Star Wars: The Last Jedi Micro Force (Fighter Pods) Executioner Trooper

So, never dreaming that Hasbro would actually start making Fighter Pods (now called Micro Force) again, I started making a few figures from the new movie, The Last Jedi.  Although I obviously haven’t seen the movie yet, a few designs peaked my interest. The first is the Executioner Trooper.

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I realize this is just a modified First Order Stormtrooper design, but it still intrigued me, so I had to make one.

Since I have made a few First Order Stormtroopers before, I wanted this new guy to have a different pose.  I used a Clone Trooper base with a Stormtrooper head with a new hand to hold the weapon.  The weapon is made out of clay. The energy spikes were made with super glue gel with a light blue paint wash.

 

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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 ARE BACK AS MICRO FORCE!

I loved Fighter Pods when they came out years ago.  Finally, there was a Star Wars line I could actually afford to buy and store tons and tons of characters.  Then, about 5 years ago, after four series of figures, the line ended.  I’ve been making custom Fighter Pods ever since.

So I was amazed (and am still in a little disbelief) when I read an article on starwars.com about a new toy line called Micro Force and realized…these are Fighter Pods!! The first wave, due in December, features blind bags with 2 previously released figures.  But the second wave has all new figures from Rogue One and The Force Awakens along with some old figures!!!!!  Thank you Hasbro!!!!!!!!!!

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I can’t believe they are back!  I am so excited I can barely contain myself.  My brain has already started a list of characters I want them to make (Old Luke, Poe, Chirrut, K-2SO, Snap Wexley, Unkar Plutt, Jess Pava…).

This go around, the series consists solely of blind bags, and the figure count is lower.  Hopefully, these changes will allow the line to last a long time.

I will definitely be picking up the first series, if for no other reason that to help ensure the second series comes out.  Besides, my parts reserves for customs is getting dangerously low, and I never did pick up a C-3PO.

Woooooooooooooooo-hoooooooooooooooo!

 

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.