Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Last Jedi Mystery Minis Unboxing

If only you could have seen my reaction when I walked into BoxLunch and spotted stacks upon stacks of The Last Jedi Mystery Minis by Funko. I gasped and grabbed one while placing it high above my head as if I were Kirby wielding his trusty sword. No exaggeration. I bought four of these blind boxes to start and filmed an unboxing video to share with you the characters I pulled and all my crazy fangirl reactions. These bobble head figures are decently sized, beautifully designed and fun to display. At $7.90 a box it's quite affordable for Star Wars collectors though also addicting. You've been warned!



Have you purchased any of these new figures yourself? Which characters did you pull? Leave a comment below or send me a Tweet!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Smuggler's Bounty: Jedi Unboxing & Giveaway!

When the "Jedi" box was announced I hoped that we would see some characters that aren't often in the spotlight represented. Let me just say that Funko was definitely thinking along the same lines as I was! Smuggler's Bounty is the only Official Star Wars subscription box by Funko. It's packed with exclusive items including two Funko Pops one of which I'm super excited about! To see our reactions and thoughts on this month's box, watch our unboxing video below and be sure to stay tuned to the end to learn how you can enter to win the November box which is The Last Jedi themed and for some fun bloopers!



Smuggler's Bounty costs $25 per box (not including taxes, shipping, and handling) and is delivered every other month. The last box of the year will be released in November and is The Last Jedi themed. If you've never signed up before, now is the time to do so!

Disclosure: This Smuggler's Bounty box was provided by Funko. All opinions are 100% our own.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Star Wars ComLINKS: Favorite Male Character

Star Wars ComLINKS | Anakin and His Angel

Welcome to the twenty-second Star Wars ComLINKS! This the very first monthly link up centered around a galaxy far, far away. 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 special widget here on AAHA and also view other posts from fans!

The Topic for September is "Favorite Male Characters" and begins today through September 27th!

In July we wrote about our female characters within the Star Wars universe so I thought it would be fitting to make the next topic about our favorite male characters. Who is yours? What is it about him that you love so much? Do you and this character share similar personalities? What's your favorite moment featuring this character? These are just a few prompts to help you get started. Prepare your entry and check the home page of AAHA on September 13th for the linkup where you can add the link to your post.

GUIDELINES

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!






Star Wars ComLINKS: Favorite Male Character | Anakin And His Angel

Everyone knows that Darth Vader is my favorite Star Wars character as I'm always talking about him or representing him in some way or another. I've had many opportunities to write about him on the blog so this time I wanted to put the spotlight on one of my other favorite male characters who happens to be a smuggler and very good friends with an exceptionally cuddly looking Wookiee.

Han Solo was the character that caught my attention when I first saw A New Hope in 1997. My eleven-year-old self was in love and I found myself attracted to his fashion choices and you guessed it, his sense of humor. I owned every Han Solo action figure I could get my hands on and had quite the collection of merchandise ranging from small items like a magnet from the Star Trader at Disneyland featuring Han with his blaster to a Han Solo in Carbonite Beach Towel I ordered from the official Star Wars online website. I even had a Han Solo pillow I slept on at night which may or may not have been the reason behind my dreams of marrying Harrison Ford. Oh, those teenage years.


Star Wars ComLINKS: Favorite Male Character | Anakin And His Angel

When we met Han at the Mos Eisley Cantina in A New Hope he was an "all about me" kind of guy and seemed to have an adequate view on life. But when an opportunity arrived to make some extra credits, he jumped on it not realizing that he was getting involved with people who would soon make his world turn upside down. I'm sure he figured it was just another job. However, he made some pretty decent acquaintances and discovered a girl he was interested in but even then he struggled with choosing choosing himself and money or aiding in a crucial battle that his new friends were a part of. We all know in the end he came through and helped saved the day but there was still a lot of growing he had to do and we see more of that in The Empire Strikes Back. It's exciting to see him discover where his place is at in the Rebellion and how he slowly comes out of his shell and shows compassion for others by the actions he takes.



