Thursday, May 17, 2018

Smuggler's Bounty: Solo Unboxing

Who's ready to see Solo!? This month's Smuggler's Bounty box is packed full of awesome exclusive merchandise from the Solo movie! There is one item in particular that they haven't included in their boxes in a LONG time which I was really excited about. Any guesses? I'm also 100% satisfied with the figures that were included - they are seriously gorgeous! Watch our unboxing video below and let me know in a comment below or in a Tweet if you also got this box and what your favorite item was!



Smuggler's Bounty is the only official Star Wars subscription box by Funko. The next box will be sent out in July and is Revenge of the Sith themed! Please note that unless you're already an annual subscriber (or have been previously), auto-renewal is turned off. You will need to manually order your boxes until September. After September Smuggler's Bounty will be available to purchase through an exclusive retailer. Those who have never been a subscriber of Smuggler's Bounty will not be able to order the last two boxes as Funko is not currently accepting anymore new subscriptions due to this change.

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

Friday, May 11, 2018

Rose Gold Ita Backpack Review & Decorating

Rose Gold Ita Backpack Review & Decorating | Anakin and His Angel
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Rose Gold Ita Backpack Review & Decorating | Anakin and His Angel
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When my friend Jackie from Lantern Pins released her Rose Gold Ita Bag I knew I had no choice buy to get one. Rose gold is one of my favorite colors and I had been wanting to get another backpack to display even more of my buttons and pins in a fun and secure way. When I finally received it in the mail I was astonished at how bright and beautiful it was (trust me when I say the photos really don't do it justice). Not only is this bag a gorgeous rose gold shade but it's also holographic making it very much of a standout fashion accessory. It's made very well though it's not as thick as my Heart Cutout Mini Backpack Loungefly but that's just because it's made of a lighter material (PVC to be exact). Please understand this is not a negative feature, it holds literally everything I need and will be able to carry even more for my trips to Disneyland! It's quite sturdy, super comfortable to wear and the zipper works as smooth as Bantha Milk (not that I've tried it or anything). Overall I am extremely satisfied with this backpack and would highly recommend it to anyone who has been thinking about one especially if you're wanting to display your buttons and pins without having to worry about them falling off or being stolen. It's only $25 and also comes in black and silver!


Rose Gold Ita Backpack Review & Decorating | Anakin and His Angel
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Most of my buttons and pins are a collection of the things I am most obsessed with which is obviously Star Wars and Disney. I love being able to express myself with accessories such as these because it just feels like me. Before the button/pin phase started I had many that I collected overtime but I was really never able to wear them. Then I started seeing fans pinning them to their denim jackets or vests and inserting them into newly designed backpacks that were made for the purpose of displaying buttons/pins in a safe way.


Rose Gold Ita Backpack Review & Decorating | Anakin and His Angel
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Rose Gold Ita Backpack Review & Decorating | Anakin and His Angel
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I like to start decorating the front panel of my backpack by choosing some of my favorite buttons/pins and others that I haven't showcased in a while. I also like to choose buttons of different sizes and pins with various shapes. I think this gives the overall appearance a characterized look that has different textures and colors. When pinning them in place I like to have the backpack faced upright but away from me so that I can easily reach in to attach them inside and out to grab more! I personally like to make sure my buttons and pins are spread out evenly for a clean look but you can decorate yours any way you want to. Some people don't mind attaching them to the fabric but others will use a thick sheet of paper that they size and cut to fit inside so as to help prevent the fabric from being ruined. This may happen if you consistently update your backpack but so far I haven't had a problem. However, I do want try the paper trick sometime if I can find one that looks nice enough and will compliment the backpack.


Rose Gold Ita Backpack Review & Decorating | Anakin and His Angel
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If you're wondering, I've only ever had one or two buttons/pins come undone before. The nice thing is if and when it does happen they just fall to the bottom of the bag because there is no way for them to fall outside of it. I find that using pouches to store items you need to carry that might get caught on the buttons/pins on the inside helps to prevent this from happening. I don't consider this a downside at all since it provides more organization which is essential for any type of bag or backpack you're carrying.


Rose Gold Ita Backpack Review & Decorating | Anakin and His Angel
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Note: I realized after editing the photo above that the fabric of the inside pocket got pushed down at the top revealing the inside of the bag. This normally does not happen and might have been due to an item that was oddly placed inside or the weight of the pin at the top.

