Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Trish: Star Wars Mommy recommendations...

I'm starting to get in the holiday shopping mode.  With 4 kids, it aint easy and it aint cheap! So if you have a pre-school age child or buddy, I thought I might share some great gift ideas!  Up top is the Star Wars Electronic Jr.  Laptop.  This is about 3 years old!  I bought it for my now, 7 year old when he was 4.  It has the coolest little learning games!  And C-3PO is the narrator.  I know on Amazon, they have the Darth Vader or Clone Trooper versions.   
And tonight as I was putting my 4-year old to bed, he wanted to read me his favorite book.  That would be his "Star Wars" ABC book.  He goes around telling people- " A is for Anakin" or  "M is for Millenium Falcon".  I purchased this book from Amazon for under $10.  (Stocking Stuffer?)
Now that I've shared a couple with you, do you have any new things I should consider for my little guy this year?  

Monday, October 25, 2010

Amy: Ahsoka's New Look

Star Wars Insider #121 brings us Ahsoka's new look.  In case anyone was doubting whether this image is real, this is directly from StarWars.com - "(and sharp-eyed readers might sneak a peek of Ahsoka's new look debuting later this season!)."

I've seen a lot of people complaining about one feature.  Gasp, horrors - she has cleavage!  How could a 14 year old have cleavage?  First of all, I don't think she's still 14 in this image.  Look at her head-tails.  They are longer and more filled out.  I think she's grown at least a year older.  And also?  There's the whole puberty thing.  With human girls, it can start very young.  Who knows what happens with Togruta females?  Okay, that's a stretch but hopefully you see my point.

I guess maybe people aren't happy about seeing her grow up; this brings us closer to her mysterious fate.  But I sincerely hope everyone realizes that the fact that she has cleavage does not make her any less of a strong female or kick butt Jedi.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Trish: Star Wars Shop & Katie Cook Halloween Iron-Ons

Check out what Star Wars Shop is offering when you purchase $25 or more.  They are the cutest Katie Cook Halloween Iron-Ons!  My son's birthday is next month and I was going to get him an fx lightsaber from somewhere else.  But, now I am going to have to get it from Star Wars shop just to get one of these babies!  Which one should I choose?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Amy: Clone Wars Ladies Tribute

I just stumbled across this on Facebook. This is a lovely tribute sort of video for the strong ladies of The Clone Wars. 

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Jess: Interview with Ashley Eckstein from NYCC

Beginning of our NYCC coverage!

The audio still needs to be fixed, but there is a transcript posted if you cannot hear at the bottom of this page as well as on the youtube description.

We discuss Ashley's convention experiences, the future of the current line, future licences( SyFy network for the win!), the infamous Mara Jade tee among other things

Other news not from the video:
I got to see some prototypes for the line, which aren't Lucasfilm approved yet so I can't show them to you guys but AMAZING.
Ashley and Dan seem to think that they are done with the current Rebel Alliance necklace. They have a new jewelry designer and we can expect to see a lot more symbols in the future
In the future they want to make more Convention Exclusive items, like the Celebration V necklace. Since I'd imagine that some of us will want things not offered at conventions we are attending, I think I will start up a wait/help list for those. I know Dan mentioned SDCC and next years NYCC. Perhaps I can help people out with NYCC necklaces if they pick me up a SDCC one.

I have some other news as well, but I wanted to get this up for you guys. Transcript it posted below for reference


J: Hi Everybody, We're here with Ashley

A: Hi!

J: It's been one whole convention season for you with the Her Universe Line. What has your reaction been to it?

A: It's been amazing. The Support. The Fans. It's been overwhelming. Between Celebration where we first chatted and Dragon Con and San Diego Comic Con. And it's been amazing, the support from all the fans.

J: Do you find the fans come from a specific area or do they vary coming from all ages and genders?

A: It's really been because our first line is Star Wars, a lot of Star Wars fans and it's been both genders. We've had so many guys who are excited to buy for their significant other or their sister or mom or girlfriend, so that's worked really nice. And then of course the women. We're really creating a community of women and you've been fantastic. Thank you for all of your support. And for spreading the word. And it's just, we are creating a community here.

J: Whose idea was the message board?

A: It was mine. Cause I felt our blog was a bit one sided and we couldn't really have the dialogue going on the comments on the blog. So I wanted to take what was happening on the blog and make it more of an open dialogue. So I felt we needed a message board for that

J: When can we expect to see new merchandise?

A: Well you will see a couple of new things for the holidays. Some come Cyber Monday you will see, that is the monday after Thanksgiving, you will see the new items on our website. And then definitely in the spring, I don't have an exact date probably March/April. We will have probably at least half of our line completely gone and we will have new items. Some items we will keep just because they have been doing so well and some people just haven't gotten them and we will have new Star Wars lines and we are also expanding. It's, it's a definite. We're announcing it next week.

J: I hope it's something I follow. Can we assume it's sci-fi/fantasy?

A: Yes

J: I was talking to your fellow cast member, Anna Graves, who plays Duchess Satine and she has a little daughter, and she was wondering if you will be carrying kid's clothes?

A: Yes, we will be carrying kid's clothes but not little kids. Yeah, we won't be doing babies or toddlers right away but we will be definitely offering our Ahsoka Chibi and our Daddy's Little Girl in kids sizes hopefully sometime soon.

J:She also requested Duchess Satine merchandise too, but she said that's optional.

