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Eaglemoss Shows Off New Additions to ‘Star Trek’ Starships Collection

I’m a big fan of these replica Star Trek Starships from Eaglemoss. I started with the Enterprise-D last year, and Eaglemoss has unveiled the 40th-48th installment of the Official Starships Collection though their official blog, Herocollector. There’s a couple of head-scratchers, some must-haves, and a surprise or two that I just cannot wait to get my hands on. See the entire Starship collection from Eaglemoss. More after the fold, ENGAGE! Continue reading Eaglemoss Shows Off New Additions to ‘Star Trek’ Starships Collection

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Top o’ the Lot: Star Trek Tech

We just don’t do enough Star Trek stuff on Outright Geekery, so whenever I get a chance to do anything Trek-related I do it at Warp 7! Unfortunately, Star Trek doesn’t really give us a lot of new fodder to choose from for content, and we’re really lazy in getting any of the old Trek-centric content rolling (but we ARE planning to) so I figured another Top o’ the Lot spotlighting some Star Trek stuff is always in good form. If there’s a single, tangible aspect of Trek that defines the show, it’s got to be the technology that fully encompasses every series, every episode, and every scene. So, without further ado, we skip the weapons, reroute power to the pattern buffers, and wonder how that stuff works…in Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot: Star Trek Tech. Continue reading Top o’ the Lot: Star Trek Tech

Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot: Star Trek Alien Starships

Top o' the Lot Image UpdatedFrom time to time Outright Geekery brings you a slanted and biased opinion on some trivially specific topic of geekery. We call it Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot.

The Star Trek universe may be chock full of Starfleet vessels exploring the galaxy and seeking out new life and new civilizations, but space would be awfully boring if those Starfleet ideologues were all alone in the great black beyond. Lucky for us, space is also chock full of hundreds of alien races not part of The United Federation of Planets, and the agenda of those aliens usually conflicts with that of those U.F.P. peaceniks.  So, in this installment of Top o’ the Lot we ignore the posh and sleek Starfleet Starships, and put a focus on the “other” commuters traveling the stars, presumably, on treks of their own. Ready the tractor beam, set disruptors to full power, and make sure the cloaking device is is functioning, as we rundown the best of the best in Star Trek Alien Starships.

Honorable Mention: Jem’Hadar Fighter

Jem'Hadar Fighter

The scourge of the Dominion War and a most unwelcome sight flying out of the wormhole, the Jem-Hadar Attack Ship was a spartan vessel. No vidscreens; no crew quarters; not even a single chair on the bridge. These ships were built for one purpose and one purpose only: Protecting the Dominion. While that may have included protecting The Founders at all costs, it also meant aggressive expansion of Dominion territory, including U.F.P. space. The only thing keeping the Jem’Hadar Fighter out of the Lot proper is the sheer number of awesome ships found throughout the galaxy.

5. Cardassian Galor Class Ship

Galor Class

The backbone of the mighty Cardassian fleet, the Galor Class Starship was, first and foremost, a military vessel. Forward, dorsal, aft and bridge weapons array systems make the Galor class the go-to craft for any Gul worth his kanar. While the ship first appeared in “Ensign Ro” episode of TNG, the Galor made a name for itself recurring over and over again in Deep Space: Nine during the constantly changing allegiances of the Dominion War. The Cardassians evacuated DS:9 in Galor class ships; the Klingon-Cardassian alliance was made up of mostly Galor class ships; the Cardassian alliance with the Dominion made the ship a star, however, and it was part of a ton of epic battles. If only the Cardassians were a bit cooler the ship would be higher on the list, but the Galor class gets in on the sheer merit it earned during the Dominion War.

4. Klingon Vor’Cha Class

Vorcha Class

First used as a transport for high-ranking Kilngon officials, the Vor’Cha was integrated into the Kilngon Imperial Fleet and quickly became the best ship in the Klingon fleet. Although it was superseded by the more advanced Negh’var warships shortly after its adoption to the fleet, it remained a mainstay for Klingon space flight for years. An integral part of both the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance and the Klingon-U.F.P. Alliance during the Dominion War, the Vor’cha is a uniquely designed ship, and there’s nothing quite like it in the rest of the galaxy. All that puts the Vor’cha in the number four spot o’ this Top o’ the Lot, but it’s not the only Klingon vessel to make the list.

3. Klingon Bird of Prey

Klingon Bird of Prey

Probably the most recognizable ship not in the Starfleet, the Klingon Bird of Prey has been an integral part of Trek, and its history is as storied as ships without a “U.S.S.” on their hull come. Whether it was a stolen ship given the name “The Bounty” or an advanced version that can fire while cloaked, the Bird of Prey is one sweet ride. Playing such a huge role in the ToS movies, the ship is almost as important as the Enterprise was in those flicks, putting the Bird of Prey smack dab in the middle o’ this Top o’ the Lot.

2. Romulan Warbird

Warbird

It’s easy to forget that the Romulans were the first major enemy introduced as a threat in TNG, and that threat came to the bridge of the Enterprise-D from the bridge of a Warbird in that first season finale. Officially known as the D’deridex class starship, the Warbird was the premiere ship in the Romulan fleet, and handled everything from science excursions to defense. Although not the first, or last, Romulan class ship to have the Warbird designation, the D’deridex class was always an ominous sight to behold on the main viewer, warping the Warbird into the second spot o’ the Lot at a factor of 9.5. That leaves only one spot left, and it’s goes to the biggest, blackest, squarest ship in the entire galaxy.

