Sunday, September 13, 2015

My Overdue Force Friday Experience Write-Up

Yes, I promised this a week ago. If you're a true Star Wars fan, you'll read it anyway.

Yep, it was quite a weekend for ol' Monty, but we'll just focus on the Star Wars part. Friday, September 4th, in case you aren't cool enough to know, was a bit of a holiday for Star Wars fanatics across the globe (I guess; I really don't know if the date is the same everywhere) called "Force Friday". Yes, we have more than one Star Wars holiday. Force Friday isn't necessarily annual though. It usually takes place before a new and always much anticipated Star Wars live-action feature film release. This time, it was for what will probably be the most anticipated Star Wars film ever, "Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens". Force Friday, you see, is the day the new merchandise for the as yet unreleased film hits the streets. And if there's one thing we Star Wars geeks LOVE, it's merchandise!

We all rush out early to try to be the first ones in line in the hopes of snagging some special, elusive item that is in such high demand that, for some reason, they decided to only stock a couple of. Take what I collect for example, the 6 inch Star Wars Black Series action figures... Or don't. I don't want to get ahead of myself. Suffice to say, that's what I was looking for: The Black Series 6 inch action figures of some never before seen characters from the Star Wars Universe. Or at least, only before seen in the new trailers.

And, when I say we set out early, I mean we set out early! The night before, in fact. Because, just like with Black Friday, stores have decided to ruin the experience by having early, midnight releases at certain stores. For example, all Toys R Us Stores and select Target Stores. Perhaps this is to compete with Wal-Mart, who is open 24 hours in most places. Still, there's not much need to compete. The hot items are gonna get bought out everywhere. The rest will warm shelves EVERYWHERE. So, competition between stores shouldn't really be an issue. Nevertheless, stores have decided to get people in as soon as possible on Thursday night, and sometimes even offer free incentives to sweeten the deal. That's what brought me to Toys R Us on Thursday night at around 10:30pm, standing firmly in line behind all these goons...

I was around number 12 or so. This was soon the view behind me...

I shouldn't call them goons though. They're, to a certain degree, my brethren. One of the rare females was even kind enough to bring fruit snacks for everybody...

They were that weird kind though. The non-translucent ones that are really soft and not chewy at all. They weird me out. The blue ones especially. I'm used to gummy snacks having the consistency of gummy bears. But maybe those are never real fruit. These had cool shapes though. But, I digress...

As the witching, er, Sithing(?) hour approached, the management actually brought a bit of diversion out for us, and I gotta give them kudos for that! I would assume these guys are members of the 501st. Not the giraffe. That's Geoffrey. He's a giraffe.

Those stormtroopers actually make stormtroopers intimidating, I gotta say. They were tall and clearly bodybuilders. Not so much the Biker Scout, but still an awesome costume. They were there to add atmosphere and to pose for pictures with people standing in line. A very nice treat for us for sure.

And then there was this girl...

God, she was insanely cute. Sooo unfair that one Star Wars geek in probably 20,000 somehow manages to land a flawless looking girlfriend who is also a huge fan and thrills at doing her hair in cinnabuns, wearing Star Wars T-shirts, and most likely slipping on a gold bikini and collar at home. Man, I got nothing but a pillow at night. This girl was an adorable goddess!

But, enough coveting thy neighbor's wife. Time to covet my neighbors toys! Midnight soon approached, and the gates were opened! In we stampeded, trampling anyone too weak to keep up! That's how we keep the herd healthy, ya know. 

And, ya better believe, if you weren't one of the first few guys in line, you ain't gettin' jack squat of anything good! One dude ran off with most of the 6 inch figures. Shoot, I talked to him in line. Seemed real nice. Greedy bastard! Another guy grabbed the only Interactive Yoda, and select other items disappeared quickly too. I didn't even see that much sought after BB-8, the new droid in high tech form from a company called Sphero. Either it was in the electronics section or it disappeared at lightning speed. Either is possible, since Toys R Us sure doesn't stock much of the most popular items. And that's my big gripe about Toys R Us on this epic night. What the hell? Why did they not use that huge display wall that is the first thing you see when you enter the store? This is a new Star Wars movie, guys! What the hell? Instead, everything was crammed into the usual Star Wars aisle, and we had to cram into it too, which was barely doable. Were it not for the free poster of the film's villain, Kylo Ren, choosing Toys R Us as my first stop would have been extremely regrettable. It still kinda was, since both Target and Wal-Mart seemed to be much better stocked. Probably could have casually walked off with all the Black Series toys if I'd hit one of those instead. Again though, I'm getting ahead of myself. So, that was Toys R Us. Got a few freebies I'll show to you in a bit, but no actual toys. They did have some nice R/C vehicles I have my eye on though.

