Captain's Log 12345.6 "Have entered neutral zone in response to fading distress call. Approaching listing vessel now..." Bizt, Pow, Zap Zap, Pew, Bam! And, you've failed the Kobayashi Maru, you bleeding heart! Sometimes conference calls are just... stupid. And what's better than reaching under your monitor for a few starships and tinker on an epic mission deep in the "Distraction Quadrant"?
I have several starships on my desk. I got them from all types of places: some from DVDs, some are just toys like this one. None are big. My desk isn't big. I wouldn't have room for a full-scale armada and my laptop. So when I read reviews saying how small this model was, I tuned in. I didn't have a TOS Enterprise on my desk, and I wanted one.
As many reviewers have mentioned, it is disappointing that this inexpensive toy doesn't actually fly. But for around $10, this newly christened member of my fleet is the cheapest, and the only one with lights. So, it's already got a gold star in my book. It sure looks like the Enterprise. I've dropped it several times (sometimes right out of warp) and it hasn't broken yet.
It's nicely appointed like you would want and expect a tiny $10 model to be. The single light on the inside peeks out through several windows and bays. Though the light is a bit bright at first, that problem self-corrects the first time you leave it on all through dinner. I haven't done it yet, but I'll likely need to get some replacement watch batteries someday.
And, how small is it? I could hide it in my hand if I was in a pinch - and I am not a basketball player, by any stretch. The quality is nice. The construction is solid. The detailing is fine. And, I really like it. Did they get all the bits to scale? To the average Joe, they did. To the nit-picker the skinny nacelles are just the start. But, dude, this is $10 - and a toy!
Let's get back to my desk armada. I dispatch the fleet every so often on perilous, micro adventures to pass the time. The USS Vengeance attacks, the NX-01 banks in to rescue this ship or that. And, now, the USS Enterprise engages to rescue or destroy or just pass the time. And with it's light up super-power, she's a force to be reckoned with.
Is it nice? You bet. Is it worth it? Dude, it's $10 - I spend that on breakfast burritos. Should you get it? Well, you need to ask yourself - is your personal fleet short the TOS representative? Are you in need of a Constitution class starship to decorate your den, or light up a corner during a party? Do you have a vessel to rescue those in peril? If "yes" then, yes.