USS Enterprise Model Commemorates 25 Years of Khan

Illustration for article titled USS Enterprise Model Commemorates 25 Years of Khan

It's been 25 years since Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan was released, and to commemorate the occasion here's a Star Trek USS Enterprise model that's gotten itself a fancy new paint job. Designed by Art Asylum, the 16-inch plastic model is also fitted out with the appropriate blinking lights and realistic sound effects from the movie.

Not that a starship would actually make any noise in space, but, you know, it's like what you heard in the movie, if you were around to see it a quarter-century ago. And we think Wrath of Khan was one of the best Star Trek movies ever made. But that's just us. It's your $39.99 (now available for pre-order for July 30th shipment), but oftentimes things like this become collector's items. Now if they would just create a flying model that has a working transporter, now that would really be worth something. [Star Trek Store, via Krunker]

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Tank, if you'll recall, Khan coerced Capt. Terrell and Chekov to do his bidding, and left them behind on the science station to be found by Kirk, and at the same time capture the Genesis device whose location he wasn't able to find.

When everyone has beamed into the Genesis cave, Khan orders Terrell to kill Kirk. Terrell resists, killing himself instead. Chekov also resists and the ear eel leaves him. Kirk then surprises Khan by still being alive. Khan is shocked and, if you watch his face, decides a different avenue. Yes, he could beam him up, and try to kill him, but he has a better idea now. So he takes the Genesis device and tells Kirk, "I've done far worse than kill you. I've hurt you. And I wish to go on hurting you. I shall leave you, as you left me - ... as you left her. Marooned for all eternity in the center of a dead planet - Buried alive! Buried Alive!"

As far as Kirk saying Khan had to come down there to get him. It doesn't have to be anything more than Kirk being pissed off and goading Khan into doing something foolish. After all, he's dealing with someone consumed with hate and wanting revenge.