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#AtoZChallenge: TIE Fighters


TIE Fighters

From the Databank


The TIE fighter was the unforgettable symbol of the Imperial fleet. Carried aboard Star Destroyers and battle stations, TIE fighters were single-pilot vehicles designed for fast-paced dogfights with Rebel X-wings and other starfighters. The iconic TIE fighter led to other models in the TIE family including the dagger-shaped TIE Interceptor and the explosive-laden TIE bomber. The terrifying roar of a TIE’s engines would strike fear into the hearts of all enemies of the Empire.

My husband, Michael, has always liked TIE Fighters ever since he was a kid. The reason is that these vehicles have a futuristic and sci-fi look to them that appealed to him.

My husband really loved this vintage Star Wars toy, which held one figure. Of course, the figure he placed inside was Darth Vader.


Even as an adult, one of my husband’s favorite PC games is Star Wars TIE Fighter.


My husband likes that Star Wars Rebels features several different TIE Fighters including:



The Inquisitor’s TIE Advanced prototype was superior to typical TIE fighters, featuring faster engines, S-foils with more efficient solar gather panels, upgraded laser cannons, and a projectile launcher that fired Imperial XX-23 S-Thread Tracers.

Sabines’s masterpiece“, which is a repainted TIE fighter stolen by Zeb and Ezra early in season one.


Darth Vader’s TIE fighter as seen in the Season 2 Trailer

My husband is also excited to see that TIE Fighters are one of the vehicles returning in Star Wars The Force Awakens based on the two trailers released for this film.


So what do you think of TIE Fighters?  Are you, like my husband, excited to see them in Star Wars Rebels and in Star Wars The Force Awakens?


#AtoZChallenge: Kanan 




Kanan Jarrus

From databank

Not every Jedi perished in Order 66. Kanan Jarrus survived the Emperor’s purge, going underground for years and hiding the truth about who he really was. To keep his past a secret, Kanan carried a blaster — an uncommon practice for a Jedi — and used a lightsaber that had to be assembled. 


When first introduced, Kanan, did not capture my attention, like Hera, Chopper and Zeb did. It took awhile for me to warm up to this charater.  The prequel novel Star Wars A New Dawn, where Kanan meets Hera and watching the short Machine in the Ghost, where he interacts with both Hera and Chopper, gave me a new understanding of this character and his motivations.  By the time I watched the Star Wars Rebels premiere movie, Spark of Rebellion, I became fully invested in Kanan and his hero’s journey. 

 So what do you think of Kanan?   Did do like this character right away or did it take awhile, like me to warm up to him?


#AtoZChallenge: The Inquisitor


The Inquisitor


The Inquisitor is one of the main antagonists of the first season of Star Wars Rebels.  He is a specially trained Imperial Operative and his task, as assigned by Darth Vader, is to hunt down and destroy any surving Jedi Knights and to identify “the children of the Force“, who might become Jedi.

During the course of the first season, The Inquisitor does indeed find a Jedi Knight, Kanan and his Padawan, Ezra, and sets several traps for them.  He also makes a considered effort to destroy or convert one or both them.   

As The Inquisitor is pursuing them we learn more about this character.  For instance, we know that he has a custom double-bladed Lightsaber that spins, a custom Imperial Tie Fighter, is willing to kill when it warrants and is relying on the knowledge he learned from the data within the Jedi Temple Archives to help him in this task.  However, by the end of season 1, we still do not know enough about the character and what he represents within the Star Wars saga as a whole.


Some of the outstanding questions are:

Is “The Inquisitor” really this character’s name or is it a title?
If it is a title, then is he the only Inquisitor or are there others?
What type of training or conditioning did The Inquisitor go through to get to that level within the Empire?

I am hoping that season 2 of Star Wars Rebels will have some or all of these answers.

So have you watched all or part of season 1 of Star Wars Rebels?

If you did, what is your take on The Inquisitor and his role in the Star Wars saga?



#AtoZChallenge: The Ghost

The Ghost 


From databank

The Ghost, piloted by the gifted Hera Syndulla, was the starship and home base of a small band of Lothal rebels. Named for its ability to travel past Imperial sensors without detection, the craft included many hidden surprises that aided the crew in their fight against the Empire.

There are several aspects of The Ghost that make this ship just as important as the Millenium Falcon in Star Wars canon.

First, this ship has a Ralph McQuarrie look, which gives it a classic trilogy feel.  Especially, when it was first introduced with the concept art presented at Star Wars Celebration Europe II.


Secondly, this ship is captained by an awesome female character, Hera Syndulla, who is not only captain, but the leader of this Rebel ‘cell’, which lives on The Ghost.


