Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Smuggler's Bounty: The Last Jedi Unboxing

I'm always excited to receive the next Smuggler's Bounty box, the only Official Star Wars subscription box by Funko, in the mail. I may have just been a bit more anxious to get this one though considering how stoked I've been for The Last Jedi. This particular box is a unique one filled with fun items that are both familiar and new for Funko. There was one item that completely caught me off guard and that I was head over heels about that I can't wait for you guys to see! Everything in the box is exclusive so you won't be able to find anything that you see me unbox in my video below in stores. I hope you enjoy watching. Let me know in a comment if you also got this box and what your favorite item was!



Smuggler's Bounty costs $25 per box (not including taxes, shipping, and handling) and is delivered every other month. The next month will be sent out in January and is Sith themed. If you've never signed up before, you most definitely should!

Disclosure: This Smuggler's Bounty box was provided by Funko. All opinions are 100% my own.

Star Wars OOTD: May The Force Be With You

Star Wars OOTD: May The Force Be With You| Anakin and His Angel
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When I first created Anakin And His Angel on November 21st, 2000 I would never have imagined that I would still be creating content seventeen years later. It's been one of the most exciting rides of my life! No matter if you're a long time reader or a newbie, I am grateful that you're here and I hope you will continue to enjoy the different ways I express my love for Star Wars on this blog. To celebrate, I have a brand new Style post to share with you today as well a new Smuggler's Bounty Unboxing video (check back here a little bit later) and three giveaways I will be hosting on my social media platforms. You can find links to them on the right side bar. Now let's get into that Star Wars fashion, shall we?


Star Wars OOTD: May The Force Be With You| Anakin and His Angel
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Star Wars OOTD: May The Force Be With You| Anakin and His Angel
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Star Wars OOTD: May The Force Be With You| Anakin and His Angel
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Star Wars OOTD: May The Force Be With You| Anakin and His Angel
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Star Wars OOTD: May The Force Be With You| Anakin and His Angel
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Star Wars OOTD: May The Force Be With You| Anakin and His Angel
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Star Wars OOTD: May The Force Be With You| Anakin and His Angel
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What I Wore

Her Universe Sweatshirt: Kohl's
Super Stretch Jegging: American Eagle
Boots: Nordstrom
Headband: Forever 21
Choker: c/o Love & Madness
Ring: c/o Love & Madness

This "Outfit of the Day" is centered around a brand new piece by the Her Universe Activewear collection for Kohl's. You'll find both Light Side and Dark Side options in this comfortable and practical collection. As you know, I tend to go Dark Side but I instantly fell in love with the shade of this baby pink hooded sweatshirt. Considering the fact that I do say "May the Force Be With You" quite often, it seemed only fitting that this number came home with me. It's lighter than your typical sweatshirt which makes it suitable for layering. It also runs a little bigger (I'm wearing an XS) but I actually like the way it fits because it makes it all the more cozy to wear. Rather than outfitting it for a trip to the gym, I went for an every day Winter-inspired look and paired it with dark jeggings and boots. I accented this ensemble with a headband, a choker and a ring with the Star Wars logo on it which are both from Love & Madness, one of my favorite accessory brands. Oh, and I can't forget my new favorite backpack by Loungefly from Hot Topic! I love that I'm able to showcase my favorite buttons and pins without having to worry about any of them falling off or being stolen.

Everything in the collection is on sale right now and with it being Black Friday week there are extra discounts and coupons to be found that you can use on your purchases. There's no better time to invest in some high quality lounge and activewear than now!

As always, I will share "Outfit Outtakes" from time to time on my social media pages and exclusive photos on my Patreon page. Be on the look out!

Special thanks to my mom who never used a DSLR before and took these awesome photos for me! She rocks!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Star Wars ComLINKS: Favorite Quote

Star Wars ComLINKS | Anakin and His Angel

Welcome to the twenty-fourth Star Wars ComLINKS! This the very first monthly link up centered around a galaxy far, far away. The purpose of this link up is to inspire fans to write/talk about various topics (which are assigned each month) pertaining to our favorite fandom. Each link up will take place on the second Wednesday of every month. You will be able to share a link to your Website, Blog, YouTube, Podcast, etc. on a special widget here on AAHA and also view other posts from fans!

