Name: USS Grissom
Magazine #: 36
Release Date: 2015
Material: Die-Cast & ABS Plastic
Manufacturer: Eaglemoss Collection
The Oberth Class has become a fan favorite among the spaceships within the Star Trek universe and it’s the 36th release in the Eaglemoss Collections Star Trek Starships Collection. The Oberth Class was almost exclusively used for conducting scientific studies through out Federation space and beyond. Oberth class vessels were seen in almost all of the Star Trek television series and a few movies as well. For this release Eaglemoss has used the USS Grissom, seen in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. While in orbit, the crew discovered the photon torpedo in which Captain Spock’s body had been ejected from the USS Enterprise. Finally, the Grissom was destroyed by Klingon commander Kruge in his Bird-of-Prey.
This was a tough ship to add to my collection since I only started collection within the past few months. It had been sold out on Eaglemoss’s store site for a while and buying from their parties on-line was rather costly. Thankfully I received notification from Eaglemoss that it had come back in stock so I ordered it, at the regular price, within minutes of being added to the store. And am I glad I did…
USS Grissom, Initial Impressions
The Oberth class ships are science vessels first and foremost, they’re not meant to looks sleek and stylish like other Starfleet vessels and that’s ok. I’ve actually always liked the way the Oberth class ships have looked so I was looking forward to reviewing this ship. I’m happy to say that I’m not disappointed in it, my initial impression was actually quite positive. Eaglemoss has done an excellent job reproducing the ship. From the circular saucer section and the nacelles coming off the flat upper hull to the large boat-shaped secondary hull underneath, the model feels a little top-heavy since you have the primary hull in die-cast metal while the nacelles, pylons and secondary hull are plastic.
The Oberth class ships are pretty detailed, from the saucer section with it’s aztecing and small windows, to the nacelles and boat like sensor section at the bottom of the ship. There’s a lot of detail int he nacelles, from the 3D grills to the stickers with the Federation name and logos. The model is very accurate to the ships we’ve seen in the movies and tv shows. Sadly there’s no need for any of the transparent plastic we’ve become used to in other ships, it could have added a something little extra, but I have no complaints of how the ship looks. I quite enjoy it to be honest.
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 pylons attaching the nacelles to the secondary hull section and it fits very snug and holds it in place. It gives the ship very little angle to display it at, but it’s still nice to look at when it sits on its stand.
As with each collection piece, a numbered collectors magazine is also included. The Oberth class USS Grissom is issue 36 of the series. Now what’s interesting is that while the model is the USS Grissom, the front cover of the magazine is the USS Pegasus, I found this to be a bit amusing. As with the prior magazines I was impressed with the detail the magazine went into regarding the Grissom. The issue gives a detailed profile of the ship with images from the movie and tv shows. The issue also discusses the concept design of the ship as well as interviews with those that worked on the design and construction of the ship. It also has a section that discusses the movie and some behind the scenes action that went on during production. As usual, it’s a nice addition to the ship itself.
Overall, I was quite impressed with the Grissom. It’s clear that 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 Oberth class USS Grissom is a welcomed addition to my collection. One I’m glad that I was able to pick up at a reasonable price.