Saturday, 27 April 2019

March/April 2019 Kawaii & Geeky Wishlist

Happy Saturday Everyone! It's approaching the end of another month (where is this year going!?) and so I thought it's about time I shared another Kawaii & Geeky wishlist with you guys! I decided last month that I was going to share another combined wishlist, since I'm finding that most of the items I want are toys & figures, and I don't want to bore you all with a list full of those, haha! Although if you're a fellow Funko fan and would like me to post a wishlist dedicated to those, then please let me know in the comments :) I know that I have sucked at blogging this month (sorry!) >.< but hopefully next month will be better. But for now, here is a long-awaited post! 

1. House Stark Winter is Coming Zip Hoodie I am in serious need of a new hoodie! I am one of those people who will continue to wear my hoodies until they are literally falling apart XD However, a catalogue from EMP came through my door yesterday, and it was filled with Game of Thrones merch, including lots of hoodies & tees. This hoodie is kind of pricey, considering it's not an official branded product (I think), at just over £40 but if it's great quality then it's worth it for me! I used to have an official HBO Stark sigil hoodie, and I would love another to help me rep my love for the franchise. 

2. Unicat Lined Notebook by Paperchase I am in love with all of the items in Paperchase's 'OK Play' range! I really love the colour scheme, and of course the unicat is absolutely adorable! Its tail reminds me of one of those Flump marshmallow treats, and I love those. I like the sparkles around the unicat too, as they look like the emoji, which I definitely overuse :D What are your most overused emojis? I am always happy to get more notebooks and I feel a mighty need to add this super cute one to my collection! 

3. Vaporeon Enamel Pin Badge by LyericWorks I am in love with all of the Eeveelutions pins by this fantastic artist! They are so bright and the design is just so sweet!! Vaporeon is my favourite Eeveelution, well in fact it's my favourite Pokemon of all, so I would love to own this pin the most :) To be honest, I just want them all! *Was totally considering making a 'Gotta catch 'em all' pun then* 

4. I Heart Revolution Easter Egg Palette I know that this isn't necessarily kawaii, but I thought I'd include it on my wishlist anyway, since it's something that I want :) Last month, I spotted that Superdrug had some awesome little Easter Egg palettes available. They contain five eyeshadows and two highlighters, and are only a fiver! I love things that have a novelty shape. There's four varieties that are each a different colour and theme, and I'm a sucker for wanting to complete a full set, so I will probably try to get them all! My favourite, the pink one, is called 'Flamingo'; it has peach and coral tones and I think these will be perfect for Summertime. But there's also Chick (featuring reds and ambers), Candy (featuring pinks and purples), and Chocolate (with browns and neutrals). Which one appeals most of you? My go-to would usually be browns and neutrals (unless there was a grey and black option), but I want to try something different. 

5. Hamtaro Button Badge Set by Mi-Eau Oh my goodness! I literally squeaked when I first came across these button badges!! I was pretty obsessed with Hamtaro when I was around 11 or 12. I used to watch it every night after school on Fox Kids, and I would constantly be drawing the characters. I even named one of my pet hamsters Hamtaro :D I barely ever seen merch of this adorable anime, so when I do, I get to excited! Mi-Eau has two sets available, each with six different characters. I prefer this one, but I need them both in my life! 

6. Funko Pop! Charmander Vinyl Figure I am so over the moon that Funko have been releasing Pokemon Pop! figures, and I finally got my hands on the Bulbasaur one! It's just so pretty and I love it so much!! I aim to add the other two Pokemon figures to my collection, including Charmander, who is the newest one and a Pop in a Box exclusive. It's super annoying that only the US and Canadian Pop in a Box websites have released it, because I'm a subscriber to the UK one and they should make it available to all of their customers! But since I managed to get the Bulbasaur one on the US Amazon, that's where I'll get Charmander from too! There's a Pikachu one, but it was a Target exclusive over in the States and it's proving harder to source for a reasonable price! 

7. Radish Spirit Acrylic Keychain by BrightBat I am a big fan of Studio Ghibli and Spirited Away is one of my favourites, especially because of all of the marvellous 'creatures' in it! I always thought that the Radish Spirit was so unique and cute, and it's not one of the main characters so you don't find much merch of it, which is a shame! I really love this design of it by BrightBat, it looks so chubby and cuddly (can radishes even be cuddly XD). It reminds me of a little sumo-wrestler, and I am yet to own an acrylic keyring so it would be great if this could be my first :) even if I might not be able to bring myself to actually attach it to one of my bags. Are any of you guys guilty of buying accessories and never actually using them for their intended purpose? 

