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Return of the Collection

Posted in Challenges with tags , , , on 24 April 2014 by Megan

I did a bit of a quickie once on showing you my collection (here). When I was packing all my things up last summer, I counted ten boxes containing nothing but Star Wars stuff; I did have a picture of said ten boxes (basically two stacks as tall as I am), but I have no idea what happened to it.

The short version is that I have a lot of Star Wars stuff, and it’s all quietly getting water damage in my storage unit because it’s been a long, wet, vicious winter and my homelessness stretches on into a near eternity. The version I’m going to do for this post, though, is to tell you all about the Star Wars stuff that is special enough to me I keep it out of storage, and/or the Star Wars stuff that was purchased since packing everything away.

As a sort of pre-postscript, allow me to say that the two most important things in my collection are the movies themselves and my lightsaber. I have about 30 copies of the 6 films, which you can see pictured at the top left at the link above, and the lightsaber of course you can learn about in its full glory here. (Or see me wearing it on Halloween last year here.)

Now, on to me showing off the Best of My Star Wars Collection!

This is the stuff that I pretty much always have on hand. If you see me at any point during the day, odds are these things are within reach.

Notebooks are important

Notebooks are important

Two Star Wars keychains — Lego Boba Fett and Empire — my Star Wars diary (I have a couple like that) and my Maul mini notebook, cause you never know when you might need to take notes. (I have a trooper one but it’s full and in storage.)

Lil Obi-Wan & Co.

Lil Obi-Wan & Co.

Lil Obi-Wan has accompanied me to Ireland, the UK, and France, as well as all over the US east coast and midwest. He is always in my purse and he has his own tumblr. Boba Fett is my flash drive, worth every penny, and he says clips from the movie when I plug him into my laptop! Also, he provided the background for my phone, which is named Fettlet.

Shakespeare got to have lunch, son

Shakespeare got to have lunch, son

And finally, my lunchbox, the best meal of the day. Actually my sturdy ESB anniversary lunchbox carries all three of my day’s meals (banana, granola bar, sandwich, applesauce, and usually some type of microwave pasta or ramen, cookies, and instant coffee), and brings my Doctor Who Fifth Doctor coffee tumbler home at night. On Fridays, it also carries extra free doughnuts from work home for me, too.

By home, I mean, in general, the corner bedroom at my sister’s where I tend to stay from about 10:30 PM to 8:30 AM between works. I’ve cozied it up fairly well though and here’s the Star Wars stuff that is always on display where I can see it during the two hours I’m there and not sleeping.

2014, only $2 at Odd Lots!

2014, only $2 at Odd Lots!

My 2014 Star Wars calender that cost me next to nothing . . .

My shelf of goodness

My shelf of goodness

Here you see my totally amazing 6″ fully articulated Luke action figure, my two charming kiddie books, my Han Shot First window sticker, Lil Luke, “The Ladies of Star Wars” playing cards, and of course my beloved Obsessed With Star Wars, one of the first things I ever reviewed on this site . . .

Looking good, Luke.

Looking good, Luke.

I’m just so proud of that picture. I think it came out incredibly well. Look at the articulation! It’s brilliant and amazing.

Some new additions

Some new additions

I don’t have a kitchen or anything so it hasn’t seemed pointful to even get these out of their packaging, but when ThinkGeek had a buy one, get one 50% off sale on drinkware, I had to — I’ve been wanting those 10oz collector classes for 4 years! The others were just a bonus. And the plastic cup was less than a dollar at Target.

Something old. Even retro!

Something old. Even retro!

I just found these at HPB so recently you can see they still have the stickers. This is pure nostalgia, because back when I started on Star Wars, I always had to read the book and listen to the book on tape. It started as necessity, because our library tended to buy things so haphazardly — like, they would buy book 2 and book 3 as hardbacks, but only have book 2 as a book on tape. Sometimes I could get an entire trilogy on book or book on tape, but I never read Jedi Search until the entire trilogy was given to me! That’s how bad that library was. Anyway, these are read by Dennis Lawson and Anthony Daniels, so the win can barely be contained.

