Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Star Wars ComLINKS: Valentine's Day Edition

Star Wars ComLINKS | Anakin and His Angel

Welcome to the twenty-sixth 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!

This is the "Valentine's Day Edition" and begins today through February 28th!

It's the month of love and ComLINKS just happens to fall on Valentine's Day. The very first year of ComLINKS we wrote about our favorite couples. This year I thought writing about who we love to share Star Wars with would be a very uplifting topic. So, who do you love to watch the films/cartoons with or talk about the latest books/comics with? Is it your parents? Maybe they introduced you to the franchise? Your loved one or friends you met at Star Wars Celebration? How do you share Star Wars with this person/people? Do you have any fun traditions? 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: Valentine's Day Edition  | Anakin and His Angel

I love sharing Star Wars with so many people but if I had to choose one person it would without question be my husband, Jason. After meeting him in line for the midnight showing of Attack of the Clones in 2002 I knew that we were destined to be together and forever share our love of Star Wars.


Star Wars ComLINKS: Valentine's Day Edition  | Anakin and His Angel

As two individuals who grew up watching Star Wars we're both hardcore fans but we sometimes enjoy it very differently which we both appreciate and respect. I'm all about watching the first couple of trailers for the next movie when they release and he stays far away from them in an attempt to go to the theater as spoiler-free as possible. Luke is basically his favorite character but that particular Skywalker doesn't exactly make my favorites list. He's very good with quoting lines from the Original Trilogy and remembering fine details that come in handy whenever we play Star Wars Trivial Pursuit while I'm the one who memorizes random facts from the Visual Dictionaries.


Star Wars ComLINKS: Valentine's Day Edition  | Anakin and His Angel

Even with those differences I would say we enjoy it in the same way just as much if not more. We love sharing the experience of seeing the movies for the first time together and having long discussions afterwards, playing Star Wars Battlefront, and even filming unboxing videos of Funko's Smuggler's Bounty subscription boxes. Whenever Stars Wars is involved we enjoy it immensely even if it's just a casual game of naming your favorite alien or scene from one of the movies or cartoons. With so much content coming out our answers change here and there so it makes it fun to learn about what each of us loves and why. We are constantly quoting Star Wars, wearing Star Wars, and of course, collecting. Believe it or not, he loves when I come home with a new plushie or Funko Pop! Obviously Star Wars is a big part of our lives and always will be.


Star Wars ComLINKS: Valentine's Day Edition  | Anakin and His Angel

I love sharing Star Wars with Jason because it always reminds me of the day we first met and because it's the best thing to be able to share one of your passions with the one you love. I asked Jason to share a little something for this post and he responded with...

I love sharing Star Wars with Jenmarie because we usually get very excited about the same aspects of Star Wars (not counting Rey...lo).
It is such a great feeling to be excited about the same things with the one you share your life with. A couple of my favorite Star Wars memories I have with Jenmarie is seeing the debut of The Force Awakens trailer at Star Wars Celebration and watching her play the Rogue One: X-Wing VR Mission for the first time. Having already played the game I knew what she was experiencing and I got to see and hear how happy she was to BE IN STAR WARS!


Who do you love to share Star Wars with? Let me know in a comment below or be sure to Tweet me!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Smuggler's Bounty: Sith Unboxing

My Smuggler's Bounty box arrived rather late this time around but let me tell you, it was worth the wait! I heard a lot of fans complaining about the contents inside this box but I found them all fantastic and I'm especially excited to use a couple of the items one of which is new for Funko and has never been featured in a Smuggler's Bounty box before. Hhhm, what could it be? You'll just have to watch our video below. Let me know in a comment below or Tweet me if you also got this box and what your favorite item was!



