The Freemaker Adventures Continues Today!I am a big fan of the LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures and I am really excited that the first episodes of season two, “A New Home” and “Trouble on Tibalt” air today starting at 10:30AM EST on DisneyXD! I cannot wait to see what new adventures the Freemaker Family gets into next! Are you a fan of The Freemaker Adventures?
Are you looking forward to Season 2 as much as I am?
Note: This article is a supplement to my article Memories of Seeing Star Wars, on StarWars.com that is part of the week long Star Wars 40th Anniversary Celebration. Unfortunately, I could not include everyone that provided me with their story for the StarWars.com article. Therefore, this article provides some of these additional stories. I really want to thank everyone who provided me with their stories of seeing Star Wars in 1977!
Today is the 40th Anniversary of when Star Wars, now known as Star Wars: A New Hope, was first released in theaters on May 25, 1977. To mark this anniversary, I asked fans from around the world what their memories of watching this film as it was released in 1977. The purpose of collecting these stories is to not only reminisce about all these experiences, but to also give those who were not around in 1977 an idea of how monumental this film was when it was first released. I hope you enjoy reading these stories as much as I did!
Pauline Baird Jones recalls that she was a thousand (okay six) months pregnant when the film came out. It was not until the end of the 1977, after the birth of her daughter, that she saw the film with her husband and her daughter, who slept in a carrier on the floor through the whole thing because they didn’t know anyone who could babysit.
Carol Van Natta was staying with generous friends because she just had out-patient surgery the day before and wasn’t supposed to be alone for the weekend. Carol wasn’t supposed to stand or walk more than 5 minutes at a time. As the Best Surprise Ever, her friends stood in line for four hours, then bundled her into their car to see Star Wars.
They drove me to the front of the theater right before the doors opened. They hustled me in like I was a visiting VIP. I will always associate that movie with the love and kindness of friends.
Jayne Fury was a freshman in high school. She went with her best friend to see the first showing of Star Wars. There were lines then, but nothing like the ones that followed. Jayne gobbled every magazine that covered the movie and saw the movie 13 times in it’s first run.
Catherine Cerveny was 5 years old when she first saw Star Wars in 1977 in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. Her dad wanted to see it and took both herself and her brother, who was 3, to the local drive-in theater.
Imagine being only 5 and seeing Star Wars for the first time. Needless to say that movie defined my love of the science fiction genre for the rest of my life.
SciFi Romance author Terry Roy was 17 and a college freshman in New Jersey where she lived at the time. Her brother took her to see it after he’d already seen it three times. 😀 Terry grew up reading mostly HIS books of SciFi and Fantasy and if not for him would have never gotten into the genre let alone see Star Wars in the theaters in 1977.
Podcaster Michael Ehmcke saw Star Wars at a Double feature at a drive in theater in SW Kentucky. Star Wars was both the first and the second movie that night. Michael recalls that his brother fell asleep during the second viewing. However, he was so fascinated that he had to stay and watch it again!
Garrett Sessions saw Star Wars at the movie theater near LSU in Baton Rouge, LA.
I have more impressions than memories of what the inside of the theater looked like, but it was a huge room (to a five year old) with lights in the ceiling and red wallpaper. Then my mind was blown: the music, the adventure, the aliens and especially the lightsabers all left a powerful impression.
Sarah Cole saw it, somewhat reluctantly, with her father and younger brother. However, this changed when the trumpet blast shifted space and time to a galaxy far, far away that felt just like coming home.
My life was forever changed that day and now my son saw it when he was 6 so the tradition and the lifestyle is being passed on.
Bill Madia was 13 years old and was dropped off at the theater to see Star Wars with both his brother and two brothers from a family friend.
We even brought our own popcorn! (Back then, you could do that!) We got our seats down in the fourth row right in the center. No one was in front of us. This was in the suburbs of Chicago back int the late ’70’s which weren’t as populated as they are now so the crowd wasn’t capacity yet. Anyway, the rows in front of us were empty until a couple kids younger than us went to sit in those rows. My brother was the oldest, 14, so he said that those seats were reserved. “Really?” the kids said. “Yeah, a group of film critics are coming in,” is what we told them. Aaahh, to be a kid again! They found seats behind us and we had an unobstructed view of the entire film!!! Like I said, at the time, in the ‘burbs, word of mouth hadn’t hit yet about the film, so it wasn’t a packed house that day. Every viewing after that, however…. Oh, well. That’s my little story.
Kai Charles saw Star Wars a few days before her birthday in ’77.