A: I would love a Satine Necklace.

J: I love her earrings, I think they would translate into a necklace well, She's got a fantastic costume with those flowers sticking out of her head.
A: I love her costume, completely love it.

J: I actually think next week you guys share an episode, right?
A: Yes, it's a good episode for Ahsoka.

J: I have to ask you this question because an onslaught of people are asking about it. What's up with the Mara Jade tee, is it happening, is it not?

A: I kinda opened up my mouth too soon. It is going to happen. I don't have a date for how soon yet. I still don't have a design for it but I'm definitely talking to artists. It's definitely going to happen I just don't have a date. I kinda made it sound like it was happening tomorrow but I wish it was but it's not. But hopefully, I would say next year I will push it forward so I will keep you updated. The second we start designing I will let the fans know.

J: She is so popular for never being in a movie.

A: I can guarantee you she will be the first like expanded universe character that we do.

J: Awesome. I think that's about it, so thank you- I'm sure we will see each other soon.

A: Absolutely. Thank you for you and your support. It's been fantastic. We wouldn't be hear with out the support of the fans.

J: Well. We love you guys and it's where my paycheck goes every week so...

A: (laughing) I'm sorry about that!

J: It's okay, it's well worth it. See you guys, Bye!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Trish: Her OWN Lightsaber...

As a mother of 3 boys, we have 15 lightsabers in the house.  But, until today, my daughter had never had her very own lightsaber.  She was so excited to get her Ahsoka Tano lightsaber!  It will go nicely with her Ahsoka Halloween Costume!  And now, she doesn't have to borrow her brother's...she's got her own!  Watch out Boys!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Jess: Sneak Peak

Hopefully tommorrow I will be able to post the interview I did today with Ashley at New York Comic Con. I got a sneak peak of what's to come along with some other awesome new info. And in a few weeks look on heruniverse.com to see Ashley interview me about filmed Editing and school.

Sneak Preview:

Friday, October 8, 2010

Jess: NYCC

Just a little heads up that I will be going on Sunday. I'll take a bunch of pictures! :D

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Trish: Carving Pumpkins....

It's that time of year when we head out to the old pumpkin patch and pick out some very lucky pumpkins to gut and carve! Check out these tips on how to carve some YODA into your Halloween.
3D Yoda or Yoda Squash.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Amy: The Jedi Path

The Jedi Path was released last week.  It is as cool as it looks.  The presentation is amazing.  You press a button on the top and the vault opens, the platform lifts, and tada - the secrets of becoming a Jedi are at your fingertips.  The book is equally amazing; in fact, I would gladly take it and leave the vault if I had to make a choice.  The cover feels like leather and the pages look straight out of ancient tome.  The margins are filled with notes from Yoda, Ahsoka, and many other names you'll recognize.  Small artifacts are placed within the pages.  You can find a padawan's braid, a coin, a patch, and lots of extra inserts.  The pages are filled with valuable instructions.  It's a necessity for anyone wanting to learn the secrets.

I have to admit that at first, the price deterred me.  It's not cheap, but neither is what you're getting.  It truly is a quality product; it's obvious that a lot of thought went into the design and layout.  And it is really fun to show your friends (well, as long as they're Star Wars fans) and amaze them.  The most inexpensive place I've found to get it is Amazon.  It's $60 and if you can wait a few days to receive it, you can pick the free super saving shipping option.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Trish: What to be for Halloween....

JUNO ECLIPSE...Captain Juno Eclipse was a female Imperial pilot during the Great Jedi Purge. Following the Bombing of Callos, an early battle in the history of the Galactic Empire, she was tasked with piloting the Rogue Shadow, transport ship of Galen Marek, Darth Vader's secret apprentice. After being branded a traitor by the Dark Lord, Juno joined Marek on his mission to create a Rebel Alliance. During their adventures, Juno and Marek fell in love, but Marek seemingly died fighting the Emperor. Juno was present at the birth of the Alliance to Restore the Republic and went on to become one of the first commanders of the Alliance and the captain of the Salvation. (Wookieepedia)
If you haven't read or played the game, "The Force Unleashed", you need to! This lady ROCKS! And she is a BLONDE female Star Wars character. That means no hair dying or wig-so that will be easier for me! There is a costume available for purchase at Warpdonline - but it's a little out of my price range. So, I'm trying to do this on my own. Wish me luck! I will post pix when I get it all finished! What are you going to be for Halloween?

Monday, October 4, 2010

Amy: Throwing a Star Wars Party

I am a fan of throwing themed parties.  I think the most fun one I have put together is a pirate party.  Recently, I did a very scaled back version of a Star Wars party.  I put up a projector sheet in the backyard, saved some couches from neighborhood dumpsters, and served sugar cookies cut with the awesome Williams Sonoma cutters.  That party was nothing on the Ultimate Star Wars party by justJENN Designs

I've been following her blog for a while because I love her recipes and presentation.  She always takes time to carefully explain how she makes her creations look so awesome.  She has really done something extra awesome this time.  Click on the link above to see what I mean.  There are Yoda Oreos, the cutest Leia Cupcakes, Cloud City Pops... and recipes and instructions to go with each of them. 

My next birthday party is going to feature several of those recipes!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Jess: Her Universe Message Boards


Because it needs no other introduction, go check out the Her Universe message boards! My username is "Jess" (really original :D ) so if you see me, say hi!