Monday, October 12, 2015

The Fangirl Awakens

The Fangirl Awakens - My Star Wars Story | Anakin And His Angel
(1993 Star Wars Bend-Ems Figures)

The earliest memory I have of Star Wars is when my parents showed my siblings and I scenes from A New Hope and being completely mesmerized by it. I was eleven years old when they took me to see A New Hope for the first time in theaters in 1997. It was unlike anything I had seen before. I loved the story, the costumes, the music, and I pretty much left the theater in love with Han Solo. My dad even remembers me as a teenager saying, "I married Harrison Ford in my dream!" That was probably due to my reversible Star Wars pillows that had different characters on each side including the smuggler himself.

My Star Wars collection began immediately after seeing the films. One of the first toys I remember having was my Princess Leia and Chewbacca bendable figures. Can you tell they were well loved? KB Toys was a popular stop for my brothers and I. We collected many of the action figures and accessories. They liked to throw their figures around in battle while most of mine were kept in the box. To this day I'm still annoyed at how buff some of the figures were. Especially Leia. Good grief!

The Fangirl Awakens - My Star Wars Story | Anakin And His Angel
(Myself and one of my many beloved plushies)

By the time The Phantom Menace hit theaters in 1999 I was thirteen and loved the film just as much as the originals. I remember seeing it multiple times on the big screen. I couldn't get enough of it! The N64 game, Star Wars Episode I Racer, was my favorite video game to play and I loved being able to feel like I was actually podracing in the Boonta Eve Classic race from the movie. Of course, I was also very intrigued by the relationship between Anakin and Padme and was extremely anxious to find out what happened next!

It was between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones that I became a more serious collector. I could no longer keep my collection of random Star Wars items on my dresser and had to put up shelves and make room for everything else. I even hung up my trading cards on the wall. ON THE WALL. I had Queen Amidala and Anakin pillows, a life sized R2-D2 cooler, a Han Solo in Carbonite beach towel, plushies, various figurines, and many posters and random magazine spreads featuring Hayden and Natalie hanging up as well. All my friends and family loved my room because it was literally all Star Wars.

The Fangirl Awakens - My Star Wars Story | Anakin And His Angel
(The first photo of my husband and I in line for Attack of the Clones)

I was sixteen when Attack of the Clones was released in 2002. I wore a Jedi robe my mom made me and attended a midnight showing. I also happened to meet my husband there. He was dressed as a Sith and I approached him asking him if I could take a photo for my website (the history of Anakin And His Angel will later be added to the About page along with this Star Wars story). We talked all things Star Wars and exchanged email addresses at the end of the night. We wrote each other nearly every day until we finally met up again in 2005 for Revenge of the Sith at another midnight showing.

My experience seeing ROTS was more much impactful considering I knew everything that was going to happen in AOTC. Believe it or not, I was a complete spoiler junkie back then. After seeing AOTC it made me realize that I wanted to approach the final Prequel film in a different way. I knew the basics, but that was all, and my goodness what a difference it made! I loved the movie and sat in my seat long after the credits finished in tears. I knew Anakin's fall would be difficult to watch but I didn't expect it to happen the way it did.

Unfortunately after ROTS, things died down and there wasn't a whole lot to look forward to for fans. But 2008 was the start of amazing events, including our wedding where we were announced as husband and wife to the Throne Room music at the end of A New Hope. Yes, it was epic! And as you know, The Clone Wars series kicked off with the official movie in theaters the same year. What an absolute treat that and the rest of the six seasons were! I really appreciated being able to explore stories from characters who had smaller roles in the films. I also never expected that one of my favorite characters from Star Wars, Ahsoka Tano, would have originated from a cartoon! Speaking of which, Her Universe also launched in 2013 which was, needless to say, a huge deal. Finally I had something to wear to represent my favorite movies besides boxy tees! Then in 2014 Star Wars Rebels aired and I fell in love all over again. The future of Star Wars was beginning to look bright...