I could have called it a night then. I was supposed to work the next day. However, I didn't. It wouldn't be like me to give up on the hunt so quickly, even for much needed sleep. I saw a 24hr Wallgreens, and knowing that for the past few waves of Black Series 6 inch figures, this is the only place I've actually seen some, I went in to check it out. No dice, but they did have the Monster cereals already! I didn't think to take a pic, but yeah, those are out (haven't seen them at Target yet; don't know if they're doing special boxes again this year; got a set of three already from HEB though). I had no gas, so I had to hit the next station I encountered. Would have done that earlier, but my bank account was in the red till midnight. In that gas-up time though, I decided whether or not I wanted to continue that evening, and where I should go to next. I decided to head further north on 183 and try out a Target and Wal-Mart in that area. I'll get to that in a minute though. First,...

Let's talk about the real, live (practically), though far smaller than the film version, BB-8, the rolling droid, from Sphero...

So, BB-8 is the new, hyper-lovable droid from Star Wars episode 7 that they say could steel R2-D2's thunder. He's sorta like Scrappy-Doo without the annoying dialogue. Maybe more like that mouse in diapers that used to hangout with Jerry in some cartoons. I wanna say... Nibbles? Anyways, he's already got a cult following. Amazingly, he's not done with CGI (well, I bet he is sometimes done with CGI), and it's fascinating because of his ball design that rolls across surfaces while his had stays on the top. The folks at Sphero have taken this design and rolled with it. They have a small (I'm gonna say baseball size, but that could be way off) version of the droid that is remotely controlled by your smart phone. He has lights and is advertised to have sound effects and be kinda, well, smart. I don't know if this just means he doesn't bump into walls or if there's more to it than that.

Here's what I do know though, and why I ultimately decided (not that I could afford it on Force Friday) that I don't need this little BB-8 toy, despite it supposedly being the coolest toy ever made and the hottest item for the coming holiday season without question (I'll take one if anyone wants to give me one, just saying I don't NEED it; I'd still enjoy it, I'm sure). For one thing, why not make him full size? That would be amazing, right? But, I'll talk about that in a minute. I have two issues with this little guy. One, he is controlled by a phone app, which is some kind of big selling point for him. I don't get this. I'd rather have a remote. Does he really not come with a remote? Because, yeah, I have a smart phone, but there are so many apps my iPhone 4 can't download. I'm assuming this is one of them. I don't think it can do things like remotely control stuff. And, frankly, I don't care. I only use it to talk to my mom or text friends. That's all I really use my cell phone for. I got along fine without one till just a few years ago. Girls don't like me, so I don't need a phone. Simple as that. Okay, I do use the internet a lot, but I would be fine doing that at home. Mainly, I use it for comparison shopping or quickly reading reviews before buying something, so it's convenient, but... hey, stop getting me off track. The OTHER thing about the Shero BB-8, and this was an immediate turn off, is that I hear it does not really make sound effects. That's a sham. You instead hear the sounds coming out of your phone, not the toy. That is the dumbest thing I've ever heard of.

And, back to the scale issue. This guy is in scale with NOTHING. Not with me, not with my 6 inch figures, not with my 3 3/4 figures. Nothing. That's pointless in my book. Why not make a full sized BB-8? That would be amazing! Or, shoot, just make some small remote ones to go with my figures. I have a 3 3/4 R2-D2 that is remote controlled. It's amazing!

There are two other moving BB-8 options, however, and one actually does use a remote control. They, of course, aren't as good as Sphero in some ways, but at least they make their own sounds! One comes from the Disney Store, another from Target. Target, I think, is the one I may have some interest in getting. Target is the one with the remote, but when you aren't using the remote, he still has some movement and sound happening, which is pretty cool. He also moves A LOT like the Sphero version, but he's quite a bit larger, and might even be in scale (close at least) to my Interactive R2-D2, which I really would find more appealing. The downside is that he has no lighting effects and he looks the most plastic of the three BBs. I don't think he's truly interactive, either, in terms of sound and movement reaction. Not sure if the Sphero is either, really, but I believe the Disney Store one is. The Disney Store one seems similar in size to the Target version and looks a little less plastic, if not much, but he has no remote. He is like my R2, just billed as an interactive toy who roams about on his own. He has a light too. The one problem I have with the Disney Store version, besides that they'll probably never restock him (can probably get him from their website though), is that he does not truly roll the way the other two BB-8s do. That is a huge fail, but that's also why he is way cheaper than the other two. Or so I here. I can't confirm this yet. An interactive, non-remote one might be a better match for my R2, and I like that he has lights... so in some ways it's tempting, but the true rolling action of Target's version is way more impressive looking, even if that one's head falls off a lot, I hear.

