Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Last Jedi Teaser Trailer Reaction Video

The Last Jedi Teaser Trailer Reaction Video | Anakin and His Angel(The jaw-droppingly amazing official poster for The Last Jedi.)

I wasn't at Star Wars Celebration Orlando over the weekend but thanks to the live stream, there were many times when I felt like I was. It was nice being able to enjoy the panels I had on my list to watch in the comfort of my own bed though nothing can compare to experiencing a Star Wars panel with your husband and thousands of fans all in the same room. But even still I woke up earlier than usual for The Last Jedi panel. I was so excited that I couldn't sleep, much like my ten-year-old self on Christmas morning. Your body just knows.

The panel was such an emotional delight and there were many moments of ear-to-ear grinning, gasps from the photos (including the poster above!) they shared throughout, and even teary-eyedness when Daisy Ridley walked out on stage. I wasn't very familiar with Rian Johnson beforehand so to see his passion for Star Wars and kindness towards the fans was just very reassuring, especially after watching the teaser trailer. It left me with goosebumps on my arms for just as long as The Force Awakens trailer did if not longer. It looks absolutely exquisite and quite honestly like the perfect continuation to this new trilogy. I will be discussing in further detail my thoughts on the trailer on Force Cult this week (look for it on April 23rd) but in the mean time, you can watch my reaction to the trailer below.



What do you think of The Last Jedi poster and trailer?

Thursday, April 13, 2017

SWCO Funko Exclusives & Where to Buy Them

Today is the day the madness of acquiring one of the Star Wars Celebration Orlando Exclusive Funko Pops and other collectibles begins. That is, if you're in line at the event. Luckily for those not attending the figures and plushie set happen to be what we call "Shared Exclusives" meaning each of them is designated a retail store/website at which you can purchase them. Sure, you might find that some of these items are already sold out when going to buy them online or in store but that doesn't mean they won't be re-stocked. So be sure to save the links below to the ones your heart desires most! You also might want to call your local stores ahead of time inquiring about the quantity of product they have before you make a trip. Please also note when viewing them online that some of these will not be available in stores.


SWCO Funko Pop Exclusives & Where to Buy Them | Anakin and His Angel

PRINCESS LEIA HOTH
Box Lunch - $15.00

LUKE SKYWALKER HOOD
Gamestop - $11.99

GRAND ADMIRAL THRAWN
Toys R Us - $14.99

442ND CLONE TROOPER
FYE - $14.99 | Member price: $13.49
*Currently out of stock.

GREEDO MINI HIKARI - GREEN & GOLD
Boxlunch - $30.90

GREEDO MINI HIKARI - BLUE & GOLD
Boxlunch - $30.90

JABBA & SALACIOUS GALACTIC PLUSHIES
Amazon - $20.00
*Pre-order. Available 4/20

SWCO Funko Pop Exclusives & Where to Buy Them | Anakin and His Angel

REY WITH SPEEDER
Walmart - $39.98
*Currently out of stock. Use "Get in-stock alert".

GARINDAN
Walgreens - $14.99

HAN SOLO
Hot Topic - $15.00

QUI-GON JINN
No link to order currently available (Target)

CHOPPER
Hot Topic - $15.00

BOBA FETT WOBBLER
No link to order currently available (HMV)


Which of these are on your "must have" lists? Let me know if you have any questions and good luck hunting!

Special thanks to my amazing Funko group for helping me gather these links!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Style Wars: Scarif Scarf

Style Wars: Scarif Scarf | Anakin and His Angel

I am absolutely thrilled to launch Style Wars today along with my sweet friend Savanna of The Dorky Diva! Savanna is a huge fan of Star Wars and showcases her fandom on her blog through unique and engaging content on her posts and her very own monthly podcast.

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: Scarif Scarf | Anakin and His Angel
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For the first installment of Style Wars, Savanna and I decided on a Rogue One scarf by Loungefly that we found at Hot Topic for just under $12, and it's still available to purchase if you feel you need it in your life as well. It's covered with Imperial symbols and silhouettes of ships and Death Troopers!

To see more photos of the brilliant way Savanna styled her outfit along with details about what else she wore, be sure to check out her post here!