Good ones and new ones

Good ones and new ones

The films actually live on the shelf with the glasses. The stationary set — R2D2 pencil box, Darth Vader notebook and pencil case, Boba Fett notebook, Yoda scratchpad, Vader pen, trooper pencil topper, Vader erasers, and quote pencils — I got at Wal Mart for half of what ThinkGeek wanted. The tote bag you may remember as a present from Dad, and the soundrop keychain is awesome though I regret seriously not collecting more of them. Also, my Star Wars grocery tote.

Fuzzy company

Fuzzy company

Here we have Trilogy the Bear, whom you doubtless remember from the last time I touched on one of these. And accompanying Trilogy, it’s Sergeant Lieutenant General Captain Iasson TrEy ’cause I can’t ever decide/remember his rank. He’s a Stormtrooper ragdoll, which is a brilliant investment if you want one.

Ready for his closeup

Ready for his closeup

Like, there is something impossibly charming about a Stormtrooper doll, and the detail is impressively impressive. A good Stormtrooper never leaves his post, and this guy is so friendly and squishy.

Detail shot

Detail shot

Also, here’s a better view of what makes Trilogy so Star Wars. That and that galaxy blue fur is the softest stuff ever. His ear tag fell off, which makes me sad, but there was nothing to be done for it.

Finally — on any given day, you might see me wearing one of these . . .

SW Socks FTW

SW Socks FTW

Yes, that is how I wear them. Because life’s too short to not wear mismatched socks.

Teeeeee shirts

Teeeeee shirts

T-shirts are my favorite thing ever, and these are some good ones. I only have a couple other SW shirts, and these are the two I have on hand.

I guess in conclusion, I can say that yes, I still have my Star Wars purse, though because it’s hard to carry it and the lunchbox, it doesn’t come out on weekdays. The last Star Wars collection item that is permanently on hand, then, are my cats’ “costumes” —

Because she rowls and sheds.

Because she rowls and sheds.

Unfortunately, Lilly has turned this beautiful Chewbacca collar that is no longer available (the tags say “Chewie is my copilot”) into a white mash of torn fabric.

Because she communicates pretty well without a protocol droid.

Because she communicates pretty well without a protocol droid.

Haiku still wears her Artoo collar and it looks very, very fine. The jingle bell is a definite plus because she’s so quick and dark, she’s always getting stepped on otherwise.

Okay! So that’s it! Same time next week . . . with some big news on the way!

Picture

Posted in Fun with tags , , , , , on 8 February 2013 by Megan

My Life, 80 Days: Day 73 (a light-themed picture) via Hundredaire Socialite.

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Not sure if this is light-themed, or just awesome

I picked this picture for the light-theme because it’s just the coolest picture of light I’ve never taken. Trilogy is my Build-a-Bear given to me for Christmas by my brother-in-law in 2010. I took this picture a couple of weeks later, just before going back to Indiana. Trilogy looks like a Force-casting Jedi Master or something. (And you would not believe the softness of his sparkly blue fur.) Also, that’s my newer VHS addition, a widescreen 1997 special ed.

Pictured Collection

Posted in Fun with tags , , , on 11 January 2013 by Megan

I’ve talked collections before. This guest post from HS is from my 80 Day Challenge again, meant just to keep content coming in, and it just gives some images of what I’ve got.

Day 61 — A picture of your collection

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This will give you an idea of a small portion of my Star Wars collection, which is by far my most intense and largest collection. (I also collect books, pennies, typewriters, and stuffed animals.) Most of these pictures aren’t up to date, but they’re the best I have, so consider the picture representational, not comprehensive. I own about 150 Star Wars books, including fiction, reference, and historically significant items, as well as some five copies of each film. As far as ephemera and physical objects are concerned, I have some six boxes full of this stuff. So. Yep! This is sort of a picture of my collection.

