“I am no Jedi,”

I’ve written about this artist before, but I have to yet again because I’m so happy with my latest purchases featuring artwork by Lorna-ka.

First up is my beautiful Clone Wars era Ahsoka clock:

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I knew this piece would make the perfect clock. First of all, that’s my favorite Ahsoka outfit. Secondly, Lorna-ka has done her so exquisitely, while capturing her sass, confidence, and charm. It’s definitely the coolest clock I’ve ever had, and I just got rid of a much bigger, guitar-shaped, neon-lit clock that broke years ago. It was about time and I deserved this beautiful clock, damnit! It was my birthday present to myself 😉

Recently, I got a new phone. Nothing major, just upgraded from my iPhone 5S to a 6S because I didn’t feel like dealing with any serious changes. However, I decided I wanted a more unique case than I’ve ever had before. I got the idea to buy a sticker and put it underneath a clear case from one of my favorite artists I follow on Instagram, though I didn’t end up using one of her stickers. Instead, I turned yet again to Lorna-ka. I ordered this beautiful Ahsoka profile sticker from Redbubble, another site that sells everything from standard prints to apparel of artists’ work. I decided to put it on an Otterbox insert made to fit inside my Otterbox Symmetry Series clear-back case. I’m not completely in love with the insert but I trusted that more than making my own to put it in there…but perhaps in the future I’ll use that to trace my own out of funky craft paper from Michael’s or something. It didn’t even fully fill in but you can’t really tell unless you’re just starting at my phone case intensely. The results:

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I don’t even care if it looks like I just put a sticker on a case (which is simplifying my efforts greatly), I’m just happy to represent my favorite cartoon idol done by one of my favorite artists and the sticker won’t just wear out because on the inside of my case!

P.S. Yes, that’s another BeepBoopBeepClothing tank I’m sporting in that picture above! My tanks by them have been one of my favorite summer go-to’s. And Rey is another one of my idols!!

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Mugshot Monday #9

I received my Jabba’s Palace themed Smuggler’s Bounty last week, and it was quite delightful! My favorite goodie is definitely the adorable R2-D2 Vinyl Pop! figure that has his little tray of drinks he’s serving at Jabba’s Palace, because it’s only one of my favorite little moments in Return of the Jedi; C3PO happens to run into him and asks him what he’s doing and you hear R2 beep and then 3PO is all like “well I can see you’re serving drinks!”.I love it. I haven’t taken him out of the box yet. I will, though. They’re all too cute not to display together. I’m a bit disappointed that there wasn’t anything of my girl Oola, like a t-shirt of a Funko Pop! version of her or something…instead, we got a C3PO hat, which is not really my style. But hey, maybe they’ll do a Twi’leks appreciation box one day! Oh well. And yes, of course there was a Jabba piece…

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Yes, Jabba is a gross giant slug, but he’s kind of adorable in the Funko-fied mug. And doesn’t it look perfect with my tank of a hula Hutt-Slayer Leia by BeepBoopBeepClothing?!

And yes, it’s fair to say that I look like I’m on crack in that first picture, but…coffee, man. What can I say!

“I like the beats, and the shouting,”

So yes, Star Trek Beyond technically comes out today but I was lucky enough to see it Thursday night and I loved it!! I don’t want to say anything that might spoil the movie, so all I will say is that I love Jayla, played by Sofia Boutella, who was super cool in Kingsman as Gazelle, so I admittedly had high hopes when I discovered that she was in the new Star Trek and I was not disappointed. Yet another strong, woman idol to add to the list! Also, all I want is a cute top (perhaps a flowy tee? I just don’t like the fit of most standard t-shirts) with this image on it because it’s awesome:

Her character is a lone wolf of sorts, just like Rey! She is just awesome and by far my favorite part of the new movie. Oh, and speaking of my idols…

The Her Universe Fashion Show happened tonight at the San Diego Comic Con!! No, I wasn’t there…I never have been but someday I will!! I’m just beyond in awe of Ashley Eckstein’s beautiful Ahsoka-inspired braids and her Ahsoka dress made entirely out of Legos!! I took these from the Snapchat accounts of Hot Topic and Polyvore:

