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The Elven Padawan – #13 – Featuring special guest, Aceofstars16!

Finally, another episode of The Elven Padawan podcast!
In this episode, Shay interviews Star Wars fanfiction writer, Aceofstars16! Ace is also a HUGE Star Wars Rebels fan, so you probably already know where this is heading.
Besides the interview (and obsessing over Rebels), the girls also discuss their Star Wars OTPs, social media, The Last Jedi, Mortis connections with the rest of the saga, and what the canon lifespan of a Twi’lek is.

Continue reading “The Elven Padawan – #13 – Featuring special guest, Aceofstars16!”

Fan Expo Canada 2017 Star Wars: Rebels panel

During Fan Expo Canada this year, Star Wars: Rebels fan were treated to a panel with Dave Filoni (Executive Producer of Rebels), Vanessa Marshall (voice of character Hera Syndulla), and Taylor Gray (voice of character Ezra Bridger). It was at this panel that that awesome new trailer dropped (you can read more about that here ), and attendees got to watch the first episode of the show, which will be premiering for the rest of the world October 16, on Disney X D.

And thanks to blogger, podcaster, and huge Rebels fangirl Johnamarie Macias of The Wookiee Gunner, those of us who were unable to attend the panel in person can watch the whole thing here!!

This video contains all three clips that were shown during this panel. (The clips are located as follow: clip #1, “Rex and Kallus on the Ghost” starts at 18:52; clip #2, “X-Wings vs. Thrawn” starts at 24:48; and clip #3, “Kanan and Hera” starts at 29:50.)

You can read detailed article on the highlights on this panel from The Wookiee Gunner here.

Thanks again to Ms. Macias for catching this for all of us to enjoy!!

Let me know your thoughts on this panel, the clip, the new trailer, or just about season 4 in general in the comments!! 🙂

Forces of Destiny: premier date and sneakpeak!

First announced at Star Wars Celebration Orlando this year, Star Wars Forces of Destiny is a brand-new 2D animated series coming this summer.

Star Wars Forces of Destiny, a new animated micro-series celebrating some of Star Wars’ most beloved and inspirational characters, will premiere July 3 on YouTube.com/Disney, it was announced today. The highly-anticipated shorts, 2-3 minutes each, tell the untold stories that helped shape the destinies of Rey, Jyn Erso, Princess Leia, Sabine Wren, Padmé Amidala, Ahsoka Tano, and other Star Wars icons. Fans will also hear some familiar voices — Daisy Ridley (Rey), Felicity Jones (Jyn Erso), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano), and Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata, narrating the series) will all reprise their roles for the show.

Read original article on StarWars.com

A sneakpeak at the first 8 episode of this micro-series was released recently on StarWars.com.

The show was also further discussed via an interview with Ashley Eckstein, voice of Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars: The Clone WarsStar Wars: Rebels, and now Star Wars Forces of Destiny, on the most recent episode of StarWars.com’s “The Star Wars Show”.

Star Wars: Rebels season 3 coming to DVD and Blu-Ray!

Star Wars: Rebels season 3 is finally coming to DVD and Blu-Ray!

As announced on this Wednesday’s episode of “The Star Wars Show” on StarWars.com, season 3 of the hit animated show, Star Wars: Rebels, will be coming to DVD and Blu-Ray on August 29, 2017.

Read full article from StarWars.com

 

The Elven Padawan #3: “Zero Hour” review, part 2

Shay and her guest Evie finish up their review of the Star Wars: Rebels season 3 finale, “Zero Hour”.
First though, there’s some Star Wars news to cover, and Shay reads some comments from listeners.
Then we get into the rest of that review. We continue our obsessions over Grand Admiral Thrawn and Captain Syndulla, talk about Kallus joining the Rebellion, and who will die before it’s all over.

Please subscribe to the show on iTunes, GooglePlay, or SoundCloud and leave me a review! (Yes, it’s finally up on GooglePlay!! 😀 ) You can also follow this site, and get updates on every new post. If you have a question or comment to be read and answered on the show, send them to me at shay@elvenpadawan.com.

