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The Collective: Reviews Of Diamond Select Enterprise D Toys June 21, 2009

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Fans have been waiting for about a year for the Star Trek The Next Generation USS Enterprise NCC 1701 D (regular and "All Good Things" versions) toy ships from Diamond Select Toys. They are finally arriving in toy stores, and TrekMovie has a full review with pics and video.

 

 

REVIEW: USS Enterprise D Toys
To invert the famous quote from This is Spinal Tap, I could give the both the Star Trek The Next Generation Enterprises a one word review: huge. These ships are huge toy ships at more than 17" with very excellent detailing.


17" of Galaxy Class Goodness

In the case of the "All Good Things" Enterprise D, you get all the design changes, both subtle and not-so subtle from the regular version. The third nacelle is there, as are the the saucer phasers and nacelle fins. Both the regular and AGT Ds are arguably the most detailed toy ships ever released for Star Trek.


"All Good Things" Enterprise D has all the details

Both ships have sound and light effects, with the regular Enterprise D toy including the voice of Captain Jean Luc Picard and the AGT version with Admiral William T. Riker. One of the cool features for both is that the saucer does separate and reattaches via an incredibly powerful magnet. When taking the saucer off the engineering section, either Picard or Riker’s voice (depending on the ship) orders a separation and the appropriate sound effects are played. The saucer lights remain on after separation as it has its own power source.

Here is a video showing the sound effects and saucer separation for the AGT version:

Each ship also has two display stands included, so that the hull and engineering sections could be displayed together or separated.


AGT Enterprise D separated (both versions come with two stands)

The packaging allows for a nice look at the ship and has the typical unified designs.

The regular ship is available from the usual Star Trek online stores, including Entertainment Earth and Toys R Us. The AGT D limited to Hasting stores and the Action Figure Express online retailer. Both retail for around $50.

However, both are also available now from Amazon.

More Images of the Enterprise D Toys


Close-up on detail on nacelle

 
Top views of both Enterprises


Rear view of AGT Enterprise

Comments

1. I toldYouSo - June 21, 2009

Very nice.

2. THX-1138 - June 21, 2009

I don’t like the fact that the regular D doesn’t have the neck detail worked out. And I agree with some of the other folks that I don’t care much for the shape of the necks the slope is just not right.

3. Model Guy - June 21, 2009

The windows don’t light up? Bummer….

4. CardassiaPrimera - June 21, 2009

Oh my good. Excelente details.

5. johnny - June 21, 2009

i hate that ship

6. Captain Jack Bauer - June 21, 2009

I’d give this more consideration if it wasn’t for the stupid stand configuration. My pilot version of the NCC-1701 had that kind of stand and it broke, so now its useless. I much prefer the the ball stand design of my NX-01, NCC-1701-E, and NCC-1701 (movie). I do love the Enterprise-D though…

7. Brian Kirsch - June 21, 2009

Always hated the TNG Enterprise in all its configurations, from day one. Way too many windows, many apparently on the ceiling. Ugh! Just an ugly ship, IMHO.

8. MC1 Doug - June 21, 2009

Hey, when Worf says “engage the cloak,” nothing happened.

I want my money back!!!!

(heh heh)

9. MC1 Doug - June 21, 2009

or was it Riker?

10. MC1 Doug - June 21, 2009

#6, 7: I guess this is definitely a case of to each his own. While no Enterprise has rivaled the beauty of the refit Enterprise I did like the D.

I remember I was pretty upset that they destroyed her in “ST: Generations,” feeling it was gratutitous, although I have to admit the crash scene was pretty well-handled (reminiscent of the Jupiter II crash in the premiere episode on “Lost in Space”).

I would have liked to have seen the D last a little longer on the big screen, but then the production crew didn’t ask me, did they? ;-)

11. Weerd1 - June 21, 2009

I wish the Playmates New E had half this detail….

12. Herkimer Jitty - June 21, 2009

@7:

The slope of the windows on the upper half of the saucer was matched rather closely to the interior sets.

The -D is a BIG ship.

13. johnny - June 21, 2009

there is no way in hell that a ship like this carrying civilian passengers can be the flagship of star-fleet

14. jastrek_montreal - June 21, 2009

@ 5. LOLOLOLOLOLOL !!!! Me too ! The D is soo ugly compared to the original or the new original (2009) or even the E. Its the ugliest Enterprise ship ever !

