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Legends of Star Trek Romulan

Star Trek: Shaun Wong - 2005.02.11

I must commend Johnny Lightning on the packaging as it tries its darnest to fully utilise the small amount of space. The result? We're treated to a flashy visual of the Romulan on the front, a brief but concise write up on the back (which sure does help a Star Trek plebian like me), and most importantly, an all round view of the product, which does wonders for perplexing purchasing decision-making. The shape of the plastic bubble is odd though, and should be a nightmare in terms of shipping for the manufacturer. But that ain't our concern, cos we're just here to play.

What you see is what you get, the Romulan Bird of Prey and the display base. The Romulan is neatly constructed and cleanly painted, dots and details all added in painstakingly. Of course, the avian insignia is present on the underside of the ship and it looks rather grand. Its aesthetically pleasing on the whole, but the brittleness of the plastic might be a cause of concern as mentioned later.

The highlight of this toy for me personally, has got to be the beautifully crafted die-cast display base. The ship's name is nicely inscribed on it and its substantially heavier than the actual toy itself. Strangely, in this case, the accessory outshines the toy.

Perch the Romulan on the display base and voila, you're in flight mode baby! You'll do this by pegging the ball joint of the display base into a round latch on the ship. It's a snug fit, good enough to allow decent rotation of the ship's flight poses, and not loose to the extent of having a Romulan in a permenant drooping position. However, with all toys, we know that constant joint rotation does lead to wearing and tearing of the socket, so be gentle there. As mentioned earlier, the plastic of the ship is a cause of concern. How so? When unplugging the ship from the display base, the plastic gave me the impression of being unable to withstand the pressure of being detached from the display base. So resist the temptation of constantly attaching/removing your Romulan too often, leave it on, and admire it in flight mode.

It looks good from all angles and seen above, and its currently perched on top on my CPU. And I'm not a Trekkie. That says alot about the appeal of this toy, don't you think? In case you haven't already, here's the rest of Series One for your viewing pleasure.

Find it @  Big Bad Toy Store - Ebay


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