I realized that I hadn’t made any customs from the superhero genre for awhile. I had just caught up on the DC Universe shows on Netflix, and decided to make a Leonard Snart (Captain Cold) custom based on version of the character in those shows.
I was never a fan of Captain Cold in the comics but I like Wentworth Miller’s portrayal of him. The figure itself was made from parts leftover from other customs. The head came from a Hoth Han Solo, the body from a Star Trek Ayel, and the legs from Star Trek Scotty. Lastly, Jango Fett donated his gun to be used as Snart’s weapon of choice.
My favorite villain is Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke the Terminator. He has been a villain (and sometimes a hero) with significant roles in the Titans, Batman, and DC mythos, not the least of which includes playing a major role in the creation of Nightwing.
I decided to go with the maskless version (thanks to the Star Wars Series IV Captain Typho) and an amalgamation of the body armor used in various recent versions of the character. I also used a Series II Commander Neyo and a Star Trek Series I Ayel. Since Fighter Pods were directed at younger kids, I decided to go with the Slade name. I guess Deathstroke the Terminator sounds a bit violent for the little folk.
Recommended Slade reading. This is not a comprehensive list – just some great stories.
The New Teen Titans #44: The origin of Deathstroke and the first appearance of Nightwing.
Deathstroke The Terminator #13 (Vol 1): Slade takes out Aquaman, Green Lantern and the Flash.
Nightwing #80-82: Slade is hired to kill the police chief of Bludhaven, who just happens to be a close personal friend of Nightwing. How Nightwing stops him is one of the most original endings I’ve read.
Batman #647: Part of the Under the Red Hood story. Deathstroke tries to recruit the Black Mask into the super villain organization, the Society. He brings an odd grouping of villains that give Batman and the Red Hood a run for their money.
Superman/Batman Annual #1 (2006): Batman and Superman face their Earth-Two counterparts. Deathstroke crashes the party…until he meets his own counterpart who looks suspiciously like a certain red and black merc with a mouth from another publisher.
Green Arrow #75 (2007): On a vendetta against Green Arrow, Deathstroke takes on the entire Justice League by detonating a bomb designed to counter the individual member’s powers (kryptonite included).
I made most of the Batman Family, so I had to make the Batman.
Chicks dig the car.
I made him from a Series 3 Han Solo with Hologram Clone Trooper head and a Hologram Luke hand (to replace the hand with the staff that went to Robin).
Before and After
You can’t do the Batman family without Robin.
Robin was one of the most ambitious Pods I’ve made. I used the head from a Padawan Obi Wan, the body of a Series 1 Luke, and the staff from a Series 3 Han Solo.
Parts for Robin
While I was never a big fan of Jason Todd as a Robin, I loved what writer Judd Winnick did with him as the Red Hood. So I had to make a Fighter Pod version.
The Red Hood
The Red Hood is made from a Series 2 Han Solo with the signature knife coming from a Klingon.
The Red Hood and the figures used to make it
Here’s another addition to the DC Fighter Pods series, Barbara Gordon as Batgirl. As you can probably tell, I am a huge fan of the Batman family and had have them in the Fighter Pod style.
Batgirl (Barbara Gordon)
Batgirl was made from a Series 4 Padme with electric tape for the cape.
Batgirl and Series 4 Padme
Fighter Pods, my favorite toy line ever, did Star Wars. They did Star Trek. They did Marvel. They even did Despicable Me (really). But alas, no DC characters. So I had to make my own. And what better character to start with than my favorite, Nightwing. I will be posting more DC characters too.
Nightwing was made from a Series 1 Luke. It’s just a repaint with the lightsaber cut in two and used as escrima sticks.
Nightwing and Series 1 Luke