This article is the first in a new semi-regular series, Fighter Pod-ish. Fighter Pods are my favorite toy line, but sadly, there haven’t been any new toys in years. However, I have collected some toys that are in the same vein and display well with the Fighter Pods.
This Antman is part of a new line called Ooshies, which are marketed as pencil toppers. While I decided not to collect this line, I realized that this line’s Antman would make a great Giantman for my Fighter Pod figures (as pictured here with my custom movie Captain America Fighter Pod).
Disney has been releasing Tsum Tsums, versions of their characters that look like mutated guinea pigs. And, since Disney owns Marvel, they have released the first series of vinyl figures. I picked up one of my favorite characters, the Winter Soldier.
I really don’t understand the appeal of these figures, but I can’t deny that they are appealing. Despite being a fearsome brainwashed assassin turned superhero, this version of The Winter Soldier, is, well, cute. In a world that seems to get crazier by the news cycle, maybe a little cuteness isn’t so bad.
A few days ago I posted a picture of a Winter Soldier car from the Wal-Mart exclusive Captain America Hot Wheels line. It bugged me that the designers used gold instead of red, which would have been more in line with the Winter Soldier’s look. I was able to fix that with help from my friend, Mr. Photoshop.
After seeing Captain America: Civil War this week, I was fortunate to find a few items featuring one of the main characters, The Winter Soldier.
First up is the series 4 Marvel 500 Winter Soldier. I am assuming the transparent figure is supposed to represent his stealth abilities. I did have to repaint the mask though; the figure’s original mask had apparently slipped off its eyes on to its nose.
I also picked up the Winter Soldier car from the Wal-Mart exclusive Captain America Hot Wheels set. The card art is from a comic book cover and is quite striking.
Here’s the Winter Soldier car with another muscle car based on the similarly costumed New Goblin from the Spider-Man 3 movie.
My Winter Soldier collection including a custom Winter Soldier Fighter Pod and a custom movie Winter Soldier as Captain America heroclix
I was looking at my display of my favorite Marvel movie clix and realized they’d make a great black ops/stealth team…with one exception. The Hulk is a lot of great things, but stealthy isn’t one of them. I started thinking of how Banner could be a big help in the field just as himself and not as the Hulk.
I gave him mostly black fatigues with green and purple accents. I knew Banner would need scientific gear in the field and gave him a large diagnostic tool and backpack. The tool would also continuously pump a mild sedative into Banner to help keep him calm.
This version of Banner was made from an Ultimate Hawkeye head with clay and super-glue gel for the hair, a Mr Terrific torso and arms, a Black Lightning right hand, and Avengers 2 Hydra Soldier legs. The diagnostic tool is a Klingon disruptor from a Fighter Pod, and the backpack comes from a Fighter Pod Sandtrooper. The first Black Manta clix contributed the wire from the tool to the backpack.
Now you don’t have to choose between just Team Cap or Team Iron Man. You can choose Team Coulson, now complete with it’s own scientific genius!
This picture also contains my custom Ant-Man and custom Days of Future Past movie Wolverine. I know this version of Nightcrawler is not a movie version, but since this uniform was inspired by the movie X-Men uniforms, I figured it was close enough.
With the upcoming Captain America: Civil War movie, there’s hope that this new Marvel movie-verse Spider-man will show up in the accompanying Heroclix set. He’s not in the hobby-shop set, so hopefully he will show up in the Target set.
This clix doesn’t really qualify as a true custom. It was actually a Heroclix-sized topper for a lollipop that came out with Spider-man 3. I just glued in on to a Spider-man base.
The new Heroclix set based on the Captain America: Civil War movie came out today. There are two sets: one for hobby-based shops and one for the mass market (usually Target). There are six figures common to both sets and 4 exclusive to each. The hobby-based set is out; the Target set hasn’t shown up yet.
I picked up four packs and pulled two commons (Black Widow and Hawkeye) and two exclusives (Giant-man and the Winter Soldier).
These figures are very high quality with very detailed faces. Giant-man even has the texture of his costume sculpted into the figure.
Here’s the new Winter Soldier along with the figure from the eponymous set as well as a custom I made of Bucky taking over the Cap mantle.
Giant man along with the custom Ant-man I made
The Black Widow clix from The Winter Soldier set, the Avengers: Age of Ultron set, and the Civil War set
The Hawkeye clix from the Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Civil War sets