Wednesday, March 18, 2015

EMvTW Bonus 02 - Future Enterprise D (Galaxy X Class)

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

[Editor's Note (May 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.]

Now that I've shown off the first Eaglemoss gift, the dedication plaque in THIS ARTICLE, I can move on to my last "Ealgemoss vs. The World" article for the month., I had apparently finally reached the point of receiving my next free gift, the Future Enterprise D.  I am kind of excited because I actually own several manufacturer's renditions of this ship so this article is going to have a bit of meat to it.


My collection is made up of an Eaglemoss, Furuta, Hallmark and MicroMachine.  It looks like it's time to dust too.  :-)

Officially, at least according to the Memory Alpha website, there is no classification for this ship.  However, if you check out the Memory Beta website which covers the non-canon Star Trek stuff, you will see that it has been classified as something called a Galaxy X class dreadnought.

This is a pretty popular ship with TNG fans and manufacturers as well.  MicroMachines produced one as well.

 

Eaglemoss vs. Furuta vs. Hallmark

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.

So now I present to you what I like to call "the gravy shot", a series of pictures I wished I had seen long ago, and the main reason I started this blog.

Eaglemoss vs. Hallmark vs. Furuta

Furuta vs. Hallmark vs. Eaglemoss

The sizes of the ships do vary a lot depending on the manufacturer.  As you will soon see, there are some other subtle differences as well.

Eaglemoss

 
 
 
 

Here are two nice side by side shots of both Eaglemoss models together.

Galaxy Class                                    Galaxy X Class


Galaxy Class                                    Galaxy X Class

One of the things I learned from handling my very first Eaglemoss ship was to be careful when removing it from the packaging.  If you remember, I snapped off the saucer section of that ship in my haste to unpack it.  

As I said at the beginning of this article, my Eaglemoss ship was one of my free subscription gifts.  As careful as I was with this one, it did not spare me the need to do some repairs.  I was slightly disappointed because mine was already broke.


This sort of stuff doesn't bother me too much though as I'm a model builder.  I also hate to have to wait for another one to be sent to me so I decided to have a go at fixing it.  I carefully removed the nacelle, which was actually glued on like that, I then cleaned out the notch that the strut slides into of all the excess paint that had collected in it and then super glued the nacelle back on.

I do confess that I read a couple other people's reviews and takes on the Eaglemoss' models.  This allows me to get a feel for whether I missed something or to see if my model has something out of the ordinary.

It seems that quite a few of my fellow reviewers recieved a model with a typo printed on it near Shuttlebay One on the back side of the saucer section.

 
Their Model                                             My Model

As you can see from my model though, Eaglemoss must have corrected the issue in a later production run.  This in itself surprised the heck out of me as I have plenty of other Eaglemoss models where I have spotted similar typos that other fellow collectors had, and they were not corrected in later runs.  I'm not sure why they would invest time and money into correcting a model that they are not making any money on, but hey, I guess we'll applaud them on that.

One other complaint that I have, isn't with the model itself but rather the fact that it doesn't come with one of those cool magazines, that every other ship has come with.  It would have been neat to read up on the ship's specifications and how they came up with the idea of refitting her.

I'm about to make some references to Eaglemoss' first model, The Galaxy Class, and if you have a moment, be sure to CLICK HERE to check out my article on that ship..

It appears that Eaglemoss took thier already existing Galaxy Class model and very carefully created the new parts for it.  It doesn't look like they just stuck pieces on, instead all the new parts look like it is part of the ship.

This of course means that all of the molded metal and plastic details are still as high quality as the original ship.  The paint scheme is a bit different though.  The original ship had a very heavy aztec pattern while the future version's paint job is more subtle.  When you look at the top side of the saucer, it becomes clear that they used the same molds, however, they glued on the extra pieces.

 
Galaxy Class                                    Galaxy X Class

I'm OK with this as I always felt that Eaglemoss sometimes puts too much attention into the aztecing on thier ships.  the original Galaxy Class model that they produced almost looked too dark because of the aztecing.

It is also clear from looking at the bottom that those molds were used, and they just added on the phaser spinal lance.  

 
Galaxy Class                                    Galaxy X Class

I'm not knocking the reuse of the molds though.  They produced a fantastic model when they made the Galaxy class, so they didn't need to mess with perfection.

The rear end of the ship is where Eaglemoss did have to remold parts.  As you can see from the pictures below, they had to redo the nacelles, the nacelle struts and the back of the neck leading to the saucer section.  they of course continued with the tired and true use of clear plastics for the bussard collectors and nacelle grills.

 
Galaxy Class                                    Galaxy X Class

I went over the model several times.  Although the joins and seams as noticeable on some places, they are not glaring.  

