Skytalkers Gift Guide for the Star Wars Fan 2021

Hi all! With the holidays in full swing, we wanted to share some of our favorite Star Wars-themed gifts and purchases with you all. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite items, including fan-made and officially licensed merch, that are perfect for the fellow Star Wars fan. 

Our favorite Star Wars zine: Into a Larger World by Kara DJ
Kara was a guest in the summer of 2020 on our show – we both adore getting her fantastic ‘zine. Next year she’s producing a quarterly zine and you can subscribe now! 

The cutest advent calendar: Advent Calendar from Insight Editions
Is it December yet? So excited to open this every day on our TikTok account.

T-Shirts and Mugs we love: AFanOfShop
This shop has some of the most unique and creative Star Wars merch out there. We particularly love this Morai keychain and this festive Rebels gingerbread hoodie

Current favorite art book: The Art of The Mandalorian Season One
Listen, all art books are fantastic and our favorite thing to collect. But this one is really special. We’re also preordering Phil’s upcoming art book on Season Two, out next year.

A luxe and truly incredible purchase: Star Wars Archives Book
This collection of Star Wars history is just absolutely incredible and often cited on our show. The collection on the prequels is unmatched as well. 

The cookbook we’re loving lately: Life Day Cookbook
The Star Wars cookbooks are always fun, but this one is especially cozy. 

For the classics and Star Wars lover: The Odyssey of Star Wars by Jack Mitchell
This Star Wars-ified version of The Odyssey is truly wonderful.

Our favorite purchase ever: Kylo Ren Kotobuyika Figure
This figure remains one of – if not the – favorite purchase ever. Kylo sits on my desk all day while I work. We both love the styling of this figure and that it comes with two interchangeable pieces, the burned Vader helmet and his own helmet. 

The Bad Batch mania: Fanmade Lula and ShopDisney Lula
Wrecker (and now Omega)’s Lula is just the cutest ever. We love our homemade ones made by our friend Savanna. Now Disney is producing their own, and they’re super cute. Fanmade Lulas are still amazing options. PS: Look at these super cute Lula earrings!

The coziest gift ever: Barefoot Dreams Mandalorian Robe and Grogu blanket
Barefoot Dreams makes the absolute coziest blankets and robes – how cool is it that they have a Star Wars collection? 

A cuddly companion for Star Wars movie nights: Grogu Squishmallow
It’s extremely hard to find the exact extra-large Grogu squishmallow we got last year at Costco, but they seem to have redesigned the face and now it’s somehow even cuter? 

Can’t go wrong with: Skytalkers Merch
Of course, we love our own merch. Support the show by purchasing a shirt, mug, or tote! 

Fellow stationery lovers: Erin Condren’s Star Wars Collection 
The ability to personalize Erin’s amazing Star Wars journals, stickers, and pencil pouches is so delightful. We both have so much from this collection. 

Fantastic subtle Star Wars merch: Outer Space Outpost
This shop has some of our favorite merch, too, including the amazing hat “Jedi want me, Sith fear me,” which gets a laugh every time I wear it. 

Wonderful pins and artwork: Lorna-Ka
Ksenia’s artwork is just so gorgeous. We love her highly-detailed pins and the amount of animation-based Star Wars merch she produces. 

For fellow pin-lovers: Squadron Goals Pins
Our talented friend Courtney creates the most perfect and ever-changing Star Wars pins for all fans. She especially produced beautiful Reylo pins and is coming out with a Ben Solo plushie very soon!

If you also like Dave Filoni: The Trapper Wolf Action Figure
The packaging is cool and so is “Trapper Wolf” aka Dave Filoni.

Happy holidays and may the Force be with you! – Charlotte & Caitlin

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Star Wars Holiday Gifting: Cufflinks.com x Skytalkers

‘Tis the Holiday (Special) Season!

We’re excited to bring you this partnership between Skytalkers and Cufflinks.com. When Cufflinks reached out to us with their Star Wars holiday catalog, we thought it would be a great opportunity to share some unique Star Wars gifts with all of you. Cufflinks.com offers a wide range of accessories like socks, cufflinks, money clips, tie bars, and pocket squares.

We really love how their products are subtle ways to show your Star Wars fandom in unexpected places. Their Star Wars collection features a lot of fan favorites – here are some of our top picks! Cufflinks.com was kind enough to offer our listeners a special discount code that you can find at the end of the post! 

Star Wars Holiday Socks: Give us a fun holiday print and give us Star Wars characters! Put them together and you’ve got a festive party for your feet in a galaxy far far away. We really love the Yoda prints in these. They’re definitely the perfect sock for boots!

Star Wars Logo Money Clip: This beautiful money clip celebrates some of the best moments of the saga while keeping all your credits safe and sound from any pesky bounty hunters. 

Pew Pew Pew Tie Bar: Who has not shouted, “pew pew pew” when a stormtrooper has burst on the scene? Add this to your look and see how many people point the “finger blasters” back during all your holiday get-togethers! 

Luke Skywalker Lightsaber Bracelet: Inspired by Luke’s iconic green lightsaber, this simple wrap bracelet is the perfect addition to your Star Wars collection. Also, Caitlin loves the color green, and it’s just perfect and subtle to wear every day. A really cool and unexpected feature of this bracelet: It’s a clasp wrap bracelet and it unbuckles through the “on” button on the lightsaber hilt!

The Mandalorian Black Paisley Tie: We absolutely love this paisley print with a more subtle Star Wars addition: Grogu, Din, the Imperial, and Rebellion symbols, and more all hiding throughout the swirling paisley design! 

