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For all the Star Wars fans

Just in case you’ve never checked my About Page, I am a complete Star Wars nerd. When I was a child I had a ton of Star Wars toys. Figurines. Books. I was obsessed. Never mind Barbie, I wanted the Millenium Falcon toy.

I am also very behind in this iPhone thing. That is, I was a Blackberry user for a decade until last Fall. So suddenly the personalized cell phone case issue took on a whole other level. How do the two tie in together?

Well, one day my James and I were watching How I Met Your Mother and it was an episode where Ted was looking for a sign that the girl he was dating was “the one” – which is pretty much every single episode. Then his date pulled out a cell phone that had an R2D2 case and I nearly lost my mind. Don’t make fun of me for being a bad fan and not knowing these existed. Told you, a decade of being a Blackberry user. We didn’t have this stuff. At least not for my phone model.

So James being the awesome husband that he is, ordered it for me as a surprise.

R2D2 phone case

You no idea how much I love this phone case. It makes me smile every single day. Just in case you want one for yourself, it’s made by PowerA and you can find it here.

Coming in a close second are these vintage Star Wars books I found at the thrift stores last month.

vintage star wars book and record (2)

vintage star wars book and record (3)

vintage star wars book and record

Empire Strikes Back Storybook (2)Empire Strikes Back Storybook

Whenever I come across Star Wars memorabilia in thrift stores I often wonder if they’re donated by people like my mom, who gave away these exact books that I had as a child, plus the collectors edition of Return of the Jedi not realizing their value (yes they’re out of the package, I am talking emotional not necessarily financial). I won’t even get into how many Star Wars figurines of mine are probably hanging out in a recycling bin now melted into something else. Toy Story 3 nightmare come to life.

If you don’t believe my fanaticism, here is me as Princess Leia circa age 6 for Halloween. Homemade costume and wig.

Princess Leia costume retro

Never mind, did you notice that kick ass tweed fabric 80’s wallpaper behind me on my parents wall? Had I known then what I know now, I’d have asked them to save a lot more than just my Star Wars stuff.

14 Comments

  • Reply
    Stacey
    March 8, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Your new case is “out of this world”!!!! Love that you’re such a Star Wars geek. Those books are really great. I saw a Jawa figure in his vinyl cape go for $11,000 the other night on TV. Yep, the thought of those old figurines being melted down kind of makes you weep. HA HA! Or scream like R2D2. http://mattersofgrey.com/audio/r2d2-scream1.mp3

    You should get you a Star Wars ringtone for your iPhone. Then you’d be TOTALLY geeked out! Love your little Leia costume. You could rock those side buns today if you’re feeling adventurous. (lol) Every guy I know thought Leia was a hottie! Must have been that two piece she was wearing with Jaba the Hut. Men!
    Well… your man of course is awesome. Sweet gift! Fun post.

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      Alex@northstory
      March 8, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      11K!!! Ok see this is why I don’t want to know what figures my mom gave away. I know which ones I had and that worries me.

      I think James has that with me. Vader’s walking theme. Or maybe that’s someone else’s. It was totally that two piece!!!

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    Aubrey
    March 8, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Oh I am a HUGE Star Wars fan, HUGE. My husband and I used to dress up for the 501st New England Garrison. I was a Jawa and he a Storm Trooper. There are photos of the two of us on their website. When we used to celebrate holidays we would almost always get something Star Wars related. On top of that my favorite DIY on my blog is my storm trooper necklace. Actually the Etsy shop I’m working on already has some Star Wars items in it. It’s an all things geek shop.

    Have you read any of the newer books. I read Vector Prime and I’m wondering if they will base the newer movies on where that series picks up, where they are all parents and have kids.

    I am all caught up to date on How I Met Your Mother and I totally missed seeing that iPhone in there. I don’t have a cell phone of any kind but if I did, I’d be on that sucker! You must have been so stoked to get that.

    Oh my gosh I love those books you found and I love that Halloween photo of yours. Call me crazy but this is my favorite post of yours. I haven’t geeked out as much as I’d like on my blog but once I share my shop people will get a better idea of just how geeky I am. Great post Alex!

    • Reply
      Alex@northstory
      March 8, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      Storm Trooper necklace?? How did I miss this? Ok now I have to go scour.