Shownotes:

LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures season 2 trailer:

LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures on IMDb

LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures season 2 official announcement from StarWars.com

Ron Howard to direct Han Solo film from StarWars.com

“Zero Hour” episode guide on StarWars.com

Music/Sound effects:

Sound effects were from the Free Sound Project. 

Complete list of effects used for this episode:

Cosplays Aplenty

Lately I’ve decided that I will be doing blog posts for The Elven Padawan primarily on Saturdays. In the past I’ve done them rather sporadically and with no real pattern, pretty much just whenever the mood struck. But that’s not fair to all you guys, since you never know when a new post might pop up. Now it’ll be much easier for you to plan for them and you’ll be expecting them when they do happen.

Now don’t worry, news announcements will stay the same they’ve always been: I get them out to you as soon as I find them myself. So if there’s a new trailer, title reveal, news announcement, or anything along those lines, it’ll show up on here as soon as I can get it out.

It’s just the posts for The Elven Padawan Blog (like the cosplay breakdowns and craft tutorials, my own theories and rants [like that thing about Ahsoka I did last week]) that are changing a bit.

So for this week, here’s the first post in this new arrangement: a brief rundown on all the cosplay projects I’ve done so far. A few I’ve talked about it even detailed extensively on here (like my Thrawn one), but I’ve had a couple requests for pictures of my Rey cosplay, so I decided to put them all on here.

I hope you enjoy!! 😀


 

1. Rey the Desert Scavenger

This was the first full-on “cosplay” attempt I had ever done, and I’m still doing some work on it. Rey’s full Desert Scavenger ensemble is one that can be worked on slowly for a very long time, especially if you’re trying to get all the pieces authentic and screen-accurate. So far I’ve got the actual clothing pieces out the outfit (shirt, pants, body wraps, arm bindings, boots, belt, and wristband), along with the turban-style headwrap she’s wearing while scavenging at the very beginning of TFA, her staff, and a weathered olive/brown canvas backpack that I’m using until I can find something better. (Hey, it was a couple dollars at Good-Will, already wonderfully weathered, and looks great with the rest of the outfit!!)

I’ve been wanting to get pictures of this one for a while, so when the weather was nice out I threw the outfit on and roped my little sister into helping me snap some. I didn’t have time to do the full Rey hairstyle, and since I hadn’t planned for this photoshoot, I didn’t do the makeup either. But I got some really great shots of the full outfit and the staff, and decided to share them with all of you here.

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This one is just so much fun!! Sadly, I have yet to actually wear it “in public”…we’re working on that one…😉

Besides trying to hunt down a good replica for the small pouch Rey wears at her hip, and doing some alterations on the boots so they’re more screen-accurate, I also eventually want to remake the wristband and belt from real leather. I’ve already hunted down a really nice 3D-printed replica of Rey’s blaster, which will be at the top of the list come my next birthday.

And just a word on that staff: I totally love it!! 😀 I made it all myself from bits of hardware and an online tutorial. I went ahead and used a metal pole for the base, instead of a lighter PVC pipe, and I’m glad I did. It adds enough weight to the staff to make it really seem authentic, and somehow that really makes getting into character so much easier and more fun! I seriously do think I could knock someone out with that thing (not that I’ve ever actually tried….😉😆) There is a slight drawback to the extra weight however, and that’s that you have to be careful not to accidentally wack a wall, door frame, or another person with it. (Once again about the “knocking out” part.)

 

2. Grand Admiral Thrawn

Most of you have already heard all about this one, but for those who haven’t here’s a brief overview.

I wanted to go full-out for May the 4th this year. I was debating between several different outfits, one being the Rey one above, but what kept standing out in the front of my mind was a genderswapped version of Director Krennic, from Rogue One. I would switch the tunic and pants out for a knee-length dress and leggings, keeping intact the sweeping white cape, rank badge, boots, and other little details that make Imperial officers stand out. But I also really, really wanted to do alot of makeup work for my outfit this year, particularly attempting to paint all my exposed skin a color that would be considered outside of normal. That’s when the idea hit me: genderswapped Grand Admiral Thrawn. Season 3 of Star Wars: Rebels had just ended, and I had been totally in awe of his tactical genius, always-in-control way of doing everything, weirdly calm and unsettlingly relaxing voice – let’s just face it, the guy’s awesome!! Not to mention he’s one of the only nonhumans in all of the Empire!! It was totally the right choice to bring him back to Star Wars canon.

