You may not have heard of them, but the Bradford Group (and its various brands) has been making legacy-quality Star Trek collectibles for years. Over the next couple of weeks TrekMovie will be reviewing their latest offerings which are perfect gifts for dads and grads. Today we start with the Hamilton USS Enterprise NCC 1701 D Laser Etched Glass Statue, and the Guardians of the Federation Collection Figurines.
Hamilton Collection Collectible Enterprise D Glass Statue
Measuring 3-5/8″ tall, 7-3/8″ wide, the first thing that is noticeable about the glass block is how heavy it is, revealing its quality. Bradford Group items are meant as legacy products, meaning that while they are usually not cheap in price, neither are they cheap in construction and are meant to last a long time. Both the display base and glass block are well designed.
Almost a million laser points are used to etch the three dimensional image of the Enterprise D into the middle of the optically pure glass. Fans could see in and through the ship, studying its detailing including the Captain’s Yacht and main bridge which are discernable in the image. Each statue includes a Starfleet base that lights up the Enterprise D giving it the appearance of being suspended in the glass and providing a very beautiful item to enjoy. The photos do not really show how cool this effect is, including the fact that the name of the ship itself is dimensional. You could run the lights either with the included adaptor or by your own AA batteries.
Included with the display, statue, and adaptor is a certificate of authenticity which is hand numbered the same as the number on the display bottom. To further make these items collectible, these are only manufactured for 95 days. These are great items for a student’s desk or mom or dad’s office.
However, even though there are protective pads on the bottom, its weight might leave scratch marks if you slide it across your furniture.
The Enterprise D costs $99.95 plus shipping and is available in installment payments from the Bradford Group website
Guardians of the Federation
For those looking for a less expensive gift for themselves or others, there is the Guardians of the Federation collection of starships. Each ship in the collection is $29.95, plus shipping. You could subscribe to the entire set or just get that one favorite ship of interest. These items are 5″ tall statues that feature a pewter-like appearance (without being as bendable as pewter).
As of June 2009, there have been three ships in the collection. The first issue is the USS Enterprise D, the second the USS Enterprise 1701, followed by the USS Enterprise NCC 1701 C. The C is often forgotten as a collectible item and it is great that for fans of “Yesterday’s Enterprise” the ship is getting some respect from the Bradford Group.
These are nicely detailed and affordable statutes with hull markings and an attached display stand. Like the glass statue, these are limited to 95 production days and include a numbered certificate of authenticity. They look very nice together and make for a classy display on desks or shelves.
Subscribe to the
Star Trek: Guardians Of The Federation Starship Enterprise Figurine Collection at Collectiblestoday.com. You can also get just the first issue (U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D Figurine: Collectible Star Trek). By calling Collectibles Today at 1-877-268-6638 (the Bradford Group’s online store), you could ask about ordering either the C or 1701 if you wish.
More Bradford Collectible Reviews
Look for more reviews of collectibles from the Bradford Exchange brands over the next few weeks.