Parenting: Star Wars Toys for Baby

Back in May, we attended Star Wars Galactic Nights.  The Nola Nerd Baby was three months old and did a fantastic job.  She didn’t complain and slept through most of it.

On the first meeting of her great-grandfather, he slipped her twenty dollars.  We want to make sure we bought something for her.  We settled on a two sets of toys.  There were squeezable Star Wars and Princesses.  We held up both in front of her.  She raised her hand closest to the Star Wars set.  We then switched hands and she held up that hand.  We know she really didn’t pick Star Wars but we acted as if she did anyway!

Over the summer, this became her favorite set of toys.  They were too big to fit into her mouth but small enough for her to grab.  If you squeeze them they will squeak.

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Over time, one of the toys became her favorite.  In fact, when you give it to her, her face lights up.  Surprisingly, it was C3PO. She also loves R2 and Vader.  Boba and the Storm troop pick up the rear with Chewie trailing behind.

We can’t wait to share more Star Wars toys with her in the future.  We really can’t wait to shop for her at Star Wars Celebration.  Hopefully, she keeps enjoying them!

ComicCon-ing: Wizard World New Orleans Annouces More Guests.

Wizard World New Orleans is starting to announce a lot of guests for their show coming the first weekend in January.  There first wave of guests was mainly from Outlander.   As always, they are planning a great show and have now announced guests from more fandoms!

Even though it has been canceled, Luke Cage will be well represented.  Series Stars Mike Colter and Simone Missick will be at the convention. For iZombie fans, Rose McIver and Malcolm Goodwin have been announced.  The Vampire Diaires will be represented by David Alpay, Zach Roerig, and Daniel Gillies.

Joining these stars will be:

  • Jason David Frank (Might Morphin Power Rangers)
  • Daniel Cudmore (X-Men)
  • Matt Ryan (Constantine)
  • Erin Cahil (Power Rangers: Time Force)
  • Thomas Ian Nicholas (Rookie of the Year)

Wizard World New Orleans will take place from January 4-6 at the Earnest N. Morial Center at 900 Convention Center Boulevard in New Orleans.

Also, appearing will be Mads Mikkelsen.  Right now, we probably will get three items signed by him!

The have also announced a slew of artists, who will dedicate a blog to when we get closer to the show.

Star Wars-ing: No Boba Fett Movie But a Late Thank You to Jeremy Bulloch

A movie about Boba Fett will not be made. Weirdly, the announcement saying it was not going to be made was made before any announcement that it would be made. At Nola Nerd Couple Headquarters, we would have went to see it, but it wasn’t a film we were asking for.  Personally, for me, he was perfect in the original trilogy.  A man with no backstory that just wants to get paid is needed in films like Star Wars.  While I know he has his diehard fans, I can’t help but think he is a character that is best left up to the imagination.  The more we know about him the less mysterious he is.  The charm, for me anyway, has always been that we didn’t know much.  Yes, the prequels give him an origin story, but that to me changed him in a way I didn’t like. When it comes to villains, I often like a lack of an origin story.

While Boba Fett has never been one of my favorite characters, one of the actors that played him is.  Jeremy Bulloch announced his retirement in early August.  Mr. Bulloch portrayed Boba Fett in both Empire Strikes Back (where he also had a second role as an Imperial Officer) and Return of the Jedi. Along the convention circuit, he has always been a fan favorite with long lines waiting to meet.

Meeting Jeremy Bulloch at Star Wars Weekends in 2009

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Mr. Bulloch at Mississippi Comic Con in 2017

Mr. Bulloch at Mississippi Comic Con in 2017

Since we became serious collectors, it seems that we have met him at least once a year at conventions. While Mrs. Nola Nerd is the true Star Wars autograph collector, it was people like Mr. Bulloch who got me hooked on collecting autographs as well.  Meeting him was always a joy, and he, often accompanied by his wife, made sure everyone felt the magic that the love of Star Wars creates. He would always honor autograph collectors requests (certain color ink is often what we ask for) and would share a story if he could.

It will be weird not being able to meet him again, especially at Star Wars Celebration Chicago. Yet, after giving back so much to the Star Wars fans over the last couple of decades, he has more than earned his rest and retirement.

May the force be with him!

Nola-ing: Bad Wolf Con

On Saturday, October 20, Bad Wolf Bar and Grill will be hosting their 4th annual Bar Con! This convention is a one day con of fun for adults and kids. There will be vendors, panels/demonstrations, and contests. General admission is $5, VIP is $10, and children under four are admitted for free. Bad Wolf Bar and Grill is on 2010 O’Connor Street in Gretna.

