A Perky Nerd’s First Fandom

My Wonder is a MarvelΒ 

You know how I said Captain Marvel IS my Wonder Woman. Confession:Β  I’m a girl that didn’t grow up on Wonder Woman, so when the WW craze hit, I wasn’t THAT crazed. GASP! Of course, I was totally excited for this amazing movie with a kick ass lead and talented director. Definitely. But I never went around wishing I was Wonder Woman or watched her show.

I have made friends with some serious WW fans and while I was stoked about seeing a strong woman on the big screen, I was more excited for my friends to have their moment to see Wondy kick some ass, which I feel is how it will be when Captain Marvel comes out. While others may not be familiar with Captain Marvel, I’m ALL ABOUT HER. Everyone knows how psyched I am about Carol Danvers on the big screen. But before there was Carol Danvers, there was someone else. My first fandom, two actually. Strawberry Shortcake and Rainbow Brite. That’s my jam right there, my strawberry jam. 😜

 

First Fandoms

I have been a fangirl of all sorts of things since I was little.Β  Michael Jackson, MTV, Mr. Rogers, metal lunchboxes,Β  all of them hold a special place in my fangirl heart. But Strawberry Shortcake and Rainbow Brite were the shizzle of my dizzle growing up. I had Strawberry Shortcake bedding, Strawberry Shortcake dolls, strawberry scented chapstick and lipgloss, strawberry pop tarts, strawberry ice cream, and my favorite dessert was actual strawberry shortcake. You’d think my favorite color was pink like Strawberry Shortcake, but I actually loved ALL the colors because Rainbow Brite was my other obsession.

Wear ALL the Things!

I wanted to BE Rainbow Brite! I had a rainbow toy box. I dressed in every color I could find, red shorts, colored tights, multi colored heart shirt, every color of sunglasses and bandana headband. Accessory queen! If you got it, flaunt it and ALL of it at once. I went through a phase where I wanted a side ponytail everyday and my mom HAD TO draw a purple heart on my cheek just like Rainbow Brite.

 

Any Excuse to Dress Up!

These fangirl moments all came rushing back when I saw there was a Strawberry Shortcake comic and a Strawberry Shortcake Funko POP! coming out when we first opened the shop. And yes yes yes,Β  it was even Strawberry scented, as it should be. So what did I do? Throw an 80’s art show at the shop so I could dress up like Strawberry Shortcake complete with her cat, Custard. A plush I stored in my rainbow toybox that was finally freed for the occasion. Since I’m normally a blonde, actually having red hair to be Strawberry Shortcake was the ultimate!!! In case you are wondering, I had already dressed up as Rainbow Brite years ago at our first of many Halloween parties. It was a no brainer. And Jesus showed up. So much coolness as I’m a big fan of his too!

FUNKO FLUNKO!

All of this Strawberry Shortcake Funko Pop excitement and I didn’t think to save one for myself. I sold all of them!!! How does that even happen?Β  It didn’t occur to me that I made an epic mistake in my fangirl collection, until Rainbow Brite’s POP came outΒ  this summer complete with her sprite, Twink.Β  BTW I totally have Twink as a plush in my toybox too, my mom made it for me. Adorable tiny sidekicks are my favorite.

Then, shortly after the Rainbow Brite POP released, it was announced that she was going to have her own comic too!!! OMG first Strawberry now Rainbow!!! Both of my first favorite of all favorites were coming back into my life in a the form of something I already sell. Two worlds colliding.

 

I pulled a Monica!

Suddenly, panic ensued. I can’t have a Rainbow Brite POP & comic and not have a Strawberry Shortcake one! I tried to see if I could order one from Funko to restock the shop and it was too late. It was retired.

Cue the Monica Geller “NOOOOOOOOO!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

POPS & Comics Achievement Unlocked

Retired POPs usually rocket in price, I’m totally screwed. Somehow I found a Strawberry Shortcake POP!Β  online for under $20 and I ordered it immediately. Achievement unlocked! Chaos averted.Β  My childhood will live on with my two favorites, Strawberry Shortcake and Rainbow Brite. Side by side in POP form and comic form. The tiny fangirl in me could be happy and my nerd must-have list got a little bit shorter.

 

Tell Me Yours!

It’s funny how just hearing the intro song to these two cartoons immediately transports me back. The joy of watching these powerful girls solve problems and always win against the bad guy… there’s something so comforting and inspiring about it. There’s something for everyone out there. These two just happen to be the gals that spoke to me. What’s your first fandom?

P.S.

Now that I think of it, when I was Strawberry Shortcake for Halloween, Jesus miraculously came back for one last hurrah! Ariel was there too, because you know how she is. She wants to be where the people are.

Be a Perky Nerd!

If you are a Rainbow Brite fan, don’t make the mistake I did.Β  Order Rainbow Brite POP here! And get psyched for the comic with 3 different covers too. All of them are equally rad.Β  Order issue #1 now!Β  Stay tuned for Perky Nerd blog posts, news, and events on our Facebook page.Β LIKE us and follow The Perky Nerd!

 

What we’re up to today…

11 hours ago

The Perky Nerd

Meet George Jetson.
His Boy Elroy.
Daughter Judy.
Jane his wife.

