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UnBoxing | Star Trek: Discovery LANDING POD | Starship Collection

The one-man auxiliary Landing Pod made its daring debut in the Second Season premiere of Star Trek: Discovery and immediately fired the imagination of fans across the quadrant. Eaglemoss captures the spirit of the space adventure with this newest model.

When Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) comes aboard the exploratory starship USS Discovery it isn’t very long before the almost-already legendary hero gets the opportunity to jump right into the action, leaving an indelible impression on Commander Michael Burnham and the rest of the crew. The famous Starfleet captain of the USS Enterprise may have sat out most of the previous season’s war with the Klingons, but now Pike has been ordered to take command of Discovery and embark on a secret mission into space.

Commander Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) doesn’t know immediately what to make about their new commanding officer, but when the USS Discovery intercepts a derelict Starfleet hospital ship, the USS Hiawatha trapped in the gravimetric clutches of an asteroid field, Pike is determined to board the ship and bring back any survivors. In order to navigate the treacherous asteroid field, Burnham suggests they use the Landing Pod a one-man all-purpose utility craft that can spin the away team through the mine-field and onto the surface of the ship.

The Landing Pod is a fast-moving gyroscopic shuttlecraft, that makes an impressive introductory appearance in Star Trek: Discovery. The nimble ships are put into service once again towards the end of the season when the USS Discovery and the USS Enterprise find themselves in the crosshairs of a new enemy fleet. Burnham is able to expertly pilot the craft and even successfully initiates a rescue of her new captain when Pike’s own pod is compromised. The Landing Pod no doubt has demonstrated itself a welcome asset in USS Discovery’s auxiliary ship complement.

Ship of the Line

Obviously it made a significant enough impression with fans that Eaglemoss Collections decided the Landing Pod merited a model replica of its own. Joining the series of ships in the Star Trek: Discovery The Official Starships Collection the Landing Pod is spectacularly recreated in a sculpted replica made of a mix of die-cast metal and ABS plastic, meticulously hand-painted to recapture every detail. It is, for a one-man seated craft, impressively scaled and measures approximately 9” in length.

With the stabilizing vanes extended, the Landing Pod looks ready for action and expertly sits upon its display stand prepared for proper deployment into the most hostile arenas. Eaglemoss has gone to great lengths to recreate the ship and gives collectors a look into inside — the transparent bubbled cockpit houses the pilot’s chair and the control hub of this nibble little flight craft. I would recommend gently handling the model as the stabilizing vanes are particularly delicate looking and fragile to the touch, as to avoid snapping them off.

For the price, this officially licensed model should be articulated and replicate the gyroscopic movements, or in the least, retract the vanes into the aft section, but Eaglemoss Collections are not known for such intricacies and instead deliver a highly detailed sculpture suitable for display. This model of the Landing Pod easily enhances any fans collection and delves further into the 23rd Century technology of Star Trek: Discovery. The model is packaged in a protective blister box and includes a 16-page magazine detailing the design of the little ship.

Check out the model of the Landing Pod here:

Landing Pod | Star Trek Discovery: The Official Starships Collection | Issue 23 | Eaglemoss Collections | $54.95 available from Eaglemoss Collections here.

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UnBoxing | Star Trek: Discovery ISS CHARON | Special Issue

The ultimate weapon of mass destruction now in the palm of every collector’s hands! Eaglemoss adds one of the most impressive ship models created for the first season of Star Trek Discovery to life with the Special Issue of the ISS CHARON.

Trapped in an alternate mirror reality as part of a scheme coordinated by Captain Gabriel Lorca, the Federation exploratory vessel USS Discovery finds itself in the crosshairs of that universe’s Terran Empire and its Emperor, the mirror universe’s Philippa Georgiou. In order to spread her reign of tyranny throughout the known galaxy, the emperor rules with an iron fist from her flagship the ISS Charon a city-ship with extraordinary firepower and a sun-like super-mycelial reactor at its core.

Measuring over 13″ the impressive model also comes with a light-up feature replicating the mini-sun that powers its core.

The ship which measures 9.6 km in length dwarfed any ship in the quadrant and had the capability to destroy a planet while serving as both the emperor’s own roving staging platform and prison from where she tortured her enemies to her heart’s content. In 2256, the crew of the “prime” universe’s USS Discovery found themselves the pawns of a plan lead by the mirror universe’s Lorca. Determined to overthrow the Terran Empire and seat himself as to its new emperor. The duplicitous Lorca tricked everyone including Michael Burnhum of his true intentions.

