Our story begins with Maya, a girl with big dreams and a gift for peacemaking and organization out on a school field trip to the magnificent Clover Tower. Me lucky charms! By her side as always is her best friend and vice-president Rachel, who is doing her best to help. While there, they meet a strange young man who offers Maya a shining golden charm, free of charge because he thinks she’ll enjoy it. Unbeknownst to Maya, it is a magical Glitter Charm, which gives her the ability to turn into Glitter Heart, a member of the prestigious Glitter Force, a team of girls committed to restoring peace and harmony to the people around them. Maya is joined by her best friends Rachel, who becomes Glitter Diamond, Clara, who becomes Glitter Clover (which sounds way better than Glitter Clubs… yes, their personas are based on the playing card suits), and finally, teen pop star Mackenzie Mack, who is Glitter Spade. What is it with these people and glitter?
You may ask yourself: You mention your brother, did he have any fun collections, like you have? Yes, in fact he did! His favorites where Legos, Transformers, and superheroes. Unfortunately, none of my brother's superhero collection survived a house fire, but I do have his trusty Transformers collection that he collected from the age of 10 forward. And you may also wonder, did you play with him? The answer is yes, and our games with them and other toys taught us all about storytelling.
Before we get to the awesome pictures, I'd like to present you with some clips and music videos from our favorite versions of the show.
First, the penultimate battle between Optimus Prime and Megatron from 1987's "The Transformers: The Movie."
Disney’s live action remake train chugs on, this time with Beauty and the Beast, a movie which has been lauded as one of the finest animated films of all time. Because we have literally seen this movie before, let’s dispense with much of the plot summary and hit the highlights.
Belle, a girl with an inventive mind and a taste for fine literature, takes the place of her father as the prisoner of a fearsome Beast. The Beast, who is really a prince who was served the just deserts of his decadence and cold-heartedness, is mean and rude to Belle, but she puts up with none of his nonsense. Slowly, the Beast changes his ways in an attempt to win Belle’s heart, but trouble comes in the form of Gaston, a boorish war-hero (what war, we’re not sure) who wants to marry Belle for the simple reason that she’s pretty. It’s a classic tale of romance, redemption, and comedy that has rightfully become beloved by generations.
Ok, I lied. My special for my action figure lovers will be next week!
I make no secret of the fact that "Aladdin" is my favorite Disney movie. Admittedly, "The Little Mermaid" came first, but "Aladdin" was the movie that made a Disney fan for life. For me, the magical combination of an exotic locale, wonderful music, and memorable characters that made this film stand out.
Princess Jasmine spoke to me as a child with her kind but tough personality. She was like no princess before her, unafraid to speak truth to power, unafraid to approach volatile situations with a smile and understanding, unafraid to take what steps were necessary to defend herself, her home, and her people from whatever threat came up. She was the only one of the princesses I could see being a great queen one day. Quite frankly, I still am of that opinion.
Before we get to the toys and memorabilia, here are some favorite clips from the movies and TV show, handpicked by my brother and I.
First up, the iconic love song "A Whole New World".
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