This is my second attempt at the Winter Soldier (see the first one here). Now that I’ve had a little more experience with clay, I decided to do another version and try to improve on the mask.
This version, seen with my other favorite Marvel Movie characters, Agent Coulson and Ant/Giant-man, was made from a Klingon body with a Stormtrooper Luke head and a gun from Sulu. The mask was made from clay. It’s hard to see in this photo, but I used gloss paint on the eyepieces of the goggles to make them stand out.
Almost two years ago, I posted Fighter Pod versions of Micky Dolenz and Mike Nesmith, half of the Monkees. It took awhile, but I finally figured out how to finish the band.
For Davy Jones, I used a Star Wars Series 3 Anakin Skywalker so he’d be shorter than the rest. The head is from a Star Trek Sulu. The maracas were made from clay. The maracas were very cheap, but I make it up on the microfilm.
Peter Tork is made from a Star Trek Grasia with a Chekov head and Sulu’s right arm. I sculpted the hair. I used clay for both their collars and electric tape for their belts.
The Monkees wore both red and blue versions of these shirts. For variety sake, I decided to do half and half. I also realized that I had left the signature buttons of Mike and Micky’s shirts so I added them.
And since these guys are finally all together, I thought I’d share a video about another group coming together.
In The Empire Strikes Back, Luke is paired with Dak Ralter just before the battle on Hoth. He serves as Luke’s gunner as they fly off in a snowspeeder to repel the Imperial attack.
Dak is made from a Biggs Darklighter figure. Since I have made a few other figures from this same figure, I wanted to differentiate Dak from them. I cut off Biggs’ gun and added a wrench from Chewbacca and a Star Trek tricorder.
Dak Ralter (image from Wookiepedia)
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).
I really enjoyed Rogue One. One of my favorite characters is Chirrut Imwe, played by Donnie Yen. He’s a character who, while very wise and very dangerous, doesn’t take himself too seriously.
Spoilers coming next for those who haven’t seen the movie yet (Really? It’s actually still in theaters. Go see it and then come back to this post. It’s okay, I’ll wait….
You saw it? Great. Now I’ll finish up).
In his final scene, Chirrut does something I haven’t seen in Star Wars, or for that matter, any other action movie of note. He knows what he has to do, is scared by it, and does it anyway while still being scared. He doesn’t put on a brave face, but he gets the job done.
There’s an old quote from John Wayne (who some would say is the epitome of a strong man): “Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway”. Chirrut knew what was at stake, so he saddled up, but without false bravado.
Chirrut was made from a Star Wars Series 4 Anakin head with a Saesee Tin (also from Series 4) body. The staff is made from lightsabers, and straps and equipment were made from electric tape. I followed Funko’s example and used light blue for his eyes (as they did with their Pop! figure). However, they didn’t show up in the photo so I added them digitally.
I realized that I hadn’t made any customs from the superhero genre for awhile. I had just caught up on the DC Universe shows on Netflix, and decided to make a Leonard Snart (Captain Cold) custom based on version of the character in those shows.
I was never a fan of Captain Cold in the comics but I like Wentworth Miller’s portrayal of him. The figure itself was made from parts leftover from other customs. The head came from a Hoth Han Solo, the body from a Star Trek Ayel, and the legs from Star Trek Scotty. Lastly, Jango Fett donated his gun to be used as Snart’s weapon of choice.
When I saw this year’s Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar featured a holiday-themed Wookie, I decided to make a Fighter Pod version.
This Cheery Chewbacca is made from a Series 4 hologram Chewie with a clay candy cane. And, despite his indignation, he looks pretty good with my Christmas decorations. Imagine seeing this guy coming out of your fireplace on Christmas Eve instead of Santa. Oh Disney, I’ve got a great idea for a Christmas movie….