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Old October 29 2013, 12:35 AM   #1
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New ringship Enterprise replica....

QMx is releasing a replica of the ringship Enterprise XCV-330 first glimpsed in TMP: http://www.startrek.com/article/firs...v-330-from-qmx

1500 bucks for that dinky 12in. replica!!! They're out of their freakin' minds. You could scratchbuild a model for a helluva lot less and make it bigger too. One of the negative aspects of Trek getting popular since the '80s is how much they try to gouge fans. Man, sometimes I really miss being a Trek fan in the '70s.
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Old October 29 2013, 01:14 AM   #2
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Re: New ringship Enterprise replica....

And there are people amongst our fandom's ranks who have the cash and will be willing to shell out for it.
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Old October 29 2013, 01:24 AM   #3
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Re: New ringship Enterprise replica....

Even though it would still be pricey I could see a price of about $200-250 for something like this, but no way in hell is it worth seven times that.
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Old October 29 2013, 01:54 AM   #4
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Re: New ringship Enterprise replica....

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Even though it would still be pricey I could see a price of about $200-250 for something like this, but no way in hell is it worth seven times that.
Actually, the price seems about within the range for something that's not mass produced.

My question is, why that small?
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Old October 29 2013, 02:23 AM   #5
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Re: New ringship Enterprise replica....

^^ It's also not well known outside hardcore fans.
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Old October 29 2013, 07:52 PM   #6
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^^ It's also not well known outside hardcore fans.
That's who the target market is: two dozen hardcore fans with money to burn for duplicates of a movie prop.

Aaaannd afterward, if enough people took the bait (err... those pieces sold), odds favor that there'll be more "limited edition replicas" at lower prices, either making use of the same mold they used to make these, or some cheaper-to-produce version.
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Old October 30 2013, 12:02 AM   #7
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Re: New ringship Enterprise replica....

Seriously, I love Star Trek, but I wouldn't pay even two hundred bucks for this. It's an interesting piece of pre TOS era history, but not enough for a dinky replica priced at hundreds of dollars let alone fifteen hundred.
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Old October 30 2013, 12:42 AM   #8
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I was looking forward to some of the other ships from the "Marcus' desk" like, but if they're all $1.5k, oh well.

Of course, QMx promised a "collector priced" nuEnterprise four years ago, and that never materialized.
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Old October 30 2013, 02:56 AM   #9
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Re: New ringship Enterprise replica....

She's gorgeous, but I'd never shell that out for the ringship.

That said, where's my Excelsior?
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Old October 30 2013, 11:20 AM   #10
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Re: New ringship Enterprise replica....

I couldn't help but notice that product description: "the XCV-330 fills the role of Earth’s first sub-light, interplanetary and interstellar space vehicle."

Makes you wonder how long it took them to Alpha Centauri.

I had always been under the impression it was an FTL spacecraft.

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Old October 30 2013, 12:19 PM   #11
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Re: New ringship Enterprise replica....

The model looks gorgeous, no question - but the price tag is insane, just as the ones from Artisan Replicas. And as DEWline said, I simply don´t get how people are actually willing (and able) to pay that much for a piece of decoration. And obviously enough people so it makes sense for the companies to release overpriced model after overpriced model. This is quite beyond my capacity ...
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Old October 30 2013, 01:21 PM   #12
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Re: New ringship Enterprise replica....

And just what ARE the rings on this puppy? Passenger space? Drive system? If the only living space is in the pod, and half the pod is shuttle hangar (per Jefferies' sketches), there's room for maybe 20 people.
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Old October 30 2013, 01:31 PM   #13
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Re: New ringship Enterprise replica....

I've always assumed the rings were early massive warp coils. As they got smaller over time they eventually became nacelles.
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Old October 30 2013, 03:47 PM   #14
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Re: New ringship Enterprise replica....

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I couldn't help but notice that product description: "the XCV-330 fills the role of Earth’s first sub-light, interplanetary and interstellar space vehicle."

Makes you wonder how long it took them to Alpha Centauri.

I had always been under the impression it was an FTL spacecraft.

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I've always assumed the rings were early massive warp coils. As they got smaller over time they eventually became nacelles.
My assumption (since First Contact, and possibly confirmed by the order of the desk models in Into Darkness) has been that it's a sub-warp ship, but an important stepping stone to full FTL warp drive.
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Old October 30 2013, 04:24 PM   #15
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Re: New ringship Enterprise replica....

When they had the Spaceflight Chronoly back in the early '80s it was erroneously designated as a space liner which was really fan speculation. For one thing it would have to be massive and it obviously isn't.

My feelings about a lot of contemporary Trek retconning are known and since the ringship is post Cochrane's development of the space warp I find the sub-warp idea to be complete nonsense. I couldn't care less what First Contact, ENT and now this product description says.
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