The Topic for November is "Favorite Quote" and begins today through November 22nd!

Let's be honest, most of our favorite quotes are from the Star Wars films and cartoons. They're inspiring, witty and some of them we may even live by. If you were to pick one favorite quote, which would it be and why? Who says it? Do you own anything with this particular quote on it? These are just a few prompts to help you get started.

GUIDELINES

1) Your Website, Blog, YouTube, Podcast, etc. does NOT have to be SW related.
2) Your entry must be family-friendly.
3) Please include a link to (or mention) "Star Wars ComLINKS" in your entry and don't forget to use the hashtag #starwarscomlinks when applicable!






Star Wars ComLINKS | Anakin and His Angel

"YOU DON'T KNOW THE POWER OF THE DARK SIDE."

I have many favorite Star Wars quotes but this one always seems to the first one that comes to mind. The words Darth Vader speaks are just as powerful as his formidable voice. They always seem carefully chosen and so direct no one would dare question him. Well, except for Lando. This very line is something to be feared especially during this scene where he has a pivotal moment with Luke Skywalker on the forest moon of Endor.

In Return of the Jedi Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader meet again but now Luke knows who he is and refers to him as his father for the first time which stirs something up in Vader. He listens to Luke intently, his words clearly distracting him while he attempts to direct the conversation elsewhere by bringing attention to his newly constructed lightsaber (I imagine Vader must've had some sort of feeling of pride overlooking the hilt). However, Luke stays on target and without hesitation requests that he come with him. Vader turns away contemplating before replying with, "Obi-Wan once thought as you do. You don't know the power of the Dark Side. I must obey my master." I've always interpreted this line as a warning. Specifically for his son to be careful where he is treading. He knows this is all new for him and that his knowledge of the Dark Side is minuscule compared to his. Vader also knows that there is no turning back for him. The Emperor would respond with extreme consequences should he choose a different path. Luke, of course, stands his ground and continues to try and reason with his father. Finally, Vader expresses himself in a deeper way, "It is too late for me, son." As the Stormtroopers take Luke away to his new master, the Emperor, Vader is left alone to contemplate the last words his son left with him, "Then my father is truly dead." It's the first time, in the Original Trilogy, that we see Darth Vader show raw emotion in his struggle to choose good over evil - his son or his master. Though his face is masked you can feel every ounce of torment in his demeanor. With his hands grasping the rails and head hung low, the scene ends. Oh. My. Heart.

As you can see, this quote has a much deeper meaning for me besides the fact that it said by my favorite character. Vader's journey from boy to machine is a tragic journey but it has always meant a lot to me. Though this scene makes my heart heavy it's my favorite moment in Return of the Jedi because we see the same belief that Padme had in Anakin in Luke. At the same time we see the battle Vader is facing in trying to fight against letting Anakin Skywalker break through. There is so much history and meaning in those three short minutes and it's a tragic but beautiful picture.

What is your favorite quote? Don't be shy, participate in this month's ComLINKS!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

First Order Stormtrooper Holopane by Wow! Stuff

First Order Stormtrooper Holopane by Wow! Stuff | Anakin And His Angel

Holopanes are officially licensed high definition life-like 3D characters with a "following face" effect invented by the award winning British toy company, Wow! Stuff. Darth Vader, Rey, Chewbacca and a First Order Stormtrooper are the first line of characters to debut just in time for The Last Jedi which hits theaters December 15th.


First Order Stormtrooper Holopane by Wow! Stuff | Anakin And His Angel

The Universal Light Box comes with one character of your choice, three different color filters, and a USB cord to use for the in and out sockets on either side of the box so that multiple light boxes can be lit up at one time. But if you'd rather use natural light or even a candle to bring the character to life, that works too! The Holopane can actually be removed from the Universal Light Box which will allow you to use different sources of light. This also lets you swap out other characters rather than purchasing another full set for the suggested retail price of £19.99 ($26.16). Individual character faces retail for about £7.99 ($10.45) each.