15. Skyray - June 21, 2009

I still remember the premiere of TNG, when we first saw the Enterprise-D. “Ugh. It looks like a flying office building.” Worst starship design ever.

However, the All Good Things version manages to make it cool. That one, I’m ordering. :)

16. zillabeast - June 21, 2009

That All Good Things D is bad ass. I will be buying.

17. jotin - June 21, 2009

I love the look of the enterprise D…

18. TNGLOVER - June 21, 2009

Should be like this one….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7vIx35-2IA

19. JonWes - June 21, 2009

I think the D is like a flying sculpture. I think it’s beautiful. Both of these should be arriving at my door on Tuesday! I can’t wait. I have heard people are having trouble with sound chips on some of them so I hope mine turn out okay.

20. Melissa - June 22, 2009

What it didnt really cloak? not buying it. lol just kidding

21. Brad - June 22, 2009

When I first saw the D, I was kind of in shock at the dramatic change compared to the original Enterprise. But after a while it did grow on me, and I came to enjoy it. I still like the D more than the E. The A is nice too. I always didn’t care much for the original, though I respect it’s design. If I had been around in he 1960′s, I’d probably feel a bit differently about it. I still like it though. The B, based on the Excelcior was never a favorite, nor was the Embassador Class C (probably the least liked), though I respect the progression of the Canon design. A lot of hard work by many people went into all of these designs, and they should all be proud! I’ll have to pick up the D ASAP!!

22. Canon Schmanon - June 22, 2009

Has there ever been an Enterprise C like this? That’s one I’d really like.

23. S. John Ross - June 22, 2009

I never quite warmed to the D, though it eventually became so familiar that I accepted it. It makes me smile to see it because it reminds me of characters I like. But damn. Put a bag on it :)

24. Jim Smith - June 22, 2009

@22 The HMV Store in London has a display advertising the Blu Rays of the TOS movies. It’s obviously been knocked up quickly in photoshop with someone with little TREK knowledge or no eye for detail, because the Enterprise on the standee is clearly the Enterprise-C. He he.

25. Millennium Vulcan - June 22, 2009

I have been wanting the AGT Enterprise-D since 1994. Finally.

Now I would like to see the USS Pasteur from “All Good Things…”

26. Driver - June 22, 2009

Original E=Muscle car. Enterprise D=20 passenger Limo.

27. The Rusted Robot - June 22, 2009

I got both of these about 2 weeks ago from Action Figure Express, for $79.99, with a free set of Trek minimates. Best deal on the net right now. The toys are great, even if the push button sticks a bit.

28. The Rusted Robot - June 22, 2009

#6 Captain Jack Bauer:

My stand on the Cage Enterprise broke as well. These new stands are a similar design, but much more robust. They won’t break!

29. Scott Gammans - June 22, 2009

@ 16: The AGT Enterprise-D was bad-ass for the few brief minutes of screentime she had, but when you look closer she doesn’t make one bit of sense. How, for example, are shuttle pilots supposed to take off and land in the main shuttlebay with that honkin’ third nacelle in the way?

30. TonyD - June 22, 2009

#6 – The ship does have a ball stand; the rotating ball is hidden inside a larger plastic cylinder that attaches to the bottom of the ship, making it easier to remove the stand. I also have the 1701-A with the ball stand and the 1701-D version actually seems a little sturdier.

I picked up the AGT version over the weekend and the thing is absolutely massive and really beautifully detailed; well worth what I paid for it ($50 at my local comics shop).

About the only complaint I have is that its a little wobbly when placed on the stand. For a ship that big, a heavier stand with maybe two contact points would have been a better route to take. Still, it should be stable enough for long term displaying.

31. Steve T. in NY - June 22, 2009

I think these are great. I too was one that didn’t care much for the “D” when i first saw her, but the design did grow on me in time. I find the “E” so much more attractive, sleek and interesting.

Growing up in the 70′s, I loved the original, and had many models of her, as well as kit bashes that I did to make ships like the Destroyer/scout and tug from the original technical manual. I would love for a company to come out with either a toy or a larger model of those ships, especially the Federation class dreadnought, which has always been a favorite of mine. Luckily I have the polar lights dreadnought conversion, so I have a 1/1000 scale of her, but man i really wish I could get one thats scale to the Ent-A (1/537?)

32. Razorgeist - June 22, 2009

Could you post a picture of this next to the playmates-D. I’d actually like to get a size comparison.