Speaking of which, I can't get enough of the interaction between him and Princess Leia. Their flirtatiousness is comical because he's trying so hard to make her like him and she's trying so hard NOT to like him. I think eventually (after he realized the cockiness wasn't working) he made the perfect move to show that he was quite serious about her. One of my favorite extended scenes from Empire is the scene right after Han kisses her on the Falcon. Leia says, "Ok, hot shot." and pulls him in for another kiss. WHOA! It's hard to tell if Han was surprised by her reaction or if he just knew. Either way, from that point on their love made them stronger whether they were together in their fight against the Empire or apart.


Star Wars ComLINKS: Favorite Male Character | Anakin And His Angel
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Han Solo: What are you telling them?
C-3PO: I do believe they think I am some kind of god.
Han Solo: Well, why don't you use your divine influence and get us out of this?
C-3PO: I beg your pardon General Solo, but that just wouldn't be proper.
Han Solo: Proper?
C-3PO: It's against my programming to impersonate a deity.
Han Solo: Why you...

Han has one of those personalities where he comes off as downright hilarious even when he's not trying to be. I think I find him the most amusing in Return of the Jedi just because there are several scenarios like this, especially on Endor amongst the Ewoks. The scene I referenced above always makes me laugh because he is so ridiculously dramatic, sarcastic and all worked up over some little furry things. Obviously Harrison Ford is a genius but I especially love how he delivered these lines - he knew exactly how Han would behave in this situation. Han has no time for nonsense!


Star Wars ComLINKS: Favorite Male Character | Anakin And His Angel

I was really shocked when I found out that Harrison was returning for The Force Awakens. Again we saw a lot of growth in Han, especially in the way he spoke about his family and in explaining to Rey and Finn how he realized the Jedi and the Force were real. Harrison did a great job with staying true to Han's personality and nailed his theatrical responses to various situations. "That's not how the Force works!" anyone? This was one of my favorite scenes in the movie! On a completely different note, I felt very saddened over the fact that Han and Leia were separated and probably won't ever come to grips with that but I am forever thankful that their last moment together was a tender one in which I believe both of them revealed they still truly loved one another.


Star Wars ComLINKS: Favorite Male Character | Anakin And His Angel

I had NO idea that Han's journey would end in this film but like everyone else, I sensed it coming when he came face-to-face with his son. It was, to say the least, an outstanding performance from Harrison and Adam Driver but one I still find difficult to watch. The first time I balled my eyes out and was so affected by it I missed several moments including the scene where Chewbacca shoots Kylo Ren. It's hard to watch when any character you love dies, but my heart hurt even more because of the tragedy of the situation - a situation we still don't know everything about. Not to mention I felt like part of my childhood died right along with him. I guess that's what happens when we get too emotionally attached to fictional characters because I've experienced this sadness way too often. I can't help it!

I could go on forever writing about Han. Perhaps in the near future I'll share a list of my favorite Han Solo moments with you. Until then, let me know who your favorite male character in Star Wars is and why in a comment below or on Twitter!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

HUGE Star Wars Itty Bitty Update: The Last Jedi, Skywalker Twins, Enamel Pins & More!

A lot has happened in the world of Star Wars Itty Bitty merchandise so today I wanted to bring your attention to the new and adorable four inch high plushies and other irresistible collectibles that are available now and soon to come at Hallmark stores and on their website.


THE LAST JEDI

HUGE Star Wars Itty Bitty Update: The Last Jedi, Skywalker Twins, Enamel Pins & More!

These seven characters from The Last Jedi became available to purchase and pre-order for $6.95 and $7.95 each on the Hallmark website and in stores on Force Friday II. I'm absolutely in love the with General Leia and Kylo designs! The small details on Leia's outfit are perfect and Kylo looks so emo I can't even handle it. If you're planning to order any of these and have a Hallmark store near you don't forget about the "ship to store" feature as you'll receive free shipping on your purchase! Below is a list of the characters you can buy now and which you can pre-order.


