Sunday, 27 December 2015

The New Arrivals: Thoughts on Collection Issues 71-76

Following December 23rd's news on the Doctor Who collection, Christmas Eve 2015 saw the latest update on the Starships Collection.

Giving us the next six issues from 71 to 76 what do we think to the announced craft?

71. Goroth's Klingon shuttle

One for the Enterprise fans here. I expect top drawer recreation again from that series but it'd not something I was hoping for. Nice addition but is it one of those fans eagerly want in the range? I doubt this will be exciting a lot of people however it is a very unique design and the first of three small support craft announced in this expansion.
Anticipation Level: 2/5

72. USS Enterprise NCC-1701-A

The movie Enterprise appears in its second guise and, if my chat with Ben is anything to go by it will make up for the poor refit we had in issue two so many moons ago. By far this was my favourite of the Enterprise namesakes. 

It will be interesting to see just what changes have been made on this one. Most of the anticipation is purely down to seeing how the model has been improved. For me it's an essential and one I've wanted for a long, long time. The anticipation level has to be maxed just because we're waiting to see if this is pulled off properly.
Anticipation Level 5/5

73. Borg Vessel Type 3

Our third Borg ship following the Sphere and the Tactical Cube and certainly this won't have a repetitive design since it's potentially the oddest shaped ship ever. Featured in The Next Generation's Descent we never got to see anything except the exterior. 

We've known about this for some time so not a big surprise I think a lot of fans will be excited to get their hands on another Borg ship.
Anticipation Level: 4/5

74. Bajoran Sub-Impulse Raider

Think this is the first time this will have been rendered in model form.  Taken from the third part of the Circle trilogy which opened Deep Space Nine's second season it's another one-appearance vessel that we barely saw on the exterior hence why I'm using the shot Ben chose to announce its inclusion.

For me as a Deep Space Nine fan I'm really excited to see something that isn't Federation or Dominion from the show. Hope it's a decent size too. 
Anticipation Level: 3/5

75. Captain's Yacht; USS Enterprise NCC-1701-E

Third from this batch that we already knew about before the Hero Collector announcement is the yacht from Insurrection. Maybe at some point we'll get the yacht from the Enterprise-D (although it wasn't see so that might not happen). It'll be the first model from the ninth movie and the one from this batch that I'm most looking forward to. 

We didn't get to see it in that much detail during its launch sequence so this addition will provide a much better appreciation of this fleetingly seen support ship. I'd go as far as to say that it's the one most people will be looking forward to.
Anticipation Level: 4/5

76. Neelix's Shuttle

Fourth from the six that had already been confirmed within the series but now we have an issue number to go with it.

Used only a couple of times once it was secured in Voyager's shuttle bay, this is still one of the key ships from the fourth Star Trek series since it belonged to a main character. 

Am I excited by it though? Not hugely however with the continuation of the collection we have to understand that there are going to be a lot more one-off's and unusual entries to the series.
Anticipation Level: 3/5

Overall a real mixed bag from lost CG recreations to support craft to legendary starships. Maybe the most eclectic mix of announcements yet? We've got one from The Next Generation, one from Deep Space Nine, one from Voyager and one from Enterprise and one from the classic movies so effectively every generation has been covered. One further note is that the Enterprise-J from Enterprise can't be that far away as Ben noted on Twitter that he's been discussing the final model. That'll be one to get pulses racing!

Just a reminder that this month we have the Voth Research Vessel and the Antares added to the collection and next month will see the arrival of the Phoenix from First Contact and the Xindi Aquatic Ship - the latter of which is really piquing my interest!

So what did you think to the latest announcements? Odd? Varied? Precisely what you would want?

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