Curious as to where all my buttons and pins are from? I thought you might be. I've included a list below. Items are listed from top to bottom and left to right:


Galactic Porg - Lantern Pins

Jabba the Hutt - Hot Topic
(Available to purchase here)

Ghost Obi-Wan - Black Series Rebels

Dinah (AIW) - Sharodactyl

Darth Vader - Black Series Rebels

Tsum Tsum Taun Taun - My D Pins

Super Mario Death Star - Unknown
(Purchased at a convention long ago)

Maleficent - Disneyland

Eleven - BoxLunch

Chewbacca - Black Series Rebels

Caterpillar - Sharodactyl

Han Solo - Black Series Rebels

Kylo Ren - Smuggler's Bounty Box

Queen Amidala - 100 Soft
(Star Wars Celebration Exclusive)

Special shout out to Jackie who is a super sweet friend and a delight to work with! She's extremely hardworking and very passionate about her products. Give her a follow on Instagram to see more of her work and to stay updated on new products she has in the works.

I hope this review of the Rose Gold Ita Bag and my tips on decorating it helped or inspired you! Please let me know if you have any questions at all!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Star Wars ComLINKS: Favorite Bounty Hunter

Star Wars ComLINKS | Anakin and His Angel

Welcome to the twenty-ninth Star Wars ComLINKS! This is the first and only monthly link up. 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 given the opportunity to share a link to your Website, Blog, YouTube, Podcast, etc. on a special linkup widget here on AAHA and also view other posts from fans! Your contribution will also be shared on social media!

"Favorite Bounty Hunter" begins today through May 23rd!

"Bounty Hunters. We don't need their scum!" Ohhh, but they're just too much fun not to have around. Am I right? Which Bounty Hunter is your favorite? From the ruthless Cad Bane to the iconic Boba Fett, there are plenty to choose from. What is it about them that you love? Talk about the scene you enjoy seeing them the most in or their weapon and how they use them. 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: Favorite Bounty Hunter | Anakin and His Angel

Some of you might not know that I'm a casual Boba Fett Fan. I even contribute to the Boba Fett Fan Club's social media pages which mostly consists of fashion, new merch and flash sales. But I'd be lying if I told you that he is my favorite out of all of the Bounty Hunters in the Star Wars Universe. So who's the lucky guy? Why, it's the ruthless tooth pick using Duros known as Cad Bane of course. The idea for this character was originally created by George Lucas himself during old drafts from the Original Star Wars Trilogy and was thankfully brought to life by the Supervising Director of The Clone Wars, Dave Filoni.

Did you know?

The character of Cad Bane was based on Lee Van Cleef's "Angel Eyes" from The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.

-Wookieepedia

Star Wars ComLINKS: Favorite Bounty Hunter | Anakin and His Angel

Star Wars ComLINKS: Favorite Bounty Hunter | Anakin and His Angel

When we were first introduced to Cad Bane in Star Wars: The Clone Wars in the episode Hostage Crisis I was instantly hooked. Bane is that guy who's in charge and everyone knows it. Even fellow Bounty Hunters know their place when he's around. In this particular episode he leads Aurra Sing, IG-86, Robonino, Shahan Alama and even a few droids to assist him in taking several Senators hostage on Coruscant in an attempt to free Zero the Hutt. We learn very quickly that he will do whatever is necessary to get what he wants and we see repeatedly throughout the series that if he's compensated according to his terms he'll take on any job and eliminate anyone who comes in his way. Here's a clip from the episode Evil Plans as a reminder:



Did you know?

At Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017, Dave Filoni revealed an unfinished and unaired episode of The Clone Wars featuring Cad Bane and Boba Fett in a show down. In this episode we find out how Boba got the dent on his helmet which was another idea George Lucas had.

Watch the episode here!

Star Wars ComLINKS: Favorite Bounty Hunter | Anakin and His Angel

Cad Bane has that cowboy vibe about him that demands everyone's attention. He's so good even the worst of the worst (Palpatine anyone?) hire him for the most complex and dirty jobs that they know only he can accomplish. I think this is one of the reasons I like him so much. He's confident and determined and gets the job done! I also love seeing Cad Bane in battle. His fighting techniques are agile and precise and he has everything from blasters to wrist gauntlets to make sure he comes out alive. He's also killed and fought many Jedi so if that doesn't tell you that he means business, I don't know what will! As for his attire, the hat and coat are my favorite pieces because I love the bold statements they make. The breathing tubes also make for a unique and edgy look and are said to aid him in harsh atmospheres and prevent him from being force choked. I haven't seen this confirmed anywhere but I do like these theories!