Smuggler's Bounty, the only official Star Wars subscription box by Funko is $25 (not including taxes, shipping, and handling) and is delivered every other month. The next box will be sent out in March and is Endor 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% our own.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

The ECCC Padmé Amidala Funko Pop

Solo: A Star Wars Story Teaser Trailer (Reaction Video)

When the news hit that there would be a Padmé Amidala Funko Pop fans were ecstatic and immediately began to speculate over all the extravagant outfits that Funko might have chosen to represent Padmé in. The 2013 Queen Amidala Funko Pop is valued at $120.00 which a lot fans can't afford so with this announcement many had the hope that they could finally add this iconic character to their collection. While I'm very thankful a Padmé Amidala Funko Pop exists and I do think she is a lovely collectible (I'm mostly geeking out over her hair which you can see a photo of at the end of this post), there are some concerns that I have so let's get right into it.


Solo: A Star Wars Story Teaser Trailer (Reaction Video)

I think it's safe to say that most fans were dismayed when the first glam shot was revealed showcasing Padmé in her Geonosis outfit after it had been torn by the Nexu. I immediately took note of this and created a quick poll on my Twitter account asking my male friends and followers if they would purchase a Padmé Funko Pop even if her midriff wasn't showing. I 100% knew that they would but I wanted to get some numbers together to show Funko that Padmé is a character who is admired for more than just her beauty. She is a bold character who stands by her beliefs and her taste in fashion is obviously the best in the galaxy.


Solo: A Star Wars Story Teaser Trailer (Reaction Video)

Once I spoke up I realized that there were many other fans of both genders who also wouldn't have chosen this outfit to represent Padmé in and I simply wanted Funko to be aware of that. This scene in which her garments were torn was so purposefully done for no other reason than to reveal her skin. This paints a bad picture to young girls and boys growing up in this fandom. Female characters don't have to be sexualized to be cool. Being modestly dressed, having a strong head on your shoulders, knowing how to defend yourself, and a great personality are just some of a long list of attractive traits. I think this is a message that needs to be continuously shared especially with more Star Wars films and TV shows on the way and more collectibles to be made!


Solo: A Star Wars Story Teaser Trailer (Reaction Video)

After reaching out to Funko about my concerns, they expressed that they recognized what I was saying. They also said that if more Padmé Pops are to be made that it is very important that the current one is highly sought after. Friends, we need to buy the heck out of this Funko Pop if we want to see more Padmé in the future. Buy one for yourself, give one to a friend, maybe even give one away on social media? Let's come together and make this happen!


Solo: A Star Wars Story Teaser Trailer (Reaction Video)

Funko is a great company that interacts and listens to their fans. They heard our voices! They asked all of you what outfits you would like to see a future Padmé Funko Pop wear and so many of you replied with awesome suggestions! I was so pleased to see how much attention their Tweet received so thank you for that!


Solo: A Star Wars Story Teaser Trailer (Reaction Video)
(Thanks to May The Funko Be With You for the photo!)

My last concern is that the Padmé Pop is an Emerald City Comic Con Exclusive. But before you freak out it does happen to be a shared exclusive with Gamestop. This will make acquiring this figure a bit easier to collect though I'm not going to lie to you, it may be difficult for some of you depending on your location. She will be available online and in stores on March 1st but getting in touch with your local Gamestop store asap to try and pre-order this figure might be a good idea. She is currently listed in the Gamestop system as "ECCC #1" for $15.00. I hope this information helps you in your quest to add her to your collection!

What are your thoughts on this Padmé Funko Pop and which outfit would you like to see represented on a future Padmé figure? Leave me a comment below or send me a Tweet!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Solo: A Star Wars Story Teaser Trailer (Reaction Video)

Solo: A Star Wars Story Teaser Trailer (Reaction Video)

I've been intrigued by the Solo film which hits theaters on Memorial Day weekend, May 25th, but I didn't get that anxious feeling about a new Star Wars movie coming out until I saw the sneak peek of the trailer on Superbowl Sunday. It got me really stoked, mostly because of the New Hope vibes and iconic characters and ships that made it feel like Star Wars to me. Some fans, including my husband, said it reminded them more of Rogue One. I can definitely see both sides especially now after seeing the full trailer. Which of the two did you think it felt more like? I'm curious to know.