Style Wars: Scarif Scarf | Anakin and His Angel
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Style Wars: Scarif Scarf | Anakin and His Angel
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Style Wars: Scarif Scarf | Anakin and His Angel
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Style Wars: Scarif Scarf | Anakin and His Angel
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Style Wars: Scarif Scarf | Anakin and His Angel
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Style Wars: Scarif Scarf | Anakin and His Angel
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WHAT I WORE:
Rogue One Scarf: Hot Topic
Death Star Midi Ring: Love and Madness
Grey Layering Tank: Target
Black Top: H&M
Leggings: Nordstrom Rack
Franco Sarto Sandals: Macy's
Grey Headband: Target
Death Trooper Nissan Keychain: Gifted
K-2SO Pin: Smuggler's Bounty
MTFBWY Tote: Gifted
Death Star Plushie: Think Geek

When transitioning into Spring, I don't stop thinking about layers. Light layers, to be more specific. I'm a lady who often gets cold and will even carry a cardigan in my bag during warmer weather. So wearing scarves throughout the year isn't unusual for me at all. I styled my outfit around this scarf with a day of comfortable shopping in mind. But comfortable doesn't have to mean entirely simple. I like my accessories! That's where the headband and Death Star Midi ring came in. Additions like these add more character to any outfit. I even dressed up my "May the Force be with you" tote bag with a K-2SO pin I got from the Rogue One Smuggler's Bounty box and an awesome Death Trooper keychain. Combined with the lightweight scarf, I have a completed ensemble that feels and looks great!

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 July! 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.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Star Wars Celebration Orlando: Itty Bittys

With Star Wars Celebration just two weeks away I thought I would highlight one of the cutest exclusive collectibles that will be made available to attendees each day on April 13th-16th, Hallmark's Itty Bitty plushies!


Star Wars Celebration Orlando: Itty Bittys

Star Wars Celebration Orlando: Itty Bittys

Star Wars Celebration Orlando: Itty Bittys

All three plushies were designed to reflect the original Star Wars action figures, perfect for the 40th anniversary of A New Hope! The Hammerhead (so chubby!) and Red Snaggletooth Itty Bittys are packed in a blister card with only 3,000 made meaning 750 will be allowed to be sold each day. The Blue Snaggletooth is not carded and there are only 1,000 of this Itty Bitty created meaning there will be a sales limit of 250 per day. Yikes!

If you're a collector of these four inch plushies, I'd highly recommend adding the Hallmark booth (#2928) to your list of priorities as these little guys will sell out fast! Sadly, many people will purchase these and sell them for hundreds on ebay, so act fast! Normally Itty Bittys are just under $7 each, but at the convention I expect that they will be higher in price.

But wait, that's not all!

Star Wars Celebration Orlando: Itty Bittys Star Wars Celebration Orlando: Itty Bittys

"There will also be a limited number of Hallmark Gold Crown store products made available for purchase at the onsite PopMinded pop-up store. One of those items is a Star Wars Rebels Ahsoka Tano Ittty Bitty that is only available on Hallmark.com, will be offered during a signing with the voice of Ahsoka, Ashley Eckstein."

Notice, Hallmark's statement above says "One of those items", meaning I think it's possible that the '77 Action Figure Greedo that is listed as a PopMinded exclusive (same booth, #2928) in the 2017 Itty Bitty wish list *could be* another item featured there.

It has also been my theory that the Ahsoka Tano Itty Bitty would be available exclusively on the Hallmark website on Star Wars Day, May 4th, since it does have a May release but fans who are attending a signing with Ashley Eckstein will be ecstatic to get it early!

For more Star Wars Itty Bittys being released this year, check out this post. And to learn more about what else Hallmark will be offering at their Booth, click here.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith Tsum Tsum Official Release Date


Our desire for a full collection of Prequel Star Wars Tsum Tsums have somewhat been met with the final series, Revenge of the Sith, being released on April 4th in Disney Stores and on the Disney Store website. I say "mostly" because this collection happens to feature only four characters: Anakin (or should I say Vader?), Obi-Wan, General Grievous, and a Clone Trooper. The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones collections each had seven plushie characters, so it seems odd that the final collection got cut short three characters. I believe Padme Amidala should have been included considering that she is a vital part of the story. It also would've been nice to see Bail Organa and Tion Medon, or even the Emperor. Sure, Palpatine was just released in the Death Star collection last month, but he could have been re-created in his maroon robes we see him wear during his speech to the Senate about the "attempt on his life". As you can see, there was definitely room for more of our favorite characters.

Complaints aside, I think the characters they did create for this series look incredible! I love the scar on Anakin's face and I still can't get over the fact that we get a Grievous plushie. Who ever thought that would happen?

What do you think of this collection? What other characters would you like to have seen added?

Friday, March 17, 2017

Smuggler's Bounty: Rebels Unboxing

This month's Smuggler's Bounty box, the only Official Star Wars subscription box by Funko, arrived on my doorstep just as I was typing on Twitter, "I'm a literal child when it comes to waiting for my Smuggler's Bounty box.". Talk about perfect timing! The theme of the box is Star Wars Rebels which everyone has been super excited about. The box includes two exclusive Funko Pops, an additional figurine that comes in five different colors, as well as three other collectibles. My husband and I really enjoyed the contents of this box. You can watch our unboxing video below!




Smuggler's Bounty costs $25 for each box (not including taxes, shipping, and handling) and is shipped out every other month. The next box will be released in May and is A New Hope themed in honor of its 40th anniversary!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Star Wars ComLINKS: Most Emotional Scene


Welcome to the eighteenth Star Wars ComLINKS! Star Wars ComLINKS is 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 March is "Most Emotional Scene" and begins today through March 22nd!

