Behind the Monkey — Timmy’s Story

In Orlando, it’s a mouse who runs all the shots. At ThinkGeek’s headquarters in Virginia, it’s a monkey named Timmy. Since August 13th, 1999, he’s been codemonkey and pretty much calls the shots around the office. Anyone who dares to disobey him better be prepared to take a shower…because poo will be flung. As the company mascot and overload, Timmy is a monkey of many sides, most of them geeky in nature.

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My Little Pony Convention 2012

Growing up, my life revolved around Barbie, Strawberry Shortcake and My Little Pony. As I’ve gotten older, my love of the toys never left me, but my collecting of them has. When I learned that the My Little Pony convention was going to be in Orlando this year, I jumped at the opportunity to go. At the same time, I also learned that the 501st Legion was going to be in attendance. That sealed the deal. There was no way I was going to miss trooping in a room full of ponies!

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Star Wars Weekends 2012 — Awesome Costume Firsts

This year at Star Wars Weekends, the 501st and Rebel Legion raised the bar. Not only did we have our usually turnout of amazing costumes, we also had some first time costumes. As one member put it, “we showed Disney that we can do more than robes and armor.” As a proud member of both the 501st and Rebel Legion, I would like to show them off to you now. I know these members worked really hard on their costumes and making it to Star Wars Weekends was a huge accomplishment for them.

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My Journey to the Blue Side of Star Wars

This past March I decided to embark on my first solo costuming project, Aayla Secura. I wanted it to be a total surprise to my squad, so I referred to it only as Project X on Facebook. It was quite the journey and a quick one at that. My animated clone trooper took five months and four people to help get it fitting me right. Since I wanted to march in Star Wars weekends, this costume had to be completed in less than three months and this time, it was all up to me, myself and my husband to make it come to life. It was a tight squeeze, but we were able to make our goal.

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Fathers Day Gift Guide – For the Kid at Heart

I’m lucky to have a husband who is a kid at heart because it makes shopping for him easy and fun. Most of the time, I can get his presents at my local toy store or comic book shop. It was this unique trait that inspired me to put together the ultimate Father’s Day gift guide for the kid at heart. So, without further adieu, I give you the gift guide for the dad who prefers transformers over ties and Legos over soap on a rope.

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Anxiety and the Geek

Since I was a child, I have suffered from high anxiety. When I was growing up, it was just referred to as being shy. As an adult, I learned that what I have is not something you always grow out of. In fact, as an adult, it can get worse if you don’t learn how to deal with it as a child. It took a few years to learn exactly what I have and how to deal with it. I went from therapist to therapist looking for answers on how to “fix” myself. A few times I went on medication to help alleviate the feelings I had. Eventually, I decided I had enough of both and started on a new path to find out how to deal with the anxiety and panic attacks.

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Star Wars Week: An Interview With Dave Liew, Artist And Future 501st Legion Member

Dave Liew aspiring member of the 501st Legion, Malaysia-Brunei Outpost, is well known by 501st Legion members for his amazing artwork. His work can be seen on several charity projects including the Princess Leia Charity Auction, Japan Tsunami Relief and R2KT charity patch runs. I first stumbled on Dave’s work during the Japan Tsunami disaster when I ran across […]

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501st Legion 101

So, you want to join the 501st Legion? Well here is the ultimate step-by-step guide to how you too can become one of the members of the fighting 501st. The path of the Empire is a challenging one; it takes time and commitment to completion of a canon costume. You will have moments where you […]

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Megacon 2012

Wow! Megacon was amazing this year. We arrived on Friday and like most conventions it was relatively slow for a while. We were able to comfortably walk the vendors and artist tables. There was an endless supply of vendors selling everything from costumes to used toys. With over 50 troopers in attendance the 501st legion […]

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Vulcan Events – Away Mission: Orlando, Florida 2011

Away Mission: Orlando, hosted by Vulcan Events, has a reputation of one of the best science fiction conventions in Orlando, Florida. Centered on a sci-fi theme, the event hosts guests from various worlds including Star Trek, Dr. Who, Stargate, Battlestar Galactica and other favorites. This year celebrity guests include Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: Next Generation, Shakespearean actor), David Warner (Star Trek films and Star Trek: Next Generation television series), David Nykl (Stargate Atlantis), Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica) as well as many others. Most of the guests have special autograph and photo sessions scheduled throughout the weekend.

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