CWK Coffee Break: Hasbro Star Wars MICRO FORCE Blind Bag Review

On today’s CWK Coffee Break, Dan Z takes a closer look at Hasbro’s all-new Star Wars MICRO FORCE Blind Bag.  #CWKCoffeeBreak

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Core Worlds Couture: Her Universe Princess Leia Hoth Vest Review

Core Worlds Couture With Jay Krebs

Welcome back to another installment of Core Worlds Couture, the place to be for Star Wars fashion reviews and DIY tutorials from a “mature point of view,” while keeping that youthful, edgy style!

Today I’ll be reviewing the Star Wars Princess Leia (Hoth) Vest from Her Universe. If you’ve been with me previously, you already know that I own (and have reviewed) a lot of pieces from Ashley Eckstein’s fashion product line, so I won’t spend time discussing the background or philosophy of the company, as I normally do in these reviews. We are just going to jump right in!

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Core Worlds Couture Style Update: Jamberry Nail Wraps

Core Worlds Couture With Jay Krebs

In an October edition of Core Worlds Couture, the first series of Star Wars Jamberry Nail Wraps were presented and reviewed.

Since then, Jamberry has introduced an updated line of Star Wars nail wraps, which has expanded the total line to 27 different Star Wars styles, including some “junior styles” for little hands!

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Core Worlds Couture: Musterbrand Review

Core Worlds Couture With Jay Krebs

Greetings from the Star Wars fashion realm! Welcome (or welcome back) to Core Worlds Couture, the Star Wars fashion review blog that brings you the mature side of geek fashion, while keeping that youthful edge!

In this edition, I will be reviewing two pieces from Musterbrand’s new Star Wars fashion line: Sith Apprentice Cardigan and Rebel Pilot Cape. Both of these pieces are a great addition to your Star Wars wardrobe, and especially with the recent release of The Last Jedi, both items make for great theater wear!

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Book Review: The Rebel Files (Deluxe Edition)

Star Wars is all-encompassing, an aspect that’s been part of the Saga since the first film’s 1977 release. Star Wars: The Rebel Files (Deluxe Edition) adds to that allure

From comics to novelizations to additional stories, Star Wars has always lent itself to print medium. This holds true even more now, in an era of virtual and augmented reality, app-based game, extensive massively multiplayer online role-playing games and of course online, almost-interactive games for consoles and computers.

But it’s the accompanying books that help add layers of context and detail to the Star Wars Saga and, frankly, that’s a needed thing, given the complexity of the characters, stories and more that population the Star Wars Galaxy.

Which is why Daniel Wallace’s The Rebel Files (Deluxe Edition) from publisher becker&mayer! is an edifying and entertaining dive into the history of the Rebel Alliance, from its jerky formative start to polished and regimented cohesion in the struggle against the Empire.

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The Last Jedi Review

NOTE: While this is a review of The Last Jedi, it does not contain any spoilers regarding plot or characters. However, the tone and atmosphere are discussed at length. If you wish to remain 100% spoiler-free, feel free to come back and read this review after you have seen the film.

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Star Wars Book Review: ‘Stormtroopers: Beyond the Armor’ by Ryder Windham and Adam Bray

Official Synopsis:

Features a Foreword by John Boyega

Just in time for the next blockbuster, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, this unique and beautifully designed compendium with removable features traces one of the franchise’s most iconic characters—the stormtrooper—from initial development through all nine Star Wars movies to their many iterations in TV, comics, video games, novels, and pop-culture.

Star Wars: A New Hope, the very first installment in the beloved science-fiction series, introduced the Imperial stormtroopers—the army of the fearsome and tyrannical Galactic Empire. Charged with establishing Imperial authority and suppressing resistance, these terrifying, faceless, well-disciplined soldiers in white have become a universal symbol of oppression.

Star Wars Stormtroopers explores these striking warriors and their evolution in-depth for the first time. Ryder Windham and Adam Bray trace the roots of their creation and design, and explore how these elite troops from a galaxy far, far away have been depicted in movies, cartoons, comics, novels, and merchandising.

Filled with photographs, illustrations, story boards, and other artwork, this lavish officially licensed book comes complete with removable features, including posters, stickers, replica memorabilia and more, making it an essential keepsake for every Star Wars fan, as well as military, design, and film aficionados.

Review:

Honestly, I was never one to give too much thought to stormtroopers. Which is one reason why I wanted to read Stormtroopers: Beyond the Armor by Ryder Windham and Adam Bray. As a Star Wars fan of a certain age (ahem), I try to explore all aspects of the saga when chance arises, especially ones I never really looked into before. Much to my pleasure, Stormtroopers: Beyond the Armor examines every iteration of the iconic trooper, from Ralph McQuarrie’s original concept up to the present day, in an engaging and informative manner.

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Sperry Topsider A/O Darth Vader Review

Core Worlds Couture with Jay Krebs

Welcome back, Core Worlders!

Recently, I was fortunate enough to receive a pair of Sperry Topsider’s new Darth Vader A/O boat shoes. These shoes are truly exquisite. The attention to detail is impressive (most impressive), and the quality is exactly what one would expect from a pair of Sperry shoes – top-notch!

Check out my unboxing video for all the specs and details, and also read on for more information about these shoes, as well as the others in the line, which was launched December 7, 2017.

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Rebels Reconnaissance: “Rebel Assault” Review

*Spoiler warning: This review contains spoilers for the Star Wars Rebels episode “Rebel Assault.”

One thing that Star Wars has always done exceedingly well is subvert expectations. “Rebel Assault,” this week’s episode of Star Wars Rebels follows that tradition with a story that shatters assumptions from the outset. With this first half of the season seemingly building toward an epic clash against the Empire, “Rebel Assault” instead takes the narrative on a downward trajectory much faster than many probably expected.

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Audiobook Review: ‘The Legends of Luke Skywalker’ by Ken Liu, Narrated by January LaVoy

The Legends of Luke Skywalker is the latest offering in the long list of, Journey to the Last Jedi, books. To be honest I am not sure what the point was when commissioning the writing of this book. I know every novel can’t be a life changer but giving the reader some nugget of purpose would be helpful. I don’t necessarily blame the author here because I feel like the book was well written. It’s the vision or concept of the book that is….confusing? Discouraging? No, frustrating!

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