1. Borg Cube

Borg Cube

Massive, highly decentralized, and packing enough power to destroy an entire fleet of Federation starships, the Borg Cube is the meanest, scariest, weirdest looking ship in the entire galaxy. The decimation is created at Wolf 359 and the Battle of Sector 001 are testaments to just how badass these ships are, and, if tractor beams, shield energy disruptors and high-energy cutting beams are your thing, there’s no other ship for you than the Cube. Sure, you may have to go through assimilation and be just another drone to get a seat on the thing, but look on the bright side: You’ll have thousands of drone “friends” in your head at all times. Just watch out for Transphasic Torpedoes and Ablative Shield Generators from the future. You can’t assimilate anything when you’re Cube is reduced to thousands of floating pieces of space trash. The escape Sphere may help you get away, but the Cube’s badassery puts it above the rest in the Top Spot o’ this Lot.

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Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot: “Starfleet Vessels Not Named ENTERPRISE”

From time to time Outright Geekery brings you a slanted and biased opinion on some trivial detail of some form of geekery. We call it Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot.

Why should the popular girls get to have all the fun? Sure, the ENTERPRISE may be one of the most recognizable modes of transportation in all of Sector 001 (in ALL its stylized varieties), but it is by far not the only familiar, and important, ship in the star fleet. And, of course, there are those “one-shot wonders” that find their place in some random episode starring some random Hollywood B-Lister, but this Top o’ the Lot focuses more on the relative mainstays; ships that made recurring appearances and lasting impacts. This week’s Top o’ the Lot pulls into space-dock, readies the phasers and photon torpedoes, and pulls a Kobayashi Maru on the damnedest Starfleet Vessels Not Named ENTERPRISE.

Honorable Mention: The Runabout

RunaboutWhoa! Hey! Calm down! I know Runabouts aren’t technically a single ship, or even the official name of the ship’s class, but these workhorses made some lasting impressions on the franchise. It was the single only way to get from Deep Space 9 for a weekend on Bajor Runabout badgeor a quick skip through the Wormhole, and Harry Kim even found himself using one to fix a wrinkle in the space/time continuum, or some such. Versatile? Yes. Easy to drive? Yup. Named after rivers? Yeah, I never really got that. Glamorous? Not even a little bit. But looks aren’t everything, and the multipurpose and resilient Danube Class of starships makes the grade.

5. USS Stargazer

stargazerYes, I know I’m breaking my own rule since the Stargazer actually shows up in one and only one episode of the franchise, and the model in Picard’s Ready Room shouldn’t (and doesn’t) count, but this is a hell of a ship. Who’d of thought Ferengi could be so vengeful, or that the Picard Maneuver would be so useful that we never saw it again anywhere? This ship reminds everyone that Jean-Luc had a life before sitting in Enterprise’s big chair, and gave a small, but short-lived, breath of life to the persistent rumors of a “Young Picard” spin-off show. *sigh* We can keep dreaming, right?

4. USS Voyager

voyagerSay what you want about the quality of the show, but the Intrepid Class cruiser in the starring role of Star Trek: Voyager was a thing of beauty, and got better with time. I mean, come on: Gel-Pack bio-neural circuitry, Spatial Charges, Tricobalt Devices; the later additions of a Mess Hall, Hydroponics Bay, and Astrometrics Lab; and final additions of Borg-bashing Ablative Hull Armor and Transphasic Torpedoes! And those Variable Geometry Warp Nacelles were P-I-M-P! A pimped out ride even Ensign Xzibit could be proud of, Voyager’s uniqueness sends it hurtling onto the Top o’ the Lot at Warp Factor 8.5.

3. The Delta Flyer

Delta FlyerIs it a shame that a ship that spent most of the time docked within Voyager actually beats out Voyager herself on the list? Yeah, just as big a shame that Tom Paris isn’t designing ships at the Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards! Built out of necessity through a combination of Starfleet and Borg technology, the Flyer is a decked out, photonic missile firing, Parametallic Hull Plated beast Captain Proton would be proud of. Whether it was guiding Voyager through the quantum slipstream, diving into the depths of a planet comprised entirely of water, or providing a quiet place for newlyweds Tom Paris and B’Elanna Torres to “run a level 3 diagnostic of the warp coils”, the hot rod called the Delta Flyer moves right in the middle of the Lot at maximum impulse.

2. USS Excelsior

“My God, that’s a big ship.” “Not so big as her Captain, I think.”

USS_ExcelsiorThe Great Experiment, the USS Excelsior was introduced to Trekkies as an outright smack to the face to the TOS crew, became a laughing stock through Engineer Scott’s timely act of sabotage, but ended up the hero as she help blast a prototype Klingon Bird of Prey out of the space above Camp Khitomer. While Transwarp never quite panned out the way Starfleet wanted it to, the Excelsior Class of Starship paved the way for the massive ship designs that followed, including the Galaxy class, and its staying power put it in the Lot. Captain Hikaru Sulu puts it at the Top o’ the Lot.

1. USS Defiant

“She may have flaws, but she has teeth.”

defiantBuilt in direct response to the Borg threat, the USS Defiant packed a ton of muscle in a small frame. It’s the Bruce Lee of Starfleet vessels. Goodies like Pulse Phaser Cannons, Quantum Torpedoes, Ablative Armor, and (wait for it!) a Treaty of Algeron-exempt Cloaking Device made the Defiant THE go-to ship for owning Cardassians, cracking down on some Dominion flunkies or a quiet home for an anti-social Klingon. Sure defiant badgethe Maquis got over on the ship’s computer a time or two, and it was completely destroyed or abandoned on several occasions, but those little drawbacks take nothing away from the appeal. Yes, there are bigger ships, and faster ships, and more powerful ships in the fleet, but none of them are as fast or as powerful while having the maneuverability of the Defiant. It is sheer coolness alone that puts the USS Defiant at the tippy top of this week’s Top o’ the Lot.

 

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