33. Star Trackie - June 22, 2009

The D is one fugly ship. All aesthetics were jetisoned with that top heavy beast! But at least those that like it finally got their DST version. Now DST can move on to the Klingon ship! (I hope)

34. The Rusted Robot - June 22, 2009

#32

The DST version is only slightly bigger, but way more detailed. I was surprised that the sizes really weren’t all that different….probably less than half an inch!

35. Robert H. - June 22, 2009

I agree with Model Guy. Bummer that they don’t have lit up windows.

But an interesting take on how the impulse engines were done.

36. Chadwick - June 22, 2009

I like the diamond select ships much more than the playmates ships, but the stands are of terrible quality mainly the ball joint area where the ship can pivot on the stand, the plastic always crack and the ship is no longer able to balance. Many that I purchased were cracked right out of the box! Its mainly the TOS ships. The 1701 E and NX models had a different type of ball joint connection which are very sturdy and can take abuse, they were great, but I see this 1701 D model had gone back to the same round cap style connection of the TOS models which all broke. Even the ones which were not broken out of the box, a few turns and pivots of the ship and you can see the plastic has been stressed as the color gets lighter and you can tell its about to crack. Otherwise I love the diamond select models the best when compared to others in the price range. They have the best detail, they are not really toys unlike playmates where you can see the screws of the toy on the under side. For the price you pay, they are decent models.

37. Randall - June 22, 2009

I have to totally agree with #33, Star Trackie… I hated that Enterprise D from the first time I saw it, inside and out. Ugly, ungainly, awkward and completely inelegant—totally the opposite of the original Enterprise–and whereas the original ship had a graceful symmetry and balance to it, the D always looked top heavy and weird.

38. TonyD - June 22, 2009

#33 – Yeah, I’d love to see DST/Art Asylum tackle the D7 from TOS or even the K’Tinga from TMP as those are my favorite Klingon designs. I also wouldn’t mind seeing an electronic version of the USS Reliant.

As to the design of the 1701-D, I was never much of a fan of it myself. The modifications made to it for AGT gave it a more badass look and to my eyes the extra nacelle actually balanced the proportions somewhat. Its my preferred version of that design and the one I decided to buy.

39. Jeffery Wright - June 22, 2009

the connecting dorsal is way inaccurate!

too convex, it is supposed to be much more flattened:

http://www.utopiaplanitia.info/entdmain.html

do modern modelers ever feel the need to use reference material?

or are they all just wingin’ it?

40. richpit - June 22, 2009

I didn’t like the E-D much until I read the TNG Technical Manual. For some reason, that made me really appreciate the ship. Now, I think it’s a great ship. Agreed, it’s no 1701 refit, but it’s pretty cool.

41. Captain Jack Bauer - June 22, 2009

28, 30. Thanks for the info. I’ll definitely give this more consideration now that I know that about the stand.

10. Um, I like the Enterprise-D (probably by second favourite after the Enterprise-E), don’t know how you got the opposite from my post.

42. StalwartUK - June 22, 2009

Great, anything TNG on this site degenerates into hate.

43. CmdrR - June 22, 2009

Emergency saucer unsnap at warp speed is not recommended, sir…

44. Kalashnikov - June 22, 2009

#42- LOL. If it was Voy I would understand perfectly, now TNG…

45. JonWes - June 22, 2009

LOL – well, when TNG was out TOS was uncool too. I guess time marches on. But I still love my TNG. I remember riding my bike and carrying my Galoob Diecast D in one hand pretending to zoom it around. I like the new design for the Enterprise AND the E. I’m not sure there’s any Enterprise I don’t care for, and each one is very much a product of it’s time.

46. Weerd1 - June 22, 2009

I think I am one of the few who appreciated the Enterprise D BECAUSE there were families on board. The idea humanity and Starfleet had progressed to the point where it wasn’t a select few, but anyone, who could go out among the stars appealed to me. I think it made less sense when GR left the active production and you saw the E return to Earth a few times. Originally, the D was supposed to be an explorer on a 20 year mission; you need to allow people to have families when your entire career might be on that one ship. Once you get a new war every couple of seasons though, civilians need to be out of harm’s way…

47. Eduardo Cordeiro From São Paulo Brasil - June 22, 2009

I received my AGT D last Friday and I´m totally happy with her. And man, IT`S LARGE!
The details are excellent for something that is considered a toy.
This is the best version available at this price range and it´s worth every penny.

