“Save the rebellion! Save the dream!”

ONE MORE SLEEP UNTIL I GET TO SEE ROGUE ONE OH MY GOODNESS!!! I don’t even know what to do with myself, I just want it to be tomorrow night already! I’ve already checked off one my pre-Rogue One activities this week, which was re-watching the episodes of Clone Wars that feature Saw Gerrera, who is in Rogue One played by Forest Whitaker. If this  sounds like a fun way to roll in Rogue One to you as well, you’ll want to check out Season 5, and he’s in all of these episodes:

  • A War on Two Fronts
  • Front Runners
  • The Soft War
  • Tipping Points

I forgot until I watched these episodes again the other night that Saw was actually a bit arrogant, not terribly unlike Anakin. But it’s not like his confidence isn’t warranted; with the help of Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Ahsoka, he becomes a more focused, more tactful warrior. He’s also very quick to think of solutions, and quick to achieve those as well. But it’s his aggressive disposition that make him less qualified to lead the group of Onderon rebels than his sister, Steela.

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I have to admit…one of my favorite things about Saw Gerrera (besides that he’s badass and gets the job done) is that he chose Ahsoka to help him learn how to immobilize these Seperatist droids that are otherwise unbeatable with their very Violet from the Incredibles-like shields. And she’s obviously an excellent teacher. My hero!

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Just look at him go. Okay, so if you’re unfamiliar with his Clone Wars arc and plan on watching his episodes for the first time soon…SPOILERS AHEAD! PROCEED WITH CAUTION!

I believe I’ve mentioned before how excited I am that we are finally getting a live action version of a previously exclusive to Clone Wars character, because I adore the series and it’s just awesome how everything connects in the Star Wars Universe. And this paves the way for an Ahsoka movie, or so I like to dream; Dave Filoni was at the recent world premiere for Rogue One in Los Angeles, so I’m hoping there’s a Rebels reference in there somewhere. Guys, I might pass out from excitement if Saw ends up referencing his training from my darling Ahsoka Tano. That would seriously be so amazing.

Aside from the general excitement that Clone Wars is being tied in to the new films, I’m very interested in Saw because when we met him, he was a very confident, aggressive, and passionate young man. I don’t know exactly how old he’s supposed to be, but he seems to be in his early 20’s. Towards the end of this whole Onderon tale, the group of rebels decide that his sister Steela is their perfect leader. At first, Saw is visibly a bit jealous, but eventually he concedes that his sister was the right choice.

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Despite my feelings towards Steela, she was indeed a smart and courageous leader. Obviously I didn’t like her at first because she’s a major bitch to Ahsoka just because Ahsoka also knows Lux, the handsome young Seperatist that Ahsoka shared a kiss with in one episode and has had a bit of a crush on. Alright, calm down, it wasn’t an actual romantic kiss; it was in a facade that she was Lux’s fiance to cover up that Ahsoka was a Jedi. Anyway, clearly Steela also has the hots for Lux and is unreasonably rude to Ahsoka in the beginning. But obviously my woman is the better person and even reaches out to Steela when she stormed off in frustration during the training that Obi Wan, Anakin, and Ahsoka were conducting. Steela lightened up a little at that point, and then she became the rebels’ leader and everything was going smoother than they planned during a rescue of both Saw and their former, rightful King. That was, until Steela was hanging from a cliff. Ahsoka was lifting her with the Force until the Seperatists’ ship tank thing shot her in the shoulder, causing her to lose her hold on Steela. Steela fell to her death. Poor Saw immediately blamed himself; I think he had hit that ship earlier, but it all happens so fast I already can’t remember (my viewing was 3 nights ago). Ahsoka offers her condolences but Saw is actually kinda cold in return, saying that it’s over with, and walks away. Saw was just a young man at this point, and just lost the only family he had left to war. Fast forward to the period Rogue One takes place in, long after the Clone Wars and the Republic and the Seperatists, but the Empire been around long enough to destroy so many things at this point. In pictures and what we have seen from the trailers, Saw has one leg that has been replaced with a prosthetic of some sort. You can tell just by looking at him that he’s just been fighting his whole life, stuck in a never-ending cycle of war. But he’s still passionate about fighting the good fight.

