Sunday, February 9, 2014

Your First Time...

What is/was your first FANDOM memory?
My first memory is watching Star Wars with my family.
A little bit of history:

My dad grew up during the 60's, and collected a lot of comics. He even had a Spider-Man number one!

That is until his mom's--my Big Mama's--house caught fire. All the comics were gone, but thank God she made it out!

He also watched the old Batman series with Adam West. He loved the adventures, the utility belt, and of course the boss-est car to ever roam the earth: the Batmobile!

Later, he saw the premiere of Star Trek! He like many people  loved the stories! The writing spoke to, and continues to speak to people. Also, he loved Roddenberry and crew's vision of the future which included ALL people of all backgrounds! AND a future where it wasn't just us Earthlings, but some aliens as well.

In his late 20's Star Wars A New Hope came out. Light sabers, space saga, and DARTH-frakking-VADER! How could he not like it? and then, in 1980, The Empire Strikes Back came out, and we met Lando Calrissian, Jedi Master Yoda, saw the ice planet Hoth, and learned one of the greatest shockers of all time:


And with the Return of the Jedi helped signal a new era for my dad: fatherhood! Via your's truly!

With this change my father became a Jedi master in his own right and we--my siblings and I--his young padawans.

Which comes down to me.

Growing up, I know we watched Star Trek, and my dad got us into action figures pretty early on. And the old Batman show?


KUSI 9/51 used to play it all the time (I've kept my old KUSI Kids Club Card all these years). We even have a VHS tape full of episodes including Black Widow (not the Marvel assassin, but an older bank robber). Like my dad, I loved the Batmobile and wanted my own utility belt.

 My dad would watch these shows with us, and my mom would watch us all play together. We all had
I'll admit, I'm blessed to have parents that let us play cool games, and read awesome books, rather than being the superstitious kind.

But Star Wars? I LOVED Star Wars!!! I wanted a light saber more than anything in the world. And I definitely wanted to be able to wield the force. The Millenium Falcon; Han Solo; Leia; Luke; Yoda; Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi!

To me, Star Wars was brilliant because it can be enjoyed at any age. Leia was a smart diplomat with a warrior streak. Luke was a sincere kid trying to make his way; Han was the quintessential bad boy with a heart of gold! It was awesome! I liked how at the end of the trilogy Vader redeemed himself and did the right thing in the end and gets to be with Obi-Wan and Yoda (sorry, but I do have the original theatrical versions, and I prefer it...can't help it).

To go back to the opening question:
What is/was your first FANDOM memory?
Was it a video game? The star who played your favorite hero? Something you watched with one of your favorite people?

Please share in the comments! And if you want to write, or have written a post, share a bit about it AND link to your post in the comment box yo'! I would love to read it!

12 comments:

  1. Chun Li from street fighter! I posted something recently on my blog. I would do the hair buns and the spike bracelets. It was a game I'd always play with my brothers and I just grew to love it. When I think of my childhood, I think of street fighter. Things were a lot simpler back then. :p

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    1. I love that you did your hair like hers! I loved to do that too!
      My siblings and I played it together too! My sister was always Chun-Li and I was Cammy!
      I was an arcade rat as a kid, and I'm with you Suteki! Street Fighter and Capcom's Darkstalkers were my go to games!

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  2. Star Wars was probably my first fandom. I watched it close to 100 times before I was 4 years old. Also, I desperately wanted to be Elliot from ET.

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    1. That's so cute Mariko! Elliot was a pretty lucky lad though!
      Star Wars is so awesome! I'm glad I'm not the only one who probably wore out their parent's VHS copy ;)

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  3. When I was a kid I loved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Jem. My sister and I would dress up as our favorite turtle(Raphael for me!) while watching the show. We were pretty awesome. :) My dad totally fueled our love for TMNT buying us TMNT themed everything!

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    1. That does seem awesome! I'm a Donatello girl! I have three younger siblings, and each of us had our turtle too!
      I loved Jem as a kid too, and--of course--THE MISFITS!
      Thank you for coming by!!! :)

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  4. Awesome dad!!! My mom took me to see The Empires Strike Back. I loved it! I was a Star Wars fanatic. Loved Han Solo and then Indiana Jones wink wink. Also loved old musicals like The Sound Of Music, Grease and such.
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    1. I too had a crush on Ford as Han Solo! I think it was the vest...or the Millenium Falcon (it is a FLY ride)!

      I like musicals too, ESPECIALLY The Sound of Music and Wicked!

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  5. Star Wars for me.. Hands down! I was only 3 when SW:ANH came out. So I was still too little but when Empire Strikes Back, man, I was all over that. I was the only girl that I knew off that was obsessed with collecting action figures and playing all things S.W. (Geez, I wish I still had those!!) I wanted to be Han or Chewie. Didn't matter that I was a girl. I just knew I wanted to kick ass and fly a spectacular spaceship!

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    1. I wanted my own Millenium Falcon too!
      Such a boss ride (I collected Hot Wheels when I was little). And I had crush on Han, but wanted to be a jedi like Obi-Wan and Yoda.
      I liked Yoda cause of Frank Oz (I learned my voice actors young...I'm weird).

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  6. Haha, it was Star Wars for me too! In kind of a round-a-bout way, though. I was completely obsessed with The Flight of the Navigator & The Last Starfighter when I was a kid, and watched them over and over until the VHS tapes wore out. I mean, I had those movies memorized. It drove my mom crazy. Then one day, my dad was like, "Wow. I bet this daughter of mine would enjoy THE TRILOGY". And oh boy, did I. I was only 8, but it changed my life. I begged my mom to take me to this store that sold all of the expanded universe fiction, and it was there that I discovered gaming and comics and I never looked back!

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    1. AWESOME!
      I love how Star Wars is like the Michael Jackson of scifi...there's something (a song) for nearly everyone.

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