Name: USS Excelsior
Magazine #: 8
Release Date: 2014
Material: Die-Cast & ABS Plastic
Manufacturer: Eaglemoss Collection
The USS Excelsior has become one of the most recognizable ships within Starfleet and it’s the eighth release in the Eaglemoss Collections Star Trek Starships Collection. The U.S.S. Excelsior was originally designated NX-2000 for testing purposes and as the first of its class, “The Great Experiment” was the first starship equiped with transwarp drive. It first appeared in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock captained by Captain Styles the ship gained notoriety for being captained by Captain Hikaru Sulu. The Excelsior Class starship has been seen in multiple episodes of The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine.
The USS Excelsior, Initial Impressions
My initial impression was a little mixed. This could be that I don’t find Excelsior class starships to be all that appealing to look at, with the smaller saucer and the long nacelles the ship has an almost gangly look to it. Looking at it from the top or bottom is not very inspiring, but I can’t fault Eaglemoss for that, rather they’re just replicating the look of the ship. What I can blame Eaglemoss for is a couple of blemishes on the ship, in the pain and in the application of the blue plastic in the warp nacelles. They’re not very noticeable, but when giving it a close inspection it’s unavoidable. The ship also looks smaller than previous releases and I believe part of this is due to the long nacelles. If the saucer had the same width and size as previous releases it would have been a longer ship compared to others.
Each model also comes with a stand to display the ship, the base of the stand was solid and sturdy, and the stand 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 gives the ship a nice angle to display it at and feels sturdy enough to not slip if bumped into. Compared to some other stands, this one seems to work well.
As with each collection piece, a numbered collectors magazine is also included. The is issue 8 of the series and as with the prior magazines I was impressed with the detail the magazine went into regarding the ship. The issue gives a detailed profile of the ship with images from the movies and 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. 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 the movies and television. All in all, it’s an interesting addition to the ship itself. I’ve always enjoyed the information included in the magazines and this is no different.
Overall, the Excelsior is a nice ship, but it’s a little disappointing that it’s smaller than previous releases. Eaglemoss got all of the little details of the ship right, but as previously mentioned it’s not a favorite of mine. Having a lot of plastic parts to the ship, it doesn’t have the same heft as other ships and it doesn’t feel as sturdy either. The Excelsior is a nice addition to have, but it’s not a must have item for me.