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The 14 Reasons I am Excited to be a Star Wars Fangirl in 2014

Instead of doing a retrospective piece looking back at 2013 and all the fun things that happened, I decided I would write a piece about the things that I am excited for in 2014. While we do not know a lot of things that will happen in the world of Star Wars in 2014 I can speculate. It will be fun to look back on this piece at the end of the year and see if the things I was excited for happening actually happened.

1. Star Wars Cardigans, Skirts and Scarves?

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I am very excited for the new items that will come from Her Universe this year. After speaking to Ashley and hearing what she has in the pipeline that is not Star Wars related I can’t help but be excited for the new Star Wars gear. I really can not wait for the A line skirts and the Cardigans but my biggest anticipation has me crossing my fingers that there will be a scarf.

2. Star Wars Rebels

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Cartoons and I get along so well. Losing the Clone Wars was a big blow to take last year. I am so glad that there will be a new Star Wars show for me to watch. The timeframe for this show really excites me because I am anxious to see the development of the rebellion.

3. Star Wars Rebels Toys

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The best part of any new TV Show or Film is the merchandise. I love toys and I can not wait to see what things come out for Rebels. We have already gotten word about one of the action figures that will be out as well as possible rumors of LEGO Star Wars Rebel Sets for this year. We won’t know much until announcements are made and of course Toy Fair is in a month or so. I can’t wait for the new things I get to collect, but I am sure my wallet can….

4. Star Wars Episode 7 Casting Announcements

I would suspect that we will get some news on Star Wars episode 7 and if I had to guess we will at least get some casting information. Along with casting information comes my next most exciting thing

5. Star Wars Episode 7 Characters

Hopefully we will learn the identities of the characters that will be in the next Star Wars Film. I doubt we will get a lot of detailed information but at least we will know their names. Once we get the names we may be able to tell where in the EU the story is coming from or…where it is not. This could really cause an uproar amongst Star Wars EU fans.

6. Star Wars Books…or possible lack thereof

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I am NOT excited that there is not much in the lineup to be released on the book front for 2014. However, there are some that I am excited for. I am very much anticipating Joe Schrieber’s Darth Maul: Lockdown and I am also eagerly awaiting the Star Wars Storyboards: Original Trilogy book by JW Rinzler. I am also hoping that we will get some book announcements this year.

7. Star Wars Disney Infinity Characters

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This particular thing is not even something that has been announced. This is just something that I am really hoping for this year. From what we have heard that will be released for the game much of it has already been released. There are going to be plenty of figures and power discs still to come this year and I am very hopeful that there will be Star Wars characters in the lineup.

8. Star Wars Weekends

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We already have the dates for Star Wars Weekends 2014. If you have not heard they will be each weekend Friday- Sunday beginning May 16th and ending June 8th. I have a feeling that they will be different this year. The past several years they have been themed to the Clone Wars which has been really fun. Now that the Clone Wars has ended there is a new show on the horizon and I see Disney using the weekends as an opportunity to launch Star Wars Rebels. There are all kinds of opportunities for exclusive merchandise, previews, and reveals at Star Wars Weekends. As far as the hosts or the guests are concerned I have no idea what they will do.

9. Convention Season 2014

I have vowed that this year I would be attending as many conventions as I can. That was part of the reason that I did not get a real job when we moved. I wanted to be able to focus more on blogging, podcasting and doing anything that I can to further myself in that area. To me this means going to conventions, so come on convention season I am ready for you!

10. LEGOs

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I know I talked about toys already but I love LEGOs the most and I can’t wait for all the new sets for this year. Plus there are the ones that I have not gotten over the past few years that will be all new to me this year when I buy them. So hooray for new Star Wars LEGOs (even though I don’t have them yet).

11. Star Wars Theme Park?

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This is a long shot but one I am really hoping for. I really want to hear some theme park news in regards to Star Wars. I know we got news that Disney was going to put it on the back burner for now but there is a piece of me that just does not believe it. We have to get some news this year as to what they are thinking and hopefully an announcement for a possible plan.

12. The Lost Missions i.e. Clone Wars bonus content

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This is a Fan made trailer for the Lost Missions bonus content. This video was originally seen on Jedi News UK.

There is still so much to be seen from the Clone Wars and I can not wait for these lost missions to air. I don’t really care how they come out whether it is digital or on Disney XD just release them already!

13. Fangirls Going Rogue and Star Wars Bookworms

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I love the podcasts that I do and I can not wait to bring you guys more. Fangirls Going Rogue has just started but we are having so much fun. I really can’t wait for what we come up with in future episodes. Aaron and I have been having fun with bookworms but the end of the year proved difficult as we both got really busy. I can’t wait to get back to a regular schedule for all of you as well as providing some awesome interviews.

