New Star Trek Heroclix

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Wizkids recently announced a new line of Star Trek character Heroclix coming out this fall. A few years ago, they released the main cast from the 2009 J.J. Abrams movie (see Sulu above).  While the article doesn’t list which series/characters will be in the set, I’m hoping that it will be a mix of characters from all the series and movies.  With that hope in mind, I came up with a wishlist that’s divided into two categories: givens (figures that will most likely be in a set) and hopefuls (figures I’d dearly love but are definitely not givens).

UPDATE: An article on StarTrek.com states that this fall’s series will focus on The Original Series.  Click here to read the full article.

GIVENS

Jean-Luc Picard

Picard

I came to my Star Trek fandom through The Next Generation.  Picard has always been a favorite character of mine and I can’t wait to have a Heroclix version to put with my other favorite characters.  I’m hoping for movie version (as seen above) or the jacket version.

The Borg

Borg

Simply put, the Borg are utterly terrifying and amazingly cool at the same time.  Since Wizkids has a history of making generic figures for army-building, it’s a safe bet that we could get one or two (or more!) generic Borg.  And, in case you are wondering, the Borg clix at the beginning of this article is a custom of mine made from Deadshot, Mr. Freeze, and a Star Wars Super Battle Droid mini.

Locutus of Borg

Locutus

Many genres, including Star Trek, feature an evil version of the main hero.  Usually it’s an alternate universe version of the character.  In Locutus, Picard is overwhelmed by the Borg and forced to do horrible things.  He is completely aware but unable to overcome the Borg programming.

I remember watching the Best of Both Worlds when both episodes originally aired.  I remember the ETERNITY that occurred between those two episodes. In the current era of binge-watching, having to wait months for the next episode seems almost unimaginable.

Captain Jonathan Archer

Archer

After The Next Generation, Enterprise is my favorite Trek series.  Captain Archer genuinely just wanted to explore and to help people, but he had no trouble stepping up when trouble arose.  Over four seasons, he faced Klingons, Andorians, multiple races out to destroy the Earth, alien Nazis, and agents of the Temporal Cold War.

HOPEFULS

Berlinghoff Ramussen

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Ramussen, wonderfully played by Max Headroom actor Matt Frewer, appears in The Next Generation Season 5 episode, “A Matter of Time”.  This time traveler with a twist is simultaneously insufferable and likable. He later plays a big role in the Star Trek novel Indistinguishable from Magic, by David A. McIntee.

Hugh

Hugh

In Star Trek, every race has both good and bad members; even the Borg are no exception to the rule.  Debuting in the another Season 5 episode of The Next Generation, Hugh is a Borg who has been separated from the Collective and attains individuality.  He shows up in later episodes and novels trying to build a society for Borg who have been freed from the Collective.

Captain Hikaru Sulu

Sulu

While Sulu is most likely a given for the first set, it may be a few sets before we see a version of him as the captain of the Excelsior.  He should have a “Cup of Tea” special ability that mimics the Willpower trait.

Porthos

Porthos

While Data had his pet cat Spot, Porthos is the only Captain’s pet (and no, I don’t count the fish in Picard’s office).  With a friendly demeanor and a love for cheese, Porthos was practically a member of the crew, much to Subcommander T’Pol’s chagrin. He is also mentioned in the 2009 J.J. Abrams movie, where Scotty confesses to using poor Porthos in a failed transporter experiment.  While the movie never reveals what happened to the intrepid canine, Alan Dean Foster gives us the answer in his novelization of the movie.  In the last scene, an unnamed beagle mysteriously materializes on the Enterprise without anyone seeing him and proceeds to make himself at home.

Crewman Daniels

Daniels

Star Trek definitely has its share of time travelers.  Star Trek: Enterprise took that theme and ran with it by introducing many villainous time travelers and even a Temporal Cold War.  Daniels, one of the crewmen who serves Captain Archer in his private dining hall, reveals himself to a good time traveler who is an agent of a future version of the Federation.

Keenser

Keenser

Keenser, Scotty’s engineering sidekick, debuted in J.J. Abram’s reboot and appeared in the two following movies.  While he never says a word, he communicates volumes with his looks.  His backstory is told in issue #14 of the IDW Star Trek comic book series.  His species also has very unusual symptoms when they catch a cold.

Lucsly and Dulmur

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Lucsly and Dulmur work for the Federation’s Department of Temporal Investigations.  They first appear in the Deep Space Nine episode “Trials and Tribble-ations” as they debrief Captain Sisko after his adventure in the past with Captain Kirk. They later appear in their own book series by author Christopher L. Bennett.  The first novel, Watching the Clock, gives their backstory along with a look at the Department’s operations.  It also offers insight into the Temporal Cold War from Star Trek: Enterprise.  Lucsly and Dulmur would definitely have to be a duo figure.

So Wizkids, that’s my wishlist.  Considering the staggering amount of characters made from both the DC and Marvel universes, I don’t think I’m asking too much.  I look forward to adding at least some (All!) of these characters to my Heroclix collection.

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Custom Heroclix: Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke The Terminator

I’ve mentioned before that Slade is my all-time favorite villain. I decided to do a more realistic, or “movie” based version of the character.  While both the Arrow TV show and the Arkham Asylum video games have done just that, their designs heavily involved body armor.  While it looks cool, I think the character would lose mobility in all that armor. A mercenary so good he doesn’t care who knows he’s blind in one eye probably doesn’t need all that armor.

Also, I wanted to simplify the color scheme and distill the design down to its most elemental parts. The one element that remains in every version of Slade is the half black, half orange mask, so I decided to keep just that and make everything else black.

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This figure was made from the Captain America half of the Winter Soldier movie Cap and Black Widow duo figure with arms from an Avengers 2 Test Subject.  A few Fighter Pods were kind enough to donate the weaponry.

 

Custom Heroclix: Bruce Banner, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D?

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

 

Custom Heroclix: Movie Spider-man

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.

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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.

 

Heroclix: Captain America: Civil War

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).

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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.

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Giant man along with the custom Ant-man I made

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The Black Widow clix from The Winter Soldier set, the Avengers: Age of Ultron set, and the Civil War set

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The Hawkeye clix from the Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Civil War sets

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Happy Meal: The Robin Mobile

McDonald’s currently has a line of super hero-themed Hot Wheel cars.  I’ve picked up a few Happy Meal Batmobiles in the past because they are great props for so many different toy lines. Now it was Robin’s turn. This set featured a Robin car with a special ability: it has a special wheel that lets it go forward, backwards, and turn.

It fits nicely with both Fighter Pods and Heroclix.

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