Even more new Micro Force Figures!

Jedi News has released a press image of the Series 5 packaging along with an actual figure shot of Enfys Nest from the new Solo movie!

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I’m especially looking forward to Maz and Enfys Nest.  The “thumbs-up” BB-8 looks cute too.  I’m wondering if the Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma figures will be new sculpts or reprints of series 2.

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I still haven’t found Series 3 and 4 yet, but I’m sure they will arrive in my area soon.  I can’t believe how many new characters we are getting in a line that’s been dormant for five years!  Thanks Hasbro!

The Micro Force Series 3 Mystery

About a week ago I posted that the UK had a different Micro Force Series 3 than we were getting here in the US (based on the photos shown during the big Solo toy reveal).

However, Hasbro sent out May the Fourth packages to some US-based Star Wars sites, and these packages included  the same The Last Jedi-themed series 3 as seen in the UK, instead of the Solo-themed series 3 originally advertised.

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To top it off, Entertainment Earth is now offering pre-orders for series 3pre-orders for series 3, with this handy little picture that I think shows which characters are packed with which characters.

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I really don’t care which order the figures come out, as long as they are all released. I’m ecstatic about the figures pictured above and I can’t wait to have K-2SO and a goggle-wearing Chewie (among others) join them.  Maybe we will see the Solo-themed line in the fall (maybe when Solo is released on disc?).

 

The UK has a different Micro Force series 3 than the US

On a lark, I decided to look for Micro Force images on Instagram.  I thought maybe I find out if Series 3 had been released yet.  And it had shown up in the UK, but they were completely different figures from those announced as part of the upcoming Solo movie products.

These official photos were posted by Hasbro Pulse.  Comments with the photos state that this series has shown up at a UK store called Sainsburys in the last few weeks.  I did check Sainsburys’ website, but they only had Series 1 listed.

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This set is obviously a Last Jedi themed set, with six figures from that movie. I’m thrilled to get a “Jedi Exile” Luke (instead of the “Jedi Master”) look as well as Rose, Poe, Leia, and BB-9E.  While Snoke wasn’t on my wishlist, I like the idea of him as the hologram figure since that’s how we were introduced to the character.

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It’s also nice to see more Rogue One figures (including Chirrut, one of my favorites).  Hopefully this trend of including 2 Rogue One figures in each set will continue at least until we get the main cast (and beyond!)

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‘Most surprising to me, however is the reprint of the Kit Fisto figure from series 4 of the Fighter Pod line.  Kit Fisto is one of my favorite Star Wars characters, and I never found the original figure.  I’m delighted to get another shot at him.

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I have no clue why Hasbro is releasing a different Series 3 overseas than here.  Hopefully this set will be Series 4 here in the US as there are definitely some must have figures in this line.

And, if any of you in the UK are reading this and has some of these figures to trade, let me know.  The same Instagram posts mentioned earlier stated that Series 2 hasn’t shown up there, but they have here. No reason to let a silly thing like an ocean come get in the way of our Star Wars collections.

 

STAR WARS MICRO FORCE TIE FIGHTER PILOT

Our series covering the new Micro Force Series 2 takes a turn to the dark side with one of the bad guys, a TIE Fighter Pilot!

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The new TIE Fighter Pilot features a new visor as well as some red markings on the helmet.

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Here’s the new pilot with one of the original Fighter Pod pilots. With rumors circulating that the line may soon include vehicles, these pilots may get some new ships soon!

Star Wars Micro Force BB-8

Here’s another entry in a series highlighting the new Micro Force (formerly Fighter Pods) figures.  Today’s entry is the perfect combination of cute and cool, the droid BB-8!

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I like how the designers added a sand cloud to help stabilize the spherical character. He’s definitely one of my top wants from the new series.

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Here’s the new Micro Force version with the custom version I made from clay.

 

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!

Hot Wheels Star Wars Battle Rollers

I usually see what new toys are coming out thanks to the power of the internet, but I completely missed the new Hot Wheels Battle Rollers until they caught my eye in the Hot Wheels section of the toy aisle.

 

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The figure is roughly the same size as the new Micro Force figures (or the old Fighter Pods figures, however you want to look at it).  I love how it looks like Luke is sitting in a version of the X-Wing that you could ride for a quarter in front of a grocery store.

 

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The ship is mostly die-cast and has a ball bearing in the bottom (hence the “Roller” part of the name).