If there was one feature that I could choose that I think makes the character of Cad Bane I would say it's his voice. It's calm but cool with a slight computerized vibe about it. I think it's safe to say that he has one of the best voices in all of Star Wars. Am I right?

Did you know?

Cad Bane's iconic toothpick was originally intended to be a cigarette, but the idea was dropped due to its negative and commercial-like message.

-Wookieepedia

Star Wars ComLINKS: Favorite Bounty Hunter | Anakin and His Angel

My hope is that some day we'll see Cad Bane again in a future Star Wars project because he is such a well rounded character that I was obviously quite fascinated by and I would very much like to not only know more about him but see his story concluded.

Tell me, who is your favorite Bounty Hunter? Write a post or discuss it on your podcast and if you don't have time for that, leave a comment below and tell me why they're your favorite!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

May the 4th Itty Bittys: Enfys Nest, Lando & Lobot

In case you've been living inside a space slug, this Friday is May the 4th aka Star Wars Day. Hallmark is celebrating by releasing two more new characters from Solo (see the previous releases here) and one new character from The Empire Strikes Back! Hallmark will also be offering 25% off in-stores and online though there will be some exclusions.

Tip: If you have a Hallmark store nearby you can opt to do a store pick-up which will wave the shipping costs!


May the 4th Itty Bittys: Enfys Nest, Lando & Lobot | Anakin and His Angel
Enfys Nest | $7.99

Talk about helmet goals! Enfys Nest is an online exclusive so you won't want to miss out on her. I love the design of this plushie and can't wait to add her to my collection!


May the 4th Itty Bittys: Enfys Nest, Lando & Lobott | Anakin and His Angel
Lando Calrisian |$7.99

Everything about Lando's attire in the Solo movie is perfection. Why not own the Itty Bitty version of this smooth smuggler? Lando is also an online exclusive!


May the 4th Itty Bittys: Enfys Nest, Lando & Lobot | Anakin and His Angel
Lobot | $7.95

I bet no Star Wars fan ever thought they'd see the day where there was an actual Lobot plushie. It's kind of a "must buy". Lobot will be available in stores and online.


Solo & Lando Itty Bittys | Anakin And His Angel
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Heading to your nearest Hallmark store to celebrate? Spend $15 or more (excludes Itty Bittys) and you'll receive this annual limited pin set featuring General Hux, Lando Calrissian and Darth Maul!

Which of these three new Itty Bittys is your favorite?

Star Wars Menswear: Spring Edition

Star Wars Menswear: Spring Edition | Anakin and His Angel

Everyone knows that I am super passionate about women's Star Wars fashion but I also happen to really care about men's Star Wars fashion. I'm always on the look out for new pieces besides t-shirts that all look the same that guys can incorporate into their every day style. A couple of years ago I did a round-up of menswear products that my male readers responded really well to. I thought it had been too long, so here's a Spring-themed list of items I've recently found that you might not have seen yet.


Star Wars Menswear: Spring Edition | Anakin and His Angel
Kohl's | $21.99

This button down has several familiar icons mixed in with the floral print that creates an eye catching pattern. Florals are everywhere this Spring and let's face it, some dudes just rock this look! It's basically the new Hawaiian shirt trend, so if you used to have a few of those in your closet you might as well try the new modern approach. This number is currently on sale at Kohl's and is available in sizes S - XXL.


Star Wars Menswear: Spring Edition | Anakin and His Angel
Foster Grant | $20

Everyone needs a good pair of classic aviators and if they're Boba Fett themed no one's going to argue that you have the coolest shades around. I really like the subtle design (noticed the mandalorian symbol on the left lense) and the fact that they come with a matching soft case. Most importantly, they have 100% UVA and UVB protection and are only $20!


Star Wars Menswear: Spring Edition | Anakin and His Angel
BoxLunch | $23.12

Her Universe recently launched the Solo collection which includes new pieces in the Our Universe line. Available in sizes XS - XXXL, these super soft lounge shorts are made of 100% cotton making them perfect for those lazy weekend days playing with the kids or for a quick trip to the store. The pattern features Chewbacca, a Stormtrooper and Enfys Nest! That price is the sale price so add these to your shopping cart now!


