A new International Rogue One Trailer has surfaced which includes a new line spoken by Captain Cassian, a couple of new shots, and an additional line spoken by Jyn Erso from the Rogue One Celebration Reel. These changes are great but there are also some shots that have been removed, including the best one of Director Krennic. See for yourself and watch it above! Below are a couple of screen caps of the new scenes.
Monday, August 15, 2016
Thursday, August 11, 2016
It's been over thirty minutes since the latest Rogue One trailer debuted and I'm still shaking. I honestly cannot think straight enough to write any of my thoughts properly for a post. So, for now, I leave you with this rather unplanned reaction video. The end is the best part. I was truly caught off guard and totally ecstatic about a certain someone's appearance. Be sure to watch the trailer above before you watch my reactions!
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Welcome to the twelfth Star Wars ComLINKS! 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 widget below and also view other posts from fans.
The Topic for August is "Favorite Memory" and begins today through August 24th!
Being a Star Wars fan makes for many great memories, but is there one that is a little extra special to you? Did you get to meet one of the actors from the films or acquire a rare collectible that you always wanted? Whatever it is, we all want to know why that memory is so meaningful to you!
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!
Growing up loving Star Wars means I have a lot of great memories, but the one that is the most special to me is the day I went to stand in line with a group of friends for the Attack of the Clones midnight showing and unexpectedly met my soulmate there. I was wearing the first Jedi robe my mom ever made me and an Anakin and His Angel t-shirt I designed. At sixteen years old, I remember being super excited for my very first midnight show and thrilled to be surrounded by so many passionate people at my first Star Wars fan event!
I spotted a mysterious someone ahead of me in line in a Sith costume complete with a red light saber. I approached the man in black asking to take a photo of him for my blog. He struck a pose and we then exchanged names and email addresses and chatted for a minute. I was smitten by him in a matter of seconds and even called up my mom to tell her about this "amazing guy I just met". Apparently, he saw me first when I walked by him shortly after I arrived but I was the one who initially approached him. I might not be the most daring person, but I have my moments.
Throughout the day we continued to visit each other's groups in line to talk about Star Wars. We even got this shot above which we have continued to re-create for each Star Wars movie hereafter.
We didn't get to meet up after the movie to discuss our thoughts but about a week later, he finally emailed me. Let me tell you, that was one LONG week of wondering if he would contact me! From then on we emailed each other almost every day for about a year and a half before we met up again for another midnight showing. Through extremely long and heartfelt emails, we truly got to know one another extremely well. I feel like we had an old fashioned romance because we didn’t talk on the phone or text in the beginning, which is what you’d expect from people our age. Eventually we switched over to talking on AIM (those were the days!), and finally started texting and talking over the phone. Long story short, on July 4th, 2005 he asked me to be his girlfriend and a few years later we were announced as husband and wife on August 30th, 2008 as we walked down the aisle with the Throne Room music playing.
This is my favorite Star Wars memory because I love that God used Star Wars to bring us together. We compliment each other so unbelievably well and I feel so blessed to be married to someone who is 100% devoted to me and whom I can share my love of Star Wars with.
So, what's your favorite Star Wars memory?
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
There has been so much going on in the world of Star Wars Funko Pops! I've done my very best to include all the latest along with links to where you can get your hands on some of the recent exclusives and those coming soon. This is a long one, so sit back and enjoy some blue milk or whatever your prefer.
Ron from MakingStarWars.net interviewed the Director of Marketing for Funko, Mark Robben at SDCC. You can listen to the full interview on "Now This is Podcasting!" here (1 hr. and 1 min. in). One of the most exciting things that was revealed was the confirmation that the Rogue One Funko Pops would be available on Force Friday! The event is said to take place on September 30th, so make a note! Mark also shared that the final Smuggler's Bounty box in 2016 (November) will be Rogue One themed! I suspected this would be the case considering their debut box last November was centered on The Force Awakens. If you haven't signed up yet, now is the time!
- The Force Awakens figures will be phased out to make room for Funko's new focuses which include Rogue One and Rebels! Ahoska Tano will hit Hot Topic shelves first in the Fall, with the Ghost Crew following closely behind no later than early 2017. Yes, you read that right. We're getting Kana, Hera, Ezra, Sabine, Zeb, and Chopper Pops! All of the Rogue One and Rebels Pops (not including Ahoska as she is a Hot Topic Exclusive) are available to pre-order at Gamestop stores.
- Funko listens to their fans! Know what that means? Prequel Pops are in the works, and according to Gamestop, Qui-Gon will be one of them!
