5 Fandom Friday: Funko Figures

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Welcome to another round of "5 Fandom Friday," a writer's-block-busting initiative to build community among geeky female bloggers, spearheaded by The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick.

"The basic idea of 5 Fandom Fridays is to write a weekly Friday blog post in the form of a top 5 list based on a predetermined topic. It'll give your readers a deeper insight into your fandoms and your blogging personality. It's a great way to avoid bloggers block and sleep well knowing that you have at least 4-5 planned posts for the month."

Today I'm reaching back into the 5 Fandom Friday archives for a previous topic that I missed the first time around: "Favorite Funko Pop Figures."

In case you aren't familiar, Funko Pop! Figures are collectible vinyl dolls of a wide variety of pop culture icons. Funko has just exploded on the fandom scene, vastly increasing their product line to include characters from TV shows  and movies past and present, as well as video games. In fact, according to their About page, Funko currently holds more than 150 licenses including, but not limited to; Lucas Films, Marvel, Hasbro, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, DC Comics, Sanrio, and Disney. They's sold over 10 million units in the last three years. 

I've received three as gifts, and display them in my cubicle at work: Wonder Woman, Buffy, and Captain Mal.

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On my wishlist:

Do you collect these cute big-headed dolls? Which ones do you have, and which ones do you covet? Share with a comment below!


5 Fandom Friday: Character Names

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Welcome to another round of "Fandom 5 Friday," a writer's-block-busting initiative to build community among geeky female bloggers, spearheaded by The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick.

"The basic idea of 5 Fandom Fridays is to write a weekly Friday blog post in the form of a top 5 list based on a predetermined topic. It'll give your readers a deeper insight into your fandoms and your blogging personality. It's a great way to avoid bloggers block and sleep well knowing that you have at least 4-5 planned posts for the month."

Today's topic is "Characters I would name my kids after." Being of a certain age, my child-bearing days are behind me. I already have two kids, both juniors this year - my son is a junior at Fordham University in New York City, and my daughter is a junior in high school. But I can still play along with this topic, because we did indeed name our first-born after a character.

I actually included the story of his name in my book, The Star Trek Craft Book (p 33):

When I was pregnant with our son, my husband wanted to name him James Tiberius after his favorite Star Trek captain. I suggested Thomas as a middle name instead, thinking I would protect my son from relentless teasing in school. (Plus, it was a head nod to William Riker's middle name, as well, so the Trek reference was still there.) Even though we did name him James Thomas, my argument was apparently wasted, because my son became such a Trek fan that he told me in grade school that he wished I had allowed "Tiberius"!

These days, my naming aspirations would be relegated to the pet variety. And just the other day I did come up with a character name idea:

Kraken

Plus, pet names offer a little more leeway - you don't have to worry about lasting psychological damage like you do with a kid. Other pet names I would consider:

  • Data (from Star Trek: The Next Generation)
  • Doctor (Who, of course)
  • Jayne (Cobb, from Firefly/Serenity)
  • Adama (from Battlestar Galactica)
  • Apollo (from Battlestar Galactica)
  • Starbuck (from Battlestar Galactica)
  • Sookie (from Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire series/True Blood)

What name(s) would you choose?


5 Fandom Friday: Presents I Want Santa To Bring Me

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The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick have kicked off a writer's-block-busting initiative to build community among geeky female bloggers called 5 Fandom Friday

"The basic idea of 5 Fandom Fridays is to write a weekly Friday blog post in the form of a top 5 list based on a predetermined topic.  It'll give your readers a deeper insight into your fandoms and your blogging personality.  It's a great way to avoid bloggers block and sleep well knowing that you have at least 4-5 planned posts for the month."

I haven't been keeping up with the topics like I would have liked, but thought I would jump back in and just pick a topic from the archive: "Presents I Want Santa To Bring Me."

In my previous 5 Fandom Friday post, I wrote about five geek clothing items I covet. I have quite a few geek shirts on my Christmas wish list as well, but thought I would share some items from my other, non-geek "fandom" - handmade things. As a maker myself, I appreciate the love and care that goes into handmade gifts, and try to Buy Handmade whenever I can, if I don't use my crafting super powers to make the gift myself. I have my eye on a number of lovely items...

1. First Up, this spoon cuff bracelet is made by a local duo, Hangups in KC, that specializes in making things from repurposed materials. I love so many of their pieces, and think this bracelet would go with so many outfits. I also got my daughter a little something from their shop, the purchase of which benefitted Band of Angels KC. Handmade in KC for the win!

2. Next up is a silk screened tee version of the Tree of Gondor, from Hobbit/Lord of the Rings, by Library of Shirt. It's a subtle geek reference that appeals to me.

3. These festive hand-beaded earrings by Rachel's Cure by Design are aptly named, "Holiday Cheer," and proceeds benefit diabetes research via JDRF. I already got the "Holidaze" bracelet, and these earrings would make a cute matched set.

4. I love this rosemaling apron by ClarePackages. Rosemaling is a traditional Scandinavian painting style that my mother-in-law (Norwegian by heritage) introduced me to, and I just love it. It also ties to my own Swedish heritage. We have several rosemaling pieces in our home, and this apron would be lovely to wear as I do Christmas dinner prep.

