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Survive the Realm: Game of Thrones Exhibit

Hey my little ponies! I’m not dead, I swear. I’ve just been recuperating from last week’s geeky festivities at Comic-Con. It’s been a little over a week since I was down in San Diego and I still feel grossly exhausted. I only went to the actual convention for 2 days (Saturday/Sunday), but I got there on Thursday and there were plenty of things to do off-site! One thing included the Game of Thrones exhibit at the Omni Hotel. Oh, by the way, I’m horribly obsessed with that show right now. SO. OBSESSED. I started it a couple weeks ago and I’m currently on the 4th season, meaning I marathoned the sh!t out of seasons 1-3. * insert screaming face emoji *

Anyhow, everyday the line capped around 2ish, so on Sunday morning I got there at 7:30 am because I DID NOT want to miss it (the line wrapped around the building by 9:30, yikes)! And it was totally worth the three and a half hour wait. The exhibit was full of original costumes (take a look a the insane details on the costumes pictured below. The embroidery is immaculate and gorgeous!) and interactive experiences such as making a gif set next to Drogon (I’m not posting mine because I froze and ended up smiling because I had no clue what to do), going into a cage with headphones and occulus goggles like you’re going up the Wall; a fireball came hurling at me at the very top and I “died.” Valar Morghulis, I suppose (that means “all men must die” in High Valyrian). It was kind of scary and I ended up gripping the side of the cage and I could totally feel my arm digging into the bars. Haha! But there was one girl who was totally freaking out — her shrill screams of terror filled the room as she made her “descent” (quotes because it’s not really happening, y’know?) down the Wall. Oh, and of course the last part was having a photo op on the Iron Throne! I wore my Khaleesi shirt and my sister bought a set of dragon egg keychains from the Factory Entertainment booth so I held one of them in my picture 🙂 Everyone also got a baby blue Khaleesi shirt with her three dragons on it. Huzzah for freebies!

One more thing that the exhibit offered were free tattoos courtesy of HBO to the first 25 people in line who wanted them each day. Like, REAL legit permanent tattoos. House Stark is my favorite (I think they’re everyone’s favorite, right?), so if I had the opportunity to get one the tattoos I probably would’ve picked a dire wolf (#7 on the picture above) or maybe the one that says “Valar Morghulis” (#1). I like the Baratheon sigil the most (a stag with a crown around its neck — like Bambi!) and their house saying is pretty badass (“Ours is the fury”), but I’m just not crazy about anyone that belongs in that house.

There’s a Game of Thrones exhibit that’s been traveling across the globe for awhile that has way more props and costumes than the exhibit I went to. The last stop will be in Vancouver from August 8 – September 1, so if you love GOT and happen to be in Vancouver between those times you should definitely go.

Cheers,
Nina

PS: Here’s yours truly sitting on the Iron Throne!

 

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Wishful Wednesdays #3: Livin’ La Vida Loki

Loki hearts necklace // green satchel // Loki dress
Bifrosted Loki Charms t-shirt // Funko Pop! vinyl figure

Tom Hiddleston is what we fangirls like to call a “life ruiner.” As many of you know, he’s known for his portrayal of Loki, the god of mischief and Thor’s [adopted] baby bro in Thor and Marvel’s The Avengers. Hiddleston raises expectations of potential future mates sky high by being uber charming, extremely funny (have you seen the Loki’d video? Or him doing impressions of other people and a raptor?!), kind to his fans, and not to mention that he’s really, really, really, ridiculously good looking. I’m so glad I have Tim, otherwise I’d be a hot mess of a single lady since I’d probably have even higher expectations of a future-boyfriend because of Tom Hiddleston. That perfect bastard.

Ever since Comic-Con he jumped from #5 to #1 on my list of Top 5 celebrity crushes (sorry, John Krasinski)! I mean, how many ovaries exploded when this happened?:

So today’s Wishful Wednesdays post is ALL THINGS LOKI!!!

I did a little Loki search on Etsy and found so many awesome things! A couple of my favorite finds that I’ve been drooling over for the past week are the heart shaped Loki helmet necklace by FanFlail and dress by Couple Parel. I love the design of the pendant — I think it’s clever, elegant, and the perfect thing to wear to rep one’s love for Loki and show allegiance to his army.  And the dress. DAT DRESS. I keep creating different outfits for it in my head, I’m OBSESSED. And it’s only $16.99 (+ $8 for shipping)! Totally a decent a price!

The green satchel with gold accents is from Asos, and the only item on my list that’s not directly Loki-related. But in terms of color, he’s definitely represented. And how cute would it look with that dress? HELLA CUTE. That’s how cute. The scalloped details along the border of the satchel is adorable too ❤

I’ve been in love with Bamboota‘s Bifrosted Loki Charms shirt since I saw it on TeeFury ages ago. I’m lame and totally missed my chance on buying it because I kept asking myself all day if I wanted to or not, and by the time I figured out that I did, the next day’s shirt was already put up. RUGH! But it’s available on Level Up Studios now, so huzzah! Like FanFlail’s necklace, the design on this shirt is super clever. From the marshmallow shapes to the tagline (“Mischievously Delicious!”) to the free prize inside (Loki’s sceptre), it makes me wish I could find a box of Loki Charms at my grocery store.

