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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The Caffeinated Collector: Episode 39 – Coming Back For More, Part 6. Which Is Actually Part 3…

You guessed it, it’s time for MORE of my thoughts, musings, and ruminations on the Star Wars films. As I continue my movie-by-movie discussion about what elements keep me coming back, we’ve reached the point in the journey where we talk about Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, which is my favorite of the prequel trilogy.

As I’ve stated before, the first Star Wars film I saw was The Empire Strikes Back in 1980. I was about 3½ years old, and I did NOT see it on opening day. That all changed with Return of the Jedi three years later, and after that I have made a point of seeing the very first showing of each Star Wars film upon its release. Except for this one. When Revenge of the Sith was released in 2005, I was in Longview, Texas, taking my mother to a doctor’s appointment. I didn’t see it until the next day. Thankfully, none of my friends spoiled it for me, except to say that it was much more enjoyable than the last two films. Since we have already discussed The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, I can say here that they are my least-liked entries into the saga. I do find myself returning to them, but not nearly as often as the other films, and without as much anticipation or enjoyment. My opinion of them is well-documented, so I won’t go into that here, but suffice it to say that I was hoping that Revenge of the Sith ended the saga (as we knew it then) on a high note. And it did not disappoint. This is the prequel that I return to the most, and there are several reasons for that: The opening sequence above (and eventually into) Coruscant, the overriding sense of dread that permeates the film, the final lightsaber duel between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan, and especially Ian McDiarmid’s performance as Emperor Palpatine. We will explore all of these in some depth next.

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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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The Caffeinated Collector: Episode 38 – Coming Back For More, Part 5. Which Is Actually Part 2…

Wow, this series is speeding by MUCH faster than I anticipated, we’re already to number 5!!! Thank you for sticking with me and indulging my rememberries. It’s time to discuss another of the most divisive entries in the Star Wars saga: Episode II: Attack of the Clones. This is the lowest-performing film at the box office, and I think there are several reasons for that, one of which is the lack of anticipation surrounding the second film in any series. I suspect it experienced significantly less repeat-viewings as well. Some have accused it of being too long, too convoluted, and poorly-written. Others defend it as a wonderful addition to the story with a terrific Obi-Wan storyline. It’s possible that both sides have valid arguments. I personally find it overly long and I have trouble not fast-forwarding through several sequences. I definitely consider it one of the weaker portions of the series, but I DO watch it on a semi-regular basis. What is it that brings me back to it time and again? When I think about Attack of the Clones, the things that immediately come to mind are the colors (again), Kamino, the Obi-Wan detective storyline, and the sound. Read on to find out more!

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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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Rebels Reconnaissance: “Kindred” and “Crawler Commandeers” Reviews

*Spoiler warning: This review contains spoilers for the Star Wars Rebels episodes “Kindred” and Crawler Commandeers.”

Star Wars Rebels returns this week with another pair of episodes that continue with what looks to be a season-long arc focusing on our heroes’ return to Lothal and an impending massive clash with the Empire. The first episode, “Kindred,” at first feels to be a simple continuation of last week’s “Flight of the Defender” with Ezra returning to the site of the TIE Defender crash to find the downed ship’s hyperdrive, but it soon escalates into something much more dire.

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Rebels Reconnaissance: “The Occupation” and “Flight of the Defender” Reviews

*Spoiler warning: This review contains spoilers for the Star Wars Rebels episodes “The Occupation” and “Flight of the Defender.”

It’s hard to believe that Star Wars Rebels is already in its fourth season, as the flurry of new Star Wars content since 2012’s Disney purchase of Lucasfilm can sometimes cause one to forget about the show that established how the two enormous companies would interact. But in many ways, Rebels has been the standard-bearer for this new era of Star Wars as it pioneered the methods in which stories across media would interact and established the precedent for incorporating “Legends” material into canon. And now with the show having an end date that its writers can plan for, the final chapters of Star Wars Rebels seem to be methodically filling in the gaps, tying off loose ends, and bringing a logical conclusion to the series.

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Rebels Reconnaissance: “In the Name of the Rebellion” Review

*Spoiler warning: This review contains spoilers for the Star Wars Rebels episode “In the Name of the Rebellion.”

With a return to the sequel trilogy era in the form of The Last Jedi on the horizon, it becomes only natural to wonder about the place of Rogue One (a standalone story) in the cultural zeitgeist. In many ways, this film–that was highly successful on a number of fronts–has essentially slipped from the public’s consciousness. But with “In the Name of the Rebellion,” this week’s episode of Star Wars Rebels, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story gets a powerful burst of relevance.

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The Caffeinated Collector: Episode 37 – Coming Back For More, Part 4. Which Is Actually Part 1…

Ok, here goes. We’ve made our way through the original trilogy, so that means it must be time to go back to the very beginning. It’s obviously not ALWAYS a very good place to start, since George Lucas didn’t start there, which is why we’re discussing it now. And I promise that’s the last Sound of Music reference I’ll make for at LEAST a paragraph. It’s time to talk about what may be the most divisive chapter in the entire saga: Episode I: The Phantom Menace. This may be the most challenging entry in this series for me. Keep reading, and I’ll explain why.

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