Tuesday, February 10, 2015

EMvTW 26 - Tholian Starship (22nd Century)

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.]

I feel it necessary to apologize to my readers, but the next couple of Eaglemoss vs. The World articles are going to be short ones indeed.  You see, the next few ships that I am going to discuss have never before been made by any other manufacturer in a pre-made and pre-painted form.  This once again demonstrates why the Eaglemoss collection is such a great thing for us collectors.  We continue to be given completely new ship models for our collection.

This time around, we are going to take a look at the 22nd Century Tholian starship.


The reason I am apologizing is that my sole purpose for writing these articles is to do comparisons.  when there is only one ship to show off, I kind of feel like I'm wasting your time.  However, I also don't want to skip these single ship reviews either as I can hopefully give you some idea of what you would be purchasing.

Since I don't have any other models to compare this to, let's just jump right into looking at the Eaglmoss model.

Eaglemoss

 
 
 
 

This actually is a very nice model from Eaglemoss.  She is more metal than plastic, making her one of the more heavier models in the collection.  

The first thing I noticed was that the join seam is way too visible around the nose of the ship.  It has a really noticeable gap.


One of the things that I was concerned with was whether or not I could figure out what was the top of the vessel.  The truth is, it's not hard.  Two of the sides of the ship have the exact same pattern molded into them, while the bottom has a bit of a different look to it.

Bottom Closeup

It's hard to tell from the pictures, but I believe that the bottom is also slightly darker when it comes to the weathering.

The sculpting and molded in details of the metal and plastic parts are both equally impressive.  for such a simplistic looking ship from a distance, up close, she is actually rather well detailed.  

Side Closeup

I found her to have an excellent paint job.  Eaglemoss' painted on details accentuates the molded in details of the plastic and metal.  I particularly liked the weathered and rusted look they gave the ship.  Considering we saw these ships working at what would be the equivalent to a modern day scrap yard, this little detail is just plain cool.

This ship has a LOT of molded clear blue and clear yellow plastic parts.  In all honesty, these are the parts that really make this model as cool as it is.  I think that if they had opted to just paint those areas of the ship, this model would not look as good as it does.  

The stand, is a slight bone of contention with me.  It really requires you to force the model into the clamp to get it to stay.  I don't like this because if you are like me, and love to take your models down to show them off (i.e. play with them  :-) ), then this tight fit is going to wear off the paint.  But since this review is of the quality of the model, please take this gripe with a grain of salt.

Conclusion

We of course now come 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 = $20

This is the part of my article where I normally tell you which ship gives you the "best bang for the buck", which is my rough way of telling you which one is the best buy. To put this in a nutshell, when I write these, I am trying to give my opinion of which model is the best for the least cost.

Considering there is only one ship, we can skip over this part as well.  This is one of those more unique ships that you don't see being offered by anyone else, so it would definitely make for a great addition to your fleet.

See?  I told you this was going to be a short article.

I hope you found this article as useful and informative as I did while writing it.  Please feel free to leave any comments, questions or suggestions below.

So for now, "Live Long And Prosper!"

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