Name: U.S.S. Reliant
Magazine #: 11
Release Date: 2014
Material: Die-Cast Metal & ABS Plastic
Manufacturer: Eaglemoss Collections
The USS Reliant made its appearance in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and it quickly become a fan favorite among the spaceships within the Star Trek universe and it’s the release in the Eaglemoss Collections Star Trek Starships Collection. The Reliant gained notoriety as being the first starship to air that wasn’t a retrofit on a Constitution class starship. It was also the starship that Khan took control of and battled against Kirk in the nebula. A Miranda class ship, the Reliant offered fans of Star Trek a new look for ships within Starfleet.
USS Reliant, Initial Impressions
My initial impression of the Reliant was actually quite positive. The ship looks great and the detail on it is outstanding. Looking at the model from the side and bottom, you can’t see any joints between the saucer and the area that attaches to the nacelles. There has been a lot of attention to detail that is apparent in the production of the ship. The nacelles are the typical transparent light blue plastic that has become the collection’s signature, but with the further addition of a ridged surface. There is the Reliant’s separate weapons bar, raised up on struts above the saucer section. There are several dark grey painted sections at the rear of the hull, top and bottom. They went into great detail on the ship, even giving the rim of the saucer section little white windows. I was greatly impressed with the weight of the ship considering the amount of plastic also used in it.
Each model also comes with a stand to display the ship, the base of the stand was solid and sturdy, and the stand itself attaches to the back of the Reliant’s saucer section. It slides on easily, but it can also fall off easily. This might be my biggest complain of the Star Trek starships line, how often the stands don’t securely hold the ships. Unfortunately it seems to be all to often that a slight bump has a ship falling off its stand. Hopefully this is something that will be addressed in future ships.
As with each collection piece, a numbered collectors magazine is also included. This is issue 11 of the series and as with the prior magazines I was impressed with the detail the magazine went into regarding the Reliant. The issue gives a detailed profile of the ship with images from its first appearance in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. 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 movie and any television series. All in all, it’s a great addition to the ship itself.
Overall, I was quite impressed with the USS Reliant. 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 Reliant is a worthy addition to the series.