Solo: A Star Wars Story Teaser Trailer (Reaction Video)

After watching the teaser trailer a handful of times I can honestly tell you that I'm officially excited for this movie! I love almost everything about the trailer. I say "almost" because at the moment I don't think Alden Ehrenreich's performance as Han Solo is believable. I feel I should state I am not one of those fans who was against someone else playing our favorite smuggler since the announcement. I just felt like I was watching a completely new character on an adventure. Had he not said the things he said like being "the best (pilot) in the galaxy" or been surrounded by familiar elements and characters we grew up with, I wouldn't even know he was Han Solo. But alas, I will wait until I've seen the movie until I make my final judgment.


Solo: A Star Wars Story Teaser Trailer (Reaction Video)

With that said I really enjoyed the action, the music, the grittyness, and OH. MY. MYNOCKS. - THE COSTUMES! We all should really wear capes to the premiere, I'm just saying. I do wish we got to see a little bit more of Lando Calrissian, particularly a scene where he speaks, because I am the most excited about his character. I loved Donald Glover's performance in Community and think he's going to add the perfect amount of pizzazz to the character of Lando.


Solo: A Star Wars Story Teaser Trailer (Reaction Video)

I will be going into much more detail on my podcast Force Cult this weekend so if you're interested in hearing more of my thoughts on the trailer, be sure to tune in! For now, you can watch my reaction to the trailer below.




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

Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Last Jedi: 5 Funko Pops I Want Made

The Last Jedi: 5 Funko Pops I Want Made
(Thanks to my buddies, Ron and Chris!)

With the upcoming release of The Last Jedi on home video sometime in March it's got me thinking that it might be the opportune time for Funko to release even more characters from the film. And yes, they have stated (as seen above) that more are coming though we don't know for certain if it will be a second wave or not. But with the recent release of Admiral Holdo, the mysterious Movie Moments "Duel Set", and the Target Exclusive 10" Porg (pictured below) coming soon we can be certain that Funko isn't done yet!


The Last Jedi: 5 Funko Pops I Want Made

The Last Jedi: 5 Funko Pops I Want Made
(Thanks to my friends over at officialmtfbwy on Instagram for the photos.)

In episode 127 of my Podcast, Force Cult, we discussed many ideas of Funko Pops we'd like to see from The Last Jedi. I broke down that list to my Top 5 that I want to see made because I don't really ever stop thinking about Funko Pops. Won't you join me?



1) Rey (with Poncho)

The Last Jedi: 5 Funko Pops I Want Made

Even before I saw the film I immediately loved the photos that we saw of Rey wearing her poncho on Ahch-To. It made me think of something that she might have worn back on her home in Jakku though I think it probably would've resembled the color of Luke's poncho on Tatooine.


The Last Jedi: 5 Funko Pops I Want Made
(Thanks to PopPriceGuide for the photo.)

Considering the fact that Funko has already made a Mystery Mini of Rey in this outfit which is an exclusive to Gamestop, I think it might be safe to say we'll get a Funko Pop of this design in the future!


2) Kylo Unmasked (with Cape)

The Last Jedi: 5 Funko Pops I Want Made

I love Kylo Ren's mask just as much as anyone else but I think it was vital to the story that he was unmasked throughout the film. Adam Driver is such an incredible actor and so to see the grief, anger and emotion Kylo was experiencing through the different circumstances he faced in a more personal way added so much more depth to his character. Also, his cape needs to be included and I think it's necessary that his Pop has a dramatic stance. I'm not demanding at all.


3) General Leia (with Cloak)

The Last Jedi: 5 Funko Pops I Want Made

I thought that this scene of General Leia looking out over what was soon to become the battle ground on Crait was one of the most beautiful shots in the movie. Therefore I would love to see a Pop made of Leia wearing this cloak, specifically with the collar up over her face only revealing her eyes. What a figure that would make! I almost feel that it would be like owning a trophy.


4) Captain Phasma (Battle)

The Last Jedi: 5 Funko Pops I Want Made

In case you were somehow unaware, the Captain Phasma Pop was just re-packaged from The Force Awakens line for The Last Jedi wave. If I'm being quite honest, I think she deserves a new mold. And what could be better than an action pose depicting her extraordinary combat skills against FN-2187 (every time she speaks Finn's code name it's chilling!)? This just needs to happen. I know you agree.


