Sometimes the simplest custom is the best. The Arc Trooper design is one of my favorite aspects of the Star Wars prequels. I always liked the blue designs the best so I decided to make one from a Series IV Arc Trooper Captain.
Hasbro has a new toy line called Marvel 500. The figures are basically glorified army men with no articulation and a sparse paint job. Series 1-3 were previewed at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. These are blind bag figures; the same sculpt is used multiple times sometimes as different characters.
I picked up this version of Captain America because I liked the minimal design. It’s a secondary costume used when Captain America was no longer using the Captain America name. It’s also very similar to the costume worn in the movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
There is another version of this figure with the more traditional red and blue costume with the face painted.
I liked the Winter Soldier in the comics, and really enjoyed the movie. I am intrigued by his story of redemption plus he has a cool costume.
This figure was made from a Star Wars Series II Clone Trooper Denal (which is a repaint of the exclusive Series I Clone Trooper) and a Series IV Stormtrooper Luke head (also a repaint) with electric tape for the googles.
Nightcrawler has always been one of my favorite characters and I finally figured out how to make a Fighter Pod version.
The fuzzy elf was made from the top half of a Series IV Anakin Skywalker, the bottom half of the four pack exclusive Spock, and the sword from Sulu. The tail was made from a small piece of elastic and electric tape.
Yes, I made half of the Monkees as Fighter Pods. They have always been one of my favorite bands. While they often are dismissed as fluff music or as pre-fabricated, their music and their show has stood the test of time. And to be honest, they are just plain fun. Since Fighter Pods are just plain fun, it seemed like a good mix.
I made Mike Nesmith out of a Series III Han Solo (with electric tape for the hat and tin foil for the ball on top) and Mickey Dolenz out of a Series I Luke. I got the idea when I noticed both figures were wearing shirts with the collar folded down just like the Monkees shirts. I haven’t figured out how to make Davy and Peter yet.
Right now, McDonald’s has Batman Unlimited Happy Meals. I picked up one of the Batmobiles because they are great props for the Fighter Pods.
It has a pullback motor and the drill turns when the wheels do. It also comes with a coupon for $3 off the upcoming Batman Unlimited movie.
Happy Meal toys have been a great source of vehicles for both Fighter Pods and Heroclix.
I like the Funko Pop! toys. The sheer number of licenses alone make these toys intriguing. The design is simplistic and fun. While I did pick up Nightwing, there are so many more I would still like to get. So many more than my budget could accommodate. But then I had an idea…
This is my virtual Pop! collection. I created a shelf in Illustrator, and used the Funko promo photos of my favorite Pops. It’s now my desktop wallpaper.
In case you would like to do the same (with Pops or any other toy), here’s a png file of the shelf by itself. It has a transparent background.
Note: the Nightwing in this picture doesn’t technically exist. I have the actual regular release of Nightwing with the blue “V”. There was an exclusive version with the new 52 red coloring but I didn’t like the red mask holes. So I put the head of the original Nightwing (with white mask holes) on the exclusive version.