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Also, watch him open this trailer:

Also, see his peg-leg intro and his undying passion in this one:

 

ONE MORE SLEEP!! THE TRAILERS ARE STILL MAKING ME EMOTIONAL!! I THINK BECAUSE I AM SO EXCITED?!?! AHHHH!!!!!

“You say you want a revolution, well, you know…we all wanna change the world,”

Or, if you’re a rebel in Rogue One, you want to change the universe! I don’t know about you guys, but I already got my tickets for Rogue One for the very first showing EVER (at my theater…) next Thursday night! I AM ONE WEEK AWAY FROM SEEING ROGUE ONE AND I AM SO EXCITED! Naturally, I have been eating up all the press I can find for this film. I know so many fans are excited for Darth Vader, but I honestly care more about our new characters, especially our rebels. I know I’ve already talked about how I’m already in love with both Jyn Erso, played by Felicity Jones, and Cassian Andor, played by Diego Luna, but like…I can’t stop. The actors are so damn charming and lovely, and every time I watch the trailers I get emotional, and every interview makes me adore them even more. Especially this recent MTV interview. First of all, watch that and fall in love in love with them.

Or…honestly, just look at them:

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THEY ARE BOTH SO BEAUTIFUL, INSIDE AND OUT. First of all, Diego Luna is absolutely gorgeous and adorable. AND he’s now among the far too short list of the few Latinos to star in a Star Wars movie! It’s amazing to see Latinos in Star Wars; representation does matter! It makes me so happy! But just look at him. And Felicity Jones! I have so much faith in her for this role. Look at her; she put her little Jyn Erso action figure sitting down next to her on her chair!! How perfect and charming is that?!

And believe me, I’m also excited for the rest of the beautifully diverse cast of rebels, they’re all so unique and intriguing. And, as a huge Clone Wars fan, I’m so freaking excited for Saw Gerrera, played by Forest Whitaker! Does this pave the way for a feature film all about Ahsoka Tano?! I THINK SO!! At least maybe one day!! Speaking of Ahsoka…remember my magical moment at a comic convention I went to, where, dressed as Ahsoka Tano, I found the beautiful Black Series Ahsoka Tano action figure?! And just a few days ago, Saint Nick made a visit to my door because I left my shoes out and left a sweet bag of gifts. The bag was filled with candy, treats, pretty socks, and there was a sweet little card with money in it that said “for your Ahsoka Tano figure”. What a beautiful Christmas surprise!

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I know, I’m spoiled. Look at my beautiful Ahsoka collection now:

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Oh look, there’s my little Cassian Andor right behind my latest Ahsoka! So, back to Rogue One…let’s admire Jyn and Cassian one more time:

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God, they’re so cool. I can feel it. Also, Jyn rocks a hood so well. Much like the ladies of Star Wars before her. Let’s take a moment to appreciate that…

She doesn’t wear it for long in the movie, but look how tough and darling my favorite scavenger is. Just look at the rare hooded Rey:

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And, one of my favorite looks of Padme Amidala (even though she is pretending to be her own handmaiden in this outfit), followed by some of her other hooded looks:

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“It’s cold in space.”

 

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Since I’m merely going by the timeline here, my darling hero Ahsoka Tano looks amazing when hooded; I definitely want to cosplay these looks someday:

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I am missing at least one more look but I can’t find it…so it’s time to move on to the original Star Wars heroine, Princess Leia:

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Fun fact: When I decided I was going to don this original Princess Leia look for Halloween a few years ago, it was hard to find one with a hood attached. And I decided I needed that because I love that part of the whole look. I don’t know why anyone would even make this costume without a hood, it simply doesn’t make any sense!

I know, the men don hoods very well, too…but today is not their time to shine….