AVAILABLE NOW

Finn - $6.95
BB-9E - $6.95


AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER

General Leia - Limited Edition - Ships: 11/7 - $7.95

Kylo Ren - Limited Edition - Ships: 9/15 - $7.95

Rey - Limited Edition - Ships: 9/15 - $7.95

Leader Snoke & Praetorian Guard 2-pack - Ships: 12/1 - $16.95

*Please keep in mind that although the listings for the Rey & Kylo plushies state on the Hallmark website that they will be shipped on September 15th they might not actually be in stores until October according to Hallmark's tweet below.


HUGE Star Wars Itty Bitty Update: The Last Jedi, Skywalker Twins, Enamel Pins & More!



MAZ KANATA

HUGE Star Wars Itty Bitty Update: The Last Jedi, Skywalker Twins, Enamel Pins & More!

Maz Kanata has finally been listed on the Hallmark website to pre-order for $7.95 and is due to be shipped on September 29th. I think she is probably one of the cutest Star Wars Itty Bittys yet! Just think about how darling she will look next to Chewie... Need a visual? No problem.


HUGE Star Wars Itty Bitty Update: The Last Jedi, Skywalker Twins, Enamel Pins & More!



FALL 2017 & SPRING 2018 RELEASES

HUGE Star Wars Itty Bitty Update: The Last Jedi, Skywalker Twins, Enamel Pins & More!

The Popminded by Hallmark booth at SDCC didn't disappoint! JustJenn was able to get some great shots of the upcoming Star Wars Itty Bittys including a new one we hadn't heard of or seen yet: Lando Calrissian! General Hux is due to be released next Spring and I'm assuming Lando will be too though that has not been confirmed.


HUGE Star Wars Itty Bitty Update: The Last Jedi, Skywalker Twins, Enamel Pins & More!

HUGE Star Wars Itty Bitty Update: The Last Jedi, Skywalker Twins, Enamel Pins & More!

These are the first real shots of the Luke and Leia Itty Bittys on the vintage-inspired cardbacks. Back in April we only had artwork of what to expect they would look like. Aren't they adorable? They are due to be released this Fall and I'm sure they are going to fly off of the shelves.




GREEDO POPMINDED EXCLUSIVE

HUGE Star Wars Itty Bitty Update: The Last Jedi, Skywalker Twins, Enamel Pins & More!

This vintage action figure-inspired Greedo is a Limited Edition PopMinded exclusive and is available at Hallmark stores and the Hallmark website for $14.95. If you haven't picked him up yet do so before he sells out!




ENAMEL PINS

HUGE Star Wars Itty Bitty Update: The Last Jedi, Skywalker Twins, Enamel Pins & More!

HUGE Star Wars Itty Bitty Update: The Last Jedi, Skywalker Twins, Enamel Pins & More!

A few months ago Hallmark released their first Itty Bitty Collector's pin set featuring Kylo Ren, a Stormtrooper, BB-8 and Rey for $14.95. These are perfect collectibles for those who like the style of the Itty Bittys but don't quite collect plushies. On Force Friday II they released another set featuring Princess Leia in four of her classic outfits. This pin set is available to pre-order now and is due to be shipped on November 6th. What a great addition to any Leia collection!



OTHER NEW ITEMS

HUGE Star Wars Itty Bitty Update: The Last Jedi, Skywalker Twins, Enamel Pins & More!

HUGE Star Wars Itty Bitty Update: The Last Jedi, Skywalker Twins, Enamel Pins & More!