Now I have to get the regular D next month.

My only wish is that DST toys make a complete line of Enterprises. (They announced the Enterprise-B for December). A Enterprise-C with this level of detail would be a wet dream for me.
And DST could make two variants of her, Includind a battle damaged as seen in Yesterday´s Enterprise.

And I´m awaiting for the HD version of the Original with great antecipation too.

48. They call me Stasiu - June 22, 2009

Mark my words: you can bet DST will push out a Generations variant with battle damage printed on the hull, and a new sound chip that includes the line “Deanna, take the helm!” :-D

49. Luke Sutton (The Tenth Doctor) - June 22, 2009

The standard Galaxy class starship Enterprise-D is lovely. Great ship, and quite possibly my favourite.

The “All Good Things…” Enterprise-D is awful. Just terrible. It looks very stupid.

50. Doctor Sculptor - June 22, 2009

People – it’s a TOY. I’m laughing at the 40-somethings in here crying that they mis-shaped the neck of the ship. You know how many times different CG agencies messed up the look of this ship? My God man I’m a doctor not a Sculptor!

51. James - June 22, 2009

It would be good if they did a set of ALL the Enterprises – NX-01, NCC-1701 (TOS & TMP) and A-E. All to scale. All as detailed. All with the same type of stand.

OK, I sound like I have OCD… it would still be good though!

52. OneBuckFilms - June 22, 2009

This looks like a really nice item, though I’m not a ship guy when it comes to toys.

Personally, I’m looking forward to a review of the DST Science Tricorder when it’s released.

And the WOK Phaser and Communicator look great to me.

53. Loskene - June 22, 2009

Wow, I never knew so many people disliked the Galaxy class. I always thought it was a work of art

54. Nick Cook - June 22, 2009

#42. Yeah stalwart, it’s a shame so many ‘fans’ can’t just let others enjoy what they enjoy. Seems far to many people enjoy the hate these days.

55. CaptainRickover - June 22, 2009

# 53
I like it!

But you’ll found out, that there are many TNG-haters posting on this side. I wonder sometimes how TNG ever came up with seven seasons and two spin-off shows?

56. I Am Morg Not Eymorg - June 22, 2009

I have to chime in on never liking the D either. Just not a good looking ship at all as far as I’m concerned. But more importantly I also agree to the poor quality of the stands.

JMN

57. Stan Winsone - June 22, 2009

Great looking model but the display stand is a flimsy POS… :)

58. Captain Dunsel - June 22, 2009

ARGGHHHH!!!! The Clicking!!!!

OK – if it can’t be eliminated, would someone please at least tell us what the it IS? It’s in every single one of these toy review videos. What *is* it? Someone’s pacemaker? A digital watch? (and who thought digital watches were a pretty good idea?) The videographer’s pet hamster rotating it’s wheel?

WHAT?!

(ok – I’ll take my meds now…)

59. Captain Dunsel - June 22, 2009

Hmmm – the system (bleeped) my (bleep) in “…what the (bleep) it IS…”

(Note to self: Gotta remember – no angle brackets.. No angle brackets…)

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61. DavidJ - June 22, 2009

Um, where is all the cool aztec detailing from the latter half of TNG and DS9? That looked SO much freakin cooler than the plain version of the early years.

If all you wanted was a flat gray paint job and some inscribed details, you might as well stick with the old ERTL model kit.

62. starshipconstellation - June 22, 2009

Except for my TOS (regular series production) Enterprise having the primary hull on crooked and a bad seam gap at the top of the primary hull, I’ve found all of the DST ships to be well done and have been happy with them. The stand on the TOS Enterprise I was forced to reinforce with metal tape as it started splitting. The others are fine.

I was never a fan of the Enterprise D as I like it the least but I don’t hate it either. It never seemed built as sturdy as the previous ships and the warp core always seemed more fragile than her predecessors.

As for the families in space question, I was never bothered by that because it seemed to be a return of the American frontier story. You know, the wagon train to the stars…. but that promise by the end of the show seemed to have evaporated with all the cruising up and down the interstellar freeway system being caught up in political intrigues instead of exploring.

In the end, I loved the Next Gen characters more than their ship.

