Musings & Thoughts for Friday, September 16, 2022, or: A Whimsical New Action Figure for My Star Wars Collection


If you are a regular visitor to this space, you know that I collect Star Wars action figures and other collectibles – including books, soundtrack albums, posters, backpacks, and physical media releases (DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K UHD Blu-ray) of the various Star Wars films and TV shows. Aside from reading and listening to music, whichContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Friday, September 16, 2022, or: A Whimsical New Action Figure for My Star Wars Collection”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, September 14, 2022, or: My (Emotional) Focus Determines My Reality – Seeking Joy Wherever I Can Find It


“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien It is another gray-tinged, hot, and rainy early autumn day here in the Tampa Bay area. This, of course, is not unusual in the state of Florida; this far south in the continental UnitedContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, September 14, 2022, or: My (Emotional) Focus Determines My Reality – Seeking Joy Wherever I Can Find It”

Star Wars Toys & Collectibles Review: ‘Star Wars The Black Series – General Lando Calrissian’ 6-inch Scale Action Figure


General Lando Calrissian Lando Calrissian served as a general in the starfighter attack on the second Death Star, showing off his superb piloting skills guiding the Millennium Falcon into the Death Star superstructure. – Character description blurb on Star Wars The Black Series: General Lando Calrissian package On September 17, 2021, Rhode Island-based Hasbro, Inc.Continue reading “Star Wars Toys & Collectibles Review: ‘Star Wars The Black Series – General Lando Calrissian’ 6-inch Scale Action Figure”

Star Wars Collectibles & Toys Review: Hasbro ‘Star Wars The Black Series – Admiral Piett 6-inch Scale Action Figure


Admiral Ozzel: [appearing onscreen with Captain Piett] Lord Vader, the fleet has moved out of lightspeed and we’re preparing to… [Ozzel stops, and suddenly begins to choke, clutching at his throat] Darth Vader: You have failed me for the last time, Admiral! Captain Piett? Captain Piett: Yes, my lord? Darth Vader: Make ready to landContinue reading “Star Wars Collectibles & Toys Review: Hasbro ‘Star Wars The Black Series – Admiral Piett 6-inch Scale Action Figure”

Star Wars Toys & Collectibles Review: ‘Star Wars The Black Series Han Solo (Hoth) Action Figure -Archive/Lucasfilm Ltd. 50th Anniversary Collection’


Ooh…I thought they smelled bad…on the outside! – Han Solo, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back On January 21, 2021, Hasbro  Hasbro released a 6-inch scale Han Solo (Hoth) action figure as part of its Star Wars The Black Series Archive collection.  Like other figures in the Archive subcollection, this rendition of smuggler-turned-Rebel hero Han Solo in his Rebel-issueContinue reading “Star Wars Toys & Collectibles Review: ‘Star Wars The Black Series Han Solo (Hoth) Action Figure -Archive/Lucasfilm Ltd. 50th Anniversary Collection’”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, January 23, 2022, or: Notes on a Cold ‘Lazy Sunday’ Afternoon in Florida


Hi there, Dear Reader. It is a chilly, gray wintry afternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Sunday, January 23, 2022. Currently, the temperature is 48˚F (9˚C) under cloudy skies. With humidity at 91% and the wind blowing from the north-northwest at 6 MPH (10 KM/H), the wind-chill factor is 42˚F (6˚C). Today’s forecast calls for partlyContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, January 23, 2022, or: Notes on a Cold ‘Lazy Sunday’ Afternoon in Florida”

Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, January 13, 2022, or: Amazon Delivers, USPS Does Not


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in Lithia, Florida, on Thursday, January 13, 2022. It is a chilly – but not freezing – winter day in the Sunshine State. Currently, the temperature is 69˚F (20˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 70% and the wind blowing from the west-northwest at 3 MPH (5Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, January 13, 2022, or: Amazon Delivers, USPS Does Not”

Star Wars Toys & Collectibles Review: ‘Star Wars The Black Series Luke Skywalker (Hoth) Action Figure (Archive /Lucasfilm Ltd. 50th Anniversary Collection)’


There’s a meteorite that hit the ground near here. I want to check it out. It won’t take long. – Luke Skywalker, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Luke Skywalker (Hoth) – Star Wars The Black Series Archive/Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary Collection Action Figure On January 20, 2021, Hasbro released a 6-inch scale LukeContinue reading “Star Wars Toys & Collectibles Review: ‘Star Wars The Black Series Luke Skywalker (Hoth) Action Figure (Archive /Lucasfilm Ltd. 50th Anniversary Collection)’”

Musings & Thoughts for Monday, December 27, 2021, or: Sleep Deprivation 1, Review Writer 0


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in lovely Lithia, Florida on Monday, December 27, 2021. It is a mild winter day. Currently, the temperature is 77˚F (25˚C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 61% and the wind blowing from the east-southeast at 2 MPH (3 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 75˚F (24˚C).Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, December 27, 2021, or: Sleep Deprivation 1, Review Writer 0”

Star Wars Toys & Collectibles Review: Hasbro Star Wars The Black Series – Aurra Sing 6-inch Scale Action Figure


AURRA SING: A feared bounty hunter known for her chalk-white skin and built-in comlink antenna, Aurra Sing was an expert sniper and trained assassin who would work for anyone who paid her.  – Hasbro packaging blurb, Star Wars The Black Series: Aurra Sing  On October 1, 2021, Hasbro released Star Wars The Black Series: Aurra Sing,Continue reading “Star Wars Toys & Collectibles Review: Hasbro Star Wars The Black Series – Aurra Sing 6-inch Scale Action Figure”