Marvel Fighter Pods: Agent May


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.


Marvel Fighter Pods: The Winter Soldier

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.

Marvel Fighter Pods: Agent Phil Coulson

I was going through my figures looking for parts for another custom and noticed that the Star Trek Scotty looked like Phil Coulson of Avengers and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D fame. Since he’s one of my all-time favorite characters, I had to make my own version.  He’s presented here with his Season 3 look, complete with robot hand and two icers.


Coulson was made from the aforementioned Scotty head, a Star Trek Grasia torso and legs, and a Star Wars Captain Rex arms and guns. His jacket is made from electric tape and clay.

I also recently stumbled across this old picture taken in my parking lot shortly after the release of the first Avengers movie and way before the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D show had been announced.  I was a fan of Coulson, but had no idea anyone else was at the time. Seeing this message written in the dirt of a parked SUV really surprised and amused me.


Marvel Tsum Tsums

Disney has been releasing Tsum Tsums, versions of their characters that look like mutated guinea pigs.  And, since Disney owns Marvel, they have released the first series of vinyl figures.  I picked up one of my favorite characters, the Winter Soldier.


I really don’t understand the appeal of these figures, but I can’t deny that they are appealing.  Despite being a fearsome brainwashed assassin turned superhero, this version of The Winter Soldier, is, well, cute.  In a world that seems to get crazier by the news cycle, maybe a little cuteness isn’t so bad.

Marvel Fighter Pods: Captain America

Since I did a movie version of the Winter Soldier, I figured I should do Cap himself.  I went with the all blue version of the costume from the same movie.


Cap was made from a helmetless Clone Trooper head and a Series 1 Luke body with the shield donated from a Heroclix from the Winter Soldier movie line.


Marvel Fighter Pods: Hawkeye

I decided I needed a Hawkeye for my Fighter Pods.  Since I’m a big fan of the Marvel movies, I decided to go with the Avengers 2 look.


Hawkeye was made from the head of a Kirk, the torso and arms of Captain Typho, and the legs of Anakin Skywalker.  The bow is borrowed from an Ultimate Hawkeye Heroclix I picked up at Baltimore Comic-Con.  I had to use the sideways bow trick because the bow is actually taller than the pod.  The quiver is made from the top of the Heroclix Hawkeye’s quiver glued to part of a toothpick and wrapped in electric tape.


Marvel Fighter Pods: The Winter Soldier

I liked the Winter Soldier in the comics, and really enjoyed the movie. I am intrigued by his story of redemption plus he has a cool costume.

The Winter Soldier

The Winter Soldier

This figure was made from a Star Wars Series II Clone Trooper Denal (which is a repaint of the exclusive Series I Clone Trooper) and a Series IV Stormtrooper Luke head (also a repaint) with electric tape for the googles.

The Winter Soldier and friends

The Winter Soldier and friends

Marvel Fighter Pods: Nightcrawler

Nightcrawler has always been one of my favorite characters and I finally figured out how to make a Fighter Pod version.



The fuzzy elf was made from the top half of a Series IV Anakin Skywalker, the bottom half of the four pack exclusive Spock, and the sword from Sulu.  The tail was made from a small piece of elastic and electric tape.

Nightcrawler and friends

Nightcrawler and friends