What’s this? Two consecutive weeks of Star Trek content? Well, as our beloved Doctor McCoy once jested, “It never rains, but it pours!” Today’s review has been on my mind for two reasons. Firstly, Eaglemoss has fallen on bad financial times, and the outlook for the company seems pretty dire. I guess we had plenty of clues, what with them running such deep discounts on product lately. Also, Deep Space Nine departed Netflix at the beginning of this month, and so I spent a great deal of June binging my favorite episodes, and I guess I’ll just have to hunt down a used set of the DVDs, because there’s no way in hell I’m paying for CBS/Paramount’s streaming service and have even the slightest possibility of any of their current garbage Trek shows violating the sanctity my home. Ahem… rant over. Let’s take a look at Eaglemoss’ Deep Space Nine model!
I titled this review as being part of their Starship Collection, but I don’t know if that’s accurate, since DS9 obviously isn’t a Starship, but let’s just go with that as an umbrella title covering all their Trek models. This is one of their big boys, with the model itself measuring at roughly 6-inches across. It’s too small to be in scale with Eaglemoss’ smaller ships, but if you have some Trek Micro Machines lying around, that will be a little closer. I’ve actually seen pictures of this model with a tiny Enterprise-D docked at it, but I’m not sure if that was an exclusive, or just something that didn’t make it into the final release. The station comes in a fully enclosed box and nestled between two styrofoam bricks. The only assembly required involves popping the stand together, and you get a nice color magazine-style booklet detailing some lore about the station, both behind the scenes, and in front of the camera.
And here’s DS9 all set up, and it’s amazing to me just how iconic this old Cardassian station has become to me. One look, and I can’t help but hear the melancholy, yet slightly triumphant, theme song swell up in my ears. And I can imagine a tiny Chief O’Brian running around inside trying to hold the thing together. The show creators took a lot of risks, not only setting this series on a space station rather than a starship, but on an alien station, stripping the show of almost any Federation comfort and familiarity. It sure was a gamble, and it paid off in spades. This old station saw some unprecedented growth for the Trek franchise, and showed us a new side of the Trek Universe, which TNG could only hint at. Suffice it to say, I absolutely love the design of Terok Nor, with it’s inhospitable arching tendrils, concentric circles, and jagged edges. It looks like some kind of bizarre sea creature floating in space. And boy, did Eaglemoss do a great job bringing that design to this model!
The mix of diecast metal and plastic gives the model a nice heft, while still allowing for some very sharp detail. Each of the tiny docking ports are present around the outer ring, you get the tiny hatches on the inner towers, signifying the hidden location of the torpedo launchers, and some really nice sculpting around the inner habitat ring. I think my favorite details on the whole model are the painted triangular cut-outs that show some more intricate details inside.
Eaglemoss really punched things up for the central core and Ops area. The three tiny deflector shield emitters are present, and actually a bit fragile too! I had to straighten mine a bit when it came out of the box. You can even make out the tiny windows of The Promenade, from where so many of the inhabitants have watched the Wormhole open and close.
flip down to the undercarriage, and I found this area particularly interesting, since we didn’t often get a good look at it in the series. Here the station’s main fusion reactor hangs down, suspended by the power transfer conduit. We get some nice red paint surrounding this area, along with a central nub jutting out from the middle. The stand here is very well done, and consists of the same combination of translucent plastic stand and black diecast base, which cradles the station underneath, offering sturdy support without interfering with the look of the model.
I’ve been after a new Deep Space Nine model ever since I lost my Playmates version when moving from NJ to Florida way back when. That was a very nice representation, and it included some lights and sounds, but I’m content to have this beauty take its place. I find that the size of this model is a perfect balance between being large enough to offer a good bit of detail, but small enough to fit on a shelf and not take up too much real estate. The original MSRP for the station was around $80, but I picked mine up during one of the half-off sales, and that was a deal that even a Ferengi would be envious of! I’ll be very sad to see Eaglemoss go, assuming they can’t restructure, but happily I’ve still got a whole lot of their models to check out here in the future!