It changed my life. For the rest of the summer I walked their weekly to see it. Many times alone since my friends got sick of it after the third time. I’m convinced that watching the Death Star explode over and over while sitting front row center is why I needed glasses the following Fall! It was so worth it!
David Manderville recalls seeing Star Wars with his Dad…
My dad took me to McDonalds before we went to the movie…it’s in the same strip plaza as the theater (still is, and the theater is still there). We ate and I RAN to the theater (I had to wait for him to get there to get the tickets). There were only a few people in line…there was no big premiere (no one knew how big this would be)….when the movie started, I think the theater was only about half full.
Cue the lights and the movie started….we read the crawl and settled in for the movie.
And when the star destroyer flew overhead and filled that theater with stereo speaker rumbles, I turned to my dad and said….
“This is going to be good”.
I’ve been a fan ever since.
Mark Marquis was 7 in 1977 and his Father took him to the Cobb Cinema on Greensprings Hwy in Birmingham, AL. Mark remininces about what he felt after watching Star Wars for fhe first time…
It’s amusing to think about now, but the scenes that are the most vivid in my memory were the ones which included (what a 7 year old might consider to be) dark or grisly elements: Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru’s fate, Ponda Boba’s arm on the floor of the cantina. Vader’s interrogation droid. For a child who had only watched G-rated Disney movies and was raised in a strict, sheltered religious home, Star Wars seemed like adult entertainment.
Finally, my husband, Michael Hammond, recalls that his Mom took him out of school, it WAS a school day, and said that it was because they had to go somewhere. She did not tell Michael where he was going. He thought it was a Doctor’s appointment. However, they took a bus to a theater just outside of Detroit, where Star Wars was playing. He was very surprised that his Mom not only remembered that he really wanted to see the film, but took him out of school to see it! Michael’s reaction to seeing the film is summed up as:
I was in shock and awe before, during and after. I am surprised that we are still talking about this amazing film 40 years later!
First Star Wars Collectible
May 25th marks the 40th Anniversary of the release of Star Wars and of course the beginning of the Star Wars merchandising revolution.
I asked my friends in the various Facebook Groups I belong to what was their first Star Wars Collectible.
I bought a Battle Damage X-wing with birthday money. Unfortunately my sister broke it by slamming it against a door. I hung onto it for 20 years before accepting I’d never be able to fix it. Items I’ve owned the longest – an intact B-wing and a slightly damaged Y-wing (though I still have the often missing missile) which I’ve had for 30 years.
I bought an R2D2 action figure after the first Star Wars released. We were very poor. We didn’t eat every day. (Yes, in North America, that still happens.) So it was a huge investment for me and one my parents didn’t approve of. All five of my siblings played with that R2D2 also. We loved that action figure into nothing. I move quite a bit and don’t currently have any Star Wars merchandise.
Laurie A. Green
Over 20 years ago, I bought a huge framed poster for my office wall that says “Everything I Need to Know About Life I Learned from Star Wars.” It features artwork of the original cast along with some of the timeless wisdom that’s often been an inspiration to me when I needed it most: “Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try,” “Anger, fear and aggression lead to the dark side,” and “In seeking your destiny, patience is your ally.” A lot of decor has come and gone from my office walls over the years, but this poster still remains.
A Star Wars bath towel, with the artwork from the movie poster. We still have it, although it’s VERY threadbare and we never use it any more.
My Star Wars Sheets that we got in the late 70’s(?) I remember having them on my bunk bed, and we got rid of that when I was 7 or 8 and almost fell out a window when I fell out of bed (which I apparently did a lot as a kid…which explains some things… To this day, I am still a flailer).
My mom and dad threw out all the Kenner stuff. To this day, the entire family is kicking ourselves over it.
I bought just about all of the books when they started coming out. I don’t think I’ve ever bought any toys or anything like that.
Pauline Baird Jones
Yeah, the Timonty Zahn books remain favs of mine in the SW universe.
When my kids were preschoolers I was SAHM with a limited budget for books. We went to many yard sales and at one I picked up a whole box of Star Wars paperbacks. I read them then mailed them to my brothers up in Montana–my oldest brother still has them, along with his huge scifi paperback collection..
An R2-D2 cookie jar and I still have it, but after I saw the price they’re asking for one on e-bay, I might be tempted to sell it.
Lynn Watson Smith
Jedi Master’s Quiz Book when I was a probably around 16 years old. I still have it decades later.
Andrea Cardinalle Vetter
Ok, I am showing my age, but I purchased the movie when it first came out on VHS. Oh, and the comic books that came out every week at the local grocery store.
