Thursday, December 17, 2015

#30DaystoTFA: 1 Day Left, The Force is awakening...

Tomorrow is the day that Star Wars Episode VII is finally in theaters!!!

I will be seeing it tonight, though - my local theater has some evening showings and we bought tickets for the 9pm.. so...

TONIGHT I WILL BE WATCHING STAR WARS EPISODE VII AND IT WILL BE GLORIOUS!!!

For my final #30DaystoTFA post I am sharing my Princess Leia cosplay. I made this costume based on her Rebel Briefing/ Endor Assault costume from Return of the Jedi and wore it to SDCC in 2014. I got lucky in deciding to wear it on Saturday - because the 501st was hosting a Dark Side cosplay day! I had plenty of opportunities to take photos with stormtroopers and biker scouts!

  


We are just hours away... there has been an awakening... have you felt it?


#30DaystoTFA is a hashtag created by Amy Ratcliffe, to share favorite Star Wars items, videos, quotes, photos, and memories as we counted down the days until December 18th, 2015. Her blog is Geek With Curves.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

#30DaystoTFA: 2 Days Left, The Force is... awkward.

Watch this with the sound ON!!!




#30DaystoTFA
 is a hashtag created by Amy Ratcliffe, to share favorite Star Wars items, videos, quotes, photos, and memories as we counted down the days until December 18th, 2015. Her blog is Geek With Curves.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

#30DaystoTFA: 3 Days Left, The Force tastes delicious

I have a teaching position for the spring semester and I will be carrying my lunch in Star Wars style!



I even have sandwich cutters in the shapes of the Millennium Falcon and a TIE Fighter!



#30DaystoTFA is a hashtag created by Amy Ratcliffe, to share favorite Star Wars items, videos, quotes, photos, and memories as we count down the days until December 18th, 2015. Her blog is Geek With Curves.

Monday, December 14, 2015

#30DaystoTFA: 4 Days Left, Aye aye Admiral!




#30DaystoTFA is a hashtag created by Amy Ratcliffe, to share favorite Star Wars items, videos, quotes, photos, and memories as we count down the days until December 18th, 2015. Her blog is Geek With Curves.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

#30DaystoTFA: 5 Days Left, Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes!

Need some music while you wait for Star Wars: The Force Awakens to release?

Ladies and gentlemen...

Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes! aka the Cantina Band, playing the Cantina Song!

On a 10 hour loop...

Enjoy!






#30DaystoTFA is a hashtag created by Amy Ratcliffe, to share favorite Star Wars items, videos, quotes, photos, and memories as we count down the days until December 18th, 2015. Her blog is Geek With Curves.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

#30DaystoTFA: 6 Days Left, Smoothest moves in the galaxy

And I'm not talking about his piloting skills.




#30DaystoTFA is a hashtag created by Amy Ratcliffe, to share favorite Star Wars items, videos, quotes, photos, and memories as we count down the days until December 18th, 2015. Her blog is Geek With Curves.

Friday, December 11, 2015

#Fandom5: My Holiday Wish List!

Hello again! I hope everyone is having a lovely holiday season! Happy Hanukkah!

Today's 5 Fandom Friday topic is: My Holiday Wish List!

With so much amazing fandom merchandise out right now, my Christmas wish list is super long and completely full of Star Wars, Her Universe, and other fun goodies! What's on your wish list this year?


1. Trip to England
This January will be 10 years since I moved to England for my semester abroad. In those six months I participated in my first archaeological field school, made some amazing friends, and went camping/reenacting all over England! I haven't been back since 2013 and I miss my friends and the country SO MUCH. I regret not applying to York for grad school, or just up and moving there before they changed the visa requirements and made that impossible.




2. Hot Toys Captain Phasma
This figure is amazing, like pretty much everything Hot Toys has been releasing lately. I haven't ordered her because of the price and because I want to see the movie before I commit to owning such an expensive figure of a character I know so little about, but if Santa were to bring her I would be SO happy!





3. Amy Winehouse LP Collection and the Only Lovers Left Alive soundtrack record
There is a record player I've had my eye on for awhile, and this music demands to be listened to on vinyl. I think Adam would approve!




4. VIP trip to see the premiere of The Force Awakens
Only one more week until TFA is in theaters!!! Wouldn't it be amazing to attend the red carpet, meet the cast, and be part of that audience?




5. Disney Infinity
I would love to have Disney Infinity for the PS3 and ALL the Star Wars characters! I also want Loki and Black Widow, plus Rapunzel and a few others. The figures are so cute!





