Category Archives: Star Trek

UnBoxing | Star Trek Discovery WORKER BEE

The latest release from Eaglemoss Collections features one of the Federation’s tried and true auxiliary craft, the WORKER BEE has been seen in service throughout Star Trek incarnations.

Even in the 23rd Century, starship crewman depend on several modes of transportation to get the mission accomplished. In the future, the Federation has depended on auxiliary vessel in order to help construct and service the fleet. Worker Bees, smaller one or two-man vehicles were glimpsed helping to refit the Starship Enterprise in dry dock in Star Trek: The Motion Picture as Captain Kirk returned to reclaim the bridge of his ship in order to intercept the approaching alien threat of V’Ger.

The Worker Bee has remained a constant fixture in Star Trek continuity and has played a significant role in the latest iteration of the mythology. Eaglemoss Collections captures the spirit of the Federation auxiliary craft in its latest release; the Worker Bee is reproduced for Issue #13 part of the Star Trek Discovery The Official Starships Collection. The die-cast model combines plastic parts in incredible detailing to bring collectors a close-up look at the ship that has played a significant part throughout the two seasons of the current Star Trek franchise hit. 

The Worker Bee is immortalized in the latest model from Eaglemoss Collections.

Working Hard

The model comes in at over 6” in length and is expertly detailed. The version reproduced is the two-seater version of the auxiliary craft that is used aboard the USS Discovery to move vital components across the ship’s cargo bays. The Worker Bee has also been used in space, and as described in the enclosed magazine detailing the background of the versatile little ship. The original ship was designed by Andrew Probert for Star Trek: The Motion Picture and was redesigned for Star Trek Discovery by Ray Lai.

The designer took the basic tropes from Probert’s initial take of the Worker Bee and applied the same principles, while matching the production’s expectation of what the craft would be doing within the narrative of the script. Initially the Worker Bee was to be utilized to help Michael Burnham escape the confines of the brig at “The Battle of the Binary Stars” raged outside. The craft would be seen again throughout the season, moving crates within the USS Discovery cargo bay and is even outfitted with a laser to manage some exterior ship repairs.

The model sits about 4” high on its included display stand and is expertly detailed by the craftsmen at Eaglemoss.

Worker Bee Issue #13 | Star Trek Discovery The Official Starships Collection | Eaglemoss Collections is available through the subscription service and the Eaglemoss webiste here.

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UnBoxing | Star Trek Discovery KLINGON BIRD-OF-PREY

The most feared warship in the known galaxy — like you’ve never seen it before — continues to evolve in its latest iteration from the Star Trek Discovery and brought home from Eaglemoss Collections.

When the USS Shenzhou decided to wake the bear that is the Klingon Empire at the Battle of the Binary Stars, Star Trek Discovery took the opportunity to once again (re)introduce the most formidible alien species in the galaxy. The Klingons have been a favorite fan, and within the canon of Star Trek history they are the Federation’s most fearsome adversary. With their reintegration into the 23rd century continuity establishing more details of the Klingon/Federation War, this enemy has never looked more ferocious.

The creatives behind the new series have had a distinct freedom to explore technologies and designs for Star Trek Discovery and that’s most evident in the radically more alien look at the Klingons. Even the 23rd Century Bird-Of-Prey the most notorious warship in the Klingon fleet, had a very atypical design and terrifyingly ornate aesthetic; more muscular and constructed to strike fear, the craft looks very much like its namesake implies serving to strike fear in the hearts of its enemies.

A close-up of the Klingon Bird-Of-Prey reveals the intricate detail and vastly more vascular look at the approach the design took to make this 23rd Century war ship different from its predecessors.

The Bird Takes Flight

Eaglemoss Collections recreates the newest Klingon Bird-Of-Prey for its Star Trek Discovery Official Starship Collection and begins to assemble the fleet of the Klingon forces that soar into battle during the Klingon/Federation War and are first glimpsed at the Battle of the Binary Stars of 2256. The model is based on the designs of Sam Michlap. The design team was tasked with giving the Klingons, especially the iconic Bird-Of-Prey a more “aggressive” look. Michlap chose a direction that gave the ship the impression that it can slice its way through space.