An R2D2 alarm clock. No, I sold it for five times the cost. The longest owned Star Wars item is a pair of earrings crafted by a friend. I’ve had them for twenty years and they aren’t going anywhere.
When New Hope came out (in the1970s) I was in the lines that first day and I purchased the playbill in the theatre lobby. I had it up until a few years ago when it got lost in a move. It had movie stills, design sketches, and cast and director bios. I hauled that thing around with me for thirty years or so until it was lost
From The Cantina Cast
It’s horrible to say but I remember quite well going to this local toy store, in 1980, with my two other 9 year old friends and while 2 caused a disturbance in another aisle, one would use pocket knife to separate clamshell from cardboard and then pocket a few SW figures under this method. This may have occurred a few times over that summer
Honestly I think the first thing I bought with my own $ was a simple black hat with the SW Logo on it from Suncoast Video (remember those in the mall?) like the one worn by C Thomas Howell in ‘Red Dawn’
One of my oldest & favorite pieces is the program my father got me at the theater in 1977. My brother in law gave me 35mm film reel for trailer of ‘The Phantom Menace’ and poster from the lobby (from theater he worked at) and of course my original glasses from Burger King
I bought a Lightning McQueen Toy Car that was made to look like Rebel Pilot Luke
Eric Gijsbertus Onkenhout
I remember my first ever Star Wars figure was a Stormtrooper that I still have. Then as an adult I remember raiding Toys R Us in 1995 for POTF2 figures.
Honestly the first Star Wars thing I ever owned was probably the Pepsi product cans in 1999. Then I got a Darth Maul poster sometime after that. Remember, your co-host of the Cantina Cast didn’t actually watch the films until the release in 1997, as I was born in 1982, it kind of was just past my childhood, so I got in late.
I only have one of my vintage figures and it’s my favorite. It’s the vintage Anakin Skywalker ghost mail-away figure. It constantly reminds me of all the larger meanings behind the saga.
At Star Wars Celebration We Are Family
Many of those that attended Star Wars Celebration Orlando were all about getting autographs from Star Wars celebrities, like Mark Hamill or Hayden Christensen, watching the latest Star Wars trailers with thousands of fellow fans or buying exclusive Star Wars merchandise for their collections. However, for me, the goal for this Star Wars Celebration was to meet and hang out with my friends in the Star Wars Fan Community, who I met via social media. I am happy report that I not only met this goal was met, but well exceeded my expectations! I felt that each one treated me like a member of their family, one big happy Star Wars Family!
My Many Encounters
I knew that as an active member of the Star Wars community, I had a small following. However, I did not realize that so many would recognize me among the sea of people at Star Wars Celebration Orlando. I was very surprised at how people many shouted my name while I was walking around and wanted to meet me. I am very humbled by all this attention and I really appreciate every single one who stopped and talked with me! It was a real honor to encounter each and every one of you!
Fellow Star Wars FangirlsAt this Star Wars Celebration, I was able to meet many of the Fangirls in the Star Wars community that I have been wanting to meet in person. Many of these Fangirl encounters were unplanned and unexpected, but made my Star Wars Celebration Orlando experience so much better! Because of these unexpected, unplanned encounters we got got to hang out and Fangirl flail over all the things we just did or saw on the convention floor. One of those Fangirl Flail moments was when John Boyega walked by four of us Fangirls while we were just standing around talking behind the Star Wars Show Live Stage. There was much love and many Fangirl flails from all these encounters, especially when many of attended the Fangirls Going Rogue Podcast Panel. Thanks to all my fellow Fangirls! I really appreciate each and every one of you as Sisters in The Force!
Families in The Force
Star Wars Celebration Orlando not only gave me many opportunities to meet, in person, many of those I met via social media, but I was able to spend time with them as well. I would not be the person I am today without all the people I have met and interacted with on social media. Each person I encountered really made me feel that I was indeed part of their family, a big, happy and supporting family! Thank you to everyone I met and interacted with at Star Wars Celebration Orlando and for confirming that we are all one big Star Wars family!
Patty Hammond, Pattybones2, is the Everyday Fangirl from Michigan. You can find her on Twitter @PattyBones2 or blogging at everydayfangirl.com, TheFutureofTheForce.com, TheCantinaCast.com or TheBeardedTrio.com talking about Star Wars and much more!
Agony and Excitement at SWCO
Well I have experienced two days of Star Wars Celebration Orlando. For me this experience has been both frustrating and exciting.
