Star Wars Holiday Special @ Bryant Lake Bowl 2017

This event marked my one-year anniversary of trooping with the Minnesota Force!

Every year, the Bryant Lake Bowl shows the Star Wars Holiday Special. There were three showings, and I was there for all three. We had a great turnout this year!

I know there will be more photos trickling in over the next few days, but here are some of the initial photos.

SWHS - Anna Sawyer 2

I’m pretty sure there’s a Like Skywalker/General Hux dance party happening. Costumers: Rick Rietow, Kris Heding, Henry Fisher, Mark Fisher, Mike Giralico, Phil Glover, and Madeline Anderson. Photo by Anna Sawyer.

SWHS - Anna Sawyer

Costumers: Rick Rietow, Amanda Fineran, Anna Sawyer, August O’Meara, Madeline Anderson, Mike Giralico, Jordan West, Sara Rae, Kris Heding, and Sarah Grap. Photo by Anna Sawyer.

SWHS - Kelly Knowles

Costumers: Amanda Fineran, Rick Rietow, Anna Sawyer, August O’Meara, Madeline Anderson, Mike Giralico, Jordan West, Sara Rae, and Kris Heding. Photo by Kelly Knowles.

SWHS - Chris Grap

Costumers: Todd Murray, Madeline Anderson, Sara Rae, Larry Spychalla Jr., Jordan West, Jeff Allen, Tatiana Allen, Sarah Grap, Amanda Fineran, Kris Heding, and Erich Schwab. Photo by Sara Rae.


Grumpy trio. Costumers: Paul Haga and Kris Heding.


I don’t care, he’ll always be BB-H8 to me.


Fabulously contemplating blowing up another planetary system. Photo by Sara Rae.


Evil, but fabulous. Photo by Sara Rae.


Photoshoot @ Fantasy Flight Games Center

On December 10th, a bunch of us from the Minnesota Force/501st Legion/Rebel Legion went to Fantasy Flight Games Center to make use of their awesome Star Wars backdrop for photos. Some people took photos for 501st/Rebel Legion submission photos, some took photos just for fun, and some were group photos. Since I don’t have my commissioned General Hux costume yet, I just did some fun photos in my current Hux costume.

These photos were all taken by Katherine Hickman, unless otherwise noted!


Costumers: Kris Heding and Paul Haga.


Costumers: Kris Heding and Paul Haga.


This is one of my favorites! Costumers: Kris Heding and Paul Haga.


Costumers: Kris Heding and Paul Haga.


Who needs a Force choke when an actual choke will do? Costumers: Kris Heding and Paul Haga.


Everyone’s favorite First Order Odd Couple. Costumers: Kris Heding and Paul Haga.


My favorite photo of ALL TIME. My shirt says, “Kylo Ren is a Punk Bitch.” Costumers: Kris Heding and Paul Haga.

I STOLE KYLO’S LIGHTSABER! (Photo on the right by Alex Hall.)


Who’s Snoke’s favorite now?


Fire when ready.


Awesome shot of a bunch of Imperial and First Order staff! Costumers: Kris Heding, Kyle McKean, Alex Hall, Lynn Sessions, Jeff Scalise, Aaron Lilyerd, and Erich Schwab.


Have some sassy “snapping in a Z formation” Hux. You’re welcome.

Get your own “Kylo Ren is a Punk Bitch” t-shirt at!

The Cantina Strikes Back @ First Avenue

On December 9th, my favorite Twin Cities DJ, Jake Rudh, hosted a Star Wars-themed dance night at First Avenue. The 501st Legion and Rebel Legion did the official troop for the event, but I went as Amanda’s +1.

It seemed appropriate to wear my Rebel, Rebel Princess costume again!

We all had a blast!


Backstage at First Avenue with Prince photobomb!


Getting some dancing in before everyone got in costume! Well, Lindsey and I were in costume, but we weren’t trooping. (Photo by Lindsey.)


Badassery! Costumers: Kris Heding and Lindsey Rae. (Photo by City Pages.)

Jake asked me to film the troop going onstage, so I did that for him. Click here to see the video! It was hard not to cheer at the top of my lungs because I was filming. But here’s a shot that Lindsey took of everyone on stage:



Leia with the son she SHOULD have had, and bonus Mon Mothma for extra awesomeness. Costumers: Amy Scalise, Jeff Scalise, and Kris Heding.


WHEEE! Costumers: Jeff Scalise, Lindsey Rae, Amanda Fineran, A. Tom Rehn, Anna Sawyer, and Nicole Webinger.


And I found Lando!

Minnesota Men’s Roller Derby Star Wars Night

We attended the Minnesota Men’s Roller Derby Star Wars night on December 2nd, and it was awesome! It was my first roller derby bout, and it was super fun to watch.

A young Padawan takes on Kylo Ren. (Photos by Joe Clerkin)


Costumers: Alex Hall, Anna Sawyer, Madeline Anderson, Nick Hickman, Katherine Hickman, Kris Heding, Jordan West, and Adam Matson. Photo by Joe Clerkin.


Photo by Joe Clerkin.

MN Adopt – Circus of the Heart

The Minnesota Force appeared at a private charity event this afternoon called Circus of the Heart to celebrate adoption from foster care. They had a bunch of fun things for the kids to do, and it was fun to interact with them!


Costumers, from left to right: Eve Zabronsky, Kris Heding, James Douthitt, Phil Glover, Molly Fineran, Amanda Fineran, Madeline Anderson, and Jordan West.

I got to drive around Madeline’s MSE droid, which was SUPER fun! The kids loved it, and I had a blast having the droid roll around. Eventually I’ll build one of my own, but that might be a winter project.

They had a petting zoo outside, and I absolutely love farm animals so I made friends with this adorable ginger cow. BOOP.

This was also my first event with my new sideburns. They seemed to work pretty well!


Afterward, I went with Amanda (friend and fellow trooper) to her brother Ryan’s house (who runs Ryan’s Reptile Outpost) and met so many geckos and ball pythons, but also got to hold a little fox snake and pet a tegu! This ball python was such a little (okay, BIG) cuddlebug, though. It was a day of meeting a ton of animal friends, and I couldn’t be happier.

General Hux – Reusable Sideburns (Tutorial)


I’ll be taking submission photos for the 501st Legion of my General Hux costume once my commissioned costume is complete, and one of the requirements of the CRL is sideburns. Being female, I can’t quite grow my own, so I decided to make some.

I found tutorials for creating sideburns using crepe hair and spirit gum, but those could only be used once. I wanted something I could reuse in case I ever want to wear the sideburns again. This tutorial explains how to use liquid latex and crepe hair to create sideburns (or whatever sort of furry thing) you can use again and again.

This is a pretty photo-heavy tutorial, so click “Continue Reading” to view it in all its glory.

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