The high-end collectible comes in at about 6” from stem to stern, approximating the actual size of the warship which measures 188.7 meters, keeping it within the anticipated size of its predecessors. The Klingons historically dispatched the Bird-Of-Prey as escort ships or as wing defenders; they’ve also served as the introductory arsenal heralding a Klingon invasion. Featuring the recognizable wing-swept design of the line, the vessel was also impressively armed with multiple phaser banks and photon torpedos.

Michlap explains the radical new approach to the ship’s design in the 16-page magazine that accompanies the model (along with a display stand) and admits that much of the Gothic design and texture of the ship was inspired by ornamental details found in cathedrals and especially Islamic architecture. This undoubtedly marries the 23rd Century Klingons very closely to their cultural connection of a more ceremonial people. The Bird-Of-Prey is seen protecting the fleet and is called upon with the enormous Sarcophagus Ship is in peril.

First of the Fleet

Besides the introduction of the unique Klingon Bird-Of-Prey to the line, Eaglemoss has also issued the Klingon destroyer Qugh Class (Issue #8) and the much more elegant Qoj Class (Issue #10). Both ships and their respective models give fans an alternative insight into this formidable force, which is still developing and playing a significant role in the evolution of the narrative storyline of Star Trek Discovery in its Second Season. The ship models are available for purchase individually or as part of Eaglemoss Collections subscription service.

Klingon Bird-Of-Prey | Star Trek Discovery Official Starships Collection Issue #4 is available now from Eaglemoss Collections. Click on the link here!

UnBoxing | USS ENTERPRISE (Star Trek: Discovery)

The classic hero ship gets a “refit” for its appearance in the Second Season of Star Trek: Discovery and is captured in a beautifully crafted XL Edition for fans to covet and add to their own fleet courtesy of Eaglemoss Collections.

With the anticipation over the premiere of the Second Season of the CBS All Access Original Series Star Trek: Discovery has certainly drummed up expectations of fans who are looking forward to returning to Federation space and travel the interstellar spaceways with the crew of the USS Discovery. The inaugural season of the newest Star Trek spin-off, the first since Enterprise went off the air a decade ago, featured more twists and turns and did more for expanding the universe of Gene Roddenberry’s final frontier than even the big screen reboot by J.J. Abrams.

At the conclusion of a surprising turn of events that included an incursion into the alternate “mirror” universe, before the Starship Discovery returned to normal space and the continuing engagements between the Klingon Empire and Starfleet, the crew intercepted a message from a ship in the fleet — that vessel designated NCC-1701 — the USS Enterprise. With Star Trek: Discovery chronologically spaced 10 years before Captain Kirk’s famous five-year mission, the commanding officer on the bridge of the Enterprise would most likely be Captain Pike.

The latest trailers for Season Two of Star Trek: Discovery have confirmed that Pike will indeed be joining the adventure this season aboard the Discovery; in fact, he’ll be stepping into the center seat and will be played by Anson Mount. The last actor to portray Pike was Bruce Greenwood who played the decorated captain on the big screen for J.J. Abrams reboot Star Trek set in the alternate “Kelvin” timeline after Jeffrey Hunter originated the role for the pilot episode “The Cage” of The Original Series.

In the cliffhanger final moments of Season Two, the USS Enterprise comes into view and aligns itself against the USS Discovery. Although she’s strikingly familiar in her classic configuration, it’s very obvious that this version of the Constitution-class starship has been modified to sync with the look and feel of the current Star Trek universe. Though only glimpsed on screen for a few seconds, the new Enterprise was captured in greater detail by longtime production artist John Eaves who featured the two hero ships alongside one another in recently released production art.

Strikingly familiar but modernized with only a few slight details the USS Enterprise as it will appear this season on “Star Trek: Discovery”.

