Sunday 4 January 2015

First look at Eaglemoss Klingon D4

The fourth oversized special issue from Eaglemoss' Official Starships Collection will be the new Klingon Bird of Prey from Into Darkness, identified as a D4 class in the film, and solicited by Eaglemoss as a Klingon Patrol Ship. Posting on the Star Trek Modellers Facebook group, The Collection's manager, Ben Robinson, has shown off the model for the first time, and it is glorious:

Ben is expecting this issue to arrive in the UK in February, and also commented on some of the background information we can look forward to in the accompanying magazine:
I've just been talking to Ben Grossmann and James Clyne about the design process and how it changed. It's a really interesting story. There are a ton of rejected Klingon ship concepts and the final ship did a lot more than I realised after just watching the movie.
Next up will be the USS Kelvin, and Ben further commented with a hint of more ships to come:
In an uncharacteristic bit of organisation I've already talked to the guys at ILM about that ship and about the six 'background' ships that make up the Fed fleet in the first movie.
For a listing of all the ships in the Starships Collection, including links to all my previous previews and reviews, see my index page.

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  1. I would love to have all of the "background" ships from the JJ-verse ... they are really cool.

    I will, however, reiterate my desire for more TOS ships. I don't care how lacking in detail their surfaces may be.

  2. I's rather have the (regrettably unused) Bonchune D4. This thing looks rather bland. Could be a space ship for every random race in every random scifi movie.

  3. I'm delighted the background ships are being considered, although much as I like them, I kind of hope they end up as regular issues, so we can get some more space stations from the specials (including the nuTrek starbase!)

    I'm sure the TOS ships will come. I think Eaglemoss are probably feeling more confident in the product now that it's demonstrated how popular it is, so imagine that will help them feel more at ease about the detail "issue".

    And yeah, I like the Bonchune D4, it was a bit annoying they reused the name! But, I really like the nuTrek D4 design; I didn't at first, but it has grown on me a lot.

  4. Looks pretty decent. Way better than that crappy Hot Wheels version. But worth $40? Nnnnnnnope.