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.

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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.

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SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!

In true toy geek fashion, I’ve celebrated the Super Bowl the last few years by picking up a pack of Teeny Mates blind bag football figures. Each figure is the same pose (with a different pose each year) but has a specific team’s colors and logo. This year I got a Baltimore Raven and a New York Jet. These guys fit in nicely with my Fighter Pod collection.

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Before We Start the New One…

Instead of a long, involved, “here’s what 2016 meant to me”, here’s a photo of all the Fighter Pod customs from this year. I would like to the thank the over 4000 visitors to this site since it began about two years ago. Hope you enjoyed your visit.  Keep checking back because there’s more coming in 2017.

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And here’s one last custom before the year ends.  This is Commander Edison P. Hewlett. He is one of Starfleet’s top engineers. He designed the current U.S.S. Kelvin (after the loss of the first ship to Nero) and later served as its chief engineer.  He is also one of Starfleet’s leading experts on the foundational technology, The Machine.  Commander Hewlett recently accepted an appointment at Starfleet Academy.

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Okay, I made all that up.  He’s the main character in this year’s Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Star Trek Beyond commercial. He had no backstory, so I made one up.

Commander Hewlett is made from a Scotty head and a Series IV Luke body along with a phaser from Lt. Brian and electric tape for the shirt details.

 

A Different Type of Custom

Merry Christmas!  This year I decided to add a Nativity scene to my Christmas display.  I have a small space, and thus needed small Christmas decorations.  In the past, I had seen Nativity scenes that were very simple and elegant; some weren’t even painted but were left the color of the clay.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any like that this year.  Then I thought, why can’t I paint that one the way I like it?  It wouldn’t be that different than customizing figures.

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So I found a Nativity I liked and picked up some paint close to clay color.  I left the building and the ground as they were and just painted the figures.  I added a little dry brushing with some dark brown paint.

I hope that you and yours have a very Merry Christmas!

The Monkees Top 10 Songs: 10-6

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This year is the 50th anniversary of the Monkees debut.  One of the reasons I think they have lasted this long is that the Monkees are just plain fun. Something about listening to their music (even the serious songs) and watching their shows makes a person (well, me at least), feel better.

This Top 10 list was compiled through an exhaustive search of…my opinions.  Seriously, if you like the Monkees, you’ve probably heard most of these songs but maybe you’ll find something new in the mix.  And if you’re new to the Monkees, take a listen and see what you think.

 

10. The Birth of an Accidental Hipster

Taken from the Monkees’ newest album, Good Times, released earlier this year, this song is written by Noel Gallagher (of Oasis fame) and Paul Weller.  It’s a different sound for the Monkees, but the duet between Mike Nesmith and Micky Dolenz is captivating.  BTW, this video is fan made using footage from the 60’s TV show.

I’m heading out in the sunshine, baby…

 

9. That Was Then, This Is Now

After rocketing to fame and then back to relative obscurity in the 60’s, the Monkees had a huge resurgence in the 80’s thanks to MTV and Nickelodeon airing their show.  Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork recorded a few new songs (including this one) to be added to a new greatest hits album. This song sounds modern and yet keep the Monkees flavor.

 

8. Sunny Girlfriend

This Mike Nesmith tune seems to suggest that not everything is so sunny about this girlfriend.  It is catchy and fun to sing though.

 

7. Someday Man

Towards the end of the original 60’s Monkeemania, this Davy Jones tune was released as a single with “Listen to the Band” as the B side.  While “Listen to the Band” actually did better on the charts, I’ve always been partial to this carefree song.

6. (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone

In the original show, each episode featured a “romp”, which is basically a precursor to the music video.  The Monkees later became unlikely role models for the punk movement for standing up to the record corporation in order to control their own musical destiny.  The Sex Pistols even released their own version of “Steppin’ Stone”.

Check back soon for songs 1-5!

Marvel 500: Not Ant-man

Just today I was wondering if there were any more series of Marvel 500 coming.  I had seen tubes of figures at Wal-Mart with at least one new figure, the Vision, so I assumed there might be at least one more set.  Then I happily stumbled on to two packs of Series 4 today at the local Target.

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I picked up one pack hoping to get Ant-man.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get Ant-man but a cool blue “Stark Armor” Iron Man instead.

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Here’s the checklist that came with Iron Man.  Not surprisingly, the set features many comic book versions of characters from the new Captain America: Civil War movie.  Most of the figures appear to be repaints from previous series, but there are some cool new figures including 2 Hulkbusters and Arnim Zola.  I will probably pick up Ant-Man, the Red Hulkbuster, and Hawkeye.

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