Anyway, back to our story. So, I drive north on 183 and get to the Target. I drive by it, anyway. That Target was the only one in Austin doing the midnight opening, and the parking lot was totally loaded with cars. I decided to not even go in. I went to the nearby Wal-Mart instead.

Wal-Mart seemed dead. Then again, it was probably close to 1am by this point. They had their Force Friday setup in front of the Electronics area, and they still had some interesting stuff I was surprised to see. Plus, free cupcakes!

Now that's how you do Force Friday! Sadly, no punch.

It didn't register with me right away that those were rings on top of the cupcakes. Otherwise, I might have come back with someone other than 3PO. Still, pretty cool. I gave it to someone who was quite happy with it.

They had this big, cardboard aisle in the middle of the walking area, and it was still nicely stocked, on the Lego side at least. As expected, anything action figure related was pretty much gone everywhere I went. But, as late as I showed up here, I did see one guy making off with the last of the 6 inch figs. I kept seeing that! If I'd just come to this Wal-Mart instead of Toys R Us, or just gotten here a few minutes sooner.

They also had some of the remote control Falcons left! The new kind! And at a much better price than TRU! I really wish I'd had the spare cash. This is one of the things I was interested in getting. When you see that these are made of styrofoam though, it is sooo hard to shell out nearly $100 for them. Someday I might for this Falcon and the new X-Wing though. They are pretty epic.

So, Wal-Mart had a cool setup, even a manager or some type of employee in Jedi gear. Yeah, shoulda gone here first. They also had several of those interactive Yodas left. That one guy was so happy to grab the only one at Toys R Us, ha. They were probably cheaper here. I thought I'd taken a pic of them, but I guess not. The cardboard aisle was parallel with this table setup, and it was stocked on both sides, with more items on the floor next to it (like the Yodas).

Okay, so I left this Wal-Mart, got a burger at the Whataburger right outside of it, had to choke that down because they got my order wrong. I only like cheese on my Whataburger, and sometimes bacon, okay? Freakin' mustard, ketchup and pickles?!!! Are you trying to poison me?!!! I hadn't eaten food in so long though (amazingly, still fat, but I hardly get to eat during the second half of the month; my rent is too high, goes up yearly, and I only make 10 bucks an hour), that I ate it anyway. They took forever to get it to me, so I didn't want to give it back. There's my mini review of THAT Whataburger. I also was already on my way to another Toys R Us and Wal-Mart, the ones over on Parmer and I-35. I knew that'd be a bust, but I went to check 'em out anyway.

Yep, it was a bust. Ran into some perturbed Star Wars fans in the parking lot. They said the store had already closed. It had only stayed open very briefly for the midnight opening. Personally, I thought it was just going to stay open all night. The Wal-Mart in that area was a pointless check too, and I ended up heading home empty handed, aside from the Toys R Us freebees and a few from Wal-Mart.

But, it wasn't over yet.

That wasn't even truly Friday, after all. I mean, technically, yeah, but it wasn't even daybreak yet! I ended up going to bed very late. I think I was on YouTube researching BB-8s and other stuff. It got to where I was hardly going to get any sleep at all. Soooo, yeah, called in sick the next morning.  But, wait, that meant I could hit up some untouched Target stores! The guys I talked to at Toys R Us actually recommended this, but they also told me Target opens at 10, which I see now was probably a trick. I think they opened at 8 or something. I was so sleepy that I probably took their word for it just so I didn't have to get up. I went to one of my nearby, untouched Targets shortly after 10, and looking in the toy aisle, I wasn't surprised, but I WAS disappointed. I wandered around a little. Then, I saw it!

Hidden away in a back corner, just beyond the Halloween section (which was not fully ready), 
was a whole Star Wars area! It was glorious!!!

