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Boldly Going for 50 Years
The 50th Anniversary Gold Edition Enterprise NCC-1701 is a moderately difficult Metal Earth modes with just 24 pieces on two sheets of metal. Assembled, it measures 5" x 2.36" x 2.36". The original NCC-1701 was a Constitution-class starship commanded by James Tiberius Kirk.
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...?
Now known as The Original Series, Star Trek was just plain Star Trek when it first appeared in 1966. Creator Gene Roddenberry actually began shopping around his concept for "a Wagon Train to the stars" as early as 1964, confiding to friends that he was modeling it on Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels -- each episode would have an adventure and a moral. The show was expensive to produce and had trouble finding an audience; NBC threatened to cancel it in its second season amid low ratings. An unprecedented letter-writing campaign (no email then, remember) led the network to renew it for a third season, but its budget was cut and it was relegated to the Friday night "death slot." Star Trek's fate was sealed when Roddenberry resigned in protest.
So how did Star Trek get to be a multimillion dollar media and merchandise empire 50 years later? Every television producer would like to know the answer to that question. To begin with, Paramount Studios, which owned the rights after cancelation, licensed syndication rights to recoup its investment; from 1969 to the late 1970s reruns appeared on 170 domestic and 60 international markets, reaching a much larger audience than during its first run and attracting a cultish fanbase. Several thousand fans attended the first Star Trek convention in 1972, which had expected a couple hundred at best. Marketers and producers started to think about ways to revive the show when they noticed the large organic fan base, and the rest is history...beginning with an animated series, an aborted Roddenberry reboot, a couple of movies, another TV series, etc.