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!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Podcasting With Anxiety

Podcasting With Anxiety | Anakin And His Angel

Near the end of 2015, I was asked a question I never thought I would be asked before, "Would you be a guest on our podcast?". I was suddenly filled with excitement but anxiety followed closely behind and my mind took me to an interesting place with many questions, some of which included: "What questions will they ask?", "How long will it be?", "What if I don't know what to say?", "What if people think I'm boring?", "What if I don't sound as intellectual as everyone else?". I really didn't know what to expect other than I'd be talking Star Wars with some new friends. And that was part of the issue...

If you're unfamiliar with anxiety, you should know that it is different for everyone. There are numerous triggers and symptoms that individuals experience and even when you do your very best to fight it using various natural methods or even medication, it can sometimes be very crippling. One of my triggers is the fear of the unknown. When I was asked to be a guest on the podcast it did sound fun to me, but I was extremely nervous and debated several times about whether I should back out or not (FYI, I did follow through with it!). To be completely honest, there was one time I backed out on the day of the recording because I felt I wasn't given the right materials to be prepared for what was to be discussed on the episode. That, combined with everything else that went on inside my head, influenced me to make that decision. I look back now and I still feel terrible about it because I know I let them down, but I also believe it was the right choice for me because I knew I couldn't do it considering the physical and mental state I was in.

However, that didn't stop me from saying "Yes!" when I was asked to make more guest appearances on other podcasts after that. I knew that I needed to go about it a different way and let the people I was working with know about my anxiety and that in order for me to succeed, I needed some idea of what the episode would look like to prepare myself for the recording. Though I think even if I didn't have anxiety, I would still appreciate a rundown of the episode considering what an organizational freak I am. Anyhow, talking about my anxiety has always been difficult but I also know that I can't expect anyone to try to understand me unless I inform them of how I feel and what is going on inside my head. If I had not discussed it with these other podcasters, then I would have set myself up for failure once again with no chance at all at feeling more at ease.

Fast-forward to a year and a half later and I'm now a Co-Host on the Star Wars podcast Force Cult. WHAT!? Although this week will only be my third time as a Co-Host, it's been an exciting new adventure! I have looked forward to each week as we are a podcast with a new show every Sunday on the MakingStarWars.net Podcast Network. Yes, each week I have experienced a little anxiety because this is still new for me. I worry I won't be good enough, that I'm not fully prepared, that I'll say something stupid, or draw a blank. But I have really been enjoying it and it also helps that I am working with three individuals who love Star Wars just as much as I do and are very kind and supportive. Though one or two of them might just be finding out about my anxiety by reading this post, I already know that they accept me 100% for who I am.

So, why am I sharing with you my journey in experiencing the podcasting world? Because sometimes when we think change can't happen, it can. I don't know what the future holds for me in this area of my life (as Master Yoda says, "Always in motion is the future.") but what I can say is that I'm proud of the choices that I have made that have led me here and even if things don't work out for me in the future, I CAN say that I did it and that by broadening my horizons, I felt accomplished and thrilled over the fact that I allowed myself a new experience.

If you're a newer reader here, please be sure to check out my first post where I opened up about anxiety, The Force Awakens & Anxiety.

On a different note, if you previously refrained from listening to Force Cult due to the vulgarity, you might be interested in knowing that the podcast now has a different vibe. Give it a chance! We are currently going through each of the films and coming together to discuss our thoughts starting with the Prequel films.

A HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS HELPED ME, SUPPORTED ME, AND BELIEVED IN ME! YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Padme Amidala Fashion by Elhoffer Design

Padme Amidala Fashion by Elhoffer Design

If you ever wished you could wear the spectacularness that is Padme Amidala's wardrobe, than look no further! Catherine Elhoffer, an LA based designer who loves all things geeky, has just launched two pre-orders for the very first Padme-inspired pieces from her Galactic Queen line. If you are familiar with Elhoffer's work, than you know everything she creates is nothing short of incredible.


Padme Amidala Fashion by Elhoffer Design

The Galactic Twilight Dolman ($55) is inspired by the robe Padme wore while on Naboo in Attack of the Clones. This versatile and ever so comfy looking piece will look darling with jeans, leggings, dresses, and everything else in between. The dolman is available in two sizes: XS-L and XL-3X. For the product description and more information on ordering, click here.


