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!

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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.

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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.

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Star Wars The Last Jedi Micro Force (Fighter Pods): BB-9E

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?

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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.

 

 

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:

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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.

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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:

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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…

 

 

 

 

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.)

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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.

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Marvel Fighter Pods: Agent May

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One of my all-time favorite TV shows is Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, and I finally made Agent May (seen her with my custom Coulson).

I used the Fighter Pods series 4 Padme as a base, but something seemed off.  Then I realized what it was.  The look on her face was too…nice.  Agent May is many amazing and honorable things, but nice isn’t one of them.  So I used a head from a series 4 Asajj Ventress (with some clay for hair) to get that stern May look.

May often goes into battle unarmed saying “If I need a gun, I’ll take one”. I gave her two different guns to symbolize that attitude.

I saw Ming-Na Wen, the actress who plays May, at a convention in 2015 and quickly gained even more respect for her acting abilities.  The best word I can use to describe her is raucous.  She was full of joy, laughing, smiling, and cracking jokes. She couldn’t be farther from the deadly serious, restrained Agent May.

 

Star Trek Fighter Pods: Krull

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I finally got around to making Krull, the villain from the latest Star Trek film, Star Trek Beyond.  While he takes many forms in this movie, I decided to go with the one from the end of the movie.

He is made from a Lt. Yeorg body and a Padawan Obi-Wan head with super glue gel for his head ridges.

Custom Fighter Pods: Father Brown

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You may be thinking, “Father who?”.  I was first introduced to Father Brown through the latest BBC series on Netflix.  Father Brown is a priest in 1950’s England who has a knack for solving crimes (much to the annoyance of the local constabulary).  While the show is based on short stories from writer/theologian G.K. Chesterton, it adds a supporting cast to the good Father, including a doting but gossipy church secretary, an adulterous member of the aristocracy, and a local ruffian who Father Brown takes under his wing.

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One thing I enjoy about this show is that the characters are well-rounded.  No one is without fault, but no one is truly evil.  While Father Brown never lets a criminal off the hook, he also never gives up on the chance for redemption from God for these same people.  Justice may be served, but with true repentance, forgiveness can be also.

The Fighter Pod version is made from a McCoy head, a Klingon torso, legs from the Romulan Ayel, with an arm from the Padawan Anakin.  The hat and umbrella are made from clay, and the glasses (hard to see in this photo) are cut from plastic.