Star Wars: The Last Jedi Premiere

The week of the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi was nuts (in a good way). I did four troops between two theaters in three days. Whew!

Thursday, December 14th: Plymouth Grand 15

I love doing events at this theater – the employees are all so incredibly nice! I went as Poe, and brought my BB-8 Hero Droid with me to see how he’d do at events. He was unruly (in true sassy droid fashion) but people seemed to like him.

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Costumers: Lindsey Rae, Dylan Scherer, Jeff Allen, Kris Heding, Anna Sawyer, and Jeffrey Knotz.

There was a local reporter there interviewing us and some of the theater staff. Here’s the video clip:

After the troop, we watched the movie and I had ALL OF THE FEELINGS. As you’d expect.

Friday, December 15th: Plymouth Grand 15

We had a huge group for this one, and it was awesome! We had a ton of fun, took some silly photos, and had a great time. (All photos below were taken by Madeline Anderson, and a couple were taken with my phone.)

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Costumers: Brian Nguyen, Meg Lehman, Erich Schwab, Eve Zabronsky, Phil Glover, Steve Fuchs, Madeline Anderson, Erich Ludwig, Trevor Bailey, Kris Heding, Mike Giralico, Sara Rae, Jordan West, and Pari Elizabeth.

First Order Colonel and General Hux take a much-needed break to indulge in tasty ICEEs. Unfortunately, Hux got a huge brain freeze. (Costumers: Sara Rae and Kris Heding.)

Join the First Order! We have droids (and we try to steal some from the Resistance.) (Costumers: Jordan West, Kris Heding, and Sara Rae.)

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Taking advantage of the lineup of Stormtrooper balloons. (Costumers: Kris Heding and Sara Rae.)

Saturday, December 16th: AMC Southdale

The Boy Scouts of America rented theaters in four locations throughout the Twin Cities on Saturday morning, and a handful of people trooped at each location. We got to see the movie with them after our troop, too.

I brought BB-8 along again, and he was much better behaved than he was on Thursday.

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Costumers: Amanda Fineran, Matthew Bastyr, Amber Rae, Erich Schwab, and Kris Heding.

Saturday, December 16th: Plymouth Grand 15

Second troop of the day! I switched to General Hux and we had another great turnout for our troop.

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Costumers: Mark Fisher, Jordan West, Henry Fisher, Kris Heding, Katherine Hickman, Amanda Fineran, Nick Hickman, Madeline Anderson, Aaron Weiss, Diana Patraw, and Leonard Patraw.

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Rebel scum. (Photo by Katherine Hickman. Costumers: Kris Heding, Nick Hickman, and Amanda Fineran.)

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Very funny. (Photo by Katherine Hickman. Costumers: Kris Heding, Nick Hickman, and Amanda Fineran.)

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Aaaugh! (Photo by Katherine Hickman. Costumers: Kris Heding, Amanda Fineran, and Nick Hickman.)

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General Hux and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. (Photo by Katherine Hickman. Costumers: Jordan West, Kris Heding, and Nick Hickman.)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Grumpy trio. Costumers: Paul Haga and Kris Heding.

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

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

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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!

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Costumers: Kris Heding and Paul Haga.

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Costumers: Kris Heding and Paul Haga.

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

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Costumers: Kris Heding and Paul Haga.

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

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

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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.)

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Who’s Snoke’s favorite now?

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Fire when ready.

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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.

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

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

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)

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

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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!

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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!

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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)

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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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Zoo Boo 2017

Zoo Boo was held for it’s final year the last two weekends of October, and I was able to attend three of the four days. It was so much fun and I’m incredibly sad that they’re no longer going to hold this event every year. It was held at the Como Zoo & Conservatory, and a ton of families came out to it this year.

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Costumers: Ben McConnell, Jason Brezina, Phil Glover, Kris Heding, Aaron Lilyerd, Madeline Anderson, Jim Maahs, Jordan West, Alex Hall, Erich Schwab, Sara Rae, Steve Carter, James Douthitt, Katherine Hickman, and Coley Lind.

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These two little girls had the coolest costumes! They wore tutus and Darth Vader and Stormtrooper masks! Costumers: Kris Heding, Jason Brezina, Jim Maahs, and Ben McConnell.

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Creeper Hux at your service. Photo by Sara Rae.

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Costumers: Ben McConnell, Jason Brezina, Erich Schwab, Steve Carter, Sara Rae, Kris Heding, Katherine Hickman, Alex Hall, Phil Glover, Madeline Anderson, Jordan West, Coley Lind, and James Douthitt.

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Costumers: Ben McConnell, Jason Brezina, Erich Schwab, Steve Carter, Sara Rae, Kris Heding, Katherine Hickman, Alex Hall, Phil Glover, Madeline Anderson, Jordan West, Coley Lind, and James Douthitt.

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General Hux, Jyn Erso, and Rose Tico having a bit of a break. Costumers: Kris Heding, Sara Rae, and Madeline Anderson.

Zoo Boo 10/28:

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Costumers: Nick Hickman, Colleen Dejno, Katherine Hickman, Eve Zabronsky, Karen Madsen, Sara Lilyerd, John Whitt, Amanda Fineran, Tom Chervenak, Erich Schwab, Yancey Thrift, Alex Hall, Lisa Trakas Duffy, Kris Heding, Paul Haga, Phil Glover, Blane Pierson, and Damien Woelful.

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Costumers: Paul Haga, Kris Heding, and Blane Pierson. Photo by Shane Lewis.

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Costumers: Paul Haga, Kris Heding, and Blane Pierson. Photo by Shane Lewis.

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Costumers: Paul Haga, Kris Heding, and Blane Pierson. Photo by Shane Lewis.

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Costumers: Paul Haga and Kris Heding. Photo by Shane Lewis.

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Costumers: Paul Haga and Kris Heding. Photo by Shane Lewis.

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Photo by Shane Lewis.

Zoo Boo 10/29:

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Costumers: Paul Haga, Jason Brezina, Jeremy Horn, Karen Madsen, Amanda Fineran, Phil Glover, Jennifer Schubert, Alex Hall, Kris Heding, Robert Schubert, and Eve Zabronsky.