#Fandom5, or 5 Fandom Friday is a weekly blog link-up and the creation of Kristin at Super Space Chick and Megan at The Nerdy Girlie.  It's a lot of fun and a great way to find new blogs! Go here to learn more about it or follow #Fandom5 on Twitter!

#30DaystoTFA: 7 Days Left, Star Wars Comics

ONE WEEK UNTIL THE FORCE FINALLY AWAKENS!!!!!!!!!

I'm planning on spending the next week re-reading the new Star Wars comics as I wait to see Episode VII and avoid the internet (and potential spoilers)!

If you're not already reading the new Star Wars comics by Marvel you're lucky because 1) the trade paperbacks are coming out and 2) you get to read them for the first time!



These comics have been amazing. Sometimes they do feel like the authors are trying too hard to reference the movies, or the characterization feels off (like Star Wars issue #1, no way do I believe Leia would pause as they are trying to escape to talk about her feelings with Han!) but mostly they are exciting, introduce fascinating new characters, fill in some gaps between the OT movies, and provide interesting backstory for the new characters of Episode VII.

Out of all of the comics, my favorite ongoing series are Kanan and Darth Vader. The Princess Leia comic series was very good, but it was not an ongoing comic and ended after five issues. I am also loving the Han backstory in the Star Wars comics. And if you're excited to meet Poe Dameron next week, you should check out Shattered Empire!


#30DaystoTFA is a hashtag created by Amy Ratcliffe, to share favorite Star Wars items, videos, quotes, photos, and memories as we count down the days until December 18th, 2015. Her blog is Geek With Curves.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

#30DaystoTFA: 8 Days Left, "I thought they smelled bad on the outside!"

I will always want this sleeping bag. It started off as an April Fool's joke by ThinkGeek and then became a real product! I really have no reason to own one (Hall H camping, maybe?) but I do love it!



#30DaystoTFA is a hashtag created by Amy Ratcliffe, to share favorite Star Wars items, videos, quotes, photos, and memories as we count down the days until December 18th, 2015. Her blog is Geek With Curves.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

#30DaystoTFA: 9 Days Left, Captain Shiny Pants

You guys... we are officially into the SINGLE DIGITS in our TFA countdown!!!!!

One of the new characters I am wickedly excited to learn more about is Captain Phasma, the Imperial trooper who wears the chrome armor. She seems like a total BAMF and I adore Gwendoline Christie, the actress who plays her. I really hope we get to see her with her helmet off at some point, though the idea of an evil, faceless character is intriguing too.



I really want to make Phasma armor. And to buy the Captain Phasma Hot Toy figure. And the 6" Black Series action figure. And basically anything with Phasma on it. Phasma.

I did order the Her Universe Phasma muscle tank to wear while I work out... and sit on the couch... and do everything...


#30DaystoTFA is a hashtag created by Amy Ratcliffe, to share favorite Star Wars items, videos, quotes, photos, and memories as we count down the days until December 18th, 2015. Her blog is Geek With Curves.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

#30DaystoTFA: 10 Days Left, LUKE IS OP!!!

Did he just throw that guy into a TIE fighter!?



Yes.  Yes he did.


#30DaystoTFA is a hashtag created by Amy Ratcliffe, to share favorite Star Wars items, videos, quotes, photos, and memories as we count down the days until December 18th, 2015. Her blog is Geek With Curves.

Monday, December 7, 2015

#30DaystoTFA: 11 Days Left, "Carry your books, I will!"

If I were a Jedi, I would want Yoda to be my Jedi Master. Unfortunately I live in this galaxy instead of one far, far away, and the closest I've come has been this Yoda backpack.



Adorable and surprisingly spacious is how I like to describe him, and I have used him to cart my PhD materials back and forth between home and the lab. I prefer to bring him out for special occasions, like May the 4th and Star Wars anniversaries - that way he won't get worn out or dirty. When he's not escorting me on missions, he hangs out in my Nerd Cave, usually on the back of my desk chair!


#30DaystoTFA is a hashtag created by Amy Ratcliffe, to share favorite Star Wars items, videos, quotes, photos, and memories as we count down the days until December 18th, 2015. Her blog is Geek With Curves.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

#30DaystoTFA: 12 Days Left, #Spacemarried

I'm not really sure who originated the tag #Spacemarried, but I've seen it pop up in my Twitter feed pretty regularly over the past year as fans speculate about Hera and Kanan's relationship on Star Wars Rebels. There is also some excellent fanart on Tumblr.

Are they just friends? Do they quietly yearn for one another? Are they hidden sweethearts? 