63. Joseph Chapes - June 22, 2009

#58

I once wrote this in an earlier thread. I believe the sound is the result of the internal microphone of the camcorder picking up the sound the tape recorder spinning the tape. I had a similar problem with my small camcorder several years ago. If this is the problem, it can be solved by using an external microphone. It doesn’t matter which mic you use, all that is important is that the mic has some distance from the internal mechanism of the camera.

Joseph Chapes

64. Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar - June 22, 2009

Good Lord Hideous ships!!! BUT what beautiful accurate toys. Look like very niceley built models. Way better than the cheapo playmates. Might pick up the Alll Good Things one

65. 'Trick - June 22, 2009

Loved TNG, but it took a little while for the D to grow on me. I agree with 61 concerning the aztec details. I think that was around when I started liking the D.

I also loved the pictures out there comparing the size of the “real” D with real-life objects. The D is crazy huge.

Meh about the toys.

-P

66. Start Wrecker - June 22, 2009

Anyone know if a replacement joint was available for the cracked Original Enterprise? Mine was cracked out of the box as well.

67. Sheryl - June 22, 2009

66 – mine too. I had no idea it was such a prevalent issue!

68. Jeyl - June 22, 2009

To anyone who has this product, I have a request.

Would you go to Art Asylum and submit a comment/question stating that the detail job on the original Enterprise neck is incorrect compared to the “All Good Things” edition? This is $50 we’re talking about here!

69. Start Wrecker - June 22, 2009

Lets take a vote…how many of you have an Original Enterprise from DST with the cracked base joint? I would think getting that itty bitty peice from DST/AA wouldn’t be too cost prohibitive. I have considered putting duct tape on mine too, but that really isn’t too pretty considering how nice the ships are when they can be positioned on the stands like they are supposed to be.

70. Start Wrecker - June 22, 2009

68 – perhaps it was a cost saving measure (just like using the same packaging with Picard on both the regular D and the AGT D.

71. Ryan T. Riddle - June 22, 2009

Nice ship.

72. David_Alexander - June 22, 2009

Lol, the forward view of the AGT Enterprise-D’s saucer on its own looks like the NX-01, but with teeny-weeny tiny nacelles!

73. Spacehamster - June 22, 2009

I have both the TWOK Ent and the Ent-E from DST, and I’m really happy that other people noticed the ball-joint problem. I won’t be buying the Ent-D for that reason.

As for the Ent-D – at first I hated it because I didn’t think the design naturally evolved from the TMP-refit that I loved. But I’ve grown to admire it over the years. I built (very badly) a plastic model kit Ent-D and an Ent-A when I was 16. The Ent-D balanced perfectly, but the Ent-A always collapsed because the warp nacelles didn’t counterbalance the weight of the Saucer section. I guess that explains why the new 2009 Enterprise has those huge warp nacelles.

74. Fidelio1985 - June 22, 2009

Help please! At Amazon it says, that it cannot be shipped outside of the US! :-(
Does anyone maybe know a shop who ships to europe, as well?
Many Thanks, those Models look very nice – it would be a shame, if would not be able to purchase them!
many greetings

75. Start Wrecker - June 22, 2009

74- Did you you try any of the online retailers like New Force Comics, Entertainment Earth, Action Figure Express, etc….?

76. Grouchy Old Bastard - June 22, 2009

#33

“that top heavy beast”

That’s a rude way to describe Counselor Troi, even if the character did little more than get headaches on the bridge, sleep with aliens, and showcase Bob Blackman’s wide variety of one-piece women’s jumpsuits.

77. Rocket Scientist - June 22, 2009

Didn’t like the Ent-D from the first sketch published in Starlog back in the 80s. My reaction was “this couldn’t possibly be right”. But it was a remarkably accurate rendering of what I thought was a butt-ugly design. I couldn’t believe it was the best they could do. It had an oversized saucer and stubby nacelles that looked like twinkies.

However, like my last girlfriend, I fell for her because of her character and deeds more than her looks. Unlike that last girlfriend, the Ent-D REMAINED of stalwart character and class to the end.

78. Leah - June 22, 2009

@#49 — Glad to know I’m not the only one. D, beautiful. D-Refit, ugly.

79. Dean H - June 22, 2009

Good job on the ready-made toy models. Design critiques seem to be the lesson for the day, so I’ll give my 2 cents too. Original E: classic, simple beauty. Movies: Very nice updates with more detail. TNG design: Radical change in design that works very well. I liked that the creators saw the advantage of giving TNG its own look and design aesthetic. Change is good…
Reliant: Just too cool!
Excelsior: Cool way to put the standard elements together, but I can take it or leave it.
Ent C: Yawn. Looks like it was designed in 5 days… oh wait, it WAS! ;p
ST09: I love the new look of the first Enterprise. Oh wait, guess NX-01 is the FIRST Enterprise… cool double fuselage design. Thumbs up, even if I couldn’t get into the show itself.