Okay, just one…and my favorite, my beautiful Luke Skywalker:

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And that’s all for now! Until I feel like appreciating hoods in Star Wars again…

 

 

“Oh there’s an empty place in my bones, that calls out for something unknown,”

Actually, familiarity is the most comforting to me right now. While November/December is a time I try to not spend so much on myself, I decided that I needed to get my geek on and go to another comic convention. This one wasn’t a big one in the city, though; it was Mighty Con, which was less than a half hour away  from me. Cheap admission, and I already had a few Cosplays ready to go, it was a no brainer. Can you guess who I was?!

Alright, I’ll tell you! I was Ahsoka Tano, one of my beloved Star Wars heroes/favorite characters. I already had everything I needed for this costume from a convention I went to last March. In fact, that’s how I justified that investment at the time: “Oh, I’ll wear this a bunch of times to other conventions,”. That is also how I want to justify my dream purchase of a latex headpiece of Ahsoka’s lovely Torgruta lekku and montrals on Etsy, but I won’t let myself buy it just yet; the good ones are all over $100. But like, I could honestly dress up as Ahsoka a few times a year for the rest of my life, having discovered the joy of Cosplay at these lovely nerd conventions. So eventually, I do plan on getting one of those expensive headpieces…or two; her lekku is longer in her Rebels look, which I would also love to do someday but that costume is a bit more difficult to find. I would actually have to make that myself, most likely…or commission someone far more talented than I.

Another thing I love about dressing up as Ahsoka is connecting with other Clone Wars and Rebels fans and having young girls be excited to see me. At this convention, my best friend dressed as Princess Anna of Arendelle, so we were a double-whammy of awesome. I had a few children, both young boys and girls, and adults like my outfit, but my favorite was this little girl who was in awe of us together and her parents told us (she, like myself as a wee lass her age, was quite shy) that we were her two favorite characters. We bumped into them a few times after our initial encounter; the second time, they asked to take a picture. The little girl- who had her own little Batgirl cosplay going on- kept smiling at us, and the parents felt bad for “bugging” us but we honestly loved it, it was just so sweet.

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In between impressing the children, I wandered off while Princess Anna was kicking ass during a Smash Brothers tournament looking at Star Wars toys. I always look at Star Wars toys in case they have something of Ahsoka. Here I am, looking at some stupid Boba Fett action figure when the seller approaches me and asks “Did you see the Ahsoka figure?”. It was literally right in front of me and I missed it somehow when I actually looking for it. I gasped. I said something about how I was tempted because I never see that action figure anywhere (at least at a reasonable price, which this one was), and he conceded its’ rarity. He then told me he would give it to me for $25 instead of $30 because I seemed to be a fan. How magical is that?! I’m dressed up as Ahsoka and I finally find the Elite Series action figure for a good price!!

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Due to my intense love of Toy Story, she did not stay in that box for long. Also, I don’t know what that blue glare on her chest near her lekku is about; there’s no blue spot on her now. Now she is roaming free, protecting my dresser with her lightsabers:

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I have justified this purchase because it was a magical moment and I collect everything Ahsoka. There, that’s my excuse. Now, I still want that Wal Mart exclusive Elite (I know the ad says “black” but it’s wrong) Series figure of her in her Clone Wars days:

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Like, just in case anyone who loves me is reading…I would really love to have that Ahsoka figure ;-).

But guys…now that I have one Elite Series action figure, can I stop? Can I only have 2?! I suddenly want Jyn Erso and Rey as well…perhaps also Cassian Andor and Luke Skywalker, if one exists with him in his all-black Return of the Jedi outfit (obviously his sexiest outfit). Do I need them? No, but…I just really like them. I know most adult collectors typically keep them in the box, but I like being able to touch them and make them move. After all, they are action figures, aren’t they?! Also, I can hand them down to my children one day, if I ever have them. And they better play with them. But with care! But like, with liberty; I can’t be like the dad in The Lego Movie. 

But really…I can’t buy anything for myself anymore. I’m cutting myself off! I already let myself indulge in a lot of retail therapy in result of this past presidential election (yes, my heart is still broken). In fact, one of those impulsive purchases that seeped from my melancholy was this beautiful Nightmare Before Christmas print and Tsum Tsum set by Spooksieboo (which is also where I got my bloody FN-2187 print that is on my wall). First, look at how she packaged them to me; it’s like a I got a little Halloween treat! And who else do you know sells their art with adorable little Tsum Tsums to match?! This artist is awesome and adorable.