The Agony: Lines
At any convention you expect lots of lines, but Day One of the Star Wars Celebration Orlando is the worst I have ever experienced.
My husband and I arrived to the convention center on Day One at just after 5:45AM. Due to the organizers having a single entry point into the Convention Center, the line to just get in through security was over 1 hour and 45 minutes and those that arrived later, experienced much longer wait than we did.Even when we finally got into the event, there were lines everywhere, even the vending machines had a line.
Fortunately, ReedPOP was able to correct some of these long line experiences very quickly. Day Two went smoother with less lines getting in due to having multiple entry points.
The Excitement: Seeing and Meeting Social Media Friends
Despite all the lines, my favorite moments of the event so far is meeting and hanging out with friends who I only knew through social media. This is one of the reasons that going to an event like this is worth all the agony that might be encountered.
I am looking forward to the next two days and find out what adventures and of course, the people I will discover while wandering around Star Wars Celebration.
I will be continuing to post my adventures here and of course via Twitter @PattyBones2.
Are you at Star Wars Celebration Orlando?
What adventures have you experienced?
Foods in Star Wars with Significance
Consuming food is the basic foundation of life, but within the Star Wars Universe, some of them can have greater significance than just providing substance. Some can either further our understanding of characters, while wome further the plot in some way. A few of the foods that have significance for one reason or another in the Star Wars Saga are…
Appearance: The Phantom Menace
Significance: When Jar Jar snags a Gorg using his long tongue from a vendor in Mos Espa on Tatooine, he accidentally hits a Dug, with it. The Dug he hits with this delicacy is Sebolba who is Anakin Skywalker’s competitor in the sport of pod racing. The introduction of Sebolba is important in understanding what obstacles Anakin has to face in winning the Podrace, which is necessary for the ship repairs and in gaining his freedom from slavery.
Description: Round mostly round fruit with white stripes that can be found on Lothal and other planets
Appearance: Star Wars Rebels Season 1 Premiere Episode, Spark of Rebellion
Significance: Just before Ezra Bridger met the crew of The Ghost, a merchant selling Jorgan fruit was having a confrontation with Imperial officers. This confrontation led the Imperials to call for this merchant’s arrest for treason. Ezra quickly went to help this merchant by making these Imperials think there was an emergency elsewhere in the city. After these officiers left the area, Ezra helped this merchant pick up the Jorgan Fruit that fell to the ground during the confrontation. However, he takes some of the Jorgan fruit without permision. This scene with the Jorgan fruit, gives us a better understanding of Ezra’s character as quick thinking thief, who is willing to help when he can.
Appearance: The Force Awakens
Significance: In The Force Awakens, Imperial rations are used as currency on the planet Jakku for items that are salvaged from crashed ships. When Unkar Plutt offers Rey 60 of these ration portions for BB-8, she refuses to sell the droid. This shows that Rey’s friendship with BB-8 is more important to her than what she was offered.
Appearance: Star Wars Rebels Season 1 Episode, Fighter Flight
Significance: A simple assignment to obtain some of this fruit for Hera turns into an adventure where Zeb and Ezra obtain a Tie Fighter. This Tie Fighter was then used as part of the plan to a rescue Kanan Jarrus from Imperial custody.
Description: A stew made of root leaves found on Dagobah
Appearance: The Empire Strikes Back
Significance: This stew is the ‘Good Food’ that Yoda offers Luke when he first encounters him on Dagobah. This is significant because it is when Luke is eating this repast that he discovers that the crazy creature that offered to help him find the Jedi Master, Yoda, is actually the one he was seeking.
So do you agree with me that these foods have significance within the Star Wars Saga?
Do you have any other examples that I missed?
Patty Hammond (@pattyBones2) is the Everyday Fangirl from Michigan who has a disguise as a mild mannered data analyst. Patty is very active in the Star Wars community. You can find her posting about Star Wars and much more on her blog EverydayFangirl.com, TheCantinaCast.com, FutureofTheForce.com, TheBeardedTrio.com, and of course on Twitter @Pattybones2.
Review of Winter 2016 D23 Magazine
As a Gold member of Disney’s D23 Fan Club, I receive the quarterly publication, D23 Magazine. The recent edition just arrived and I decided it is time to share with my blog readers, who may not be aware that this magazine exists or what kind of content is available within it, my thoughts about this issue and what I found within it.