80. Cap'n Kirk - June 23, 2009

#79 – Take a look at the earliest artwork of the concept for D. They moved on from that design to get to the D that we know, but it was the obvious basis for C.

What I always loved about Trek was that they never wasted anything. The B is a modified Excelsior, the C was an early draft for the D, instead of scrapping Pike when the 1st pilot was canned, they used the footage for the Menagerie, & in early drafts of TOS, when the Captain was Robert April & then Pike, & then Kirk, instead of forgetting it, they said the original captain was April, then Pike, so the original Enterprise had been in service for 10 years BEFORE Kirk. That’s how you give a fictional world substance & texture, & that’s why Trek sits apart

81. Fidelio1985 - June 23, 2009

@Star Wrecker:

Hey, many Thanks!! New Force Comics it is!!
Greetings (ah, I cant wait to hold it in my hands – unfortunate that I still have to wait quite some time!)

82. Fidelio1985 - June 23, 2009

I have a quick question: On all pictures only the lights of the AGT Enterprise light up. Are the lights of the original D comparable (that means Engines, Deflector dish, Bridge, Impuls) to the ones of the AGT, or are there differences?
thanks a lot!

83. Start Wrecker - June 23, 2009

@81 Its Start Wrecker (like Star Trekker) 8-D

84. captain hamster - June 23, 2009

why oh why oh why couldnt they refit the galaxy for the movis and not give us theCOUGH abomination COUGH that was the enterprise e???

Their was no progression in the next gen movies unil the end, i mean come on riker being the same rank for 16 YEARS?????????? whats that about???

85. Hosetlh - June 23, 2009

Got the D and I cannot for the life of me get the damned thing to ballance on the stand!.

86. James Morris - June 24, 2009

Why can’t I get one from the shops here in the UK. I WANT ONE OF THESE SHIPS. If someone can tell me where i can get one from. Not even toys r us sell them over here

87. Graham Wood - June 24, 2009

To James Morris. These ships are available in the UK from Play.com.You will have to order on line though.

88. Graham Wood - June 24, 2009

Over all a very nice model however,it is a shame they didn’t paint it with the Aztec scheme as seen in the show also what’s going on with the neck? No picture of the D I’ve seen has had these strange lines painted on,the AGT version neck looks OK though….weired.

89. Fidelio1985 - June 24, 2009

@james morris:

http://www.starstore.com/acatalog/Starstore_Catalogue_STAR_TREK_ENTERPRISE_SHIPS__MODELS__REPLICAS_4125.html

90. Matt S - June 25, 2009

I was just wondering if anyone that has the AGT version has a problem with the seam being loose where the refitted impulse engines connect along the neck? Mine is on the right hand side. From some of the pics it looks like I’m not alone. It’s really bugging me though.

91. James Cannon - June 25, 2009

play.com have been changing the date since I preordered both Ds in July 2008. the AGT D should have been out June 26. It’s now mid July.

Don’t bother with Starstore. I’ve mailed them 4 times in 6 months and they continually tell me they don’t do DST/AA ships. Grr.

92. Jeffrey S. Nelson - June 25, 2009

How do you access the batteries in the saucer hull on the AGT D?? When I do the saucer separation, the voice announcing that doesn’t play. Do the lights have to be constanly on in order to get that to play? The switch at the back of the neck does allow the lights to stay on when depressed, but I haven’t tried removing the saucer yet when the lights are on.
That instruction sheet is very brief and not very telling.

93. Graham Wood - June 26, 2009

To James Cannon.I think you’re a bit confused,to-day is JUNE 26 not mid July lol.

94. TenaciousMC - June 26, 2009

Received both my regular Enterprise-D and the AGT variant. Mostly cool. However, I will need to get some model cement to glue some pieces tighter. I do wish there were windows painted on the neck of the regular E-D. Oh well. Can’t wait for the Enterprise-B!

