U.S.S. Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) Gold Model Starship
From: Eaglemoss Hero Collector
One of those things TNG fans obsess over is that wall of gold-painted Enterprise models at the back of the conference room behind the bridge of Jean-Luc Picard’s Enterprise—profiles of the “original” (i.e., Kirk’s) Enterprise (although that has since been historically superseded by Archer’s NX-01), the Excelsior-style Enterprise B, the C (although Andy Probert’s design as seen on the wall was heavily modified by the time it appeared in “Yesterday’s Enterprise) and Picard’s D. Updated and “shinier” versions of these models appeared in Star Trek First Contact where an angry Picard lashed out and destroyed them, causing visiting earthwoman Alfre Woodard to declare, “You broke your little ships.”
To my knowledge, no one has ever reproduced this display of golden miniatures for a licensed product, but Eaglemoss Hero Collector actually goes one better with this version of the Enterprise-D plated in real, 18K gold. This is an iteration of their “regular”-sized Enterprise D measuring about 6 inches in length (an 8.5-inch XL version convention exclusive will be made available in January 2021 if you happen to have $200 burning a hole in your pocket).
The Hero Collector Gold Enterprise-D model boasts all of the raised detail (lifeboats, phaser banks etc.) of the original model but of course the solid gold plating eliminates any painted detail, so this one is all about the bling. It comes with the standard Eaglemoss display base that is more or less an intelligence test in terms of affixing the ship onto it (the two clear forks clip onto the back of the saucer but you’ve got to slip the engineering hull into the little cradle below perfectly to get it to fit).
The gold plating gives the model a satisfying heft and this makes an eye-catching little desk knickknack, especially after you tell your friends what it’s made of. It’s designed a bit more for the Ferengi in all of us (can a gold-pressed latinum version be far off?) than the Federation citizen who’s long since outgrown outmoded concepts like money and wealth, but as a unique spin on the Hero Collector line of Star Trek ships it’s pretty cool. Just make sure not to let an angry Jean-Luc Picard anywhere near it.
Final Verdict: Grade A
The Eaglemoss U.S.S. Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) Gold Model Starship is available for $64.95 from Eaglemoss. You can also pre-order the XL version for $199.99.
If you want to expand your golden collection, Eaglemoss also has the original U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 in Gold for $64.95.
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