I remember watching the season finale of Star Trek:TNG
some years ago, "All Good Things
) and the triple-nacelle USS Enterprise D decloaking
(yes, in an alternate timeline, Starfleet
vessels have cloaking
capabilities) just in the nick of time to rescue a retired Picard
and Captain Beverly Crusher on board
the USS Pasteur
from certain death by Klingon distruptors
. The fabled ship was firing its huge-ass phaser
cannon which punched right through the Klingon
cruisers' shields like it wasn't there at all. In the alternate timeline, Will Riker
had been promoted to captain of the Enterprise.
Diamond Select Toys
(DST) released a 16' version of the AGT
Enterprise D this year. I got mine from eBay just 2 days ago. After I opened the packaged box and knowing my eagerness with new things, I turned on the switch from 'try me' mode to 'play' mode. This toy comes with lights and sounds and phrases from the aforesaid episode. Next step, to scan the long awaited merchandise
to see if it matches up to my expectations of DST's
First thing I noticed was the paintwork. The hull is painted in a somewhat dark starship
grey and rougher than expected. The windows were merely painted on. I expected
moulded-on windows for more realism, but at this scale which is about 1/1000, these small 'oversights' are forgivable... I guess. Notice the moulded-on 'plating'
on the hull ?. They are important to give texture to the hull, although, the nomenclature and the registry numbers were a little chaffed, signs of shoddy work. The transporter emitters
(the 2 rectangular pads with ribbings
) however, are spot on.
The phaser array
(the ribbed grey stripped bordered by 2 red lines) could've
been moulded on instead of painting them on. I reckon if DST could make detailed toys, they could have moulded the ribbing on the arrays instead of having them painted on. Looks okay from 2 feet away, but you'd know once you ran you finger along the array.
The augmented weaponry
can be seen. On the saucer section, two additional phaser
cannons and just aft of the main bridge, the torpedo launcher
module. On the flip side, the ship's main phaser
cannon. Just what every Starfleet starship
captain dreams about in a Klingon infested sector.
The bonus is that the saucer section detaches from the stardrive
section. The two sections are held by very strong magnets
, which is ingenious. There's no visible or protruding clips or other forms of attachments
. But what's really COOL when the saucer section separates
is when the saucer's impulse engines' lights come on with Capt Riker's
voice aptly saying "prepare to separate the saucer section
", accompany by the sound of the interlocks disengaging (which comes on again when the saucer is reattached). You can see the metal connections, no doubt a switch to activate
the saucer-separation sequence.
But what's most noticeable is the THIRD nacelle on the stardrive
section. In "All Good Things", Riker
ordered the helmsman to set a course at Warp 13, depicting the increased velocities of the augmented starship
. In July last year, I posted a blog
on the Enterprise D and the 'rules' of starship
design, namely Rule #1
: Warp Nacelles *must* be in pairs, and the obvious departure latent in this version is explained. Although, I must say that the guys at DST didn't quite give it enough thought when they decided to put the 'lights on' button just underneath the centre nacelle. It's hard to access and the button sticks sometimes. In fact, the bridge dome button, which activates the sounds and lights also sticks occasionally
Compared to that of the Playmates
version, the AGT Enterprise D's deflector dish
is much more accurate. It's cool to see it light up. Like a blue eye in the sky. Damn, I sound cornier by the minute.
The main impulse drive
on the standard Enterprise
D is replaced with two engines on the AGT
Enterprise D. The lights are really bright. In the dark, they shine like warning beacons. Not that I'm complaining.
In the meantime, I'm waiting for DST's standard Enterprise D (the twin engine version) which is said to be more accurate that the AGT version. It should be arriving before the end of the month, but keeping my fingers crossed. Heck, for the sake of expanding my collection, a little patience is always a virtue.