Magazine #: 5
Release Date: 2014
Material: Die-Cast & ABS Plastic
Manufacturer: Eaglemoss Collections
The Romulan Warbird, D’deridex class, is one of the most iconic spaceships within the Star Trek universe and it’s the fifth release in the Eaglemoss Collections Star Trek Starships Collection. Making its first appearance in the Star Trek: The Next Generation first season episode The Neutral Zone, it quickly became a fan favorite. If I’m being honest, I’ve always been a fan of the Romulans, from their culture to the look of their ships. The Warbird has always been a favorite of mine so I’ve been looking forward to reviewing this ship, hopeful that Eaglemoss would do it justice. So have they? Let’s take a look.
Romulan Warbird, Initial Impressions
My initial impressions were very positive. The ship looks great and the detail on it is outstanding. The model is nearly all die-cast, with the exception being the warp nacelles and lower strut. The model has a nice weight to it as well since there’s very little plastic on it. The ship is painted in a dirty green with lighter and darker green tones throughout the hull. It gives the ship an authentic look to it, matching it with the models used on screen. The detailing of the ship is excellent, I was impressed with how many lit viewports are painted on the ship, as well as the wing impression on the top and bottom of the hull. I was quite pleased with how the model came out. The attention to detail and the paint job are outstanding on it with no notable blemishes. This was one of the most fun models to photograph so far and I believe that comes down to the ships angles and quality of the build.
Perhaps the only gripe I have about it is the 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 seems a little underwhelming. The stand is inserted onto the rear bottom of the ship giving it a nice angle to display at, but it did not feel sturdy enough to hold the ship. A couple of times the ship would slip off the stand. This might cause an issue if the display is bumped into to. Yet despite the minor issue with the stand, the Warbird is still my current favorite ship in the collection and Eaglemoss should be commended on how well it came out.
As with each collection piece, a numbered collectors magazine is also included. The Warbird is issue 5 of the series and as with the prior magazines I my positive impressions with the detail the magazine remains. The issue gives a detailed profile of the ship with images from the various television series its appeared in. The issue also has a nice schematic of the ship, with an interesting discussion about the design during the ships inception. As usual, Eaglemoss does a fine job with the details about the ship and the use of any images that help highlight the various angles of the ships design. All in all, it’s an interesting addition to the ship itself.
Overall, the Romulan Warbird has easily been my favorite model so far. It’s clear that Eaglemoss went to great lengths to get all of the little details of the ship right. From the many windows to to the design pattern on the top and bottom of the ship. 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 Warbird is an extremely worthy addition to the series.