The Fangirl Awakens - My Star Wars Story | Anakin And His Angel
(My husband and I at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim)

With the announcement of The Force Awakens I was at first completely annoyed. The Star Wars story was perfect as it was and I didn't want it to be ruined. But I didn't realize at that time how everything was about to change and that us fans were going to be getting an incredible amount of content to enjoy from across the entire spectrum of Star Wars lore. As time went on and more information unfolded about the film, the idea grew on me. J. J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy began to change my mind and that first teaser trailer really gave me hope. Star Wars Celebration Anaheim also had a huge part in bringing out the crazy passionate Star Wars fan inside of me. I was up at a ridiculous hour the morning of (which is so not my thing) and I remember how shocked my husband looked as I jumped up and down saying, "It's Star Wars Day, It's Star Wars Day!". My devotion and love for Star Wars remained the same throughout the years but part of my inner fangirl was dormant. But the second trailer changed that. It awakened the fangirl within me. I smiled and laughed from complete exhilaration and cried some serious emotional tears during that trailer. It WAS Star Wars and I knew that everything was going to be ok. It's so funny to look back now and think about how turned off I was about the idea of more movies being made. But this was exactly what I and I'm sure many other fans were unknowingly needing in our lives. More Star Wars.

If you got this far, I commend you! Thanks for reading my Star Wars story!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Star Wars OOTD: Visions of Ahsoka

What I Wore

Top: Her Universe
Skirt: H&M
Born Wedges: Nordstrom
Link Necklace: Brighton Collectibles
Stevie Bag: Brighton Collectibles

I've had my eye on this Visions of Ahoska shirt from Her Universe for a long time and thought that Ashley Eckstein's (founder of Her Universe) recent Birthday celebration would be the perfect time to finally purchase it! There were only two sizes available, Small and XXL, and although I knew I'd need an X-Small I decided on the Small since I was unsure of whether or not these would be re-stocked. The thought of not owning it made me stress! The shirt is long and big on me but fits like a loose tee would so it doesn't look silly by any means (I'm 5'3" and about 105 pounds for reference). And in case you were wondering, the quality of the shirt is impeccable! It's too bad there aren't more shirts this comfortable and with amazing prints that won't diminish after normal every dear wear and washing. Overall I am more than happy with my purchase! Ashley is an incredible fan girl who truly cares about us and knows just the type of things we want to wear. If you haven't been to her website, you definitely should!

I decided to style my Vader/Ahoska shirt like most of my day-to-day-outfits, feminine with a touch of the dark side (or "edgy" as most would call it). I found this to be most achievable by tucking the shirt into a flared and quite girly skirt along with tough accents. I wanted the focal point of my outfit to be the shirt so I opted for minimal accessories. I double wrapped a chain necklace around my neck, sported some chunky wedges, wore my favorite black tote, and topped it off with a green and red light saber. Ultimately, I always choose good over evil but I can't help but like the dark side sometimes. I'm sure most of you can relate, right?

I hope this has helped to inspire you to put together some of your own unique Star Wars outfits!

Have you heard? On October 14th we're talking about our favorite ships/vehicles for the next Star Wars ComLINKS. Be sure to check out the link to see how to participate!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

BB-8 at Disneyland Interview

BB-8 at Disneyland Interview | Anakin And His Angel

I've been a follower of Doug Williams' Instagram account, All Those Wonderful Toys, since the very beginning. He photographs some of the most colorfully creative photos of Funko Pops, Tsum Tsums, Dorbz, and other collectibles. You'll find yourself checking your Instagram much more often awaiting for his newest post! But wait, it gets better! Recently Doug began a separate account dedicated to a little Funko Pop droid who has already captured many of our hearts. If you guessed BB-8, than you are correct! BB-8 at Disneyland is quite possibly the cutest Instagram there is and has gained over 700 followers in just a three weeks! I was not sold on the BB-8 Pop until I discovered how adorable he really was outside of the box through Doug's photos. So today, I am happy to bring you a special interview with the man behind the camera, Doug Williams!

What made you decide to start the BB-8 at Disneyland Instagram?

I had seen the other accounts with stuffed animals and Tsum Tsums and thought it was a cool idea. I have been taking pictures of Vinylmation at Disneyland for a few years and recently other types of toys by Funko, Hallmark, and Vinyl Sugar. I just never committed to one in all the shots and thought it would be a fun challenge. I decided on BB-8 because, A) He is a hot toy right now. B) I thought because of his size and how he would travel in parks, those shots would be fun. C) I'm a Star Wars fan along with my two boys and wanted them to be interested in the photos as well.

Did you expect it to be as popular as it is?

I guess we are getting popular (some of the toy accounts have thousands of followers). I'm grateful to break 500. I hoped to be popular, I amassed a large amount of followers at my toy photo Instagram, All Those Wonderful Toys, but I wanted something more interactive. Honestly I wanted to do something I hadn't seen much of which is take the genre of your adventures at a Disney park and combine it with high quality photography. I occasionally think I get a shot that combines those two things and hope that leads to a larger fan base who will enjoy the photos.