95. Jeffrey S. Nelson - June 26, 2009

Okay, figured it out… there’s a sliding piece on the top of the saucer section that slides forward…that accesses the hatch for the three small round batteries…and to turn the switch on to activate the power and play the “saucer separation” audio when you separate the saucer. Maybe kids will find this easier to figure out than I did!!
And, the switch at the base of the neck does work to turn the lights on permanently…it’s a bit iffy to use, however and works better with the tip of a pen or such.
94. Yes, I noticed that the two sections that comprise the support for the nacelles needs to be tighter…there’s a gap.

96. Graham Wood - June 27, 2009

Could the neck windows be painted in maybe with a fine paint pen? this shouldn’t be too hard if the window recesses are there.

97. James Cannon - June 27, 2009

graham – I meant the ship has now changed release date to mid July – sorry for confusion.

I’m sick of waiting for the day of release only for it to change again & again. Hearing & seeing clips of it makes me hope the wait it worth it!

98. Matt S - June 27, 2009

To James Cannon. They’re worth the wait. They are the most detailed ships that they’ve made so far. The only problem I had was the gap on the AGT E-D that I mentioned in a earlier post. The regular E-D is great except for the lack of detail on the neck. I hope they don’t change the date on you again.

99. TenaciousMC - June 28, 2009

To Matt S: Yeah, my AGT variant was like that. I had to get some super glue gel and just close the gap. I also had a problem with the left warp nacelle where the rear of the top cover was slanted but the glue also helped there as well.

100. Matt S - June 28, 2009

To TenaciousMC: Thanks. I’ll do that. it seems to be a problem with all of them then. My left nacelle had the same problem. I’m also seeing some small gaps where the saucer is glued together in certain places. i don’t think they did very good quality control on the variant. It’s still a great ship even with the flaws. It’s just annoying. I’ve seen nothing like that on the regular E-D though.

101. Trek Fan Forever - June 29, 2009

I am a proud owner of both versions. However, my AGT D is missing two of its nacelle fins. I e-mail DST about 2 weeks ago with pictures to prove it and I still haven’t heard from them about it. I hope that they will get back me.

102. Matt S - June 29, 2009

To Trek Fan Forever: Unless you bought from them directly they won’t get back to you. You will probably have to contact the place where you ordered it to return it if that’s what you want to do with it.

103. Jeff - June 30, 2009

Anyone had any issues with the little plugs that come with the regular D model? I placed one on the bottom of the saucer section and can’t get it out! Do you think I can get a refund or exchange it? I got it on amazon.

104. James - June 30, 2009

The “lights on” button clicks so you don’t have to hold it down to keep them lit up. I like that, at first I thought my AGT’s button was stuck but found out the button clicks. I figured it out on my regular 1701-D.

105. James - June 30, 2009

Jeff just use tweezers to get it out, I have no problem pulling the plug out. Or use your thumb and index finger and carefully pull it out.

106. James - June 30, 2009

At first getting the battery cover off was a pain in the ass but I learned to use the display stand peg to lever the cover out by putting the stand peg in the hole in the hull and carefully wiggling the whole thing out.

107. Jeff - July 1, 2009

The problem is that I put the plug in the wrong way (the little handle thing is inside the ship)… Not good. It is jammed in there pretty good from me trying to get it out.

108. James - July 1, 2009

Jeff, find an object that has a rubber tip or something. Might work.

109. James Cannon - July 2, 2009

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!
Matt S – The release dates on Play.com for the 1701-D and AGT- Ent-D has once AGAIN changed date… it was 3rd July.. now 17 July!!!!!!!!!

Will I EVER get my hands on these ships……… *cries…

110. Graham Wood - July 5, 2009

So what date do you think we’ll get when we reach the 17th?….another two weeks? this is ridiculous!

111. James Cannon - July 5, 2009

It is… And I’m starting to get cheesed off now.
I would have ordered them from the States if it didn’t cost more for P&P than the actual ship. Anyway, I may not build my hopes up over the HD & Mirror 1701s. They’re scheduled for August. Ha ! Yeah right.

Gutted of Runcorn, Cheshire.

112. Graham Wood - July 6, 2009

I think the ship coming to the UK has been attacked by the klingons LOL.

113. dep1701 - July 6, 2009

HELP!

I ‘ve gotten two of the AGT Enterprise-D. One of them had the engineering hull battery compartment cover screwed in so tight that I have been unable to get it open to change the “try me” switch, or when the time comes, change the batteries .