At first glance I was really impressed with the sculpt of my First Order Stormtrooper. I immediately took it into a dark room, switched it on and watched it come to life. Sure enough, whichever way I turned it moved with me! Needless to say, it's pretty amazing. Though I prefer the generic color I do appreciate the different color options (there are three different brightness options as well) to choose from with the various color filters that were prodived. While I love that it came with batteries as so many things don't these days, I am especially wowed by the fact that it can be plugged in with the USB that it came with leaving me with zero trips to the store so that I could enjoy my Holopane immediately upon opening! The Universal Light Box can sit on a shelf or it can even be mounted on the wall. Wherever you choose to display your Holopane it will most definitely add a lot of unique geeky flair to that particular room.

So, how can you get your hands on of these yourself? If you're a U.K. reader, Argos would be a good option. And if you're from the U.S., you can order one from the Debenhams website.

Disclaimer: This post was a collaboration with Wowstuff.co.uk. All opinions are 100% my own.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Star Wars ComLINKS: Favorite Score

Star Wars ComLINKS | Anakin and His Angel

Welcome to the twenty-third Star Wars ComLINKS! This the very first monthly link up centered around a galaxy far, far away. The purpose of this link up is to inspire fans to write/talk about various topics (which are assigned each month) pertaining to our favorite fandom. Each link up will take place on the second Wednesday of every month. You will be able to share a link to your Website, Blog, YouTube, Podcast, etc. on a special widget here on AAHA and also view other posts from fans!

The Topic for October is "Favorite Score" and begins today through November 1st!

There's nothing like Star Wars music, am I right? It's emotional, memorable and in so many ways relatable. With a myriad of scores to choose from it may be hard to pinpoint a favorite but that is what ComLINKS is all about - challenges! What makes your favorite piece so special? What does it make you think of? Is the score you chose one you can listen to over and over again without every getting tired of? These are just a few prompts to help you get started. Prepare your entry and check the home page of AAHA on October 18th for the linkup where you can add the link to your post.

GUIDELINES

1) Your Website, Blog, YouTube, Podcast, etc. does NOT have to be SW related.
2) Your entry must be family-friendly.
3) Please include a link to (or mention) "Star Wars ComLINKS" in your entry and don't forget to use the hashtag #starwarscomlinks when applicable!







Star Wars wouldn't be quite the same without the intricately written and produced scores from talented composers John Williams, Kevin Kiner and Michael Giacchino. You are probably aware that George Lucas has said Attack of the Clones wouldn't work without the music but in all honesty would any of the films flow the way they do without it? The scores are like the cherry on top bringing the most heart-rendering scenes and intense action sequences together in such a way that makes us feel the emotions of the moment and the attachment to the characters. In my eyes, the music completes these stories we love and gives the characters a little something more to recognize them by.

I thought about the delicate beauty that is Across the Stars, the rush I feel whenever I hear Duel of the Fates, or the emotional hope I experience when playing Rey's Theme slightly louder than anything else I listen to while driving. With so many iconic tracks, it's hard to choose just one but as I continued to go through each one in my head I couldn't help but be reminded of the power behind The Imperial March and how much I feel myself light up whenever I hear it playing.


Star Wars ComLINKS | Anakin and His Angel

It's a theme we hear throughout the entire saga, even in the critically acclaimed cartoon series Star Wars Rebels and yes, The Clone Wars too! I think most people are reminded of Darth Vader whenever the Imperial March plays but sometimes it represents others with an Imperial nature like the foul-stenched man himself, Grand Moff Tarkin. The screenshot above is an epic shot of Tarkin arriving on Lothal to confront Minister Maketh Tua and Agent Kallus on their failures and it is most definitely menacing. He represents the Imperials in a very eloquent manner that commands respect.


Star Wars ComLINKS | Anakin and His Angel

The Imperial March illustrates power and darkness. It is usually played quite boldly like in this scene in The Empire Strikes Back. It's the first time the theme is played in this film and we see several Star Destroyers, TIE Fighters, and the Devastator present followed by a quick shot of the back of Darth Vader's helmet. Agressive much? This is what I love most about the theme - it's simple but most definitely looming. When you hear it, you know that you don't mess with who or what is about to present themselves.


Star Wars ComLINKS | Anakin and His Angel

At the end of Attack of the Clones we hear this theme played with more of a mellow vibe and though you most certainly feel the darkness, there is a sorrow there when we see the expression on Senator Bail Organa's face as he stands next to the Emperor himself while peering out at the new Clone Army. The war has begun. Times grow dark and even if you're a Dark Side enthusiast, you can't help but feel concerned for what's about to transpire.