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The two prints are now officially the first Christmas decorations I have up, while I’m still working on where to put the perfect little Santa Jack Tsum Tsum. I love Santa Jack.

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My favorite is the Sally with the Christmas tree!

I’m sorry to disappoint you, but…this bundle is totally gone. But, check out her other artwork, it’s all super cute, mostly zombies and Dia De Los Muertos style! And a lot of Nightmare Before Christmas stuff!!

 

 

“I get by with a little help from my friends,”

I consider myself to be a good friend to those I admire and respect. So, I’m going to just up my status with a few friends even further by giving them what they’re asking me for: my list of Star Wars Clone Wars episodes that they MUST. WATCH. I own the entire series, so I consider myself pretty well qualified for this job. Also, look how cool my set is:

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So, here are my recommendations/essentials:

Season One:

  • Cloak of Darkness
  • Jedi Crash
  • Blue Shadow Virus
  • Mystery of A Thousand Moons
  • Storm Over Ryloth (and the other episodes about Ryloth that immediately follow this one)
  • Hostage Crisis

Season Two:

  • Holocron Heist
  • Cargo of Doom
  • Children of the Force
  • Senate Spy (I found myself liking the Padme-heavy episodes a lot more than I expected to)
  • Brain Invaders
  • The Deserter (there is a hot magenta Twi’lek lady in this episode 😉 )
  • Lightsaber Lost
  • The Mandalore Plot (also watch the 2 episodes that follow, set on Mandalore as well) (also SAD ROMANCE THAT WAS TO NEVER BE)
  • The Zillo Beast (and the one that follows)
  • Death Trap
  • R2 Come Home (Mace Windu learns a very valuable lesson)
  • Lethal Trackdown (actually these last three all connect, I just like the titles)

Season Three:

  • Clone Cadets (warning: I watched this after a tragic loss in my life, and this episode had me sobbing)
  • Arc Troopers (if you like Kamino, where the Clone Troopers are…made? Bred?)
  • Sphere of Influence (my girl Ahsoka takes control and is awesome)
  • Corruption
  • The Academy (another Ahsoka gem)
  • Assassin (yet ANOTHER one where Ahsoka kicks some ass)
  • Hunt for Ziro (Ziro is a hutt. He’s pretty..interesting)
  • Heroes on Both Sides (for the Ahsoka AND Padme lover in me)
  • Pursuit of Peace
  • Nightsisters (some weird, scary witch shit)
  • Monster (more of that scary shit)
  • Witches of the Mist (yaaaaassss)
  • Overlords (oddly trippy)
  • Altar of Mortis (this episode traumatizes me because of what happens to Ahsoka)
  • Ghosts of Mortis (suuuuuuper cool, somebody gets a glimpse of their tragic fate)
  • The Citadel (and the one after it completes the story…hey, remember that Tarkin dude? 😉 )
  • Padawan Lost (Ahsoka giving hope and kicking ass)
  • Wookie Hunt (CHEWBACCA AND AHSOKA ARE FRIENDS OMG)

Season 4:

