Bandai Announces Enterprise-A Model KitBy Christian
September 26, 2002 - 2:56 AM
After several years without any companies producing Trek model kits, fans can now look forward to two companies bringing models to the market.
Japanese toy company Bandai announced today it will be producing a model kit of the Enterprise-A, the version of Captain Kirk's famous starship seen in the Trek movies. Hobby Link Japan reported the model will be shown to the public for the first time during the 2002 Tokyo Hobby Show, which will be held from the 17th to the 20th of October in Japan.
Bandai's upcoming model is scheduled to be released in early 2003, and will be snap-fit pre-colored version of the ship. The model will be 1/850 scale, making it 37 centimeters long (14.5 inches), and it will include lights in the bridge, impulse engines, warp nacelles and deflector dish.
After the release of the Enterprise-A, Bandai plans to release further Star Trek ships. Unfortunately, it is not yet known whether any of Bandai's kits will be officially released in the United States, or whether American fans will have to import them. Pricing information is also as yet unknown.
Bandai is the second company to announce a Trek model deal this month. Several weeks ago, Polar Lights announced it would be releasing snap-fit kits of the Original Series Enterprise and of Enterprise's NX-01, both of which would be released in Summer 2003 (story).
Further details on Bandai's upcoming model, including the first pre-production photos, can be found here at Hobby Link Japan. Thanks go out to Brian Ludden for this!