By Margot Magowan – I made a few attempts to watch Walking Dead with my husband but I couldn’t take the violence. (I had the same reaction to Game of Thrones along with the rape scenes. Mad Men, I had to give up as well, because while I understand the show is about sexism, not sexist, I couldn’t handle Don Draper’s serial cheating. All those shows, I liked– the acting, the storylines– they’re just not for me at this time in my life.)
But my husband held strong with Walking Dead and became a true fan. He loves that show. So today, while picking up a prescription at Walgreens when I spotted Michonne grimacing at me from the toy aisle, I couldn’t resist buying her as a present.
You probably know how rare it is to find a female action figure… Let’s just say she’s far rarer than the unicorn in fantasy figure world.
You probably know how rare it is to find a female action figure, not to mention a non-white female action figure, without her breasts popping out of her shirt, wearing pants even, just sitting there on a shelf in a store and not hiding out on some obscure internet site. Let’s just say she’s far rarer than the unicorn in fantasy figure world.
Here are some figures I’ve found for my kids to play with. This is my youngest daughter with Catwoman, Serafina Pekkala, Buffy, and Coraline. Coraline is my absolute favorite. I love her blue hair and droll expression. My kids are all fans of the book and movie, though I know some kids get scared of the movie.
Here are Batgirl, Hawkgirl, Wonder Woman in her invisible plane, another Catwoman on a motorcycle, and team of soccer players.
Here’s Katniss, Merida, Rue, and Coraline again.
Though, in theory, I’d rather my kids play with Michonne than Barbie, I wasn’t sure if I planned on letting them near her, when she comes with exotic weapons and also a couple severed heads. But when my daughter heard my husband’s joyful cry after he saw the package, I thought all was lost.
My concern turned out to be unfounded. Not only did he tell her he’s not sharing, but he’s not even taking her out of the package. He’s worse than the evil dad in “The Lego Movie,” pre-epiphany.
(If you’re looking for any of these toys, I found quite a few on the website Toward the Stars.)
About the contributor
Margot Magowan is a writer, commentator, and founder of the blog Reel Girl. Her articles on politics and culture have been in Salon, Glamour, the San Jose Mercury News, etc. She has appeared on “Good Morning America,” CNN, Fox News, and other TV and radio programs. In 1998, Margot co-founded the Woodhull Institute an organization that trains young women to be leaders and change agents. Margot is currently writing a Middle Grade novel about the fairyworld. Margot lives with her husband and their three daughters in San Francisco. You can follow Margot on Facebook and Twitter.