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RJarvis
06-02-2012, 02:41 AM
ok...so it's not Star Wars at all, so I hope you'll forgive me, but given that there are still some of the "old guard" around who might yet be interested in MM scale ships, I thought I'd post this.

Please forgive if this is cross-posted elsewhere here.

While scouring eBay for additions to my ship collections, I came across a relatively new line of ships from WizKids. The producers of Heroclix. They've released a line of Star Trek pieces that are almost perfect scale with the old Trek MM ships. They've even made the rather gutsy move of producing some molds that many of us clamoured for back in the day like the Nova class (Rhode Island and Equinox) and, the Saber class (Montgolfier and Yeager) and a variety of Klingon vessels.

So far I've only picked up the Nova class and Saber class listed above, but can in all honesty say they look fantastic! The paint apps are spot on (even if the mold for the Rhode Island isn't exactly right) and they're made from sturdier plastic than the MM ships.

I, for one, an overjoyed to see more tiny Trek ships coming in!

I do plan to post some comparison pics in the next couple of weeks when I receive some more ships in, but in the interim, here's a link to a review that includes some comparison shots you may find interesting.

http://www.figures.com/forums/news/14792-advanced-look-wizkids-star-trek-heroclix-tactics-starter-set.html

The Wizkids site has a store locator so you can find dealers near you that they list as vendors they have already supplied. http://wizkidsgames.com/

Happy hunting all!

Ross W. Jarvis

Enjoy and happy hunting!

JediTricks
06-03-2012, 11:12 PM
Hey there Ross, long time no see!

It always bugs me that Heroclix are stuck to their bases. Still, some Trek is better than none. The overall sculpts look decent, the paint looks decent although clearly some key stuff missing too.

One thing that caught my eye was the over-wide bridge on the Vor'Cha, and the large RCS thrusters on Voyager. Excelsior is pretty skinny too.

The other thing that didn't get mentioned over there was the $5 per ship pricetag: ACK! What is this world coming to??? (It's coming to five dollars a ship apparently! :p)

So, are the molds brittle or do they feel like they'll hold up under a fall? MMs weren't too soft but not so hard that they'd break either (it helps too that they were removable from their stands tho).

Darth Duranium
06-04-2012, 08:55 AM
Hey Ross! Hey JT! Long time no see!
I picked up a few Clix (Yeager, Ent-E, Somraw, Sutherland, Negh'var from Tactics and the KBC & JJ-prise from Expeditions) and, like Ross, I'm quite happy with all of them: nice paint and detail for their size. I'll grab more at some point, methinks. The ships themselves are durable (not bendy like MM but not brittle) but the stands break off quite easily (got the Ent-E for free when it arrived with a broken-off stand, actually).
Nitpicks: registry # but no "USS Enterprise" on Ent-E and poorly painted secondary hull, no paint on Yeager's deflector, exaggerated escape pods on many ships, many others ;) But really, they're all worthwhile, especially the Negh'var and the "new" Kobayashi Maru KBC.
BTW, Wizkids just announced a Romulan expansion pack for Fleet Captains in October so we expect painted Tactics versions shortly thereafter. EDIT: pic here: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-rX8tmMRc_Tg/T8zxkOqRTXI/AAAAAAAAG9U/BQjbIN_4jYY/s1600/Wizkids+Star+Trek+Fleet+Captains+Romulan+expansion .jpg

A new partwork (UK-only right now) called the Star Trek Official Starships Collection was just announced and is hitting some shops in England now. Looks very, very cool to me:
http://startrek-starships.com/model-st.html (http://startrek-starships.com/model-st.html)
Really hope that Diamond picks them up for distribution in N. America, like the DeAgostini SW lines. The stands suck but $15 seems very reasonable for 5-6" diecast and plastic ships, IMHO.
We might finally be getting some awesome rarities (i.e. Akira, Defiant, Dominion ships) in the near future. Woo hoo! :)
Anybody know anything about Eaglemoss?

Jangu Fett
06-10-2012, 03:46 PM
These new Micro Machine style game, is giving me a tiny bit of hope that Hasbro will relook at Micro Machines and the Action Fleet.

JediTricks
06-25-2012, 03:28 PM
Hey there Duranium! Kinda weird that they left off the ship's name from the registry paint. Also, the stands breaking off is odd, do they break off at the base or at the ship? I'm guessing the latter.

"Molded in color" on those Klingon ships means no paint, right?

Diamond distributed the DeAgostini line? How had I not heard of this until now? I read other SW collecting sites too, nothing.

Darth Duranium
06-26-2012, 01:14 AM
Hey there Duranium! Kinda weird that they left off the ship's name from the registry paint. Also, the stands breaking off is odd, do they break off at the base or at the ship? I'm guessing the latter.