They will have shows including Klingon Self-Defense, LarPWorks, Sensuous Sisters of Zeltros, and a Lightsaber demo. There will also be cosplay contests – one for kids 17 and under and one for adults.

For gamers, there will be a Magic: The Gathering tournament, a Warhammer tournament, and make sure you bring your Pokemon deck.

There is an after party as well that will begin at 8:30 pm.

Here are more specifics about the events including times:

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We do plan on attending and even have a babysitter lined up so we can enjoy an adult beverage or two (and that Weeping Angel Burger). Our camera is charged and our Zoom microphone is ready to go. However, Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple’s recent surgery has not resulted in a change in her symptoms. We were hoping it was an answer, and there was every reason to take out the gallbladder, but all the symptoms she was exhibiting are still there. We are having more tests run today. If she feels up for it, we will go even if it is for a small amount of time. If she can’t, we will have to miss out.

However, if you go, let us know how it was, and we will see you there next year!!!!

Star Wars-ing: Why Celebration Tickets Go So Fast

Star Wars Celebration tweeted on October 15 that Friday tickets were 98% gone.  By the time most new sites and blogs posted their story, they were gone.

I decided to look at the replies to the post.  A couple of people were questioning while sales were so early for Celebration, especially since there have been no real announcements coming from Celebration.  There have been only two panel stage hosts announced.  We still don’t have a clue of the celebrity guests nor programming.  They wondered why people are buying tickets in such circumstances.

We get it.  A lot of cons don’t announce guests until two-three months before the show, and Celebration is no exception.  But let’s face it, most cons, no matter the financial power behind them, are regional cons.  Star Wars Celebration is not a regional con.  It’s not even a national con.  People from around the world come to Celebration.

They have to announce and sell tickets early because of this.  Celebration requires people to work around work.  For a lot of fans, this is there 2019 vacation.  Hotel’s and transportation have to be booked.  We booked our hotel right away but had to wait for flights to be announced. We also have to find a babysitter. This takes months, not weeks, of planning for us.

Also, we have already started saving for Celebration.  Autographs, pins, comics, and other Star  Wars collectibles cost money.  (I always describe conventions as jewelry shows for nerds to my friends that have no clue what happens at these things).  We always say we are going to cut back and then Celebration announces people we have never met before (in 2017 Hayden Christensen and Sarah Michelle Gellar hit our pocketbooks hard…and before they announced we had hardly purchased any autographs.)  By paying for our tickets early, we can then purchase the autograph tickets when they become available without killing our budget.

So yeah, we are thankful that Star Wars Celebration was announced early.

Star Wars-ing: Autograph Look Out for October 19-21

If you are an autograph seeker like us, then Star Wars Actor Appearances is a must have this website in your arsenal. The team over there does a great job of listing every Star Wars actor, no matter the size of the part, convention appearances.

Making appearances this week are:

  • Gregg Berger
  • Trevor Butterfield,
  • Jim Cummings
  • Michael Henbury
  • Jason Isaacs
  • Ray Park
  • John Ratzenberger
  • Paul Blake
  • Chris Bunn
  • Mark Dodson
  • Mike Edmonds
  • Olivia Hack
  • Garrick Hagon
  • Bill Hargreaves
  • Alan Harris
  • Bai Ling
  • Sandeep Mohan
  • Cathy Munroe
  • David M. Santana
  • Felix Silla
  • Tina Simmons
  • Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
  • Jimmy Vee
  • Miltos Yerolemou

Of course, if you want to know when and where they are appearing, you will have to visit the Star Wars Actors Appearances website.

Star Wars-ing: Star Wars Links

Star Wars Authentics Releases Resistance Photos:  Star Wars Authentics, which is run by TOPPS, is the official source for Star Wars photographs.  For autograph seekers like us, this is where we go to get photos for conventions and Star Wars Celebration.  Well, they just released a slew of photos from Star Wars Resistance.  Who knows, maybe we will see a few of the voice actors at Celebration Chicago?

Star Wars Celebration Tickets: 5-Day and Saturday tickets sold out quickly.  Friday, tickets sold out this past weekend.  If you are planning on going, you need to act now.

Star Wars Halloween Mood Table:  You love Star Wars and being crafty? StarWars.com has a great idea for you to decorate for the second best holiday season of the year. (For us, it’s the regional holiday you dress up for).

Looser Episode IX: According to Oscar Isaac, filming for the latest installment in the saga has been “looser” with more improv. He credits JJ Abrams feeling less pressure which in turn puts less pressure on everyone else.