- September's Smuggler's Bounty Box which is "Death Star" themed will include a Funko Pop that is a new mold and new character! In a recent Q&A, Funko dropped a hint with an iconic quote, "Charming to the last..."
- Funko has Smuggler's Bounty box themes planned until late 2017!
Be sure to listen to the Podcast for even more awesome Funko news!
The Walgreens Exclusives which include Plo Koon, the AT-AT Driver, Kit Fisto, and Rey Yees are currently available to order on the Walgreens website for $9.99. If you typically aren't able to find Funko Pop exclusives at your nearest store, grab these quickly! They will go fast!
The Endor Luke and Dagobah Yoda Funko Pops are both available to pre-order on the F.Y.E. website for $11.99 each with a suspected release date of August 12th. Follow these links to order yours: Endor Luke | Dagobah Yoda
The Bespin Luke is available to pre-order on the Toy Wiz website for $8.99 with an estimated shipping time of August.
The Maz Kanata Target Exclusive turned up on the Target website last week for $8.99. This was the first time any of the Star Wars Target exclusives were made available to order! Currently, she is sold out but keep checking the link for re-stocks! The Force will guide you.
The Blue Senate Guard which is a Box Lunch Exclusive is still available to order online for $15.00. In purchasing this figure you'll also be giving a meal to someone in need. Get some, give back!
If you haven't pre-ordered this Toy Wars Exclusive Zuckuss ($14.99) yet, act fast! This Bounty Hunter gets shipped in September!
While there is no link to order this Walgreens Exclusive Rey ($9.99), I know several people who have began finding her in mid-July. Happy hunting!
The Han and Luke SWCE exclusives were available on the Gamestop website for $15.00 each. I'm not sure if they will be re-stocked however, you can check store availability on these figures with the following links: Han Solo | Luke Skywalker
The Han with Chewie's Bowcaster SDCC exslusive is still available to order on the Gamestop website for $15.00! Get him before he's gone!
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- Hoth Leia and Hooded Jedi Luke are both listed on Gamestop's upcoming releases. And, as stated above, Qui-Gon is also on the list! All three of these figures are available to pre-order at Gamestop stores.
Which is your newest Funko Pop purchase? Do you still need of any these?
Monday, July 25, 2016
Love and Madness is the home of unique and officially licensed pop culture jewelry, including Star Wars! I recently put in an order for a couple of items, including the adorable Death Star Midi Ring, and the ladies kindly sent me some extra goodies to go along with it! My items arrived safely tucked in super chic pouches along with a personalized note. Not only was the presentation top notch but the products are of great quality and instantly left me inspired to create a Death Star manicure to go along with my new midi ring and metallic body tattoos.
The Death Star Midi Ring is one of eleven different Star Wars character designs which are available in 14K Gold Plated or Silver Plated Brass and priced at $20 each. They're a size 3 and have a sizing back so you could actually wear it as a pinky ring if that suits your fancy. I absolutely love the Death Star design and it's super comfortable to wear!
The Star Wars Metallic Tattoos are also $20 each and come with two full sheets of gold, silver, and black designs. There is also a prismatic colored set for $10. I found these very easy to use by just wetting a wash cloth and holding it over the tattoo for 30 seconds as the directions stated. L&M suggests removing the tattoos with baby oil, but I found that coconut oil works well too.
*In these photos, I'm sporting the Death Star on my upper arm and a Star Destroyer on my ring finger as seen above.
I chose silver polish to represent the Death Star and worked up a couple accent nails in black with glitter layered on top to create a "space look". Believe it or not, there were a few people who guessed that my manicure was Star Wars inspired which left me feeling quite accomplished! Both the Silver (Top Speed: Sterling) and Black (Colorstay: Stiletto) shades are by Revlon and though the glitter polish by Julep is no longer available, any glitter polish will do!
What kinds of Star Wars accessories do you like to wear most?
Stay tuned for more from Love and Madness!
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
This month's Smuggler's Bounty box, the only Official Star Wars subscription box by Funko, is Jabba's Palace themed and includes exclusive merchandise featuring characters from this iconic scene in Return of the Jedi. Some fans have already received their boxes and are not as happy with the contents as previous boxes. But contrary to what they're saying, I actually really loved this one! It is filled with new and super cute items that I'm obsessed with. Yes, I love Funko Pops and am ecstatic whenever two figurines are included, but we can't expect to always get the same thing in every box. I enjoy the diversity of the products and appreciate that Funko changes Smuggler's Bounty up each month so we truly never know what to expect. Watch my unboxing video below to see my reactions to each and every item and don't forget to sign up for the next box which debuts in September. It's Death Star themed, so you don't want to miss out on that one! The Emperor says so.