Since we are now looking at a Federation ship, we can bring back one of my favorite traditions and take a closer look at the deflector dish.  I like to do this on the models because it can tell you a lot about a manufacturer's attention to details.

 
Galaxy Class                                    Galaxy X Class

The molded details are still great for the dish, however, it appears that they have gotten a bit lazy and did a sloppy job of painting the dish.  At least the colors are correct.

In conclusion, I feel that in typical Eaglemoss tradition, you end up with a very nice looking ship.  Although the Galaxy X class model isn't as good as thier first Galaxy class, it still is a great representation.

Furuta

 
 
 
 

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.  In all honesty, being super critical of a cheap little toy is a bit harsh and foolish.  Anyone expecting these toys to be on the same level of a Hallmark, Eaglemoss or Hot wheels is being delusional.  I found a neat video about these types of toys and you can check that out at THIS LINK.

And here is the two Furuta models in a side by side comparison.

Galaxy Class                                    Galaxy X Class

Galaxy Class                                    Galaxy X Class

One technical issue with this model is that my nacelles have a tendency to fall off if I handle the model roughly.  I suppose I could rectify this by gluing them on.


While looking at this model, the only glaring issue that I could find with it was in regards to the top of the saucer section.  The registry is in the wrong place and the ship's name is missing.

 
Galaxy Class                                    Galaxy X Class
 

Like thier attempt at making the original Galaxy class, it appears that Furuta forgot again to paint the impulse engines.

 
Galaxy Class                                    Galaxy X Class
 

Furuta's attempt at doing the deflector dish comes away lacking.  I think I would have been a bit more impressed with it had the gone with a gold or brownish color instead of the red.

Other than to two issue I've mentioned though, it still is a nicely done ship for a cheap little toy.

Hallmark

 
 
 
 

This is kind of exciting.  I haven't been able to compare a Hallmark ornament in a while.  

And just to keep things consistent, here is the 2012 Galaxy Class model next to the Galaxy X class for comparison.

Galaxy Class                                    Galaxy X Class

Galaxy Class                                    Galaxy X Class

In 2007, Hallmark released the Future Enterprise and it was one of thier self-powered units.

 
Galaxy Class                                    Galaxy X Class
 

Going over the model from top to bottom I really can't find any kind of glaring issues.  They do a fair job on the molded and painted details.  They manage to cover all the major components you would want to see on a small scale model which in the end, gives you a nice looking ship.  The fact that it lights up is a bonus.

 

All the key areas light up when you press the little button.  

 
Galaxy Class                                    Galaxy X Class
 

The one thing that bothered me about the Hallmark ornament was the deflector dish.  Like thier 2012 regular Galaxy class ornament, they have the center of the dish raised instead of forming a concave dish.  I reminds me a lot of a "outie" belly button.  And the coloring is wrong.  I think if they had surrounded the center piece in blue paint then I would have been forgiving of the raised dish.  

Other than the issue with the dish, I still think that Hallmark produced a nice small scale ship and with it lighting up, it would make a nice addition to any collection.

Conclusion

And that is all the ships I have to share this time around.  Before we go on to my final judgement, let us continue with the tradition of pricing.  It seems to work best with me rounding up the most inexpensive Buy-It-Now prices from eBay at the time of this article's writing, so we will continue with that.

Eaglemoss = $66
Furuta = $20
Hallmark = $25
MicroMachine = $41

NOTE: The prices reflect what they were at the time of the re-write, which happened in May 2016.  It appears that over the last year, the Eaglemoss model went up in cost from $44 and the MicroMachine one jumped from $25.  Prices do fluctuate, however, these models are also more on the rare side so the price may still be accurate.

And we now find ourselves in the part of my article where I like to offer my opinion on which model will give you the best bang for the buck.  This is just my way of saying which one is worth the most for your investment.

If I was watching my spending and wanted a really good version of this ship, I would probably choose the Hallmark ornament.  It is a nicely detailed ship that has the bonus of lighting up at the push of a button.  If I wanted high quality and money wasn't an issue, then Eaglemoss' model wins hands down.

And that wraps it up for this article.  I hope you found it useful and informative.  If you have any questions, comment or suggestions, please leave them below.

And as always, "Live long and prosper!".

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2 comments:

  1. As kitbashes go, the Future Ent-D isn't bad. Normally I wouldn't like such a ship. I mean, really, how much thought went into its design: slap a third nacelle here, put some twigs there, and put a ridiculously huge cannon on the underside!? The Galaxy class seems to be able to handle that tall order with style, though.

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    1. Hi there!

      Your observance is actually a rather common one about the future Enterprise D. I concur though, it was a bit of a lazy approach, but she still does look cool in the end.

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