Yet another Funko announcement at Toy Fair that had me jumping up and down is their new line of vinyl collectibles named Rock Candy. My favorite thing about the Rock Candy line is that it spotlights female superheroes. Right now the collection only includes the women of DC Comic but depending on the success of the line, I’m sure they would try to extend their license to Marvel too. The figures are already up for preorder on Entertainment Earth and at $10.99 per figure, buying the whole line is completely affordable! The two that I’m definitely preordering are Modern Batgirl and Classic Supergirl. Which are your favorites?
The past week has been overflowing with Harry Potter news and this Ravenclaw couldn’t feel more lucky to be alive right now! I’m going to list my favorite news first because everyone has heard it by now and I’m already planning which bookstore I want to go to for the midnight release so I can feel like I’m in high school again. From books to toys there’s just so much report so I’ll get to it:
This is the most exciting news since it’s a new story set in the Harry Potter world! Ever since Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was announced I had been praying that the show would find it’s way to NYC because really, how could I possibly survive in life without knowing everything about my favorite world? The answer is, I probably couldn’t. Luckily, for everyone who isn’t able to make it to London, Scholastic (or Little Brown if you’re in the UK) will be releasing a book of the full script! Apparently there’s some confusion online but Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is NOT a prequel. It takes place 19 years AFTER the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I love that it’s being released on July 31st for Harry’s birthday<3 Because it’s being printed so soon, the first version of this book is the Rehearsed Edition script and once it’s finalized, a new version of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be released, entitled the Definitive Collector’s Edition (in typical Potter fashion since publisher’s know us Potterheads will spend all of our money on new editions).
Speaking of special editions… the 20 year anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is coming up in 2017 and to celebrate, Bloomsbury will be releasing Special Hogwarts House editions of the first book. My thoughts: WHERE CAN I PREORDER MY PRECIOUS RAVENCLAW THEMED TOME?!
As I’m sure you’re aware, the movie adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (which JK Rowling is penning the script for) is being released later this year. Bloomsbury has announced that they’ll be releasing an updated hardback version of the textbook on February 9th, 2017 (woo less than year!) which will include new content from JK Rowling in the form of an introduction. They’ve also just given a teaser for the cover (above) and announced that Jonny Duddle will be the cover illustrator. You may recognize Duddle’s work because he also illustrated all of the new Potter covers in 2014.
Yes, there’s more! You know that beautiful Harry Potter Illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone? Well, we’re about to get illustrated versions of the Hogwarts Library books as well (which include Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Autumn 2017, The Tales of the Beedle Bard – 2018 and Quidditch Through the Ages – 2019). I’m going to need an entire bookshelf dedicated solely to HP. This is not a complaint.
This weekend Toy Fair is taking place at the Javits Center in NYC and Funko had a ton of Potter reveals to share! I’m thrilled to say that my dream of a Hogwarts Express Funko has been realized. Unfortunately, there’s no official release date just yet but at least these are in our near future! I love that the Mystery Minis line includes animals! I never thought I would say this but Voldemort is pretty cute in this line! And can we just about how Ron is holding a Chocolate Frog and Hermione is clutching a book? I’m in love! Images of the toys below were released exclusively on Mugglenet.
And right before Toy Fair, Funko announced the exclusive Harry Potter Funkos that’ll be available during the second wave. My favorites are the Hot Topic exclusives which include Draco in his Quidditch robes and Cedric Diggory in his Triwizard outfit *sobs.* The other two Pops, Harry Potter in the Sorting Hat and Neville Longbottom will be exclusive to Barnes and Noble.
Yes yes yes yes yes! Although Luna Lovegood is still noticeably absent from the new lineup despite being included in the preliminary concept sketches for Wave 2, I am still over the moon about the new figures! Funko has even announced a March 15th release date for the new pops so we won’t be waiting that long! I’m most excited to add Draco, Sirius and Dobby to my Harry Potter collection but I’m sure I’ll be picking up Yule Ball Hermione and Ron too because they’re an OTP of mine. The dementor is admittedly frightening but I suppose my Voldemort needs at least one supporter on the shelf. Hopefully the other characters included in the concept art (Luna, Neville, Triwizard Harry and Gambon Dumbledore) will make up the next wave. Plus, I’m still hoping for a Ginny, Hedwig, Hogwarts Express, Fleur Delacour, Bellatrix LeStrange, Mad-Eye Moody, Cedric Diggory, and the list goes on and on!
(All images via Pop Vinyl)
Not Included in Wave 2
I’ve always been a huge fan of Karen Hallion’s artwork but I’ve never felt as compelled to own one of her shirts as when she debuted her Agent Carter design. The top means a lot to me for multiple reasons, the first being that I used to do video recaps each week for the Agent Carter televsion show while it was premiering on ABC. Besides loving the show and the character, I devoted so many hours of those few months to the SSR. I ended up quitting that position shortly after Agent Carter ended because the criticism I received from my then boss was that I’m “too female,” and it “alienates male viewers.” Never have I felt as disheartened about the comic book industry as I did then. Being female is not a thing I can or want to change so channeling Peggy and knowing my value, I quit without the slightest hint of guilt and I’ve never regretted it since.
