My 5 Favorite Aliens

Every issue of Star Wars Insider has an article where they talk/interview a person somehow related to Star Wars about their “5 Favorite…” and I love reading them.  I like to think of my own answers to them and wrote a post on my 5 favorite visuals a while ago.

This issue interview’s Tom Spina on his 5 Favorite Aliens.  You’ll have to read Insider for his answers, but here are mine.

  1. Salacious Crumb. I get it, he’s totally one of the most annoying aliens in Star Wars.  But I think his name is fantabulous along with his quirky, annoying personality.  He had just the right amount of screen time; any more would have jolted the audience too much out of the movie and instead would have caused them to resent him. I think he’s also top of my list because I’ve definitely used him as a code name in many work instances.  Back when I worked in an office, there was always one person who was a total butt kisser and super annoying.  My code name for them was always Salacious B. Crumb.
  2. Cantina Bar Ithorian. Wow, this guy totally sparked my imagination when I was younger.  I couldn’t imagine functioning as this alien and his head was so funny looking!  I just think this gives a great testament to George’s ability to make aliens in the Star Wars world all look different and unique.  Most sci-fi movies had a pretty boring outlook on what aliens should look like, but the Star Wars universe was lived in and diverse.  I’m happy Ithorians got to play a larger role in The Clone Wars.
  3. Varactyls.  I loved Boga.  I thought she was so cute and I’d like to imagine that she lived through the fall on Utapau.  I also like it because there are not many aliens that we see more as pets/transportation in Star Wars.  Boga, as well as Dewbacks, were used as a form of transportation and I thought that was cool.  It showed that people, including Jedi, were not above riding animals when they needed to get the job done.  Does she count as an alien though or does she fall into the animal category?  I don’t care, she stays on my list.
  4. Geonosians.  Most of my choices with my favorite aliens also relates back to their sounds.  Crumb had a high-pitched annoying laugh, the Itorian at the Cantina Bar had a sound that I can’t even accurately describe…it was almost like a stretching sound, and Boga/Varactyls had this cool scream.  Geonosians have to have one of my favorite voices/sounds ever.  To this day, I still make their noises and imitate them at times when I walk around the house.  I’m not a huge fan of the way they look (eew, life size bugs!) but the way they sound put them on my list.
  5. Twi’leks. I would be untrue to myself if I didn’t put Twi’leks on this list.  They fell out of my favor for a while when I saw that the females were used in a purely sexual fashion within the movies (even Aayla Secura had a lot of skin showing) and the men were kind of evil (Bib Fortuna).  But since the addition of Hera in Star Wars Rebels as a fully clothed, competent, smart leader of the Ghost crew…they have made their way back onto my list.  I just loved Twi’leks from the first time I saw Oola dance on the screen.  The lekku completely fascinated me and I wanted to know as much about them as possible.  The Star Wars universe continues to reinvent this alien race and I am much obliged.

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So there you have it!  What are your top 5?  Are you surprised I have two on the list from the Prequels?

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Let’s Take a Look at Star Wars Rebels

SPOILERS AHEAD

 

Rebels has kicked off and…overall, I liked it.  Last week we had the one-hour premiere with a movie on the Disney Channel.  This week the season officially got underway with its first episode on Monday night.

I loved the movie.  I thought it was exactly what Star Wars should be and how they should approach the series.  They stayed away from any characters we knew and the only glimpse we got of a familiar character was a hologram recording of Obi-Wan Kenobi.  The recording was the one he released in ROTS, warning all Jedi to stay away from the temple and that the Jedi are no longer safe.

Other than that – we were introduced to a completely new band of characters.  We have Hera the Twi’lek pilot who commands their ship Ghost, Kanan the undercover Jedi, Zeb is the Lasat who is really the tough guy of the operation (and his species is based on original concept drawings of Chewbacca!), Sabine the Mandolorian who is kind of a pyro and graffiti artist, and finally we have a newcomer named Ezra.  A kid of the streets who gets pulled into this little clan and decides to stay to do some Jedi training with Kanan.  Oh, and we can’t forget Chopper: the little astromech droid who helps run the ship.  They did a great job on making him seem pretty different from Artoo, a fear I had.