Yep, you nailed it, JT: the peg tends to break off at the ship. Another one of my ships sat at a slightly wonky angle so I had to break it off and re-glue it, too. Luckily, it doesn't show at all on either one but I dunno if I'd want to use those 2 for actual gaming: Krazy Glue has limitations.


"Molded in color" on those Klingon ships means no paint, right?

The earlier Fleet Captains ships were either all-green or all-white (despite earlier Wizkids advertising to the contrary) but the Expeditions and Tactics ships are fully painted. If you're referring to these new Romulan FC ships (not the Klingons'), it looks like they're moulded in 2 shades of green... but this could be the old bait and switch again: hard to say what "Molded In Color" means, eh? If they are fully painted, I'll pick some up; if not, I'll chill and wait for the Tactics again. Are you planning on picking up any of the above? Tempted?


Diamond distributed the DeAgostini line? How had I not heard of this until now? I read other SW collecting sites too, nothing.

Hehe, dunno how you missed it, mate. Diamond distributed the UK version of the partwork in N. America (distributed by DA/Atlas elsewhere) about 3-6 months behind the UK. The last 12 releases got butchered by DA due to production problems (mis-matched magazines/models and in a funky order) but all 81 ships were eventually released over here. The exception: the Death Star (I) was only released in continental Europe.
http://www.diamondcomics.com/Home/1/1/3/859?articleID=111357

JediTricks
07-08-2012, 01:01 PM
Yep, you nailed it, JT: the peg tends to break off at the ship. Another one of my ships sat at a slightly wonky angle so I had to break it off and re-glue it, too. Luckily, it doesn't show at all on either one but I dunno if I'd want to use those 2 for actual gaming: Krazy Glue has limitations.I'm a real stickler for things not breaking, that's frustrating to hear. I can't stand it even when the ball joints on the AA ships and the Mattel ships stick. I hate breakage.




The earlier Fleet Captains ships were either all-green or all-white (despite earlier Wizkids advertising to the contrary) but the Expeditions and Tactics ships are fully painted. If you're referring to these new Romulan FC ships (not the Klingons'), it looks like they're moulded in 2 shades of green... but this could be the old bait and switch again: hard to say what "Molded In Color" means, eh? If they are fully painted, I'll pick some up; if not, I'll chill and wait for the Tactics again. Are you planning on picking up any of the above? Tempted?Yeah, Romulan, whoops. Oh well. Since the post doesn't show post-times anymore, I am going to assume it was late and I was tired. :p

I saw the milky white ships, they were something I would never get into, but at least they were paintable - green is kind of a different story. I would assume since there's no running lights or anything painted in the pic, that they're shipped in just green plastic. I was hoping to see them in person at Comic-Con next week, but WizKids isn't listed as having an exhibitor booth, so either they're sharing space or they're not coming despite this being a really significant convention for these sorts of things. I don't know, I keep wanting to see them in person before pulling the trigger.


Hehe, dunno how you missed it, mate. Diamond distributed the UK version of the partwork in N. America (distributed by DA/Atlas elsewhere) about 3-6 months behind the UK. The last 12 releases got butchered by DA due to production problems (mis-matched magazines/models and in a funky order) but all 81 ships were eventually released over here. The exception: the Death Star (I) was only released in continental Europe.
http://www.diamondcomics.com/Home/1/1/3/859?articleID=111357Ugh, brutal, these weren't in my comic shops and they weren't solicited online to anywhere I had read. Hopefully Diamond will have them at the show.

Darth Duranium
07-09-2012, 01:32 PM
I'm a real stickler for things not breaking, that's frustrating to hear. I can't stand it even when the ball joints on the AA ships and the Mattel ships stick. I hate breakage.

Oh yeah, I hear you brother. I broke the ball joint on a Hot Wheels KBoP stand recently, simply by adjusting the angle of the ship. Grrrr.
The Wizkids ships will sit on a shelf just fine but I think they're dodgy for gaming... but that's not a problem for me, really.


Yeah, Romulan, whoops. Oh well. Since the post doesn't show post-times anymore, I am going to assume it was late and I was tired. :p

No worries, figured as much. Insomnia and forums are close cousins.


I saw the milky white ships, they were something I would never get into, but at least they were paintable - green is kind of a different story. I would assume since there's no running lights or anything painted in the pic, that they're shipped in just green plastic. I was hoping to see them in person at Comic-Con next week, but WizKids isn't listed as having an exhibitor booth, so either they're sharing space or they're not coming despite this being a really significant convention for these sorts of things. I don't know, I keep wanting to see them in person before pulling the trigger.

