Mickey’s Jedi Blend: Top 5 Star Wars Weekends Must Do List

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So in my last blog I looked back at my favorite celebrity encounters from the famed Star Wars Weekends. This week, I am helping you with your plans by going over some of the things you must do during Star Wars Weekends (SWW).

Here we go!

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Star Wars Comic Review: Darth Vader #3 (Spoilers)

Screenshot 2015-03-25 19.55.22Note: This review contains spoilers for Darth Vader #3 and Star Wars Rebels: “Fire Across The Galaxy.”

After an exposition-heavy opening issue and a one-off adventure in the second issue, I wasn’t expecting an immediate continuation of the overarching story. Writer Kieron Gillen made it no secret that Darth Vader would be a slow, meaty boil, frequently citing the anti-hero-centric television shows Breaking Bad and House of Cards as his influences for the series. Vader’s priority is still to find that blond kid who had his old lightsaber, but he’s making very careful, calculated moves to make sure it stays off of the Emperor’s radar.

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Coffee With Kenobi Show # 34: Fostering Community in Star Wars (90)

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In today’s show, Skywalking Through Neverland joins us to discuss our topic for Show # 34, fostering community in Star Wars, as we look at how to keep growing our Star Wars family.  We will also discuss the news of the Standalone film title, the release date of Episode VIII, discuss the new Topps trading card app, and we also have the next offering of  “Your Espresso Shot with The Bearded Trio” featuring Rob Wainfur. This is the podcast you’re looking for!

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Star Wars Celebration Exclusives from Hallmark


Announcing Star Wars Celebration Exclusives from Hallmark

Hallmark is continuing their relationship with Star Wars by releasing exclusive items for Celebration Anaheim. The first two-pack is based on classic concept art by Ralph McQuarrie, and the second two-pack is part of Hallmark’s popular line of plush itty bittys.

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Star Wars Celebration Exclusive from CWK Sponsor Norse Legion!


Celebration Anaheim Exclusive from Norse Legion

Coffee With Kenobi has a new sponsor – Our good friends over at Norse Legion! They make quality jewelry and apparel for geeks, and they have a line of fully licensed Star Wars items that are must-haves! For Celebration Anaheim, Norse Legion has created an exclusive piece that attendees will definitely want to check out.

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The Caffeinated Collector: Episode 14 – Celebration Anticipation

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So, we’re less than a month away from Celebration, and I’m so excited I’m actually having trouble sleeping. I have yet to actually receive my tickets yet, but let’s hope that changes soon. I was asked what I was most excited about regarding the convention, and the assumption was that it was the toys. However, as I thought about my answer, I realized I have spent very little time thinking about the loot I’m going to procure from vendors. I’m not even thinking about which panels I’ll be attending. I’m most excited about getting to spend some time in the same room with all the new friends I’ve made over the last few years through Facebook, podcasting, and of course, my involvement with Coffee With Kenobi. I really couldn’t care less about meeting any “celebs” or stocking my MarvinDog Media messenger bag with toys. Well, that last part is a bit of an overstatement, I have no doubt that I will come home with quite a few items that I just couldn’t pass up, but it’s not the cornucopia of “stuff” that is keeping me awake.  I really cannot wait to meet everyone I’ve connected with.

However, I AM going to be on the “Collecting Track” at Celebration, and since this is my last blog before the convention, it seemed like an opportune time to talk about what I hope to find. Next month, I’ll reveal what I DID find, so this will be an exercise in “Does Jeff have any idea what to expect?”

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Making the Most Out of Star Wars Make-Believe

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If you grew up with Star Wars, you undoubtedly have a variety of memories. Some of them are etched in your mind forever. Other memories might come in the form of action figures that you held onto (or sought out and bought again). Then there are those of us who grew up in the 1970s & 1980s and, just like Adam Goldberg, made some memories with a video camcorder.

When my family got a video camera, they (like a lot of people) decided it would be fun to record ANYTHING – including watching all of us have dinner. As always, I went out of my way to make those videos watchable by showing off toys, putting on costumes or doing chicken walks. Even back then I had the mind of a content producer!

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Star Wars Comic Review: Princess Leia #1 and #2 (Spoilers)

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Note: This review contains spoilers.

Of the three newly launched Marvel Comics Star Wars series, Princess Leia is the only mini-series, and writer Mark Waid definitely doesn’t waste any time; the second issue is so packed with different story threads that it almost seems like more of a table-setter than the first issue. We’ve got two-faced moustache twirlers, Besalisk human(?) traffickers armed with axes and bull whips, and a conspiratorial group of musicians. Leia’s got her work cut out for her. But how do these issues stack up?

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Force and Faith: An Unfinished Trilogy – Life, Redemption and Legacy

Force and Faith Sabers SquareFor all of George Lucas’ flip-floppery on whether there would ever be a sequel trilogy, the form of the story demands that a third installment be created.  It asks for it, it begs for it, and it demands it.  The Skywalker story is not complete.  From one point of view, we have Anakin’s rise, fall and redemption.  But we are missing the story of his legacy.  Every one of us will leave a legacy – a story that can only be told after our death.  So, from my point of view, we have Anakin’s life, his redemption and – and then, nothing.  The Skywalker baton was passed on to his son, but what he did with that legacy is a story as yet untold.  Life, redemption, legacy.  A trilogy that can be reflective of every life. Continue reading

The Circle IS Now Complete

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In order to reach the means of an end, you must first start at the beginning. As is the way of things, the way of life. At some point we must come full circle.

Judging by my own life experiences, I feel that we reach certain crossroads multiple times and even find ourselves repeating many similar scenarios with various outcomes, only to start the cycle all over again. Life is full of trials and tribulations that we must all face, no matter what the end result turns out to be. In other words, an after effect is inevitable. With every choice, there is a consequence and that, in itself, is a burden we all bare. Although, some conclusions are positively momentous and could bring about a total ‘life changer’ or a 180, if you will.  A ‘life changing’ experience or a ‘game changer’ … yeah, I’d say I know a little something about that.

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