of my attempts at making them all in an upcoming update.