Before long, the “mirror” Lorca was able to recruit his followers and lead a coup aboard the ISS Charon which proved futile. Once he was apprehended by Burnhum, Emperor Georgiou murdered the treacherous mutineer along with his crew and dropped into the mycelial reactor that powered the ISS Charon. The crew of the USS Discovery determined to return to their prime universe, used the untethered power of the small sun to plot their course back home, and destroyed the ISS Charon in the event, effectively compromising the Terran Empire’s rule.

Ship of the Line

Part of the Eaglemoss Collection of Star Trek: Discovery: The Official Starships Collection the ISS Charon is spectacularly presented and will make a wonderful addition to any true fan’s collection. Coming in at an impressive 13-inches, this model is made of a mix of die-cast and quality ABS materials, with a light feature that replicates the fiery mini-sun at its core that powers the ship. The surface detail of the model is intricate and captures the fierceness of the vessel’s design, which is meant to strike fear.

The model is able to perch solidly on its display stand and appears poised to descend on its target ready to reign terror on an unsuspecting enemy. Collectors will be very pleased with the dimensions of the ship; slightly larger (though not to scale) as compared to the other ships in the line, it is still worth noting that is among one of the largest models in the official collection. The magazine included gives insight to the concept behind the ship’s design by John Eaves, who theorized that the vessel combined the technology of countless races serving the Empire.

ISS Charon | Star Trek: Discovery The Official Starships Collection Special Issue | Eaglemoss Collections | $79.95 available from Eaglemoss Collections here.

UnBoxing | Star Trek Starships USS EXCELSIOR | XL Edition

The classic hero ship gets super-sized by Eaglemoss for their line of XL Editions and the model captures the majestic spirit of the vessel that shares in the final adventure of the Original Series crew as captained by Hikaru Sulu.

There are but a handful of ships that stand out in the minds of fans of Star Trek and among them, the USS Excelsior has as an impressive legacy as that of the ship it was designed to replace, the Constitution-class USS Enterprise. It’s first introduced on the big screen in Star Trek: The Search for Spock and then it was still in the testing stages of its career, hence the registry number NX-2000 and it was the first of its class. The Excelsior had earned the impressive moniker even then and was known as “The Great Experiment”.

Larger and sleeker than the Constitution-class ships the Federation had then had in service for decades, the Excelsior bolstered experimental propulsion called a “transwarp drive” and begun its shakedown in later years of the 23rd Century, before entering into full-active duty under Captain Hikaru Sulu in 2290. Abandoning the experimental drive and returning to more traditional, albeit more powerful, warp system, The USS Enterprise’s legendary helmsman captained the properly registered USS Excelsior NCC-2000.

The USS Excelsior would distinguish itself alongside with its captain and crew and engage along with the crew of the USS Enterprise to prevent the assassination attempt on the President of the Federation at the peace conference at Camp Khitomer; an event that began to mend relations between the Klingons and the Federation after the Klingon moon Praxis exploded and nearly plunged the warrior race headlong toward extinction. If not for the intervention of the Enterprise and Excelsior a renegade faction of terrorists would have succeeded in preventing peace talks.

The model measures 10-inches in length and is not a repaint of the previously released USS Enterprise-B (also an Excelsior-class ship).

Ship of the Line

Part of the continuing line of models in Eaglemoss Collections very own Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection XL Editions the USS Excelsior NCC-2000 is spectacularly presented and will make a wonderful addition to any true fan’s collection. Measuring at an impressive 10-inches, this model isn’t a repaint of the previously issued USS Enterprise NCC-1701-B which is also an Excelsior-class ship (and much heftier than its predecessor). Made of a mix of die-cast and quality ABS materials, the sleeker Excelsior is more trimmed around the edges.

When comparing the two models, what immediately jumps out, is the significant depths of the secondary engineering section. The Excelsior drops more naturally and its silhouette is that of a space-faring luxury liner. The Enterprise-B has a more muscular appeal, especially given the added impulse engines and additional decks. The Excelsior-class of ships impressively endured well into the 24th Century and many ships in the class were still in service during the Dominion War which ended in 2375.

The streamlined design is right out of the vessel’s appearance in STAR TREK VI: The Undiscovered Country.

