Paging Scott Lang

Apparently, since the outdoor pool party that was happening in my cats’ water dishes on my porch got Raided, the ants around my house decided to up their game. Yesterday, I came home to find that ants had invaded my home and decided to throw a massive pool party in the water glass I left in my bedroom. The party must have been lit, because a ton more of their friends showed up and found my books and book shelves to be awesome places to throw giant raves and have all kinds of conga lines ALL over them.

Furious, I promptly shut off the music, screamed, “This is a Raid!” stated wiping down all the surfaces with a cloth covered in it, while yelling, “Get off my lawn!” They scattered, with most trying to flee the building, while others took shelter in some less obvious spaces, like between my books, thinking if they kept the music down, they could keep the party going. New ants, who clearly didn’t get the message the party was shut down, or hoped to make it into the covert locations, we sent packing in the most final of ways.

This morning, their trash (and corpses) litter my furniture, and yet, there are STILL quite a few ants showing up late to the party, who insist on checking out the scene and seeing if they can’t make the most of the situation. I’ve cleaned everything up, but they’re still coming to do recon. Can someone pull Ant-Man out of the quantum realm and have him get his buddies out of here? I don’t like turning my house into a final resting place for ants, but they went to far and broke the cardinal rule: “Don’t mess with my books!”

Star Wars Candles: A New Hope

I’m a huge fan of geek scented candles. For years, I used candles to heat my house since I didn’t have a working heater, and plug in heaters would trip the circuits. Once the heater was replaced, I didn’t need the candles for heat anymore, but I always loved the look and smell of them. A few years ago I discovered several vendors that sell geeky themed candles and I’ve been hooked ever since. Well, when I found out that Star Wars was releasing candles based on the original trilogy, I was sold and ordered all three sets online. Here’s my review of set one: Star Wars: A New Hope

Unfortunately, I didn’t take pictures of the packaging these came in, as I could hear broken glass as I moved the shipping box, and was concerned about getting broken glass everywhere. Below are photos from the website from which I ordered the candles. When I opened the shipping box, there was a long black box with STAR WARS printed on it. When I opened that, I found that 2 out of the 5 candles had completely shattered. There’s a cardboard base in the black box that the candles sit in, but it wasn’t enough to keep them from falling out in transit. I carefully took the candles and candle holder out, cleaned it up and this is what I was left with.

Star Wars: A New Hope candles, minus two broken containers
Themed base/candle holder

The candles are small, roughly 2″ square, with a neat black and silver label with the Star Wars logo, the candle name, and “A New Hope” printed on it. They sit perfectly in a 15″ x 5″ themed black and silver display holder. While there are no lids included, even though the packaging recommends them, lids are apparently available to purchase separately.

But the big question: How do they smell?

“Bantha Milk”
A light blue candle that smells strongly of sugar. It’s super sweet, kind of milky smelling (to be expected) and also a little plastic-y, as if I could smell the pitcher Aunt Beru was pouring it from. If you imagine adding powdered sugar and vanilla extract to a glass of milk colored with blue food coloring, and then drinking that out of those old plastic tumblers most of us had in the 70s and 80s, you get the idea.

A bright yellow candle, it smells like leather, sand, dust, and also vaguely tropical, like a fruity tropical drink. You get a sense of the patrons of the bar, and it makes me wonder just what were they serving all those pilots and smugglers there on Tatooine.

Chocolate brown in color, this straight up smells like Chewbacca on a hot desert planet. A mix of shag carpet, dog fur, a hint of musk, and leather, that have all been on a space ship and in the twin suns a bit too long.

“Trash Compactor”
This one reeked. Red like the outer edges of a dianoga’s eye, it smells like wet trash and food that’s been sitting in a metal waste basket decaying for some time. If you enjoy the smell of sour, rotting, stagnant water, this candle’s for you. No wonder Leia, Luke, Han, and Chewie were so anxious to get out of there.

“X-Wing Cockpit”
Bright orange flight suit colored, this smelled exactly like I thought it would: a warm mix of old, worn upholstery, leather, sweat, dust, adrenaline, and metal. I could practically hear Luke sitting in the cockpit saying, “Red 5, standing by.”

Overall impression:
As regular candles, for me, they’re just okay. A couple I wouldn’t mind keeping to burn, but that Trash Compactor one is making its way to the garbage chute shortly! These look pretty sitting on their base, and the novelty of them is fun. If you wanted a whole new experience while watching your 592nd viewing Star Wars: A New Hope, these candles would be fun to break out during the appropriate scenes in the movie. Not sure that’s worth the price, though, but these would make a fun gift.

Stay tuned for an upcoming post reviewing the Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Candle set. I know you’re curious to find out just what DOES the inside of a Tauntaun smell like…