Name: USS Enterprise-E
Magazine #: 21
Release Date: 2014
Material: Die-Cast & ABS Plastic
Manufacturer: Eaglemoss Collection
The USS Enterprise-E first appeared in Star Trek: First Contact and quickly became a fan favorite. The Sovereign-class ship is the 21st release in the Eaglemoss Collections Star Trek Starships Collection. The Enterprise-E, under the command of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, was instrumental in the Battle of Sector 001 and travelled back in time to stop the Borg from assimilating a pre-warp Earth. The ship, the sixth in the line of ships to bear the name Enterprise, was featured in three Star Trek movie, and a number of novels as well. With such a well representation on screen, how does Eaglemoss’ model look? Well, let’s see..
U.S.S. Enterprise-E, Initial Impressions
I’ve always been a fan of the look of the Enterprise-E, from its long nacelles raised above the saucer section, to the sleek lines of the saucer section. The Enterprise-E looks like a fast ship, it has the lines of something that looks like it can cut through almost anything. There’s a lot of detail on the model as well. From the plentiful amount of aztecing on the hull, the Captain’s Yacht on the bottom of the saucer to the many windows, it’s pretty clear that Eaglemoss went into great lengths to apply the details. Sadly, as with a number of ships in the Star Trek line, the application of the windows is a bit off. They don’t align with the model and if you’re giving it a close look it can really throw it off.
There are other areas though that do look well thought out and modeled, take the nacelles. The top of the nacelles have a translucent blue piece on them that give it that extra pop of color. The red portion of the ram scoops are also made out of the translucent plastic and they also stand out nicely. The same red plastic is used to finish the impulse engines. There is even a tiny deflector dish using an orange transparent piece with is a nice touch. Eaglemoss even has a small piece of colored translucent plastic for the deflector dish, which is a nice touch when you see how poorly some models are (I’m looking at you Aventine). The underside of the ship has the same level of detailed applied to it as the top, which is nice to see as well. Despite the mis-alignment of the windows, the Enterprise-E is a really nice looking ship. Nice enough to make me want the XL version.
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 is standard with each collection piece, a numbered collectors magazine is also included. The Enterprise-E is issue 21 of the series and as with the prior magazines I was impressed with the detail the magazine went into regarding the E. The issue gives a detailed profile of the ship with images from the movies. 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 Enterprise-E has the distinction of being the last physical model produced for a Star Trek production. The magazine has a section that discusses the filming of the ship for the various movies as well as some trivia about the ship that wasn’t discussed on screen. All in all, it’s an interesting addition to the ship itself.
Overall, I was quite impressed with the Enterprise-E. It’s clear that Eaglemoss went to great lengths to get all of the little details of the ship right. Other than the mis-aligned windows, 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 is a worthy addition to the series.
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