Wednesday, 20 December 2017

The Last Jedi is AWESOME!!!!!!!

After 2 years of waiting for the new Star Wars movie to come out it finally has, me and daddy went to see it on opening night December 14th.

I won't be posting any spoilers about the new movie, so don't worry if you guys haven't seen it yet.

I do however have a "leaked" image that Peter "Chewbacca" Mayhew posted just before the movie premiered last week.
This is an image of a Star Wars leek.
Yeah, yeah, I know, horrible joke, but remember it wasn't me it was Mr Mayhew that posted it.

Okay, my old TIE fighter shell was getting really old, Sunki had it before me, and it was a landing craft before it became a TIE fighter. So it was about time that daddy built a newer better one for me.
This is what the shell looked like before

This is what it looked like earlier this year, as you can see it was really starting to fall apart.

Daddy started out by looking at some of the TIE fighters that were already in use.
We didn't see any we liked in this picture
So daddy kept searching, and he eventually found this one.
This is the one we both liked
So the next step was to convert this picture into something that would fit my stroller.
This is daddy's first rough draft
After the rough draft we needed something to build from, luckily daddy took a couple of drafting courses when he was in high school, so drawing the plans was easy.
This is the drafted plan with all the measurements to build it.
The next step for the build was to get the materials to build it with, well we built it out of stuff called foamcore (paper with styrofoam sandwiched between).
This is the basic shape for the lower wing
The one thing that we decided early on was that it would need to fit within the wheelbase of my stroller.

The lower wing with the white boarder to make it stand out.
This was just a dry fit to make sure everything fit, that's the reason for the green tape.

Almost finished, it's put together, the next step is to put the lights on

Me and daddy were heading to a cosplay party, so we didn't have time to install everything.
Now it was on to installing the lights, so that my new TIE fighter has engines and weapons.
A collage showing the finished TIE Fighter with the lights installed.
Me and my TIE Fighter have been a big hit since daddy put it on my stroller.

Now, for some of the awesome stuff that we've gotten from the new movie.
These are the collectible 3D glasses from the movie

 Daddy wanted me to model the 3D glasses, but that wasn't gonna happen. First of all, there wasn't a 3D movie to watch. Second, these glasses don't work for me.

I had my stunt bunny model them for me
 I'll admit that they do make him look kinda cool.
Closeup of the glasses, these are the Executionertrooper version.

The collectors cup, with my new favorite droid BB-9E as the topper
 These next pictures are the collectible cards that they gave out before the movie, these three are double sided and are part of a set of 8 cards.
First card in the set

 We should be getting the rest of this set in 4 - 8 weeks (or sooner depending on the speed of the postal system).
Daddy made my lightsaber even better, now it actually looks like Kylo Ren's.

Daddy in his costume at the cosplay party
And now for a few fun Star Wars pictures
I also got my picture taken with a Santa Claus

Sunday, 5 November 2017

So much fun redux

Let me start off by telling you about something called a Tattoo, now, to most people, a tattoo is a picture that someone has inked on to their bodies. It's supposed to be "art" but to me, it's just gross and ruins what is beautiful in its original wrapper.
The Tattoo I'm referring to is military in origin and used to be called a TapToe. Way back when soldiers used to go into towns and hang out in taverns, this is known as being "off base" in military terms. Well, to get all those, now drunk, soldiers back to base a regimental drummer would march up and down the street calling out TapToe, or "Turn off the Taps", this was a two-part signal. The first part was to tell the tavern and innkeepers to stop serving drinks, and second for the soldiers to return to base (usually a camp outside of the town). Eventually, other instruments were added, such as the fife. Soon there was a whole military band marching along the streets, and soldiers would fall in and march behind the band back to camp. This became known as a Tattoo, military bands and pipes and drums putting on a show to entertain the townspeople.
Last week me, daddy and granty Flo went to see one of the oldest and longest running Tattoos, it wasn't live (but that would have been awesome), but they did show it on a big movie screen in a theatre, so it was almost like being there. The event is called the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (Royal because the Queen has given her approval for it). In fact, the officers who were the special guests (they returned the salutes as the performers marched off) were HRH Prince Charles and one of his sons Prince William.
Me and daddy hope that this will start a new tradition of showing the Tattoo here on a movie screen, and faint hope though it is, actually bringing the Tattoo here live.
The poster for the Tattoo
In my Stroller at the theatre