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The opposition to this team on a larger scale is, obviously, the Empire.  Specifically, at this point we know of two beings: Agent Kallus, an official of the Imperial Security Bureau and The Inquisitor, a Pau’an male who hunts down remaining Jedi.  We have not seen much of him yet – only saw him at the end of the movie when Kallus reported that he had found a Jedi (Kanan).

What I liked most about the movie is that we were introduced to new areas, new people, new ships and my imagination was opened to a part of Star Wars I didn’t know, but there was “something familiar about this place”.  Ralph McQuarrie’s touch was extremely obvious and some of the landscape shots were ripped right off of what he had done for the OT.  Not saying that’s bad, in fact, it gave us the OT feel.

I was most surprised at the time period of Rebels.  Apparently it takes place 5 years BBY.  I completely missed this somehow.  That means that Luke and Leia are 14 and the Jedi have been written off the galaxy for 14 years.  What made me question this time period is that the need to have an Inquisitor means that there are still quite a few Jedi throughout the galaxy.

I don’t like that.  Jedi shouldn’t be that prevalent still, right?  Han Solo was really skeptical of the Force and Luke barely knew anything about Jedi.  If Luke and Leia are 14 at this point, and Han would be older, wouldn’t it mean that the knowledge of Jedi would be a little more common?

Also, they are making this group of misfits look like the beginning of the Rebellion.  The Rebellion should have been pretty much established by this point in the game, even if they are not completely rebellious (pun intended ha!) yet.  The crew on Ghost are smart; I think they would have heard about the Rebellion through their travels across the galaxy and at this point either joined them or aided them in some way.

Which brings me to the first episode of the TV series.  After coming off of a successful premiere movie, I cringed and got angry when I saw C-3PO and R2-D2 appear in the first official episode.  UGH.  Really?? I know that other people have no problems with this but I do.  I was hoping that Rebels would stay away from that trap of bringing in familiar characters to satisfy all audiences.

Seeing Threepio and Artoo made the galaxy seem smaller than it actually is.  Do you really think they would run into these two droids?  Really?artoo threepio star wars rebels  It was completely fine in TCW, because they had every single PT character running around that why not bring in everyone we know?  In fact, I got used to that in TCW.  But Rebels clearly seems to be reminding us that this is a new band of characters on new planets and in new situations.  The cherry on the cake was when they drop off the droids at, of all ships, the Tantive IV with Bail Organa.  (bangs head against wall)  I was expecting a teenage Leia to just stroll in and talk with her father.  Thankfully that did not happen and I was spared, but if we are going to introduce Organa this early in the series, maybe I should just brace myself and expect it to happen at some point.

The only interesting thing about the situation was that Artoo had recorded some of the conversations on Ghost and had brought it back to Organa who noted that they should keep an eye on them.  I still think they could have used other droids and a different character for this, but maybe by the time the series ends it will tie back to bringing the crew of Ghost into the Rebellion.  And, by the way, shouldn’t the droids be pushed off onto Captain Antilles at some point?  They’ve really been with Organa for 14 years?

bail organa rebels

Other than my major grievance with the droids, Tantive IV, and Organa – I think the first episode was pretty cool.  They stuck it to the Empire by stealing their prized weapons that were supposed to be illegal throughout the galaxy, and then later destroying them.  It spoke to an interesting larger lesson: the Empire can do what they want, regardless if weapons are illegal or not.  In the hands of the Empire, those laws are conveniently forgotten if it will further their cause.

Ezra showed us some of his Force powers…he has more than I thought.  But they came into action when he was angry and scared.  Not very Jedi-like, eh?  So Kanan will have to curb that and teach him how to use the Force in a calmer state.  Or will Kanan change the rules a bit and not follow the strict Jedi Code?  Speaking of Kanan…I couldn’t really figure out how old he was.  I was guessing late 20s or early 30’s.  Oh – nevermind, Wookiepedia says he’s 28 and was 14 when Order 66 happened.