The line also has Rey in the Millennium Falcon, Boba Fett in Slave-1, The Emperor in an Imperial Shuttle, and Darth Vader in his Tie Fighter.  A version of Vader with his light saber comes with a Darth Vader head carrying case (similar to the carrying case from the 80’s).

There are also two two-packs.  One has another version of the same Luke ship (but with a lightsaber) with the saber-less version of Darth Vader. The other pack comes with Rey and the Falcon along with a First Order Tie Fighter and Pilot.

Just follow the link here to see them all.

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Battle Rollers Luke seen here with Fighter Pod Luke for scale

UPCOMING SHIPS

I also heard from Yakface (the website, not the alien) that series 2 will feature the following:

Kylo Ren /TIE Silencer
Darth Maul/Sith Infiltrator
TIE Fighter Pilot/TIE Fighter
Poe Dameron/X-Wing Fighter
Yoda/Jedi Starfighter
C-3PO/Landspeeder
R2-D2/X-wing
BB-8/”Zulu”
“Rio Monkey Quad Hauler”

I’m not sure what a Rio Monkey Quad Hauler is (maybe the “space monkey” Bistan from Rogue One?) but I am looking forward to find out. And it looks like we will get a Battle Roller version of Poe Dameron before we get a Micro Force version!

WANT LIST

I’m so excited about this line that I already have a want list (this is for you Hasbro!)
Wedge Antilles in either an X-Wing or a snowspeeder
K-2SO in a U-Wing
Kit Fisto in a Jedi starfighter
Greedo in a…okay, I have no idea what he’d be driving/flying, but I trust your creativity Hasbro!

I will definitely be collecting more from this line.  Thanks Hasbro!

 

Star Wars Micro Force

A few years back, Disney bought Lucasfilm and announced that there would be new Star Wars movies.  A little while later, on their 50th anniversary, the Monkees released a new (and really good) album, Good Times.  Now, Hasbro has brought back Fighter Pods, my favorite toy line ever, under the new name Micro Force.  Life is good.

The first series (available now) is made of previously released figures.  I was happy to see that they included C-3PO, since I hadn’t picked one up the first time around.

There are paint differences between the Fighter Pod and Micro Force versions of the figures (especially in the case of Ahsoka).  While I am excited about these figures, I’m practically ecstatic about the completely new figures coming in wave 2, which feature Rey, Jyn Erso, Finn, BB-8, Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma, and a Death Trooper.  I look forward to seeing if these figures (and future waves) are previewed at next month’s Toy Fair. Thanks again Hasbro!!

For those who keep track of such things, Threepio and Han came in one pack, and Ahsoka and the Stormtrooper came in another.

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Custom Force Awakens Threepio, Custom A New Hope Threepio, the new Micro Force Threepio, and multiple repaints of Threepio from the previous lines

 

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Fighter Pods Han Solo and Micro Force Han Solo

 

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Fighter Pods Ahsoka and Micro Force Ahsoka

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Fighter Pods Stormtrooper and Micro Force Stormtrooper

 

 

2017 Year In Review

As the year comes to a close, here’s a quick look back at the Fighter Pod customs created in the last 12 months.  The last year featured everything from Star Wars to the Monkees to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to a British 50’s priest.  With Fighter Pods now coming back in the newly christened Micro Force line, I can’t wait to see what’s coming in 2018!

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As we wait to see what 2018 brings, here’s one last new figure for this year. Rebel pilots have always been a favorite of mine, and I wanted one of the Blue Squadron pilots from Rogue One.  This character is Jaldine Gerams, aka Blue Three, who led the pilots in the battle over Scarif.

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Blue Three is made from a Zam Wessel Fighter Pod with clay for the helmet and electric tape for the straps.  The hose was kindly donated by a Black Manta Heroclix figure.

Star Wars The Last Jedi Micro Force (Fighter Pods): BB-9E

So today’s the big day and The Last Jedi finally opens! Does Luke take the lightsaber from Rey and go back to fight the First Order? Does Finn survive?  How many more X-Wings does Poe get, and will they have custom paint jobs too? What in the world is a Porg?  All these questions will be answered as well as…who is BB-9E?

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As popular as BB-8 became after The Force Awakens, it was inevitable that more of these rolling droids would show up, and that not all of them would be so friendly.

I know nothing about BB-9E other than he is supposedly bad (Director Rian Johnson referred to him as BB-H8 during the filming). But, since I had made a BB-8, I had to make his counterpart (arch-nemesis?) as well. BB-9E was made from clay with the tip of a toothpick for the antenna.