Review by AJProDie-Cast
Hey, it is in my name, I crave diecast collectibles in all shapes and sizes of things I love. Surfing the online arena, I came across this twelve inch and 80% diecast rendition of Star Trek's NCC-1701 Enterprise. Made by Franklin Mint, this version of the true iconic ship came out in 1993. Even new untouched ones online have no packaging... so I have no idea if it came in a box with pictures or anything.
It does come with a nice solid faux-wood stand, miniature shuttle craft, and a removable bridge area.
It has a stark white paint scheme, with a golden saucer array, and red plastic warp cylinders.
Franklin Mint has created a really weird diecast ship...
The lines are great.
The shuttle bay is nice and the cool metal Galileo seems great.
The bridge detailing is incredible. It even has control panels and the red ship map and golden plaque near the red elevator doors.
With all this detailing and quality, however, this ship has some very strange and glaring omissions/continuity errors.
First let's start with the paint scheme and shuttle design (I also hate how the windows are white on the craft(s)). They match the NCC-1701 refit from the movie, but the nacelles, BRIDGE, and saucer array best match the TV show... weird.
In addition, the underneath saucer section has annoying, small little stickers for the ship instead of being the same as top section. The white bridge seats seem so wrong with the amount of details on the rest of the bridge... especially Kirk's chair!
I do love the size, same as the plastic (and better painted) Art Asylum Enterprise.
Overall, you can get this for like 90 USD plus shipping and I do like it. The lines, look, and extreme heft of so much metal are great.
I just wish all the details were "correct" (I tried to add red to impulse engines and they came out pretty pathetic).
I know if I had chachipowers' expertise [see his Rodimus Prime in the Wheelie review],
I could paint black onto the chairs and shuttle/ship windows, and add gold to the ends of the engine nacelles. That still would not fix the missing large numbers underneath, the "60's" nacelles, or a "classic" bridge on a refit colored Enterprise. The ship has a nice place in my collection and I don't regret buying it, BUT it seems like the ship was designed by someone who took great pride in their craft but had never watched the show...
"Live long and prosper"
|Posted 9 October, 2011 - 22:03 by AJProDie-Cast|