Just recently this adorable Repositionable "Puffy" Sticker Kit was released online and in stores for only $9.95. The panel is two-sided with one side featuring a Tatooine landscape and the other side let's you play aboard the Millennium Falcon in an action scene! This set is recommended for ages 3 and up but let's be honest, we all want to reminisce over those puffy stickers and set up our own creative scenes with our favorite characters. I could absolutely see Hallmark releasing a Nativity-inspired set like this too!


HUGE Star Wars Itty Bitty Update: The Last Jedi, Skywalker Twins, Enamel Pins & More!

HUGE Star Wars Itty Bitty Update: The Last Jedi, Skywalker Twins, Enamel Pins & More!

It's no doubt that Hallmark has been getting creative with their Itty Bitty line. These zipper pouches (8" W x 6.5" H x 0.5" D) are brand new and are perfect for carrying those smaller bits you want kept safe, or for your kids to take to school. Either one. All I'm saying is, they know how to catch the eyes of adults who can't resist cute things. Both Yoda and Chewbacca are available for $12.95 in stores and on the Hallmark website.


HUGE Star Wars Itty Bitty Update: The Last Jedi, Skywalker Twins, Enamel Pins & More!

This Rey and Kylo Clippy set isn't quite new but I thought you needed to know about it. They're almost half the size of the standard Itty Bitty making them extra chubby. You can them both in stores or online for $9.95!

Whew! How's that for an Itty Bitty update? Which are your favorite items? What other Itty Bitty collectibles would you like to see made in the future? Leave a comment below or Tweet me to let me know what you think!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Force Friday II Vlog

This was the third year that my mom, sister and I went out shopping to celebrate the release of new Star Wars merchandise! I thought it would be fun to vlog our adventures since I had never done it before. Within the video you'll see everything that we bought (minus whatever we ordered online), unboxings of the Star Wars Mystery Minis and obviously a lot of craziness and laughter. We are all very excited for The Last Jedi which I think is quite apparent in this video. Enjoy!



*Please note that my intention with this vlog was not to create some grand video production but simply to record memories and allow you to partake in our fun. Let me know what you thought of the vlog and your favorite part in a comment below or on Twitter!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Star Wars OOTD: Darth Vader Dress

Star Wars OOTD: Her Universe Vader Dress
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Star Wars OOTD: Her Universe Vader Dress
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On Saturday my dear friend Savanna from The Dorky Diva and I spent the day together and were honored to be guests on the new Star Wars talk show, Black Series Rebels. We had an absolute blast and can't wait for you to see the interviews this September! Be sure to follow these Star Wars super fans as they have the coolest set and exciting new episodes every Sunday. Afterwards us ladies scheduled in a photo shoot since we were wearing Star Wars ensembles which included new pieces that we hadn't yet featured on our blogs. Needless to say, we had quite an exciting day! One we will always be grateful for and reminisce about.


Star Wars OOTD: Her Universe Vader Dress
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Star Wars OOTD: Her Universe Vader Dress
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Star Wars OOTD: Her Universe Vader Dress
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Star Wars OOTD: Her Universe Vader Dress
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Star Wars OOTD: Her Universe Vader Dress
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WHAT I WORE

Vader A-line Dress: Her Universe
Choker: c/o Love & Madness
Vader Necklace: c/o Love & Madness
Leather Jacket: H&M
Star Wars Backpack: Loungefly
Born Wedges: Nordstrom (Similar)
Headband: Target

The Darth Vader A-line Dress by Her Universe is one that had been on my "want list" for a while and I finally decided to purchase it for the show. It's currently on sale in most sizes for only $31.99. I am wearing the XS which fits really well. This dress is super comfortable, beautifully designed and easy to accessorize. I complimented the dress with two necklaces that Love & Madness so kindly sent to me. Layering a choker necklace with a petite necklace creates a unique look that I've recently been loving. The choker is priced at $58.00 and comes in four different finishes (including rose gold!). My bag of choice was actually a backpack from Loungefly that I've literally used every day since purchasing it. You can see several more photos and a full review of the backpack along with everything I carry inside it on this post. A pair of chunky black wedges and a faux leather jacket gave my Vader pieces an even edgier vibe that I was most definitely feeling. This, my friends, is the power of the Dark Side.

