The Joy of Eaglemoss
Those of us deeply into spaceship porn have had a willing accomplice to our habit in Eaglemoss collectibles, which has reproduced somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 spacecraft from the Star Trek television series, movies and other venues over the past several years. Their line of Trek ship models began with a subscription program but you can also purchase any of these reproductions individually if you act quickly enough (quite a few of them have sold out at this stage).
Eaglemoss went in with the intention of reproducing every spacecraft ever seen in a Star Trek production and while a few obscure background vessels may still be undone they’ve managed to get awfully close, with a lot of subjects that casual viewers would be hard-pressed to identify (there’s even a model of a model—young Jonathan Archer’s toy spaceship from the pilot of Star Trek Enterprise).
After the initial line of quite affordable and compact ships (usually measuring 4-5 inches in length), the company launched the “XL” companion line of deluxe, larger versions of some of the most popular vessels averaging around 8” long. Once you start collecting these things it’s difficult to stop, and you’ll be surprised how quickly they start filling up your shelf space. And it’s not just Trek subjects—Eaglemoss has added lines from Battlestar Galactica and The Orville along with character figures so while certain lines will end, the list of potential subjects seems to keep on growing.
Future U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D (“All Good Things”) XL Edition (1/2900 scale)
One of the latest XL releases is a reproduction of the “Future” U.S.S. Enterprise-D from Star Trek: The Next Generation’s swan song, “All Good Things.” This ship is best-remembered for its surprise appearance under the command of an aging Will Riker, blasting through some Klingon vessels threatening Beverly Crusher’s U.S.S. Pasteur vessel in an alternate, future timeline Jean-Luc Picard is experiencing thanks to the machinations of John DeLancie’s Q character. To keep costs down, the future Enterprise was a modification of the 6-foot Enterprise D miniature used for many of the familiar shots of the Enterprise D seen throughout the series. Since the intent was to keep the original Enterprise D miniature intact, add-on pieces including a central, third warp nacelle, a massive, underslung phaser cannon that traverses the full length of the saucer section, some projecting antennas or weapons and other machinery on top of the saucer and some added fins extending the warp nacelle pylons were attached to the Enterprise miniature to create a visually distinct but recognizable future version of the starship that could be seen alongside the original Enterprise in at least one shot.
The Future Enterprise has been reproduced in a number of earlier toy versions although there has never been an official model kit of the subject. One of the great things about the Eaglemoss models is they give you the detail and authenticity of a model kit without all that annoying building, painting and decaling. Eaglemoss’ Future Enterprise D reproduces all the details of the original miniature down to the raised lifeboat panels and the subtle light green Aztec pattern over the duck egg blue color of the hull, as well as some extremely delicate red striping details all over the ship.
The three bussard collectors and the impulse engines are done in clear red plastic which gives them some nice depth. At around 8 ¾ inches in length the ship is a nice, chunky size—I haven’t been able to find exact dimensions for the ship but it’s slightly longer than the original Enterprise D due to the placement of the third nacelle, so I came up with a rough scale of around 1/2900. Scale model collectors will gripe that these ships are in scales that are all over the map (standard model kit scales are 1/350, 1/500, 1/650, 1/1000, 1/2500 etc.) but the idea is to keep the model sizes in a similar range so they can all be displayed together.
The final challenge of most Eaglemoss ship models is figuring out just how they sit on their display stands, which consist of a metal black oval and a clear piece that locks onto the model and connects it to the metal oval. Eaglemoss has been fairly ingenious about creating these clear stands to support all the oddball shapes of the Star Trek ships, from Starfleet vessels to Klingon attack ships to Ferengi transports. One constant factor as far as any version of the Enterprise is it’s going to be top-heavy and extremely susceptible to tipping over.
Most of the Eaglemoss ships come with collectible magazines full of photos and schematics of the subject, as well as a little note about how exactly the model fits on the stand. My Future Enterprise D model did not come with a magazine, however, so I had to divine how the ship sits on the stand all by myself and it was a real intelligence test. If you look at the stand, there’s a lower cradle that fits the outline of the secondary hull, and two upper prongs that fit onto the back of the main saucer, on either side of the impulse engines. So you need to slip those two prongs up around the secondary hull so they extend up between the hull and the warp nacelles and then slide the whole thing forward so it fits onto the rear of the primary hull saucer. Got it? Be careful, because the weight of the ship will probably knock the clear stand off the black base a few times while you’re doing this, because that’s the way the universe works. Once you’ve got it on the stand it’s fairly stable.
At $75 this is a nice, chunky collectible that will give you a very accurate reproduction of this fan-favorite ship without taking up too much of your display space. You can pick up the Future U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D at the Eaglemoss shop for $74.95.
More Trek ships from Eaglemoss
Reportedly Eaglemoss is getting to the end of the line for their reproductions of older Trek ships but with all the Trek TV shows in production, it’s doubtful the company will be running out of Trek subjects any time soon. I’m still holding out for some ships from The Animated Series, which has some of the coolest designs in the franchise but has evaded reproduction by Eaglemoss so far. Give me an aqua-shuttle!
More images of Future Enterprise-D
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