#ToyTuesday – my first collectible

New thing I’m trying to start – I have quite a collection of stuff around my apartment and I figured I should feature it on my blog to justify it’s existence (because every time someone posts about how cool or impressive something is, it will justify my next purchase hehe).

Starting off with my first fandom and one of my first true rare collectibles (well, it felt rare to little pre-teen me!)

Star Wars Fan Club Micro Machines

I joined the Official Lucasfilm Fan Club around the time Young Indiana Jones Chronicles was just starting out (I think I found the sign-up form in the back of The Mata Hari Affair novelization that I picked up at a book fair). I was a proud card carrying member, as you can see:

Lucasfilm Fan Club cards

But when I got these beauties in the mail, I felt so special. It was the mid-90s and I think the club was just beginning to switch over from the Lucasfilm Fan Club to the Star Wars Fan Club, prepping us for the big prequel announcement on the horizon. I had a lot of Star Wars toys that I was now taking better care of after years of play. I was also collecting the Micro Machine series. In fact, I had both of these ships and figures already.

BUT THESE WERE NUMBERED!

Star Wars Fan Club Micro Machines

I knew that was important. I knew having that number on the box meant there were only a limited amount of us that received these toys. Even if I already had them sitting on a shelf in my room, THESE were better because they had a number. Oh the RUSH of knowing I had something so special in my hands. That I had earned it because of my loyalty. Yes, this was the gateway drug of collecting.

Star Wars Fan Club Micro Machines

Look, the box even had special printing, TELLING me how these will be a VALUABLE addition to my collection.

I was hooked. And here I am twenty years later a proud member of the DC Star Wars Collecting Club.

Do you collect anything? What was the first collectible you remember being really excited about? Share in the comments or post your own story and link back!

Tips for shopping at Her Universe #FlauntYourWorld

(I know it’s Read.Watch.Blog. but a fangirl has to wear SOMETHING while she’s lounging around on the couch!)

I’ve been a fan of the Her Universe line since it’s inception. If you are unfamiliar with the brand, you can Google and find lots of interviews with the founder and face of the brand, Ashley Eckstein.

The short version: Ashley was the voice of Star Wars: The Clone Wars character Ahsoka Tano. She was surprised by the lack of geek fashion for female Star Wars fans, which inspired her to start this company with the goal of creating “fashion-forward” clothing for fangirls.

ANYWAY, the brand has been around for several years now and has expanded to include apparel for fans of Star Trek, Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, Walking Dead, and several other Science Fiction series. Recently, Ashley announced the newest line of Her Universe clothing and jewelry to premiere over the summer at Disney’s Star Wars Weekends.

Her Universe

Now, if you are one of the lucky few who gets to attend Star Wars Weekends this year and see the merchandise before you buy it, then you’ve got the easiest job! But the rest of us at home may find it a bit tricky when it comes to knowing which size to pick. If you’re like me, having previously lived in Star Wars shirts sized for boys, you assume that one size will always fit you. But, alas, welcome to the world of high fashion geek girl, almost every item on Her Universe has different dimensions and sizing. It can be a big confusing BUT if you take the time to measure twice and order once, you will be a well dressed and satisfied customer.

Here are a few tips from a Her Universe pro to finding the perfect fit for you:

  • Invest in a tape measure. It’s worth it, believe me. I had never really measured myself for clothing before, mostly because I am a poor librarian and I just shop for things at Kohl’s, where you just try things until they fit. Obviously, you can’t do this when shopping online. And each Her Universe shirt, dress, and skirt may be cut slightly differently so it’s worth it to measure. And measure ALL THE THINGS. Your hips, your bust, and, also, go find your favorite t-shirt and see how long you like your tops because some styles (Dolman, I’m looking at you) tend to be cut shorter than others.
  • Read the fine print. Each Her Universe items includes a list of measurements to help you find your right fit. BUT also read the description. It will usually tell you if the shirt fits loose or tight and also give you a frame of reference by letting you know what size Ashley is wearing. Understanding ALL of those things will help you, especially on return visits.
  • Visit Hot Topic. A few of the Her Universe items are available at Hot Topic. Most of these are the juniors sizes, BUT I was able to find the TARDIS skirt on the rack at Hot Topic in the mall by me. It was great to be able to see it in person and get an idea of the size. I was lucky they had my size in stock, but even if they had not, it would have given me a better idea on the fit. Even if they have a HU shirt you don’t want, you can at least use it later for frame of reference when you see a top with a similar cut and measurements on the site.
  • Be honest with yourself. There is no doubt, these t-shirts are expensive. I love and adore them, but for the price, you really want to make sure you get one that fits just right. Unfortunately, being a small business, HU can’t offer free shipping/returns. Measure yourself and be honest. I know I was a bit sad that the Darth Vader PJ pants did not come in my size. But Ashley and her team are working hard to expand the Plus Size portion of the site and some products eventually get larger sizes. Don’t spend your hard earned money on a top that **might** fit. Find the top that will fit for sure. If there is a shirt you see that doesn’t go up to your size, let the Her Universe crew know! Like I said, Ashley has made a point to expand the Plus Size selection so letting them know what tops are in demand should help them.

Price tag got you down? Sign up for the Her Universe Newsletter! There have been several sales and other deals during the year (obviously May the Fourth and other geek holidays). And every Christmas, each order gets a limited edition Star Wars pin autographed by Ashley!

Good Luck, and May the Force be with You!

hurebelskirt

husolodress

…now, if you’ll excuse me, I just noticed that those previously mentioned Darth Vader pants now go up to a larger size than last time I checked…sorry wallet.

Slippery slope, here I come!

oh dear…Funko made this announcement during the Christmas holiday about new figure lines slated for 2014.

It includes not one but TWO lines of Buffy the Vampire Slayer figures.

I have a bad feeling that this will lead to the slippery slope of Funko figure collecting across fandoms. So far I only have two My Little Pony figures (Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash) from Funko. But the Game of Thrones Instagram feed has been slowly picking away at my resolve. And then I saw the Adventure Time line and I have been slapping my hand on Christmas season to keep myself from buying one while shopping for others.

But I’m sure once I’m on the search to collect ALL the Buffy figures, these will be impulse purchased along with them.

You have been warned.

Which probably means I should sell some of my unwanted Star Wars collection to make room. To quote Ursula, “life’s full of tough choices, isn’t it?”