Hasbro, Here Are Some Micro Force Ideas

Hasbro is bringing back Fighter Pods with the new name Micro Force.  Since I am the internet’s leading Fighter Pod customizer (largely because I’m probably the internet’s only Fighter Pod, excuse me, Micro Force customizer), here’s all of my posted Micro Force customs in one spot.  (And yes, I did say “posted”.  I do have a few surprises left for this year).

Again, thanks to Hasbro and Andy Ochiltree, Hasbro’s senior manager of Global Brand Marketing, for bringing this line back.  I can’t say how excited I am to get new figures in this style!


Here’s a group shot:



Here are some bigger images that are a little better to see.  The first group is figures from the Prequel era up through the original trilogy.


Back row left to right: Two ARC troopers, Goofy as Darth Vader, Dak Ralter, Chirrut Imwe

Front row left to right: Clone Trooper Able (from the Dark Horse Star Wars comics), a Rodian Jedi, C-3PO, and Hoth Luke


And here are figures from the current trilogy:


Back row left to right: Poe Dameron, Snap Wexley, Captain Phasma, and a bunch of First Order Stormtroopers (can’t have just one).

Front row left to right: Luke (based on Phil Noto fan art), C-3PO, BB-8, Rey, Finn, Chewie, Han, and Finn as FN-2187.

Now if we just had some figures from The Last Jedi.  Did I say something about not posting all the figures I’ve done so far…






I loved Fighter Pods when they came out years ago.  Finally, there was a Star Wars line I could actually afford to buy and store tons and tons of characters.  Then, about 5 years ago, after four series of figures, the line ended.  I’ve been making custom Fighter Pods ever since.

So I was amazed (and am still in a little disbelief) when I read an article on starwars.com about a new toy line called Micro Force and realized…these are Fighter Pods!! The first wave, due in December, features blind bags with 2 previously released figures.  But the second wave has all new figures from Rogue One and The Force Awakens along with some old figures!!!!!  Thank you Hasbro!!!!!!!!!!


I can’t believe they are back!  I am so excited I can barely contain myself.  My brain has already started a list of characters I want them to make (Old Luke, Poe, Chirrut, K-2SO, Snap Wexley, Unkar Plutt, Jess Pava…).

This go around, the series consists solely of blind bags, and the figure count is lower.  Hopefully, these changes will allow the line to last a long time.

I will definitely be picking up the first series, if for no other reason that to help ensure the second series comes out.  Besides, my parts reserves for customs is getting dangerously low, and I never did pick up a C-3PO.



Bananas for Star Wars?

I know there is a huge marketing push for the new Star Wars movie, but I wasn’t expecting to see it on my bananas. Really, I shouldn’t be surprised.  I’ve seen stickers for other Disney movies on them before.  But Star Wars really surprised me.


The part that surprises me the most it that I am excited to see them there. I’m an adult who is getting a little extra smile on my face because R2-D2 is staring back at me from my breakfast.  And sometimes, a little extra smile is just what we all need.



Strange, Strange Things


If you haven’t watched Stranger Things on Netflix yet, here are a few suggestion:

  1. Don’t start watching it if you have anything to do in the next 24 hours.
  2. Don’t watch right before going to bed.

I saw the first season last fall when I was home sick one day.  I heard good things about the show and thought I’d give it a try.  I was stuck in bed anyway.  I thought I’d nod off during the show and get some sleep.  Next thing I knew, I’d finished the season.

Then the second season debuted a few weeks ago.  Would it, could it, be as good?  Definitely yes.  Although this time, I had to break it up over three days, since I was perfectly healthy and couldn’t bring myself to ditch work to binge watch a show.  (I was sorely tempted though).  I finished the last episode right before bed time, but was too wired to go to sleep for another two hours.

I picked up Dustin from the Stranger Things Funko Pop! Pens collection (which also includes Barb, the Demogorgon, and Eleven complete with Eggo).  I decided that I already had Pop! Pen versions of the other three boys who were in costume.  Which kid is in which costume? Why are they dressed up?  Maybe we’ll find out in Season 3…


Fighter Pods: Darth Goofy

Over the summer, some friends of mine visited Disney World. It started me thinking the Star Wars/Disney mashup toys Disney has released.  And then I thought, “Fighter Pod versions would be great!”.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have any extra Disney toys to use.

Flash forward a few weeks and I see Goofy figurines at the local Dollar Tree. Since Goofy is my favorite of the Disney gang, I was now ready to start.

(On a side note, I never really understood why Goofy was made Darth Vader.  I understand that they are both tall, but Goofy doesn’t really have that Sith attitude.  Maybe a Wookie? Frankly, he’d make a pretty good Jar Jar.)


Darth Goofy was made from the aforementioned Goofy figurine, a holographic Darth Vader Fighter Pod, and a hand from a figure I can’t remember (I had previously pilfered the non-lightsaber hand for another project).  The head is a little big for the Fighter Pod scale, but tiny Vader helmet (from the actual Fighter Pod head) on Goofy’s head makes me chuckle.  Since the figure was made from translucent red plastic, I left the lightsaber unpainted to give it that glowing look.