14. Star Wars Blogging

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My final thing that I am excited for is being a Star Wars blogger again this year. I have a lot of work to do and I need to get more consistent. It is actually one of my goals for this year, to bring lots of new content from me on a daily basis at Fangirl Next Door and weekly basis on the Star Wars Report and Jedi News UK. I love my blogging community and I can not wait for all the fun things I get to write about. That might be the best part about being a fan, getting to hear all the news and then write about it.

Some of these exciting things are not groundbreaking but they are all very special in their own special ways. Now is a great time to be a Star Wars fan and I am sure 2014 will have some fun things in store. Why are you excited to be a fan in 2014?

Teresa Delgado

The Meaning of Sithmas

 The Meaning of Sithmas

Since 2009 I have been celebrating Sithmas. At least that’s how long I’ve been calling it that. I have probably been doing it for far longer, but I know that’s the first time I started calling it Sithmas. Many people get caught up in words like Christmas, and Happy Holidays, and what is considered politically correct to use and say during this time of year.

I for one have never been that hung up on it, I say do what feels right to you. And for me, I have always celebrated Christmas with a bit of Star Wars mixed in. So for me, I have started to say Merry Sithmas instead. It’s just an expression of my Fandom during the Holiday season. I have always shared my love for Star Wars through the Holidays, well year round really, ever since the first time I was given a Han Solo figure, the wonder of what Star Wars goodie might I get this year, or give when it comes to my Children, has been a part of Christmas that I look forward to. But this time of year even Star Wars meme’s take on a festive feel, so why not Christmas. Each year my family pulls out the Ornament box, and along with all the keepsake ornaments like baby’s first Christmas and so on and so forth are my Star Wars ones that I bought from Hallmark over the years. And a few from other places. But these always go up. Every year. Even before I started saying Merry Sithmas, we had a Sithmas Tree and I never even realized it.

Another aspect of Sithmas is wearing something Star Wars. Or at least I like to always have a Star Wars T-shirt on under whatever I’m wearing. ‘Star Wars to the core’ as I like to call it. With my gear on and usually a marathon of Star Wars playing on one of the TVs in the house the stage is set. For me Sithmas is all about sharing my love for Star Wars with my loved ones, family, and friends. Discussing the films, the tv shows, and their impact on the books, the many possible outcomes that could spin from the new additions to the franchise are some of my favorite things to discuss with my Father. He and I both enjoy reading the novels, but he doesn’t read as much comics, so he always has questions about what fits where. And this tends to get others in the room involved, next thing we know we’re explaining what happened during the New Jedi Order with some friend or family member who isn’t as into Star Wars as we are. But Christmas is a time of gathering and what better place to share our love for Star Wars!

And Sithmas will only continue to get better as me move towards 2015 and Star Wars Episode VII. While the future of the Star Wars Expanded Universe might be shaky, the fact that Sithmas 2015 will be one of the best to come in a Century fills me with a warm glow that I can only image a Jedi must feel when walking in the caves of Ilum.

Will you be celebrating Sithmas this year?

Merry Sithmas!

Merry Sithmas!

Mark Hurliman

Christmas in the Stars – Ghosts of Christmas Past?

The “Christmas in the Stars.” collaboration comes to a close. (sad face) It was so awesome to work with so many good friends from around the Star Wars fan-site community. We finish with “Ghosts of Christmas Past?” a story from our very own Aaron Goins.

Enjoy!

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

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I remember it like it was yesterday. It was Christmas Day. I can still feel the energy. All the kids had received amazing Star Wars gifts and I was no exception. I had gotten a Luke with lightsaber, the new bad guy, and even a Millennium Falcon!

My family had made it kind of a tradition to go see a movie the afternoon after opening our gifts. This year we decided to go see the new Star Wars movie. Of course we did. It had been years since the original Star Wars had come out and this new one was all anyone was talking about.

I had already seen the movie a few times because it had been out for a little while by Christmas, but this day was the perfect day to see it again. My family didn’t mind taking me again because they knew how big of a fan I was. Also I think they really wanted to go because the movie was that fantastic.

I remember sitting in the theater next to my dad with butterflies in my stomach like I was seeing it for the first time. When the opening crawl came up… was that a tear in my eye? No… it was just a movie.

But this was Star Wars! Star Wars was back!

It had everything I loved about the original and more. Some old characters I loved and new characters I was going to love. Even R2-D2 was back! Space battles, aliens, mysterious bad guys, and oh my goodness that final lightsaber battle. And the cliffhanger! I can’t believe they just left us hanging like that!

