Thursday, November 20, 2014

EMvTW 06 - USS Voyager NCC-74656 (Intrepid Class)

NOTE:  You can click on most pictures to get a larger view of them.

[Editor's Note: This will mark my second re-write of this article.  Now that I've written over 50 of these Eaglemoss vs. The World articles, I feel like I've developed a certain style and flow to the articles and I wanted to make all of them have that same feel across the series.  Consider this the REFIT version of the original article.]

My sixth installment of the "Eaglemoss Vs. The World" series is going to focus on the USS Voyager from the series titled "Star Trek: Voyager".


Compared to other ships I've reviewed from this series, this is a rather small selection of ships.  I have an Eaglemoss, Furuta, Hallmark and MicroMachine in my collection.


The MicroMachine unit is rather unique in that it features movable warp nacelles.  In fact, it is the ONLY small scale version of this ship that I have that has this feature.  It is also very detailed for such a small model.

 

Eaglemoss vs. Furuta vs. Hallmark

I found a serious lack of  comparative data out there showing the various small scale pre-built and pre-painted ships available to the collector.  And so I set out to provide this information myself and hopefully help someone make a wiser decision in which model to buy.

Next up is what I like to call "the gravy shot", the one picture I wished I had seen long ago, and the main reason I started this blog.

Eaglemoss vs. Furuta vs. Hallmark

Hallmark vs, Furuta vs. Eaglemoss

All of the ships in this grouping have the nacelles in a fixed position.  Furuta comes in as the smallest, but not by much.

Eaglemoss

 
 
 
 

The Eaglemoss ship makes for a very nice addition to any collection.  Although when I compare it to Hallmark, there are some issues that come to mind.  

The top half of the ship which is the die cast metal part, seems to not be as detailed as other ships.  The detailing seems to be softer than on the bottom half leading one to see the ship as being a bit out of phase with itself.  The proportions of the various parts are spot on, but they just seem to be softened up.  Perhaps a little extra paint to detail them more would have been a good move here.

The bottom half of the ship is much better.  The plastic molding was done in such a way to allow the ship to look crisp.  I almost wish they had just done the whole ship in plastic which would have made my final conclusions on which ship is batter much easier.


I have found that that taking a closer look at the deflector dishes of my federation ships can speak loads on how detailed a company tries to be with thier models.  

The deflector dish on Eaglemoss' ship looks very good, both in detailing and color choices.  I particularly like that they added a little paint to bring out the photon torpedo launcher details as well..

Furuta

 
 
 
 

Let's begin with refreshing everyone's memory in that Furuta ships are nothing more than expensive bubble gum machine toys.  At the time of it's release, this ship probably cost around $6 as compared to Hallmark and Eaglemoss' prices of $20 or more.

That being said, the details and colors on the ship are great.  The paint job itself could have been vastly improved but these were probably machine done in a hurry and at that price, the level of attention to quality was probably non-existent.

I will admit that some areas of the ship are not in the correct proportion.  For instance, there are several observation "decks" on the top side of the saucer section that just look plain awful when compared to the Hallmark and Eaglemoss ships.


Although the deflector dish also suffers the proportions issue as other parts of the ship, the colors are nice and there is some molded detailing on it.  I also like that they painted the torpedo launchers so that they stand out.


Hallmark

 
 
 
 

In 1996, Hallmark gave us thier rendition of the USS voyager.  Like thier other ships, this one plugged into your Christmas tree light strand to get power and light up.

Unfortunately for you, I have cut the wires off my model so that it could hang better.  Finding a picture of it lit up for you was rather difficult and this was the best I could find.


Hallmark did a fair job on recreating this ship.  I was really impressed with the plastic molding details that gave the ship windows.  But like Furuta's model, this one also seems to be a little out of proportion.  The first glaring issue is the nacelles.  They just seem too fat.  they probably needed to do this for the lighting, however, it affects the over all look, especially when you don't light it like I do (or don't).  The ship also seems to look like it has been squished from front to back, making her look shorter yet fatter when compared to pictures from the show.

I'm not sure if I'm a fan of the fact that they choose to highlight the Aeroshuttle on the bottom of the saucer.  It makes it stand out a little too much, especially since they never actually showed the shuttle in action on screen.

They should have saved the Aeroshuttle paint and used it to highlight the torpedo launchers near the deflector dish.  I do like that the dish illuminates when the ship is light up.  The molded plastics for the dish add some nice detail as well.  The seam work between the upper half and lower half of the ship seems (pun intended) a little shoddy at this part of the ship.  


Hot Wheels

Ha ha, fooled you.  Hot Wheels never made one.  I wish Hot Wheels had made one though as it would have been cool to see if they tackled the movable nacelles.  Given the quality I've seen on thier other ships, I'm sure they would have done a very good job.

Conclusion

And that is all the pictures and comparisons I have to share on this ship at this time.  As for pricing, I will continue with the tradition of rounding up the most inexpensive Buy-It-Now prices (with shipping included) from eBay at the time of this article's writing.

Eaglemoss = $27
Furuta = $20
Hallmark = $13
Micro Machine = $28 (Originally was $41)

This is another one of those tough calls for me.  The big three are all priced pretty close to one another.  If the Hallmark one was able to light without the need for a Christmas tree light string, it would have probably won out for me, but the wire coming off the bottom makes it so hard to put on display.  And the soft details on the top side of the Eaglemoss ship detract from the beauty of the overall model.  The Furuta one is nice, but way out of proportion.  I would have to say that if I could only have one of them though, I would probably go with the Eaglemoss as it does display nicely and is probably the best in terms of being screen accurate.



BONUS ROUND!!!

Every once in a while, I'll have a little extra to share with you.  This bonus was not part of my original article either so it worked out that I saw it fit to refit it.  That hurt my head to type.  LOL.

Issue #48 of Eaglemoss' models brought us the armored USS Voyager from the show's final episode "Endgame".  


Rather than repeat anything from that article, here is a LINK to it.  If it peaks your interest, feel free to go check it out for yourself.



Anyway, I hope you found this article useful and informative.  Please feel free to leave any comments, questions or suggestions below.

So for now, "Live Long And Prosper!"

Additional Links To Photos Of My Collection:
Eaglemoss     Furuta     Hallmark
MicroMachine     Comparative Shots

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