“I’ve got gadgets and gizmos a plenty, I’ve got whozitz and whatzits galore”

I know, I like talking about my stuff a lot…but I collect some pretty interesting things, if I do say so myself. Especially Funko Pop! figures…guys, it’s not my fault. I went to Hot Topic while at the mall recently and had to go there because 1) there’s not one super close to me so I take my opportunities to peruse when I can and 2) I knew I had a $5 dollar reward from them expiring soon. I look at the wall of Funkos for like 7 minutes because I see Ezra, but I’m looking for Hera, and if they have one character from Star Wars Rebels in stock they’re bound to have another, right?! Finally, I had to ask an employee if they had any in back or if they had their entire stock pretty much out. At first, she made it seem like everything they had would be out, but then she had me describe the character I was looking for. “With the green things on her head? I’m pretty sure I’ve seen her before,”…she then got a ladder and looked behind the ones that were higher on the shelves. It reminded me of my retail days, that still aren’t very far behind me, when a customer would be looking for a DVD or CD and it wasn’t out on the floor but our system said we had in it stock; I was always determined to find it, even if that involved digging in the warehouse through boxes fellow employees never bothered putting out, for whatever reason. I digress; she did not find them on the shelves, but had told me she was almost certain she had seen the one I was looking for. A few minutes later, she came out with my little Hera and I was so happy. I went to check out, and of course the cashier has to tell me that the Funko Pops are all 3 for $30 (again, I’m familiar with this game). I politely declined, and asked him to look up my rewards that I had earned. “Actually, you have $10! Now you may as well get two more for the 3 for $3o,”. Damnit, he had me there. I was sold. Obviously I had to do it. See, I told you it wasn’t my fault! I was clearly swindled! (or easily swayed…)

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I still need to go see Rogue One again, because apparently  “General Syndulla” is called upon over the intercom at some point. With that in mind, I happened to pick up a general, a princess, and then one very special woman who was both.

The very first outfit we saw her in the first Star Wars and the first outfit we saw in the most recent Star Wars. Also, it’s interesting to see how Funko Pop’s style has changed over the years, side by side.

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Oh wait, did I show you what I got for Christmas from people I love extremely dearly?!

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I already had the exclusive Target version of Cassian Andor, but now I have Jyn Erso. I adore them both. My little heroes!

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Look at my little Rebels!!! I had to have Hera and Sabine together, but then I wanted to have Ahsoka with Hera as well; Hera was the only one to have contact with “Fulcrum” before she revealed herself to the rest of the Ghost crew. Also, they’re both my favorite fictional species: Torgrutas and Twi’leks are both gorgeous creatures.

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Sorry not sorry for the blurry picture…they were in the middle of bobbling together; who am I to stop that?! Their beautiful lekku, bobbling in the air, as free as can be.

But, back to the original Star Wars Rebel:

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I’m still mourning Carrie Fisher, so I just keep buying Princess Leia stuff. I was buying Star Wars Tsum Tsums for my niece to accompany these adorable Star Wars Little Golden Books I got for her at Barnes and Noble when I couldn’t help but add one for myself. I got the classic/original Princess Leia along with Han Solo for my niece, and the Empire Strikes Back edition, “Planet Hoth Leia” for myself.

Also, I got this Elite Jyn Erso figure like two days before I saw Rogue One (one of my very last employee purchases at my old job; I had to do it), and she looks so right with my darling Ahsoka:

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Oh wait…I almost forgot about the princess I got!

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Here is the Hot Topic Exclusive glittery version of Ariel’s classic pink dinner dress! Ariel is my favorite princess, as I have mentioned before, so of course I had to get this exclusive of her. She’s my only Disney one; I’m still trying to keep my collection mostly Star Wars, but now I want more Disney characters to join her. For now, she resides by Jaylah (Star Trek Beyond) and Spider-Gwen.

Speaking of Ariel, I finally got to see the Broadway version of the Little Mermaid!!

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It was a gift to me from my boyfriend’s parents! And it was beautiful and phenomenal!! I’ve always loved Ariel’s sisters, and their 60’s-esque number “She’s in Love” blew me away. And singing and dancing Prince Eric?! He’s already been my favorite prince and my dream man, but somehow he just got more perfect!! I highly recommend this show!! Mostly to Disney and Little Mermaid fans, but it’s amazing whoever you are.

“To me, she’s royalty.”

