The Discovery visits Section 31
Eaglemoss started their line of Star Trek spaceship replicas while there was no Star Trek TV series on the air; their unstated goal was to reproduce every ship seen onscreen in the franchise’s TV shows (from TOS to Enterprise) and the movies (from TMP to the Kelvin features). Since CBS launched Star Trek Discovery and now Picard, the goal of getting every Star Trek ship and vehicle made has gotten harder as the shows keep producing new ones.
Eaglemoss Hero Collector XL U.S.S. Discovery
Discovery is now in its third season and its rococo design aesthetic (particularly where the Klingons are concerned) has provided Eaglemoss with some dazzling collector pieces. The line started with the USS Shenzhou and the Discovery itself, inspired by Ralph McQuarrie’s designs for the unmade 1976 Star Trek feature Planet of Titans. McQuarrie and production designer Ken Adam came up with the idea of an Enterprise whose familiar saucer hull was connected to a triangular, Star Destroyer-like secondary hull.
Discovery’s artists (including Trek veteran John Eaves) tweaked the design to feature a rotating section of the saucer (I’m still rebelling against that idea), breaking up the saucer into donut-like sections with a spherical pressure hull at the center to hold the bridge and other areas (that’s actually a neat concept) and adding extremely slender, elongated warp engines. As with everything on Discovery, there has been resistance from purists about the ship’s look, but compared to a lot of other Starfleet designs on Discovery and Enterprise, the Discovery’s simple geometric shapes actually seem to me to fit in better with the TOS era even if the icicle-like warp nacelles seem a bit out of place.
Eaglemoss’s XL reproduction of the Discovery is relatively big—it has to be in order to incorporate the full length of the nacelles, so the overall length of the piece is around 12”. That’s actually very close to the size of the Polar Lights 1/2500 snap together kit of the Discovery, and while the Eaglemoss replica is a bit more expensive, it has some real advantages over the model kit. The Eaglemoss replica reproduces all of the ship’s subtle panel coloration and detail and particularly at the bridge area gives you an authentic look that would be hard to reproduce putting the model together. The model reproduces the panel colors with decals which means you have to cover every surface of the model with them, which is time-consuming and difficult to do perfectly. With the Eaglemoss ship, unbox it and you’re done.
The Eaglemoss line tends to fog the definition of “diecast” a bit—this generally refers to molded metal replicas but most of the Eaglemoss ships have plastic components—many are all plastic, with the diecast metal element just being the black metal stands. But many of the larger Eaglemoss ships are done in metal and quite beautifully too—the Discovery seems to be mostly metal apart from the clear components, and particularly with the spindly, delicate-looking engines this is a real advantage—you can actually pick the ship up by those needle-like warp engine ends with no danger of breaking the ship.
Eaglemoss Section 31 Station
Discovery season two ended up with the Discovery battling an A.I. from the future that takes over Section 31 and is unleashed from the Section 31 Station, a byzantine starbase located in remote space.
Discovery art director William Budge based the Section 31 headquarters on brutalist architecture and wanted it to reflect famous prisons like Alcatraz, which explains why the structure includes flat, open landing pads, the visual equivalent of prison yards with guard towers looming over them. It’s a good example of Star Trek’s generally “gravitized” approach to space hardware where there’s an obvious up and down to everything.
Eaglemoss’s replica of the station is BIG. Once mounted on its stand it towers over 13” in height, and with its blocky, chain-like levels, radiating fins and column-like external structures it’s tremendously detailed and interesting to look at. The paint job is superb, giving the whole station a grimy brown patina with dull red highlights, black solar panels and intricate paneling detail.
From the details too it’s theoretically in scale with the Discovery replica and the two make for interesting companion pieces, with the flatness of the Discovery emphasizing the Section 31 Base’s towering height and the compact footprint of the Base doing the same for the starship’s elegant length.
Together or separately, these are two of the most impressive pieces in the Discovery line. You can pick up the XL Edition USS Discovery for $74.95. (the smaller regular edition can be had for $54.95). And the Section 31 Headquarters is also $74.95.
Coming next from Eaglemoss
Eaglemoss has a few more models coming out in 2020. First up will be the Star Trek: Discovery Starbase 1 available for pre-order for $74.95. And the next regular ship in the Discovery series this year is the Klingon Balth class starship, available for pre-order for $54.95.
Also coming in 2020 is a set of four shuttles from TOS and TNG available for pre-order at $99.95. And finally, from the 2009 Star Trek movie, an XL version of the USS Enterprise is available for pre-order for $74.95.
Eaglemoss to make 32nd-century ships
Fans got buzzing over some of the 32nd-century Starfleet ships shown in this week’s episode of Star Trek: Discovery, including the USS Voyager-J and the USS Nog. Eaglmoss’s Ben Robinson confirmed on Twitter that models from these ships will be joining the line in the future.
More images of Eaglemoss XL USS Discovery and Section 31 Station
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