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Ashley Eckstein becomes even more fabulous and inspiring every day. On Hot Topic’s Snapchat, she talked about how powerful women are “increasingly being celebrated, highlighted, and applauded”, so of course she had an Ahsoka outfit! But aside from my Ahsoka love, she’s absolutely right and it’s just amazing how strong women are becoming more prominent in our pop culture. Speaking of strong, powerful, awesome women, my two closest girlfriends gave me these graphic novels for my birthday, and I’m so excited to read them:

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And they happen to be laying on top of a Star Wars comics-style blanket my boyfriend’s family made for me for my birthday! I’m especially stoked about my Spider-Gwen comics; I’ve been intrigued merely by images of her for a while now, so it will be fun to read her stories.

 

 

 

 

“Standing all alone here, in a tavern full of ghosts,”

It’s been almost two weeks ago that I was in the glorious presence of the Hollywood Vampires, who consist of Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Johnny Depp, and Alice Cooper!! And yes, I was lucky enough to see them just days before Joe Perry was hospitalized and had to leave the tour. I have talked about them before, and was so excited when I found out they were coming to Aurora, Illinois, I bought tickets as soon as they were available. And it was a fantastic show!! Not only did they do songs from their album, but they added some new songs as well. Well, not exactly new, as the whole theme of the band is honoring deceased rock stars. But, still new for them to play; they played Rebel, Rebel and Suffragette City by David Bowie and it was glorious. And while they did My Generation on the album, they performed Pinball Wizard in addition to that to honor Keith Moon and John Entwistle and it made me insanely happy. They did a fantastic version of Come Together that was honestly closer to Aerosmith’s version, quite naturally so. They also did Sweet Emotion, which was amazing, but I was mostly enraptured by my Alice Cooper playing the maracas.

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Here are some other cool shots I managed to get:

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Such a fantastic show. Just as exciting as their debut album and more!!

 

P.S. The next day, my friend and I went to a visit another dear friend of ours who lives in Chicago and we went to this darling, beautifully cultured print shop and each of us bought $5 mystery bags of goodies. I got candy, a lucky pen, lovely greeting cards, a Bernie Sanders (a sweet, sketched version of his face)  button, and….maracas!!

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They’re not all black like Alice’s, but they’re partially black! So that makes them my pretty Alice Cooper maracas.

 

 

 

“I’d like to be under the sea, in an octupus’ garden with you,”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RINGO!!! He’s been my favorite ever since I was a wee little girl just learning about the Beatles. Just look at him!!

Daww that Ringo smile:

My precious Ringo:

Ringo Starr at the beach, 1965:

I love his drumming, and I adore his voice. Even now, he is coming out with good solo stuff! You should listen to “Rory and the Hurricanes” from Postcards from Paradise, it’s absolutely delightful and a great summer tune.

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I think when I was little, I just found him to be the cutest. But as I got older, he has stayed my favorite by being the beautiful peace advocate he has been, not just in the 60’s when it was the thing to be, but even now. All he always wants, every year, for his birthday is to wish Peace and Love. What a beautiful soul.

See, this is why he is my favorite:

 

I did it at noon but didn’t get to my computer until just now, but I’m sure he appreciates it no matter when you do it!!

PEACE AND LOVE!!

 

“I don’t like bullies. I don’t care where they come from.”

Happy Birthday, America!! I’ve had to work a bunch this past weekend but when I’ve been off I’ve been wearing such spirited things; last night I rocked a black tank top with the American flag Rolling Stones logo, and tonight I wore a lovely Captain America top by Her Universe from her special 75th Anniversary of Captain America collection for Kohl’s. I didn’t get any cute pictures with it on; my parents and I tried to take a festive family portrait but either I looked awful while my mom looked pretty, or vice versa, or we both looked cute but then my dad’s eyes were closed. Oh well. Instead, or at least for now, here is a picture of Ashley Eckstein herself wearing the shirt I’m wearing right this minute:

She is just too awesome and adorable to handle sometimes.