If I'd just come here Friday morning at the time it opened, I'd have been set. They had some truly awesome stuff, but I didn't go through it all. I immediately searched for the Black Series 6 inch figures, and I found some! 2 Kylo Rens, in fact! That's pretty much all they had, but still, if I was going to get just one figure... I mean, sure, the one in highest demand is probably the stormtrooper, but this guy I would have though would be just as popular. Maybe not, but he was top of my list! I snagged him right away and figured I should probably check out the other Target I frequent, which is very nearby on the same road (right along 183, near Mopac). At this second Target, I found a similar if not as impressive or well hidden Star Wars section. Surprisingly, they had both Kylo Ren (2) and one figure of Finn. I snatched up the Finn and headed home. They had an Episode 7 Chewie too, but I had limited funds. I could have gone around to other Targets, but the odds were against finding anyone else. I probably wanted Rey second most. After all, she came with BB-8, but I had a late start and I was tired as hell. I even thought about checking out what the Disney Store had to offer, and decided against it, which I kinda regret. They had a lot of exclusive merchandise, so I hear.


When I got home, I ordered Rey off I couldn't resist, ha. She arrived a couple days ago. I might touch up the paint on her hairline and maybe a few other areas, because she's not the prettiest figure ever, despite the actress being very pretty, but otherwise, it's very cool, especially with BB-8! 

And that was my Force Friday 2015 experience. Below is the haul I came home with, not counting the Rey and BB-8 I was waiting on, though they do count since I ordered them that morning, ha. In the back is the sweet Kylo Ren poster that was given away at Toys R Us. As much as I love TRU, they made the poster far less cool with their logo, but whatever. I have no room to hang it up, ha. My two figure finds are in the center, and they've since been opened up. I don't keep my toys in the packaging, except on rare occasions. There's my 3PO ring beside them, which I've given to someone already. Also in the image is a collector's disc game in the package. This was a Wal-Mart freebie. Hard to see, ever by the 3PO ring, is a Toys R Us freebie Lego piece. Have a better look at it in my video post about Force Friday. It's a flat piece with an image of a Lego stormtrooper on it. The smaller poster that looks like a chart on building weird lightsabers is just that. It's for some new toy line of lightsaber building, and on the back are other toy images. It's basically a poster style ad. Got it at Toys R Us too. There's a booklet there as well that I received at Wal Mart. It's also just a glorified toy ad. The only freebie I really liked was the Kylo Ren poster, but the ring is currently being loved too. I don't know if they made spending 3 hours on the hunt Thursday night worthwhile though, much of that spent in a line. The two figures definitely made calling in sick worthwhile though, and the whole haul made it a fun event for this Star Wars fan. It does make for a pretty nice photo. 

To wrap up, I'll say, if you come across any Force Awakens Stormtroopers from this line, you should snag 'em. Those are the hottest ones in the 6 inch Black Series line right now. I'm on the lookout for that as well as getting that Chewie, but I still have several older Black Series figures I need to pick up as well. I've landed many, but I've missed many too. I am super excited for this film's release, by the way. Can't wait to see it! I've been collecting the new breed of Star Wars comic books and reading them when I can, I MIGHT get one of those BB-8s at some point (probably the Target one, tough to say), and the plan is for a Star Wars Christmas tree this year in honor of the new movie. I just need to at least double my number of Star Wars ornaments before then and get some type of tree topper that suits the theme. We're pretty big on Star Wars over here, so, yeah, this is gonna be a heck of a holiday season! Ha.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Monty's Force Friday Video Report (not to be confused with the upcoming, written report)

Monty did a bit of shopping on Thursday night through Friday morning
to celebrate Force Friday, a big day for Star Wars fans everywhere!

Before doing a detailed text report with lots of pictures and stuff,
he decided to make this short video. Two notes first though:

One: Monty meant to post this last night. Sorry. It got late.

Two: Monty repeatedly calls the Daisy Ridley character Ren instead of Rey.
He does not know how that even happened, and he apologizes.


Friday, September 4, 2015

A Fond Goodbye to a Disney Legend

 I know, my site is turning into an obituary column this week. Hopefully, we'll have a much needed break after this devastating wave of tragic losses.  And, hopefully later today, I'll have some fun Force Friday posts for ya. This one though, this is a big one for me.