What do you think of this outfit? Is this something you would wear? Do you think your significant other would enjoy wearing it? Leave a comment below or Tweet me. And men, if you need help ordering the right size in this dress for your lady, let me know!

As always, I will share "Outfit Outtakes" from time to time on my social media pages and exclusive photos on my Patreon page. Be on the look out!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

What's In My Star Wars Loungefly Backpack?

What's In My Star Wars Loungefly Backpack?| Anakin And His Angel
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What's In My Star Wars Loungefly Backpack?| Anakin And His Angel
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Ever since Loungefly released their collection of bags featuring characters from the Original Trilogy as baby versions of themselves I knew I had no choice but to order one of the items. Cuteness overload! I went back and forth between the Duffle Bag and the Backpack for a little while and ultimately chose the backpack after realizing I would need something smaller to carry for the Metallica concert my husband and I went to last weekend. Having used it for a special occasion and many casual trips out I figured it was the right time to do a proper review on the bag and the every day bits I like to carry inside it.


What's In My Star Wars Loungefly Backpack?| Anakin And His Angel
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What's In My Star Wars Loungefly Backpack?| Anakin And His Angel
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Loungefly creates quality-made and highly attractive pop culture contemporary accessories including everything from Disney to Helloy Kitty. Although this is my first backpack that I've purchased from them (I know, crazy right?) I do own a wallet and scarf that I absolutely love and instantly recognized the craftsmanship and durability upon each of my purchases. It's no wonder that fans across the galaxy can't help but keep buying from them!


What's In My Star Wars Loungefly Backpack?| Anakin And His Angel
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What's In My Star Wars Loungefly Backpack?| Anakin And His Angel
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This faux leather backpack in particular is one of the company's hottest items. It comes in several different prints from various fandoms including Disney, Marvel, and even Pokémon. I'm sure you've seen them all over social media! They measure nine inches wide and ten and a half inches high, making it the perfect size to carry essentials and then some but prevents you from over packing like so many of us do. It's cute and so comfortable to wear even when you've got it packed with extra items. It has adjustable straps and 3 pockets on the outside (two on each side and one zipper pocket on the front).


What's In My Star Wars Loungefly Backpack?| Anakin And His Angel
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What's In My Star Wars Loungefly Backpack?| Anakin And His Angel
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On a regular day I carry with me the following items: makeup bag, wallet, keys, daily planner, glasses (both sunglasses and prescription), hand sanitizer, phone (not pictured) and my cute polka dot pill case. As you can see from the image above, there's still plenty of room for more! Believe it or not I could even fit my DSLR inside if needed. When we went to the concert I mentioned I also had my phone battery, phone cord, a beanie, scarf, ear plugs, hand wipes, and a shirt we bought! I'm not kidding!

In case you couldn't tell by now, I LOVE THIS BACKPACK!

What do you think of this backpack? Do you own any accessories from Loungefly yourself? Leave a comment below or send me a Tweet to let me know, and feel free to ask me any questions you might have about this backpack.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Star Wars Endor Tsum Tsum Set

Star Wars Endor Tsum Tsum Set | Anakin And His Angel

This morning, DisneyTsumTsum.com revealed the next Star Wars Tsum Tsum set which features a handful of plush characters we all love that were on the planet Endor in Return of the Jedi. The characters include: Han, Leia, Luke, a Scout Trooper, Wicket (who was included in the very first Star Wars set), and Logray. As of right now we only have confirmation that they will be released in the UK on August 15th though typically Star Wars Tsums are released on the same day in the US. I will be updating the blog as soon as I receive official word of the US date.

What do you think of this set? Aren't they adorable? I'm sure Leia is going to be quite sought after, especially with that statement poncho.