Finally, this ship includes a secondary shuttle that acts as a fully-armed starfighter, called  The Phantom, which the Millenium Falcon did not have and proved useful when out maneuvering The Empire.


So have you watched Star Wars Rebels? if so, then what do you think of The Ghost?


#AtoZChallenge: #AhsokaLives Day


Fangirls Amy Radcliffe and Johnamarie Marcias are both excited that the character of Ahsoka Tano returned with her debut on Star Wars Rebels and they wanted to celebrate with something special. Therefore, they organized the Ahsoka Lives Day at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim on Friday April 17, 2015.  Fans of this character are encouraged to wear Ahsoka related gear, especially T-shirts, on this day.

Those that are at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim can gather at 3PM that day for the ultimate AHSOKA LIVES group photo!  Also, not to leave anyone out, those who are not attending Star Wars Celebration can participate by posting photos using the hashtag #AhsokaLives.


I plan on wearing this Ahsoka Lives T-shirt that I bought from Her Universe two years ago and saved for a special occasion.  I believe this event is it! Hopefully, schedule permitting, I will be able to participate in the group photo as well.




Star Wars Rebels Season 2 Global Premiere

Based on information just released from the Disney PR Group today, the Global Premiere of Star Wars Rebels Season 2 will be at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim on Saturday, April 18th. Star Wars Rebels fans can look forward to not only the premiere, but these other special events that day as well:

11:00 AM – Noon: “Star Wars Rebels” Panel*
Location: Celebration Stage / The Arena

Get a sneak peek at the second season of DisneyXD’s animated hit series Star Wars Rebels, which continues the epic adventures of the crew of the Ghost and further reveals the early days of the rebellion against the Empire. Dave Filoni (Executive Producer, Supervising Director), Freddie Prinze, Jr. (Kanan), Vanessa Marshall (Hera), Tiya Sircar (Sabine), Steve Blum (Zeb), Taylor Gray (Ezra) and other special guests will discuss the startling story developments revealed at the end of season one and offer some can’t-miss exclusive previews of what’s to come in season two!
*This event is open to all Celebration attendees. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: “Star Wars Rebels” Red Carpet Arrivals and Press Line

A great way to see those that work on the show and other Star Wars Celebrities!

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM: “Star Wars Rebels” Season Two Global Premiere Screening* 
Location: Digital Stage, 3rd Floor / Ballroom 300

Witness the global premiere of Star Wars Rebels season two, which launches a whole new set of adventures for the Ghost crew and hints at the challenges to come under the shadow of their new adversary, Darth Vader. Attendees will be the first to see the two-part second season premiere following an encore screening of the thrilling season one finale.
*This screening is open to all Celebration attendees. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.

If you have never attended a Star Wars Celebration before, then you need to be aware that there is indeed limited seating.  Also, based on the last Celebration with a premiere, the lines start several hours before the events. I would recommend that you pack your patience and get in line early if you are planning on attending the Star Wars Rebels premiere or any of these other related events.  However, if you have the time and patience to wait and you are a Star Wars Rebels fan, then it looks like Saturday, April 18th will be a great day to attend Star Wars Celebration Anaheim.

Star Wars This is Madness 2015 has announced the return of Star Wars This is Madness Tournament

The voting is set to begin on March 12th, but there are already comments on Twitter about the brackets, the characters and the match ups. Especially, around the lack of female characters.

Below are just some of the ones that I had to share:

Johnamarie Macias (@BlueJaigEyes)
I refuse to participate in the #ThisIsMadness Star Wars tournament. Three women characters in the lineup? And a few play-ins. No thanks.

Jamie D (@JamieD1138)
@BlueJaigEyes What are play-ins? Crazy to see Bib Fortuna but no Ahsoka.

Peter Di Cicco (@PeterDiCicco)
@BlueJaigEyes Wait… Bib Fortuna, Pre Visla and Gregor are in the bracket but Ahsoka, Sabine and Asajj are not??

Rebel Transmission (@Rebels_TK421)
How come Zeb is in the ‘Scoundels’ category of @starwars #ThisIsMadness? He’s a Rebel surely.
audrey horne (@nicolecieux)
@BlueJaigEyes @fangirlcantina @tveitlight25 @realamandaward it’s 3 women and 23 men. y i k e s.

Several of us spoke with Andi Gutierrez (@DeeGoots on Twittter) from on this topic.  She was concerned about the following Tweet.

Johnamarie Macias (@BlueJaigEyes)
@geekgirldiva @fangirlcantina The #ThisIsMadness Star Wars Character Tournament. A lot of women characters are ignored every year.

Andi Gutierrez (@DeeGoots)
@BlueJaigEyes @geekgirldiva @fangirlcantina Not ignored. I have to say I’m a little insulted to see that you think we actively exclude them.

