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.
AMT Enterprise E Model – assembled (click to enlarge)
AMT Enterprise E Model – packaging (click to enlarge)
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 .
Polar Lights Enterprise A Kit promotional sheet (click to enlarge)
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.
AMT ‘Mr. Spock’ Kit promotional sheet (click to enlarge)
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.
Come Wonderfest, I’ll have that Spock again! I built it back when…
Looks like i’ll be picking me up a Sovereign Class in the near future :D
I dig that Spock-shooting-snakes diorama. Which episode was that from again? ;)
These look awesome. I love building models.
Currently working on the TARDIS from Dr Who (and the figures that come with it). Also working on NX-10 but that’s going to take longer, its about 2 ft long.
As a hobbyist who loves building models and seeing them at shows like Wonderfest this is great news. If the Thunderchild works out that would be incredible
I hope we get a detailed model of the ‘Abrams E’ as well.
I just love buying and building the models :)
My two favorite Enterprises re-released! Whoa, this must be my lucky day! oh wait, shucks, no Scimitar model kit or toy, darn!
Whoa whoa whoa… is the Enterprise E really old enough now to be classified as a retro design?
My god, I must be getting old.
Isn’t there supposed to be a 1:350 scale model of the TOS Enterprise next year?
#10 I think that is another company, possibly Master Replicas.
I had the Spock model – but lost it in a move long ago.
One of my very favorites… :(
I had the TMP version of that Spock model. It didn’t have the snakes and he was wearing TMP uniform. I think he was just pointing too…
The Ent-E sample actually looks nicer with the golden tones rather than the straight white in the movies. Great to see these kits make a reappearance.
I had the Spock model, the Bridge model and a cutaway model of the original E. All of which were given to my by my best friend’s family, the bridge and Spock were vintage, the E was one they decided they didn’t wanna put together. I did. Greatest Summer Project Ever. Then I went to Mexico (not for fun, church project. It was fun anyways). My brothers decided that M80’s + my Trek Models = BLOW STUFF UP! So I came home to see Spock, the bridge, and E all in many pieces. I’m totally picking Spock up when it comes out.
Sovereign class is retro now? Well, I guess it has been 13 years now.
Everything I have have is Retro/OEM equipment, down to my 70s sideburns and the AMC Javelin I cruise in.
well in this case ‘retro’ was in the meaning of these being reissues and not ‘new’ kits…dont feel too old
I’m DEFINITELY getting the Enterprise A and E models. AWESOME!
I remember the Spock Model from my childhood.
Wow both Models are just stunning !
#16 13 Years? ohmy thougt it was just yesterday :(
I still have the picture in mind when i first saw her appearing in first-contact. Was so stunned that a nearly choked on popcorn at the cinama lol.
ohoh maybe the next movie is gonna kill me at least :-O
oops sorry for the typos….it was my cat chased by the gorn running around the kitchen :)
Oh by Golly! I had completely forgot Mr Spock’s three-headed adversary! I think my father threw it away even before he threw away my other models.
Wait the article here states a May release date for the 1701-A, but the Culttvman pre-order site says March. Which is correct?
wow! I have an original ‘E’ kit!
I love it!
Sooooooooo cool they are re-releasing the ‘A’ too
I’m currently working on a Klingon D-7 Battle Cruiser re-release from polar lights .. Hmm That Enterprise E kit looks interesting , with some custom decals i might be able to turn that into something .
I’m definitely picking up the Enterprise-A model, which in my opinion is by far the coolest version of the Enterprise.
#11 – RC2 announced and confirmed they have plans for a TOS-E in 1:350 scale next year, not Master Replicas. Hopefully it will come true. If so we should see this announced for their 2010 kits.
Cool but what about the New Kits from the New Movie?
let’s hope that in 2010 we see the orignal 1:350th Enterprise
That Enterprise-A looks EPIC, especially with the shuttlebay interior!
And the Mr. Spock model looks cheesy (in an awesome kind of way).
Great, I just got done buying these from E-bay for those “pretty harsh” prices!
