REVIEW: Alliance Normandy SR-2
Dark Horse Deluxe has released the Alliance Normandy SR-2 Ship Replica from BioWare and Electronic Arts' Mass Effect video game series. This version of the SR2 comes from the latest iteration – Mass Effect 3.
Normandy is a Systems Alliance starship. She is a "deep scout" frigate, optimized for solo reconnaissance missions deep within unstable regions, using advanced stealth technology powered by an experimental drive core.
Mass Effect: Alliance Normandy SR-2 Ship Replica
Series: Mass Effect
Manufacturer: Dark Horse Deluxe
Dimensions: 6.75” long by 2.5” tall
Points of Articulation: 1 (Turns on base)
The rectangular box features a detailed shot of the production piece “in flight” on the front. The rear shows some alternate angles. And the other sides are all decorated with Mass Effect logos. Inside, the piece is secured between a pair of styrofoam trays.
I'm not familiar with Mass Effect. After seeing the video game series described as “sci-fi action role-playing video games”, I now realize why that is. I like sci-fi films. I like video games. But for some reason, I don't like sci-fi video games.
With that being said, I can look at the Alliance Normandy SR-2 with unbiased eyes. But that lack of knowledge also means that I needed to go and look at what the ship really looks like. From what I can tell, it looks like a fairly good replica.
But if you look a little closer...you'll notice a lot of sloppy paint. The silver areas, and a lot of the intricate sculpt detailing, just aren't that detailed. The text logos look clean, but they are decals.Since the Normandy SR-2 is a delicate resin piece with lots of breakable areas, it includes a black base with a display peg. It's really the only way that you'd be able to display the piece, but there is the option to just set the ship on your desk or shelf.
I guess the folks who would purchase this are hardcore fans of the Mass Effect series. I can't imagine many non-gamers dropping anywhere between $21.00 and $35.00 on a relatively small resin statuette of a spaceship that they are unfamiliar with.
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