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Romulan Bird-of-Prey

Magazine #: 27
Release Date: 2015
Length: 140mm
Material: Die-Cast Metal
Manufacturer: Eaglemoss Collection

The Romulan Bird-of-Prey made its first appearance in the original Star Trek series, but this model made its first appearance in an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise and it’s the next review in my Eaglemoss Collections Star Trek Starships Collection. This model of the Bird-of-Prey is known as the 22nd Century model, and it made its first and only appearance in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode “Minefield”. It’s a newer looking model than the original series model, but how does it look? Let’s see…

Romulan Bird-of-Prey, Initial Impressions

My initial impression was actually quite positive. The ship looks absolutely great and the details on it are outstanding. I love the lines of the ship, it gives it an exotic, yet intimidating look and the all green metallic color really gives it that little extra something. The upper hull has some painted window lights but what really stands out for me are the transparent turquoise nacelle inserts. The nacelles fit flawlesley onto the ship and the plastic insert looks like it was built out of one piece. Overall, it’s one flowing piece that really looks nice. I was surprised with how much I’m enjoying the look of the ship. I’ve seen some complaints about it being too plain, but I think the simplicity makes it stand out more. I’m pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoy this ship.

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 plastic stand is inserted into the rear of the ship and it fits very snug and holds it in place. It gives the ship an nice upwards angle that highlights the lines of the ship.

The Magazine

As with each collection piece, a numbered collectors magazine is also included. This is issue 27 of the series and as with the prior magazines I was impressed with the detail the magazine went into regarding the Bird-of-Prey. The issue gives the standard detailed profile of the ship with images from the Enterprise television series. The issue also discusses 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. The magazine also looks at the original series Bird-of-Prey and how they modeled the 22nd Century version after it, yet still giving it a modern look. It also has a section that discusses the filming of the ship for the various series and the approach that was taken to highlight the ship for television. All in all, it’s an interesting addition to the ship itself.

Overall Impressions

Overall, I was quite impressed with the Romulan Bird-of-Prey. Eaglemoss went to great lengths to get all of the little details of the ship right. It looks and 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 well worth the purchase. The Romulan Bird-of-Prey is a worthy addition to the series.