In other years I've stuck this kind of post in my personal journal, but due to the sheer amount of fandom-related stuff I got for Christmas this year, I think it should now find a place in my fandom journal. So, lucky you guys, you get treated to (or to suffer through) it. Heh.
It would probably surprise no one reading this to know that my Christmas list consisted of 90% Star Wars stuff. The 30th anniversary this year meant that a whole whack of stuff - mostly books, but other memorabilia too - was released, and you better believe most of it wound up on my list, along with some other fandom stuff. This is what I ended up getting. I think I cleaned up quite well!
- The Star Wars Vault. This was the major thing I wanted, the gift I felt I absolutely couldn't do without. Written and collected by Steve Sansweet, the Vault focuses mainly on the making, leadup to and merchandising of the Original SW Trilogy. It also delves briefly into the Prequels. What's really cool about it though is the copies of the actual memorabilia used in the making of and marketing of the movies. Things like movie posters, reproductions of script pages (in George Lucas's actual handwriting!), plus two CDs full of commentary, pictures, documentaries and posters. I looked at it very briefly after unwrapping and I can tell it's going to take me at least a couple months to go through all the stuff. It's truly amazing, and I don't even want to think about what it must have cost. XD
- Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide. I'm not sure what precisely the purpose of this book is, other than to drain hapless SW fans of more of their hard-earned cash, but do you think that stopped me from putting it on my list? No, no it did not. (I am SO going to start forwarding my paycheque directly to LucasFilm and skip the middleman.) Essentially the Ultimate Visual Guide traces the history of the GFFA, from the first Sith war to wherever the heck they are now in the EU, taking careful note of the major players along the way. Not only does it contain some well-chosen movie stills, it also has beautiful art culled from the comic books and movie posters. This is another thing I can't wait to get my paws on.
- The Music of Star Wars: 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition. This is going straight to iTunes, but it'll be a valuable companion as a CD set too. It's an eight-disc set that comes packaged in a beautiful foil-wrapped storage box. The first six CDs contain the soundtracks to Episodes IV, V and VI in their entirety. The seventh disc is something called The Corellian Edition, a sort of "greatest hits" of compositions from all six films. I'll be really interested to see which ones they picked for that one. And the eighth CD is actually a DVDROM thing with posters, interviews with John Williams and a variety of other cool stuff.
- Wicked: The Grimmerie - A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Broadway Musical. This book was a total surprise gift, but it looks absolutely awesome. Little-known (well, to some of you anyway) fact: I am a MAJOR fan of the Broadway musical Wicked, and this is pretty much the ultimate Wicked book out there. It's packed with photos, cast interviews, facts and information about Wicked in New York, plus all its other incarnations. Looks spectacular.
- Afghanada, Vol. 1 on CD. There aren't many radio dramas on anymore, but this is one - about the Canadian mission in Afghanistan - and it is an absolutely incredible program. Fellow Canadians, if it is at all possible for you to tune into CBC at 11:00 on Wednesday evening or 11:30 on Friday morning, DO SO. You will not regret it. The program follows a group of soldiers who have been deployed to Afghanistan and the various trials and tribulations they experience. I can't wait to listen to the episodes I've missed.
- Battlestar Galactica: Razor on DVD and Battlestar Galactica Season 1 on DVD. May I just say, right now, that I love my boyfriend? Just wanted to make that clear. XD As soon as I announced my intentions to become a fully-fledged BSG fan, he snuck out to CD Warehouse and purchased these for me. My dad, who is also an avowed BSG fan, was drooling over them too. We started to watch Episode One of Season 1 tonight, and I can't wait to finish tomorrow.
- V For Vendetta on DVD. This is one of my absolute favourite movies, even though it kind of got panned by the critics. I still love it. Natalie Portman kicks some serious ass and Hugh Jackman turns in a very entertaining performance, is all I will say. For the rest, well, you'll just have to watch it.
- Miss Potter on DVD. Wow, can you say guilty pleasure? XD I saw this movie earlier this year and absolutely fell in love with it for several reasons - not least of which because Ewan McGregor happens to play a starring role. Hehe. Beyond that, it is simply adorable, and required viewing for anyone who enjoyed Beatrix Potter's books or who loves animals.
- National Geographic: The Great Quake on DVD. This documentary was supposed to be on the National Geographic channel last April, but it turns out that the program only aired in the United States, so I wasn't able to see it. Bleechh. Anyway, now I can watch it anytime I want! Was very pleased and surprised to receive it.
- The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar. Because no Canadian would be caught dead without their daily dose of weather trivia. I'm nothing if not loyal to my nationality. XD
What a haul! Let's just say my family knows me very, very well. Boxing Day is traditionally the day when I play with all my new toys, so I'll doubtless be back tomorrow with at least preliminary reviews of the SW duds.
Lastly, but definitely not leastly, a big MERRY CHRISTMAS to all those of you celebrating today! I hope your holiday was just as awesome as mine. ^_^