I think I saw a NECA booth listed at SDCC so maybe they'll be sharing space there. Good hunting, some are pretty cool.
You and Steve are always first with Hallmark Preview pics (thanks!) so I'm looking forward to them, too.


Ugh, brutal, these weren't in my comic shops and they weren't solicited online to anywhere I had read. Hopefully Diamond will have them at the show.

Saw the first 60 at local comic shops (then nothing!) but I nabbed most of mine from eBay. I got a few from BBTS and TFAW, too. "Star Wars: The Official Starships & Vehicles Collection" was a crappy name, and they were hard to find on a lot of e-tailer sites, even those that regularly carried them. Some of them (i.e. AT-PT, TIE Defender, Wookiee Catamaran) have gotten pricey, sorry to say.
I don't think that Diamond will show them at SDCC as the line finished months ago and they're "grey market" for North America. Maybe they'll show the Trek partwork but I kinda doubt that too. Sigh.
It is a dark time for ship collectors.

RJarvis
04-10-2013, 12:44 PM
Hope all's well with you guys.

This may not be news to many, but the second round of offering from WizKids is out on the Trek front. Picked up a few thus far and an hugely impressed.

Would definitely be checking out for any still interested in micro-sized Trek ships.

rj

JediTricks
04-10-2013, 01:42 PM
Wow, I am utterly surprised to see your name on my "recent posts" screen, great to see a member of the ol' gang!

I must admit, I'm surprised to hear the second round is out because the first made so little impact.

What's not impressive about them? I don't know anything about them. Looking at the sample from Attack Wing coming this summer, the nicest thing I can say is I like the new base design.

RJarvis
04-12-2013, 01:07 PM
Wow, I am utterly surprised to see your name on my "recent posts" screen, great to see a member of the ol' gang!

Did you just call me "old"? :beguiled: Yeah, I'm still here...mainly a lurker now, but still here...likewise glad to know that some of the old guard is still around!


I must admit, I'm surprised to hear the second round is out because the first made so little impact.

Dunno...the first round became very difficult to pick up shortly after it was released and it still sells pretty well on ebay...guess they made enough $ and there was enough demand to carry on


What's not impressive about them? I don't know anything about them. Looking at the sample from Attack Wing coming this summer, the nicest thing I can say is I like the new base design.

I'm assuming you meant to say, "What's SO impressive." To answer, and this is strictly my opinion and nothing more, the tooling is actually very very good. Detailing is nice and paint apps are good as well. The ventral sides of some of the ships are a bit lacking, but the dorsal sides are outstanding. I see many of these as being where Galoob could have gone had they continued.

As for the Attack Wing, that's the first I'd heard of them...if there are some more new molds, I'll pick them up.

What's fun for me is that I have absolutely no interest in the gaming pieces and when i purchase them in store and there are gamers there, I go ahead and pull them off the stands just to hear the collective gasps across the room.

fun fun fun...

ok...so i promised this with my first post, but I'll try to get some side-by-side pics with micro machines this weekend...

rj

JediTricks
04-12-2013, 09:01 PM
Did you just call me "old"? :beguiled: Yeah, I'm still here...mainly a lurker now, but still here...likewise glad to know that some of the old guard is still around!We've been doing the MM thing online for about 16 years! We're putting the "old" in old guard. Where's my glasses, sonny? ;)


Dunno...the first round became very difficult to pick up shortly after it was released and it still sells pretty well on ebay...guess they made enough $ and there was enough demand to carry onThey put out a Star Trek Catan set for $50, so I guess table gamers will buy Trek enough to keep it selling, but it seems so weird to me that they don't try harder to exploit the collector market.


I'm assuming you meant to say, "What's SO impressive." To answer, and this is strictly my opinion and nothing more, the tooling is actually very very good. Detailing is nice and paint apps are good as well. The ventral sides of some of the ships are a bit lacking, but the dorsal sides are outstanding. I see many of these as being where Galoob could have gone had they continued.Sounds really good, got a sample link? I couldn't think of what to search, which is how I came up with Attack Wing.


As for the Attack Wing, that's the first I'd heard of them...if there are some more new molds, I'll pick them up.Sample was the Ent-D, it looked pretty poor in my eyes.


What's fun for me is that I have absolutely no interest in the gaming pieces and when i purchase them in store and there are gamers there, I go ahead and pull them off the stands just to hear the collective gasps across the room.

fun fun fun...That is awesome! :D I don't even know where to find one of those stores anymore. My local comic shop does gaming, but I never see any actual product on shelves, they seem to have a room for tournament play but sell none of the stuff.


ok...so i promised this with my first post, but I'll try to get some side-by-side pics with micro machines this weekend...Nice, I look forward to that.