I'm curious to know, what is your favorite score from Star Wars? I would love for you to participate in this link-up but if you won't have time, please let me know in a comment below.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Style Wars: Endor Bound

Style Wars: Endor Bound | Anakin and His Angel

Style Wars is an original quarterly series that is a combination of both Jenmarie and Savanna's two favorite passions - Star Wars and fashion. Together they will be styling Star Wars outfits based off of the same fashion piece. Their mission for this fashion series is to show off how different fangirls envision outfitting Star Wars clothes in their own unique way. Instead of comparing who wore it best, they want to celebrate the different ways Star Wars pieces can be worn.


Style Wars: Style Wars: Endor Girls | Anakin and His Angel
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There are many things that Savanna and I see eye to eye on and one of those things is comfort. This Her Universe t-shirt featuring our favorite little Ewok is so soft you'd think you're wearing a night shirt if it wasn't for the lovely emerald green trim that gives the top a polished look. Ashley Eckstein, the creator of the brand made especially for geeky females, provides fans with the best Star Wars fashion that is eye catching and easy to wear! Though some fans may be bothered by the fact that the shirt reads "Nub Nub!" instead of "Yub Nub!" it's still super cute and if you want, you can hide the text by wearing it tucked into a skirt or even a pair of high wasted jeans like Savanna did. The shirt is currently available to purchase on sale for $19.92.

Be sure to visit Savanna's blog, The Dorky Diva, to see even more photos from our shoot and learn more about what she wore!


Style Wars: Endor Bound | Anakin and His Angel
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If you didn't already know, once Savanna and I choose an item that we want to style neither of us tell each other what we're wearing until the day of the shoot which makes it extra fun for us. Even though we both went for more of an everyday look we still styled the shirt very differently and that is what we love about this series - showing you how even two people who have similar tastes can wear the same thing completely different. We hope it inspires you!


Style Wars: Endor Bound | Anakin and His Angel
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Style Wars: Endor Bound | Anakin and His Angel
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Style Wars: Endor Bound | Anakin and His Angel
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Style Wars: Endor Bound | Anakin and His Angel
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Style Wars: Endor Bound | Anakin and His Angel
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Style Wars: Endor Bound | Anakin and His Angel
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WHAT I WORE

Wicket T-shirt: Her Universe
Super Stretch Jegging: American Eagle
Vee K Shawn Shoes: Sanuk
Choker: Hot Topic
Bracelets: Alex & Ani
Backpack: Loungefly

We thought it would be fitting to take our photos at Disneyland right near the entrance of Star Wars Land because in Savanna's words, "It looks wilderness-e". As cheesy at it may sound my inspiration behind this outfit was "A Day at Disneyland". I went for casual and comfortable by pairing my shirt with stretchy jeggings and shoes made of canvas and yoga mat. Both of these are new purchases that I'm really happy with. The jeans at American Eagle come in short which is the perfect length on me. As for the shoes, I love that the upper is made of fabric so that nothing digs into my feet. I'm still in the process of breaking them in but so far, so good! My accessories included a denim choker, my growing stack of Alex and Ani bracelets and the backpack that I can't stop wearing featuring baby Star Wars characters. I've been wearing chokers non stop lately and even though my top is a ringer tee I liked the double striped look and felt it added a little extra femininity to my outfit. The great thing is, I totally see myself wearing exactly this while roaming around Endor. It's such a beautiful place full of several fuzzy friends to make.

Please let Savanna and I both know what you think of our outfits in a comment below or on Twitter and stay tuned for our next Style Wars which will go up in January! In the mean time, remember to check or blogs regularly as we will continue to provide our own style-centered posts as well.

As always, I will share "Outfit Outtakes" from time to time on my social media pages and exclusive photos on my Patreon page. Be on the look out!

Special Thanks: To Danielle for taking the photos of us posed together and to Sloane and her cousin Presley for jumping in on our shoot. They were the cutest little Ewoks so we had to take a photo with them! And to my creative mom for the "Endor Bound" title of this post.

Monday, October 9, 2017

The Last Jedi Trailer (Reaction Video)

The Last Jedi Trailer (Reaction Video) | Anakin And His Angel(The gorgeous theatrical poster that was revealed just before the trailer!)