Lastly, I wanted to touch briefly upon the tone and style of the series.  I enjoyed the style and the banter between the characters, but my good friend Mr. Reticent pointed out that it was a lot lighter than TCW.  Not only with the situations and how they talked with each other, but also the animation style.  When you contrast the animation, there is a big difference.  TCW was more angular, sharp and it felt like watching a video game sometimes.  Rebels is smooth, almost more “cartoony”, which makes sense considering that it comes from Disney.  The tone of the episodes seemed to play more for a Disney crowd as well…I’m not sure if any of you guys watch The Disney Channel/Disney X D or Cartoon Network – but they are two very different styles and draw in two different crowds.  Both focus more on drawing in boys than girls, but CN is a lot cruder in my opinion.  I find CN to grate on me often and I watch the shows with disbelief that kids watch that channel as it can feel gritty.  Disney X D still seems unfathomable to me at times, but at least I can somewhat relate and understand why a boy would watch a show on the channel.  X D plays it a little safer and perhaps that’s why Rebels also seems to reflect that. (apparently I can’t write X.D. without WP changing it to a gigantic smiley face)

I find it hard to decide whether or not I will like the series based on what I’ve seen.  I loved the movie, giving it an 8.5/10, but felt the first TV show would come in at a 6/10.

 

Okay, I’m almost done, I swear.  Two side notes!

  1. Greg Weisman has left Rebels. I am most sad about this as he was the one person I was really pumped to have part of the show and thought would lead it in a smart, good direction.  But why did he leave?  I can’t find anything online so if anyone has information on this, please let me know to satiate my curiosity.
  2. Kiri Hart. I can’t go further without mentioning her.  You guys know how often I have talked about my unusual name and how I’ve never met anyone else with my name.  Well, guess what?  She is the VP of development at LFL and oversees a lot of the Star Wars content produced by Disney…including Rebels.  Look for her name at the end credits of Rebels.  SUPER WEIRD.  SUPER, SUPER WEIRD.  But I’m loving it.  I would not wish anyone else to have my name but someone at LFL.  It’s a sign.  I’m not sure of what, but it’s a sign.

Book Review: Dawn of the Jedi

It’s highly entertaining to me that while I was reading the first EU book in over 10 years, LFL announces that all of the EU is now referred to as “Legends” and no longer canon.  It kind of seems like a waste of my time to try to fulfill my resolution of reading one EU book per year.  Should I forget about the previous books and move forward as LFL moves forward with novels?  Or should I continue to read the books of the past?

Aw, shucks that’s a hard decision!

I’m kidding.  Of course I’ll read EU books before they were “Legends”.  As long as they’re good.

But, you know, I don’t read EU books.  I’ve discussed it many times on my blog, but this past experience was a heavy reminder of why I don’t read them.

Because this one sucked.  Okay, maybe that’s a little harsh.  I hate to say any author’s hard work “sucked” because they put a lot of time and effort into it…but LFL: Please don’t let Tim Lebbon write anymore Star Wars novels!

I chose Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void because they had a sample of the first chapter in a Star Wars Insider last year.  I really, really liked the chapter and figured the rest of the book would be the same.  Plus, it’s about Jedi, my favorite!  Originally it was a comic book that was adapted to a novel, so I’m hoping that explains away the reasons I didn’t like it, but I don’t believe that’s the case.

*Spoilers below*

dawn of the jediIn a nutshell: This is not exactly an “origin” story of the Jedi, per se, like I was hoping for.  Instead, it was more of a sampling of the history of the Jedi, more than 25,000 BBY.  They live on a planet called Tython where there are nine temples.  In order to become a Je’daii, you need to travel between each of the temples to gain a well-rounded skill set to become a Master.  I had to look some of that up on Wookiepedia because all I remember was that there was a lot of traveling and temples.

The story focuses on a young Je’daii Ranger named Lanoree Brock, who is tasked with the mission to stop her brother, Dalien Brock (who was thought to be dead), from activating a hypergate.

The story goes between flashbacks of growing up with Dalien and trying to force him into being a Je’daii like herself and the real time of her mission to find him.  While on her mission, she meets up with a Twi’lek named Tre Sana who helps her.

