05 November 2014

Trek Review: Official Starships Collection - Jem'Hadar Battlecruiser

Eaglemoss presents their first ship from the Gamma Quadrant with this release - the formidable Jem'hadar Battlecruiser.

The Magazine
I was surprised to see that this ship didn't make an appearance until midway through DS9's fifth season. It would appear many times more in the ensuing Dominion War but it is also worth noting that we never really saw much of the ship, particularly the inside, which doesn't help when trying to put a magazine issue together I imagine!

Regardless, Eaglemoss have a comprehensive issue here which looks at the ship, its design, weaponry and crew complement in all the detail it can provide. There is a brief run down on the Dominion itself, but it doesn't feel like this takes away from the purpose of the magazine unlike the Borg Sphere release. I learned something too with the engines being placed above the hull, not underneath on the wingtips as I had thought!

There are some nice sketches of how the ship could have looked and more interesting information - I would have liked to have seen the filming model that was briefly used but no images of it are included.

Continuing the trend set with the Akira release, this issue seems to strike a good balance.

Rating: 8.5/10

The Ship
The model is reasonably sized and detailed for a ship we didn't get so many close-ups of in the series. The Jem'hadar Battlecruisers were often against dark backgrounds, and with dark colouring on them anyway, this made it sometimes difficult to appreciate their design and hull details.

Eaglemoss have again produced a sturdy piece with different colours and highlights creating a look of different textures and materials. There are no transparent pieces, but there weren't many illuminated sections on the ship in the series either. The printed windows on the hull don't provide much of a sense of scale, I think this is due to the clean look they have - they just appear to be dots printed on the hull rather than actual windows. Due to the scale of the ship, this is probably the best we could expect though.

The underside includes more details and the pink/purple hues we know of other Jem'hadar ships. Again, it's nice to appreciate these details that we may not have had a good look at on screen.

The stand connects to the rear with only a single 'arm' but fastens to the ship quite securely compared to some of the earlier releases.

Overall, this is a nice representation of the ship and another worthy addition to the collection.

Rating: 8/10

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