Another of Eaglemoss’ tiny Star Trek starships, the U.S.S. Intrepid proves that I’m a sucker for those “primitive” 22nd century ship designs, for here is another early Starfleet ship that flies alongside the NX-01 and the U.S.S. Franklin already in my collection.
Unlike the Eaglemoss ships in my little fleet, however, the Intrepid is far more representative of the company’s monthly offerings than the other ships, which were “special edition” releases. It’s a smaller replica than either of those (with a smaller price tag to boot) – to say this is a little piece of the 22nd century isn’t an error.
The Intrepid has an interesting pedigree, too.
The accompanying magazine doesn’t mention it, but a the article about the Intrepid on Doug Drexler’s now-extinct Drex Files blog revealed that this 22nd century Intrepid is indeed the forerunner of the 24th century Intrepid class of starships, whose ranks included the U.S.S. Bellerophon and one U.S.S. Voyager. There was a conscious attempt to echo, in slightly more primitive shapes, the already-established Voyager design, particularly its saucer section, which was more of an arrowhead than a saucer (the 22nd century ship simply cuts the saucer neatly in half). The very close proximity and the upward angle of the Intrepid‘s warp engines to its saucer is also reminiscent of Voyager‘s configuration. It’s that kind of detail, and that sense of lineage, that endears me to Star Trek’s more technical aspects.
Debuting in an episode that saw Earth’s budding Starfleet – really just a few ships, most of them less powerful than the Enterprise – assemble in a last-ditch effort to fend off a Xindi attack, the Intrepid was a minor background detail in a space action scene, to the point that it had no hull markings giving either name or registry number. The miniature reflects this; looks like the shipyards were cranking them out as fast as they could with Earth on a war footing. The paintwork could wait until later, hence the Intrepid is free of a name or NCC number. (The real reason? The showrunners wanted to be able to recycle footage without the inconvenience of a ship name or number.)
Thumbing through the magazine reveals why, aside from mere finances (I picked up the Intrepid at a fairly deep discount during a site-wide sale), I’m not comfortable with the idea of subscribing to the Star Trek Starships Collection. The following issue, the magazine promises, will feature a model of the Malon garbage scow. Um…no thanks. Especially not for $20. Fortunately, Eaglemoss allows people to buy leftover stock of the monthly ships (sometimes on sale), picking and choosing which ones they want. (There’s also the handy Amazon box at the bottom of this article. Just a friendly hint from a website that’s gotta pay its bills.) Being locked in to getting a model ship in which I have no interest just doesn’t sit well with me.
That being said, the Intrepid was one I did want, and it’s a nice addition to my little display of 22nd century ships.