Okay, now to one of my many favorite holidays, Halloween. Daddy was excited to show off his brand new costume, he'd only worn it once before, back in September for Fan Expo. And he added a few things to it since then, so this was the first chance he'd gotten to put it all together. Daddy was grumbling to himself when we were at the street party, people kept calling him Boba Fett, neither of his costumes aren't even close to being like Fett's. True the two characters are both from Mandalore and both are bounty hunters, but that is where the similarities end. In fact, Boba isn't even a true Mandalorian, he's a clone of Jango Fett, who was the basis for the clone army of the Republic during the Clone Wars.
Whoops, went off on a rant, but we need people to know there are more characters wearing that kind of armor then just two guys, there's a whole planet.
Anyway, me and daddy hung out at granty Flo's place until it was time to go over to the party, which means I got to run around and explore her place. That's really fun because there are so many little places I can hide and pop out and scare them, plus her place isn't bunny proofed like my house is.
We don't have a picture of daddy in his costume from Halloween, we asked granty Flo to take it, but she messed the picture up completely.
Daddy's new weapon for his costume

It's not going to look like this when he gets finished with it.
A better idea of what it will look like, the parts under the green tape are going to be painted silver.

In my stroller on Halloween, daddy added lights so everyone could bask in my awesomeness.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

We're going to MARS!!!

Okay, well, we aren't really going to Mars. But our names are going there. Daddy found a site where he submitted our names for a mission called InSight, it's going to be launched in May next year. The mission will land at the Elysium Planitia (Plain of Ideal Happiness), the mission will see what Mars is made of under the surface.
Back to our names, the names will be etched onto a microchip. It's the second chip with names that will go to Mars, the first chip already has over 10,000 names on it.
Elysium Planitia is just to the right of Elysium Mons
Each person that submits their name gets a boarding pass, so these are the ones we've got.
This is my little cousin's pass, he just turned 4 years old last Sunday (October 15th)

My older cousins pass

My pass

Chewies pass

daddy's pass
You can submit your names here.

Daddy got a new piece for his costume, he's working on incorporating it into the rest of his costume. He's got two weeks to go until Halloween to get it ready.
The glove didn't come with it.
This is what the underside of the device looks like
Do you see the pointed part?

That pointed part is a hidden blade, the skull is the button that activates the blade
This is what the blade looks like from above.
Daddy is going to paint the blade to look like it's a lightsaber.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

So much fun

Last Sunday me and daddy took grandpa to see the Toronto Marlies play (my favorite hockey team), they were playing the Utica Comets (Utica is east of Syracuse in New York State). Grandpa hardly gets to go anywhere fun like sports, so that's the reason we took him. Although he was a little grumpy because of some lights that were shining around the arena, he thought they were from some people on the opposite side of the arena shining the lights from their cell phones, but they were actually part of the scoreboard. Daddy explained to me that grandpa had an operation on his eyes, and he likely couldn't see clearly enough to figure out where the lights were actually coming from.

When we left, which was midway through the 3rd period, the game was tied at 3. When we got home, we found out that the Marlies won 4-3. We are also going to another game in a few months (February 10th) that's the Marlies Star Wars night, which means we get to dress up in our Star Wars costumes and watch hockey at the same time.

Here's some pictures that daddy took.

You might notice a couple of new stuffies in my stroller
Daddy got me a bunch of new Star Wars stuffies a few weeks ago.
This is BB-9E, the First Order version of BB-8

This is a Porg, it's one of the species that inhabits the island where Luke Skywalker lives

I also got a new Artoo

photobombing my Porg
Me and daddy are going to be doing some reading soon, he got a book for us to read together.
The book me and daddy are going to start reading soon, I gotta learn about my past.
I got a couple of new lightsabers, daddy is going to use them too.
It's a pen set, and their so much cooler

They light up, the blue pen writes in blue ink, and the red writes in red ink.
I also got a new stuffie when we were at the game.
This is Duke the Dog, he's the mascot for the Marlies

He's cute, for a dog
On our way out of the arena to get our ride home, we stopped to talk to a nice lady, she gave us a very special collectors coin.
This is the coin celebrating 100 years of Maple Leaf hockey
Daddy has put this coin in with the rest of our collectibles, we're going to see if we can find something to put it in to protect it.

Daddy says that we are going to a reunion this Saturday, it's to celebrate 50 years of his old highschool, they are going to be opening a time capsule that they sealed a long time ago. Daddy doesn't know if we will meet any of his old friends from when he went to the school, but at least we might know a couple of people there.