My Life, 80 Days: Day 61 via Hundredaire Socialite.

Get Pods!

Posted in Fun with tags , , , on 6 April 2012 by Megan

“We sold the pod! Look at all the money we have!” — Anakin Skywalker

When the Star Wars Librarian and friend went to go see Episode I in 3D (an experience I will blog about at length next week), we got a little packet labeled “Pod” along with our Darth Maul 3D glasses. We didn’t know what that meant or what they were for . . . but when we finally took them out of the wrappers, well, we were instantly charmed. You see here my little Clone Trooper; she got Padmé.

Clone Trooper Pod

The tiniest Clone Trooper of them all.

I immediately undertook some research on the subject and found that these are a new micro-figure released by Hasbro (here) and sold in a variety of locations like your local stores or ThinkGeek (here). What gets me about them is nobody seems to have any clear idea what they do or what they are for, as is evidenced by the randomness of the videos about them.

Basically, what can I tell you? They are the cutest things ever. You can put them on top of the pod and spin them like tops, you can put them in the pods and throw them at people! There are several collections, including figurines and vehicles, and there are black and clear pods. They feel all rubbery and squishy, and you can do tiny battle against the Empire. What more do you want? I’m thoroughly and completely charmed and give the toy like twenty stars.

Your soul can't repel cuteness of this magnitude!

Also, just to add to the fun collectability of it all: every pack comes with a set of “known” figures, that is, the ones you can see and that are identified, and unknown ones–mystery figures that are a surprise until you open them. This way you can hoard ’em, trade ’em, collect ’em. . . . Whatever you want! It’s super tiny awesome fun!

Thinking Geek!

Posted in Fun with tags , , , on 28 October 2011 by Megan

Geeks love toys, and no self-respecting Star Warrior can long avoid the tender loving embrace of the biggest repository of geek chic on the Internet, ThinkGeek. A casual search of the geek wonderland offers 134 Star Wars related necessities, from toys to edibles. My own wishlist is extensively populated with stuff off this site, and I eagerly collect my Geek Points for some awesome free stuff.

So this month, I was starting on a little Christmas shopping/some birthday present shopping for October birthdays, and I was tempted into buying product #1 here in order to get $10 off my order.

Vader keychain

The AWESOME side of the Force!

The tote, by the way, is courtesy of Zazzle.com and was a gift from my dad for my birthday in July. The keychain, however, is one of these addictive little Star Wars Sound Drop Keychains imported from Japan. There are six different keychains; you either buy all six of them, or they send one to you at random. The random one I got was Darth Vader, who just so happens to match my SWL bag perfectly! I thought that was exciting and I’m definitely pleased. Pressing the button produces a nice sound clip of Vader breathing. I’m addicted to getting these things now and really would like to collect them all, but I especially want the saber duel.

Star Wars Sound Drop Keychains

Then I had to buy another birthday present and, to get another $10 off deal, I threw in a couple items, haha. Here’s my calender for next year, super exciting! Plus the bar-none coolest coasters you’ll ever see.

Calender and coaster

I’d like to take him on a date . . .

July is my birthday, which is why it’s on that month, but let me tell you, the pictures on this calender are excellent! They’re all montage-y and stuff. Obi-Wan, Boba Fett, Luke Skywalker–all your favorites and lookin’ hot! The coasters are cardboard-on-cork, but I decided to leave them in the convenient packaging so I could put them on display:

My little display board

You’ve got two pairs of good guys with their arch-nemesis–Boba Fett and Han, Luke and Darth Vader. They’re really cool, and I’m very pleased. All I’m lacking are the glasses to go with–sadly, they’re out of stock.

Anyway, those are the details of my buying spree on Think Geek. You should take a look, though, at their Star Wars goodies, and make your own wishlist up! Great products. Also, if I could effervesce about ThinkGeek, they have awesome customer service, great deals, and such cool stuff. Give them your business, and you won’t regret it!

