Truly Wonderful, the Memories of Star Wars Celebration Are!

As I sit down to write this, there are only 25 days left until Star Wars Celebration Orlando!  My, how time flies. It feels like just yesterday we were getting the news on starwars.com that the next celebration would be in Orlando – once again, I’m overwhelmed with a whirlwind of emotions. No worries, at this point I’m a veteran of Star Wars Celebrations as this one will mark my fourth Force-tastic adventure of being immersed in the galaxy far, far away. In other words, all is right in the world.

And so, in light of Star Wars Celebration, I thought it would be fitting to share some of my past celebration experiences with all of you. Hopefully you’ll find some joy in my personal stories and maybe you’ll even learn something about me you didn’t already know. Ready. Set. Go!

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The Star Wars Show | Re-creating Tarkin and Leia, Celebration Updates, and More

This week on The Star Wars Show, co-hosts Andi and Anthony bring exciting Celebration updates, Star Wars trivia, gaming news, and more. In addition, Academy Awards winners Paige Warner and Brian Cantwell from ILM discuss the technology behind bringing Grand Moff Tarkin and young Princess Leia to the big screen for Rogue One.

Check it all out in the video below:

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Legends Library: Razor’s Edge (247)

Join Randy this month as Rebels Reactions host, Aaron Harris joins him to discuss the book Razor’s Edge by Martha Wells. One of the final books to be published in the Legends line, Razor’s Edge is a Leia-centric story and takes place between episodes four and five. Randy and Aaron discuss their favorite characters from the book as well as a few of their favorite moments. Randy also makes a big announcement about the next few months of book reviews. Enjoy listening and may the force be with you!

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Star Wars Valentine’s Day Quotes

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching I wanted to provide some useful Star Wars quotes that can be used on that special day of love. These lines are helpful in a variety of situations, including when you are given the wrong gift, give the wrong gift, need to redeem yourself after giving the wrong gift, forget a gift altogether, or just want to express that you know your significant other loves you. Good luck. You’re gonna need it.

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Princess Leia Mrs. Potato Head PopTater Available for Pre-Order

Pre-Order the Princess Leia Mrs. Potato Head

Are you a fan of the classic Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head toys? Love Star Wars and a certain Alderaanian Princess? You’re in luck. You can now pre-order the Princess Leia Mrs. Potato Head from PPW Toys, which is expected to ship on February 20, 2017. Find out more below:

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Lattes with Leia Show #13: Remembering Carrie Fisher (245)

 

We did it! The thirteenth episode of Lattes with Leia marks our year anniversary. After discussing what we’re most excited about related to Star Wars at the moment – the Star Wars Day at Sea Disney Cruise and runDisney’s Star Wars half – we talk about Carrie Fisher. We cover her role as Princess Leia, her work raising awareness for mental issues, her writing, and her legacy.

This one’s for you, Carrie.

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Mickey’s Jedi Blend: This Is Not The Filler You’re Looking For

Yes, I’m back! I know it has been a while since I have blogged, but between life wanting to turn everything upside down, hosting Rebels Reactions and my regular 9 to 5, the time has eluded me no matter how hard I have tried. Now after all these months I can’t let things slide anymore.

This month’s topic is something I hit on during a recent episode of Rebels Reactions. It is something I have been guilty of in the past, and that is classifying the significance of each episode as it pertains to the saga overall. Some episodes have a profound impact and are praised highly on podcasts and social media alike. Others, where the value isn’t immediately evident, get dismissed as “filler” episodes.

Since I have started hosting Rebels Reactions and analyzing each episode as they come out, plus after seeing Rogue One, I reached a conclusion: there is no such thing as a “filler” episode in Star Wars.

I will go ahead and advise you that if you haven’t seen Rogue One, don’t read any further unless you want spoilers.

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The Caffeinated Collector: Episode 31 – “Hope”

Ok, it’s been a month since I saw the Rogue One. As if a new Star Wars movie wasn’t enough news, we also have the passing of Carrie Fisher to contend with. My second viewing of the film just happened to be on the day her death was announced, so the final shot of the film took on even more significance than it ordinarily would have. “Hope,” she said. The Tantive IV took off, the familiar John Williams music started, and the credits rolled. Upon my first viewing, I was smiling. Upon my second, I was still smiling, but it was a bittersweet grin, since it was achieved with the knowledge of Ms. Fisher’s demise. Where would things go from here?

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Melinda’s Brew: Move Along. Move Along.

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Eras. They have their beginnings. They have their endings. History marks them. And while we mere humans passing through time are but specks on the timeline of history, our own lives are marked with the beginnings and endings of our own personal eras. Recently, I witnessed the end of an era in my own family. And, if I’m going to be perfectly honest, I am not sure how I feel about it.

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It’s OK To Mourn People You Don’t Know

2016 was a year that teemed with memorable moments, from the Cubs winning a World Series for the first time in over a century to a grueling election season with results that–to put it mildly–proved divisive to American citizens. Perhaps the most surprising facet of the sixteenth year of the new millennium came not from the annals of sports or politics, but pop culture. Last year was deemed “The Year of Death,” as an unusual number of actors and musicians passed from this world. Many of these people were not of the character actor, “where have I seen this guy before” variety, but titanic icons whose names conjure immediate images: David Bowie, Prince, Alan Rickman, George Michael.

And, of course, Carrie Fisher, who passed away in the final week of 2016 after suffering a massive heart attack.

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