And lastly, the little Loki figure by Funko. I adore their line of Pop! figures, I have quite a few Disney ones, and this Loki one is soooo amazing! But they retired the design, so if I want to take this guy home I’d have to give up a little over a hundred dollars. *cries* I’m hoping that they’ll come out with another one since Thor: The Dark World is hitting theaters this fall.

Are you part of Loki’s Army? Do you think Tom Hiddleston is a life ruiner? Let’s fangirl together in the comments section!

Cheers,
Nina

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A Fancy Geek Your Pooch Will Be

yoda dog ears petco comic con

Geeky pet owners rejoice! Petco debuted their special line of Star Wars threads and toys for pooches and kittens at Comic-Con a few weeks ago!

When I first got Rory  a couple years ago I was really bummed  by the lack of geeky dog apparel out there, so there are really no words for me to express how ecstatic I am over this crazy awesome line! And the Petco booth also gave out Yoda ears for pets as con exclusive freebies!!! They ran out when I went on Sunday, but my sister was able to grab a pair for Rory when she went on Thursday 😀

The collection hits stores on September 1 and will include an array of hoodies inspired by your favorite Star Wars characters (the Chewbacca and Boba Fett ones… shut up. Just. Shut. Up.), leashes and collars, fluffy dog beds shaped like Yoda and Darth Vader, chewy squeaky toys, and there’s also little mice dressed like characters for your kitty to play with!

One piece I can’t wait to get my hands on is the Darth Vader knitted nordic sweater. Rory is going to be the baddest ball of fluff on the block. Is it weird that I’m extremely happy that my dog and I will have matching knitted Vader sweaters and that I can’t wait to take pictures of the two of us so I can turn them into holiday greeting cards? Actually, I don’t care if it’s weird. I’M TOO EXCITED TO CARE.

While I was perusing the booth, another con goer looked at me and said, “Oh man. I’m going to have to buy all this stuff for my dog.” Me too, dude. Me. Too.

Do you plan on getting your pooch or kitten a little Star Wars trinket (or maybe one or two, or ALL OF IT)?

Cheers,
Nina

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Doctor Who Fan Meet-Up

Last Saturday I headed to the Doctor Who Fan Meet-Up in San Diego! I was daunted by the fact that I would be going solo (my sister and her boyfriend aren’t into Doctor Who and none of my other friends who like Who were there) as I am terribly shy in many social situations. So why did I go? Well, at last year’s Who meet-up, Matt Smith, Karen, Gillan, and Arthur Darvill randomly showed up and I figured the same case would go for this year. I had already missed the Nerd HQ ticket sales for the Doctor Who panel, and I didn’t feel like camping outside of Hall H to get into their Sunday panel, thus I figured going to this shindig would definitely increase my chance of getting to see my favorite Doctor in person, and possibly even meet him! The latter I didn’t do, but the former I did! But more on that in a bit. BBC set up a sweet little party for us Whovians and provided us with sliders and cupcakes adorned with the TARDIS. And thank goodness, because I was waiting in line for two hours and was STARVING. So yay for cuppy cakes and sliders! There were a couple Cybermen and an Ood walking around as well which was totally amazing! And there were lots of great cosplays going on as well. I think the best one I saw was a freakin’ TARDIS [picture below] — it lit up and everything!

There was a cosplay theater contest where a couple of cosplayers got onstage and did a little scene from the show and Mark Gatiss and Filch David Bradley came out as celebrity judges! My inner teeny-bopper kicked into gear as I attempted to work my way to the other side of the second level after I saw them head upstairs in hopes to take a better picture of (and maybe even meet) them. It was way too crowded though. Did I mention that the line for the meet-up was like two or three blocks long? Needless to say the place was packed!

So while I was working on my second slider, I heard a familiar voice say “hello” and then all hell broke loose. Suddenly it felt like it was 1999 — the year I went to my first *NSYNC concert — fangirls wailed and I immediately made a beeline downstairs to head to the back of the club to get a better look because I KNEW it was Matt Smith! Him, Jenna Coleman, and Steven Moffat were onstage and stayed there for about 10 minutes. They said thanks for coming and all that good stuff. Like I said, my inner teeny-bopper was alive and kicking so my thought process was, “OH MY GOD I’M BREATHING THE SAME AIR AS THEM.” Oh, and Jenna Coleman is ridiculously gorgeous in person. It’s really not fair how beautiful she is. I kept telling Tim over the phone how stupid pretty she was in person!

So, that was my little bit of Who during Comic-Con! Were you there too?

Cheers,
Nina

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Some Geeks Get Left Behind

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Oh, Comic Con. I have such a love/hate relationship with you.