Speaking of Captain America…it’s also Steve Rogers’ birthday!!

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Captain America is my favorite superhero, so I have to celebrate him! Sadly, I will be at work all day, but I’ve already started watching Captain America: The First Avenger tonight and I will definitely watch Captain America: The Winter Soldier tomorrow. I don’t believe I’ve discussed my love of Marvel movies enough, but I am so in love with these stories and the relationships between the characters of the Avengers movies. I appreciate the Thor and Iron Man movies, but the Captain America ones are my favorites. I’m not sure if Captain America: Civil War is still in theaters but I’m 100% down for going to see it a third time to further celebrate my superhero boyfriend’s birthday. It comes out on Blu-Ray and DVD in September and I’m so excited to have more of Cap and Bucky in my home. And Wanda. And Black Panther. And the new Spider-Man…I just love them.

Aside from winning my heart in terms of solo movies, Steve Rogers is such a beautiful and inspirational character in the other movies as well. After all, he was chosen for the Super Soldier serum because of his huge heart and selflessness. I was attracted to him pre-serum when he huddled himself over the grenade that he didn’t know was fake. And, tiny Steve Rogers is adorable anyway. Oh, how I wish I could be the one to give him his first dance.

I have to admit, though, that I also have a crush on his best friend, Bucky Barnes. Do you blame me, though?!

Steve and Bucky ❤️:

 

Okay….I’m getting quite distracted; this day is about Rogers!!

My love of Captain America was another love that was introduced to me by my dear friend Jeff, who also got me into Star Trek. I have the greatest friends ever, basically.

Oh, Steve Rogers, let’s just look at you for a bit:

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Captain America:

 

But really, he’s a beauty inside and out, never forget that.

He’s also one of my favorites to play as in Disney Infinity; his shield makes this amazing, soaring swoosh noise when I throw it and he is just the best.

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Also, when I went to C2E2 this past winter, I got this beautiful art from Naomi Romero:

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Happy Fourth of July!! And, more importantly, Happy Birthday, Captain America!!

 

 

“I’ve had the time of my life, and I owe it all to you,”

I’m talking to you, Disney Infinity! And yet, you decide to break my heart and get yourself cancelled. It’s been almost two months since the news was revealed, but I think I’m ready to talk about it. I must lament about what will never be…

First of all, I planned on playing Disney Infinity for the rest of my life! Or rather, I just didn’t even consider that it could ever end. After all, video game franchises tend to just go on and on; like, what Call of Duty are we even on?! The 140th?! But really; it all looks the exact same every time!! And you can’t possibly say the same thing about Disney Infinity, Disney Infinity 2.0, and Disney Infinity 3.0. First, I had fun in the playset storylines; I think my favorite would actually be a tie between Monsters University and the Incredibles. Then, there was the first joys of the Toy Box; I was enjoying the crap out of having a Nightmare Before Christmas-themed sky and background, having that score play while I run around Cinderella’s castle as Elsa, Woody, Wreck-it Ralph, or Rapunzel! Then 2.0 came along, and I could do the same thing and MORE! I built my own Agrabah, had another random land with the Lion King opening theme playing as I ran around as Gamora, Captain America, Black Widow, Jasmine, Donald Duck, etc. But my favorite installation of Disney Infinity has to be 3.0 because, well, STAR WARS! Literally my greatest fantasies came true; I could be Ahsoka seeking wisdom from Grandmother Willow while the score from Alice in Wonderland plays in the background. Also, before 3.0 came out, I had really hoped that they would make a Mulan figure, and then they did, and she was so perfect. She’s in the outfit that she wears at the end movie, not trying to impress the matchmaker in elegant and fancy clothes, not in a soldier’s uniform, but simply as herself. And she has her fan AND is wearing the medal the Emperor gives her. How badass and perfect is that?! While I was ecstatic that they had brought that fantasy to life, I’m sad now that I’ll never get the Hercules I merely hoped for.

