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Star Wars Celebration Anaheim: Exclusives

Mar 30, 2015
Star Wars Celebration is right around the corner! Some of the merchandise booths released images of what items they will be selling exclusively for Celebration Anaheim. I told myself a few weeks ago that I wasn't going to spend too much money on merchandise during the convention but so many awesome items have been announced. I might have to grab a few things featured in this post!

Hallmark (Booth #1434)
I used to collect a bunch of carded clone trooper action figures but now that my display space is limited, I have slowed down on that collecting area and this year I have chosen to only collect the Star Wars Itty Bittys from Hallmark. They are adorable little plushies that don't take up very much space and only cost $6 for individual ones. Right now I have all of the small Itty Bittys that have been released except for the San Diego Comic Con exclusives from last year. Hallmark will have 2 exclusive Itty Bittys at Celebration featuring two of the coolest bounty hunters, Dengar and Bossk. Who knew a Trandoshan could be so adorable? There will be 2,200 of these sets sold, limited to 550 per day. The Hallmark booth will also have a limited edition keepsake ornament set of Ralph McQuarrie style Luke and Vader. Only 2,000 of these will be sold (500 per day) so make sure you get one before they're gone! The ornaments are $40 for the set and Itty Bittys are $20 for the set.


Funko POP (Booth #1410)
Funko will have 5 Star Wars POP! Vinyl Bobblehead figures available for purchase at Celebration. The Funko website states that they will be announcing TWO more exclusives for the convention but right now we definitely know that there will be a shock trooper, E-3PO, Unmasked Darth Vader, R2-Q5, and R2-R9. The R2-R9 will be sold at the Toy Tokyo booth (#923).



Kotobukiya (Booth #1324)
Kotobukiya will be selling 2-pack R3-A2 and K-3PO ArtFX+ at their booth and have announced that a limited number of these statues will be available for pre-order online. This will give non-Celebration attendees a chance at scoring these awesome exclusives. The pre-orders will go live on Thursday, April 2nd  (10am PST) at kotous.com. If you want these, get them fast because they are very limited and I'm sure will sell quickly. K-3PO is one of my favorite droids so I may have to get one of these! 

That's all for my Star Wars Celebration Anaheim exclusives today. Keep checking The Dorky Diva for more updates on SWCA!

Star Wars Costume Exhibit in Seattle

Mar 27, 2015
Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume is a new traveling costume exhibit that  currently resides at the Seattle EMP Museum in Washington. It features 60 handmade costume from the Star Wars saga, all the way from Episode I to Episode VI. My friend Michael Bert recently had the opportunity to see this exhibit in person. Enjoy this exclusive interview with him about his experience seeing all of these original costumes. All of the photos in this article are courtesy of Michael.

Michael Bert's interest with Star Wars started in 1977 after viewing A New Hope. He became a super fan after countless viewings of The Empire Strikes Back during the summer of 1980.  That movie cemented Michael's interest in everything Star Wars for the last three and a half decades.  Most recently, Michael became a member of Vader's 501st Legion as an Imperial Royal Guard. He currently troops with the Midwest Garrison and resides in the northern suburbs of Chicago. 

Q: First of all Michael, what encouraged you to check out this new costume exhibit in Seattle?
A: A few months ago, I read an article about a new Star Wars costume exhibit that was premiering in Seattle on January 31, 2015. I also saw Anthony Daniels on The Comlink website covering the premiere. It looked amazing. I was hooked. The exhibit was scheduled for a 9-month run in Seattle before moving on to 12 other cities. Seattle was the first city, but no other cities were announced at this time. I didn't want to risk missing this exhibit, so I planned a weekend trip to Seattle. I have the original trilogy costume book that was released in October 2014. I found the pictures and significance  of each costume fascinating. I read that there was a lot of information at the exhibit on what inspired the designs of the costumes, the trials and tribulations of getting them made, and the actors comments on wearing and working in the costumes. Give me a bunch of behind the scenes information, and I'm there. I also like to participate in trivia contests. I thought this exhibit would yield interesting facts that I could use to win future trivia contests. Besides, Seattle is also the home of Boeing Field and I could incorporate the Boeing tour during the weekend.    