And so was born my epic genderswapped Thrawn cosplay!!

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(I’m planning to add some of those awesome red contacts as soon as I get the funds and an equally awesome place to show them off.)

But wait!! Here’s a special surprise that none of you have seen.

I have just obtained special permission to share this bit of intel with you: Thrawn was not alone that day! There was another Imperial by his- um, her side…

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Thats right, my sister cosplayed as Governer Ahrinda Pryce!! It was sooo awesome!! Though it will probably never happen again, since she’s not nearly into all the cosplay stuff as I am. She’s more of the collector, with a room full on LEGOs, lightsabers and other props, and the beginnings of our new Funko POP! collection. (Seriously, y’all don’t know how hard it was to convince her to let me share this photo; she gets really funny about actually wearing her costumes out in public or showing them to other people.)

 

3. Elven Jedi Cloak

Ok, so this one isn’t actually a full cosplay yet. Actually, it’s more like outfit that I Plan to use as I component for a future cosplay. (Possibly an Old Republic-reminiscent, Elf-based-Jedi mashup type outfit. Or an Elven warrior from The Berinfell Prophecies book series that I love so much!)

This started out as Arwen’s Chase Dress from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. But when I went to cut out the pieces from the fabric I had found, I realized there wasn’t going to be enough. Since all the main body pieces, plus the pieces for the high rolled collar and drape-y lowers parts of the sleeves were cut out, I simply improvised and ran with it. I used the fabric from those lower sleeves and collar pieces to make an enourmous hood, trimmed the hem a bit so it was even all the way around, and left the sleeves off entirely. Then I sewed the pieces together, top-stitching zigzags over all the front bodice seams and surging all the raw edges so I wouldn’t have to hem them. I also left the front open entirely, all the way down, then added metal eyelets to the edges so I could secure top closed with leather lacing. The skirt is split, just like Arwen’s in the original design, so it can function wonderfully as either a cloak or overdress, leaving the wearer the full ability to ride a horse or swing a saber.

 

(And yes, that is the dog who was barking in the background of my last podcast episode.)

4. Closet Mirkwood Elf

This one was more of a “closet cosplay” that I threw together in a couple afternoons for a small Fall Festival we were doing with some friends a little while back.

I used a short green dress I already had, along with some brown gaucho-things I had drawn out a pattern for, and a pair of short boots.  I also whipped up some “leather armor” to finish the look: a cuirass and pair of arm bracers. (I made the “armor” out of scrap fabric I had lying around. I saturated each piece in regular spray paint, which stiffened the fabric, made it all about the same color (since the cuirass was made from yellow cotton fabric and the bracers from brown flannel), and actually gave it a rather leathery look.)

I put on my latex elf ears from Aradani Studios (which I absolutely love, btw!) and left my hair down.

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5. BONUS!! Kylo Ren and the Jawas

*fangirl sidetrack: would that be the greatest band name ever?! 😆

Ok, so this one’s a bonus. These are the costumes I made for my younger sisters for May the 4th last year. The one closest to my age (who did Pryce this year) wanted to try out Kylo Ren, and the other two were a couple of anonymous Jawas. I also made all their costumes, except for Kylo’s mask and saber, which we ordered from the illustrious and ever-intriguing Amazon.

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So that’s it for this week’s post from The Elven Padawan blog!! I hope you all enjoyed this, and there’ll be another post next week.

Please let me know what you think it the comments! I’d love to hear about any costumes, or really any other projects, that you’ve done!! 😊

 

The Elven Padawan #2: “Zero Hour” review, part 1

Shay and guest Evie review the first part of the Star Wars: Rebels season 3 finale, “Zero Hour”. We talk about Hera (a lot) and Grand Admiral Thrawn (a lot). And Shay does a little rant on Jedi attachments, and why she just can’t do Grey Jedi.

Please subscribe to the show on iTunes and/or SoundCloud and leave me a review! You can also follow this site, and get updates on every new post. Also, leave comments below with your thoughts on this first episode, as well as the topics covered in this episode, and I’ll read them on the next episode of the Elven Padawan podcast!