Dean Jones

You should know by now that I'm a huge Disney fan. This extends beyond the animated features, even the really old animated features. Most of my friends probably don't even know who Dean Jones is, since most don't even realize Disney made live-action films before The Pirates of the Caribbean, Santa Clause, and High School Musical came around. Of course, most of my friends these days are in their 20's. I'm single, I play video games, watch cartoons, collect toys, don't have any kids (heck, I've barely had a few dates), so, yeah, I fit in better with folks nearly half my age, ha. And I'm not really trying to make this about me. But then, it sorta is in a way. That's why I am posting it on my page. It's something that affects me. This isn't a generic site that just posts the latest pop culture news.

Someone, a nice enough someone, I'm sure, one of my Instagram followers in fact, really irked me yesterday by commenting one of those "Ugh" kinda comments on my post about Jones' death. It was one of those comments modern people make to make themselves feel like they're doing something to improve society somehow, basically saying, "Why should we give 'celebrity' deaths special notice? People die every day! What about animals being slaughtered daily? Isn't that important?" That's not an exact quote, but it's pretty close. Now, here's the thing about that. First, I love animals, but let's nip that in the bud. I value a human's life more. Sometimes it's pretty close, but I have to have developed a close relationship with that animal. I eat animals daily, and I feel no guilt about it, because animals eat animals daily, and I have canine teeth too. I do not like that animals suffer. I wish chicken grew on trees. I prefer to buy organic and free range products whenever I can afford to. But, why am I even going on about this? It's ridiculous and disrespectful to the deceased. I love animals. They are not as important as people. And I say that as someone who in general does like animals more than people. Make sense of that if you can, but it does make sense to me. And I don't mean it in a weird way. Moving on.

People, yes, every day people, die all the time. I don't know most of them, so I'm not constantly posting about them on Instagram. If a family member of mine died, I would post about it on Instagram maybe, and I think most normal people would understand that. These are people that were part of my life. Sometimes, they were a big part of my life, sometimes not so much. Why do I post some celeb deaths then? These artists, these actors and performers of various sorts, they had an affect on my life. Sometimes, they were so heavily a part of my life it's like they really were family. I think most honest people can understand that. Dean Jones was one of these people for me. 

Dean Jones was one of the Disney golden boys. He starred in a bunch of Disney films from the 60's and 70's. When I grew up with the Disney Channel in the 1980's, back when the Disney Channel was far superior, more mature (well, compared to now) and just MUCH better in every way you can possibly imagine (well, it was a subscription channel back then, which says a lot), Dean Jones movies were played on it constantly. The greatest of these, unquestionably, was The Love Bug. 

I mean, it had the same director as Mary Poppins, the same gorgeous, painted backdrops... The villain was even the dad from Mary Poppins! This film was top of the line Disney, a classic in every sense. Hard to believe a movie about a little Volkswagen bug with a mind of its own could be such a work of art, but it was, and one of the things that made these classic Disney films so amazing was the acting. Dean Jones was among the greats in that department. His friendly but easily agitated, often in over his head every man persona may have typecast him a bit, now that I think about it, but he was fantastic at it. He basically was Disney's comedic straight man, teamed with the likes of living cars, unruly dogs, mischievous cats, olive-picking chimps chimps, pirate ghosts, ducks that laid golden eggs... oh yes, and Buddy Hackett. Jones was often a very similar character, sometimes with varying levels of cocky pride sure to be reigned in, but I'm tellin' ya, he was extremely charismatic and the best at what he did. Walt Disney saw that in him too. 

Now, if you're younger than me, you might only remember Dean Jones as the evil veterinarian from the original Beethoven film. As old as that film is, that was a much older Jones than the one I had grown up watching in Disney films. Jones did a lot of non-Disney films, but I didn't know him from any of that stuff. I know him from awesome family comedies like That Darn Cat...

Blackbeard's Ghost...

Probably my all-time favorite, The Shaggy D.A....

As well as Snowball Express, Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, The Ugly Dachshund, Million Dollar Duck and Monkeys, Go Home. He was also in Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit, a Disney film I have yet to see (even though Disney used to play that one too). I don't THINK that one is a comedy. I'll be sure to pick up the DVD as soon as I can. I do highly recommend Blackbeard's Ghost for the upcoming Halloween season as a fun way to honor Jones's memory.