Yup.  That’s the gist of it. Lots of plot. 😉

Pros:

  • Lanoree actually kills her brother at the end of the novel.  I know, strange that this is a pro.  But the whole novel is leading up to this climatic confrontation and you think she is going to “save” him from himself.  Possibly see him regret his actions and become a better person.  But nope, he remains foolhardy (I say foolhardy because he wasn’t necessarily “evil”) until the end of the novel where she has to kill him.
  • We get to see the Jedi as an organization years and years before the Prequels. Before they had lightsabers, they had swords.  They did everything lightsabers do, but were swords instead.  Not much detail on how they made the swords to have the exact same properties as lightsabers, though.
  • The novel was centered around a female protagonist.  Lanoree is practically a robot and it’s hard to feel supportive for her, but at least the main character is a female.  She is a Je’daii who can kick some serious butt and leads the story.  I always like to see books that are written entirely from a female perspective.
  • I learned that Sith were a species before they were the antithesis of the Jedi.  It was really confusing at first to be reading about Lanoree walking by Sith and not freaking out.

Cons:

  • My main problem with this novel was that I never felt attachment to any of the characters.  Lanoree is not a very likeable character lanoree brockand her brother is just annoying, not really evil.  The closest I felt for any character was Tre Sana, but even he was kind of wooden and non-likeable.  I like feeling for characters, rooting for them, and when I put the book down, I want to feel like they were my friends and I have invested my emotions into them.  I want to feel sad when someone dies (or almost dies? It wasn’t entirely clear) as was the case with Tre Sana.  Instead, I felt nothing when he died and thought the way it was written was very strange.
  • The juxtaposition between flashbacks and real time also created a very jarring novel.  I’ve read that style before, and I know it can be done well, but in this case, it made it a lot harder to read.  Lebbon seemed to want to write a fantasy novel during the flashbacks and a science fiction novel in real time.  It seemed like he was trying to mix two genres together and I wasn’t having it.   They never really matched up.  Tython and the Je’daii were the fantasy realm, whereas Lanoree’s mission with Tre Sana was sci-fi.  When Lanoree and Dalien were traveling to the different temples together (flashback) they encountered fantastical beasts, complete with beasts that could withstand the Force.  That’s fine if beasts can withstand the Force, I remember reading of such in Heir to the Empire, but by the time we got to them, it felt like the author was running out of ideas for suspense.
  • I never understood the connection Lanoree felt for her brother.  There were never any flashbacks that gave us the siblings being in tune with each other and completely loving each other.  Each flashback had a sullen, hateful Dalien, and a Lanoree who tried to push her ideals and training of the Force down his throat.  So where was this supposed connection and love coming from?  Was it just the whole “blood is thicker than water” thing?
  • The writing was horrible and there was very little actual plot.  I felt like I was reading an airport novel.  It consistently left chapters on bad cliffhangers that didn’t make me want to turn the page.  The dialogue was bland, and though there was a lot of action packed into the pages…it felt like nothing really happened.

Okay, there was more than just these points, but I feel like I would end up complaining way too much.  I think I had high hopes for this book since I liked the excerpt from Insider so much.  It’s never good when you have high hopes, because then you are bound to be disappointed.

I gave this book 2/5 stars on Goodreads because it wasn’t HORRIBLE.  But it was forgettable and it sums up why I stopped reading EU books in the first place.  When you get a bad Star Wars EU book, it’s pretty bad.

However, I’ve had some suggestions from Mei-Mei recommending Choices of One and Null recommended Darth Plagueis, and I’ve heard good things about both.  Maybe I should just start at the beginning and read the Thrawn Trilogy again…I think it’s been enough time to revisit them.

Anyone have any other suggestions?

Where To Start?

There’s so much I’ve wanted to write about these past few weeks, but I don’t even know where to start.

In personal news – I’m thinking of starting my own business.  And by “thinking”, I mean, I’m actually in the process of looking everything up and I’m pretty serious about it.  I’m going to launch my own Virtual Assistant business where hopefully I’ll be getting my own clients and helping them with various administrative, creative, and organizational tasks.  All online and all from a home office…so essentially I’ll be running an online business.