  • Water War (for the Admiral Ackbar fans, watch this and the next few that follow)
  • Shadow Warrior (this series proves that Jar Jar Binks was actually meant to be a cartoon. He’s actually endearing.)
  • Slaves of the Republic (and the one after this; it continues that story-line)
  • A Friend in Need (FEATURES WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN AHSOKA’S BOYFRIEND IF THE JEDI ORDER WASN’T SO STRICT AND WEIRD)
  • Deception (actually, parts of this episode bother me, but everyone watch it, I want your thoughts! This one and the next two episodes. Again, Ahsoka has badass and endearing moments)
  • Massacre
  • Bounty (stupid Boba Fett…AGAIN. I have left the other episodes he’s in a surprise)
  • Brothers (DARTH MAULLLLLL)
  • Revenge (MORE DARTH MAAAAULLLL)
  • A War on Two Fronts (GUYS, YOU MEET SAW GERRERA HERE. OH, NO BIG DEAL, JUST THE GUY FOREST WHITAKER IS PLAYING IN ROGUE ONE) (BUT HIS SISTER IS A B TO AHSOKA BECAUSE THEY HARBOR FEELINGS FOR THE SAME YOUNG MAN)
  • Front Runners (continuation of this story)
  • The Soft War
  • Tipping Points
  • The Gathering (little itty bitty Padawans get their crystals to construct their very own LIGHTSABERS and Ahsoka is their teacher!)
  • Bound for Rescue (if you like these learning younglings, watch this one and the one after it)
  • Revival (more DARTH MAAAUULLL)
  •  Eminence (MAAAULLLLL GOES AFTER KENOBI)
  • Shades of Reason (Mandalore!)
  • The Lawless (GRAB YOUR TISSUES)
  • Sabotage
  • The Jedi Who Knew Too Much (I have trouble handling the treatment of Ahsoka but I love that Anakin sticks by her in these episodes)
  • To Catch a Jedi (such good stuff)
  • The Wrong Jedi (TISSUES. LOTS OF TISSUES. IT’S ALL NECESSARY BUT IT BREAKS ME)

The Lost Missions (aka, the incomplete Season Six):

  • The Unknown
  • Conspiracy (these next few episodes are super interesting and imperative to a deeper understanding of how Order 66 was planned and the downfalls of choosing Jango Fett as the one to clone)
  • Fugitive
  • Orders
  • An Old Friend (ANAKIN IS NOT COOL WITH OLD BOYFRIENDS)
  • The Rise of Clovis (HAVING A SECRET MARRIAGE KINDA SUCKS)
  • Crisis at the Heart (Guys, I swear…Luke and Leia were definitely conceived directly after the events of this episode. You’ll see the last shot of Anakin and Padme and IMMEDIATELY AGREE….BOW CHICKA WOW WOW)
  • The Disappeared, Parts I and II (even if you absolutely hate Jar Jar…I swear, try these episodes, it might heal those wounds. He’s better as a cartoon and there’s this lady ruler that wants that Gungan D like you wouldn’t believe but it’s hilarious)
  • The Lost One (more clone troopers background things….just remember a name they say in Attack of the Clones)
  • Voices (these next ones are intense focuses on Yoda)
  • Destiny
  • Sacrifice (you might be slightly traumatized by the images you’ll see)

 

Notice a pattern, by the way? The series just got better as time went by!!

 

 

“Picture yourself on a boat on a river, with tangerine trees, and marmalade skies,”

You know what badass lady has a delicate tangerine tint to her skin?! You guessed it: my hero, Ahsoka Tano!

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I know what you’re wondering…and no, I don’t got a day without thinking about Ahsoka Tano. And lately, it’s just hard not to; wonderful things are happening! Just a few days ago, the Hot Topic Exclusive Funko Pop! Vinyl Bobblehead Figure was finally released in stores and online at HotTopic.com. Naturally, I bought her right on October 5th and it’s a good thing  I did; online, they’re already out of stock! This was one of the few times that I was obsessively tracking my order online and just uber excited when it first told me it had shipped out:

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And then she arrived and I was so happy! I considered doing an unboxing video, but eventually decided that I’m not that nerdy. (False. I just didn’t feel like setting that up because it would mean waiting longer to be with my little Ahsoka). Look at my stupid, happy face!

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I can’t upload my own videos on here, but I want to because this Ahsoka Tano Funko Pop! Bobblehead is the greatest bobblehead ever! It’s probably her Togruta lekku that makes her bobble so epic.