5. Yes, another apron, but I go through a couple as I do my Christmas cooking (we host 12-15 people every year - it's quite a feast!). This apron by PaperplaneC is a nod to Sherlock's wallpaper - another subtly geeky reference.

OK, so I did manage to get a few geeky fandom references into my otherwise handmade-fandom list. I call that a win!

Digi-scrap credits for the image above:

Template: The Missing Digi Files Template #13
Background papers: Digital Freebies Be Merry kit, papers 2, 4 & 5, by Tracy Scherrer, RetroDiva
Journal tag: Digital Freebies Shiny Brite kit, by Tracy Scherrer, RetroDiva 


REVIEW: Tolkien Geek Tank by Jordan Dene

Angie in Jordan Dene Tolkien quote tank

After posting my geeky clothing wishlist in my last post, I was thrilled to receive an offer to review a new line of geek-quote-inspired togs from fellow geek maker/designer Jordan Dene. She promptly shipped out one of her Tolkien quote unisex tanks for my unbiased review.

My husband and I joined a gym a couple of months ago, so I have been looking for some "subtly geeky" tank tops to wear while working out. I am pleased to report Jordan's Tolkien tank was up to the challenge. 

I wear about a size 12, and the Large size fit perfectly, and was plenty long to cover my booty in my bike shorts, with ample room to move on the elliptical and while doing weights. The cut also provided nice coverage - no shoulder slippage while getting my sweat on. The fabric is super soft, as is the ink used for the screen-print - no "crunchy" ink transfer here!

I also love the color - at first glance, it's kind of a nice deep mint green, but upon closer inspection, you'll see it's kind of a green heather, but with hints of blue, rather than gray.

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Kind of reminded me of mermaid scales, actually, which to me just upped the geek factor. Maybe that's why she chose the same shade for her mermaid shells tank!

I already loved this Tolkien quote - "Not all those who wander are lost" - but I liked "applying" this quote to my workouts. Not all those on an elliptical have no where to go, either!

Verdict: Two thumbs up! I would definitely consider adding more of her tanks to my workout wardrobe - like the "Courage, Dear Heart" and the "Star Stuff" ones, in particular.

Be sure to check out her website, as well as her various social channels:

facebook.com/jordandenenyc
pinterest.com/jordandenenyc
instagram.com/jordandenenyc
twitter.com/jordandene

BONUS: Jordan offered a 20% discount for my readers! Use code FANGIRL2014 at checkout!

Full disclosure: I knew Jordan previously, from her contribution of the "Make It So" pennant banner to my Star Trek Craft Book (p122). She offered a complimentary tank in return for my review. All opinions and fangirling my own.


5 Fandom Friday: Geeky Clothing

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The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick have kicked off a writer's-block-busting initiative to build community among geeky female bloggers called 5 Fandom Friday

"The basic idea of 5 Fandom Fridays is to write a weekly Friday blog post in the form of a top 5 list based on a predetermined topic.  It'll give your readers a deeper insight into your fandoms and your blogging personality.  It's a great way to avoid bloggers block and sleep well knowing that you have at least 4-5 planned posts for the month."

I'm already a bit behind, but am excited to start posting here a little more regularly. As I recently posted, the Female Geek Bloggers G+ Community really has me wanting to dive back in to my own personal blogging, and chatting up my geek passions and projects.

So on to for this week's 5 Fandom Friday post - Geeky Clothing Items I Need In My Closet Immediately.

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#1 - As  perhaps indicated by my book The Star Trek Craft Book, I love me some Star Trek. This "Adopt a Tribble" TeeFury tee is too cute and the perfect companion to another Tribble shirt I already own, "The Tribble with Tribbles" from We Love Fine. And everyone knows, once you have one Tribble (shirt), they tend to reproduce.

She-is-worthy

#2 - Speaking of We Love Fine...hot on the heels of the recent announcement that Thor will soon be a female character in the comic books, this "She is Worthy" tee from We Love Fine is indeed worthy...of joining my geek closet.

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#3 - I would love to bust out this Molly Weasley-inspired sweater from the Harry Potter movie "Chamber of Secrets" in the upcoming cold months - while a crochet fiend, I haven't ventured beyond simple shrugs in the sweater territory. These sleeves on this beauty would be challenging but rewarding once complete.

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#4 - I would love to wear this to the premiere of the next Hobbit movie next month. I love subtle geeky references - many people would see this as an artsy tree but geeks would recognize it as the Tree of Gondor, and those are the people I want to hang with.

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#5 - I've recently started working out at a gym (again) and find myself in need of more workout clothes. This Doctor Who inspired tank would do quite nicely. Check out the rest of Activate Apparel's site - they have quite a few geeky reference shirts, such as Doctor Who, Star Trek, and more general Nerdy.

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BONUS - another fun tank to exercise in would be this replica of the Battlestar Galactica double-tank.

 

Baggins

Bonus #2 - while not geeky clothing technically, I've recently been eyeing this Lord of the Rings-inspired bracelet called "Baggins." I love how chunky it is (very "on-trend" these days), with the subtle homage to Arwen's necklace and The One Ring.

I had fun putting this post together and commend SuperSpaceChick and The Nerdy Girlie to putting the challenge together. I love the idea of lending my voice to a community of other Female Geek Bloggers, and look forward to reading other contributions to the linkup!

Any geek clothing you've been coveting lately? Fess up in the comments!