Star Trek Fighter Pod Custom: Berlinghoff Rasmussen

One of my favorite ST:TNG episodes is “A Matter of Time” from season 5. In this episode, while the Enterprise crew is trying to save a planet from a global catastrophe, a time traveler from the future, Berlinghoff Rasmussen, arrives to observe. Picard and crew wrestle with the ethics of whether or not to use future knowledge to solve a present danger. And, spoiler, there’s a great twist in the end (are spoiler warnings necessary for something that aired 27 years ago?)

While the role was originally written for Robin Williams, it is delightfully played by Max Headroom actor Matt Frewer. His performance is just plain fun to watch as he intrigues, amuses, annoys, and frustrates (sometimes all at once) the Enterprise crew.

This figure was made from a Micro Force Hologram Luke Skywalker body and a Fighter Pod Chekov head. His coat is made from clay, and he is holding a stolen tricorder taken from a Fighter Pod McCoy.

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Star Trek Fighter Pods Custom: Space Jump Sulu

I’m a big fan of the reboot Star Trek movies, and one of my favorite scenes is the space jump scene from the 2009 movie (Wow! I just realized that this “new” movie is nine years old!). Kirk and Sulu have an edge-of-your-seat fight scene as they face off against the Romulans who are trying to destroy the planet Vulcan.

I’ve been trying to figure out how to make a Space Jump Sulu for awhile, and finally settled on the figure of Sulu in the Into Darkness space suit.

The figure is a straight up repaint with electric tape and clay for the details.

STAR WARS MICRO FORCE: JAI AND CLAI

Remember that Star Wars story where a bunch of clone troopers had to do a blind jump into hyperspace seconds before their ship would have been destroyed in battle? The ship crashed on a primitive world in uncharted territory. Only two clones, Jai and Clai, survived. As they tried to settle into their new home, they discovered that the locals were terrorized by a gang called the C’v’dish. Unable to sit by while innocents suffered, Jai and Clai salvaged what gear they could a to defend their new home.

You don’t remember that story? That’s because I made it up. I was thinking that I would like to do Lone Ranger Micro Force figures, and I thought, why not make them clone troopers? So I kitbashed two figures from various clone and Stormtrooper, and came up with designs that echoed the original Lone Ranger and Tonto costumes. The names Jai and Clai were inspired by the actors Jay Silverheels and Clayton Moore, who played Tonto and the Line Ranger. The C’v’dish are based on their enemy, Butch Cavendish.

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.

 

 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Micro Force (Fighter Pods) Executioner Trooper

So, never dreaming that Hasbro would actually start making Fighter Pods (now called Micro Force) again, I started making a few figures from the new movie, The Last Jedi.  Although I obviously haven’t seen the movie yet, a few designs peaked my interest. The first is the Executioner Trooper.

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I realize this is just a modified First Order Stormtrooper design, but it still intrigued me, so I had to make one.

Since I have made a few First Order Stormtroopers before, I wanted this new guy to have a different pose.  I used a Clone Trooper base with a Stormtrooper head with a new hand to hold the weapon.  The weapon is made out of clay. The energy spikes were made with super glue gel with a light blue paint wash.

 

Hasbro, Here Are Some Micro Force Ideas

Hasbro is bringing back Fighter Pods with the new name Micro Force.  Since I am the internet’s leading Fighter Pod customizer (largely because I’m probably the internet’s only Fighter Pod, excuse me, Micro Force customizer), here’s all of my posted Micro Force customs in one spot.  (And yes, I did say “posted”.  I do have a few surprises left for this year).

Again, thanks to Hasbro and Andy Ochiltree, Hasbro’s senior manager of Global Brand Marketing, for bringing this line back.  I can’t say how excited I am to get new figures in this style!

 

Here’s a group shot:

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Here are some bigger images that are a little better to see.  The first group is figures from the Prequel era up through the original trilogy.

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Back row left to right: Two ARC troopers, Goofy as Darth Vader, Dak Ralter, Chirrut Imwe

Front row left to right: Clone Trooper Able (from the Dark Horse Star Wars comics), a Rodian Jedi, C-3PO, and Hoth Luke

 

And here are figures from the current trilogy:

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Back row left to right: Poe Dameron, Snap Wexley, Captain Phasma, and a bunch of First Order Stormtroopers (can’t have just one).

Front row left to right: Luke (based on Phil Noto fan art), C-3PO, BB-8, Rey, Finn, Chewie, Han, and Finn as FN-2187.

Now if we just had some figures from The Last Jedi.  Did I say something about not posting all the figures I’ve done so far…

 

 

 

 

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.)

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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.

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