Last year I decided that I needed a break because the Con has gotten way too overwhelming over the past few years. My anxiety can’t take it (nor can my wallet)! And with their new method of purchasing badges last year, it took my sister and I 45 minutes to get through. And even then the 4-day badges completely sold out. SO FRUSTRATING.

But now that Comic Con officially starts today, I can’t help but feel a bit bummed that I’m not there to partake in the geeky festivities. sigh Seeing all sorts of Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook updates about it colors me chartreuse (not all the way green, as I’m somewhat content).

I just keep reminding myself of how annoying it was waiting for hours on end to get into the exhibit hall, how overly crowded it was, how getting into panels isn’t as simple as it was before, how getting freebies at all the booths is a bitch now, and the B.O. Brigade (stinky folks everywhere!). And I impulse buy like nobody’s business, and when I get home I look at my loot and say, “Well what the hell am I gonna do with all this now?”

Here are some Con exclusives I would have totes gone for (and possibly regret later if I managed to get my hands on them):

Polly Pocket & Friends DC Comics Villains set, via Hasbro
Tiny Titans figure set, via Mattel
Sulley & Boo Pop Vinyl set, via Funko/Disney

I shall live vicariously through all the Comic Con updates I see over the interwebs. In the meantime, I guess I have Stockton’s first official comic book convention to look forward to next month.

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MOAR COMIC-CON STUFF!

Unlike previous years, I didn’t go to any panels and didn’t see a ton of celebrities. I really wanted to attend Chuck‘s farewell panel on Saturday morning, but after we (my sister, Carmel, and her boyfriend, Ryan) grabbed out badges, we checked the line for Ballroom 20 and it was ridiculously long! We determined that we probably wouldn’t get in and just fell in line for the exhibit hall. One thing we did get to do was grab a “boarding pass” to check out the new ABC show PAN-AM. I was slightly disappointed though because I read somewhere that grabbing a “boarding pass” enabled you to view the pilot episode of the show, but really it was just a really short sneak-peak — it was basically this video I saw on YouTube and a few extra behind the scenes footage:

[courtesy of ABC]

They could’ve at least showed us a clip from the show. But besides that, the booth’s presentation was really cool. We got to sit in what was modeled to be a first class cabin of a PAN-AM airplane, and there was even turbulence during our “take off” and “landing.”

Here’s Carmel and Ryan flying first class:

The first semi-famous person we saw was Andrew W.K. which I thought was really random. On Sunday, I passed by the Fox booth while the Glee cast was doing their signing. I caught of glimpse of Darren Criss which was pretty exciting because he is effing dreamy! I also saw Queen of the Nerds, Felicia Day (The Guild, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog) at the Dark Horse booth during her signing.

Can you spot Darren?

Like I mentioned in my last post, Katie Cook is the BESTEST! Besides the Doctor, I had her draw Jingles the horse from King Arthur’s Carousel at Disneyland. I also bought a couple copies of her insanely hilarious comic about her disgruntled cat’s inner dialog called Fuck You, Box, my friends.

And now, I’m just going to throw in some random pictures I took at the convention because I don’t know what else to write about.

The End.

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Who-Licious

Comic-Con was a freakin’ Doctor Who fest for me! Unfortunately, after waiting in line for nearly 2 hours on Sunday morning, I didn’t draw a winning ticket to get into the Doctor Who signing. Booo. 😦

On the bright side, I walked away with some awesome Doctor Who swag. 😀

BEHOLD!

I got…

  • Dalek coin bank. I couldn’t find a little Dalek or Cyberman action figure, and stumbled upon this coin bank and thought, “Close enough!” I’ve already dumped my spare change in it.
  • 11th Doctor + River Song’s Sonic Screwdrivers. Now I can coordinate outfits with Sonic Screwdrivers!
  • Water color doodle by Katie Cook. She’s the bestest. If you’re at a convention, and Katie Cook is there, you must, MUST, get yo ass to her booth. Her little water color doodles are only $5 and you can ask her to make whatever you want.
  • Doctor Mew print and buttons. I’ve seen this cat art on Tumblr before and found that the artist, Jenny Parks, had a booth at Con this year! I couldn’t resist nabbing a print and buttons for myself and Tim! My favorite is the 11th Doctor in a fez.
  • BBC America Comic-Con exclusive shirt. I had a bit of buyer’s remorse after I purchased it. I just felt weird not buying anything at the BBC America booth, but I have come to love it. 🙂

One thing I’m sad about is this:

[courtesy of BBC America/Anglophenia]

On Saturday, while I was roaming around the exhibit hall, Matt Smith and Karen Gillan showed up at the BBC America booth! I have no idea where I was when this happened. #@()#()_@*$$&%&&%*#!!+($(! It would’ve been cool to say that I saw the Doctor and Amy Pond with my own eyeballs, y’know? Oh well. I do not own a TARDIS or a Time Turner, so there’s nothing I can do about it.

le sigh