This is an awesome Trek toy, one of the best vehicles in the modern toy age (since the early '90s when Playmates started that great line). I've been waiting for it for a VERY long time and finally found a stack of 'em at Target tonight. It has a few flaws, but the positives outnumber them so much and it's so nice to have an accurate, larger starship toy that I can't stop raving about this piece.
The "negatives" first:
- base paint color is slightly off;
- plating paint is a bit dark;
- 1 button cycles through the effects;
- 3 small blue paint apps were not applied to the finished model;
- I'll always want more paint details, I'm greedy that way.
That's nothing when you take into account how cool this thing is. Because the plastic isn't as thick as the Playmates ships, so many more details are included here than could ever be in that line - yet the plastic isn't brittle or cheap or fragile at all. The stand can be removed without leaving an ugly spot in the ship because it has 2 different shuttlebay covers, 1 to accomodate the stand and 1 to look accurate.
There have been a lot of complaints about problems with the warp engines not staying on the nacelle arms, but on mine, this was another case where the instructions simply didn't play up the issue enough - like the phase pistol's shutdown mode, if I hadn't reread the instructions, I wouldn't have known to slip the engines onot the back of the nacelles first and then hinge the engine forward, this is the ONLY way to lock those engines in place, but it totally works perfectly now! If you don't do this, the engines sorta stay on, but the lights don't work there until you push down; but if you DO what the instructions say, the engines stay on fine and never fail to light. BTW, the lights are:
- deflector dish
- both impulse engines
- both bussard collectors
- both sets of warp coils
That's 7 different lights. The deflector dish's light shines through the upper hull a little, but it looks like the formation light that illuminates the main ship registry.
The lights are timed variously to coordinate with the sounds like so:
- During the "engine startup" sound (the 1st sound), all the lights "warm up" except the deflector which comes on normally, and the impulse engines take the longest to warm up all the way;
- the "going to warp" sound, the warp engine lights "warm up" faster than before, and the impulse engines and deflector which are on full the whole time;
- during the "at warp" sound, the warp engines lights fade in and out;
- the "grappling attachment" sound (4th), torpedo sound (5th), and phase cannon sound (6th) have the lights just on;
- the final sound, "enemy attack", starts with the lights blinking out as the attack gets worse, then the warp engines blink out and the impulse engines go solid-on while the deflector continues to blink.
This kind of light interactivity is an amazing addition to an incredible ship with a totally fantastic sculpt and a really nifty paint job, and all at $20... oh wait, did I forgot to mention that the stand is clear blue and the Enterprise logo? This is a must-have Star Trek ship, a must-have toy, and I hope the beginning of an incredible run of starship toys from Art Asylum!