Name: USS Enterprise-C
Magazine #: Special 17
Release Date: 2018
Material: Die-Cast & ABS Plastic
Manufacturer: Eaglemoss Collection
The USS Enterprise-C (Probert Concept) is the latest Special release from the Eaglemoss Collections Star Trek Starships Collection. Never seen on screen, the Enterprise-C (Probert Concept) is ship designer Andrew Probert’s original design for the Ambassador-class USS Enterprise NCC-1701-C. The concept was developed at the beginning of Star Trek: The Next Generation and is a different design to the version that appeared on screen in the third season episode “Yesterday’s Enterprise”. Here’s a fun little fact, the Enterprise-C (Probert Concept) is the silhouette on the wall of the Enterprise-D’s observation lounge since the first season of TNG.
U.S.S. Enterprise-C (Probert Concept), Initial Impressions
My initial impression was positive for the most part. The ship looks really nice and there is a lot of good details throughout the design. The paint job is well done and the application of the windows looks spot on where they actually apply windows, unlike some other models. It has to be noted though that there are a couple of areas where windows are missing completely. The forward engineering section and neck are missing some windows, it has a rather bare appearance. Thankfully, The Away Mission does make a decal set that can be applied to give it that finished look. So while the windows have been applied correctly, there are spots that have no windows applied at all. There are a number of areas that have received special attention with the different paint, like the red impulse engines and some yellow areas. Overall the paint makes the model stand out and gives it a little bit of depth. The only piece to use translucent plastic are the red bussard collectors, the rest of the warp nacelle is painted, which is a little disappointing considering that this is a ship from the Specials line hence the higher cost. Perhaps my biggest gripe isn’t with the ship design itself, rather the condition the model was received in. In a few pictures you can see a slight chip on the outer edge of the saucer section. It’s not that noticeable when looking at the ship head on or from the top down, but from the bottom of the ship it’s extremely noticeable. Again, it’s not a design flaw, rather it’s either a manufacturer flaw or something that happened in the course of shipping.
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. It’s nice to have a stand that holds the ships in place well and gives little room for it falling out and damaging it further.
As with each collection piece, a collectors magazine is also included. The issue had some interesting details on the Enterprise-C (Probert Concept). The version of the ship had been designed by Andrew Probert at the same time he was creating the Enterprise-D. Roddenberry was keen on showing the evolution of the different Enterprise ships so Probert decided to create a hybrid model between the Enterprise-Bt and his own design for the Galaxy class Enterprise-D. But when it came to turning Probert’s ship into a physical model, the art department feared it would be too complicated to build on a TV schedule, so they opted for an easier-to-make design that was seen on screen. The rest of the issue focused on the initial designs for the Enterprise-D as well as some of the first aliens to appear on TNG, including the Ferengi. The magazine was informative, I just wish they spent a little more time on the Enterprise-C (Probert Concept).
Overall, despite the damage to the hull section and some missing windows, I was quite impressed with the Enterprise-C (Probert Concept). It’s clear that Eaglemoss went to great lengths to try to get all of the little details of the ship right especially since they’re working of renderings and no actual model. It looks and feels great, with a nice little heft to the weight, and the detail that went into producing the accompanying magazine makes this well worth the purchase. The Enterprise-C (Probert Concept) is a worthy addition to the series.
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