Or are they #spacemarried?


Whatever their status, they give me all the feels!


#30DaystoTFA is a hashtag created by Amy Ratcliffe, to share favorite Star Wars items, videos, quotes, photos, and memories as we count down the days until December 18th, 2015. Her blog is Geek With Curves.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

#30DaystoTFA: 13 Days Left, They see me rollin'...

One of the pieces of merchandise I was eager to get on Force Friday was Sphero's app-controlled BB-8 ball droid toy! Lucky for me, I found one at my local Bed, Bath & Beyond and have been enjoying the company of my newest droid friend ever since!

A video posted by Kate (@chiksolo) on



#30DaystoTFA is a hashtag created by Amy Ratcliffe, to share favorite Star Wars items, videos, quotes, photos, and memories as we count down the days until December 18th, 2015. Her blog is Geek With Curves.

Friday, December 4, 2015

#30DaystoTFA: 14 Days Left, Finn & Rey

TWO WEEKS UNTIL THE FORCE AWAKENS IS RELEASED!!!!!!!!!

I cannot wait to meet the newest Star Wars characters, in particular Finn and Rey. John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, the actors who play Finn and Rey, are so enthusiastic and thankful to be a part of the Star Wars story. It's wonderful to see the actors so excited and eager for fans to experience the movie too!




#30DaystoTFA is a hashtag created by Amy Ratcliffe, to share favorite Star Wars items, videos, quotes, photos, and memories as we count down the days until December 18th, 2015. Her blog is Geek With Curves.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

#30DaystoTFA: 15 Days Left, "An elegant weapon for a more civilized age."

Eeep! In two weeks I will be seeing Star Wars Episode VII!!! And perhaps we will learn how Anakin's lightsaber was salvaged from the bowels of Cloud City!

Lightsabers are the weapons of the Jedi. Powered by kyber crystals from the ice planet Ilum, younglings are sent to harvest their crystals as part of their Jedi training. The Clone Wars episode The Gathering (season 5, episode 6) depicts this rite of passage as Ahsoka escorts a group of younglings on their quest. In gathering their crystals, younglings learn not only how to build their lightsabers, but about themselves, their strengths and their weaknesses, and how to work together.



Most lightsaber blades are blue or green. Some are yellow or purple. Sith blades are usually red, due to the synthetic crystals they use.



My most favorite lightsabers are those of Mace Windu and Luke Skywalker. I love Mace Windu's purple blade and Luke's RotJ hilt! I have three lightsabers of my own: an Ultimate FX Luke Skywalker lightsaber, an Ultimate FX Yoda lightsaber I won from Legion of Leia's Clone Wars contest, and a double-bladed purple lightsaber I built at Tatooine Traders in Disney Hollywood Studios.



#30DaystoTFA is a hashtag created by Amy Ratcliffe, to share favorite Star Wars items, videos, quotes, photos, and memories as we count down the days until December 18th, 2015. Her blog is Geek With Curves.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

#30DaystoTFA: 16 Days Left, Jabba's Jester

Salacious B. Crumb is a Kowakian Monkey-Lizard. He was serving as Jabba the Hutt's jester/pet when the Rebels and friends of Han Solo infiltrated Jabba's palace in their rescue attempt. I've always been amused by this character and his obnoxious laughter, and I love the puppetry (yay Muppets!) - so much that when I saw a stuffed Salacious B. Crumb in Tatooine Traders at Disney Hollywood Studios, I knew I had to have him!




#30DaystoTFA is a hashtag created by Amy Ratcliffe, to share favorite Star Wars items, videos, quotes, photos, and memories as we count down the days until December 18th, 2015. Her blog is Geek With Curves.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

#30DaystoTFA: 17 Days Left, Happy Birthday SWTOR!

This month is the 4 year anniversary of Star Wars: The Old Republic.

I have played this game from the beginning. I even built my gaming computer in anticipation of this particular game's release, because it wasn't designed to run on a Mac.

Smuggler Chik Solo with her squad

I love this game so much, especially the class story lines. Each class has its own unique quest line with animated cut scenes, and exploring the different class stories has definitely made it easier to wait out the time until TFA!

At SDCC 2015 we attended the SWTOR Cantina Tour and received special in-game items for registering. There were photo ops and panels with the developers, too!

Ancient weapons and hokey religions are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid!


Happy 4th Anniversary SWTOR!!!


#30DaystoTFA is a hashtag created by Amy Ratcliffe, to share favorite Star Wars items, videos, quotes, photos, and memories as we count down the days until December 18th, 2015. Her blog is Geek With Curves.