I personally appreciated that Andi took the time to send us these Twitter responses to our questions on this subject.  Below is what she had to say about the process for selecting the brackets, the characters and the match ups:

Andi Gutierrez (@DeeGoots)
@PattyBones2 @BlueJaigEyes @geekgirldiva @fangirlcantina It’s not my process to divulge. Many team members were involved in many discussions

Andi Gutierrez (@DeeGoots)
@PattyBones2 @BlueJaigEyes @geekgirldiva @fangirlcantina A lot more thought goes into it than can be boiled down to a tweet.

To help get some clarification, I asked if the Story Group had any involvement and if there were anyone there representing the female point of view.

Andi Gutierrez (@DeeGoots)
@PattyBones2 @BlueJaigEyes @geekgirldiva @fangirlcantina HA! No. We are not in the Story Group and they have bigger fish to fry.

Andi Gutierrez (@DeeGoots)
@PattyBones2 @BlueJaigEyes @geekgirldiva @fangirlcantina The entire .com team. Men & women.

As a female Star Wars fan I understand the disappointment of which characters appeared on the Tournament under which categories.  However, I am reassured that the group deciding included the female point of view. Maybe the ‘Play-Ins’ that will be revealed on March 12 will include some of the awesome female characters like Sabine, Asajj and Ahsoka.

What this Everyday Fangirl is looking forward to in 2015

Well it is a new year and there are many things this Everyday Fangirl is looking forward to including…

Movies and Television Series

Marvel’s Agent Carter


My husband and I cannot believe that this series is only six episodes. However, we plan on watching each one the week it airs!

Star Wars Rebels


I love all the characters, especially Hera and Sabine. I am very curious to see how their adventures tie into the entire Star Wars Saga, especially during the last half of Season 1 and of course the beginning of Season 2.

Star Wars The Force Awakens


You are probably not surprised by this one. However, you probably did not know that I plan to take a day off from work to see this, right?

Sailor Moon Crystal Black Moon Arc and Sailor Moon R & S with the new English dub


I cannot wait to see this arc in all it’s glory. And of course the trailer for Sailor Moon Crystal gave us a glimpse of how glorious this arc looks! In reference to the new dub for Sailor Moon R and S is who will voice Chibiusa and the Outer Sailor Scouts, especially Sailor Pluto!


Doctor Who Series 9


I am excited to see more adventures with Clara and The Twelfth Doctor!

Books, Manga and Comics

Doctor Who Comics by Titan





I did not pick up any of the new Doctor Who comics published by Titan in 2014. Therefore, in 2015 I have every issue released so far and new issues to look forward to. I am especially excited for the just announced comic stories with additional adventures with Rose Tyler, Captain Jack Harkness and The Ninth Doctor!

Star Wars: Dark Disciple

A book with Asajj Ventress and the unorthodox Jedi Quinlan Vos in it? This has the makings of one crazy adventure story!


Ultimate Star Wars by JW Rinzler

I just love Star War Reference books that covers many aspects of the saga. However, I usually do not look forward to them before they come out. This one is an exception because portions of the book are written by fellow Fangirl and friend Tricia Barr. I just had to place my pre-order on Barnes and Noble for this!


Peace Talks by Jim Butcher, Book 16 of the Dresden Files


I have no information on what the plot is or what the cover looks like, but every Harry Dresden audiobook is a MUST buy for my husband and I as soon as it is released!


Star Wars Celebration Anaheim


This is the ultimate Star Wars fan experience and I cannot wait to walk the Dealer Room, go to panels, meet fellow Fangirls and doing the Fangirl flail with them and of course watch the live performance of Smuggler’s Bounty

Motor City Comic Con


This is my neighborhood comic con and has always been a good time and I am looking forward to see which guests I will meet this year!

So what are you looking forward to in 2015? Did any of yours match mine or is there something on yours that I should add?

Wookiees in Star Wars Rebels vs Star Wars The Clone Wars

I have heard many complaints on how the Wookiees are drawn in the new animated series Star Wars Rebels ‘mini movie’ “Spark of Rebellion”. Therefore, I decided to do a side by side comparison between the way the Wookiees were presented in Star Wars Rebels to the last time the Wookiees were animated in Star Wars The Clone Wars.

