Metal Earth model of Star Trek's Klingon Bird of Prey

Metal Earth: Star Trek Bird of Prey

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The Manta Ray

The Klingon Bird of Prey is a more difficult Metal Earth model with 47 pieces on two sheets of metal. The Bird of Prey became the most common Klingon vessel after its introduction in the third Star Trek movie.

Each Metal Earth model is laser etched in meticulous detail on 11 cm (4.33") metal sheets. Pop out the pieces by hand (or use wire cutters to get especially crisp lines), bend the tabs using needle-nose pliers, and fit them together as shown in the simple pictorial instructions. For maximum dramatic effect, display your model on the LED Display Base or the Solar Spinner (sold separately, see below).

Please note that Metal Earth models have sharp edges and are not suitable for children under 14.

 Are you curious...?

The first Klingon battlecruiser to appear in the original series, designated the D7 class, was meant to resemble a manta ray, and all Klingon ships that were introduced subsequently conformed to that same general outline. The Bird of Prey class, introduced in the third Star Trek movie, went on to become the most common Klingon vessel in the Star Trek universe, appearing in five movies and in The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine TV shows. Industrial Light & Magic built the first Bird of Prey under the direction of Leonard Nimoy.

The Bird of Prey was written as a Romulan ship in the earliest drafts of that movie's script; although the plot was changed, the model still had the signature Romulan bird feather pattern on its wings. Its wings are supposed to be lowered to attack, held horizontal to cruise, and raised high during landing, but the studio model's wing mechanism broke so the Bird of Prey's wings remained fixed until CGI replaced miniatures. The original Bird of Prey model sold at aution in 2006 for $307,200.

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