Name: Ferengi Marauder
Magazine #: 16
Release Date: 2014
Material: Die-Cast Metal and ABS Plastic
Manufacturer: Eaglemoss Collection
The Ferengi have become a fan favorite among the aliens within the Star Trek universe and their ship, the Ferengi Marauder is the latest release in the Eaglemoss Collections Star Trek Starships Collection. The Ferengi first came on the scene in Star Trek: The Next Generation and their ship, the Marauder was the first major alien ship to be built for The Next Generation. Designed by Andy Probert, who was inspired by the shape of a horseshoe crab, the Marauder was intended to rival the Galaxy-class Enterprise-D.
The Ferengi Marauder, Initial Impressions
My initial impression was surprisingly quite positive. It’s a very simple model requiring just a few pieces. It is, The top of the ship, the two plastic nacelle “inserts” and the bottom of the ship. The warp engine is represented by two lime green plastic pieces, instead of the blue that we’re used to seeing with Starfleet ships. The green plastic is inserted underneath the ship, with nothing obstructing it, to allow for light to pass through and give the warp nacelle a nice glowing look. The ship has a nice paint job to it with a great amount of detail on display. It has an almost burnt orange look to the ship, int a few areas having a faded look, giving it a little extra oomph. Unfortunately all of the detail is on the top of the ship, with the underside receiving no painted details. It’s just one color with some embossed components. The ship has a nice hefty weight to it as well.
Each model also comes with a stand to display the ship, the base of the stand was solid and sturdy, and the piece that attaches to the base and holds the ship seemed to hold it well will little wiggle room. This is a welcomed change compared to some of the recent ships I’ve reviewed. The stand is inserted into the rear of the front “pincer” section of the ship and fits very snug and holds it in place well. This makes for a nice display with little worry about the ship falling off.
As with each collection piece, a numbered collectors magazine is also included. The is issue 16 of the series and as with the prior magazines I was impressed with the detail the magazine went into regarding the Marauder. The issue gives a detailed profile of the ship with images from the television series as well as discussing the concept design of the ships as well as interviews with those that worked on the design and construction of the ship for the various productions. It also discusses the Ferangi’s first appearance on television as well as approaches they initially took with the Ferengi, and how the evolved on screen and in the writers minds. All in all, it’s an interesting addition to the ship itself.
Overall, I was quite impressed with the Ferengi Marauder. It’s clear that Eaglemoss went to great lengths to get all of the little details of the ship right. It looks and feels great and the quality of the ship itself and the detail that went into producing the accompanying magazine makes this well worth the purchase. The Ferengi Marauder is a worthy addition to the series.