Without further delay, below is my review of the Winter 2016 issue…Front and Back Covers
As you can see both covers are Star Wars themed and feature characters from the movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. On the front cover it shows the Main character of Rogue One, Jyn Erso, played by Felicity Jones, with Imperial Storm Troopers coming out of the water. The back cover shows the one of the geatest villians of all time, Darth Vader, as he is looking away from the viewer. As a Star Wars fan and a fangirl anticipating this new film in the franchise, these two covers just increased by desire to read this issue.Content about Rogue One
Of course, this issue inclues two articles related to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story…The first is an article that gives readers “…a glimpse into the making of the film, which is centered on a group of rebels determined to steal the plans for the menacing Death Star.”* The article includes conversations with Felicity Jones, Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm, and Director Gareth Edwards. *decription from Winter 2016 issue web page.The second article related to Rogue One is an interview with Actor Alan Tudak, who plays and voices K-2S0 in Rogue One. The article touches on his work in Rogue One and many of the other work he has done for Disney Animation Studios.
More Content Found Within
Of course, there are more articles in this issue than those related to Rogue One. Other Content of interest included are…
- An article focusing on the character of Daisy Duck.
An article about creating theme park maps. (The artwork of the Fantasyland may included in the article is just awe inspiring)
An article with the actress behind the newest Disney Animated film, Moana
An article about the Enchanted Tiki Room Marvel Comic series (I somehow missed that this one was coming out.)
An article on the life and work of Walt Disney through photos of Walt Disney and his family.
An article about the Iron Man Stark Industries Expo attraction at Hong Kong Disneyland (Iron Man is not my favorite Marvel Super Hero. Where is the Thor or Black Widow attraction?)
An article about little known Disney characters. (I have to admit I did not know any of these characters.)
An article about the Disney Wonder and a page that contains Disney Cruise facts (The data analyst in me loves these!).
Overall, some very interesting articles to read in this issue. If you are not a member, like I am, you may want to become one just to receive this quarterly publication full of Disney goodness.
So are you a D23 member?
If not, would you become a member just to get access to this issue?
Did you like the Winter 2016 issue?
In honor of Valentine’s Day, I am sharing some of my favorite love stories.
Lisa’s and Rick’s love story in Robotech
This love story between Lisa and Rick shows how love can bloom and mature over time. You can watch these two fall in love, but you can see them get married and, in the comics and novels, see how they handle married life along with their adult responsibilities as commanders in times of war and peace.
Cordiella’s and Aral’s love story in the Vorkosigan Saga
This is another love story born during a time of war and matures over time, especially seeing their love continue through the eyes of those around them.
River Song’s and The Doctor’s love story in Doctor Who
This is a love story that is indeed out of time and space. This love story is so complicated and so confusing at times that it hard to know at which point you are within the story. However, though it all you can see how much love there is between these two characters once everything is put together.
December 18, 2015 saw the offical release of Star Wars The Force Awakens. I, like many fans, had questions going into the film based on what had been revealed through the trailers, posters, commercials and other promotional materials. Below are some of these questions and my thoughts on what was revealed when I watched this film
Warning: May contain light spoilers, but trust me, nothing major, yet….
Who are all these new characters and what is their role in the Star Wars saga?
This has been a big question since the names were revealed through the trading cards, especially Rey and Finn, who did not have last names. The Force Awakens reveals a bit about who each of these characters are, but does this, for me, in an unexpected, but satisfying way. This film also leaves room to reveal more about their pasts and of course their role in the entire Star Wars saga. I will need to watch the movie again, a few more times, before I dive deep into each of these characters.
Where is Luke?
Ever since the release of the official posters, there were many, like me, that asked this question. I thought that this was a marketing decision on Lucasfilm’s or Disney’s part to increase the hype. However, this is actually a plot point in the movie that carries all the characters in the story forward.
What is a Snoke?
This is the question asked by my friends at Fangirls Going Rogue. Supreme Commander Snoke, Leader of The First Order, can be seen and heard during the film, but I really do not believe we get enough about who or what this character really is. Hopefully, Star Wars Episode VIII will reveal more.
What happened to Han and Leia after Return of The Jedi?
When I heard confirmation that these characters were to appear in the film, this is one of the biggest questions I had. I like many others believe they lived ‘happily ever after’ after the Battle of Endor. The Force Awakens not only shows us what happened to them, but it is for me, one of the most emotional arcs of the entire film.
What were your questions going into the film?
As you can see, I have my ticket to see Star Wars The Force Awakens this afternoon! #FangirlFlail!!!
This Everyday Fangirl is very excited to see this new movie and will be posting my spoiler free thoughts and feelings right after I see it today.
May The Force Be With You!