Retro-Styling

It didn’t take very long for Eaglemoss Collections to bring this latest iteration of the Enterprise to fans. Partnering with CBS to recreate the USS Enterprise NCC-1701 as part of its Star Trek Official Starship Collection of models for its XL Edition line which reproduces high-end collectible versions of its popular ship models in larger scale allowing for more detail and accurate styling, the model of the new USS Enterprise is spectacularly recreated as an 8 inch replica with striking surface detail, and is based on the John Eaves design.

The model, which stands superbly upon its display, is both subtly redesigned while still maintaining the look of the starship first introduced in the 1960s series, and suggests that it fits between Matt Jeffries original look while borrowing some particulars from the refit Enterprise that appeared in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Most obviously are the backswept struts that support the warp nacelles immediately giving this version of the starship are swifter looking appeal. The nacelles themselves have only been slightly modified by adhering to the Discovery sensibility and design.

The saucer section is far more elaborately detailed and suggests a few more “open” viewing areas and more obvious weapon systems, matching the look of the “refit” Enterprise that appeared in the motion picture, making for a more formidable ship. The model’s color also is in-line with the theme that audiences have become familiar with thanks to Discovery. At a whopping 8” this model sits handsomely right next to its sister ships also part of the XL Edition and will leave fans wanting more. It feels like an old friend dusted and polished off for a whole new generation.

Eaglemoss Collections | USS Enterprise NCC-1701 (2256) | Star Trek: Discovery part of the Star Trek Official Starships Collections XL Editions is available now from the Eaglemoss Collections website here: Shop Eaglemoss.com

UnBoxing | Star Trek: Discovery Starship USS BURAN from Eaglemoss Collections

The USS Buran has already achieved a legendary status in the era of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY especially since all hands onboard were lost in a Klingon attack with only its captain to tell the tale!

In the world of Star Trek its starships are just as significant as the crews that inhabit them. Only a handful will achieve the near-mythic level of recognition in the annals of Starfleet history. Certainly the USS Enterprise from its NX designation through each generation, has held one of the most storied reputations in the known galaxy, especially because of its captains. In the era of Star Trek: Discovery and in the midst of the Klingon war with the Federation, the USS Buran NCC-1422 played a pivotal role in the early months of the conflict.

The Cardenas-class vessel was approximately the same size as the explorer ship USS Shenzhou but with its distinct quad warp nacelle design, the class appeared immediately more formidable and agile in comparison to other Federation ships in service during the 2250s. The USS Buran was captained by Gabriel Lorca and was engaged by an adversarial Klingon force at the onset of hostility between the two super-powers, and following the events of the Battle at the Binary Stars. Rather than be taken hostage, Lorca destroyed the USS Buran — but he himself escaped.

The USS Buran was lost with all hands onboard, with the exception of its captain and first officer, both of which would be reassigned to the USS Discovery with Lorca placed at the center seat of the experimental science vessel, quickly modified to serve as a Federation warship. Another Cardenas-class ship that was famously lost in battle was the USS Yeager NCC-1437 which was among the initial casualties of the aforementioned Battle at the Binary Stars. That interstellar scrimmage is charged with beginning the decade-long Klingon-Federation War.

Highly Collectible

Issue #7 in the Eaglemoss Collections of models for Star Trek: Discovery The Official Starships Collection the USS Buran NCC-1422 is among the most beautifully crafted of the ships featured i the line. The starship model itself measures over 8” in length and is expertly detailed. The striking black and gray color markings on the hull give the Cardenas-class starship a unique flair, and highlight its muscularly impressive profile. The quad warp nacelles also suggest the ship was particularly fast and agile.

Though there have only been a handful of similarly styled ships in the line, the quad warp nacelle has often been deemed redundant since in order for a ship to produce a warp field it only needs to have two fully engaged warp nacelles to propel it forward. The additional two nacelles would serve as a backup in the case that the ship experienced engine failure, or needed to distribute its power more efficiently. Though particularly well-structured the Cardenas-class would not endure past the latter half of the 23rd Century.