Photos by Andrew Gallagher
This video has been requested more than any other and since I was able to find some of my Avengers pops who had been hiding on me when I originally tried to film the video, I finally filmed it! Although in true Kristin fashion, it’s already slightly out of date because I’ve added Thanos, Jane Foster Thor, Dancing Baby Holiday Groot, and pink Batman to my collection but that just shows how addicted I am to these adorable little figures. I love their big round eyes and big heads on their tiny bodies. They’re like little bb chibis!
Never in a million years could I have imagined just how lucky I would be to find someone like my now fiancé Andrew<3 He is an extremely talented graphic designer (which sure helped during this elaborate proposal) and he is the most creative, kind and loving person and I can’t get over how lucky I am to be spending the rest of my life with him. Please note that we had him sorted on Pottermore a few weeks ago because he insisted that he’s a Hufflepuff but I’ve been saying he’s Gryffindor since day one. Albeit, Pottermore sorted him into Gryffindor and he went out and bought a House tie for this glorious occasion.
We recently got engaged at my favorite place in the world, The Strand Bookstore in NYC and the entire process leading up to it was absolutely magical. If you’ve been following me on Instagram and Twitter you’ll know that I’ve been receiving a series of letters from Harry Potter characters for the past week. I’ve scanned high resolution versions of each so you can read them clearly and I’m going to be writing out exactly how the actual proposal happened because I’ve had so many of you comment about how you enjoyed following along so it’s only fair that you find out the ending (or rather, beginning) of our story!
I also have to point out that there were seven letters in all which as all Potterheads know is the most significant number for reasons. (ie. there are seven Harry Potter books and seven Horcruxes)
A letter from Minerva McGonagall stating that I’d been accepted into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! Imagine coming home from a seemingly normal day of work only to find an envelope with an official Hogwarts wax seal (Andrew ordered a Hogwarts stamp online, and red wax which he melted and sealed each envelope with), an owl post stamp and two lines of claw marks from the owl who carried it on his journey. My initial reaction “WHAT IS THIS!?!?!?!” My parents just stared at me and mother insisted an owl dropped it off earlier that day. When I opened it I found an acceptance letter on official Hogwarts letterhead inviting me to attend the upcoming school year. This is literally my dream come true! I’ve been waiting for this letter since I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and suddenly at 28 it appeared. I’m assuming the poltergeist McGonagall is referring to is none other than Peeves and what I took away from this is that 1) I would be getting more letters(!) and 2) I had no idea how to send my reply (an obvious yes) since I do not own an owl. Andrew said it sounded like I would be getting more instructions so I should probably just wait. Sidenote: I am incredibly impatient. I actually considered not going to work the next day because I wanted my next letter so badly. And so my magical week began! (Key clue words include “Commitment” and “long and happy future”)
A letter from Fred and George Weasley! It’s difficult to tell in the scan but Fred’s writing is in a deep navy blue and George’s is in black and their handwriting is in slightly different fonts (which is easier to see). I love how humorous and in character their correspondence is! The post script had me laughing out loud! In addition to the letter, Fred and George also sent me a parcel packaged in brown paper and tied with a string. I opened it quickly and discovered that they had entrusted me with the Marauders Map (from the Noble Collection- a thing I have mentioned to Andrew that I’ve always wanted)! My next thoughts revolved around how easily it will be for me to sneak out of the castle and grab Butterbeers in Hogsmeade when Potions class seems unbearable!
Another letter from Professor McGonagall! I love how she stresses the importance of the three things that Hogwarts students carry with them at all times. I immediately texted Cassie and Melissa in our ongoing group chat with a photo of the letter and we set up a date for our “We’re going to be Wizards!” manicures. I can only assume that Andrew is in fact the one that stopped at Gringotts to cover the cost which is beyond sweet. I appreciate that he scheduled in some female bonding time with my best friends before the big day so we could talk about everything in person and grab some cupcakes together. (Key clue: manicures –> hands –> fingers –> ring)
A letter and parcel from Hagrid! This is one of my favorite letters I’ve received, particularly because 1) it came with Chocolate Frogs which I had JUST been talking about wanting not even a week earlier and 2) the letter is burned around the edges and it looks beautiful in person! It’s so like Hagrid to have a dangerous little creature wreaking havoc on his letters. And he wasn’t kidding about the owl being confused, the envelope is postmarked in 6 different countries before it finally reached me! I’ve been savoring my Chocolate Frogs so I still have a few left but I’m hesitant about diving into the Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans as I’m sure you can imagine.
Another follow-up letter from McGonagall stating the time and date of my appointment at The Strand to get my books for the upcoming school year. Anyone who knows me is fully aware that books are my the most important material possession to me and I am always the happiest when I’m in a bookstore so the thought of waiting until Wednesday for this appointment was absolutely excruciating. Daydreams of new books, and magical books at that, were definitely keeping me up at night when I should’ve been asleep. (Key clues: The Strand aka my favorite place in the world – Suggesting I dress well)
A letter from Professor Trelawney warning me of the doom I shall face should I accept my place at Hogwarts! This is another one of my favorite letters because I couldn’t stop laughing while I was reading it. My parents did not get it at all which was even funnier to me. This letter also included a package of African Mint Green Tea from David’s Tea and Andrew put his graphic design skills to work again and created a Wizards Brew label for the package. (Key clue: RINGING. RINGing.)
