Marvel Fighter Pods: Captain America

Since I did a movie version of the Winter Soldier, I figured I should do Cap himself.  I went with the all blue version of the costume from the same movie.


Cap was made from a helmetless Clone Trooper head and a Series 1 Luke body with the shield donated from a Heroclix from the Winter Soldier movie line.


Batman Unlimited Mighty Minis

Mattel has released a new blind bag series based on the Batman Unlimited toy line.  So far these have shown up at 5 Below and Toys R Us for about $3 a pop.  The line includes a blue/grey costume Batman, a black costume Batman (without a cape), Robin, Cyborg, Flash, and Green Arrow.  There’s also a mystery figure which turned out to be a partially translucent Batman Beyond.  I recently picked up Robin, Cyborg, and Batman Beyond.


These small figures come disassembled (head and torso, legs, and arms), so be careful when you open the bag.  The selling point is that you can combine different figures to make new ones.


As they did with the Imaginext series, Mattel put a small embossed code on the bottom of the back of the package that lets you know which figure is in the package. Only the last letter is the identifier. Here’s the list so far (thanks to the posters over at

A: Batman (blue and grey costume)
B: Batman Beyond
E: Robin
F: Green Arrow
G: Flash
H: Cyborg

The code for the black costume Batman is unknown at this time, although it’s safe to say that it’s either C or D.

Here’s a picture with Imaginext, Heroclix and (custom) Fighter Pod versions of Robin for scale.


Star Wars Fighter Pods Series 6: The Pods Awaken

Since Hasbro didn’t bring back Fighter Pods along with Micro Machines, I am making my own.  I am waiting to see the movie to decide which characters I want to make, but decided to start with some First Order Stormtroopers.


I used a Series One Stormtrooper and did a lot of sanding to achieve the new streamlined look.





And from the “Couldn’t resist (but probably should have)” file…




For those of you who keep track of such things, I will continue to use the Series 5 designation for all Star Wars characters from the first six movies (at least until I make enough for an entire line), but will be switching to Series 6 for the figures from the new movies.

Marvel Fighter Pods: Hawkeye

I decided I needed a Hawkeye for my Fighter Pods.  Since I’m a big fan of the Marvel movies, I decided to go with the Avengers 2 look.


Hawkeye was made from the head of a Kirk, the torso and arms of Captain Typho, and the legs of Anakin Skywalker.  The bow is borrowed from an Ultimate Hawkeye Heroclix I picked up at Baltimore Comic-Con.  I had to use the sideways bow trick because the bow is actually taller than the pod.  The quiver is made from the top of the Heroclix Hawkeye’s quiver glued to part of a toothpick and wrapped in electric tape.


Marvel 500: The Winter Soldier

I stumbled across Series 3 of the Marvel 500 line the other day at a local Toys R Us and I picked up the variant Winter Soldier figure.  There is also a version in blue and brown (which I assume is the “normal” figure since the coloring matches the artwork on the packaging).


These figures are basically Army men with no articulation.  I enjoy the minimalist design.  There are fifteen unique figures in this line with 17 different characters plus 7 repainted characters.  While the Cap below is from Series 1, there is a new Captain America in this line as well.

For those (like me) who only want specific figures in the line, there is a small hole in the package that you can use to see which figure in each package.  The case the packages come in also has a picture of every figure in the line.