Hello, my little gingersnaps! I’m exhausted after spending all day at the Star Wars Celebration in the Anaheim Convention Center. Oh yeah, I was there. Are you jealous? Cause you totally should be. Mine and Jamie’s families went together. After spending a few hours as ourselves, Jamie and I got costumes to wear. She wanted to be Jabba, but I talked her into being Slave Leia, because she can totally rock the costume. There’s NO way my DD’s would fit in that! So I was… JABBA THE HUTT! It’s an inflatable costume with a fan in the back that blows it up with air. GENIUS! And we were the belles (sorta) of the ball. Over 200 people asked for pictures of us. Kids posed with us. CNN even videotaped us in costume. We are finding pictures of us on Instagram by looking up hashtags of our costumes! It must be said that Jamie desperately wanted to wear the Jabba costume, in fact she insisted on trying on my costume before I put it on.
but I say, if you can rock the Slave Leia costume, YOU NEED TO WEAR IT. In fact, her hubby Brian had NO complaints whatsoever about Jamie in the Slave Leia costume!
So I saw a celebrity at the Star Wars Convention, and he looked right at me in my fabulous Jabba costume, but he was one of those guys who’s been in a ton of stuff and I had no idea what his name is. Other celebs I saw were Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Boba Fett, Princess Leia, the 501st, and of course Jamie and myself. I was the ONLY person dressed as Jabba the Hut. Everywhere I shuffled (more on that in a bit), people yelled out “Jabba! Jabba!”, or they burst out laughing at my attempts at walking. Hence the shuffling. (again, more on that in a minute) And when people found out that Jabba and Slave Leia were together… Holy Cow, they FLIPPED OUT! I even posed with a couple other Slave Leia’s.
Here we are…
(photo courtesy of @jasonpewpew via Instagram)
The longer I stood still, the more my costume filled with air. We posed with other celebrities, like Darth Vader, shortly before he died.
We saw R2D2. This little bugger was quick! I missed him the first time because he rolled right by me, but the second time I saw him, I shuffled over as quick as I could to take this picture. I did it for my friend Sophie, whose one wish was that I take a picture of him for her. In this picture he turned around and said something to me, but I didn’t have a translator nearby, so I have no idea what he said. He was probably telling me how beautiful I looked in my Jabba costume.
And there were SPACEBALLS!!!!
And this ADORABLE Ewok!! There was actually a tiny little girl inside who just stood there so people could pose with her.
Some members of the 501st!! (a bunch of them were there)
In fact I got a selfie with one of them. Anyone can pose for a picture with a Stormtrooper, but how many people can say they took a selfie with one? I can. So, I guess that means at least one.
There was a horde of Mandalorians. Horde? Gaggle? Herd? Plague? Whatever, there were approximately 572 of them. Of course I counted! *shakes head no* But there was a ton of them. One could even say there was a sh*t ton of them.
And Star Wars MUPPETS!!!! I was too slow to get a good picture, so this is all you get from me. I was not about to get on that escalator and follow them. I had to get on the escalator four times and each time was a near death experience and required at least two other people to make sure my tail didn’t get caught, and to tell me when to step on or off, because I could barely see out of the head. Thankfully while walking around the convention, Jamie held my hand to guide me, because otherwise I would’ve mowed down the masses. Nobody needs to see little kids getting taken out by Jabba.
Here are all kinds of Stormtroopers, the Royal Guard, Emperor Palpatine, Darth Vader, Leia, some Death Star employees, and some girl. That girl was such a camera hog. She had to jump in front of my camera so she could be in my picture. Just ignore her. She wasn’t in any of the Star Wars movies. She is of no importance here.
Oh, and I got a selfie with Chewbacca! #score You know Wookies can be temperamental, so I took a risk in asking for a selfie. Thank goodness he was in a good mood and obliged my selfie wishes instead of tearing my arms off.
And last, but not least… we managed to find Boba Fett AND Jango Fett, who we HAD to pose with, cause you know… Jabba’s Palace! Funny how Boba Fett’s dad is so much smaller than him. (the part of Jango Fett was played by Jamie’s son Aram) Look at that cutie!
Here’s a pic of me and Aram. He was my cuddle buddy. He kept hugging me all day (in and out of my costume) and when I told him how good of a hugger he was, he said, “That’s cause I’m a lover!”. LMAO
Hmmm… something about this candid photo of Jamie and Aram reminds me of another picture…
Now for the WTF pic of the Week… It seems Rainbow Dash and a Clone Trooper had a baby. And here he is, with his companion. Is she a cat? What is that thing in her hand? I asked my brony sons and they had no idea either. And that strap between Rainbow Trooper’s legs looks like it might be painful. That can’t be comfortable, unless he tucked… and NEVER MIND, I do not want to go there. I apologize if I just traumatized you with that visual. I’m right there with you on the trauma train. Let’s move on.
In weird news this week, The Stig, from Top Gear attended the Star Wars Convention in Anaheim. At first I spotted just his helmet (because I’m short) and I thought to myself, “Is that The Stig?!”. When the line moved, I was able to confirm that yes, it was The Stig. I recognize that flat butt anywhere. Of course The Stig is a Star Wars fan! And he’s probably out of work now, so he’s got nothing better to do.
And now, my friends… you will get to see the Jabba Shuffle. Special thanks to Jamie Grumet for capturing this gem on video. There were a great many people at the Convention who found my Shuffle quite humorous. Ourselves included.
And now, for the FAIL of the week. Not cool, Mr. Stormtrooper. I get that you fought in a war against the Ewoks, but it’s NEVER okay to skin and make a hat out of them. NEVER! That will probably come back to bite you in the @ss. In the form of another Ewok. Cause they’re the perfect height to bite you in the @ss.
And now for the WIN! Actually there are several WINs to share this week. I just couldn’t decide, so I’m including them all. Aren’t you lucky ducks?
The first WIN is my attempt at a selfie with a Stormtrooper, PHOTOBOMBED by Jamie!
On a completely different note, did you know they make Tampon flasks for sneaking in hard liquor to add to your drinks?
Which wasn’t really necessary because it turned out they sold alcoholic beverages inside the Convention. Poor Slave Leia. She needed Jack & Cokes to tolerate being tethered to Jabba. And to walk around hundreds of people in her itty bitty costume.
Oh wait! One of those is for me! Slave Leia was so kind as to assist me when I wanted to take a sip.
Bet you’ve never seen a husband/wife Slave Leia team! You’re welcome.
And here I am, attempting to sit down. Not so easy when you have a fan blowing air to fill up your costume. By the way, it took TWO people to assist me in getting back on my feet. After all, Jabba is not meant to be walking around.
Jamie and I just HAD to pose in front of this sign. After all… Cosplay is NOT consent. That means no groping of Stormtroopers’ cod pieces, and NO touching Jabba’s rolls!
And finally, here’s Jabba the Hut and Slave Leia striking a sexy pose. Cause we could. Check out that girl in the back giving us the Stink Eye. What’s you’re problem, lady? Don’t judge us because we’re different from you. If Jabba and Leia want to embrace, we’re not hurting anyone. Love knows no bounds. #Equality
And that’s all the time I have for today, my dear gingersnaps. Until next week, I leave you with this
Mexican gang bangers love Star Wars too. #TheMoreYouKnow
FYI: I do not promote or condone the use of gang signs at Star Wars Conventions.
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*Update: Jamie Grumet (as Slave Leia) and I (as Jabba the Hutt) are on this CNN video about the Star Wars Celebration at 3:37! After showing us in our costumes, they zero in on my hand holding her chain. Or my wedding ring.