Padme Amidala Fashion by Elhoffer Design

The Galactic Picnic Cardigan ($50) is inspired by the Meadow Picnic Dress Padme wore while flirting with Anakin on Naboo in Attack of the Clones. The femininity and vintage vibe of this cardigan is so perfect and will be a great addition to your dressier Star Wars bits in your closet. It's available in sizes XS-3XL and also comes with tiny 3D hand-sewn printed flowers at an extra cost per your request. For the product description and more information on ordering, click here.

What do you think of Catherine's Galactic Queen line?

You can follow Catherine Elhoffer on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Star Wars ComLINKS: Princess Leia


Welcome to the seventeenth 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 February is "Princess Leia" and begins today through February 22nd!

She was and always will be everyone's favorite Princess. February is the month of love and what better way to celebrate than showcasing our love for Princess Leia? However you choose to remember her by is up to you, whether that be sharing your favorite Princess Leia scene, talking about the time you met Carrie Fisher, showcasing a cosplay or even your special collection of her worshipfulness.

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!





In 2015, I did a series talking about my favorite outfits that Padme Amidala wore in each of the Prequel films (TPM, AOTC, and ROTS). Since this month's Star Wars Comlinks is all about Princess Leia, I thought it would be fun to feature my favorite outfits she wore.

Obviously, choosing outfits from Leia's wardrobe wasn't as much of a challenge compared to Padme's. In fact, I already had my two top picks as soon as I started writing this post. Can you guess which ones they are?


DIPLOMATIC GOWN

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"...In the end, we went with Ralph McQuarrie's design. The costume was made from crepe de chine, a thin, lightweight silk that was comfortable for Carrie Fisher. The loosely shaped gown featured the oversized hood of a nun and large open-cut sleeves. Even Leia's neck is hidden under a turtleneck collar, a detail added after John Mollo's propsed lower-cut neckline was rejected. The all white silk ensemble was a symbol of the character's purity."
- Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy





No one could ever wear this gown quite like Princess Leia did. To me, it's part of who she is. Though perfectly plain, it has a certain angelicness about it which made it stand out among every other individual wearing dark space-like garments. It's special to me because it was the first live-action film I ever saw where the Princess was also a hero. She was confident, poised, and got in on the action when necessary and she did it all in this gown.

For more photos of this gown, click here.


BESPIN GOWN

"This new, more feminine outfit was a departure from Leia's Military-inspired Hoth costumer. The signature embroidery on the cloak was done by hand. Countless hours went into the work, despite being relatively obscured by the way the cloak draped on screen. Such details were peripheral on screen, but they gave Star Wars costumes a feeling of authenticity. Leia's dinner dress was the closest we ever got to 'spacey' costumes."
- Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy





I have always dreamed of wearing this outfit, especially the cloak, which I think is nothing but timeless. It has such an ethereal appearance making it perfect for someone of royalty. I also love this gown because it's such a sweet reminder of when Leia finally came to a point of acceptance of her attraction to Han and was, for the first time, comfortable amidst his presence. I know I'm not the only one who melted during their tender moment on Cloud City, right? Fun fact: When I was a kid, I gathered what pieces I had that resembled this outfit and even wore my hair up in a bun and braids for one of my brother's Star Wars parties!


For more photos of this gown, click here.


Now it's your turn! Which outfits of Leia's are your favorites?

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Star Wars: Death Star Tsum Tsum Collection Release Date


The next Star Wars Tsum Tsum series has been announced and it's Death Star themed! This collection is made of up five characters which include: the Emperor, a Royal Guard, Governor Tarkin (that hairline!), and both Luke Skywalker and Han Solo in Stormtrooper gear. You can expect to find these in Disney stores and on the Disney Store website on February 21st.



I really like the approach that Disney is taking with the Star Wars Tsum Tsum collections. Rather than there only be one set for each film, we have also seen them create several themed collections which I think allows for many more plushie characters to be created. There would be so many favorites left out otherwise!

So, which characters are on your list to purchase?