5) Vulptex

The Last Jedi: 5 Funko Pops I Want Made

You all know that Porgs are my favorite but I think Vulptex are cute too. In fact, I think they would make awesome looking Pops! It would be cool if there was some way that Funko could make them glisten. Oh, and if there was a chase? Glowing eyes. People would go nuts.

So, there you have it. My list of five Funko Pops I would 100% purchase. What do you think of this list? Which characters, creatures, or droids would you add? Leave a comment below or send me a Tweet!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Style Wars: Tico Sisters

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.


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With the recent release of The Last Jedi Savanna and I knew that we wanted this month's Style Wars to feature a fashion piece based on one of the characters from the new movie. We unanimously chose Rose Tico after eyeing the new Her Universe jacket which resembles the jumpsuits both Rose and her sister Paige wear. As far as outer wear goes it's the perfect piece to have in your closet as it's made of very light-weight 100% Cotton so it's great for layering. I also love this jacket because it has multiple pockets, a drawstring waistband tie and a hood! This jacket is still available on the Hot Topic and Box Lunch websites and in stores.

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!


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WHAT I WORE

Rose Tico Jacket by Her Universe: Hot Topic
Super Stretch Jegging: American Eagle
Boots: Forever 21
Turtle Neck: Target
Millennium Falcon Necklace: Kohl's
Beanie: Harvester Products
Backpack by Loungefly: Hot Topic
Rey Keychain by Funko: Smuggler's Bounty

I knew it was going to be a chilly morning when we shot this so I styled my jacket in a very Winter-esque fashion by wearing extra warm pieces including a turtle neck and beanie whereas Savanna styled hers for more of an every-day look with a romper and tights. That's just how versatile this jacket can be! It's also great because it's one of those subtle pieces that only Star Wars fans are going to recognize, especially if you're wearing a Millennium Falcon necklace. It's not very often that I dress "Light Side" but it felt good to be part of the Resistance for the day!

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 in April! 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!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Star Wars ComLINKS: Favorite The Last Jedi Scene

Star Wars ComLINKS | Anakin and His Angel

Welcome to the twenty-fifth 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 January is "Favorite The Last Jedi Scene" and begins today through January 24th!

After you've seen The Last Jedi with your favorite people once, twice, maybe even five times and enjoyed celebrating the most wonderful time of the year, we all want to know what your one favorite scene from the film was. Was it a scene that shocked you? That you hoped for? How did it resonate with you? What made it different from the rest of the film? 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

Having still only seen The Last Jedi once (don't ask) I don't know how vivid this action sequence between Ben, Rey, and the Praetorian Guards will be in my head. All I know is, I NEED to talk about it. But first, let's back up a little.

Prior to seeing the film I was hoping that Kylo and Rey would team up in some way. I adored the chemistry they had in their scenes together in The Force Awakens and was secretly hoping for another lightsaber battle where they were fighting alongside each other. I was also constantly going back and forth between the idea of them being a couple. Folks, I fell hard after seeing The Last Jedi and I'm now a Reylo fan. Even though I have well over three dozen Reylo fanart pieces saved to my phone and a document full of quotes, links to animated GIFs and everything else you can think of pertaining to these two characters, I'll be ok if they don't end up together in the final film of this trilogy. Because regardless of what their relationship is, it is a relationship. I recognize that the foundation is rocky and that they are surrounded by darkness, lies (thanks to Snoke) and an intense longing to fill an emptiness within themselves. Danger signs, I know. But behind all of that are two people who have a lot in common and who understand each other in a mysterious and intimate way. For all we know they could be related or perhaps even have had a past together that we are unaware of. Yes, I am one of those fans who believes that just because Ben saw who Rey's parents were doesn't make it true. Speaking of which, let's briefly discuss that force connection.