Typically I watch the first two Star Wars trailers and refrain from watching any others along with the TV spots. But I was slightly concerned about watching the second trailer for The Last Jedi considering the fact that the first trailer which was named the "Teaser" wasn't anything like the usual teasers. As you know, it was over two minutes long which is a very unusual length for a teaser. However, as you can see from the title of this video I DID end up watching it and oh-my-gosh. No, really. That's all I can manage to say right now. You can see my reaction video below but please be sure to watch the actual trailer first if you haven't seen it yet.



What did you think of the trailer? Tweet me or leave a comment below!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

My Black Series Rebels Experience

My Black Series Rebels Experience

As some of you may know I was recently asked to be a guest on the new Star Wars Talk Show, Black Series Rebels. When I first opened my email with the invitation I was honestly shocked and suddenly felt a surge of excitement rush over me. I knew I wanted to do it but the scheduling arrangements didn't quite work on my end. I let the hosts, who are now good friends of mine, Alex and Steve know about the situation and they were happy to work things out so I could make it on their show. From the beginning they were extremely friendly, accommodating and continued to go the the extra mile in everything that they did for me leading up to the day of recording.


My Black Series Rebels Experience

My friend Savanna and I happened to be scheduled on the same day so we carpooled together and didn't stop talking the entire drive there. It's still mind blowing to me that we met online and have been able to hang out in real life and work on our project Style Wars together! Anyhow, when we arrived we were warmly greeted and were provided with drinks (they even took our Starbucks orders!) and snacks prior to filming. We chatted for a bit as if we were old friends catching up. This is why I love the Star Wars community - everyone is like one big family! Alex, Steve, and their Director Cisco then went over a summary of what to expect during the interview and made sure that we had everything we needed and that we felt comfortable enough to begin. Their level of professionalism didn't go unnoticed and was a quality that both Savanna and I truly appreciated. It was in that moment that I revealed to them that I have anxiety and how much their efforts in making me feel like an honored guest was really reassuring. I told them flat out that had they asked me a year ago I might have declined their request out of fear.


My Black Series Rebels Experience

Throughout the entire process up to being asked to sit in the chair in their remarkable DIY studio I felt mostly feelings of anticipation. There were definitely some moments of nervousness prior to arriving. I worried about not being able to answer questions thoroughly or becoming so anxious that you'd clearly be able to see it on my face or hear it in my voice. But these worries were all very minuscule compared to the excitement I had to be part of the show. I was with one of my best friends, hanging out with new friends in the Force, and was there to talk about one of my greatest passions - Star Wars! How could I not be thrilled?

The recording started and I felt wonderful and confident all the way through. I was content with my answers and had such a fun time sharing and also learning more about Alex and Steve's Star Wars preferences. It was a fantastic experience and one I am proud that I said "yes" to. I hope that the more I choose to try new things the easier my fears of the unknown and lack of confidence in myself may diminish. 2017 has been the year for me where I've really stepped out of my comfort zone and trusted in someone bigger than myself to try new things. I've kicked anxiety in the behind lately and it feels good! If you're interested, I wrote about some of the new experiences I've had this year and what the process was like on my other blog.


My Black Series Rebels Experience

We left the studio on a high and with some special goodies they gifted us with from their Shop. It's no wonder that they take pride in their work because let me tell you, their merchandise is unique and made of the highest quality! All of the proceeds from their Star Wars merchandise go towards helping them make their show a reality including paying for their studio each month. They are widely known for their collectible Action Pins that are inspired by the original Star Wars Kenner action figures. They release two character pins each month and they sell out faster than I have seen any other fan-made pins sell!

So here's the thing, I highly recommend that you follow them on YouTube and watch their show every Sunday. Not only are they fun to watch but they are also very honest Star Wars Fans who share their opinions openly no matter what anyone else may think (please note that the episodes contain some adult language and may not be appropriate for younger audiences). They discuss the latest news, review toys, interview incredible guests and host lots of giveaways. And for everything in between including details about their latest merch, you should follow them on Instagram and Twitter too!

Below you'll find the episode that I got to be a part of. My segment starts at 46:00.



Alex, Steve, and Cisco, thank you again for this incredible opportunity! MTFBWY!