      I haven’t sadly read the books – terrible – but I am really looking forward to seeing what the do with the next movies b/c I am so irritated by the prequels and I am one of the rare people that actually didn’t mind Hayden as Anakin.

      If you’re geeky then I am happy to be a geek!! πŸ™‚

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        Aubrey
        March 9, 2013 at 4:59 pm

        Haha, thanks for checking it out. I also made a Star Wars and sweater reversible cat bed and a droid comp book on the blog. Fun times. πŸ™‚

        I’ve only read Vector Prime, which is the first book in that series. I didn’t mind Hayden either. My husband and I agree that he did seem to get better as the movies went on.

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    Victoria β€’ Restoring our Victorian
    March 8, 2013 at 10:51 am

    That photo of you is PRICELESS. Is that a knit wig? It looks like yarn?

    I love the customized cases, and have seen at least five that I would love. (Most recently one of the Mad Men logo.) But I have to have an otter box… I’m overly paranoid about dropping/scratching it. I have a β€œthing” with keeping possessions new. Although, the case literally makes the phone twice as big as it should be…

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      Alex@northstory
      March 8, 2013 at 6:50 pm

      My mom made! Out of yarn. There’s a full length photo of it on here but that’s going into the entries that are coming off of this blog in the near future when I get off my butt and do a full overhaul, clean up of the past pages that look like they were made by a 2 year old. Who for the record could have taken better photos.

      You’re gonna love this, my otter box broke within 3 months of use. The top left hand corner just up and cracked. Seriously. The King of iPhone cases failed me.

  • Reply
    Lauren @ The Thinking Closet
    March 9, 2013 at 12:39 am

    Best. photo. of Alex. ever.

    Seriously, that’s amazing. I especially love your smile in it. And second place goes to the wig. (You are so proud!)

    And now I have an image in my head of all the toys of my childhood sitting in a tupperware in my parents’ attic, melting away (it definitely gets hot up there in the NY summers). Must rescue what’s left of them during my next visit!

    • Reply
      Alex@northstory
      March 9, 2013 at 4:55 pm

      I can’t believe how much some of the toys are worth now. I needed a crystal ball for a lot of things my parents got rid of.

      I promise coming soon will be a post with photos and some more info on me. I realized that I have been terrible at posting any photos of myself etc on here and some people have asked so I’m sucking it up and doing it.

  • Reply
    Kate
    March 9, 2013 at 5:39 am

    Haaahahahahaaaaaa!!!!!!!!! I LOVE that photo. It made my day. So funny, so cool. I trust someone showed it to your first ever boyfriend, at your wedding, and every other significant life event, right? brilliant πŸ™‚ And the case is amazing; I want / need / must have *sigh*. Who needs to be grown-up, right? x

    • Reply
      Alex@northstory
      March 9, 2013 at 4:59 pm

      Oh Kate let me assure you I have plenty of worse photos that my husband has seen. It’s funny b/c he doesn’t share the affinity towards Star Wars so I must have married the one guy that doesn’t have an interest in the prophecies of Yoda.

      Get a case. Seriously it took that to make me love my phone.

  • Reply
    Danielle
    March 11, 2013 at 1:30 am

    I can totally imagine how happy this makes you, because it makes me smile knowing that your man got this for you. I love it!! It’s perfect and couldn’t be owned by a nicer fan. I only wish I could see the look on that 6 year old girls’s face knowing that she would grow-up and have such a fun item.

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    now at home mom
    March 12, 2013 at 1:16 am

    You are so cute in that picture (Princess Leia) πŸ™‚ adorable and that wig is too funny! I’m happy you shared this picture, it really made me laugh today πŸ™‚ as for “star wars”; I don’t know much about it, of course I know about it and seen it but not close as being a fan like you! your new case is cute, your hubby is a very good man for surprising you with this! & I hadn’t noticed the tweed fabric wallpaper! this will be great for today! πŸ™‚

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    Bethany the ngnrdgrl
    March 23, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Star Wars! Yay! I bet your husband knew you were the one when he found out your love for Star Wars. My geekiness is what my guy loves best about me. You are so cute in your Princess Leia costume!

    My dad can go on and on about how all our toys growing up are worth so much now. He keeps telling us how they shouldn’t have been given away. He forgets that we beat the crap out of our toys and they probably aren’t work as much. But still, its crazy what some of our toys go for these days.

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