Wednesday, 6 January 2016

DST Starship Legends electronic starship toys

Starship Legends is a long running series of electronic Star Trek starship models produced by Diamond Select Toys. The line was launched by Art Asylum in 2002, and has continued following the company's acquisition by DST. Typically models feature both light and sound play features (although a small number of variants omit these), and come with a display stand.

All the ships so far released have seen numerous variants, including movie and episode specific releases, as well as battle damaged, mirror universe, and cloaking effects. While some of these variants have been achieved by new print applications or different coloured plastics, many have made use of additional tooling to allow for significant physical variations, such as details of refits, or additional landing gear parts.

As demand for the ships has remained high, DST have regularly reissued ships, often taking the opportunity to improve paint applications, and implement more advanced electronic systems, allowing a larger range of sound effects (including voice clips which earlier releases did not feature), the ability to switch lights to stay on for a prolonged period, and long ambient noise sound clips.

The list is arranged in release order for the first variant of each model, with later variants listed directly after, so that each class of ship is listed together.

Enterprise NX-01

ISS Enterprise NX-01 (mirror universe)
  • Description: Mirror universe version of the Enterprise, based on the episodes In a Mirror, Darkly.
  • Releases: 2006.
  • Purchase: Amazon.com, Amazon.de.

Enterprise NX-01 (battle damaged)
  • Description: Battle damaged version of the Enterprise, not episode specific.
  • Releases: 2002.
  • Purchase: Amazon.com, Amazon.de.

USS Enterprise NCC-1701-A

USS Enterprise NCC-1701 refit

USS Enterprise NCC-1701 refit (battle damaged/self destruct)
  • Description: Battle damaged version of the refit. While marketed as a The Wrath of Khan release, the battle damage includes a mid-self destruct saucer damage print, so more accurately it is a The Search For Spock version.
  • Releases: 2003, technically the first release of the 1701 refit.

USS Enterprise NCC-1701 refit (battle damaged)
  • Description: A second battle damaged version of the refit Enterprise, this time limited to the The Wrath of Khan damage.
  • Releases: 2007.
  • Purchase: Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de.

USS Enterprise NCC-1701-A (Gold edition)
  • Description: Gold version of the USS Enterprise-A, released to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek.
  • Releases: 2016 San Diego Comic Con exclusive, a limited edition of 300.
  • Coverage: Packaging.

USS Enterprise NCC-1701-E (Nemesis edition)

USS Enterprise NCC-1701-E (First Contact edition)

USS Enterprise NCC-1701-E (battle damaged)

USS Enterprise NCC-1701

USS Enterprise NCC-1701 (HD edition)

USS Enterprise NCC-1701 (The Cage edition)
  • Description: USS Enterprise detailed as it appeared in the pilot episode.
  • Releases: 2007.
  • Purchase: Amazon.com.

USS Enterprise NCC-1701 (Where No Man Has Gone Before edition)
  • Description: USS Enterprise detailed as it appeared in the second pilot episode.
  • Releases: 2007.
  • Purchase: Amazon.com.

ISS Enterprise NCC-1701 (mirror universe)
  • Description: ISS Enterprise variant, based on the mirror universe episode Mirror, Mirror.
  • Releases: 2009.
  • Purchase: Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk.

USS Defiant NCC-1764
  • Description: USS Defiant variant, made from translucent plastic to give the effect of the interphase from the episode The Tholian Web. The electronics were omitted so not to show through the clear plastic, so this has no light or sound features.
  • Releases: 2015 San Diego Comic Con exclusive, limited edition of 200.
  • Coverage: Images.
  • Purchase: Amazon.com.

USS Enterprise NCC-1701 (Gold edition)
  • Description: Gold version of the USS Enterprise, released to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Star Trek.
  • Releases: Exclusively released by Blister Shibuya in Japan in 2007, a limited edition of 300.
  • Purchase: Amazon.com.

USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D

USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D (All Good Things... edition)

USS Enterprise NCC-1701-B

USS Enterprise NCC-1701-B (battle damaged)

USS Excelsior NCC-2000

USS Excelsior NX-2000 electronic starship

USS Excelsior NCC-2000 (battle damaged)
  • Description: Battle damaged variant of the The Undiscovered Country (Captain Sulu) version of the USS Excelsior.
  • Releases: 2014 San Diego Comic Con exclusive, limited edition of 100.
  • Purchase: Amazon.com.

Klingon Bird of Prey

HMS Bounty

Klingon Bird of Prey ("partially cloaked" edition)

Klingon Bird of Prey (cloaked edition)
  • Description: Cloaked version of the Klingon Bird of Prey. The electronics were omitted so not to show through the clear plastic, so this has no light or sound features.
  • Releases: 2013 San Diego Comic Con exclusive, limited edition of 200.
  • Coverage: Images.

Romulan Bird of Prey

USS Reliant (NCC-1864)
  • Description: The Wrath of Khan's USS Reliant.
  • Releases: TBA.



5 comments:

Zach said...

Oh I wish they would create a DS9 or Defiant model.

8of5 said...

I recall them pretty much ruling out DS9 entirely in one of the previous Ask DST posts (don't know why, if Wizkids can pull it off, and many before them, it cant be a technical issue, and it's as iconic as any Enterprise). I think the Defiant has a good chance though, they've not got many major ships left, and surely want to continue to release something!

Unknown said...

A Voyager would be great!

Mark Bernero said...

I doubt if the interest would be there for the station, but for Defiant and Voyager there should be!

Aric Dilbeck said...

I think a Reliant or a Star Trek TMP Klingon battlecruiser would sell well and lend easily to variants