This came about from reading Lean In and realizing that though women are gaining equality in the workplace, equality also comes from understanding unique differences in men and women and providing for them.  In this increasingly online world, corporate offices should be able to provide more flexibility to women (and men) who may want to take care of their children, but still be able to work the full eight hours required.  I understand that not every employee can work online, but often in my Executive Assistant career, the people I support have been absent more than present.  High profile execs are constantly traveling, and my job has unintentionally turned virtual for the majority of the time.

In my ideal world, if I have children, I would love to go to work from 8-1:00pm, come home and spend time with my children, and hop back online around 7 or 8pm for a few hours to finish working, while my husband puts the kids to bed.  And still get a full time salary for my work.  I just want the flexibility to be a working mother on my own terms.

Here in the suburbs of Boston, one month of childcare for one child is equal to my paycheck for a month.  Get that?   Wow.  So I could not work, and our income would still be the same.  This really got me thinking.  I love to work, I really do.  But for the time period in my life when I have young children, why would I pay someone else to take care of my children when I can do it myself and break even?  Why not still try to work, bring in money, but also take care of my children?

I don’t know if this will actually work, or if I’ll even get clients and be able to maintain a good income.  But it’s better than not bringing in anything and I feel like if I don’t try this venture out now…by the time I have children, I’ll be too busy and frazzled to try to start my own business.

This is clearly what my life will be like when my business is up and running. HA. HA.

This is clearly what my life will be like when my business is up and running. HA. HA.

Needless to say, I’ve been slightly overwhelmed as I try to juggle my full-time job and getting my VA business up and running on the side.  There’s so much to do!  So this blog has been slightly neglected as I focus my attention elsewhere, but I hope no one has really noticed.

Now onto Star Wars news!

Since my last update on Star Wars Rebels, there have been a few larger developments.  We now know the main crew of Ghost: Ezra Bridger, Hera Syndulla, Zeb Orrelios, Sabine Wren, Chopper, and former Jedi Kanan Jarrus.

Ezra Bridger is a human con artist and thief who has Force sensitivities.  Unknowingly, he’s used the Force to help him get out of situations before.  Kind of sounds like The Boy Who Lived, huh?

ezra bridger

Hera Syndulla is a Twi’lek!!  YAY.  I was all for seeing some Twi’lek love and super happy to see them finally getting some awesome screen time.  She’s the owner and pilot of Ghost.  Hera is described as the “heart” of the crew, “keeping the group together and bringing the best out of them.”  She owns Chopper and known to be independent, strong-willed and determined.

Hera_Syndulla

Zeb Orrelios is known as the muscle of the crew.  His species is a Lasat, and the species is based on early concept drawings that Ralph McQuarrie did of Chewbacca.  Though Zeb is trained as a warrior, he is also educated.

zeb orrelios

Sabine Wren is a Mandalorian who specializes in explosives, and is also a graffiti artist.  She is described as “spunky and feisty”.

sabine wren

Former Jedi Kanan Jarrus is a human who survived Order 66 and is in hiding (obviously).  He ends up mentoring Ezra in the ways of the Force and serves as the Ghost crew’s leader.

Your lightsaber is a dead giveaway, dude.

Your blue lightsaber is a dead giveaway, dude.

Female fans were a little upset that after all the hype around female characters in Rebels, there are only two so far, and they don’t seem to be main characters either.  My guess is that Ezra and Kanan will be the leads, with the rest playing supporting roles.   However, I think having Hera as a female pilot is great (kind of reminiscent of Starbuck in BSG) and I’m very interested to see what Sabine brings to the mix.  A talented graffiti artist who specializes in explosives?  I didn’t expect that.  Nor did I expect any artist to play a prominent role on a Rebel ship, so this could be a good thing for children to see.  It’s emphasizing that not everyone in this world is pure muscle and combat…you can also be creative and bring something to the mix.