I love my teddy bear!

And I know this is not available from ThinkGeek, but I thought I would show off my final bit of Star Warsia. Anyway, I didn’t have this website in December, when I got Trilogy there. Trilogy is my special edition Build-A-Bear, which my brother-in-law gave me for Christmas. And also that is my 2011 calendar which my mom got me from the Borders down the road just before it closed. That’s been a great calender. I have a great affection for them. You would not believe how cuddly and silky soft Trilogy is!

Okay, so that’s the fun stuff for this Friday. Compose a wishlist and send it to me ;) And have a fun weekend!

Collecting Star Wars

Posted in Fun with tags , , , , on 6 May 2011 by Megan

I present another “guest” blog post for this Fun Friday. They’re sort of like a getting to know you, I think. This comes  from a blogging challenge on my other site, Hundredaire Socialite. It’s only a portion of the whole post, and you can read the rest at Day 14: Blogger’s Choice.

I do collect any stuffed animals. My newest addition is the silky-soft, galaxy blue Trilogy, the limited-edition Star Wars bear from Build-A-Bear that my brother-in-law Marcus gave me for Christmas.

That brings us to the next collection. Yeah, um, you may not have noticed . . . I love Star Wars. I just–I do. Now, the picture above is extremely old. My guess is it’s from sometime in mid-2002? But it gives you a better idea of the general contents of my collection: VHS tapes, a mousepad, action figures, Legos, calenders, boxes of cereal, pop cans, trading cards, PEZ dispensers, the cup from the first showing of Episode II . . . just a real variety of stuff. Oh, my Cheerios Matchbox cars! Those things are cool. I think there’s a superball too. Oh, in the plastic cup is that green Qui-Gon bookmark that utterly disappeared. . . . My first SW items were kind of contraband–an Episode I poster, a sticker studio, and a copy of Darksaber that a friend of Kari’s gave me–I am kind of not sure why? Mom and I had a big fight about the SW poster and I had a ranty angry entry in my diary about it, blah-blah-blah. I made my own SW paper dolls, drew pictures, started a story on notebook paper, all of which I kept in a little box in the closet. I had a friend named Megan who let me borrow her SW books, and I started a notebook of SW information copied out of a Star Wars scrapbook she owned. We also mailed each other stuff–little flashcards, bookmarks, that kind of thing. She sent me a mini-poster of Luke which I put up in my closet. (I, uh, used to hang out in my closet–it was just a regular-depth closet, but I just kind of shut myself up in my closet when I wanted to be alone. The poster was nice flair.) So, yeah, that stuff was early. I made my own lightsabers–my niece Heather and I used to play with those endlessly. That was epic fun. But when E2 came out, I really started getting stuff. Kristine and I bought a bulk set of action figures; we also got trading cards, more food labels, stuff like that, just tons of stuff. Michelle supplied me with lots of action figures, too. Mom even got me a Naboo fighter ornament from Hallmark. So now my Star Wars collection fills up a file box, in addition to four big cardboard boxes and a tube of posters. One of my most complete SW collections are the Episode III-themed toys from Burger King in 2005; I am only missing one of Series 1 and, well, several of Series 2. But it’s a pretty full collection! This picture is of all the paper stuff I’ve collected in connection with SW over the years.

Primarily newspapers and homemade stuff–printouts of webpages, my Star Wars notebook, ads . . . I’m working on a scrapbook called Star Wars: A Love Story, but it’s kind of on hold because of grad school. A lot of this paper stuff is going to be arranged to make sense in that book. Anyway, it gives you an idea. The SW collection is certainly my largest and most enduring. Although I do collect it for a reason, which perhaps lessens its “collection” status; because I write about SW, I like to have as much of the stuff about it around as possible, in addition to the fact that having this stuff just gives me pleasure.