Do you do photography for a living?

I'm actually a web and graphic designer but love photography. I occasionally do weddings, engagement photos, etc. for friends and family and those are fun. Certainly a different ball game when your subjects can move and pose themselves!

BB-8 at Disneyland Interview | Anakin And His Angel

What camera do you use for your photos?

I use a Canon 60D for my photos, switching out lenses to best fit the shots (such as low light or close ups).

When did you begin collecting Funko Pops?

I collected Vinylmation for years, back to Park 3 series. Just this last year I really got into Funko. The licensing brands and the variety just really got to me. I decided mystery boxes were fun but it was time to change focus a little.

Besides BB-8, what other characters are you looking forward to seeing in action in TFA?

I'm for sure looking forward to seeing what surprises the movie will have as far as characters. We know so little now it's hard to say but I'm looking forward to the new head bad guys and of course the Original Trilogy crew!

BB-8 at Disneyland Interview | Anakin And His Angel

Do you have any other projects planned in the near the future?

We will just keep plugging away with BB-8 and other toys. Often times we only make it to Disneyland once every week or two so we try to get as many photos as we can and spread out the love.

Where else can we find you online?

Twitter - @thosewonderful

We created a website but haven't had time to update it much.
It can be found at:

Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions, Doug! And for those of you reading, be sure to check out both of his Instagram accounts!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

New Star Wars Quote Digital Prints on Etsy

New Star Wars Quote Digital Prints on Etsy | Anakin And His Angel

New Star Wars Quote Digital Prints on Etsy | Anakin And His Angel

New Star Wars Quote Digital Prints on Etsy | Anakin And His Angel

I finally got around to getting more of my ideas made into digital prints and added them to my Etsy shop. These three new Star Wars 5x7 digital prints are only $1.99 each and will absolutely make your home or office space look extra cool.

This particular print is available for a custom order at no additional cost. Message me with the Quote/Character along with one of the current available symbols: Rebel Alliance, Galactic Empire, Jedi, Sith. You can put in your order here.

I wanted to challenge myself to make Star Wars art that didn't quite look like Star Wars (other than the artistically placed symbols of course) but rather like something you'd find in your favorite home department.

I hope you enjoy these, and please let me know what you think in a comment below or on Twitter!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Rumor: Hayden Christensen Returning for Star Wars: Episode VIII?

One thing I need to make quite clear before talking about Hayden Christensen's possible return to Star Wars is that I really, really dislike rumors. It's not often you'll find me talking about them on here, and when I do, I make it quite clear that it is indeed a rumor. One of my pet peeve's is people taking them literally and going around sharing them as "facts". A lot of times rumors are so obviously fake that I wonder if there are people out there who have nothing better to do than make this stuff up and see who rolls with it. With that said, even though I really dislike rumors, some of them actually do get me excited and/or hopeful.

My husband and I had a conversation recently about how incredible it would be to see Darth Vader in his prime. We even discussed the possibility of an Obi-Wan Star Wars Story (previously referred to as an Anthology film) where he and Vader cross paths. Yes, we're aware the dialogue when they meet in A New Hope might not work if that were the case, but what if they met before and it was early enough for it all to coincide? Anyhow, enough with my ideas and theories and on to this rumor that I find particularly interesting... was told that, "A team in the U.K. are soon heading to the U.S. to begin training Hayden Christensen for a Star Wars: Episode VIII appearance of some sort."

Jason Word ( comments by saying, "I have a hard time thinking they would need Christensen to train for Star Wars if he’s simply a ghost. He is still physically fit. To me the rumor almost points towards some resurrection of Darth Vader story idea or perhaps a flashback? It makes it all hard to imagine. It also seems to be very different from the anti-prequel marketing going on for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I suppose Star Wars: The Force Awakens could be a confidence builder which could in turn allow them to bring back prequel era actors when appropriate to their story and not have too many older fans jump ship.".

If this rumor is true, I definitely believe it would be training for combat in Vader's suit. Anyone can stand there and be a force ghost. Having not seen The Force Awakens yet it's difficult to imagine what a Darth Vader flashback scene would like like. The first thought that comes to mind is Vader hunting and destroying the Jedi. No matter if you're on the light or dark side of things, I think everyone could agree that they would love to see Vader in action. We've never seen it! I suspect Rebels will give us a taste of that but it's definitely not the same thing.

What do you think about this rumor? Would you like it to be true? Why or why not?

Be sure to head on over to for more rumors on a possible Vader appearance in Rogue One (possible spoilers).

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