Bananas for Star Wars?

I know there is a huge marketing push for the new Star Wars movie, but I wasn’t expecting to see it on my bananas. Really, I shouldn’t be surprised.  I’ve seen stickers for other Disney movies on them before.  But Star Wars really surprised me.


The part that surprises me the most it that I am excited to see them there. I’m an adult who is getting a little extra smile on my face because R2-D2 is staring back at me from my breakfast.  And sometimes, a little extra smile is just what we all need.




Strange, Strange Things


If you haven’t watched Stranger Things on Netflix yet, here are a few suggestion:

  1. Don’t start watching it if you have anything to do in the next 24 hours.
  2. Don’t watch right before going to bed.

I saw the first season last fall when I was home sick one day.  I heard good things about the show and thought I’d give it a try.  I was stuck in bed anyway.  I thought I’d nod off during the show and get some sleep.  Next thing I knew, I’d finished the season.

Then the second season debuted a few weeks ago.  Would it, could it, be as good?  Definitely yes.  Although this time, I had to break it up over three days, since I was perfectly healthy and couldn’t bring myself to ditch work to binge watch a show.  (I was sorely tempted though).  I finished the last episode right before bed time, but was too wired to go to sleep for another two hours.

I picked up Dustin from the Stranger Things Funko Pop! Pens collection (which also includes Barb, the Demogorgon, and Eleven complete with Eggo).  I decided that I already had Pop! Pen versions of the other three boys who were in costume.  Which kid is in which costume? Why are they dressed up?  Maybe we’ll find out in Season 3…


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.)


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.


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.


Geek on the Cheap


I found some pretty good deals lately.  Everything in the this picture cost about $5 total.  I found the Hot Wheels R2-D2 and the Batman Unlimited Mighty Mini at the local dollar store, and the Darth Vader and Boba Fett Funko Pop Pens were on clearance at Target for $1.48 each.  I cut the pens off the figures so I could display them.

The dollar store had the last series of Batman Unlimited Mighty Minis (also including Nightwing, Red Robin, Polar Batman, Clayface, and Killer Croc) as well as the Star Wars 40th Anniversary Hot Wheels Character car set.



Star Trek Fighter Pods: Krull


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.