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Lego - Star Wars and Harry Potter
Posted on Sunday 10 February 2008 at 4:38 pm

Photo Meme photos part 2

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Here are the photos requested by drumher, godricgal, and gilpin25. Combined with mrstater's photos here, that should be everyone who requested anything from the photo meme. Of course, I do love using my camera so if you still want photos of something, feel free to add your request!

drumher requested my favorite Star Wars novels, a creatively cropped picture of my motorcycle, and one of my Lego constructions.

Favorite Star Wars novels
Since the vast majority of my Star Wars novels are at my parents house in Houston, I considered just providing a photo of my bookshelf here. It stands to reason that all the ones I decided to box up and move out here are the ones I most want to reread and are therefore my favorites, right? I didn't quite think this would be sufficient:

My Star Wars bookshelf in Virginia

For one thing, you can't really see any of the hardbacks behind the Star Wars/Disney toys. For another, even if you can sort of see the paperbacks, it is difficult to pick out any specific titles. So I selected a few and laid them out on my bed for a better photo. The hardback at the top without the cover is Vision of the Future. The book itself is OK. But it is the book where Luke and Mara finally realize they love each other and decide to get married and they're my favorite Star Wars couple so I love all their scenes. The tabs sticking out mark the beginnings of all the Luke/Mara sections of the book which are the only bits I've read in years. The rest of the books are Tim Zahn's original trilogy (the starting place for anyone new to the Star Wars novels), The Truce at Bakura, The X-Wing series (the last book, Starfighters of Adumar, is my absolute favorite from the series but I love them all), The Corellian Trilogy (somedays I think I'm the only Star Wars fan that likes these books), and Fury which is the book that has restored my belief that Star Wars novels can be good.

A few of my favorite Star Wars books

A creatively cropped photo of my motorcycle
I hope this meets the requirement of creativity. It took a bit of work to balance the bike, hold the handlebar, and aim the camera all at the same time.

Something I noticed when I was cropping the photos, I caught a reflection of me in the turn signal. I was getting ready to head out when I remembered I needed to take a photo and ran back in for my camera so I already have on the black ski-mask like thing I wear under the helmet.

Close up of the turn signal

A Lego construction
Lego has released multiple versions of the Hogwarts Express. My personal favorite is the Prisoner of Azkaban electronic one (it can run on the track!). You can also see part of the Durmstrang ship on the shelf below the train.

Lego Hogwarts Express (PoA version)

Other than one being electronic and the others not, the main difference in the Lego Hogwarts Express sets is the station that comes with the train. The Stone one came with Platform 9 3/4. The PoA ones came with Hogsmeade stations. And a Remus minifigure with a bar of chocolate.

Lego Hogsmeade train station

godricgal requested a non-fiction book I use on a regular basis, my desk at work, and something I've had since I was a kid.

A Non-fiction Book
I had a hard time picking one book. I debated my Dutch grammar book but it's only something I've been using very recently. I also debated my favorite dictionary/thesaurus, but that seemed so impersonal. I finally settled on my Pocket Guide to Writing in History. I mostly use it to check footnote and bibliography formatting, which you'd think I'd have memorized by now but no such luck. I've got the third edition and I think they're now up to the fifth or sixth.

A Pocket Guide to Writing in History

My desk at work
It is a fairly straight-forward desk but I like it well enough. As you can see, I finally got my Crotchety Old Laptop (as opposed to Shiny New Laptop) working again! My boots are on my desk because I was wearing slacks the day I took the photo. My brown hiking books don't go well with my grey slacks and I can't wear my grey slip-on shoes while riding my motorcycle. I wear the boots while riding to and from school and have my grey shoes in my bookbag then change in my office.

My desk in my school office

Something I've had since childhood
Oddly enough, this one was the most difficult. Everything I could think of that I've had or a long time is at my parents' house. Most of the stuff I've got here I've had since high school or later. I could think of a few things (including some of the Star Wars novels I took photos of for drumher that I've had since middle school but nothing since I was a little kid. Then I remembered my beside lamp. It is on the third or fourth shade by now, but I've had the lamp base since I was six or seven I think. I got this blue one and my sister got a pink one for Christmas one year. During the summer, I used to stay up late at night pretending that I was stranded on a little raft (my bed) in the middle of the ocean and my lamp was the moon.

Lamp I've had since I was a kid

gilpin25 requested favourite jewellery, picture/painting and Star Wars memorabilia.

Favourite Jewellery
I love this necklace. It is technically broken (pieces of flowers and stones have fallen off in three or four places) and I still wear it all the time.

Roses necklace

I don't have much art on my walls. Most of my wall space is taken up by bookcases and it seems like the remainder is given over to Star Wars toys in their packages hanging on hooks. This Hamlet poster is probably the most artistic thing I have and I do like the way the skull shows up behind the text.