Under the command of Captain Hikaru Sulu, the USS Excelsior quickly achieved its own level hero-worship among fans, and the ship even appeared in a landmark episode of Star Trek: Voyager which revealed that the Voyager’s own Second Officer Tuvok, had served aboard the Excelsior early in his career in Starfleet. The USS Excelsior has been carefully recreated to capture it as it appeared on the big screen in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country which was also significant as the final mission of the Original Series crew. The model includes a detailed 20-page magazine.

Check out the model of the USS Excelsior here:

USS Excelsior NCC-2000 | Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection XL Edition | Eaglemoss Collections | $74.95 available from Eaglemoss Collections here.

USS Excelsior NCC-2000

UnBoxing | Star Trek REMAN WARBIRD “SCIMITAR” from Eaglemoss

As formidable as it appeared fearsome the Scimitar was at the center of a coup within the Romulan Empire that ultimately lead to the Federation facing their greatest nemesis and turned the tide of power in the galaxy.

The crew of the Federation Starship Enterprise under the command of Jean-Luc Picard couldn’t have imagined what they would be facing when they were dispatched into Romulan space to meet with the empire’s new praetor. The latter half of the 23rd Century was wrought with tension; the Federation was still recollecting itself after its war with the Dominion and Starfleet was perhaps at its most vulnerable. The tenuous relationship between the Federation and the Romulans had been sheathed as the two superpowers found a common foe.

As the various factions worked to reassert themselves, on Romulas, the homeworld of the Romulan Empire, a military coup was in play to unseat the current senate and instead put in place Shinzon, a Reman and relatively untested leader who ascended to the heights of power by creating a weapon of near-unstoppable capabilities. The Reman Warbird Scimitar represented a ferocious superiority, dwarfing Picard’s Sovereign-class USS Enterprise with more enough firepower to take an armada, but at its core, the vessel was a weapon of mass destruction servicing a madman.

As the latest “Special Issue” release in it Star Trek The Official Starships Collection Eaglemoss Collections has captured in great detail the deadly beauty of this enemy ship that was first introduced on the big screen in Star Trek: Nemesis the final feature-length film starring the cast of The Next Generation. It took the might of the Enterprise and the Romulan Warbird Valdore to eventually cripple Shinzon’s monster, which was capable of multiple maneuvers in battle including the ability to fire while partially cloaked. The Scimitar measured over 890 meters in length.

The Ultimate Nemesis

Though not as elegant as similarly styled ships that have appeared in the service of the Romulan Star Empire, the Reman Warbird Scimitar was constructed by the Remans, an oft-set cast that of people that share space with the power-thirsty Romulans. The Scimitar was built with one purpose and one purpose alone, to intimidate and annihilate its enemies. Very much in step with the Romulan edict of design tribute to a “bird of prey” the Scimitar has swooping wings on either side of its muscular fuselage, that resembles the feathered wings found on an attacking condor.

Those wings conceal the most dangerous weapon created in the galaxy. Once they are deployed and fan out to target its enemy, the Scimitar could unleash its full capabilities and ignite its thalaron weapon system. Though the Eaglemoss Collections model does not have this feature it still looks impressively powerful and the surface detail is a revelation. Though the ship was destroyed in Star Trek: Nemesis never to be seen again, the CGI model has developed from one of the starship illustrator extraordinaire John Eaves designs and completed by the team of SFX modelers.

The “Special Issue” release is larger than the regular ship models in the line of the Official Starships Collection and is often scarcely available. The Scimitar joins recent “Special Issue” releases that have included V’Ger from Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Starfleet’s Spacedock.

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Reman Warbird Scimitar | Special Issue | Star Trek The Official Starships Collections | $45.00 available from Eaglemoss Collections here.

UnBoxing | Star Trek Starship Collection “CLOAKED” DEFIANT from Eaglemoss

It’s one “Tough Little Ship” and is being offered as a Convention Exclusive for fans attending NYCC! The USS Defiant Cloaked — now you see it, now you don’t!

When Star Trek: Deep Space Nine introduced its hero ship the USS Defiant, among the most stunning revelations about the vessel that would be used in defense against enemy incursions emerging from the nearby wormhole was that it was possessed of cloaking technology! The reason this was so controversial to fans is the fact that the ability for starships to move so stealthily throughout space was often associated with Starfleet’s enemies, and not in keeping with the Federation’s promise of peacekeeping and exploration.

The USS Defiant was also constructed with a singular purpose and that was to repel enemies and even the odds on the battlefield, most significantly to deal with the threat of the dangerously provocative Borg. The muscly little ship was to be moored in defense of the edges of Federation space at Deep Space Nine which was in Bajoran territory and captained by the station’s commander Benjamin Sisko. The ship saw its fair share of conflict, proving formidable against the Dominion and the aforementioned cybernetic alien Borg in Star Trek: First Contact.

