Legends Library: Revan

Join Luke and Randy as they discuss this month’s book, Revan, by Drew Karpyshyn! Go back to the Old Republic days and discover what happened to Revan’s mask. How did the Mandalorians replace their fallen leader from the Mandalorian War? All this and much more. They also share with us ideas about how you can join their show!

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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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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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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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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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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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Force and Faith: Luke’s Lonely Exile and Hopeful Return

Some very fun and creative parody accounts are on Twitter, spoofing Kylo Ren’s maudlin behavior, or the loneliness that Luke must be feeling.  Whichever comic geniuses were behind them, they had me laughing many times.  (And I make no endorsement of any blue material I may be overlooking).  They took these iconic characters and looked into their psyches for incredible comedic results.  But the online world of Twitter, Facebook and the like can actually lead us to feeling isolated, which is very similar to the loneliness that Luke must have felt on the heights of Ahch-To.  Luke was a man who grew up in a family, surrounded by friends, and joined the vast rebellion with its camaraderie.  In his exile, he must have experienced a profound loneliness that affected him. Read more

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Porg Psychology 101

Jay’s Galactic Espressions

Whether you love them or hate them, porgs have become a very popular – albeit peculiar – new character in the Star Wars saga. We were introduced to these little penguin-puffin-birdlike creatures in the behind-the-scenes footage reel for The Last Jedi, revealed at the D23 Expo in July of 2017. Avid fans of the saga have had porgs on the brain since this initial introduction, but the debut of the official trailer for The Last Jedi, which aired during halftime of Monday Night Football on October 9, caused the general public to catch porg fever in a big way! Instantly, the Internet was packed with porgs, including this Photoshop challenge, posted by gizmodo.com.

But, why are these little feather bags such a draw for fans, myself included? I’m not usually one to fall prey to overwhelming feelings of “gotta have that,” but these porgs have certainly won me over! So, I decided to take a look at the psychology of porgs – what underlying reasons could there be for this fanatic attraction? What is the possible connection between avian mythology, bird/human personality traits, and the design choices of the porg character itself?

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