Original Retail: $24.00
Artist: Lynn Norton
Novelty: Battery operated sound
Box Text: Are humans ready to explore deep space? The Vulcans have their doubts, but in the year 2151, Captain Jonathan Archer assembles an eager crew – including one Vulcan officer – to inaugurate a new era of discovery. the days ahead will be filled with wonder, excitement, and danger.
“Starfleet seems to think we-re ready to begin our mission.” the Captain tells his crew in the first episode of this latest Star Trek adventure. It is the prequel to the legendary Star Trek universe, the story of gallactic explorers in the first starship named Enterprise.
“Prepare to break orbit…and lay in a course,” the Captain continues. “Take her out, Mr. Mayweather…straight and steady.”
To hear the Captain speaking, press the button on the top of the display base.
Serial #: QXI2943
“It’s a very cool ship. In my mind, it typified what a starship should look like even more so than the original Enterprise. I always had a bit of a problem with a primary hull and this secondary hull sticking out from it and then your engines are way in the air on these pylons. I always imagine that there is something happening in these engines that would harm the crew, so you want them as far away from the crew and even the engineering section as possible. The NX-01 was integrated. It is sculpturally more pleasing to me.
“We did that ornament in diecast metal to save time. The show was airing on television and we wanted to get it into the marketplace as fast as possible. We didn’t have the long development time that we need for a lighted, mechanical ornament. This one was nickel-plated zinc that gives it added value for the price, and it looked a lot like the skin of the ship. I really like the looks of it. I’ve heard a few complaints over time about our not doing one that was lighted, but we did have dialogue from Scott Bakula that played from a display base.”
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