Star Wars Menswear: Spring Edition | Anakin and His Angel
BoxLunch | $23.92

For some men hats are their go to accessory, for others it's that item they grab when they need to run out the door because there was no time for a hair check. This snapback hat is The Last Jedi themed and is very simple in style meaning it'll go with pretty much anything you're wearing! Grab it fast because it's currently on sale!


Star Wars Menswear: Spring Edition | Anakin and His Angel
BoxLunch | $23.12

This is one of the greatest Lando shirts from the upcoming film that I have seen yet! I mean, look at that face! If you're also a fan of Lando and are in need of something to wear to the movie, this might be the perfect option for you. Plus, it's 100% cotton and I definitely believe in being comfortable while at the theater. This shirt is currently on sale and is available in sizes XS - XXXL.


Star Wars Menswear: Spring Edition | Anakin and His Angel
Kohl's | $28

Whether you're a business man or have an important event coming up to go to this tie screams classy. There's no shame in donning your favorite fandom in a subtle way either so if you've been on the fence about it, take that leap! If this color or print aren't your favorite, Kohl's also has several other Star Wars ties. Hurry, they're all on sale for $28 (regularly $40)!


Star Wars Menswear: Spring Edition | Anakin and His Angel
ASOS | $36

Bright colors and abstracts prints are another trend that's quite popular right now. If you're about this style and also like the minimalist Star Wars approach to fashion, be sure to check out the current Star Wars collection at ASOS. This shirt has Aurebesh covering the base of the shirt and the colors give me major Boba Fett vibes. This shirt is available in XXS - XXXXL and is currently on sale!

Tell me, which of these is your favorite? I hope you enjoyed this round-up because I'll have another coming out in the Summer and every season after. Stay tuned!

Monday, April 30, 2018

Style Wars: Ethereal Empire

Style Wars: Ethereal Empire | 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: Ethereal Empire | Anakin and His Angel

One of the things that I love about this Galactic Empire Kimono by Think Geek are the tiny Galactic Empire logos that are mixed in with the floral print which truly makes it a minimalistic Star Wars fashion piece. It's super feminine, lightweight and it makes layering easy for the warmer months ahead. I also love the look of a colorful kimono worn over a turtle neck which can really cheer things up during gloomier weather. So realistically this kimono can be worn year round! Oh, and I can't forget the fringe. How fun is that? Keep in mind that you do have to tie a knot or bow to create sleeves on the kimono. However, I realized it wasn't really an issue as it's not something that's very visible while wearing because of the amount of fabric there is. Overall I really love the colors, the pattern and the quality of this product and would recommend purchasing it asap if you also like it because it's actually on sale at the moment for $19.99 (normally $24.99).

Be sure to visit Savanna's blog, The Dorky Diva, to see how she styled the kimono!


Style Wars: Ethereal Empire | Anakin and His Angel
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Style Wars: Ethereal Empire | Anakin and His Angel
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Style Wars: Ethereal Empire | Anakin and His Angel
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Style Wars: Ethereal Empire | Anakin and His Angel
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Style Wars: Ethereal Empire | Anakin and His Angel
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WHAT I WORE

Kimono: Think Geek
T-Shirt: Victoria's Secret
Skirt: H&M
Franco Sarto Sandals: eBay
Stevie Bag: Brighton Collectibles
Choker: Hot Topic

When I found this skirt on clearance at H&M for $7 (I'm not even joking) I immediately thought of the kimono and how unexpected it would be to pair the two pieces together. I had never styled an outfit like this before and I can honestly say that I love the results! I decided to keep my top simple so as not to take away from the kimono. As for accessories, I wore a velvet navy choker and a pair of brand new Franco Sarto Gili sandals I scored for $12 on eBay. I guess I'm just all about those deals lately? I also somehow got myself away from my backpacks that I've been using and went for my favorite black tote. This is honestly something I would wear day-to-day but I can also see myself wearing it out on a date by swapping out my sandals for a pair of wedges and the bag for a clutch. Simple adjustments like these make transitioning from day to night super simple! You'll see what I'm talking about on Savanna's post.

