Star Wars Legendary Jedi Master Yoda

Star Wars Legendary Jedi Master Yoda Toy

If anything, the Star Wars Legendary Jedi Master Yoda will make you smile. That is, if you can find one. This electronic, voice-activated Yoda figurine, which can speak 115 phrases and move a lightsaber, is already sold out in places. As I right this, Amazon shows it temporarily out of stock. I assume that more will become available in the weeks leading into Christmas but, seeing that Forbes' magazine calls Star Wars the franchise to beat this year, it is not really surprising that it is sold out, is it?

If you want to buy this Yoda figure, you may have to go on a bit of a search. You can check out Amazon's listings by clicking here though when I looked in May 2021 it was no longer available. You can, however, find it on eBay by clicking here. You can check local sources. It is definitely a case of buyer and budget beware...the harder to find this item becomes, the higher the price is going to go and conversely, if the manufacturer supplies a bunch of them, the price should return to normal, which I believe is about $180 U.S.

Of course, you could just take a pass and, if you are a fan, choose a lesser toy, a t-shirt or a Yoda coffee mug or just smile and allow the fact that the Star Wars franchise is back to be a gift in itself. That is my plan. My family is thrilled that Star Wars is being rebooted and hopeful that it will be worthy of the previous films. I hope so, too.

How about it? Are you a Star Wars fan? Are you anxious for this reboot or maybe not? Will there be any Star Wars merchandise under your Christmas tree this year?

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in a galaxy far, far away!

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Despicable Me 2 Minions Poster

Despicable Me 2 (I Love Minions) Movie Poster

I'll admit it...I have yet to see Despicable Me and I don't love Minions...but my grown son does so I'm bringing you this I Love Minions movie poster from Allposters as a wordless Wednesday post. How about it? Do you heart minions?

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The Best Harry Potter Decorative Gift Ideas (2020)

A page of great Harry Potter home decor, also perfect for your HP parties and costumes!

The Harry Potter franchise has spawned some truly amazing merchandise including the seven fantastic items on this page that really are perfect gifts for any Harry Potter fan, young or old. Each of items would double up perfectly as party decorations for Halloween and birthday parties and then magically become a part of your Harry Potter themed room.


The Best Harry Potter Decorative Gifts

What Harry Potter d├ęcor would be complete without a sorting hat? Fans will know that the sorting hat is used when you arrive at Hogwarts and that it sorts you into the house you will be part of, whether that be Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin. The sorting hat would make a magnificent centerpiece for your table or accessory for your Harry Potter costume.

Click here to order your Harry Potter sorting hat from Amazon.


Harry Potter's Tri Wizard Cup Lamp

The Triwizard cup represents the trophy that is given to the winner of the Triwizard Tournament at Hogwarts. This replica is quite amazing, I love it because it is really a lamp! It is recommended by the manufacturer for individuals over 3 years of age. A lovely piece, a collectible, this lamp is 12 inches tall.

People who have purchased this lamp said:

"I bought this lamp for my thirteen year old daughter who is a huge Harry Potter fan and she was absolutely thrilled. It is a very good replica of the tri wizard cup featured the movie and it makes a good accent lamp for a HP obsessed teen's room." - Evensong

"This lamp is very pretty. I have it in my living room and it looks elegant (non-Potter fans have no idea that it is a movie related item). Potter fans smile when they see it!" - NA

Click here to order your Harry Potter Tri Wizard Cup lamp from Amazon.


Harry Potter Plush Book of Monsters

The Harry Potter Monster Book of Monsters plush shown here is a great plush prop for your decor. It is a toy of sorts or a very unusual cushion. Find your monster book here on Amazon. 

There is also an animated version of the Book of Monsters from Universal Studios Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which you can see here on eBay.


Harry Potter Marauder's Map

The Marauder's map maps the interior of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It shows the classrooms, hallways, grounds, secret passages and every single person that is at Hogwarts. It can also identify each of those people making it a extremely useful tool for Harry Potter.

This Noble Collection Marauder's Map will help you find your way around Hogwarts and it will also make a great decoration for your Harry Potter themed room. It is a replica, in full size, which measures 15.5 by 72 inches (when opened) and which has been printed on parchment paper.

Purchasers said:

"This map was a hit! It was a Christmas present for a self-proclaimed Harry Potter geek. He was expecting the little Marauder's Map that's being given away in Harry Potter 6 and was totally amazed and thrilled with this one. I recommend it for your favorite Harry Potter geek." - TS

"Beautiful map. Fairly heavy weighted paper, and the folds are pretty easy to follow. Good details on the map. You almost expect to see footprints waking around!" - LD

Click here to order your Marauder's Map from Amazon.


The Marauder's Map Cushion or Pillow

Another perfect Harry Potter gift item is the Harry Potter marauder's map pillow. A quality item from NECA, it measures 17 by 14 inches and is recommended for individuals 13 years of age and up.

