Wednesday, January 21, 2015

EMvTW 20 - Klingon Vor'cha class

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

[Editor's Note (March 2016): 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.]

Welcome to article number 20 of my Eaglemoss vs. The World series.  This article is focusing on the Klingon Vor-cha class attack cruiser and continues with my comparisons of Eaglemoss to other manufacturer's pre-built ships.

My collection currently consists of an Eaglemoss, a Furuta and two MicroMachine models.

For those that like to see better pictures of the MicroMachines model, here you go.


That is all I'm going to share on those as my article isn't meant to focus on them.

Eaglemoss vs. Furuta

As is usual, before I get into my personal takes on each of the larger models, here is what I call the gravy shot picture.  These pictures are really the whole purpose for these articles.

As I started getting into collecting and wanting to expand my collection, 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.
Furuta vs. Eaglemoss

Furuta vs. Eaglemoss

As you can see by these pictures, the Furuta model is smaller.  The Eaglemoss model also seems to be more detailed at first glance.



This turned out to be one of the higher quality models from Eaglemoss. Aside from adding a very cool looking Klingon ship to your fleet, the details are very good as well.

The ship is more metal than plastic, making it one of the heavier Eaglemoss models.

They did a great job of hiding the join seam along the underside edge of the ship.  I had to look closer to find it on mine.

The sculpting and the molding both on the top and bottom of the ship are very well done.  And the painted on details are spread out enough to give the entire ship a cool look to it.  They chose to give the paint job a bit of a weathered look as well which has been done both on the top as well as the bottom of the ship.  I quite like the look.

Eaglemoss also chose to include red clear plastic on the nacelles and impulse engines which is just icing on an already tasty cake.

I really could not find anything to dislike about this model.



Until Eaglemoss came along, Furuta was the only player when it came to this ship.  

I always like to point the following out for my first time readers.  Furuta is a Japanese company that produced a series of gashapon toys.  Gashapon toys are meant to be nothing more than cheap little $1 to $5 bubble gum machine prizes.  I like to remind my readers of this fact so that they can take any critical reviews I may make in the spirit it is given.  I am in no way expecting these toys to be on the level of a Hallmark, Eaglemoss or Hot wheels toy.  I found a neat video about these types of toys and you can check that out at THIS LINK.

My first thought when I look at this model is that it is slightly off-portion.  Some of the parts just don't quite look right when you compare it to on screen pictures.

The paint job is a little too light in color, making it look more like a weird Klingon party favor.

The molding and painting details are fairly decent though which makes this ship a not so horrible rendition.


And that wraps it up for the comparison and review part of my article.  Which brings us to the pricing portion of my article.  As usual, I will continue with the tradition of rounding up the most inexpensive Buy-It-Now prices from eBay at the time of this article's writing.

Eaglemoss = $28
Furuta = $17
Micro Machine = $6

My articles always conclude with me giving you my opinion of which model would give you the "best bang for the buck", which is my rough way of telling you which one is the best buy.  Normally, Furuta models are usually a lot higher priced than thier Eaglemoss counterparts.  Given the low cost of Furuta though, this made it a slightly harder decision.  Honestly though, I would have to recommend that you just tighten your belt, and spend the extra money on Eaglemoss' ship.  For the money, you are going to be getting a superb model for your collection.

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!"

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