Name: ISS Enterprise
Magazine #: M1
Release Date: 2016
Material: Die-cast Metal & ABS Plastic
Manufacturer: Eaglemoss Collection
The ISS Enterprise 1701 has become a fan favorite among the spaceships within the Star Trek universe and it’s a special Mirror release in the Eaglemoss Collections Star Trek Starships Collection. The ISS Enterprise 1701 gained notoriety in the twisted Mirror Universe, the Enterprise was a warship that imposed the will of the Terran Empire. The ship comes from the design based on the fan-favorite “Mirror, Mirror” episode of the original Star Trek television series, this variant of the classic U.S.S. Enterprise 1701 depicts the iconic ship as it appeared in the evil Mirror Universe.
ISS Enterprise 1701, Initial Impressions
My initial impression was actually quite positive until I gave it a much closer inspection. The ISS Enterprise is extremely similar to the original NCC-1701 so it’s no surprise that Eaglemoss has repurposed their previous USS Enterprise model for this ship with just a bit of a different paint job. The build quality of the ship is top notch, it’s got some very simple paintwork with a few details to make it stand out as a ship from the Mirror Universe. You can see the Sword and Earth symbol on the saucer and the nacelles. The translucent Bussard Collectors have painted silver antennae and at the end of the nacelles there are grilles. It’s a direct copy of the ship that appeared on screen, although we never got to see the top front of the hull, here it says ISS Enterprise.
My only complaint, and this is something you can see in the pictures, is that on the bottom of the ship there are a number of areas where it looks like the paint wasn’t applied correctly and you can see little bumps. The top of the saucer hull also has a nice scratch along it that is noticeable. It’s unfortunate since it brings the overall quality of the ship down a little in what would have otherwise been a great addition to the collection. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a nice ship, but I just have some quality issues I think could have been handled better.
As usual, 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. The stand is inserted into the rear of the saucer and fits very snug and holds it in place.
As with each collection piece, a numbered collectors magazine is also included with the ship. The ISS Enterprise 1701 is issue M1 which shows that it’s a special ship, with the assumption that M stands for Mirror ship. The issue goes in depth on the creation of the Mirror Universe for the Original Series, how it came about and how the production was able to save costs by repurposing sets they already had. Unlike other issues there’s no technical data on the ship or diagrams or concept images. The majority of the issue focused on the episode Mirror, Mirror. It was interesting to note that the production team decided to show the ship going in the opposite direction during cut scenes and how they had to deal with it since the original Enterprise was designed for going left to right. There was also an interesting tidbit about how William Shatner almost reprised his role of Tiberius in an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise. All in all, it’s an interesting addition to the ship itself.
Overall, while I was impressed with the ISS Enterprise 1701, I was a little disappointed in the paint job it received. It’s clear that Eaglemoss goes to great lengths to get all of the little details of the ship right, I just wish they put in that much effort in the paint itself. It look like a nice model and it feels great, with a nice little heft to the weight, and the quality of the ship itself and the detail that went into producing the accompanying magazine makes this worth the purchase. Ultimately, the ISS Enterprise 1701 is a worthy addition to the series.