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In other Ahsoka news, the Young Adult novel that will bridge the gap between her time in between Clone Wars and becoming Fulcrum on Rebels is coming out tomorrow!! EEEEEEE!!!! I am so excited!!!! As a retail worker, I don’t want time to go any faster due to the impending doom that is the holiday season, but I have been begging for October 11th to get here so I can finally read Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston!! I haven’t heard of this author before, but I have faith. I know Dave Filoni has had an influence on the story, and I know he could never let anybody do wrong by this character. Also, look at this picture of the author with Ashley Eckstein, Ahsoka Tano herself, taken today:

Ashley Eckstein is rocking her Her Universe (do I have to tell you she’s the founder of Her Universe?!) Captain Phasma leather jacket and that beautiful Ahsoka’s Journey shirt (that I also have and it’s one of my favorites). Then, the author herself is wearing a Jedi cowl dress from WeLoveFine designed by the lady who runs her own Geek-chic line, ElhofferDesign. Not that you should necessarily judge people by what they wear…actually, I can’t say that with honesty. I do judge people by what they wear, but in a positive manner! If you’ve got a Rolling Stones shirt or some Star Wars apparel on, it’s just more likely that we will get along. I love fashion and I love all sorts of looks, and it’s amazing to see this nerdy girl fashion so often now. I’ve just always been attracted to expressive clothing, so naturally I love seeing that on other people as well.  Also, you should always dress for the occasion, and they’re both perfectly dressed to do meet and greets for the long anticipated Ahsoka novel.

I’m just so excited for this book to come out, I wish I could burst into Barnes and Noble at midnight! I remember my friends doing that for the Harry Potter books back in the day; I was never into them enough. In fact, I’ve never been super excited for a book to be released, or least not a fiction novel (not counting autobiographies of my favorite rock stars). I’ve always discovered my books years after their release with very few exceptions. I didn’t even fall in love with the Hunger Games after I saw the first movie in theaters and decided I wanted to read the books, but if I was a fan prior to their releases, I would have definitely joined the madness waiting for the books to come out. I often only find my beloved books after seeing the movie version. So this truly is the first time I’ve been waiting months and counting the days until a new novel is released. Why am I excited, you ask? Oh gee, it has nothing to do with my obsession with Ahsoka! (Sarcasm). But, besides my insane love of this fantastic character, I’ve been really impressed with the Star Wars books that have been released within the last year and a half, especially Dark Disciple and Bloodline. I never read any of the Legends/Expanded Universe books when I was younger; I only liked the novelizations of the movies. For whatever reason, I didn’t crave more. I was fine watching the movies and the special features over and over on my fancy DVD set for several years. Now, that is obviously not the case. Opening myself up to the Clone Wars series was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! It brought me to my beloved Ahsoka and honestly, a deeper understanding and love of and for the prequels as well Star Wars as a whole.

OH! Do you know why Ashley Eckstein is tagging along for the book tour?! BECAUSE SHE DID THE AUDIO BOOK!!  I’ve never bought an audio book, but this will have to be my first time exception. It’s just too perfect and glorious to pass up.

Speaking of the Legends novels, it was pretty cool to see Lucasfilm employees talk about the books they adored on the Star Wars After Show on Star Wars’ official Youtube channel. It’s cool to see how people expand their fandom, and fulfilling that can be. Watch these people, they’re pretty cool:

 

Also, what are your favorite Star Wars books?!

“War, children, it’s just a shot away, it’s just a shot away…I tell you love, sister, it’s just a kiss away, it’s just a kiss away,”

Happy Rogue Friday, everyone!! So, Rogue One merchandise is being released now and I am so excited!! I remember last year when they released a bunch of merchandise for The Force Awakens…I bought a lot of things that weekend…mostly clothes. It was the first time I had seen a whole section of Star Wars apparel at a Target, and it was such a lovely sight to see clothes for all genders and ages. I bought myself at least one of the ladies’ shirts I saw (I would buy a few more in the months to come) and a sweatshirt that I suppose was primarily made for men, but a size small was perfect for me. I didn’t buy any of the toys (except, of course, Rey and Poe Funko Pop! figures), but it was fun to look at them. I definitely want to at least take a gander at all of the new Rogue One toys that will come out this weekend. I’m especially excited for Jyn Erso items. I have a feeling about her being awesome…I had the same feeling about Rey when I saw her. I didn’t know exactly how awesome she was going to be, but I knew I would admire her.

