Star Trek Fighter Pod Custom: Berlinghoff Rasmussen

One of my favorite ST:TNG episodes is “A Matter of Time” from season 5. In this episode, while the Enterprise crew is trying to save a planet from a global catastrophe, a time traveler from the future, Berlinghoff Rasmussen, arrives to observe. Picard and crew wrestle with the ethics of whether or not to use future knowledge to solve a present danger. And, spoiler, there’s a great twist in the end (are spoiler warnings necessary for something that aired 27 years ago?)

While the role was originally written for Robin Williams, it is delightfully played by Max Headroom actor Matt Frewer. His performance is just plain fun to watch as he intrigues, amuses, annoys, and frustrates (sometimes all at once) the Enterprise crew.

This figure was made from a Micro Force Hologram Luke Skywalker body and a Fighter Pod Chekov head. His coat is made from clay, and he is holding a stolen tricorder taken from a Fighter Pod McCoy.

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Star Trek Fighter Pods Custom: Space Jump Sulu

I’m a big fan of the reboot Star Trek movies, and one of my favorite scenes is the space jump scene from the 2009 movie (Wow! I just realized that this “new” movie is nine years old!). Kirk and Sulu have an edge-of-your-seat fight scene as they face off against the Romulans who are trying to destroy the planet Vulcan.

I’ve been trying to figure out how to make a Space Jump Sulu for awhile, and finally settled on the figure of Sulu in the Into Darkness space suit.

The figure is a straight up repaint with electric tape and clay for the details.

STAR WARS MICRO FORCE: JAI AND CLAI

Remember that Star Wars story where a bunch of clone troopers had to do a blind jump into hyperspace seconds before their ship would have been destroyed in battle? The ship crashed on a primitive world in uncharted territory. Only two clones, Jai and Clai, survived. As they tried to settle into their new home, they discovered that the locals were terrorized by a gang called the C’v’dish. Unable to sit by while innocents suffered, Jai and Clai salvaged what gear they could a to defend their new home.

You don’t remember that story? That’s because I made it up. I was thinking that I would like to do Lone Ranger Micro Force figures, and I thought, why not make them clone troopers? So I kitbashed two figures from various clone and Stormtrooper, and came up with designs that echoed the original Lone Ranger and Tonto costumes. The names Jai and Clai were inspired by the actors Jay Silverheels and Clayton Moore, who played Tonto and the Line Ranger. The C’v’dish are based on their enemy, Butch Cavendish.

New Fighter Pods/Micro Force Customizer

I’ve said before that I am the internet’s leading Fighter Pod/Micro Force customizer.  I claimed this title because I seemed to be the ONLY Fighter Pod/Micro Force customizer. But no more!  WOMPS reader bearfacedgeeks sent me pictures of their great customs along with descriptions!

Three different Ashokas – Rebels, later Clone Wars and the original

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I liked that they did Clone Wars Anakin and Episode 3 Obi-Wan but not visa versa so I swapped heads on the two figures and painted them. 

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My 3 Rebels figures 

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C-3PO and R2-D2

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Thanks for sharing bearfacedgeeks!  Great job!

Star Wars Micro Force: Finn

Continuing our review of the Series 2 Micro Force figures is Finn, everyone’s favorite Stormtrooper turned Rebel.

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Finn is shown here in his Stormtrooper gear.  I won’t be surprised if we get another one in his rebel gear in a future series (or you can see a custom version here).

Here’s the new Finn with the custom version I made about 2 years ago. Not surprisingly (and correctly, considering the main target audience), Hasbro decided to forgo the bloody hand print with their version.

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NEW FIGHTER PODS…I mean NEW MICRO FORCE!

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!

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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!

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

Stay tuned for more Micro Force!

Great Songs, Bad Advice

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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.