Mighty Minis: Nightwing

A few months back, I posted the newly found Red Robin mini. Included with the figure was a checklist that showed Series 3 and Series 4 with three figures and three vehicles per series.

Imagine how surprised I was to find a different series 3 containing only the six figures and no vehicles at my local Wal-Mart. Here are a few pictures of the small case holding the blind bags.

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I guess Wal-Mart decided they didn’t want the vehicles and ordered their own version of Series 3.  It does also explain the art on the big display I recently found as well.

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I picked up Nightwing and Batman Polar (as he’s referred to in the checklist).  Both are repaints of earlier figures. Their codes (an embossed code on the bottom back of the bag) are listed below.  I am assuming the codes for Batman, Red Robin, and Clayface are the same as those posted on actionfigureinsider.com since the codes on these blind bags match those of the other Series 3.  There was also a figure with an “I” code that felt bigger than the others.  I am assuming it is Killer Croc, but I didn’t buy that one.

A: Batman
B: Red Robin
C: Clayface
G: Batman Polar
H: Nightwing
I: Killer Croc

I have been eagerly anticipating this Nightwing since a promo photo surfaced earlier this year.  It’s just a repaint of the Series 1 Robin, with the exact same head, but it features the unique color scheme from the Batman Unlimited movies.  While Nightwing’s uniforms have used both blue and red separately before, this is the first time they’ve been used together, and I like the look.

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And Mattel, since I apparently will keep buying repaints of the various Robins, maybe next time you can take the ears off the Batman Beyond head, put it on the Robin body, and give us a Red Hood?  You could also use the Robin head on a Batman body and give us the Riddler. Just a few suggestions…

 

 

Star Trek Fighter Pods Series 2: Lt. Cupcake

I didn’t include this figure in my Star Trek Beyond series because he wasn’t in that movie. Lt. Cupcake, later named Lt. Hendorff, was originally not on good terms with Kirk (as seen in 2009’s Star Trek) but later became a trusted security officer (Star Trek: Into Darkness).

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Lt. Cupcake was made from a Lt. Brian body, a Space Suit Sulu head, and a Grasia left arm.

He was also the narrator for an excellent issue of IDW’s Star Trek series (#13) based in the Kelvin universe.  This story addresses the danger that comes from wearing a red shirt in Starfleet.

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Star Trek Fighter Pods Series 2: Survival Suit Kirk

The final figure in my Star Trek Beyond series is Captain Kirk himself in his fancy new Starfleet survival suit.  I love the retro Flash Gordon feel it has.

This figure is a landmark for me in that, with the exception of Kirk’s head, it’s a completely new sculpt.  I usually kit-bash parts from existing figures, but that limits what’s possible.  So I figured I’d start from scratch.  This version of Kirk won’t end up in a museum somewhere, but I’m happy with it as a beginning figure.

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Star Trek Fighter Pods Series: Jaylah

Continuing this week’s Star Trek Beyond theme (out today on disc) is a character introduced in this movie, Jaylah.  I think this version of Star Trek shines best when it creates new stories and Jaylah’s character adds an interesting dimension to the main cast.

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Jaylah was made from a Star Wars Series 4 Padme with an extra gun from my parts bin.

Stay tuned for more Star Trek customs are coming this week!