Name: U.S.S. Shenzhou
Magazine #: 1
Release Date: 2018
Material: Die-Cast & ABS Plastic
Manufacturer: Eaglemoss Collection
The USS Shenzhou is the first release in the new Star Trek: Discovery line from the oversized Eaglemoss Collections Star Trek: Discovery Collection. The Shenzhou gained rapid popularity with fans of the series although it was only seen on screen for a couple of episodes. The unique look of the ship has made it more appealing to both new and old fans of Star Trek. Captained by Philippa Georgiou, the Shenzhou was infamous for its battle prowess and being renowned throughout Starfleet. The word shenzhou (神舟) means “divine craft” in Chinese and it has a history of space exploration within the Chinese Space efforts. So, does the USS Shenzhou live up to the name of its predecessors? Let’s take a look.
USS Shenzhou, Initial Impressions
The Shenzhou is the first in the line based on Star Trek: Discovery and it also a larger line of ships compared to the regular Eaglemoss Star Trek Collection. This was my first large sized ship so I was unsure of just how large it was going to be, but was pleasantly surprised when I saw that it wasn’t much larger than the current line. It was just the right size. Now for the ship itself, the Shenzhou looks great. I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical when I first saw the ship on screen, but it has grown on me and now I actually admire the way it looks. The model brings the ship to life and really has an older Starfleet feel to it. I like the grey and red coloring of the ship as well. The bridge of the ship is located under the main saucer so it’s not as readily viewable, but when you look under the ship it really likes like there’s a lot of detail in it. It’s clear that Eaglemoss put a lot of effort and details into making the Shenzhou and it’s paid off, it really is a nice ship.
As with all other ships, the Shenzhou comes with a stand to display the ship, the stand is a little larger due to the larger size of the ship, but 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 with little wiggle room. The stand is inserted into the rear of the saucer and fits very snug and holds it in place. I was also impressed with how tight the stand was while inserting it into the base, it ensure that there would be no movement of the stand while it’s attached to the ship.
The USS Shenzhou is issue 1 of the line and since it’s part of a new line one can expect Eaglemoss to come up with something a little bit different with the magazine. And that they did!. The magazine, which is a numbered collectors magazine like their other line of ships, is smaller in size. It’s also feels like it’s made out of a heavier paper stock. Like the other series, the magazine goes in depth on the creation of the Shenzhou, the design process of the ship and why the team decided to give the ship a more modern look compared to the Constitution class ships that come in TOS. The magazine also went into some details about the Shenzhou itself, how it’s an old yet reliable ship, despite the older transporter technology, etc. Eaglmoss carries on its tradition of adding a lot of interesting information into their magazines, this one is no different. Although I’m a little perplexed as to why they decided to go with the smaller magazine size.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by the Shenzhou, I like the larger size of the ship and feel that Eaglemoss did an excellent job with the model itself, its paint job as well as the stand to display in on. While the introductory subscription price of $9.99 is a bargain, the normal price seems like it would be worth each ship. That is as long as Eaglemoss can keep the quality of the ship to the high standard they’ve presented with the first ship. If you’re a fan of the new Star Trek: Discovery show then this is a great way to have a little piece of it at home. If you’re an Eaglemoss collector then it should be a given that the Shenzhou be included in your collection. If the rest of the line is as nice as this, fans of the ships should have no complaints.
Open Hailing Frequencies
Got a question about one of the ships, or something else in general? Just fill out the form on the right.