Shownotes:

“Zero Hour” episode guide on StarWars.com

“A New Dawn” (that book about Kanan and Hera’s first meeting and the Gorse Revolt)

“A Monster Calls” on IMDb

“The Holocrons of Fate” episode guide on StarWars.com

Music/Sound effect

Sound effects were from the Free Sound Project. 

Complete list of effects used for this episode:

 

LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures returns in July

On Thursday, June 7, this news finally dropped via The Star Wars Show:

As announced today on The Star Wars ShowLEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures returns on Saturday, June 17, (11:00 a.m. ET/PT) with a sneak peek of the first episode of season two, “Trouble on Tibalt.”

Then, season two will kick off on Monday, July 31, (7:00 a.m. ET/PT) with new episodes every Monday through Thursday at 7:00 a.m. ET/PT thereafter until Wednesday, August 16.

Read Original Article here

Fans have been waiting impatiently for this bit of news, ever since the announcement that The Freemaker Adventures would be returning for a second season this summer.

More news about the second season of the Disney XD show was also released at Star Wars Celebration Orlando, including details on the return of Rebel pilot and leader, Hera Syndulla, as well as what adventures and trials the Freemaker family will be facing as new additions to the Rebel Alliance. You can read more details about that panel here: SWCO: 2017 5 Things We Learned from the LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures Panel

And if you haven’t seen it already, here’s that awesome season 2 trailer where we first learned about the return of Hera and Quarry, the menace of MOC, and so much more.

Lightporter by C. B. Cook: COVER REVEAL!

Hello all my friends!! I know it has been forever since I’ve posted anything on here, and some of you may have thought I was dead.

Well, I’m not dead. I’ve just been playing Ahsoka Tano and disappearing for a long period of time, making sure pretty much everyone in the universe thinks I’m dead, then popping up randomly to start a brand-new wave of crazed fans and popularity. It worked so well for her, so I decided I’d try it out, too. (Especially since we all know #AhsokaLives!)

So now that the lost Padawan (me) has once again made her return, I have a surprise for all of you.

Let me tell you, it’s pretty awesome!!

So first, a quick explanation: not too long ago I discovered the awesome writer C. B. Cook, and her awesome book, Twinepathy.

*the following is a short review of Twinepathy, along with quite a bit of excessive fangirling. You have been warned.

I plowed right through that book in a very short amount of time, and absolutely loved it!! It was so great, especially for a fan of sci-fi-type stories like me. And even better, Ms. Cook is a giant fangirl herself, particularly in the Tolkien and Marvel areas. In fact, the story itself is somewhat inspired/based on your classic Marvel superheroes, though it does so in a wonderful way without feeling like a rip-off, but instead totally fresh, original, and shiny as one of Tony Stark’s gadgets. (It does have one major bonus over Marvel and pretty much anything related to Stark, however, and that’s that this book is totally clean. Which is definitely a high bonus in my rating system.)

I fell in love with all the characters, including the twin sisters with a telepathic connection, Albany and Brooklyn York (yes, their names are NY themed!), little Maddie (who I totally wish was my little sister), mysterious Jen (who actually reminds me a lot of Hera Syndulla), nerdy Ezra (the first female character I’ve ever encountered with that name!) and of course, ever-charming Blaze (who is basically Loki with his constant, annoyingly-bright smile and illusions, but without any of the meanness.) I really connected best with Albany, as she’s a fangirl, would generally rather have her nose in a book than go shopping (unless it’s for more books), and could generally care less about what’s “popular” with most other girls. She’s a good deal like me in quite a few ways.

The book was fairly simple, launching right into the story within the first several pages, and to be honest wasn’t really as deep as I’m generally into. But ya know what? That’s OK! Because it was fast, incredibly well-written, and just plain fun. All the characters totally came alive in my brain, the entire thing was a vivid movie in my mind, and the first-person-present-tense narration that I generally loath didn’t bother me at all. A writer has to have a serious gift to get that right, and let me tell you, Ms. Cook has a serious gift.