Q: When you first saw the exhibit, what was your reaction?
A: Excitement! After entering the doors to the exhibit, there is a large staircase brightly lit with cold white light. The walls had a series of parallel metal tubes lining the wall and blue and white L.E.D. tubular lights were mixed in. It gave you a sense of being inside a space ship or even in the cold hallways of Echo Base on Hoth. Finally, I was in The Empire Strikes Back. You got the sense you were headed for something special, something totally different. After ascending the stairs, a prototype Yoda was waiting for you and directing you to the main floor of the exhibit. This perfectly set the tone for what was ahead. I spent at least 20 minutes on the stairs, taking it all in, trying to stay focused, and enjoying similar reactions from other guests as they entered the exhibit. Once I was on the main floor, I didn't know where or what to look at first. I noticed a second floor that allowed a birds eye view of the main floor. I quickly made my way to the second level for an overview and decide where to start.  

Over the next 5 hours, I was able to see the entire exhibit. I started with an early admission time, which meant less people in the exhibit. It didn't get crowded until mid-afternoon when I was done or revisiting certain costumes. All the costumes had detailed information on their significance and place in the movies. Sometimes there were touchscreen devices that allowed you to view a clip from the movie where the costume is seen. Other times, there were digital voice recordings of the actor or designer giving insight on what it was like to wear or design the costume. I appreciated the historical and cultural aspects that influenced the designs from different world wars to ancient Chinese, Japanese, and African society. Swatches of material from different dresses or robes were there to touch. This gave you a real sense of  the fabric's weight and texture. The exhibit did a great job of comparing and contrasting the costumes from the original trilogy to the prequels. A continuous Star Wars music soundtrack played in the background, adding to the excitement.  


Celebration Anaheim- You Won't Want to Miss!

Mar 25, 2015
Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California is coming up very soon! The event will be held April 16th-19th at the Anaheim Convention Center. I attended the last Celebration event that was hosted in the United States and I am extremely excited to be surrounded by Star Wars for four days again. In this post, I will be talking about a handful of events that you won't want to miss at Celebration. There is something for every type of fan!

Rancho Obi-Wan: 
Steve Sansweet, who owns the largest Star Wars collection in the world, will be displaying some of his memorabilia and collectibles at the Rancho Obi-Wan Experience. This display will take up a 900-square-foot space on the main exhibit hall and feature some of Steve's favorite items. If you're a collector, you definitely need to check this out. I can guarantee that your jaw will drop at the sight of so many amazing Star Wars pieces! 


Autograph Guests:
Would you like to meet actors that have portrayed characters in the Star Wars films? Or sculptors who created the iconic Darth Vader helmet? Then you need to head to the autograph hall. With over 30 guests in total, I'm sure there will be someone there that you would love to meet. Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and Ian McDiarmid are some of the big name guests but more background actors like Corey Dee Williams will also be there. Some of these celebrities are a rare sight at conventions. Get their autograph while you can! 

Joel Aron Photography Panels:
The CG/Lighting/FX Supervisor of Star Wars: Rebels, Joel Aron, will be hosting two different photography panels. One of them is on Friday and the other will be on Saturday. I went to both of Joel's panels at Celebration VI in Orlando, Florida and they were the highlight of my experience at the convention. If you're interested in photography or the visual effects of Rebels, these would be great panels for you to check out. Joel Aron is a wonderful teacher and he has an incredible eye for lighting! 

Podcast Stage: 
Celebration is giving podcasters the wonderful opportunity to live broadcast their shows on the podcast stage from Thursday-Sunday. There is a full schedule of podcast shows on the Celebration website HERE that I'm sure all Star Wars fans could enjoy. If I were you, I would definitely put Tosche Station Radio as a "must see" on your Celebration schedule. They are awesome! 

Cosplayers:
This isn't an event that is held in a specific room at a certain time but I can assure you that the fan made costumes at Celebration are going to blow our minds! Keep your eyes peeled for costumes throughout the exhibit hall and main entrances. I'm personally hoping to see lots of Rebels characters and maybe even a few characters (or droids) from Episode VII walking around. Get your cameras ready!

That wraps up my "don't miss this" list for Celebration Anaheim! I hope to see you there. Also, if you do see me at the convention and recognize me as The Dorky Diva, I will have a special prize for you. 

