Author Archives: Riley Blanton

On Christmas and Llamas – SWR #115

On this week’s podcast, Mark and I talk about some favorite Star Wars Christmas memories and traditions.

Plus:

  • Collecting as a fan today
  • Should there be opening credits in ep 7?
  • Riley and Bethany saw the Hobbit: DoS!
  • Your emails
  • And Much more!

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-Riley

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Christmas in the Stars – Her Universe Surprise

The the “Christmas in the Stars.” collaboration continues! I’m so glad to be working with so many good friends from around the Star Wars fan-site community. Over the next few days there will be a short, daily guest blog post about a favorite Star Wars memory from a friend of us here at the Star Wars Report. We continue with “Her Universe Surprise,” a story from Savanna Kiefer of PLCohmy

Enjoy!

-Riley Blanton – Founder, Exective Editor - starwarsreport.com

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Her Universe Surprise

I’ve always been a Star Wars fan my whole life. However, I haven’t always been the crazed fangirl that I am today. Back in 2010 when Celebration V visited close to my home town in Orlando, I decided to skip out on the experience while my mom and brother went because I just wasn’t “that” into Star Wars. Earlier in the year, I had heard about Ashley Eckstein’s upcoming clothing company called “Her Universe” at Star Wars Weekends and was interested in seeing what merchandise she would have. During CV, my mom called me and told me that Ashley’s clothing line was at the convention center and she had tons of nice t-shirts and accessories for fangirls. While I secretly wanted a few things because I thought it was awesome, I played it off like I wasn’t interested and went on with my day. When my mom got home from the convention, she showed me the Star Wars burnout shirt that she got for herself and I thought it was just the coolest thing.

Deep down inside I really wanted a shirt too, but I didn’t say anything. Four months later on Christmas day, I was opening presents from my parents and found a Star Wars hoodie in one of the boxes. Then a t-shirt, charm bracelet, and hat in another box. My mom had gotten me tons of stuff from the Her Universe booth and saved it for Christmas. I think that was the real turning point in my fandom. Ever since that moment, I’ve realized that it’s okay to be a fangirl and express my love for Star Wars without shame. I’ve been able to meet so many people and have amazing opportunities that I would never have gotten without Star Wars being in my life. I had no idea how that Christmas would change the rest of my life!

Savanna Kiefer - PLCohmy

Christmas in the Stars – A Grandmother’s Gift

I’m so excited to announce that latest project from the Star Wars Report family; The “Christmas in the Stars.” is an collaboration between us at SWR and so many good friends from around the Star Wars fan-site community. Over the next few days there will be a short, daily guest blog post about a favorite Star Wars memory from a friend of us here at the Star Wars Report. We begin with “A Grandmother’s Gift” a memory from my good friend Mark Newbold of Jedi News

Enjoy!

-Riley Blanton – Founder, Exective Editor - starwarsreport.com

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A Grandmother’s Gift

As a Star Wars fan since 1978 I’ve got 35 past Christmas’ to choose from, and believe it or not I’ve had something Star Wars every one of those years. But the year that stands out as my favorite would be Christmas 1980.  I was 9 and I knew (because I had sneakily found out where my folks hid the presents) that I’d be getting a Snow speeder and a Tauntaun.  I thought I’d had my lot once I’d opened the Snowspeeder, but when my Dad pulled out another HUGE box and handed it to me I was a bit baffled, and then thrilled to bits when the wrapping came away and a Star Destroyer playset sat there.  That was just awesome, and over the years it got a lot of use (still does!)  But probably the most important gift was from my Gran – the UK Empire Strikes Back annual from Marvel.  I still have it in my collection and it’s very important to me as it was the last present my Gran gave me as she passed away the following November.  That book got read cover to cover numerous times, me and my school mates even did an audio recording of it one summer in the early 80′s.

Star Wars and Christmas have always gone hand in glove together, so it feels just right that Episode VII should arrive the week before Christmas – what better present could any of us wish for!

Mark Newbold

Co-owner Jedi News | Co-host Radio 1138 |

A Chat With David Collins – SWR #114

On this week’s podcast, David Collins stops by to talk about his time at Lucasfilm and Lucasarts as well as his Brand-new show with Shotglass Digital ”Star Wars Oxygen: The Music of John Williams.” and so much more!

Plus:

  • Behind the scenes insight into the creative world of Lucasfilm
  • Hosting the Digital Stage at Star Wars Celebration
  • The age of Variety Shows
  • Holiday Special discussion
  • And Much more!

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-Riley

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Star Wars Isn’t Dead

Star Wars isn’t dead.

We live in a time when there’s been unprecedented excitement for the franchise. For years, original trilogy fans have wanted to know the future of the Skywalker clan and the stories that remain to be told after the events Return of the Jedi.

Star Wars Isn’t Dead.

Star Wars fans everywhere want to know, want to have any glimpse at the future of the characters that have become so beloved to the American and world culture. Since Luke Skywalker blew up the Deathstar and good triumphed over evil, this has been something for which the world has hardly dared to dream of for the past 30+ years.

Star Wars isn’t dead.

Star Wars isn’t dead because the prequels. It survived whatever criticism (most far from legitimate) that it received.

Star Wars isn’t dead because of Jar Jar Binks.

Star Wars isn’t dead because its been over marketed.

Star Wars isn’t dead because it’s sold out.

Star Wars isn’t dead because it’s run by evil corporate Disney.

And for Pete’s sake, Star Wars certainly isn’t dead because they’re doing an open casting call.

Star Wars isn’t dead.

As someone has been podcasting for 3 years about a mythology that I deeply connect with, I can say that those who call themselves Star Wars “Purists” and “minimalists” are wrong. During the time of the prequels, and afterwards, the Star Wars fandom and fan community have been more vibrant than it ever was before.

Star Wars Is Forever.

Riley Blanton

Host of the Star Wars Report podcast, Tech enthusiast, former CAP cadet. Opinions are my own and do not represent those of… well… other people.