On any given day, there are Batmans, Supermans, Spidermans and several other comic book action figures in the boys aisle of the toy section. Do you know how many female action figures I found a few weeks ago at Wal-Mart? None.
Why aren’t the female superheroes represented at department stores? There are millions of parents who spend billions of dollars at stores like Wal-Mart and Target. With the comic books and movies coming out with female superheroes, you would think that there would be more toys for girls at stores, like Wal-Mart or Target.
My kids, who happen to be girls, love superheroes and villains from comic books. They love to go see movies like “Thor” and “Captain America.” When the “Suicide Squad” comes out next year, I’m going to have a struggle to keep my youngest one from seeing it until she’s older.
So why aren’t there figures of Wonder Woman, Black Widow or Harley Quinn in the store? I looked in every toy aisle. Even the baby aisle had a fair amount of male superheroes and villains. I did not find one female action figure – hero or villain.
Do you know who is really easy to find at Wal-Mart? Elsa – that chick is dominating the toy aisle. Kudos to the Disney promotion department. They have put the “Frozen” characters on just about everything. My personal favorite is the Elsa cape. It’s very superhero-like.
One of my kids has a small obsession with Batman, while the middle daughter loves Thor. Picking out birthday and Christmas presents for them is very easy. Every time I turn around, I see another Batman object that my kid wants.
On the other hand, my youngest daughter is fascinated by Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. She has also been trying to “borrow” my Wonder Woman print to put on her wall. She would like to trade Elsa for Wonder Woman. I didn’t even have to pay her to choose Wonder Woman over Elsa. It just happened.
FYI: The dates of the creation of a few comic book characters
Wonder Woman – 1941. Superman- 1933. Batman- 1939. Joker-1940.
Elsa has been around since 2013.
The Suicide Squad movie will be out in 2016. My suggestion for the sequel . . . you know they will have a sequel, unless it’s a total flop. Lord, please don’t let it be a flop.
My suggestion is to have Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn be in the sequel. I feel like we need more female supervillains working together for the greater . . . well, it’s complicated.
In the “Suicide Squad” comics, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn are antiheroes. They’re not good, not exactly evil but still fascinating.
Whether they are supervillains or antiheroes, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn are thoroughly entertaining – together or separately. It’s a shame that Poison Ivy got stuck in a lousy Batman movie. She was the only decent character in the movie. Poison Ivy was enough of a villain in her own right. I don’t think she needed help from Mr. Freeze.
Maybe Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn could appear in another Batman movie. They could appear in their own movie too. My kids would watch all of them over and over again.
I watched the movie with Little Sister #2 recently. She was a little confused about the difference between the actress and the character. Her question was “You mean she’s not really Poison Ivy?” After that minor setback, I asked her who was her favorite, Harley Quinn or Poison Ivy. The answer was a resounding Poison Ivy. I think Little Sister wants to be a supervillain because she loves Poison Ivy so much. She won’t need help from Mr. Freeze either.
Harley Quinn is a fascinating character. Can you believe that she has not been around since the beginning of comic books? Her character was created in 1992 for an animated series. Harley Quinn wasn’t even supposed to be in more than one episode but she was so popular with the fans that she was incorporated into more episodes. Two years later, she had her own graphic novel.
DC has a new Harley Quinn comic book series, “Harley Quinn: Future’s End.” So while the new female heroines, like Ms. Marvel and She-Hulk, are on my pull-list so is Harley Quinn. I just read the first issue. The cover is a 3-D motion picture. If you would like to see it, look at this link:
It reminds me of these Star-Trek sandals that I had when I was a kid. So I guess I was a fangirl when I was six years old too.
(If I stay in bed reading the rest of the issues while watching “The Dark Knight,” instead of blogging or writing a novel, try not to judge me.)
She’s a bad girl but she’s charming and intelligent. I can relate. There are a lot of other comic book fans who feel the same way. Harley Quinn is a really popular character for cosplay. I know a chick that dresses like her on a regular basis. Someone could spend all day looking at artwork that has been done of Harley Quinn – not that I would know anything about that…