Since I first read through Twinepathy, I’ve been dying for more info on the second book in the series, titled Lightporter. Well, and obsessing over the first book and my theories for the second to pretty much anyone who will give me half a chance. So when I had the opportunity to participate in Ms. Cook’s cover reveal for Lightporter, I just had to jump in!!

Unfortunately, there was a teensy little problem in my way. The fact that I had been banned from my own blog and podcast until I could finish up the last little bit of schoolwork left from this year was like a wampa in my path. There was only one thing I could do, and so I did it. I sat down on Wednesday, and blazed (er, no pun intended) right through an entire chapter of my science book, then got up early this morning to take the last test.

All so I could get this surprise out to all of you, and because I’m so excited about Lightporter. XD

Anyone reading this right now is probably already fighting the urge to just skim right down this page past all of my rambling. So I’ll go ahead and get to that point.

Here it is, in all its glory!! The brand new, recently finished, incredibly awesome cover for Lightporter!!!

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EEEEP!!! It’s beautiful!!! I totally love the simplicity of both the covers for this and Twinepathy! It’s just so eye-catching, the masks add an air of intrigue, and for a fan they mean so much more. Frankly, if you haven’t yet read the first book, then this cover might not seem all that spectacular to you. But for someone who knows, they’re gonna totally freak. I totally freaked when I first saw it. Both the title and that cover have some awesome hints in them, and I seriously can. not. WAIT!!!

Here’s one more thing to make this even epic-er: book 1, Twinepathy, is currently on sale on Amazon!! For $0.99!!!!

That means if you have a Kindle, or iPhone, or iPod, or iPad, or even *just a computer*, you can get that whole book for less that one dollar!!

Thing is, though, this is one of those “limited-time-offer-things”….in other words, it’s only gonna be this price for TODAY! Tomorrow, the chance is gone!

So what are you waiting for??!

Seriously, please go check out Twinepathy. It’s awesome, and if you’re looking at this site right now with all its geekyness and that makes you smile, you’re gonna love this series.

And now on the behalf of the author, as well as all those poor lost souls who may never discover this incredible series otherwise, I implore you to TELL EVERYONE ELSE YOU KNOW!!!! If you read Twinepathy and enjoy it, or have already read it and loved it then, then please leave a review on Amazon or add and write about it on Goodreads. Share about it on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, or wherever else you make your internet abode.


Lightporter on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31434439-lightporter

Twinepathy on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26793603-twinepathy

Twinepathy on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01HYQEK1C/

C.B. Cook’s Blog: http://www.theworldofthewriter.wordpress.com

C.B. Cook on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/authorcbcook/

C.B. Cook on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13546187.C_B_Cook

IDIA Group Board on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/authorcbcook/idia-group-board/


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And you can use this little banner to help spread the word too! 😀

 

The Elven Padawan #1: Of Beginnings, Balrogs, and Bucketheads

Welcome to the first ever episode of The Elven Padawan podcast! In this episode, Shay introduces the show and what it’s all about. There’s a great segment on the Maiar of Middle-Earth. Then we dive helmet-first into quite the monologue on Stormtroopers: who they are, what they do, and why they can’t hit a stinkin’ thing!

Please subscribe to the show on iTunes and leave me a review! You can also follow this site, and get updates on every new post. Also, leave comments below with your thoughts on this first episode, as well as the topics covered in this episode, and if you label them #EPno.2, I’ll read them on the next episode of the Elven Padawan podcast!

*something I forgot to mention in the episode itself: this podcast, at least for now, is also  available on SoundCloud! So check it out there, too (that link will take you directly to the page for “The Elven Padawan”.)

Shownotes:

That StarWars.com article

That Wookieepedia article

Star Wars: Rebels season 1 (episode #4 is “Breaking Ranks”)

“Servants of the Empire” by Jason Fry

Why Stormtroopers Can’t Aim – this is an article on what I addressed, about the will of the Force

Actual calculations on how fast blaster bolts travel – http://nerdist.com/adam-savage-calculates-the-speed-of-a-star-wars-blaster-bolt/ https://www.wired.com/2012/05/star-wars-blaster-speed/

Music/Sound effects:

Sound effects were from the Free Sound Project

Complete list of effects used for this episode:

Music during the beginning of the Stormtrooper monologue was “gravitationalWaves”, by Ayreon.