The famous Enterprise D starship from Star Trek The Next Generation gets miniaturized for your small scale collection
Updated on 7/28/2014, added Eaglemoss Enterprise D
Originally published on 8/14/2012
Although there are a few large scaled Star Trek starship toys/collectables available from Bandai (NCC-1701-E), Aoshima (NCC-1701-D), and Diamond Select Toys (for just about any domestic released large scaled), small scale remains the only opportunity to own more variety of ships from Ferengi Mauraders to Federation Nebula class.
There are currently 4 high quality small scaled mass produced toys produced for the iconic starship Enterprise D from the hit Star Trek The Next Generation (TNG) TV show. Choosing one as the center piece of your collection is definitely an important part of collecting.
Part of selecting the right toy is finding the right scale is important
|Furuta||1:6300||9.8cm x 7cm x 2.5cm|
|F-Toys||1:5000||12.7cm x 9.5cm x 3cm|
Inside the Package
Furuta blind packages their toys but you can identify the NCC-1701-D with the number sticker on the back of the black bag. The Enterprise comes in 4 pieces.
Similarly, F-Toys blind packages their toy and the Enterprise comes in 4 pieces.
Unlike the rest, Johnny Lightning does not blind box/bag their toys. Due to the current high price of the Enterprise D (NCC-1701-D), I opted for the USS Yamato (NCC-71807). They're both Galaxy class ships so they're comparable.
The neck connecting the saucer and the engineering sections has no details
The neck connection is very loose and doesn't fit tightly producing a very big gap. There is no paint details on the neck for the shuttle bay, main impulse engine, and torpedo tubes. There is no etched details for windows on the neck. Severe paint bleeding on the nacelles.
The neck doesn't have any details and nothing at the front of the engineering section. The nacelle is all painted. The Starfleet insignia on the nacelles actually sticks up from the nacelle.
The detailed windows are very large compared to the scale of the toy.
The bottom is much more impressively detailed compared to the top.
A Furuta USS Saratoga (Nebula class) with the USS Enterprise D (Galaxy class)
The Nebula class is based on the Galaxy class saucer section so you would expect the saucer section of the two Furuta toys to be similar but they're not. The Nebula class has a large phaser bank that sticks out but the Galaxy class is just painted. You also get more windows and details in the Nebula class.
Furuta also produced a future NCC-1701-D with the 3rd nacelle.
The mounting point for the stand is on the saucer section so it blocks the deflector and neck from viewing pleasure.
The double red lines running along the "spine" doesn't line up between the two sections. The nacelle pylons are very thin.
The bussard collector assembly (red part) and photonic spill-port assemblies (blue part) of the nacelle is made of transparent plastic and glow when lit by light from behind.
One of the only small scale toys that accurate shows the thin split between the top and bottom half of the saucer section.
More decal details throughout the back of the ship. The shuttle bay is too high on the neck. And the main impulse engine is too high on the neck. The neck is too short so the warp nacelles don't sit under the saucer section when viewed from behind.
The saucer section angles downward. It's supposed to be parallel to the nacelles.
The saucer section is a tad more blue than the engineering section. Here you can appreciate the paint detail Johnny Lightning included with the windows, escape pods, lighting, and registry. Unfortunately, the saucer section is very hollow and feels like paper marche. The engineering section is less hollow feeling but definitely not made of any metal.
The included diecast metal mounting peg ball will scrap paint off the toy so I wouldn't recommend using it. Here you see
Johnny Lightning also produced a future NCC-1701-D with the 3rd nacelle and a "nacho cheese" version which features orangey yellow front to depict the Enterprise D saucer section entering an atmosphere like in the movie Star Trek Generations.
The saucer section and neck are made of diecast while the rest of the ship such as the nacelles, pylons, and engineering section are all plastic. Just like the F-Toy and Johnny Lightning, the bussard collector assembly (red part) and photonic spill-port assemblies (blue part) of the nacelle is made of transparent plastic and glow when lit by light from behind.
The Eaglemoss does not support saucer separation. There is an odd cut in the secondary hull but the shape of it makes it look okay.
The Saucer Section Comparison
Really poorly detailed, very deep panel lining, inconsistent window sizes, poor decal for the ship registry, and missing ship name.
Highly detailed saucer section with windows, escape pod, lights, and astec pattern decals and wide by well placed panel lining. This is only toy with the red outlining the ship name and registry and astec pattern. The nacelle intake is not correctly shaped.
Overall the paint on the Eaglemoss is the best. But the F-toys version has much better
The Engineering Section Comparison
Very evident paint bleeding on the nacelles, very deep panel lining, and little detail at the neck.
The windows tempos are smaller than on the Johnny Lightning.
The Underside Comparison
Paints the main defector generally accurate but misses the inner blue circle
The closest to accurately coloring the main deflector.
The aztec pattern and window decal are very impressive on the Johnny Lightning and Eaglemoss while the F-Toys looks plain. This is the best angle of the Furuta.
Here are all four small scale Galaxy class starships (click image for larger version):
Clockwise from top left: Johnny Lightning, F-Toys, Furuta, and Micro Machines
Comparison of the top:
Comparison of the underside:
Here you can see the well decal-ed Johnny Lightning against the
F-Toys with other small scaled Star Trek starships of a similar scale (click image for larger version):
From left to right: MicroMachine Klingon Bird of Prey, Furuta Ferengi Marauder, Hallmark mini Defiant, MicroMachine Klingon Battle Cruiser, F-Toys Enterprise D, MicroMachine Excelsior, Konami Enterprise E, MicroMachine Reliant, Furuta Saratoga
Johnny Lightning with other small scaled Star Trek starships of a similar scale (click image for larger version):
From left to right: MicroMachine Klingon Bird of Prey, Furuta Ferengi Marauder, Hallmark mini Defiant, MicroMachine Klingon Battle Cruiser, Johnny Lightning Enterprise D, MicroMachine Excelsior, Konami Enterprise E, MicroMachine Reliant, Furuta Saratoga
From the four different models, it's a choice between the Eaglemoss, Johnny Lightning and F-Toys. The Johnny Lightning gives you amazing decals but fairly fragile with paint chipping and really light construction. F-Toys gives you a larger toy with great quality plastic and highly detailed laser etching. Eaglemoss is much larger scale than the other, its color tends to brown compared to the others but it's the most sturdy and detailed. If you're going to paint it then go with F-Toys. If you're on a budget then go with F-Toys. If you want the best looking out of the box and don't mind the non-blue color, go with Eaglemoss. If you want one that can do the saucer separation then it's Johnny Lightning. I personally prefer F-Toys with my other small scale Star Trek starships mainly because its minimal decal fits in with other toys that aren't so well decal-ed either and its scale works best.
Eric Toy Score: Furuta 2/5, F-Toys 4/5, Johnny Lightning 4/5, Eaglemoss 4.5/5
Year: 2004, 2008, 2006, 2013
Price: $7.99, $13.75, $45.00 ($18.99 for USS Yamato), $20