I was hoping to get back and wrap up a wave of Marvel Legends this week, but I’ve been a little pressed for time and so instead I decided to dig into one of the many Eaglemoss ships I picked up during the crazy sale they’ve been running and snap some pictures. So, let’s check out another of the big boys, and have a chat about the XL model of the USS Pegasus!
I confess, I mostly love reviewing these models because it gives me a chance to talk about Trek Starships! We were first introduced to the Oberth Class vessel in Star Trek III, when the poor USS Grissom got absolutely savaged by a Klingon Bird of Prey and taken out with a single torpedo. The Oberth would later pop up from time to time in The Next Generation. It was even featured in the very first regular episode when the Enterprise encountered the USS Tsiolkovsky in The Naked Now. But today’s model, The Pegasus, was the titular ship in a Season 7 story involving a top secret experiment to mate a cloaking device with a Federation Starship. And yeah, it didn’t go well. The ship comes in a fully enclosed box and includes a beautiful glossy magazine with some info about the ship and the episode. The model itself comes fully assembled, you just need to set up the stand and you’re good to go!
The Oberth Class is certainly an atypical design for Starfleet, but I must have watched the Grissom get blown up a hundred times over and so I consider this design rather iconic and instantly familiar. And boy is this an absolutely beautiful model of the ship. As usual, you’re getting a combination of plastic and diecast, with most of the diecast here being in the Primary Hull. It gives the model a very satisfying heft and the diecast parts blend quite well with the plastic bits. The paint is gorgeous, and I am particularly impressed by the aztec pattern on the hull, which is conveyed in a few different shades and really makes the ship look like it’s comprised of hundreds of smaller plates. Everything about the hull coloring just screams quality here!
Of course, the Pegasus still has a saucer of sorts, it’s just smaller and integrated into a shelf that connects the two warp nacelles. You get some pretty crisp printing on the front declaring the ship’s name and registry number, as well as some red pinstriping on the outer arcs of the saucer. I can’t really talk a lot about the particulars of this ship design, because I’ve never had a proper look at the schematics. It’s a controversial design, as it often had fans speculating how crewmembers traveled between the Primary and Secondary Hulls without the traditional neck connecting them. Did they beam across? I’m sure the explanation consists of some kind of Turbolift shaft running through the nacelle supports, but it’s fun to wonder about it.
I became pretty familiar with this ship through the FASA tabletop game, and I’m pretty sure it was among the miniatures I had when I was younger. The registry is printed towards the back of the ship’s tail-like Secondary Hull, along with more of that beautiful red pin-striping. The Starfleet Delta is printed on the sides of the warp nacelles, with United Federation of Planets. I really dig the atypical stylings of the warp nacelle’s here, which are rather stubby and feature a grill-like structure that doesn’t conform to what we’re used to seeing on the Motion Picture ship designs, or really anything since. The stand here is quite effective, as it grabs the ship from behind the two nacelle pylons. The connection is rock solid and the clear support allows it to hold the ship without obscuring any details.
If you aren’t familiar with the XL ships, they are quite large, but do not conform to any relative scale. As a result, the roughly 9-inch long XL Pegasus looks massive when displayed next to the XL Refit Enterprise or Excelsior. Here are some shots of her next to the regular sized USS Grissom model, which not only show the size difference, but some of the subtle variances between the Grissom and Pegasus designs.
I love this design, and it’s nice to see the Oberth Class get the XL treatment, even if it is best displayed alone, so as not to dwarf the ships that are supposed to be much bigger. Of course, you have to be pretty dedicated to add this ship to your collection at the full retail price of $79.99. I’m not saying it isn’t worth it, as it’s a substantial model with some absolutely striking attention to detail, but it’s still a lot of gold pressed latinum to put a one-off Starship on your desk. Luckily, it’s been going up as part of the big sales Eaglemoss has been running, and I was able to get this lovely for $26, and that ain’t a bad deal at all! It was too hard to pass up, and I recommend it, but whatever you do, don’t activate the cloaking device!