Thursday, February 2, 2012

Fighter Pods and Green Friends

So the Hulk has been on my butt about getting some of those new Star Wars Fighter Pods things that just popped up at Walmart. He's just crazy about his mini figures! We made a deal: I'd get a pack if I can keep Boba Fett. He wanted Yoda (because he's green... duh). What were our chances of getting what we wanted? Read on to find out!

Someone looks happy.

So these things come blind-bagged for 3 bucks a bag. Each bag includes two mini figures and a "Fighter Pod." One of the two mini figures is exclusive to the blind bag series and the other is of the kind available in other sets.

Evidently there's some stupid games you can play with the pods. Bleh.

So... how blind are these bags? Not very. In every bag there's a small hole punched in the bottom right that lets you see a little bit of details about the figures you have in each bag. The figures aren't packed inside the ball, so you can move them around inside the bag.

Holey, holey, holey.

But beyond all that is the fact that the white parts of the bag are almost totally see-through. If you can work the figures down below the stupid ball thing you can press them against the white plastic and see them clearly. That's how I managed to find exactly what I wanted.

So... how accurate was my method?


These suckers are adorable. I am totally serious about just how cute these things are. The look on Yoda's face is priceless.

"Raaaaargh! Hulk love green elf!"

When I first saw these I wanted to dismiss the "Fighter Pod" as a piece of useless plastic.

I mean... you can store your figures in them, sure... but they kinda roll all over the place...

And you can spin them, I guess... wait... they don't do that very well either.

But the coolest thing about them is that one half of the ball has a peg that perfectly fits the hole in the bottom of the figure's body. I mean.... they don't really need a stand, but they look kinda spiffy on there. Sadly, it's only on one half... the other peg is too small for the hole in the figures.

They're roughly the same size as the Squinkies, but they aren't as squishy and are sculpted much more dynamically. I really dig the aesthetics of this line over the Squinkies. Squinkies are more cute, and these guys have a bit of edginess to the designs.

So... what does Hulk think of them? I'd ask him, but he's kinda busy right now:

These are tiny (less than one inch tall) figurines... and you only get two to a pack. They're not the best value, to be honest. There are non-blind packs available with 4 figures together with 4 Fighter Pods for 6 bucks, and then there is a set with 8 (I believe) figures, several Fighter Pods, and a couple of cutesy Star Wars vehicles like the Millennium Falcon or Darth Maul's ship done up in this style for like 12 bucks. Either way they run over a dollar a piece per figure... not terrible, but then not fantastic either. I got the one figure I really wanted, so unless I see another one that I can't live without I think I'm good for now.

Well... there were a few Stormtroopers I liked...

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