"The details in the print and the edging on both sides of this pillow are quite beautiful! I bought it as a Christmas gift for my husband and he absolutely loves it! The filling is nice and firm, and the fabric feels very durable. This is a decorative pillow not a snuggly one due to the texture of the fabric."- SLV

Click here to order your Marauder's Map pillow from Amazon.


The Marauder's Map Throw Blanket

Okay, I'll admit it. I always use a throw blanket when I am watching television but I do not have a throw blanket that I like as much as this one that features the all important Marauder's Map from Harry Potter.

Click here to order your Marauder's Map throw blanket from Amazon.


The Marauder's Map Coffee Mug

My son owns this Marauder's Map coffee mug (shown below) from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and it is handsome. If you are looking for a practical Harry Potter souvenir or gift, I can highly recommend this coffee mug though be aware that it is big, very big!

Click here to order your Marauder's Map coffee mug from Amazon.

Since this mug is out of production, you might do better today by checking for it on eBay by clicking here. When I checked just now, there were more available at a lower price, too.

I hope that this page has given you some more Harry Potter decorating ideas.

See you at
The Hogwarts School of 
Witchcraft and Wizardry!

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Star Trek (2009) Blu-ray Movie Review

Star Trek 2009 Blu-ray Movie Review
Star Trek (2009) Blu-ray Movie
I grew up with the Star Trek franchise. That is, with Captain Kirk, Spock and the rest of the crew of the Starship Enterprise. Star Trek was a series that our family watched once a week and, when the series was over, we watched the episodes in reruns for many years so there was no question that I would be going to see the movie when it was released in 2009.

Guess what? I loved it. As a matter of fact, when I left the movie theatre, I proclaimed it, "THE BEST MOVIE THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN." Pretty strong words, don’t you think? I have no idea if that is the truth or not, but that was definitely how I was feeling about that movie at that moment. It was packed with action and adventure and even some emotion. It had funny moments and insider references, good acting and a great storyline. I loved the movie and when the Blu-ray version was released, I loved it, too.

But don’t take my word for it…

The Movie Plot in 100-ish Words

Star Trek (2009) is both a prequel and a reboot. A movie for Star Trek fans and for those who have never seen a single Star Trek movie, this movie documents the maiden voyage of a spaceship, the U.S.S. Enterprise. It features new crew members who attempt to stop an evil entity that threatens all of mankind. James Kirk is an impulsive Iowa farm boy and Spock a logical man who throws off emotion. Their partnership is unlikely but their clash of instinct and reason proves powerful enough to guide us all through their mission, taking us "boldly where no one has gone before."

The Trailer

The Movie Reviews

The Amazon customer reviews about the movie itself are complimentary. Writer D. Ferrari said that this movie really felt like Star Trek to him. He said it has the attitude he expected. Reviewer Konrad Kern said that you will love this movie regardless of whether you are a Trekkie fan.

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DVD Talk said, "Star Trek offers nothing but pleasures to those in tune with Gene Roddenberry's original creation and provides ample comfort to newcomers who should immediately set aside anticipated Trekkie bias and suit up with Starfleet...The film provides 120 minutes of unrelenting goose bumps..."

The Movie Mom said that audiences “should be set to stun with this splendid reboot of the 40-plus year old Star Trek series. By boldly going where many, many have gone before, J.J. Abrams of television's Lost and Alias has managed to make a thoroughly entertaining film.”

I agree.

The Blu-ray Reviews

The HDR Room said, "J.J. Abrams brought back the voyages of the Star Trek Enterprise...Paramount ensured the Blu-ray presentation is befitting the film...non-fluffy bonus material, sharp video and audio that reaches levels of perfection few discs have before.”

Star Trek Blu-ray Boxed Set with Model
Star Trek Blu-ray Boxed Set with Model said that the Blu-ray release “features impeccable picture and sound quality and a complete, thoroughly informative and consistently entertaining supplemental package.” They went on to give it their HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.

One Amazon customer said, “You will be letting yourself down if you like Star Trek, have a Blu-ray player but don't buy this movie" and, once again, I agree.

There are some pretty interesting boxed sets that include this movie available any of which would make a great gift idea for the Trekkie who does not already own this movie on Blu-ray disc. Of course, the longer a special boxed set like the ones shown here with the U.S.S. Enterprise replica metal model or with the collectible badges has been around, the harder to find and the more expensive they become. If you are interested, you can click on any of the the pictures shown of the boxed sets to go directly to that item on Amazon or you can find the ordinary Star Trek blu-ray movie release by clicking here. If you are interested in adding this movie to your collection, you will be interested to learn that the stand alone blu-ray version retails for less than $10.

Have you seen the Star Trek (2009) movie on Blu-ray? Are you interested?

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This post was originally published elsewhere in 2009.


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