Not only is an exciting time to be a female Star Wars fan when women are finally the lead stars in these movies, but it’s also an amazing time for Hispanic/Latino Star Wars fans like myself! First, we had the hunky and beautiful pilot Poe Dameron played by Guatemalan-born Oscar Isaac:

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Now with Rogue One, we get Captain Cassian Andor, played by the adorable Mexican (half like me 😉 ) Diego Luna:

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Guys, do I want him in that blue jacket,

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Or, in his other outfit, which is a Target exclusive?!

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They’re both insanely cute and fierce, I don’t know which one to get! I can’t decided on Jyn, either; there’s at least 3 different versions I’ve seen that will be released. Or should I wait until the movie comes out?! Ha, nah…I know I will love these characters, I feel it.

They will look so cute with my other Star Wars Pop! figures:

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Actually, I’m going to need a bigger shelf, or maybe add another shelf within that shelf?! Because they all deserve to be seen.

Remember when  I said that I do not collect Disney Infinity figures because I want to play with them? Well, that’s mostly true; I need the figures to play as those characters in the games. But, let’s be honest; if I could spend a few hours just playing with them, like I would have with my Star Wars action figures, Barbies, and Bratz dolls like I did when I was a child without feeling incredibly silly, I would. But perhaps that’s just my inner story-teller just wanting to work with something visible, tangible, even. I think that’s partly why I like collecting my Funko Pop! figures; they’re adorable little bobbleheads that are actually quite the hot thing to collect right now, so I feel somewhat socially validated for buying these little figures. Like, they’re meant to be collected by adults, right? Yet, I can’t keep them in boxes like most of the fellow adult collectors I know in person. I need them to be out and free, so they don’t suffer like stupid Jesse and my beloved Bullseye from Toy Story 2. Also, I like to tap their heads sometimes. I collected bobbleheads as a child,  so I’ve really just modified that hobby a bit.

In addition these Funko Pop! figures I clearly need, there will be a few non-Rogue One-related Star Wars releasing this weekend, like another Ahsoka Tano Black Series figure that will be exclusive to Wal-Mart. I don’t have any action figures anymore, except for my ones of Ozzy Osbourne, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Blue Meanie, and Jeremy (Yellow Submarine)…so it would be weird…or would it?! She is my favorite and I’m so deeply attached to her, it would make sense if I just collected everything I found of her. I’ve already been feeling regret at not trying to find this beauty when it came out (because now, it is impossible to find):

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And this new one that’s coming out is part of a “vintage” collection…aka, she’s in her best outfit ever; her Clone Wars tunic:

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Okay…I might need it..

 

BUT WAIT…back to the inclusion of females and minorities in Star Wars! I didn’t mean to get distracted by toys! It’s an important change in movies lately, more inclusion. Yet, it’s still not happening enough; there has been criticism about Tim Burton’s latest movie, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and its’ lack of people of color. I remember seeing the trailer and noticing the only character who isn’t white is black and appears to be the evil character…I thought to myself “damnit, Tim Burton,”, because I’ve been a fan and supporter of his all of my life. I grew up being in love with Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, the Nightmare Before Christmas, and so forth. I consider him my favorite director, mostly because of my deep attachment to Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. I’ve defended him to people complaining that he won’t stop casting Johnny Depp and remaking movies….and then he does this to me. Sadly, he’s really been doing it to me this whole time. Hardly any of his movies have people of color. People of the internet have pointed out that his world is just overall kinda pale, and that’s sort of his aesthetic? But, is that a valid excuse? What’s more disappointing than anything was his explanation of this particular criticism:

First of all, people complaining about political correctness are annoying; these complaints are typically from white people who truly have no idea what it’s like to be a minority and be subjected to the worst stereotypes and slurs. I do understand the principle of not wanting to force anything simply for the sake of inclusion, but then…simply, don’t force it. It should be natural. Like…was Finn from The Force Awakens written as a black character? I don’t know for sure, to be honest, but John Boyega is perfect and darling and I think he was chosen because he was simply the right actor. Second of all….darling, I will always love your weird and creepy style and your drawings and such, but…right now, I kinda want to slap you. Of course you’re not going to complain that there should be more white people in movies…you know why? BECAUSE ALL OF FREAKING HOLLYWOOD FOR YEARS HAS BEEN PRIMARILY WHITE MOVIES. Alas, times are changing and at least these injustices are being recognized. And I’m also realizing this about my favorite movies lately; John Hughes is my other favorite directors, and not only are his films super white, but they’re also kinda racist; I’ve only noticed in the last few years how Sixteen Candles, one of my favorite movies ever, is terrible towards Asians (this realization was largely in part due to watching the show Fresh Off the Boat). I can’t dislike the movie, I’m far too attached; but I can acknowledge that it was a imperfect time. Shit, it’s still an imperfect time, but it is getting considerably better.