Male, female, young, or old, the Star Wars films have impacted us all. We've cried, we've sat in awe, and we've laughed hysterically because the moment we had been waiting for finally came to life! Which scene from the saga was the most emotional for you and why? What was your reaction? Did you cry, laugh, or could you simply not speak? What meaning did it have for you? 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: Most Emotional Scene | Anakin and His Angel

There are several scenes in the Star Wars films that I find to be emotional in different ways. For example: The celebration at the end of Return of the Jedi makes my heart feel so warm I could burst. It has always been my favorite ending scene particularly because of the joy expressed through everyone across the galaxy and the music which so perfectly reflects that joy. I also can't forget Han and Kylo's moment in The Force Awakens. I cried so hard the first time I saw it that I didn't even see Chewbacca fire at Kylo Ren so I didn't understand why he was bleeding during his lightsaber battle with Finn and Rey. Confusion much? But the scene that takes the lead is when Anakin leaves his home on Tatooine and says goodbye to his mom in The Phantom Menace.

I have never not felt this huge rush of sorrow or experienced dry eyes when I've watched this scene. There's something about the bond between Anakin and Shmi that is so special it makes it heart breaking to watch. On top of that, Anakin becomes one step closer to falling to the dark side as he begins a new journey without her.

I don't believe it hit Anakin that he was going to leave his life behind including the most important thing to him, his mom, until this very moment. His expression changes as he excitingly follows his new Master's footsteps and stops to take a look back at his mom and then runs to her exclaiming, "I can't do it mom, I just can't do it". Shmi does her best to keep herself together for her only son, giving him hope that they will see each other again. She then does probably the hardest thing any mother could ever do. Everything in her wants to keep him home but she puts her desires aside by placing her son's life and his best chance first. She tells him, "Now, be brave and don't look back. Don't look back". The faith she had in Anakin to succeed as she always knew he would was what ultimately pulled her through this difficult transition in entrusting him to the care and instruction of Qui-Gon, a man she had barely just met. Though painful, she knew it was meant to be. The force willed it!

We see how much Anakin's mom meant to him throughout the film several times. He thinks about her while traveling back to Coruscant, and even during a test with the Jedi Council. Yoda immediately recognizes that he misses Shmi and is afraid to lose her, which is a red flag for the Jedi lifestyle. Anakin knew this but devotion to the ones he loved most was in his veins and we see this commitment and the way it effects him with other people later on including Ahsoka and Padme. He was put to the test as soon as he left Tatooine and continues to go through trial after trial until it finally engulfs him.

These are the thoughts that run through my mind while watching this scene. The tragicness of his life flashes before my eyes and it's so overwhelming, I can't help but cry.

What do you think about this scene? What other scenes do you find emotional?

Friday, March 3, 2017

Star Wars OOTD: Scavenger Scum

Star Wars OOTD: Scavenger Scum
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Star Wars OOTD: Scavenger Scum
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Star Wars OOTD: Scavenger Scum
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Star Wars OOTD: Scavenger Scum
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Star Wars OOTD: Scavenger Scum
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WHAT I WORE

Scavenger Scum T-shirt: Fett & Co.
Vigoss Jeans: Nordstrom Rack
Ankle Boots: Forever 21 (Similar)
Lace Headband: Forever 21 (Similar)
Choker: Pac Sun
Alex & Ani Bracelets: Disney Store
Satchel Bag: OUFI London

Fett & Co. is a Disney and Star Wars inspired clothing line that opened in the Summer of 2016. The shop owner, Brittany, is a bubbly individual who is truly passionate about creating unique and exciting designs that every geek wants and needs in their life. My Scavenger Scum t-shirt arrived safely wrapped and packaged with flair. It is exactly what I expected it to be after viewing it on the website and hearing all the amazing things about the fit and comfort of the products. Though the shop is currently closed, it will be opening again soon and with some brand new Beauty and the Beast designs! The best way to get shop updates and to see what's coming is to follow the Fett & Co. account on Instagram, so give them a follow!

Obviously while wearing this t-shirt I was feeling very Rey-ish, so I stuck with a sand and cream colored scheme to pay a nod do the desert sands of Jakku which I feel also compliments the caramel shade of the t-shirt well. The basics of my accessories include a lace headband to add a bit of a feminine vibe, a simple choker, and my collection of Star Wars Alex and Ani bracelets (I can't tell you how often I wear these!) The ripped jeans and satchel add to the "Scavenger" factor well I think, and the ankle boots evened it out making for a polished look.

What do you think of this outfit? What other ways do you envision this t-shirt being styled?

For more of my Star Wars OOTD posts, click here, and for a chance to see more photos from this shoot check out my Patreon page!