As the year comes to a close, here’s a quick look back at the Fighter Pod customs created in the last 12 months. The last year featured everything from Star Wars to the Monkees to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to a British 50’s priest. With Fighter Pods now coming back in the newly christened Micro Force line, I can’t wait to see what’s coming in 2018!
As we wait to see what 2018 brings, here’s one last new figure for this year. Rebel pilots have always been a favorite of mine, and I wanted one of the Blue Squadron pilots from Rogue One. This character is Jaldine Gerams, aka Blue Three, who led the pilots in the battle over Scarif.
Blue Three is made from a Zam Wessel Fighter Pod with clay for the helmet and electric tape for the straps. The hose was kindly donated by a Black Manta Heroclix figure.
So today’s the big day and The Last Jedi finally opens! Does Luke take the lightsaber from Rey and go back to fight the First Order? Does Finn survive? How many more X-Wings does Poe get, and will they have custom paint jobs too? What in the world is a Porg? All these questions will be answered as well as…who is BB-9E?
As popular as BB-8 became after The Force Awakens, it was inevitable that more of these rolling droids would show up, and that not all of them would be so friendly.
I know nothing about BB-9E other than he is supposedly bad (Director Rian Johnson referred to him as BB-H8 during the filming). But, since I had made a BB-8, I had to make his counterpart (arch-nemesis?) as well. BB-9E was made from clay with the tip of a toothpick for the antenna.
So, never dreaming that Hasbro would actually start making Fighter Pods (now called Micro Force) again, I started making a few figures from the new movie, The Last Jedi. Although I obviously haven’t seen the movie yet, a few designs peaked my interest. The first is the Executioner Trooper.
I realize this is just a modified First Order Stormtrooper design, but it still intrigued me, so I had to make one.
Since I have made a few First Order Stormtroopers before, I wanted this new guy to have a different pose. I used a Clone Trooper base with a Stormtrooper head with a new hand to hold the weapon. The weapon is made out of clay. The energy spikes were made with super glue gel with a light blue paint wash.
Quidd is an app that lets you download and trade digital 3D figures, stickers, emojis, and trading cards from various licenses. There’s a full version for Apple phones and a beta version for Android phones. The app gives you 4,000 coins every three hours that you can use to purchase these items, and you can also buy more coins with actual money. So far I’ve done quite well on the free coins and haven’t actually purchased any coins.
What sucked me in to Quidd is that they have a deal with Funko so you can get digital versions of many different Funko Pop! vinyl figures. By far, the Star Trek figures are my favorite. Not only do they have digital versions of figures released in the real world, but they also have never before made figures from Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and even Enterprise! As someone who loves Pops but can’t afford to buy or store all the ones I want, Quidd is a great alternative.
Here are some (but not all) of the figures available so far.