The last will and testament of Albus Dumbledore! So, here’s the full story:
When I arrived at The Strand I went straight to the back corner of the fiction department and when I didn’t see anyone waiting there I asked Andrew if he thought that the person’s name was actually an author and not an employee. He shrugged noncommittally and I started searching the stacks. Andrew grabbed a ladder for me because Emma Chapman was located on the top shelf. In one of her books entitled How to be a Good Wife (Andrew assured me this book was chosen because wife was in the title and it was in no way a reflection on me) the final letter was hidden. I read through Dumbledore’s will and laugh-cried through the whole thing because of all of the reasons I wouldn’t need what was being left to Ron, Hermione and Harry were heartwarming and / or humorous. When I finally finished reading through the Will, Andrew pulled a golden Snitch out of his bag. He said some very beautiful things to me including that his world would end without me. He then said “I only open at the close,” got down on one knee, opened the Snitch (which he ordered online, cut in half and turned into a ring box) and asked me to marry him right there surrounded by stacks upon stacks of books! Tears of joy ensue!
I had no idea but Andrew had asked his friend Michelle who is an amazing photographer (seriously, you should check out her instagram for a taste of her work!) to come and take photos of us during the proposal and I’m so happy that it’s all documented! We took several more photos after I exclaimed my YES (on the second floor with the Harry Potter books of course). One of the Strand employees gave us a lovely card wishing us luck in the future and telling us how much they appreciated being part of our special day. They also posted a photo of us on their instagram account which is pretty awesome!
And then, as if this whole thing couldn’t possibly get any more romantic, Andrew and Ben (his coworker and our dear friend) spent the afternoon calling Please Don’t Tell to get reservations for us to celebrate. PDT is a speakeasy on St. Marks and you can only enter through a faux phonebooth. They only take same-day reservations and they begin answering their phones at 3PM. BUT, what makes this incredibly romantic is that PDT is a place that Andrew and I went together after several dates and it’s the place he asked me to be his girlfriend<3
So basically, the most wonderful and magical proposal a girl could ever dream of. I’m still amazed at all of the time and effort that Andrew put into his elaborate proposal and how he made the entire process into something he knew would mean everything to me. It was just such a special experience since Harry Potter had such a large impact on me throughout my life and to incorporate it into this next chapter means the world to me. I’m over the moon about everything and I’m so excited to start planning our wedding day and to know that I’ll be spending the rest of my life with the man of my dreams!
I’m posting this a day late, but here are all the exclusives I would be devoting my precious time to collecting if I were attending SDCC this year. I found out about my favorite exclusive, the glitter Darth Vader coin purse, after seeing Le Fancy Geek’s Wish List and I knew I had to add it to mine! I’m also really loving the Her Universe Agent Carter tee. I loved that tv series so much and it holds a special place for me since it’s really what got me into YouTubing<3 I’m also obsessed with the Serenity Leaf on the Wind necklace by Quantum Mechanix. Talk about the perfect accessory! Other favorites include plush direwolves & a Game of Thrones crown, a Jem & the Holograms doll and Regina & Supergirl vinyl figures! What’re you hoping to get your hands on this year?
Since Funko pop figures are released in collections, I thought it was only fair to group my favorites into collections. I had a serious Funko addiction when they first started being released and I have more of them than any one person needs but I only brought a small portion of them with me when I moved. Here are the ones I love the most from my collection!
Helmeted Loki (I was SO happy a new version of this one was released for Thor: The Dark World)
Princess Bubblegum and Marceline
All of my Disney Funkos! Especially hipster Ariel and my Beauty & the Beast ones <3
Robocop and Rocketeer
PAST & UPCOMING TOPICS
Part of my getting-back-into-SuperSpaceChick-blogging-initiative includes the introduction of Outfit of the Day posts. I’m always getting tons of questions about my clothing when I post photos on instagram, so I thought it would be easier to share more details in one simple place. For my first outfit, I chose to wear this beautiful stained glass window dress which recreates the gorgeous ending of Beauty and the Beast. The dress is full of striking colors and it fits perfectly. It’s part of BlackMilk’s Disney collection, and it’s still available to order online. I also chose to take photos in front of my new bookshelf because Belle, books, enchanted roses, etc. I used my enchanted rose replica which a close friend of mine surprised me with while we were visiting Disney World in March. I also took a few photos with my Lumiere Funko but despite loving the figure, I wasn’t thrilled with either of the photos, so you can only spot him in the background on my bookshelf in one of the photos below. The castle ring was purchased at Spooky Empire when I visited Kristin a few years ago, but I’m sure there are similar ones on Etsy. For links to everything that’s still available, scroll down ^_^