Star Wars Battle Pod

Mar 18, 2015
I recently had the opportunity to play the newest Star Wars arcade game called Battle Pod. It's only been released in the US for a couple months so I haven't seen very many reviews of the game. I went to Dave and Buster's to check out what Battle Pod was all about.

Battle Pod looks exactly like what the name states...a pod! There's a door on the left side that opens to immerse you in an environment that feels just like the cockpit of a ship. In front of the seat are two controls, an accelerator that you push forward and a joystick that is used to move your ship and shoot at the target on screen. There is a massive dome screen in front of you that covers most of your peripheral vision. As far as the actual game goes, there are five levels from the original trilogy that you can choose from. All of the levels are unlocked so you can play them in any order you prefer. The levels consist of Yavin, Hoth, Endor, Vader's Revenge, and Death Star II. Each of the levels are rated at different difficulty increments for a variety of gamers. 

I would rate this game 4 out of 5 stars. All of the levels were fun and engaging to play. Initially, I was worried that this game would be too difficult for my skills since I'm not much of a gamer. However, I was surprised and pleased to see that it was easy to play. Each level gave you missions to complete and the targets were fairly easy to shoot. The music and sound effects that went along with each level were really cool. The joystick would even make vibrating and sound effects as you pressed the trigger button. Battle Pod felt more like a ride than an arcade game, which I enjoyed! My only disappointment was that the game didn't feature any levels from the prequel movies. I think the Battle of Coruscant could have been an interesting level to play. 

Overall, I would highly recommend this game to any Star Wars fan. Check out your local arcades and see if they have Battle Pod! 



Welcome

Mar 10, 2015
Hey skyguys and galactic girls! I'm Savanna, a not so normal 18 year old with a passion for anything and everything Star Wars related. Ever since I was really young, I was surrounded by Star Wars. My mom and older brother are both huge fans as well and are a big reason why I am such a die-hard fangirl. In the summer of 2010, I met voice actress Ashley Eckstein who told me about her up and coming clothing line just for women called Her Universe. This peaked my interest and brought to my attention that there must be a lot of other girls who love Star Wars just like me. In the beginning of 2011, I met a girl who ran her own forum that was a place for young fangirls to congregate and talk to each other about their science fiction interests.

Through meeting all of these other girls who were just like me, I really started to embrace my so called "nerdy" side and decided to not worry what other people thought of me. In 2012, I volunteered for a fansite called The Star Wars Underworld by writing news articles for their website, recruiting guests on their weekly podcast, and being the only female co-host on that podcast. During this time, I also started helping Ashley Eckstein with the Her Universe merchandise booth at Disney's Star Wars Weekends. I have done that for three consecutive years and it brings me so much joy to meet other fangirls who love expressing their passion for Star Wars through fashion.

As I got older, I became more and more interested in The 501st Legion, a high profile costuming groups that allows people to dress as Star Wars characters while doing charity work for organizations like Make-A-Wish. There is an age requirement of 18 years old for the 501st Legion so while I was too young to join the group officially, I helped my local squad at events by doing photography for them and occasionally wearing my Wolfpack Jedi costume. At age 17, I constructed my very own shadow scout costume that could be approved in the Legion as soon as I turned 18. It was a challenging effort to make my costume because at the petite size of 5'2" and 105lbs, I had to reshape and rebuild a lot of my armor to be smaller for my frame.

Now I am a host of Echo Base Radio and co-host of Twin Suns Transmission, which are both broadcasted live on Channel 1138. In my spare time I like building costumes, painting helmets, and creating all sorts of art related to Star Wars. I love attending conventions when I can to meet new Star Wars fans and express my love for the saga.

I am a supporter of pretty much everything in Star Wars but I am a huge fan of The Clone Wars and Rebels. Clone troopers are a big obsession of mine and I am slowly acquiring a collection of various animated style clone helmets. I wouldn't call myself a serious collector but I do have a fair amount of clone trooper themed collectibles and various Star Wars merchandise. Hera and Sabine from Star Wars Rebels are two of my new favorite characters for their leadership and combat skills as strong female characters.

I created this website to journal different costume projects that I'm working on and other Star Wars related events going on in my life. Welcome to The Dorky Diva, where my nerdy side is complimented by the "fabulous" girly side in me. I hope you enjoyed this biography of my growth as a Star Wars fan and stay tuned for more fun posts, costume tutorials, and convention coverage. May the Force be with you!