I remember doing a truly horrible job assembling that Spock & 3-headed snake diorama when I was a kid!
I was never very good at model building…I never had the patience to wait and do a good job…
lol looking forward to building the spock kit again. The Ent A looks awesome
I’m glad Polar Lights is re-releasing the 1:350 Enterprise A. I have one of the original models still sealed in the box, which I can now keep it that way. I’m going to buy one of the new models and build it along with one of my 1:350 NX-01 models. I will then display them flanking my Master Replicas 1:350 TOS Enterprise. Now all I need is a Captain’s Chair…
Sweet! Maybe this time the A’s pylons will stay on… (4th time’s the charm)
But seriously, the Polar Lights model of the A looks way better than the AMT/ERTL I had when I was a kid. I can’t wait… I’ve got to find the D!
There is a great ‘frame strengthener’ accessory available for this huge kit via culttvman.com. No more sagging rustbucket!
That 35″ A-series rocks, and just about might make this 44-year-old retro his way out of $60 and pick up a new set of xacto knives and model cement. Now where, exactly, will I hang the marvel…..
I made that Spock! The version I had featured a tree instead of the snakes.
Hey that Spock shooting the Creature is NOT CANNON!!!!. Ok i was just Kidding. Looks Great and I am looking forward to maybe doing a lot of Buying. Live Long and Prosper.
I was wondering what the physical differences are between the TMP-refit Enterprise and the Enterprise-A. I’m not enough of a geek to know. (Is anyone….?)
Anywho, all the models and the diorama look entirely awesome, and a hearty “way to go” and “attaboy” are deserved all around.
Hat Rick – aside from the decals, I think the difference between the refit and the A (as far as the kit is concerned) will revolve around the hangar deck, which was very different between the refit version glimpsed in TMP and the A version seen in fair detail in Star Trek V. The differences in the exterior could only really be the painting details, as the model wasn’t physically modified to any extent whatsoever as far as I know.
Very good Anthony, just in time for tax return time!
BTW, I bought the 1:350 Enterprise-A when it first came out, to my surprise, I received one of the rare blue-molded kits (they have a name for them in the hobby world.) Meaningless to others but thought it was cool :-P I didn’t store it away, the blue just became white when I was done with it!
This is interesting.
Just scroll down…
Never comes out as as the box cover when I build them. Sad memories :(
Anthony et al:
Here is something to research.
I seem to recall individuals who would offer services to build and deliver ‘professionally’ produced AMT models to consumers who wanted ships but not the burden of building them.
I mean, all I wanted back in “the day” was the damn ship. My mom would throw me, under 10, a tube of toxic Duco Cement, and I’d get to work despite the glue’s incompatibilty with modeling. I had an Enterprise and a Constellation, and the nacelles always managed to fall off in the morning, so they started to get caked with Duco. The damn water stickers sucked too. I may have had the Kongo before throwing the thing out. I don’t remember.
I say this because maybe someone else remembers it for a laugh. But if there are truly faithful models out there, as the AMT ones were, I’d rather pay to get one done and delivered from the box than endure the trouble of building it. Not my thing.
The Soundy “Art Asylum” ships are OK, and what’s in store looks terrific. But the boring (once built) silent models seem to have it down to a higher standard.
And i really want a D7.
Any news about the Polar Lights 1/350 TOS Enterprise? I heard of a 2010 release date, but no confirmation….
Holy crap I want these so bad. I missed out on the super-sweet Bandai models that came out a few years ago and I’ve always been hankering for Star Trek starships to grace my desk and display case.
The E-E and E-A can *not* be released fast enough! :)
And the E-E is so cheap that I may even consider ordering more than one and doing a ‘kitbash’ custom. (Battle-damaged E perhaps?)
Time to get in a pre-order!
That decal sheet is fantastic, though obviously evil, since it would make you want to build your own fleet, or at least recreate The Ultimate Computer fleet formation.
I’m not allowed to build model kits anymore. Used to have dozens and it got a bit out of hand. It’s also a sign that I have too much spare time and should work more or something…