I walked out of that theater already planning on seeing the movie again and wondering what the next one was going to be like. This was the best Christmas ever and it was a great time to be a Star Wars fan! Star Wars Episode VIII couldn’t come fast enough.

Wait… am I remembering this correctly? Oh… this is the future…

Aaron Goins

Christmas in the Stars – Away in a Taun Taun

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 “Away in a Taun Taun” a story from our own Teresa Delgado of Fangirl Next Door.

Enjoy!

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

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Star Wars and Christmas, there is nothing else that comes more naturally for me than those two things. I have not always been the Fangirl I am today and while I liked Star Wars there was a time when I did not collect it and my toys of choice were not Star Wars related (BLASPHEMY I know!)

I really began collecting Star Wars figures when the Unleashed line was coming out (2008) as well as Galactic Heroes (at that time they were made by Playskool). Soon after that I started collecting all sorts of things and books became a huge staple of my collection.

Christmas 2010 was a magical Christmas for me. I received two of the coolest things I have ever been given and they remain to this day staples in my collection. These 2 items were things I had seen but had never even bothered to ask anyone for. I vaguely remember showing them to people online but never thought in a million years I would get them. Keep in mind that in 2010 I was 25 years old and the excitement that came out of me on that Christmas day was something I had not experienced since I was a 2-3 years old and got my Care Bear pajamas and Teddy Ruxpin.

The first of the two was a HUGE BOX and when I opened it all I saw was this big squishy mass of grey. As I pulled it out I realized that it was in fact….the Taun Taun sleeping bag. I immediately had to take it out of it’s plastic un-zip it and smell inside to make sure it did not smell and then climb in it. I wish I had pictures of that moment. The next moment was when I opened another box and inside was the collector’s editon of The Jedi Path. That moment might have been an even bigger moment than the Taun Taun. I opened it up, took off all the plastic and pushed the button…the lights turned on the sound effects played and up rose the book out of its vault. It was an unreal experience. The Jedi Path remains one of my all time favorite books and that vault was the coolest way to present this book nerd with a book ever.

It was after that Christmas that my book collecting took off and now I am 28 almost 29 and books are something I ask for every Christmas, including this year. Christmas is such a wonderful time for Star Wars, I could go on and on but I have one more thing that is tradition for me with Star Wars and I will stop. I now have an all Star Wars Christmas tree. It is black with multi colored lights and it is where I hang all my Hallmark Star Wars ornaments, this way they don’t have to fight for a spot on the big tree.

Merry Christmas everyone I hope your holidays are filled with Star Wars Magic.

Teresa Delgado
Fangirl Next Door
Fangirls Going Rogue
Jedi News UK
@icecoldpenguin

Christmas in the Stars – Endoring Memories!

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 “Endoring Memories!” a story from our own Karl LaClair of The Wampa’s Lair podcast.

Enjoy!

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

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Endoring Memories!

Whenever I think back on my favorite memories of Star Wars surrounding the Christmas season it’s never to what sort of Star Wars I got on Christmas morning. While it was always exciting to receive a Star Wars present for Christmas, my fondest memory always revolves around the tradition of setting up our Christmas tree.

Back before I owned any of the Star Wars movies on VHS (yes, I’m that old!) the only way I could watch them was when they were on TV. Each year they would play the Star Wars Trilogy on the Sci-Fi channel around Christmas time and each year our family would have either The Empire Strikes Back or Return of the Jedi on in the background while we decorated the tree. Growing up in upstate NY we typically had a decent amount of snow on the ground the week before Christmas. So my brothers and I would run outside after we had finished the tree to recreate the Battle of Hoth. We used our bright red toboggan as the Snowspeeder to race down the hill away from the imaginary AT-AT walkers in pursuit. We even set up huge tree branches pointing into the sky to represent the Ion cannon. That’s right, at our Echo Base we had more than one!

But I have to say even more than our Battle of Hoth reenactments, what I remember most fondly about those early years of my Star Wars love expressed at Christmas was actually using the tree to play with my action figures. The Christmas tree would double as an excellent Endor as I used the figures to jump from tree branch to tree branch to avoid the AT-ST walkers gunning for them from beneath the tree. These adventures that started in the tree would often spill over to the mantle over the fireplace. I would use my Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, and rebel soldier figures to scale the stone face of the fireplace where they would then camp out on the high ground on the mantle to fire down on the Stormtroopers who would be in pursuit. Needless to say, these everyday Christmas decorations became tools in my imaginary world. And I loved it!

Karl LaClair

Wampa’s Lair podcast.