Speaking of which, this is old news by now, but please let me talk about how excited I was when I heard the hopefully true rumor that Zendaya is playing Mary Jane Watson in the new Spider-Man Homecoming with Tom Holland!! Then, please understand my disappointment in many people on the internet who were mad that Mary Jane was going to be played not by a white girl, but by a black one. And I freaking love red hair and Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane, but we’ve seen that already. Zendaya is technically mixed race, like me, so that makes it even cooler. I’m also sad because this was the second time I had ever heard this young woman being mentioned in the media involving racism. The first time I had heard about her, it was when stupid Guliana Rancic criticized Zendaya’s dreadlocks hairstyle at a Red Carpet event, saying it looked like this beautiful young lady “smells like weed” (she would later “apologize” by saying she merely was referring to a bohemian look (ha!)), while she praised one of those Jenner girls (I don’t respect them enough to figure out which one it was. They’re both awful, like their older sisters) with the very same hairstyle within that same week. One, Zendaya is absolutely gorgeous and fabulous. Two, Rancic is just a pityful reflection of the shallow celebrity-obsessed channel E! that she works on. Three, I’m sad that every time I heard Zendaya mentioned in pop culture news, it involved her being put down and pitted against white girls. Don’t worry, Zendaya slayed Rancic for her idiotic comments  with such grace. And if she’s Mary Jane Watson…I’m so freaking happy and excited. Like, at this point, I’m just going to be sad if she’s not.

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Also, while I actually strongly dislike rap and hip-hop, I adore this video of our possible Mary Jane Watson and Peter Parker (and friend) dancing:

 

 

 

“I won’t leave you…not this time.”

Just watching my idol kicking ass, as usual. Don’t mind me crying over here just because the season finale of the second season of Rebels has done all sorts of tangling with my emotions. Have I really become this sappy that I cry when I see Ahsoka cry, like in the episode Shroud of Darkness?! While in the Jedi Temple, realizing that her beloved master Anakin Skywalker had indeed become Darth Vader, I can’t help but cry with her:

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Or see her say “Anakin” with such bewilderment and heartbreak, and when I see her walking into the temple after Vader limps away?!

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Ahsoka hearing her master

 

Alas, it’s simply been an emotional Star Wars week for me:

I was watching The Force Awakens with my aunt and, it still hits me every time: when Rey cries, I cry! I can’t find any images from it, but it’s the scene after she touches the Skywalker lightsaber and Maz is all like “whoever you’re waiting for on Jakku…you know they’re never coming back…but there’s still someone who can” and tears stream instantly down Rey’s face, and then she says “Luke”. Oh, my heart!

Another night I was reading Claudia Gray’s Bloodline, and at the very end of a bombshell chapter, “Leia put her head down on her desk and allowed herself to weep”. I just felt so bad and it was so stressful! I’m not going to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read it yet, though.

Basically, when Ahsoka cries, I cry! When Rey cries, I cry! When Leia cries, I cry! Normal? I mean, probably not. Alas, I can’t help it!

On a happier note in my Star Wars love, I forgot to share my latest purchases showcasing the wonderful artwork of Lorna-ka! Here is a tank of all of the Ahsoka stages we have seen: 

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Here is the art alone:

They Grow Up So Fast Art Print

And here is my epic Ahsoka trooper tee:

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I got this beautiful, super cool, super comfy shirt at RedBubble.

I still need more. This artist is incredible and I have plans to buy more apparel with her artwork on it!!