Millennium Falcon Blueprint Cufflinks: Cufflinks.com features a number of cufflink designs based off of blueprints of different ships and vehicles, but the Falcon is by far our favorite! The attention to detail on these designs is really crisp and clear — you’ll be ready to go in 12 parsecs or less! 

The Mandalorian Silk Pocket Square: Cufflinks.com has a lot of different Star Wars pocket squares, but this one might be our favorite. We love the crimson color and, beyond its original purpose, we honestly think it would be gorgeous to tie in a bow or loose knot onto a nice leather bag. 

For Skytalkers listeners, you can use the code “skytalkers15” for 15% off your order from now until the end of December! Be sure to share with us if you do get some Star Wars accessories for yourself or a loved one this holiday season! 

War of the Bounty Hunters #1 “Most Wanted” Comic Review

On a quest to discover more about Boba Fett in anticipation of The Book of Boba Fett coming out this winter, I was intrigued by War of the Bounty Hunters, a short comic book series that takes place in the short time between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Star Wars comics and me have an on-again, off-again relationship; often I choose certain storylines and follow them to completion but the timelines and restarting of series often confuses me. However, this series seemed accessible and there was a fair amount of hype from creators. I’m always intrigued by Charles Soule, too, who authored this comic, as he seems to take story risks that leave an impression on the fandom. 

The first thing to cover about this comic is that it’s gorgeous. Luke Ross, the artist, leans hard on cool tones; some of the panels are really breathtaking. Some of the ship designs, too, like the Vermillion, that slightly resembles a butterfly and feels overtly feminine, are really gorgeous. I always appreciate overt stylistic risks like this in comics, where I feel design risks can and should be made. 

War of the Bounty Hunters #1 begins with a crawl that explains that Han Solo in carbonite was stolen from Fett on Nar Shaddaa, and the conceit of the entire issue begins: “Who would dare steal from the galaxy’s most dangerous bounty hunter?” Soon we meet the people who stole him, and the person they deliver Solo in carbonite to is a hooded, albeit stylish figure. This really piqued my interest as I knew there would be familiar bounty hunters from Empire included in this series, but perhaps this was a new character?

*Spoiler warning beyond this point*

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DIY Frozen Blue and Green Milk Recipe from Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge

For basically the entire month of March, Caitlin and I decided to join each other’s pods and quarantine together after a lot of loneliness. Missing Disney Parks and trying to live life like we’re on vacation, we decided to make a couple of variations of at-home versions of everyone’s favorite Batuu drinks: Blue and Green Milk.  We were so excited to find these spacey glasses at a local thrift store – they remind us of Dryden’s yacht in Solo!

Some notes: Both of these are delicious (even without the alcohol), but both are not a one-to-one recreation of the Galaxy’s Edge version – if you have a favorite recipe that comes close to the Parks version, let us know! The green milk version is an adaptation of this version a listener sent us. We decided to use oat milk since, one, we love oat milk and, two, the Batuu version is a vegan and used rice milk; oat milk allows it to be creamy. 

Let us know if you make these Galaxy’s Edge-inspired drinks!

Frozen Blue Milk

Serves 2

2 cups oat milk
2 cups ice
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons creme de coconut
4 oz rum (optional)
2 cups frozen pineapple and mango 
8-10 drops of bright blue food coloring 

Blend oat milk, ice, lime juice, creme de coco, frozen pineapple and mango, rum, and blue food coloring together. Serve in your favorite glass.

Frozen Green Milk

Serves 2

2 cups oat milk
3 cups ice
1 banana
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons creme de coconut
4 oz tequila (optional)
5-8 drops of light green food coloring 

Blue oat milk, ice, banana, honey, lime juice, creme de coco, tequila, and green food coloring. Serve in your favorite glass.

Announcing Our Sticker Sheet!

Hello! We wanted to take a moment and write a little bit about our sticker sheets that just launched on our website! While we’ve had different merchandise through the past few years (see: our incredible “Look to the Animation Department for the Future of Star Wars” design from our friend, James W), our sticker sheet also felt very on brand for us! We wanted a way to incorporate a lot of our favorite things and sayings into one place and a sticker sheet seemed like the best fit. 

Caitlin has been an avid bullet journaler the past few years and recently has started to grow a little sticker collection of her own. The idea for a Skytalkers-themed sticker sheet grew from there. A couple of months ago, we hired one of our long time friends, Katie Gettys (we all went to middle and high school together), who has a sticker shop on Etsy called Exploremoredesigns, co and she worked with us to design a sticker sheet that highlighted some of our favorite sayings and things from Star Wars (You can see in some photos the stickers put to good use in Caitlin’s bullet journal already!).

Of course, there is Dave’s hat, the Revenge of the Sith novelization, George’s plaid shirt, and the Reylo of it all: the hands are a language and the amazing kiss.  If you’ve listened to our show, you know these sayings and items are a part of nearly every conversation we have. Our sticker sheet felt like a fun way to celebrate some of the things we love to talk about most on Skytalkers and with our listeners as well! 

We created a limited run of these sticker sheets to start off with, with the hope of making more in the future if there is enough interest. We hope you enjoy! Please share with us and tag @skytalkerspod on Twitter and @skytalkerspodcast on Instagram where you put the stickers (aka, please share your bullet journal pages, calendars, laptops,  and more!). 

Shop the sticker sheet by clicking here!

Fanzines with Kara DJ (“Into a Larger World”)

Caitlin and Charlotte welcome fanzine creator and collage artist Kara DJ to the show to discuss the history of fanzines, fandom, the process of fanzine creation, and much more, including Kara’s Star Wars Dinner!

Follow Kara and Into a Larger World by clicking here!
Click here to order the fanzine!
Click here to browse Kara’s character artwork and collages!
Click here to watch the referenced episode of Looking for Leia!

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