Dean returned to drive Herbie again in 1982 for a very short-lived Love Bug television series that was on YouTube last I checked. He also reprised his Jim Douglas role a final time for a small cameo in the Bruce Campbell starring Love Bug of 1997. It's a really cute and forgotten Herbie sequel made for TV, featuring two cast members from "The Mummy", Herbie's magical origin story, an evil twin Volkswagen, and a very touching moment between old pals Jim and Herbie. The only things that sucked about it were the totally lack of Herbie's theme music (which would have made it amazing, actually) and the fact that it was titled The Love Bug, so everyone was referring to it as a remake. It's a sequel, folks. And I do recommend it.

Oh, and before I forget, check this YouTube video out...

It's a 1982 musical Disney TV special sponsored by Kraft and starring Dean Jones, his original Love Bug love, Michelle Lee, a dreamy Dana Plato (well, I always thought so, and yes, I know about her sad end), Ricky Schroder, and more celebrating Disney World's 10th anniversary! The highlight is a young Michael Keaton, ha. Just so unexpected. It's pretty bad, but if you're a Disney nut like me, it's a fun watch.

Dean Jones was also a star on Broadway and founder of the Christian Rescue Committee, an organization for helping people of various belief systems "escape persecution for their faith". What that's actually about, I don't know, but I do know he was an outspoken Christian since the 70's until his death. I suppose he always reminded me a bit of my own dad due to this and his general sincerity, fatherly voice, and big, friendly grin. Dean Jones passed away from Parkinson's Disease on September 1, 2015. He will be fondly remembered and deeply missed.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Monty's Crush of the Week

It seems I haven't done too many "Crush of the Week" posts this year at all, and let's be honest, 2015 is nearly winding down. Autumn approacheth! Or is it here? When does Fall start? September? Yeah, I guess that makes sense. Anyway, we'll continue to call this "Monty's Crush of the Week", because it does sound better than "Monty's Random Crush Post" or something like that. If at all possible, we'll pick up the frequency. That can be fun during the holidays, time permitting, with holiday themed posts like last year's big Marilyn Munster write-up. But don't expect something that big this year. I'm HOPING to still be going to Wizard World Austin this Halloween. More on that in future posts. But, the short version is, the graphic novel won't be ready for this year, but hopefully I'll have some art prints to sell. If I end up canceling my table, I'll let everyone here know. At the moment, it's still a go in the hopes that September manages to be productive for me. But, I digress, on with a very special, very bittersweet edition of "Monty's Crush of the Week".

Yes, this Crush of the Week is brought to us by yet another tragic loss.
One of my earliest and biggest lifelong crushes, TV's Batgirl...

Yvonne Craig
1937 - 2015
(Batgirl on the 60's Batman TV series, plus appearances on Star Trek, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, and a TON of other shows, as well as films Eighteen and Anxious, Gidget, The Young Lad, The Gene Krupa Story, High Time, By Love Possessed, 7 Women from Hell, It Happened at the World's Fair, Kissin' Cousins, Advance to the Rear, Quick Before It Melts, Ski Party, One Spy Too Many, One of Our Spies Is Missing, In Like Flint, Mars Needs Women, Three Coins in the Fountain, How to Frame a Figg, and Jarrett) 

When I was a little kid, and I mean extremely little, back when I used to play on the carpet with my Mego Batman, Robin, Batmobile and Joker...

Having a blast as I simultaneously watched the afternoon reruns of the old 1960's Batman TV show, what I really, truly was wanting more than anything was this:

A Mego Batgirl!

Awkward and non-TV-based as it was, I wanted one badly. Why? Because I was in love with this woman, TV's Batgirl, AKA Barbara Gordon, Yvonne Craig...

One look at her in that purple batsuit, and you should completely understand, unless you're a commie or something! She was un-freakin'-believable, head to toe...

Yeah, to this day, I have a serious thing for Batgirl, but especially when she wears purple (thank you, Babs Tarr!) and calls back to mind the days of Yvonne Craig, one truly gorgeous and delightful woman. She appeared on countless TV shows back in the day, and I saw a nice handful in the form of reruns later on. After all, I was a big Dobie Gillis fan. Probably the only one in my generation, ha.

Oh, she was that green chick from Star Trek too. But I've never really seen her in that. I'm not a nerd, I'm a Star Wars fan, ha.

Though.... maybe that IS worth checking out.

I was deeply saddened to discover that this lifelong crush of mine passed away earlier this month due to breast cancer. Yvonne Craig wasn't just a beauty and a talent, but an activist and a philanthropist to be admired as much as adored, and she will always live in the hearts and memories of we, her biggest fans. We love you, Yvonne, the only real-life Batgirl!