There’s a rumor that Billy Dee Williams could be lending his voice to Rebels but reports are mixed on that (by the way – it was just announced today that he will be on the next season of Dancing with the Stars).  It’s worth noting that he IS listed on the IMDB page as a voice in Star Wars Rebels.  This rumor comes from when he was at Rhode Island Comic Con and said he would be a voice in a Netflix show called Rebels.  Netflix is not airing Rebels, so maybe he is in some of the unaired episodes of the Clone Wars?  Or he’s just darn confused since he’s 76 years old (can you believe that?!).

Which brings me to my next update…

The complete series of The Clone Wars is airing on Netflix this Friday, March 7th.  I already have a calendar reminder set up.  This also means the final episodes, “The Lost Missions”, that we haven’t seen are also airing with it.  Yay.  I can’t wait to check it out.   I’ve read up on The Lost Missions and been spoiled (why didn’t they write “spoiler alert”??) on some of the plot, which has bummed me out, but I’m still excited to see it.  I’ll let you guys know what I think…

TCW the lost missions

Finally, there are a lot of rumors swirling out there in regards to Episode VII casting.  People are swearing up and down that Adam Driver has been named the villain and that the original three are returning, but just as a reminder – until we actually hear it from LFL or Disney, they’re just rumors.  However, we are getting really close to official casting reveals!  Filming begins this May so they should already have some leads nailed down by now.

I’m the type that until it’s confirmed, I try not to get excited about anything.  What’s the point if we don’t know for sure?  I get excited knowing that something big is coming…like knowing that we’ll have some casting updates soon.

Have you guys been paying attention to the rumors?  Do you get excited or are you blasé about everything?

Old Republic Jedi Costuming

 [Before beginning, I would like to make a few points clear to readers unfamiliar with the Star Wars costuming world.  There are two sister organizations: the 501st Legion (which is most popular, in my opinion and pronounced five-oh-first) and the Rebel Legion.  To make it easier – think good guy/bad guy.  Do you want to be a good guy like a Jedi, Rebel Leader, or hero?  Join the Rebel Legion.  Do you want to be Darth Vader, a stormtrooper, bounty hunter, or an Imperial Officer?  Join the 501st Legion.  Both the 501st and the Rebel Legion do not charge for events that they attend.  They are active in the local community and participate in many charities as well as conventions.  The legions are divided up based on location.  For instance, I am trying to join the Alderaan Base of Rebel Legion, which is the New England section.  501st and Rebel Legion are just umbrella terms for all active participants throughout the entire world.  Yes, they are all over the world.]

I’m working on my first costume.  Now, I’ve been working on my first costume for almost 10 years.  When I first began it, I had almost the whole tunic completed when I was in high school but then I went to college, got married a few years later, moved, and now I have no idea where that costume is.  So I had to start over from scratch.

I hate sewing.  Hate it.  Loathe it with a passion.  It’s just one of those things that I don’t click with.  The sewing machine gives me an evil eye whenever I walk over to it.  Because of this extreme dislike between the sewing machine and I, it took a long time for me to work up to the point where I wanted to start over on a new costume.

So when I finally realized that yes, I do want to be part of the Rebel Legion and yes, I do want a legit Old Republic Jedi costume, I had to find someone to help me.  I wanted an Old Republic Jedi costume because I like sticking to costumes easily recognizable from the films.  I also fell in love with Qui-Gon Jinn when I saw The Phantom Menace (TPM) and wanted to be him when I was younger: a good, noble Jedi, but not afraid to bend a few rules here and there.

But man, what a process.  You can’t just get anyone who can sew to make you a costume.  There are so many requirements in order to be part of the Rebel Legion.  All the costumes have to meet their costuming standards and be so close to movie replicas or “canon” as they like to say.  You can have a costume from anything in the Star Wars universe, and that includes all of the Expanded Universe, but since I am going for something as generic as an Old Republic Jedi, it has to be as close to movie standards as possible.

After posting that I needed help on the forum to start my costume, I received tons of responses.  One woman, I’ll call her Mother Bear, was so kind to say she could help me sew together the costume.  Only problem – she lived 1.5 hours away and my hyperdrive isn’t working.  But I had been talking about this costume for years, and I wanted it done so I slowly jetted my way to her place a year ago to begin the process all over again.

