[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.
Eaglemoss vs. Hallmark
I initially got into writing these articles as a way to provide a little more information to the collector than what you normally get in a review. I found a serious lack of size comparisons of the various pre-built and pre-painted small scale models and so I set out to provide this information myself and hopefully help someone make a wiser decision in which model to buy.
Eaglemoss vs. Hallmark
Eaglemoss vs. Hallmark
As you can see from the pictures, the Hallmark ship dwarfs the Eaglemoss one by a bit.
Once again, I'm forced to talk about the stand, even though, my reviews should be focusing on the actual model. This one is really loose and due to the weight distribution is making the model look like it's taking a nose dive. I am really afraid of losing it in a planetary fall. I had to really force the plastic peg to get it to stay.
The first thing I noticed as I looked at it was that is was smaller than Hallmark's ship. That's fine though, because Eaglemoss has wowed me before with small models.
The next thing that I noticed was the lack of clear plastics. Which isn't alright. Once you look at Hallmark's model, you'll see why I say this.
They really should have figured out how to line the inside of the warp ring with clear blue even "white" clear plastic to represent the "glow" effect. They could have also highlighted the grill and vent system better. Without these simple highlights, the model just seems plain and uninteresting.
The sculpted and molded details of the plastic and metal parts are nicely done. They show off the important parts of the ship. They did a very nice job with the drop ship that is located inside the warp ring.
I guess I am also a bit disappointed with the paint job on this model. Although there is a light aztecing, on the model, it isn't enough to make the ship stand out. Yes, they painted the important areas, like the impulse engines, and some windows, but over all, the model just looks very drab and boring. Maybe they could have used some light blue paint on the inner part of the ring?
Overall, this was not a favorite among my Eaglemoss ships. It ranked pretty low in fact. I walked away from it with the feeling of "meh".
On a note that has nothing to do with the quality of the model, subscribers and newsstand purchasers alike were greeted to an nice little note in thier magazine .
Honestly, it didn't surprise me to read this and I had wondered when we would eventually get a price hike. We have been getting some really good quality stuff for such a low price. And honestly, the price hike isn't that bad.
Unfortunately, they could have timed it a bit better and given us this news on a better model.
In 2004, Hallmark released their D-kyr class ship. And like all thier previous releases, it lit up when plugged into the Christmas tree light strand.
I have to say, I was very impressed with this model.
The sculpted and molded details were very nice and there were lots of them all over the ship.
They even did a fairly decent job of representing the drop shuttle.
Although the paint job was plain, there was a bit of a black wash that highlighted all the molded details which seems to give you a better visual than Eaglemoss' ship.
And because the model lit up, Hallmark tackled the inner part of the warp ring. even when it's not lit, it still looks very nice when looking up close at the ring.
And now, let us do a quick check on eBay to get some prices of the ships I've shared with you. I typically will just round up the most inexpensive Buy-It-Now prices (with shipping included in that price) from eBay at the time of this article's writing.
Eaglemoss = $25
Hallmark = $26
Had Eaglemoss tried to do something with the warp ring, I would have been impressed with the model. Hallmark's model has much more detail to it and you have the added bonus of it lighting up. So for the first time in awhile, I'm going to say that I think Hallmark's model is the better choice for your collection.
As always, I hope you found this article useful and informative. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please feel free to comment below.
So for now, "Live long and prosper!!!"
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