Here's my submission for this weeks theme on @exclucollective! This weeks theme was "Crossover." I chose an unlikely battle of the X-Men versus Red Hulk in classic comic book styling. Enjoy!
I plan on taking a short break from Toy Photography starting tomorrow, @nashvilletoygang will continue while I'm away though! Hope everyone is having a great weekend!
C-3PO was the first SW action figure I ever got. I was in the fifth grade -- and one classmate actually had the Death Star set and all the figures! For some reason, my parents didn't buy these things for us, not even as gifts. Then Christmas came and my mom's cousin gave us each of us three brothers a See-Threepio (so we wouldn't fight over which figure to claim). Except for a dirty, ragged Artoo I received in a trade, it was still quite a while before we got additional SW figures. Nowadays, I enjoy collecting the Black Series 6" figures for their details and as photo subjects. -Thank you, @hasbro and @mrstevie18 for releasing a 40th retro edition of these figures!
Although Ahsoka Tano is a fictional female character from the Star Wars universe, she has been an inspiration to me in many ways. When she was introduced back in 2008, I honestly did not think much of her. However, as the Clone Wars series ran, I began to see the importance of her role in the storytelling of Star Wars. From being a padawan to the Chosen One, to fighting in a war that would challenge her to question her purpose as a Jedi, and ultimately making the heavy decision of leaving the Jedi Order, she has been an example of incredible resilience; as one never willing to give up. My reasoning for her being a favorite of mine is due to my own personal struggles that somewhat mirror hers in a strange way. I made the decision to serve an LDS mission; two sacrifice two years of my life. I did what I could to live up to the reputation of those who served before me. I struggled here and there as I relied on my faith to pull me through tough times. I honored the code I vowed to live. I was willing to put others before myself; knowing that I would be taken care of. I was afraid at times, but always found courage. I wanted to become more than I already was. Sadly, due to personal reasons, I returned early. While I was promised that I would still be welcomed and would still return with honor, I was neglected by family, friends, leaders, and others who would not understand. I was questioned and treated like I did something wrong and could never be forgiven. The very people who supported me in the beginning turned me away and made me feel like I did not belong. Since I've been home, my life has been a struggle as I've dealt with loneliness, shame, and guilt. However, by looking back at her past and with the continuation of her story, I've been able to push through my trails just as she continues to do with hers. I still believe in what I believed in before, but I just know now that it will require everything I have to keep believing. She is an inspiration and will always be one of many to keep me going.