I don’t care what they are called, but I am so excited that Series 2 of the Micro Force figures have shown up.  Originally, this line came out years ago under the name Fighter Pods. After about a 5 year absence, Hasbro brought it back under the new name Micro Force.  As excited as I was about Micro Force Series 1, they were all reissues of previous figures.

Series 2, however, features new figures of characters from The Force Awakens and Rogue One. Words cannot express how happy I am.  I will be featuring these new figures in separate posts to give them the attention they deserve.

We’ll start the series with the hero of the new trilogy, Rey!

MF Rey

Rey is seen here as she appeared in The Force Awakens after finding Luke’s lightsaber.  It’s a very strong pose; Rey is ready for action!

MF Rey 2

Here is the new Rey with the custom version I made.

Stay tuned for more Micro Force!


Great Songs, Bad Advice


I’ve mentioned more than a few times on this blog how much I like the Monkees.  While they have some classic love songs (I’m A Believer and Daydream Believer), some of them offer really bad relationship advice.  Here are five Monkees songs that are great to listen to but not so great to live by.


The Girl I Knew Somewhere

Written by Mike Nesmith, this song tells the story of a man who breaks up with a girl because she sort of reminds him of another girl that he can’t quite place but who may have hurt him.  With reasoning like that, she may be better off without him.


A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You

This Neil Diamond song has some good conflict resolution advice until it gets to the line: “Cause I’m a little bit wrong, and you’re a little bit right”.  I don’t see that going over well in an argument.


Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)

One guy falls in love with two girls at the same time.  Enough said.


Goin’ Down

Boy asks girl out. Girl says no. Boy gets drunk and jumps in the river. Fortunately, Boy has an epiphany in the river and everything works out okay.  Boy learns he needs to work on his unhealthy reactions to rejection.


I Wanna Be Free

This song talks about a guy who wants all the benefits of a relationship but with none of the responsibilities, because he wants to be “free”.  This is one of the most selfish “love” songs I’ve heard.

The original version is a slow song, but this faster version was featured on the TV show.

So enjoy the music, but remember, a catchy song does not sound relationship advice make.

Hot Wheels Star Wars Battle Rollers

I usually see what new toys are coming out thanks to the power of the internet, but I completely missed the new Hot Wheels Battle Rollers until they caught my eye in the Hot Wheels section of the toy aisle.




The figure is roughly the same size as the new Micro Force figures (or the old Fighter Pods figures, however you want to look at it).  I love how it looks like Luke is sitting in a version of the X-Wing that you could ride for a quarter in front of a grocery store.




The ship is mostly die-cast and has a ball bearing in the bottom (hence the “Roller” part of the name).

The line also has Rey in the Millennium Falcon, Boba Fett in Slave-1, The Emperor in an Imperial Shuttle, and Darth Vader in his Tie Fighter.  A version of Vader with his light saber comes with a Darth Vader head carrying case (similar to the carrying case from the 80’s).

There are also two two-packs.  One has another version of the same Luke ship (but with a lightsaber) with the saber-less version of Darth Vader. The other pack comes with Rey and the Falcon along with a First Order Tie Fighter and Pilot.

Just follow the link here to see them all.


Battle Rollers Luke seen here with Fighter Pod Luke for scale


I also heard from Yakface (the website, not the alien) that series 2 will feature the following:

Kylo Ren /TIE Silencer
Darth Maul/Sith Infiltrator
TIE Fighter Pilot/TIE Fighter
Poe Dameron/X-Wing Fighter
Yoda/Jedi Starfighter
“Rio Monkey Quad Hauler”

I’m not sure what a Rio Monkey Quad Hauler is (maybe the “space monkey” Bistan from Rogue One?) but I am looking forward to find out. And it looks like we will get a Battle Roller version of Poe Dameron before we get a Micro Force version!


I’m so excited about this line that I already have a want list (this is for you Hasbro!)
Wedge Antilles in either an X-Wing or a snowspeeder
K-2SO in a U-Wing
Kit Fisto in a Jedi starfighter
Greedo in a…okay, I have no idea what he’d be driving/flying, but I trust your creativity Hasbro!

I will definitely be collecting more from this line.  Thanks Hasbro!


Star Wars Micro Force

A few years back, Disney bought Lucasfilm and announced that there would be new Star Wars movies.  A little while later, on their 50th anniversary, the Monkees released a new (and really good) album, Good Times.  Now, Hasbro has brought back Fighter Pods, my favorite toy line ever, under the new name Micro Force.  Life is good.

The first series (available now) is made of previously released figures.  I was happy to see that they included C-3PO, since I hadn’t picked one up the first time around.

There are paint differences between the Fighter Pod and Micro Force versions of the figures (especially in the case of Ahsoka).  While I am excited about these figures, I’m practically ecstatic about the completely new figures coming in wave 2, which feature Rey, Jyn Erso, Finn, BB-8, Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma, and a Death Trooper.  I look forward to seeing if these figures (and future waves) are previewed at next month’s Toy Fair. Thanks again Hasbro!!

For those who keep track of such things, Threepio and Han came in one pack, and Ahsoka and the Stormtrooper came in another.


Custom Force Awakens Threepio, Custom A New Hope Threepio, the new Micro Force Threepio, and multiple repaints of Threepio from the previous lines



Fighter Pods Han Solo and Micro Force Han Solo



Fighter Pods Ahsoka and Micro Force Ahsoka


Fighter Pods Stormtrooper and Micro Force Stormtrooper



Black Lightning

With the new Black Lighting series on the CW, the general public is getting a taste of a character who’s been one of my favorites for years.

A while back I found issue #5 of the 1990’s Black Lightning series in the 50 cent bin of a comic shop.  I picked it up and was entranced.  This comic has become one of my all-time favorites.  Jefferson Pierce, better known as Black Lightning, struggles what it means to be a hero, and how that definition doesn’t always include powers and costumes.  This issue also has a unique art style, with current day images in a black and white charcoal, and the past in color.  I definitely recommend checking it out.


Black Lightning #5 with other great Black Lightning stories: DCU Holiday Bash II, Justice League #27, and Outsiders Annual #1

l’ve also collected some great Black Lightning figures as well over the years.


Back row: Total Justice Black Lightning, Infinite Heroes Black Lightning
Front row: Heroclix Black Lightning, Custom Heroclix Jefferson Pierce, Custom Heroclix Black Lightning, Heroclix LE Jefferson Pierce, and Brave and Bold Action League Black Lightning

2017 Year In Review

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.