With just two days left to go in their crowdfunding campaign, TOMY’s die-cast TOS USS Enterprise replica project has surpassed their revised financial goal. And there is still time to pick up what is a unique Star Trek collectible.
The campaign started on June 6, 2022, with a goal of 5,000 backers and a total of $3 million in funds needed. If that goal were not raised, backers’ credit cards would not be charged, and the project would not move forward. While the campaign has engendered a great deal of enthusiasm since then, the number of backers and the amount pledged failed to meet the goals in time. In response, TOMY extended the one-month deadline by two weeks, and lowered their goal to 2500 backers and $1.5 million, and then recently lowered it again to 2000 backers and $1.2 million pledged. That final revised financial goal has now been met and surpassed, though as of this writing, the number of backers has only reached 1842, likely because some backers purchased multiple units. A recent email to backers still indicates that they need to reach 2,000 backers in order to move forward.
The sheer enormity of the model and its reasonable price tag have made this project unique. Its 1/350 scale, identical to Polar Lights’ plastic model kit’s dimensions, means that the TOMY die-cast replica will clock in at 34″ in length and over 20 lbs in weight, fully assembled. The replica will come fully painted and detailed, will require minor assembly, and will be outfitted with realistic sounds, lights, and motor effects, triggered by invisible switches on the primary and secondary hulls. The replica will include three shuttlecraft models, decorated to match three of the TOS shuttles, and a stand that is capable of supporting the model in both joined and separated modes because another unique feature of this replica is that the primary and secondary hulls can be displayed either joined together, as shown on the TV series, or separated at the neckline, as referenced in dialogue in TOS and described in the show’s writer’s guide.
Here is a video of the prototype in action:
Each unit costs $599 apiece, including shipping anywhere in the contiguous United States. The replica is expected to be shipped to donors by summer 2023.
The campaign will continue until Jul 24, 2022 at 10:00 PM PDT.
Visit the campaign webpage at https://startrek.tomy.com.