Adventures as a Mandalorian Mercenary



This summer, I have spent a lot of time volunteering in a Star Wars costume club, called the Mandalorian Mercenaries. It has been a lot of fun working with the local “clan,” and I have been able to be a part of some great causes.

If you remember, I first wrote about Ben building a set of Star Wars “Boba Fett” armor in my November 2015 post called My Love Affair With Green. The costumes and adventures have come a long way since then. Not only is Ben an official member -so am I!

Here is a summary of my Mandalorian excursions:

12.19.15 Custom Endodontics Private Showing 


The first event I went to was the Star Wars Episode VII opening night. This was before I had a suit of armor myself. Steve Osmond, dentist at the Custom Endodontics clinic in Bismarck, decided to host a showing for his patients. It was way fun to attend, and talk to the kids.

4.23.16 Imagicon Event


In April we were able to go to the Imagicon event in Minot, ND. It was my first time at a comic convention! By this point, I had a suit of armor, but was not officially approved. It was my first time wearing my armor period -and wow it was heavy!


We did an event called, Jail ‘N Bail, where people could pay to have one of their friends arrested by a bounty hunter. We raised money for juvenile diabetes at this particular event.


5.7.16 Free Comic Book Day


We were able to support an event Juke Joint Comics, a local Bismarck comic shop. As the store handed out free comics, we waved people over to the shop and took pictures with fans. The lines outside of Juke Joint Comics were way long, so we had the chance to talk to a lot of really cool people. I loved seeing the girls ask their moms to take pictures with me.


6.10.16 Corecon


We went to a second convention in Fargo, ND.  At this event, we didn’t earn any money, but we did promote the  group and participate in the wedding.


I enjoyed this convention much more. It was more fantasy than comic-book themed, and they had lots of cool vendors. I found a way cool corset and a steam punk Slytherin necklace.


Now more about this wedding. As I mentioned, this Star Wars-themed wedding was part of the Core Con, which was the main reason we came. The groom and bride were Todd and Denise Sheppard. The Mandalorian Mercs, along with the other two Stars Wars costume clubs, were asked to come as part of the procession and entertainment. Now that was memorable!

6.11.16 ND Autism Walk


I was able to act as a mascot at the ND Autism walk, which was super neat.

Left: My Cousin Celeste; Middle: My Cousin Shadd; Right: My Aunt Debi

This event was chosen by the clan leader, Rick Carmen. But the Autism walk has a special meaning for me too. My cousin Shadd has autism, and he is one of the most beautiful souls that I know.


We were able to take pictures with kids, and Ben even participated in one of the walks.



7.29.16 -Movie Night at the Hoskins



The Hoskins’ movie night was my first event as an official member of the Mandalorian Mercs. It was also my 5th year anniversary. I’m pretty sure that this makes me the coolest wife ever. 🙂


Jamie Hoskins decided to host a Star Wars movie night at their house every Friday during the summer. They projected the movie on the side of the house, and lots of people would attend. We were able to come to the final night, when the movie was Episode VI, Return of the Jedi. Ben, Robert and I showed up to add some fun for the kids.

8.27.16 Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota 5k



I was super excited to go to the Prevent Child Abuse 5k. At this event, I did not dress up in my armor, as I wasn’t feeling super well. Technically I was a “handler,” which meant that I helped with armor issues and other errands. Mainly I strapped on my blasters and handed out trading cards to the children.


Speaking of which, by this point, I had my own trading card!


It was fun to see all the kids dressed up as super heroes. 🙂

9.25.16 Support the Badge


The most recent event I attended was the Support the Badge /Hops for Cops event. It was a family-friendly fair that focused on building better community relationships with the local police department.They had country singers, lots of food vendors, and other activities.


One of the things we did was take pictures with kids and their families. We had a pretty good club turn out at this event. 🙂


Our main event was the Blast A Troop/Mandalorian activity, where kids -of all ages -could come and shoot Mandalorians with nerf guns.


I mostly manned the table, and talked to fun people.

And that’s it for my Mando adventures so far!

Ben has a whole blog about the Mandalorian Mercs -it’s called Mandalorian Armor. Head on over if you’d like to take a peek.



Trip to Canada, Day 2 -Part III


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Now on to Day 2, Part III! In typical Ben style, we had to do something Star-Wars related. Ben is part of a costume club, where they dress up as Mandalorians -basically Boba Fett, the bounty hunter, but with different colors. 🙂 They had a meetup in Winnipeg, and Ben was stoked to meet his fellow club members.

Mandalorian Mercenaries Meetup


Here’s Spencer standing next to carbonite Han Solo.

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And here’s Noelle and I, looking around, bemused.


But of course we can’t forget about R2D2!



Celebrations Dinner Theater


Noelle, Spencer, Ben and I all love theatre , so we decided to go to a local dinner theatre, called Celebrations. The showing was called Rock Around The Clock, and was a reality TV dance contest set in the 1950’s.


In this picture, I’m wearing a green silk scarf that I got for $1.50! (We stopped by a Value Village thrift store before the show).

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And, here’s Spencer and Noelle.


The musical was interspersed throughout a four-course meal, that had fun names like My Golly Molly Red Velvet cake. It was super cute, and we loved it.

Next up is Day 3!


My Trip to Canada

Trip to Canada, Day 2 -Part II


Welcome to part II of Day 2 in Canada! This trip really was a blast. 🙂

The Firefighters Museum

Next, we popped over to the Fire Fighters Museum. We didn’t have enough time for a tour, but had fun looking around.

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Ben really wanted to come to this museum. You see, when he was little, he wanted to grow up to be a fire engine. 🙂

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Though he is now a purchasing/estimating assistant, Ben’s passion for firetrucks still burns in his heart. 🙂 Ben was super stoked to try on some firefighter gear. 🙂


Winnipeg Railway Museum


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We then popped over to the Winnipeg Railway Museum. They had several different types of trains in the museum, and they used passenger cars as exhibits! It was really neat.

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We could also sit in the conductor’s seat.

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And here’s me goofing around! 🙂


The Forks Market



Next we headed over to the Forks Market. It’s a tourist spot, and we figured we would peek around.


It had lots of fun little shops, ranging from artisan crafts to New Age to international shops. Ben and I promptly loaded up on candy! Ben also bought me an adorable little red elephant. 🙂



Ben and I walked to the top tower of the market, and found a lovely view.

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I really liked the international food court. Ben and I also tried some Sri Lankan chicken with curried noodles. It was spicy, even for me!

And on to Part III!


My Trip to Canada