Hamlet poster

Star Wars Memorabilia
At first I didn't see how I could pick one Star Wars thing to photograph. Then I fixated on the word memorabilia and it became much easier. I've been to several Star Wars and general Sci Fi conventions (and would love to go to more). Sitting on my bookshelf I have a sticker-covered binder.

Autograph binder

In that binder are the dozens of autographed photos I've collected at the various conventions. This is just a sampling of the photos. I cheated slightly by slipping a Harry Potter photo in with the Star Wars memorabilia, but the actor who played Flitwick also played Wicket the Ewok in Return of the Jedi so close enough. I guess my excuse for the Indiana Jones actor is going to be that Harrison Ford is a star in both series.

A few autographs
Feeling: Lazy
Exploring: Bed
Listening: Animaniacs - What Are We?


What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 10:54 pm on 10 February 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Your Star Wars collection is so well-displayed! You could open a Star Wars shop.

I LOVE your necklace.
bratty_jedi at 12:11 am on 11 February 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I'd love to organize a Star Wars shop! That would be so much fun. I'm always tempted to organize the Star Wars section when I go to a bookstore. I can never decide with my own collection if I want to mix everything together and put it all in chronological order or if I want to separate based on format (hardbacks, paperbacks, bound comics, and single issue comics) and then do chronological within each format. I changed from mix to divided by format a couple of weekends ago when I did the major cleaning. I can fit an extra shelf in the unit if I have one shelf tall enough for just paperbacks rather than having them all big enough for the comics and I needed the extra space.

Is that not one of the best necklaces ever?
bratty_jedi at 12:18 am on 11 February 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, remember when all my stuff got trashed when I was moving apartments and some of my legos were trashed with everything else? The train set is one of the ones that was trashed and the Remus in the photo is the figure that I could find the head and the legs of but not the torso and then finally found the torso after more dumpster diving. He looks pretty good for having been in a dumpster, no?
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 12:59 am on 11 February 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Oh yeah! But of course Remus would look good no matter where he's been. ;)
bratty_jedi at 1:16 am on 11 February 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. He's used to cleaning up after a rough time.
bratanimus at 12:11 pm on 11 February 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for posting these great pics! I love your Star Wars collection, and of course lego!Remus and Hogsmeade! Fantastic. :D
bratty_jedi at 9:07 pm on 11 February 2008 (UTC) (Link)
My pleasure :) Glad you enjoyed them

What scares me is this probably isn't even a quarter of my total Star Wars collection. Most of my stuff is in bins in my parents' attic. I'd love to have it all here but I don't have anywhere near enough room for it.
gilpin25 at 6:35 pm on 11 February 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I love your minifigure Remus - you can tell he's cool even in bricks because that's such a great, swirly cloak and a huge bar of chocolate, lol.

The necklace is gorgeous, such a vivid blue, am not surprised it's such a favourite. Your Star Wars collections are awesome and I'll never say no to looking at pictures of Harrison.

Edited at 2008-02-11 06:36 pm (UTC)
bratty_jedi at 9:11 pm on 11 February 2008 (UTC) (Link)
As I told mrstater, this particule Remus minifig has spent time in a dumpster and I as afraid he was lost for good. He looks remarkably well considering all he's been through.

I'm a little bummed about the missing pieces of the necklace, but I'll continue to wear it until there is nothing left because I love it so much.

If I could ever get an autographed Harrison Ford pic, I'd be in heaven. Which of course means I'm incredibly jealous of a certain flister who has admitted to having one :P
gilpin25 at 9:28 pm on 11 February 2008 (UTC) (Link)
this particule Remus minifig has spent time in a dumpster and I as afraid he was lost for good. He looks remarkably well considering all he's been through.

I can't believe you went to all that trouble to make him authentically shabby. He's still got that sexy swirl to his cloak though, which just goes to prove that fictional death and dumpsters do not keep a good werewolf down. ;)

If I could ever get an autographed Harrison Ford pic, I'd be in heaven. Which of course means I'm incredibly jealous of a certain flister who has admitted to having one :P

Mine's in the attic in my ginormous film memorabilia box, but I asked Melanie/Lelanie to find hers as she's sorting through stuff having not long moved here and take a photo of it for me. I sort of feel hers is the precious one as it caused such hilarity when it arrived, though I am very attached to mine, and it is securely bundled in many protective layers in its box.
drumher at 4:28 am on 26 February 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Apologies for being such a slacker in responding. I like how you dislpay your various collections and you've got quite a few! Do you collect them with the idea of eventually selling them one day or are they going be part of your Estate sale in 70 or so years.

I'd have to put the Corellian Series up as my most re-read Star Wars books. There's lots of Han and Leia action, though not so much together, and the kids haven't fallen to the dark side. Always a plus.

Thanks for sharing!

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