8. Funko Rock Candy Daenerys Vinyl Figure I told myself that I wasn't going to start collecting Rock Candy figures, which are another line of figures by the brand Funko, because I already collect their Pop! Vinyl's, Mystery Minis and Pint Size Heroes, but I cannot help myself XD I have a problem! I bought my first one when I went to a Harry Potter Convention last year, and after seeing how photogenic that figure was, I'm now lusting over so many of the others! I keep seeing photographs featuring this Daenerys Targaryen one around on the Instagram Toy Photography community, and it's so gorgeous :) Game of Thrones is taking over my thoughts lately and I feel really motivated to do some themed photography, especially with this figure so I need it! Are you a fan of Game of Thrones? If so, I'd love to know who your favourite character is ; let me know in the comments! 

Thankyou for reading! 

What's on your wishlist this month? 

Have you bought anything nice lately? 


Monday, 15 April 2019

Game of Thrones Season 8 | My Thoughts & Predictions

Hey guys! For the last few days, I haven't been able to stop breaking into randomly humming the Game of Thrones theme tune at all hours of the day so I think that's enough confirmation of just how excited I am for the last season of my favourite TV show! I'm currently avoiding social media because the web is dark and full of spoilers! Fans (and non-fans alike) will know that GoT airs on Sunday night, and will be trending on every platform right now! Here in the UK, it doesn't air on Sky Atlantic until Monday night and although I could probably find a stream online, I like to watch it with my dad on TV :) Anyhow, since I can't stop thinking about the franchise and the fact that this is it (well, other than the rumoured spin-off's), I thought I'd write down my predictions and hopes for my favourite and most despised characters, #forthethrone. I'll probably state a lot of things that my fellow fan are already thinking, but if you have any other theories (or even if you share mine), I would love to hear all about them in the comments. 

I cannot wait for tonight!! However, I am nervous af for what's to come over the next few weeks T_T Oh, and just a little disclaimer, but I will be referring to the series of events that took place in the books as well, just a heads up in case any of you guys haven't read them yet, because there is the potential for spoilers!). I hope you enjoy reading anyhow! 

Before I get into my fandom rambling, I just wanted to mention how happy I am with how the photographs I'm going to be featuring in today's post turned out! :) If you're a regular reader of my blog, you'll likely know that one of my hobbies is toy photography, and lately I've been experimenting with creating winter scenes featuring my Game of Thrones Funko Pop figures. You can see more of my toy photography over on my dedicated Instagram. So, where to start? 

I think I'll begin with my thoughts on what everyone is talking about the most! Who is going to be sitting on the Iron Throne in the end!? My favourite characters from the series are Tyrion Lannister and Arya Stark, so naturally I would love to see Tyrion on the Iron Throne. I feel like Arya Stark is better suited to being her true ninja self, but I feel like Tyrion is such a kingly character, if that's even a real descriptive word. He's intelligent and just, and I think he will be a great ruler. There are lots of other characters though that I love and think will also be awesome as King or Queen, such as Daenerys Targaryen. She's badass and has fought so hard to establish herself a strong and worthy ruler in a world where the places of power are typically reserved for men. I would love to see her ruling in the end of course, it's just that Tyrion is my main man so I can't not hold out hope that he will get to reach his full potential. 

With the way that the show is going though, like everyone else, I have my predictions of how things are going to go down, but with George R.R. Martin, the author of the original book series that inspired this amazing show, The Song of Ice and Fire novels, overseeing the production of the show, you never know if things are going to go in favour of the most beloved characters or if they are going to be torn from us in the most ruthless of circumstances! I am excited for the drama but also scared for my sanity and heart :') But yeah, I feel like with the way things are playing out on screen, we might see Jon Snow, who with regards to the traditional line of succession, once he knows his true identity might want to sit on the Iron Throne, even though I feel like the Jon we know and love would much rather not be a ruler. 