Images of Wookiees in Star Wars The Clone Wars



Images of Wookiees in Star Wars Rebels



I personally do not see where there is a significant difference in how each of these series draw Wookiees. In fact, I want a plushee of Kitwarr! However, with so much negativity on Twitter and Facebook about this, I thought I may be missing something just based on this comparison. Therefore, I asked fellow fangirl and someone who has a better pulse on the creative side of Star Wars, Tricia Barr, about this topic and here is what she had to say:

The Clone Wars had a bigger budget and better modeling capabilities so some of the animation isn’t going to be quite as stunning as the old show. The Clone Wars was working toward photorealistism in its animation and Star Wars Rebels is firmly positioned as a cartoon. With that said, the Star Wars Rebels animation is beautiful.

What was important to me was that the emotion of the moment in the scenes with the Wookiees still struck home. I’d much rather have a good impactful storytelling moment than worry about the minutia of hairy details.

So have you seen the mini movie Star Wars Rebels Spark of Rebellion yet? If so, what did you think of the character designs of the characters, especially the Wookiees? If not, then you may want to watch the ABC prime time television debut of Star Wars Rebels Spark of Rebellion Tonight (October 26) at 7:00PM EST on ABC with an extra scene added featuring Darth Vadar voiced by none other than James Earl Jones!

Star Wars Rebels: Fangirl POV


When the announcement came on October 31, 2012 that The Walt Disney Co bought Lucasfilm, I believed that Star Wars would expand and grow with new stories and characters under the care of a company, that creates stories and characters that appeal to everyone. However, as time went on, headlines like Star Wars will help Disney focus on boys, Hey Star Wars–Where the hell are the women? , Where are the women in Star Wars Rebels? and ‘STAR WARS’: I FIND YOUR LACK OF FEMALE REPRESENTATION DISTURBING made me surprised and concerned that these new Star Wars stories were not going to appeal to at least one half of the Star Wars fan base, especially this Star Wars fangirl.

I was especially troubled by the reveals of the characters in Star Wars Rebels because I knew the crew of that series, who also worked on Star Wars The Clone Wars, had a better grasp of, in my opinion, the female half of the Star Wars fan base. I watched as as each video was posted on and on the Star Wars Rebels YouTube channel. For an entire week, a new character from the series was revealed. However, the female characters in the series, Sabine and Hera, were not added until the end of the week, after all the male characters were revealed.

The marketing strategy focus seems to be on the male characters of the series and the male half of the audience. While the reveal of the female characters seemed to be an after thought. As a fangirl and as someone who works in the advertising and marketing industry, I feel that they handled these reveals poorly. Therefore, because of how the marketing of Star Wars Rebels was handled, I approached this new animated series, Star Wars Rebels, with excitement, tempered by caution.

Fortunately, my excitement outweighed my caution, even with the poor marketing strategy, because it did not stop me from buying the prequel novel Star Wars A New Dawn on multiple digital formats, audio and ebook, or from attending the free local premiere screening of Star Wars Rebels ‘Spark of Rebellion‘.

As a fangirl, I noticed two things that overcame my caution and added to my excitement. First, Hera and Sabine are both fantastic female characters and role models. They are both strong, resourceful and everything I hoped for. Even though they may not be the focus of the series, based on the marketing strategy, I cannot wait to learn more about them and their relationships to the other characters. Second, both the novel and the series premiere, felt like Star Wars to me and I want more like this!! Therefore, I was so glad that I did not let my caution override my excitement.

Other female fans who shared the same trepidation over the initial rollout during Toy Fair have responded favorably to the series. When I asked Tricia Barr, from the podcast Fangirls Going Rogue about the premiere she said,

“The reaction online during the premiere was overall positive. For a while now, the element of romance or chemistry was lost in Star Wars storytelling. Not every female fan wants to see that, but a significant portion of female fans do. There was plenty of buzz surrounding Hera and Kanan and the possibilities suggested for those two just after one episode. Too, Hera and Sabine were confident and competent, not ladies in need of rescue or falling back on worn stereotypes about female characters. It’s apparent the show is working to establish a great diverse cast and that the negative buzz that came out of New York Toy Fair reveals that the licensing side isn’t always promoting the show for what the creators intend for it to be.”



Hera and Sabine are both fantastic female characters and role models, and like Tricia this helped overcome my caution and added to my excitement. Hera and Sabine are both strong and resourceful and everything I hoped for. Even though they may not be the focus of the series, from the marketing strategy, I cannot wait to learn more about them and their relationships to the other characters. Second, both the novel and the series premiere, felt like Star Wars to me and I want more like this!! Therefore, I was so glad that I did not let my caution override my excitement.

So have you seen the mini movie Star Wars Rebels Spark of Rebellion yet? If so, what did you think of it? Did it miss, meet or exceed your expectations? If not, then you may want to watch the ABC prime time television debut of Star Wars Rebels Spark of Rebellion on October 26 at 7:00PM EST with an extra scene added featuring Darth Vadar voiced by none other than James Earl Jones!

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