I tried so much with the first one that the head of the screw will no longer lock with the screwdriver. I called the retailer where I got it, and they very kindly sent me a replacement. Sure enough, I can’t get this screw out either! I’ve quit trying before I ruin this screw too. I’ve tried jewelers screwdrivers, a small regular screwdriver, and my friend’s battery powered one.

Anyone have any helpful hints?

- And please, don’t suggest Doctor Who’s sonic screwdriver ( I already thought of that, and if I could find one that actually worked, I’d use it ! )

114. James Cannon - July 7, 2009

I cancelled my Play.Com orders & went to Forbidden Planet.com on Sunday.
I got an email this morning to say they’d been posted and should arrive Thursday or Friday….. Yay.

115. James Cannon - July 9, 2009

They’re heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere!!!!!!!!!!! :0)

116. brian - July 14, 2009

Diamond Select makes the best looking ships, however they make the worst stands in history!!! The stand broke on every ship I bought from them.

117. DPC - July 15, 2009

The TNG Enterprise grew on me and the ATG variant is easily the best design ever.

A shame this model doesn’t have lighted windows or the aztek panel detailing, but apart from a hand-painted model costing $1000 somewhere, this $50 novelty is an amazingly detailed item.

It reminds me if the old ERTL kit I once built…

118. D C - July 15, 2009

For $50, this is a terrific model!

While there are a couple of downsides (having aztek panel detail (every other section painted the opposite color like the actual TV show model) and none of the windows lights up), the only thing better than this model form “All Good Things” is a hand-built ERTL kit selling for $1200 on ebay or something.

Oh, the neck detail of the standard 1701-D stands out too much (the example of aztek detail, applied to the neck only, using two too-contrasting paint colors…)

119. Graham Wood - July 17, 2009

Checked my order on play.com.model was due on the 17th,guess what ? It’s now been put back ANOTHER two weeks to the 30th!!! Play.com are a joke.Cancelled with them and ordered from Forbidden Planet…….it’s already in the post.

120. JTrek - July 19, 2009

Growing up in the “TNG” Trek era, I have always loved the design. And its alos obvious that this site is for fans of the “old” Trek and its tinker toy Enterprise. Dont get me wrong, I can respect it, but When I saw Kirk, it was in the movies, and THAT was his Enterprise as far as I was concerned. The one from TOS has always, to me, been an eyesore. The one in the new movie takes eyesore to a new level…but to each their own. If you dislike the Ent-D, dont buy it, I just find it funny you made your way into this thread just to bitch about it.

121. D C - July 20, 2009

Mine arrived today – the middle nacelle was broken and the white light over the bridge does not work. UGH! (Not blaming the vendor who shipped it; I’m surprised the factory that puts these together doesn’t have as many defects as they should.)

Anyone know how this thing can be disassembled and repaired? I doubt those who manufactured it have a clue…

122. James - July 21, 2009

The saucer batteries are on top, slide the main shuttlebay battery cover off and flip the switch under it. To dep1701 use the display stand peg to wiggle the battery cover off in the bottom of the ship, you know put the peg in and carefully wiggle the cover off while the peg is in the hole.

123. Jeff - July 21, 2009

Random question, what if the lights burn out? That would stink… but i would have to have them on all day and night for days which obviously i am not going to do.

124. Alexander - September 13, 2009

I just bought the AGT Enterprise D. Never was much of a fan of TNG D, but since I’m a DC-10 (a jet with three engines for those not aviation savvy) crew dawg I just had to have a starship with three engines. That said weather you’re a fan or not, I assure you that when you get this model in your hand it will grow on you fast (so much so that I have to get the two engine version now to play out formation departures from low Earth orbit).

As said previously, for the money this model is big and very well detailed. And if you intend to play with it as you take imaginary journeys around the cosmos, then you will like that it’s sturdy enough to hold as you twirl in circles flying at warp speed. While it’s an inch or so longer than the playmates 2009 Enterprise, it’s twice as wide and heavy with far superior detailing. And if you get it, the model comes with three stand support holes for displaying the saucer and engineering sections separated or the as a complete ship. Personally, I would recommend throwing out the plugs to cover unused stand support holes because you may not get them back out…

125. Cpt. Jonathan - February 25, 2010

The Enterprise D is awesome if you ask me. I admit it took a few days for it to grow on me, but now I love it. The All Good Things version looks great, too. I already have the D model and its awesome, the detail is amazing. I’m getting the All Good Things version today.

Live Long and Prosper.

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