Star Wars ComLINKS | Anakin and His Angel
(Created by: Yours Truly)

I believe that Snoke knew that Kylo and Rey had a connection and used that to his advantage by creating a gateway to allow them to communicate. I believe this because of the interactions they had in The Force Awakes. Snoke may have opened the door to allow them to fully connect and create a future that both of them believed to be real but he didn't control their actions or words during that time. They chose to continue to converse with one another and they definitely chose to touch. Through this connection they gained a better understanding of each other and recognized the fact that they were both going through similar life circumstances though they were on very opposite sides. Rey thought she had Kylo all figured out. When she learned the truth of his tragic downfall, she felt for him and wanted to help him use his abilities for good. Rey, as we know, is someone Kylo has heard of and is obviously intrigued by for various reasons. He not only witnesses the power she has in the force but is also moved by her strong-will and compassion for him. I think, for both parties, this connection meant a lot to them. Rey was alone for the majority of her life and so to have someone with whom she felt so in tune with filled that empty hole. As for Ben, he didn't have anyone who believed him and saw him for who he was like Rey did. His father warned him that Snoke was using him, which I'm sure he was at least slightly aware of, but having heard that said aloud probably confirmed it for him and made him realize he literally had no one.

Before I get even deeper, because really I could go on and on about these two, I do want to get into the reasons why I love the Ben & Rey vs. the Praetorian Guards scene. Everything leading up to this battle made it all the more intense but I definitely have to say that I loved that there was only one moment when Director Rian Johnson took us to another scene to focus on someone else's story. All too often in film when an incredible moment just begins and it's about to reach it's peak of awesomeness the camera cuts to a different scene and you have to stop yourself from shouting (or maybe you have). This usually happens several times. However, this sequence is able to play out beautifully from beginning to end with one short cut. At several points we see unique lightsaber techniques used that we've never seen in any other films which makes this sequence all the more exciting. I was also pleasantly surprised by the Guards and the tactics they used with their various weapons. They put up a good fight!


Star Wars ComLINKS | Anakin and His Angel
(Photo by: Mark Edwards Photographer | Kylo: Alphaignition | Rey: Leiaaurora)
*Thanks to my friend John (Kylo) for letting me use this awesome shot from an epic shoot he and some friends put together. Check out his Instagram for more photos!

Ben and Rey are more determined than ever, especially because at this point each of them believes that the other is going to join them. Can you imagine the intensity of the anxiety that each of them felt hoping that they would make it out alive in order to be able to have that conversation? Rey must think because Ben chose her over Snoke and destroyed him he must be on her side while Ben on the other hand must think because she's fighting with him against the guards she'll surely join him. In the mean time, they use their own unique abilities to coordinate with each other and struggle to survive the several guards who approach them with no mercy. I only say "struggle" because I think it's very clear that neither of them would've made it had the other not been there. Rey is still early in her training and while she holds her own pretty dang well, she's still a little rusty. And even Ben who has had years of training found it difficult to fight off several Guards at a time while keeping his eye on Rey and in the end found himself in a predicament that Rey helped him out of by tossing him her lightsaber. Speaking of aiding each other, I really love the moment when they are back-to-back and Ben allows Rey to lean against him while holding onto his thigh to kick at Guard. I couldn't help but think of the fact that it wasn't long ago that they were fighting each other and now to see how they partner together so gracefully is such a beautiful thing.

Overall, I really just loved the way this scene was put together. The visuals, the choreography, the music, everything. What about you? What did you think about this scene? Tell me your thoughts in a comment below and also let me know if you're interested in me writing more about my thoughts on Reylo. Because I definitely have more.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Last Jedi Character Bag Clips Unboxing

If you ask me, starting 2018 off with brand new Star Wars blind bags by PhatMojo isn't bad at all! I was browsing around Target and found these The Last Jedi bag clips for $5.99 each near the Star Wars section at the end of an aisle where there were several blind bags and boxes displayed. I have not been able to find these online so I believe they have just been released. They are made really well and are obviously extremely cute. In the video below I open two of them but I think it's safe to say that I will not be able to withstand buying more.


Let me know what you think of these bag clips in a comment below and if you've found them in any stores near you!