USS Buran NCC-1422 | Issue #7 | Star Trek: Discovery The Official Starships Collection from Eaglemoss Collections available now and includes a detailed magazine.

UnBoxing | Star Trek Starship KOBAYASHI MARU from Eaglemoss Collections “Special Issue”

Eaglemoss Collections latest “Special Issue” release is a tribute to one of Star Trek’s most storied vessels, though its legend far outweighed its on-screen time!

In the annals of Star Trek legend there is no ship more well known outside of the USS Enterprise than the USS Kobayashi Maru. The ship a Starfleet cargo freighter is at the center one fo the most difficult challenging exams at Starfleet Academy. It’s a test given to all aspiring cadets on the leadership track, and meant to gauge their ability to make a life and death decision, ultimately a no-win scenario. Captain Kirk is famously known as the only Starfleet cadet ever to beat the test, though he rigged the program in his favor.

Reminiscent of the Oberth-class science vessel that was also in service during the 23rd Century, the ship first gleaned on screen in director J.J. Abrams reimagining of Star Trek (2009) is only partly visible during the scene where Kirk is actually partaking of the test in the alternate Kelvin-timeline. The USS Kobayashi Maru ECS-1022 is under attack by three Klingon Battle Cruisers and if Kirk doesn’t act immediately the freighter will be lost with all hands aboard. The test is meant to test the mettle of its potential candidates, who must make tough decisions in the captain’s seat.

Eaglemoss Collections has just memorialized the USS Kobayashi Maru ECS-1022 in a “Special Issue” release as part its high-end line of die-cast and plastic models in the Star Trek Official Starships Collection. It follows the larger-size replica of the Klingon Battle Cruiser (which was also profiled on our site). The model itself is highly detailed (as illustrated in the photos below) and measures an impressive 7 inches in length and is in the style of ships that appeared in the 2009 film. The basic shape was inspired by a design by John Eaves and elaborated on by Ryan Church.

Though the ship was mentioned in the opening moments of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan it didn’t appear on screen and was canonized many times over in novels and subsequent episodes of the Star Trek television series. The Eaglemoss Collections model is the first realized representation of the ship in a hero form; the accompanying magazine celebrates the ship’s unique history and it’s evolution in design. An additional chapter focuses on the visual effects used in the 2009 reboot, including recreating the virtual test of the rescue of the Kobayashi Maru.

With Star Trek: Discovery returning for a second season early in 2019, perhaps the new series will further elaborate on the fate of this ship, and how it became a standard by which cadets are measured in Starfleet. The model is available through the Eaglemoss Collections and is ready to ship so long as supplies last.

UnBoxing | KLINGON BIRD-OF-PREY Landed Position

Eaglemoss Collections delivers on the latest release of the most feared ship in the galaxy. The Klingon Bird-Of-Prey is ferocious looking even as it comes in for a landing — alongside the rest of your fleet on your display case!

Marking its first on-screen appearance in the blockbuster Star Trek III: The Search for Spock the B’rel-class Klingon Bird-Of-Prey is without a doubt among the most recognizable and popular starship designs in the Star Trek canon. The fearlessly aggressive warriors strike fear into their enemies choosing architecturally formidable aerodynamics, backed with a predatory instinct that speaks itself.

Even in a “Landing Position” with its multi-vectored wing design in an upswept configuration the Klingon Bird-Of-Prey is a force to be reckoned with. As part of its Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection Eaglemoss Collections is offering exclusively on-line the Klingon Bird-Of-Prey Landed Position to fans to add to the growing line of highly detailed die-cast starships. The model is beautifully detailed and sits well on its display and features an 18-page magazine.

The magazine features background information on the inspiration for the design as well as including rarely seen artwork from the making of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. After the destruction of the legendary Starship Enterprise in order of the Genesis Planet, Captain Kirk and his crew commandeer a Klingon Bird-Of-Prey and use the ship to return the resurrected Spock to his home planet of Vulcan.

The model can be purchased, while supplies last, from the Eaglemoss website by clicking here.