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The Female Perspective: Where Are My Dang Toys?!?!?

Welcome! This blog is written by author J.L. Metcalf and will chat about comics, movies, garden gnomes, ghosts or even books and daily life. It is a place where I offer my ladylike perspective on anything and everything my brain can think of. 


As with all my blog posts, they are born from reading I do on the internet (a magical tool for writers, let me tell ya). Today, as I was alternately staring out at the blizzard and perusing Facebook, I came across an article that sparked my inspiration and I had to share with my peeps. It’s about the distinct lack of female character toys. Say what, you ask? I am talking about Black Widow, Gamora, even Agent Carter to a certain extent. They barely exist in the collector world and it annoys the heck out of me.

Black Widow has been in more movies than The Hulk and yet, her action figure came out after his.
Black Widow has been in more movies than The Hulk and yet, her action figure came out after his.

I am sure there are those who will argue with me about the fact that, there have been Black Widow toys, and yes, there have…sort of….

Despite being introduced in Iron Man 2, it would take until The Avengers for Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow to get an action figure: even then, she was shortpacked in the third wave of figures that came out months after the movie hit, with the prime first wave spots going to Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and The Hulk. It took until The Winter Soldier last year for Widow to show up in both Hasbro’s Marvel Legends Infinite 6-inch line and Funko’s wildly popular range of Marvel Pop Vinyls for the first time, a whopping four years after the character first appeared. Fast forward to Age of Ultron today and she’s once again seemingly missing — she doesn’t show up at all in the new action figure playsets. She’s not in the first set of Pop Vinyls, and neither is Scarlet Witch, another prominent female member of the cast. She appears in one of the six new Lego sets for the film (Cap’s in three, Iron Man is in four). She doesn’t appear in the team shots on the boxes of merchandise (to be fair, neither does Hawkeye. Poor Hawkeye.). Hell, the first action figure we’ve seen for her for AoU specifically is Diamond Select. ~ James Whitbrook for iO9

So, you see, they do create the toys, they simply wait EONS to ship them out and they never ship them out with the so-called, “main-cast”. This highlights an issue within the movie comic world (ironically the toys are released quick as bunnies for the comic books), they still think they are marketing these movies to BOYS only. Come on guys, WAKE THE HECK UP! The audience for Guardians of the Galaxy was largely female. San Diego Comic Con had a 40% female attendee rate. WOMEN ARE WATCHING & ENJOYING THIS STUFF TOO and what’s more, people’s daughters are watching these movies. They are seeing these phenomenal, kick-butt women characters and yet, they don’t get them as toys. They have the option of the male cast but these girls don’t want that, they want to play with the toy of the character they identify with. The one they want to be.

Peggy Carter may not be a household name, but she's been in a couple movies now AND has her own show, maybe a figure will be on it's way soon.
Peggy Carter may not be a household name, but she’s been in a couple movies now AND has her own show, maybe a figure will be on it’s way soon.

I remember, when I was young comic book, Star Wars nerd, I had about ten different Princess Leia toys at my disposal. I would get every Leia they made as they came out. I always noticed though that my brother got all sorts of different characters, Luke, Han, Chewy and yet, I only received Leia (and one memorable year, I received Boba Fett). That was a weird thing my folks did and I don’t blame them, they were conforming to gender rules in the 70’s and 80’s, I loved my Leia figures. I wish I still had them! At least I was lucky enough to be able to GET the toy of the one female character in Star Wars. Today, young girls have tons of female characters to look up to and yet, they get no toys. What the heck!?!?! It’s an unfair disparity that needs to change and the guys who handle these decisions (should they ever read my blog) need to know that women dig this stuff too. A LOT of women. It’s time to start acting like it.

I loved my Princess Leia action figures, this was one of my all-time personal faves.
I loved my Princess Leia action figures, this was one of my all-time personal faves.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments!

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Spector for Hire: The Force is Strong in 2015

This year will definitely be an exciting year for Star Wars fans, young and old (like me).  Hey, “when 900 years old you reach, look as good, you will not.”  There is a LOT to look forward to!

Star Wars: Rebels

Yes, I’m still reeling from the loss of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.  Yes, I understand, in part, why they had to stop.  But hey, Star Wars Rebels rocks!  Five years before the events taking place in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, comes the story of the Rebellion’s beginnings while the Empire spreads tyranny through the galaxy.  Sitting down to watch this show with my son is often the highlight of my week.

The second half of Season One of Star Wars Rebels hit the airwaves on January 5th.  The episode, entitled Path of the Jedi focuses on a key trial all Jedi must overcome.  Will Ezra be up to the task?

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend

The folks at runDisney have created the race you’re looking for this January at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA.  Well, I guess it’s the race you’re looking for, unless you’re like me and would prefer an event in Florida during Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World….

Can you say Imperial Challenge?!!!??  Come on runDisney, let’s make it happen!

Feel the power of the Force during the first-ever Star Wars Half Marathon run at theDisneyland® Resort.  It’s a 13.1 mile intergalactic adventure in the most magical place on Earth. Your course takes you through Disney California Adventure® Park, past Disneyland® Park, and then on to the terrestrial streets of the surrounding areas.  There’s also kid races, a 5k and 10k and a Rebel Challenge for completing both the half marathon and 10k distances.

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Star Wars Celebration

In April, Star Wars Celebration will take over the Anaheim Convention Center in CA.  The official convention of a galaxy far, far away, will herald the premieres of both Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith in 3D and the Season 2 premiere of Star Wars Rebels.  On top of that are appearances by Star Wars actors and creators, panel discussions, more merchandise than you could smuggle past an Imperial blockade, and of course exclusive reveals which will no doubt be about The Force Awakens!!!

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Marvel Comics

While Dark Horse certainly created some great comics over the last twenty years, I am very much excited for the upcoming releases from Marvel.

The first issue, which comes out on January 14th, already has over a million pre-orders which sets it up as perhaps the highest selling comic of the year already.

Yours truly may or may not have gotten his grubby little hands on an advance copy….

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Yep, this is the comic you are looking for.  It’s fantastic!

Buy it.  Read it.  Love it.  Oh and grab some amazing variant covers too.

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and of course the piece de resistance…..

The Force Awakens

It’s going to be a great year to be a Star Wars fan!

~Rob