And no, there were never any hints that they would even do that, because Hercules lost the fan vote to the promised Peter Pan that is never to be delivered. I discovered this YouTube channel called Infiniteer Adventures that has uncovered Disney Infinity figures and playsets that are never to be released. It’s both a delight and a kick to the heart because it’s fun knowing and seeing what they had planned before the cancellation, but it’s also awful knowing what we, as Disney Infinity fans, will actually never have any of these beautiful figures and playsets.

One of the Star Wars additions to 3.0 was the main cast of Rebels! Oh wait. Not all of them…okay, literally all of the crew but Hera. I never understood that decision and I’m so upset that I won’t own this epic figure and get to put her near the Rebels I do have (Kanan, Ezra, and Sabine. No Zeb for me).

 

I further perused through this channel and found something I didn’t expect at all: evidently they were going to add Spider-Gwen as a Marvel addition!! Admittedly, I haven’t read any Spider-Gwen comics; I’ve just seen so many images of her and just bits of the comics online and have found her so intriguing. I want to get into those comics someday. AND LOOK HOW BADASS AND BEAUTIFUL SHE WAS GOING TO BE:

 

I’m so sad I won’t be able to play this figure. I would have put her next to my Spider-Man on my shelf.

I must admit, though; if Disney Infinity was truly going to continue for years to come, I would need to buy a new entertainment center (again) to accommodate all of my figures. Or I would just need a whole new bookcase that I could dedicate the figures to. I usually don’t show people my collection, but now seems like a good time:

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One thing I don’t think I’m going to miss about Disney Infinity? The constant belittling and ridicule I’ve endured over the years from all sorts of folk, just for playing a game I love. Perhaps it’s why I don’t really declare myself as a “gamer”, even though I love playing certain video games; I just don’t want to get into that whole mess. To so many pretentious jerks, I’m not a “real” gamer. Like, I have people ridicule my choice of console all of the time. But seriously…why does it matter to anyone else that I have a Wii U? It makes me happy, and it has no affect on other people at all. People tell me all the time I need to upgrade and get an adult console, but why? And if they’re not telling me to get a different console, they’re telling me that I have to switch to PC gaming. Sure, thanks for the recommendation, but seriously…what does it matter to them?! And it never feels like a friendly, heartfelt suggestion that is meant to better my life- it is always said in such a pretentious matter, like you’re so much better than me for playing video games the way you do, even more so for the playing the games that you do. I don’t criticize them for playing non-imaginative war games over and over…okay, at least not to their faces…but I can somewhat accept that that’s what you enjoy and leave you alone about it. I’ve had so many people tell me I’m playing a child’s game, and that just because it’s Disney it can’t be difficult, intense, or even just plain fun for someone my age. But for me, it is. I adore Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars, so it’s actually perfect. And I also enjoy just being a different character, and watching him or her run around with my intended actions. Like, I love Mario games because I love being Peach! And you can’t possibly put me down for enjoying Mario. It’s just essential and classic to anyone who enjoys video games even just mildly. I enjoy plunging into these fantasy worlds as characters I adore and even creating my own fantasy worlds. To me, running around and kicking butt as a character I love is more fun than looking down the barrel of a gun, only knowing that I’m a character in the game when I shoot and grunt. (Basically, I don’t get those shooter games. I like seeing my character.) But again, whatever; if that’s how you get your kicks, I won’t stop you. So don’t try to put me down for getting my kicks.

OH! And people think that these “Toys to Life” video games instantly just means you play with toys. I mean, as much as I miss those days, I just don’t do that. (Plus, all of the figures are actually figurines in the sense that they aren’t bendable and able to change poses like your typical “action figure”.) I will admit, though, that sometimes after I play a game for a bit and then put them back on my shelf, I do have a tendency to just gaze at all of my figures. They were made so exquisitely well and they’re just so lovely. Especially this one:

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Farewell, Disney Infinity! At least I’ve been going back and forth between 2.0 and 3.0 so I’m not done yet, anyway!