“I read the news today, oh boy…”

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I’m absolutely devastated. Carrie Fisher passed away today after suffering a heart attack on a plane last week. I’m honestly heartbroken. I don’t even know what to say…I wasn’t expecting to have to say goodbye to another one of my idols this year. A woman I’ve admired all of my life; when I was little, for her various roles (of course Star Wars but also others like the less appreciated classic The Burbs), and as I’ve been an adult struggling with mental illness, she’s become even more of an inspiration to me as she’s been so open with her own struggles. I adore this woman, I always have, and I always will. This year has honestly been terrible, from my beloved David Bowie, to Gene Wilder, Prince, George Michael, (among many others, I know I’ve discussed those as well) and now Carrie Fisher. Also, the tragedy that was this year’s presidential election…I’m devastated. I’ve never witnessed such an awful year in my young life. There’s been some excellent films, like Star Trek Beyond and Rogue One, and I finally got out a new job that isn’t retail that I like so far…so it’s not completely hopeless. But I’m still devastated by the election and all of the bigotry and hate that apparently still thrives in my country. And now, I’ve lost my Princess Leia, my General. We all have. It’s comforting to know I’m not the only fan who has sobbed over the loss of this beautiful star, with all of the outpouring on social media I’ve seen today.

What’s even worse? I could have met her back in August at Wizard World Comic Con in Chicago. I was fortunate enough to get a seat during her panel and hear her speak while being in the same room with her, and I was maybe just like 5 feet away from her when she was doing autographs and pictures with other fans. I only didn’t choose to meet her at the time because I was trying to be financially responsible and not add to the credit card debt I had accumulated at the time. I have learned my lesson; I would really rather be poor for a little bit than miss out on what would turn out to be the only opportunity I would have to meet one of my lifelong idols. I still donned a Princess Leia-inspired outfit (dress by Her Universe, of course), and I was hoping she would notice me while signing autographs and posing for pictures, but she was too busy (which is fine. I wouldn’t want her to neglect her other fans). Not buying a photo op with her will forever be my greatest regret in life.

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I’ve been so busy with my old job, my new job, and holiday shopping and festivities, I haven’t even been able to talk about how much I loved Rogue One. And…SPOILERS AHEAD!!

I was crying at the end of the movie because of all of the tragic events, and then I was crying happy tears and jumping in my seat because the movie ended with Princess Leia receiving the plans to the Death Star, and even though it was slightly odd because it was a CGI Carrie Fisher, I still cried at the sight of her. Also, I’m so glad they didn’t just cast another actress for that moment; I know Carrie Fisher wouldn’t have been too happy about that. At that panel back in August, someone mentioned the new Han Solo movie and asked if she would like to see a similar movie for Princess Leia, and she seemed to hate that idea because she is the only rightful Princess Leia. And damn straight, she is. I have been wanting to go see Rogue One again because apparently I missed all of the Star Wars rebels Easter eggs/references, so I need to watch it again and take a closer look. Now, I’m just going to be sobbing even more when that very last scene comes up.

Let’s take a moment and just enjoy a snippet of my Leia collection:

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Picked this up at Wizard World by Bianca Roman-Stumpff.

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Only one out of my three Star Wars blankets…have you ever seen such a lovely blanket? I just haven’t put this Leia mermaid by Aleigh Watford up yet because she’s part of a mermaid art collection I’m working on.

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And let’s also just admire her:

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She seems like that super fun and playful youthful friend:

Princess Leia “Carrie Fisher”,C3PO “Anthony Daniels” Empire Strikes Back…:

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Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill | Rare and beautiful celebrity photos:

On Nov. 13, 1978, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher were taking a break from filming “The Star Wars Holiday Special” when a news wire photographer caught this cute moment.:

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Harrison Ford, David Prowse, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Mark Hamill and Kenny Baker:

Also, we need to talk about how Kenny Baker and Carrie Fisher passed away the same year….Princess Leia is going up to Heaven to be with her little messenger, R2-D2.  One of my other Star Wars idols, Ashley Eckstein, posted this on her social media pages:

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Wait…admire her some more, and this time, smile:

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Okay, she’s not saying this line at this exact moment, but I love in The Burbs when she says to Ray (played by my also beloved Tom Hanks) “you were up at the crack of dawn watching a dog poop.”

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I could go all day….I’ll stop now. But it’s so sad. What makes me the saddest is that I truly believed she would be okay, that she was going to pull through just fine. I foolishly thought this year couldn’t get any worse. This is how I feel about this year:

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Nobody was ready for you to leave, General…

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“And the stars look very different today…”

“Somebody’s got to save our skins!”

