Thursday, January 21, 2016

EMvTW Special 05: USS Kelvin NCC-0514 (Einstein Class)

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[Editor's Note (March 2017): This will mark my second re-write of this article.  Now that I've written over 75 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.]

One of the last things I bought myself for my birthday was the latest of the Eaglemoss Specials, the USS Kelvin, which means I can now finally write an Eaglemoss vs. The World article for it.  And I'm happy to report that I have several other manufacturers models of this ship so that I can share those with you as well.  I've already complained before with the last three specials (JJprise, Vengeance & the Klingon D-4) about a special being wasted on NuTrek ships, however, it was pointed out to me that this is clearly the fault of CBS and Paramount as they would only release the rights to produce the ships if they were done as a special edition.  It really is a shame that the time and materials and the cost as well were wasted on this ship in particular when it could clearly have be done in a smaller scale.


My current collection of USS Kelvin consists of Eaglemoss, Hallmark and two Hot Wheels models.

Officially, there has never been a class name given to this ship.  It is referred to in the cannon references as a Kelvin-Type vessel.  In non-cannon works though, it has been agreed upon by many to call this type of ship an Einstein class vessel.

You can read more about the Einstein Class by clicking on these links for Memory Alpha and Memory Beta.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

EMvTW 55: Vulcan D'kyr class

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[Editor's Note (March 2017): This will mark my second re-write of this article.  Now that I've written over 75 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.]

Next up in my Eaglemoss vs. The World series is the Vulcan D'kyr class ship that we see in Star Trek: Enterprise.  This is the second Vulcan ship from Eaglemoss, thier first being the Surak Class [Click that link to read the review I did on that model.]


I'm happy to report that I actually have two different models of this ship to share with you for this article.  Besides my Eaglemoss model, I also own the Hallmark variant as well.

You can read more about the D'kyr class by clicking on these links for Memory Alpha and Memory Beta.

EMvTW 54: USS Appalachia NCC-52136 (Steamrunner class)

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[Editor's Note (March 2017): 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 decided to buy myself a birthday present and get another month's worth of Eaglemoss ships.  Next up in the fleet is the Steamrunner class.  The Steamrunner class is part of a series of ships lovingly called the Borg Busters although we see them more in Deepspace Nine episodes showing Dominion War battles.

This particular article for my Eaglemoss vs. The World series breaks a few regular procedures for me.  While I was proof-reading it, I noticed that I wrote "Normally I don't..." several times.  I am sort of glad though that I went this route this time with the article as it breaks away from the NORMAL short articles that these single ship reviews would give me.


As you can see from the above picture, Eaglemoss has yet again brought us a new offering that no other company had produced in a pre-built and pre-painted format.   There is a company that makes a resin model that you can build and paint yourself.  Normally, I wouldn't have bought the resin model, but I didn't know at the time that Eaglemoss was going to get so popular and actually produce thier own version of this ship.  In hindsight though, I'm glad I did because it points out a couple little things that I can pick on Eaglemoss about.

You can read more about the Steamrunner Class by clicking on these links for Memory Alpha and Memory Beta.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

EMvTW Bonus 03 - Borg Cube

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[Editor's Note (March 2017): 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.]

When I was a subscriber, Eaglemoss kept insisting that I be part of the second run of ships in our country, which left me a bit behind the other U.S. collectors, and that bothered me for some reason.  I eventually had to cancel my subscription to Eaglemoss back in January of 2015 because finances had gotten tight.  After things settled down, I opted to just buy them online from reputable sellers on eBay.  For the most part, I pay slightly more in cost and shipping than I would through Eaglemoss directly, BUT, I have more say in when I get my ships.  The downside to this approach is that you are no longer eligible for the free subscriber gifts.  I was a member long enough to get the dedication plaque and the future Enterprise D, HOWEVER, I did not make it to the Borg Cube.  People are now selling it on eBay but for quite a while, the prices were really high, like $150 or more kind of high and judging from the pictures, I was certain that it wasn't worth that kind of money.  I just happened across a seller that had the cube for considerably less and hopped at the chance to add it to my collection and get to review it.


With the addition of Eaglemoss' model, my collection now consists of theirs, a Furuta, a Hallmark and several MicroMachines.

You can read more about Borg Cubes by clicking on these links for Memory Alpha and Memory Beta.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

EMvTW 53: Klingon Attack Ship

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[Editor's Note (February 2017): 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.]

The second ship this month for my Eaglemoss vs. The World series of articles is the Klingon Attack Ship from the 22nd Century.


I only have one of these ships so this will prove to be a rather quick article.

The ship was never given an official classification.  The ship has been described as being used by the augments to attack the Enterprise, so I initially was confused and thought they meant the "children" of Dr. Arik Soong that we meet in Enterprise episodes "Borderland", "Cold Station 12", and "The Augments".  I was even more confused though as the magazine cover art shows three of these ships and I didn't remember them having three ships at thier disposal.  Then after reading the magazine, I realized that we were talking about the Klingon augments from episodes "Affliction" and "Divergence". Ahhh, mystery solved.

You can read more about this vessel through this link at Memory Alpha.  Because the ship wasn't given an official class name, it was extremely difficult to even find that link and it doesn't look like Memory Beta has an article bout this ship type.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

EMvTW 52: USS Centaur NCC-42043 (Centaur class)

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[Editor's Note (February 2017): 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.]

It's the beginning of the month which means that I've gotten my next batch of Eaglemoss ships and it is of course time for another round of Eaglemoss vs. The World reviews.

The USS Centaur holds a close record to being seen for the shortest amount of screen time.  Yet that didn't stop Eaglemoss from being the first to produce the ship in a pre-built and pre-painted format for your collection.  The only other way you can get this ship is either thru an expensive resin mode or Shapeways print or built it yourself.


Currently, my collection consists of an Eaglemoss model, an AMT (Round 2 Kitbash) that I did myself and a tiny Shapeways model that is supposedly 1:2500 in scale.

You can read more about the Centaur class at these direct links to Memory Alpha and Memory Beta.