Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, June 29, 2022, or: A Quick Update from Rainy-n-Hot Florida

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is midday in Lithia, Florida, on Wednesday, June 29, 2022. It is a sweltering summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 87°F (30°C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the east-southeast at 6 MPH (9 KM/H), the heat index is 94°F (35°C). Today’s forecastContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, June 29, 2022, or: A Quick Update from Rainy-n-Hot Florida”

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”

Happy 45th Anniversary, Star Wars: A Fan’s ‘Love Letter’ to the Movie that Saved His Adolescence

Star Wars – both as the original film and as a multimedia franchise – is 45 years old today. On Wednesday, May 25, 1977, the space-fantasy film billed in its teaser trailer as the “story of a boy, a girl, and a universe” opened in a handful of theaters in North America (42 screens inContinue reading “Happy 45th Anniversary, Star Wars: A Fan’s ‘Love Letter’ to the Movie that Saved His Adolescence”

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’”

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)’”

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”

Movie Watcher Memories: ‘The Star Wars Trilogy’ DVD Box Set…and Why I Won’t Part With It

Hello, there. It is late morning here in New Hometown, Florida on Monday, August 16, 2021. It is a warm, humid day; the current temperature is 82˚F (28˚C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 67% and the wind blowing from the south-southeast at 8 MPH (10 KM/H), the heat index is 88˚F (32˚C). Today’sContinue reading “Movie Watcher Memories: ‘The Star Wars Trilogy’ DVD Box Set…and Why I Won’t Part With It”

‘Star Wars’ Collectibles & Toys Review: Hasbro Star Wars The Black Series Jar Jar Binks 6-inch Scale Action Figure Review

A clumsy, well-meaning Gungan outcast on Naboo, Jar Jar Binks struggled to prove his worth throughout his life. – Character biographical blurb, Star Wars The Black Series Jar Jar Binks On January 21, 2021, Hasbro released a new deluxe figure, Star Wars The Black Series Jar Jar Binks in the new-style packaging for the 6-inchContinue reading “‘Star Wars’ Collectibles & Toys Review: Hasbro Star Wars The Black Series Jar Jar Binks 6-inch Scale Action Figure Review”

Star Wars Collectibles & Toys Review: Hasbro Star Wars The Black Series – Padmé Amidala 6-Inch Scale Action Figure

Anakin: You call this a diplomatic solution? Padmé: No, I call it aggressive negotiations. – Dialogue from Star Wars: Attack of the Clones The Figure Padmé Amidala was a courageous, hopeful leader, serving as Queen and then Senator of Naboo – and was also handy with a blaster. Despite her ideals and all she didContinue reading “Star Wars Collectibles & Toys Review: Hasbro Star Wars The Black Series – Padmé Amidala 6-Inch Scale Action Figure”