April 12, 2012

Box Art Represents Acclaimed Artist’s First Step Into Star Trek® Universe

SOUTH BEND, Indiana  – Polar Lights®, a brand of Round 2, LLC, is proud to announce that celebrated comic book artist Alex Ross has created the box art for its new 1:350 scale Star Trek: the Original Series U.S.S. Enterprise™ NCC-1701 model kit.
Polar Lights has been working hard to make this highly demanded kit as accurate to the original filming model as possible. In order to make this kit the best of its kind, brand manager Jamie Hood sought an artist who could do the subject justice. “Alex Ross’ painting has the kind of attention to detail that lends itself perfectly to the Star Trek franchise,” said Hood. “His realistic style of artwork reflects the level of quality that we are trying to attain with this kit. The art looks like it has jumped straight off the screen. We’re thrilled to have the chance to work with Alex on this project and we think he’s the perfect man for the job.”
Ross is well known in the comic book arena as having painted covers for both Marvel Comics and DC Comics, as well as independent works. This project gave Ross his first chance to work with the Star Trek universe, and he was excited to be a part of the project as well. “I’m a big fan of the original Star Trek series, and this was the perfect opportunity to do an illustration of the icons of the show. It’s a great challenge for me to work with the likenesses of such well-known figures as Shatner, Nimoy and Kelley,” said Ross.
When finished, the 1:350 scale model kit will build to over 30” long, and will be accurately detailed to reflect the 11’ filming model used in the production of the classic TV show. The standard edition of the kit will be available through hobby and specialty stores, and the Premiere Edition kit was limited to 1,701 pieces and includes additional parts and commemorative packaging. Purchase of a Premiere Edition kit grants the purchaser access to the 1701 Club, where they can receive exclusive development updates by email. Both kits will be available in the fourth quarter of 2012.
The Star Trek: the Original Series U.S.S. Enterprise™ NCC-1701 model kit is a licensed product of CBS Consumer Products.

About Round2
Round 2, LLC is an innovative collectibles company located in South Bend, IN. The creative team at Round 2 is dedicated to producing detailed, high quality collectible and playable items appealing to the young and young at heart. Round 2 brands include Polar Lights®, AMT® and MPC® model kits, Auto World® slot cars, American Muscle®, Ertl Collectibles® and Vintage Fuel™ die cast, and Forever Fun™ seasonal products.
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Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post,,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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