That being said, I think that there's a good chance of Jon Targaryen being the one sitting on the Iron Throne in the end, maybe with Queen Daenerys by his side, although who knows what will happen with their blossoming romance when they realise that they are really Auntie and Nephew. I am wondering if they are going to part ways and if Daenerys will go back over the sea to Essos to be ruler over the cities she liberated, and Jon will stay in Westeros. But Targaryen's aside, I think that Sansa is going to stay where she is and become Queen of the North! What do you guys think? 

I'm not sure why, but throughout the story when it comes to the development of Lord Varys, I have always had this feeling that he would, in a surprising turn of events, somehow end up as ruler of the Iron Throne, or at least Hand of the King or something... I don't know, I'd just like to think that he is going far, and Game of Thrones is a series that likes to shock us all! Are there any characters that you think no one suspects of ending up in high places, that will get there whilst everyone is focused on the 'top dogs'? 

Other than the fight for the throne, there are lots of things that I find myself puzzling over constantly! I have avoided watching the trailer for Season 8 because I don't want to go in to this last season with any idea of how things are going to go down. So one of the main themes of the questions on my mind is what is going to happen to Tormund Giantsbane! He's gorgeous and hilarious and I love him, and if anything has happened to him, I am going to riot!! :D Who's with me? I think it would be absolutely fantastic if he is asked by Jon to be his Hand, if he ends up on the throne. 

Are you on Team Brienne & Tormund, or Brienne & Jaime Lannister? I know it would be lovely for Tormund to win the heart of the beauty waiting for him back at Winterfell and because of how much I like his character, I cannot help routing for that outcome. But when it comes to Jaime and Brienne, there was definitely something special there. You could really feel this in the books, and even though the show gave us inklings of the connection and tension between them, it didn't do it in the way that the books did, which makes me think that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have something else in mind (sorry Brienne & Jaime shippers)! 

Okay, so dragons!! What about the dragons!? They are undoubtedly one of the most amazing aspects of franchise and after the tragedy that befell Viserion last season, it has made us all a little scared about what the future has in store for Drogon & Rhaegal. We are all suspecting a battle of the dragons, and it's going to be hard to watch brother fight brother, and for Daenerys to have to face all of this. I have been surmising that Brandon's status as the Three-eyed Raven will come into play, and he may be able to somehow control Viserion... I don't know, but I want to see that! I am also waiting for the moment when Jon will ride on the dragon that is named after his true father. Rhaegal has been my favourite dragon from the start, not gonna lie at first this was mostly because he was green and bronze and green is my favourite colour haha, but I'm hoping that nothing bad happens to him! 

Something that we all expect from Game of Thrones is that fan-favourites and main characters will be killed! It happened with Sansa's Direwolf, Lady, and with so many of the Starks, and I'm assuming that it's only a matter of time before it happens again :'( I have a heart-breaking feeling that Jon might not survive! I am hoping he will because he was revived from the dead for a reason, but maybe that reason will be fulfilled by him and afterwards he may not survive. It will suck because he's a fantastic character, however with him being the 'rightful' heir to the Seven Kingdoms, Daenerys cannot take the Iron Throne like she wanted unless she rules along with him. This will be the perfect outcome for all of you Dany and Jon shippers, but we all know that Game of Thrones can be merciless and I feel like they won't get a happy ending, but who knows? 

*warning: spoiler territory* Daenerys and Jon got it on last season, and although the show has seemingly made it clear that Dany cannot have children after what happened with the blood magic, I feel like the writers/producers made a decision to not include a scene from the books that gave fans hope that this might not be the case, maybe to add to the shock factor if things go the way I am thinking they will. In the books, after Drogon came to the rescue for Dany when the Sons of the Harpy ambushed the fighting pits, and she was carried off to the place where the Dothraki would come across her, she was wandering for a long time through the grasslands trying to get back to Meereen, and during this time, if I remember correctly, she experienced somewhat of a period, which suggested that maybe everything wasn't as it seemed, and that there might be hope that she was healing. This is making me curious about whether Jon and Daenerys will have a child! We will see!

I'm going to stop rambling now even though I have so much more to say, because this post is long enough as it is! Thankyou if you've read it all the way to the end :D Let me know if you would like more Game of Thrones content in the future, as I really enjoyed nerding out for you all! Another thing that I have to say briefly because I feel like it deserves a mention... I hope that Arya is the one to kill Cersei in the end, because we all know we cannot wait for that scene XD And so, I will conclude today's post here. I am so looking forward to tonight's episode!! 

Thankyou for reading! 
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