Guys, I’ve finally been in the same room as the beautiful legend that is Carrie Fisher!! Three of my closest friends, my boyfriend, and I all went to Wizard World Comic Con in Chicago this past weekend, and it was awesome. The Question&Answer Panel with Carrie Fisher happened to be on Sunday, the day we attended, and we all couldn’t pass up the chance to listen to Carrie Fisher in person. It was so great; she was funny, silly, and ever charming and lovely. And of course, Gary Fisher was with her as well and he was adorable; at one point he just napped on the couch and turned around so we could all see that famous tongue hang out. I knew she was going to be there months ago, and contemplated buying a photo op with her at the very least, but eventually decided it was in the best interest for my wallet at this particular time not to. But next time she’s in Chicago…I’m not missing that opportunity again. Knowing I was already missing out on meeting her, it was awesome to still be in the same room with her and listen to her speak, and hours later we were also near where she was meeting people and I was like, maybe a few small cars in a straight line away from her. I wanted to snap her picture to prove how close I was, but naturally she was surrounded by convention employees watching everyone. I was also dressed as Princess Leia and I was really hoping they would let me in anyways…nope, didn’t work. But hey, here’s some of the shots I got during the panel:

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I wish I had gotten a closer seat or was able to actually line up and ask her a question. If I had the chance to speak to her, I would have apologized for the jerk who felt it was absolutely necessary to tell Carrie Fisher about his stupid child niece that saw the Force Awakens and at the end declared her disappointment that Han Solo died and that Princess Leia didn’t, because she “didn’t do anything”. Yes, that was it; that wasn’t even a question, which was the intention of the panel! I was so mad. General Leia herself took it like a champ and told a story of how recently  a little girl said “No, I don’t want to meet old Leia,” and how if she didn’t have a sense of humor she would be miserable. Moral of the story? Children are terrible and some people are just such major idiotic jerks. Like, how massively rude of that man!! But she must be accustomed to stupid crap like that; she knew how to respond to that without any hesitation. I would have been angry and would have followed up this man’s stupid story with “…where was the question? I thought I was here to answer your questions,”… But she shouldn’t even have to deal with this crap! SHE IS CARRIE FISHER. SHE IS OUR BELOVED PRINCESS LEIA, SHOW HER ALL OF THE RESPECT YOU HAVE, DAMNIT!! It’s like those jerks who pushed their uber-NRA views on Daisy Ridley resulting in her choice to leave Instagram; these beautiful, beyond talented individuals are not actually obligated to interact with us fans…don’t ruin it and spoil this treasure you have proved we don’t even deserve! There were other stupid questions Carrie Fisher put up with, but that was just the worst. I can’t believe that man. Why weren’t those questions pre-screened?! He did not deserve to speak to Carrie Fisher, let alone breathe the same air as her.

I’m still so angry…I really wish I was able to go up there after him and make up for that rude, idiotic mess. And again, I hopefully would have made her happy because I was dressed as Princess Leia! I wore a dress by Her Universe for Hot Topic that’s a bit shorter but it’s honestly too fitted and fancy-feeling to be casual, so a convention like this was just the perfect place to wear it.

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Yes, I did initially plan that outfit to wear when I would be meeting Carrie Fisher, but I stuck with it because Hallie decided she was going to be Princess Anna of Arendelle from Frozen, so naturally I had to be a princess with her. My boyfriend wore one of my Ahsoka shirts, Emily showed her Cap love, and my friend Jeff wore a Game of Thrones sweatshirt I didn’t understand (because I don’t watch it). We counted over 30 Suicide Squad/Margot Robbie Harley Quinn’s, and that was just from one day! I’m sure there were over 100 by the time the convention was over. I just want to be Ahsoka again…

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Alas, this was only my third convention; I plan on going to many more and Cosplaying as all sorts of Disney and Star Wars characters!!

Oh wait, I almost forgot my swag:

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We got free Captain America: Civil War buttons after picking up our tickets!

The adorable and sexy little pin-up-ish Princess Leia is from an artist I follow on Instagram and actually met her last year at Wizard World and bought super cute prints then as well! Her name is Bianca Roman-Stumpff, and does such delightful stuff. The Winnie the Pooh/Star Wars mash-up set I bought is actually for my aunt, who is a fan of both. It’s become a tradition now that I buy her a fun, unique little trinket when I go to these conventions because she’s largely the reason I’m so nerdy (she introduced me to Star Wars!). I want to get a little frame thing that will put them all together; I have no idea where she will put it but how could I resist?! I failed to grab that gentlemen’s business card but I believe his name is Dan Dougherty. He also had other Winnie the Pooh mash-ups, like the Avengers and Nightmare Before Christmas, and even all of the Doctors from Doctor Who, which I almost got but that was only available as a larger print. I haven’t given them to her yet but 1) I doubt she’ll see this before I give them to her and 2) I’m like 98% she’ll laugh and think they’re insanely adorable.

Another successful comic convention…why didn’t I start going to these sooner?!