Now Eaglemoss Collections / Hero Collector has given collectors an opportunity to own their very own bit of stealth technology with the exclusive “Convention Only” model of the USS Defiant NX-74205 “Cloaked” and available to fans attending this season’s New York Comic-Con. The high-end collectible will be available during the convention season, but only for as long as it remains in stock. The modelers at Eaglemoss will be selling the specialty item at their booth, along with displays of all their most exciting new releases.

Convention Exclusive

For those intrepid fans brave enough to traverse the subway ride to the West Side of Manhattan this fall, Eaglemoss Collections / Hero Collector made the endeavor even more special by offering Trek enthusiasts an opportunity to pick-up the exclusive collectible. The model of the USS Defiant NX-74205 “Cloaked” was available in a limited production run of only 2.500 individual pieces. The model is molded in transparent plastic to simulate the “cloaked” effect and includes a display stand and 20-age magazine in the newer, more compact issue.

Upon the re-release and reissue of the Star Trek The Official Starships Collections, Eaglemoss Collections / Hero Collector decidedly repackaged many of the ships in the line in a new smaller-range blister box. The “cloaked” USS Defiant is accordingly packaged. The model itself is handsomely detailed, made to simulate the effect of being in stealth mode, collectors should be warned — it is incredibly fragile and should be handled carefully. The “convention exclusive” model is being made available to online collectors — so grab yours before they disappear!

USS Defiant NX-74205 CLOAKED | Convention Exclusive | Star Trek The Official Starships Collections from Eaglemoss Collections | $40.00 available from Eaglemoss Collections here.

UnBoxing | Star Trek PLANET KILLER from Eaglemoss

One of the most fearsome encounters during Kirk’s first five-year mission aboard the USS Enterprise brought the crew in contact with the Planet Killer now immortalized in a Special Edition model from Eaglemoss.

The most dangerous weapon in the galaxy has entered the edge of our galaxy and left behind a path of destruction. When Captain Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise intercept the Doomsday Machine, it has already destroyed the USS Constellation and left its commanding officer in a terrible state. Commodore Matt Decker is determined to destroy the machine even it means taking down the Enterprise. As part of its line of “Special Edition” releases Eaglemoss Collections introduces the Planet Killer.

The mysterious weapon of mass destruction that threatened the USS Enterprise was impenetrable and fired an antiproton blast that laid waste to everything in its path. Commodore Decker had the Enterprise fly over the Planet Killer’s surface and fired several phasers at point-blank to no effect. Decker attempted to fly into the Planet Killer to destroy it himself, but in an initial power play, Kirk resorted to detonating the USS Constellation inside the Planet Killer effectively shutting down the doomsday weapon and saving the heavily inhabited system of Rigel.

Doomsday Machine

In the episode “The Doomsday Machine” the ominous appearance of the Planet Killer lends much speculation to its origins. Kirk compares it to an “H” Bomb, while Spock confirms that it may, in fact, be a “robot”. The Planet Killer didn’t appear to have a crew but moved as if it was possessed of consciousness and attacked the USS Constellation and the USS Enterprise. Its path of destruction is clear though and had the crew of the Enterprise not been able to stop it, the casualties to nearby habitable systems would have been monumental.

Measuring approximately 8.5 inches in length the Eaglemoss model of the Planet Killer may not appear as formidable as the actual one (which was several miles long) but the die-cast representation and surface coloring are impressively close. The model itself also rests solidly on its display stand. The most coveted feature is the installed lightbulb accessory that brightly mimics the furnace-looking maw of the Doomsday Machine. When it’s not lit the mouth of the Planet Killer is painted accurately to look just like it did on film.

The Special Edition release is also packed with a 20-page magazine that elaborates on the specifics of the Planet Killer as it appeared in “The Doomsday Machine” episode chronicle its path of destruction and eventual demise at the hands of Kirk and crew. The magazine also provides background on the possible origins of the device and how the idea for the Planet Killer came to life in the script. The editors at Eaglemoss do need to work a little more diligently, as there are several typos throughout and the contents is a misprint from the issue relating to V’Ger.

Planer Killer | Special Edition | Star Trek The Official Starships Collections from Eaglemoss Collections | $49.95 available on the Eaglemoss Collections website or as part of the subscription service.