Name: USS Stargazer
Magazine #: 19
Release Date: 2014
Material: Die-Cast & ABS Plastic
Manufacturer: Eaglemoss Collection
The USS Stargazer was the 19th release in the Eaglemoss Collections Star Trek Starships Collection. The Stargazer gained notoriety as Captain Jean-Luc Picard’s first command, appearing in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Battle”. Picard had spent 22 years aboard the ship, rising through the ranks from bridge office to commanding officer. A Constellation-class ship, the Stargazer’s unique design includes four warp nacelles, giving it a distinctive look within the realm of Star Trek ships. The Stargazer also gained notoriety as the ship that performed the first Picard Maneuver. So how does the model stack up? Let’s take a look.
U.S.S. Stargazer, Initial Impressions
For a rather plain looking ship I think there’s a lot to like about this model. The four nacelles really stand out and give it a unique look, the saucer section is somewhat plain, but that’s just how the ship was designed. There are very few windows on the ship so we’re not worried about any misalignment issues that have plagued other ships. There’s a unique look to the spar section at the rear of the ship that connects the four warp nacelles. The underside of the saucer section also seems to have some more detailing that you don’t see on the top, but again this is how the ship was designed for the show. The paint job on the ship is consistent with a few splashes of color on the saucer section and the aztecing that can be found through the entire saucer hull. Despite my pleasure with the ship, there is one thing that stands out to me. The gap between the saucer sections, you can clearly see in the pics below that there is a noticeable gap from the top of the saucer and the bottom.
As is standard, 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 with each collection piece, a numbered collectors magazine is also included. The Stargazer is issue 19 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 of the models used in production. The issue also discusses the concept design of the ship and why they chose to use four nacelles instead of the standard two. It also goes into some of the history of the ship and Picard’s ascent into captaincy. All in all, it’s an interesting addition to the ship itself.
Overall, I was quite impressed with the USS Stargazer. It’s a unique ship with a distinct look and 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 USS Stargazer is a worthy addition to the series.
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