Ben's Toy Box: "Star Trek" U.S.S. Enterprise (Phase 2) by Eaglemoss
The original Star Trek series was cancelled in 1969, but it ran in reruns for decades afterward. I grew up in the 80's where a local station (WPIX) ran episodes of Star Trek at midnight every weeknight. By coincidence, this would be the same channel that wound up laying Transformers and years later Beast Wars (during the Beast Machines era it would switch to Fox Kids). This very concentrated exposure to Trek carved a very specific groove into my Geek brain and heart, and to this day I consider myself a devoted Trek fan.
Long after Star Trek: The Original Series left airwaves, the adventures of the Enterprise and her crew went to the big screen. However, before that ever happened, Paramount had planned on creating a new series that would follow the adventures of a new Enterprise and its crew years after its original five year mission. The series was to be called Star Trek: Phase 2 and introduced many ideas and even characters that eventually appeared in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The behind the scenes drama and even some scripts from this never-produced show were documented in a book titled "Star Trek Phase II: The Lost Series" by Judith Reeves-Stevens and Garfield Reeves-Stevens.
Fast forward to over forty years after "Phase 2" would have aired (had it been produced) and Star Trek fans can now own a small piece of this lost part of Trek history. Eaglemoss, a UK based company has been producing Star Trek Starship replicas for years now. With a subscription based service, fans have been able to purchase ships from all incarnations of Trek. However, until recently these were ships seen on screen or documented in fiction somehow. Earlier this year Eaglemoss made the leap into the realm of ships that never made it to the big screen but were in demand by fans. One of these ships was the Star Trek: Phase 2 U.S.S. Enterprise.
Designed (in part) by the legendary Matt Jefferies, this new Enterprise retained the same basic design as the original, but it was intended to be an upgraded version of the ship, complete with ne nacelles and more detailing. This design had many elements that would eventually wind up in the one seen in The Motion Picture but it still retained a lot of the original's color palette.
I totally geek out when it comes to Starships from Star Trek and this ship is no exception. I read about Phase II as a teenager and I never thought I would own an official piece of merchandise based on the Enterprise from that lost show. Eaglemoss did a fantastic job with this ship. The lines are all nice and crisp, there are clear elements of the original and refit Enterprise designs and the colors are bold, especially the orange which evokes the original ship's design. The ship also includes a magazine that provides history on the ship and technical information which is the type of thing I eat up with a metaphorical spoon!
The Phase II Enterprise is currently available for pre-order via BigBadToyStore.