It’sa me, Mario!

When your friend finds out that this month’s Happy Meal toys are all Mario related, you have to go to McDonald’s for lunch.

Mario Happy Meal Toy 2018

I can feel the grease in my skin and I don’t care because just look at this adorable Italian stereotype!

Bonus, I still had my badge on when we ordered and the cashier had lots of questions about the library so I got to tell them about how to get a card, how to download books, and when our hours were. Hopefully she stops by later!

See, it’s not just you guys that I constantly drop in and talk about library services.

What was the last Happy Meal (or kids toy at restaurant) that you got?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing This Year

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing This Year

I will say upfront that, as a librarian and a slow reader, I don’t typically request books for Christmas. If you give me a book, it doesn’t have a due date, and therefore tends to fall to the bottom of the to-read pile. Seriously, doesn’t matter HOW much I want to read the book, owning it means I will never read it.

The kinds of books I have on my wishlist are ones that I want for my collection, so they are usually very pretty, sometimes pricey, and a bit more for perusing rather than reading. So if Santa must stop by the bookstore, these are the titles I would love for him to search for:

I collect non-fiction titles about Joss Whedon and his works and there were a few published this year I would like to have:


Joss Whedon: The Biography


Joss Whedon: A Creative Portrait by David Lavery


Reading Joss Whedon by Rhonda Wilcox

If I really like a graphic novel, I tend to want it in hardcover to keep forever:


Sisters by Raina Telgemeier


Saga Deluxe Hardcover Edition by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8, Volume 4

And I have a soft spot for collector’s editions in any of my major fandoms:


Jim Henson’s The Storyteller (Jim Henson Archives Series)


Adventure Time Totally Math Poster Collection

Books that teach me to make stuff:


Tequila Mockingbird

Technically not a book, but based on a book!


BBC Radio: Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere

#ToyTuesday – my first collectible

New thing I’m trying to start – I have quite a collection of stuff around my apartment and I figured I should feature it on my blog to justify it’s existence (because every time someone posts about how cool or impressive something is, it will justify my next purchase hehe).

Starting off with my first fandom and one of my first true rare collectibles (well, it felt rare to little pre-teen me!)

Star Wars Fan Club Micro Machines

I joined the Official Lucasfilm Fan Club around the time Young Indiana Jones Chronicles was just starting out (I think I found the sign-up form in the back of The Mata Hari Affair novelization that I picked up at a book fair). I was a proud card carrying member, as you can see:

Lucasfilm Fan Club cards

But when I got these beauties in the mail, I felt so special. It was the mid-90s and I think the club was just beginning to switch over from the Lucasfilm Fan Club to the Star Wars Fan Club, prepping us for the big prequel announcement on the horizon. I had a lot of Star Wars toys that I was now taking better care of after years of play. I was also collecting the Micro Machine series. In fact, I had both of these ships and figures already.

BUT THESE WERE NUMBERED!

Star Wars Fan Club Micro Machines

I knew that was important. I knew having that number on the box meant there were only a limited amount of us that received these toys. Even if I already had them sitting on a shelf in my room, THESE were better because they had a number. Oh the RUSH of knowing I had something so special in my hands. That I had earned it because of my loyalty. Yes, this was the gateway drug of collecting.

Star Wars Fan Club Micro Machines

Look, the box even had special printing, TELLING me how these will be a VALUABLE addition to my collection.

I was hooked. And here I am twenty years later a proud member of the DC Star Wars Collecting Club.

Do you collect anything? What was the first collectible you remember being really excited about? Share in the comments or post your own story and link back!

Slippery slope, here I come!

oh dear…Funko made this announcement during the Christmas holiday about new figure lines slated for 2014.

It includes not one but TWO lines of Buffy the Vampire Slayer figures.

I have a bad feeling that this will lead to the slippery slope of Funko figure collecting across fandoms. So far I only have two My Little Pony figures (Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash) from Funko. But the Game of Thrones Instagram feed has been slowly picking away at my resolve. And then I saw the Adventure Time line and I have been slapping my hand on Christmas season to keep myself from buying one while shopping for others.

But I’m sure once I’m on the search to collect ALL the Buffy figures, these will be impulse purchased along with them.

You have been warned.

Which probably means I should sell some of my unwanted Star Wars collection to make room. To quote Ursula, “life’s full of tough choices, isn’t it?”