I naively thought that I could convince Mother Bear to basically sew the whole thing for me.  Of course I would help cutting and pinning the fabric, but I didn’t want to touch the sewing machine.  How wrong I was.  Not only did she teach me how to cut the pattern to my size and pin the fabric to the paper, but she forced me to sew!  Ah.  And of course, if the line of sewing was not straight enough, I had to start all over again.  Joy.

I also thought that we could get this costume done in one day.  Honestly, I thought, how long will this really take?  5 to 6 hours?  No.  I was there once in September for about 6 hours, once more in October for 6 hours, and then finally this last Saturday for 6 hours.  I’m finally, FINALLY done with the main part of sewing.  Towards the end, Mother Bear got so impatient that she did do some of the sewing herself for which I am SO grateful.

Ignoring how wrinkled everything is, here was my process on the costume before Saturday.

Inner and outer tunic not yet completely hemmed

Tabbards with pellon not yet ironed on

Tabbards with obi [sash/belt] on top

Keep in mind this is after 12-13 hours of work.  Not much, eh?

Can you imagine how long a costume like a stormtrooper takes?  How about a Twi’lek with all the body paint?  The only other character I would like to be in the Star Wars universe is a Nightsister from the Clone Wars (I don’t even like the Clone Wars that much which makes this choice ironic) because they are so awesome, and if you know me, you know I am drawn to strong female characters who can kick butt and take no prisoners.  But can you imagine how much harder a costume like that would be?  Don’t be fooled by how little fabric there is because I’m sure it’s not only complicated to put on, but also the body paint, combined with the face paint that has tattoos and designs would be a long process.  I know someone who made a Tenel Ka costume and just one shoe/foot piece alone took 20 hours.  TWENTY HOURS.  That’s crazy.  Does anyone else think that’s just nuts?  Of course, the costume looks amazing and I have never seen anything as well done, but 20 hours for just one segment?  Ugh, just that thought alone makes me want to be done with the costuming world.  I’m very seriously considering getting any other costume commissioned.

Anyway, I am almost done with my Old Republic Jedi.  The sewing has finally all been completed thanks to Mother Bear’s help and I resemble a Jedi.  Once I get my boots and belt, I will really resemble a Jedi.  And then once I get my very own lightsaber hilt, I will be a Jedi.  Kind of.  Then there is the whole process of getting approved by the Rebel Legion, but that’s something in and of itself…

I think my biggest problem with this whole process is that there is no real liaison between someone in the Rebel Legion and someone trying to join.  When you say you are interested, they immediately just direct you to their forums and you have to post on their forums to find someone can help you out.  Never mind the people who respond and say “Oh, but really, it’s quite easy, all you do is sew this, and then sew that with this pattern, and this kind of string…”  It’s enough to make your head explode like Alderaan and is extremely unhelpful for someone who has zero experience sewing.  I feel like there needs to be someone who has an assigned task of taking newbies under their wing and asks simple questions like “How much experience do you have sewing and/or costuming?” “What kind of costume are you trying to make?” “Where do you live?” “Here are the requirements and how to find people who can help…” and then aiding them from there.  I know this is the Executive Assistant part of me coming out but really, from a firsthand experience, I can say there needs to be more organization centered on new comers.  The regulations are so strict that I worry that it intimidates a lot of people and makes them give up before they even start.  If you do not have the type of personality that is a go-getter, you will be left behind because you are too daunted to continue.  I would love to be that person who helps newcomers for New England, but right now I’m just not knowledgeable enough.  And I haven’t been approved, I keep forgetting that point.

The exciting part is yet to come – my own unique lightsaber.  This is the part of the costume I have been most excited about.  I doubt mine will be anything special since I seem to be leaning towards really simple designs because I have smaller hands, but it will be so nice to say, “This is my lightsaber, especially designed for me.”

I will continue to post updates on my progress with my costume and hopefully (soon) I can wear the full costume.