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 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. Be on the look out!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Star Wars OOTD: A Pop of Rey

A Pop of Rey | Anakin and His Angel
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A Pop of Rey | Anakin and His Angel
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What I Wore:

Rey Leggings: Think Geek
Tunic: Nordstrom Rack
Slingbacks: Payless
Jason Wu Clutch: Gifted
Choker: Hot Topic
Porgs: Funko
TLJ Novel: Target

I love these Rey Leggings by Think Geek not only because Rey is one of my favorite characters in Star Wars but because my husband Jason gave them to me as one of my Birthday gifts in January. He isn't one to shop for fashion pieces for me so I was very shocked upon receiving them!

These leggings are on-size-fits-all which, I know, sounds questionable. I was worried about the length since I'm just a couple inches over five feet but I found that wearing them like high-waisted jeans created a decent fit. They're actually very comfortable and I love the quality. The first day I wore them out a guy at Home Depot told me, "Those are the coolest leggings I've ever seen!". I'd have to agree. And guess what!? They're still available to purchase from the Think Geek website for $24.99.


A Pop of Rey | Anakin and His Angel
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A Pop of Rey | Anakin and His Angel
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A Pop of Rey | Anakin and His Angel
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I just so happened to have a tunic that I got a couple of years ago from Nordstrom Rack that matched perfectly with the leggings. I love the bold color and feel it really brings attention to the Rey wording and Rebel symbol on the leggings. I decided to dress up this outfit with some slingbacks I've had forever from Payless, an adorable clutch by Jason Wu for Target that my friend Casee gave to me, and a Choker from Hot Topic because I rarely wear any other necklaces besides chokers these days. The thing I love about the tunic and leggings combo is that it's a look you can wear throughout the year and a combination that you can easily dress up or down. Plus, long flowy tops and leggings are extremely comfortable.

My two new little buddies, aka the cutest Porgs ever by Funko (from the Galactic Plushies line), joined me on my shoot and were fascinated by The Last Jedi novel by Jason Fry. Who else has read it or is currently reading it? That first chapter totally caught me off guard. What an incredible way to start things off! I'm still only 3 chapters in and not because I dislike it but because I find it difficult to sit down and read. If you have any tips, I am all ears!


A Pop of Rey | Anakin and His Angel
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I hope you enjoyed this new Star Wars OOTD! 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, April 18, 2018

Solo & Lando Itty Bittys

Update: 4/30

Solo & Lando Itty Bittys | Anakin And His Angel

The Enfys Nest Itty Bitty has finally been revealed on StarWars.com's May the 4th round-up of deals. Also pictured are the new Solo plushies as well as Lobot. Lando and Enfy are said to be online exclusives but are not available yet. Hallmark will be celebrating May the 4th with 25% off in-stores and online though there will be some exclusions.


Solo & Lando Itty Bittys | Anakin And His Angel
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Heading to your nearest store to celebrate? Spend $15 or more (excludes Itty Bittys) and you'll receive this annual limited pin set featuring General Hux, Lando Calrissian and Darth Maul!


Update: 4/21

Solo & Lando Itty Bittys | Anakin And His Angel

PopMinded, a pop culture collection by Hallmark, revealed on their Instagram account yesterday a photo featuring the new Itty Bitty characters from Solo including a new Lando plushie we haven't seen yet. As I reported below, both Han and Chewie are now available to purchase in stores. PopMinded also mentioned that Lando as well as Enfys Nest (no photo available) are online exclusives and should be on the Hallmark website very soon.


Solo & Lando Itty Bittys | Anakin And His Angel(Image Credit)

Solo & Lando Itty Bittys | Anakin And His Angel

On April 20th this Special Edition set of Itty Bittys including Han Solo and his fury friend Chewbacca will be released at Hallmark! The duo will be priced at $16.95. There is no word whether or not this will be an online exclusive like some of the plushies are or if it will also be available to purchase in stores. I have to tell you, Chewie in goggles is my new favorite thing. What do you think?


Solo & Lando Itty Bittys | Anakin And His Angel

In other news, you might be interested in knowing that the Lando Calrissian Itty Bitty that I talked about in this Star Wars 2018 Itty Bitty post is now available on the Hallmark website for $6.95. You can order him online or have him shipped for free to your nearest store here.

Be sure to check out this list of Star Wars Itty Bittys coming out this year. I can't wait to add Queen Amidala to my collection!

Special thanks to Itty Bitty Corner and Megs Itty Bittys for the information and photos concerning the Solo plushies.