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Meet George Jetson. 
His Boy Elroy. 
Daughter Judy. 
Jane his wife. 

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#jetsons #funkopop #funko #newtoday #georgejetson #judyjetson #janejetson #elroy

12 hours ago

The Perky Nerd

I can hear her now chatting about the Perky Nerd's famous green chair that is broken and needs a welder to fix it....

"Well, Tiffany, it just goes to show you, it's always something β€” if it ain't one thing, it's another."

So if you know a welder or ARE a welder, let me know. My spinny chair needs your expertise.

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#roseanneroseannadanna #snl #gilda #funny #love #favorite #funko #funkopop #hilarious #saturday #newtoday #gildaradner
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I can hear her now chatting about the Perky Nerds famous green chair that is broken and needs a welder to fix it....

Well, Tiffany,  it just goes to show you, its always something β€” if it aint one thing, its another.

So if you know a welder or ARE a welder, let me know. My spinny chair needs your expertise. 

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#roseanneroseannadanna #snl #gilda #funny #love #favorite #funko #funkopop #hilarious #saturday #newtoday #gildaradner

12 hours ago

The Perky Nerd

Remember this movie moment? Now immortalized in @originalfunko form. Now available at The Perky Nerd. What a great gift for your MARVELous family and friends.
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#makeminemarvel #moviemoments #funko #funkopop #captainamerica #redskull #mcu #marvel #marvelstudios #avengers #thefirstavenger
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Remember this movie moment? Now immortalized in @originalfunko form. Now available at The Perky Nerd. What a great gift for your MARVELous family and friends. 
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#makeminemarvel #moviemoments #funko #funkopop #captainamerica #redskull #mcu #marvel #marvelstudios #avengers #thefirstavenger

15 hours ago

The Perky Nerd

Day 13 of the 25 Days of Perky Christmas! Archie comics, Jughead, Betty, and jingle jangle.

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#archie #archiecomics #jughead #bettycooper #comics #funkopop #funko #perkychristmas #jinglejangle
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Day 13 of the 25 Days of Perky Christmas! Archie comics, Jughead, Betty, and jingle jangle. 

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#archie #archiecomics #jughead #bettycooper #comics #funkopop #funko #perkychristmas #jinglejangle

16 hours ago

The Perky Nerd

To say I LOVE Wayne's World would be a severe understatement. These pops are the excellent. Shaaaaa right and monkeys might fly out of my butt. If you don't want them, you're a sphincter boy. NOT! Schwing!!!!!
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#waynesworld #funkopop #snl #partyonwayne #partyongarth #christmas #gifts #somuchyes #theperkynerd #comedy #favorite #movie #mikemyers #danacarvey
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16 hours ago

The Perky Nerd

The First Order and Resistance Conversion kits are here. Plus, four new ships for X-WING 2.0 released today and available now at the Perky Nerd.
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#xwing #ffg #newtoday #resistance #firstorder #starwars #game #tabletop #thursdaynightgamenight #gamenight #burbank #theperkynerd
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The First Order and Resistance Conversion kits are here. Plus, four new ships for X-WING 2.0 released today and available now at the Perky Nerd. 
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#xwing #ffg #newtoday #resistance #firstorder #starwars #game #tabletop #thursdaynightgamenight #gamenight #burbank #theperkynerd

18 hours ago

The Perky Nerd

This Saturday December 15th from 2pm to 4pm we will have Amy Ratcliffe, author of WOMEN OF THE GALAXY, with us signing and answering questions about her amazing book. Don't miss the chance to meet @amy_geek and pick up her new book. Makes a great gift too! See you this Saturday!
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#starwars #booksigning #authorevent #womenofthegalaxy #rey #jedi #womenrock #burbank #theperkynerd #nerdist #amyratcliffe #princessleia
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This Saturday December 15th from 2pm to 4pm we will have Amy Ratcliffe, author of WOMEN OF THE GALAXY, with us signing and answering questions about her amazing book. Dont miss the chance to meet @amy_geek and pick up her new book. Makes a great gift too! See you this Saturday!
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#starwars #booksigning #authorevent #womenofthegalaxy #rey #jedi #womenrock #burbank #theperkynerd #nerdist #amyratcliffe #princessleia

18 hours ago

The Perky Nerd

Perky Christmas to me! Thank you Reading RainBro @ace2me818 for this awesome surprise. Raven signed by Raven @tarastrong πŸ˜πŸ¦„πŸ€“πŸ˜€ you're the best Amador! And so is Tara πŸ€—
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#teenstitansgo #raven #funkopop #tarastrong #awesome #voiceover #funko #burbank #theperkynerd #perkychristmas #readingrainbros
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Perky Christmas to me! Thank you Reading RainBro @ace2me818 for this awesome surprise. Raven signed by Raven @tarastrong πŸ˜πŸ¦„πŸ€“πŸ˜€ youre the best Amador! And so is Tara πŸ€— 
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#teenstitansgo #raven #funkopop #tarastrong #awesome #voiceover #funko #burbank #theperkynerd #perkychristmas #readingrainbros

1 day ago

The Perky Nerd

Tonight the Perky B*tches had a very enthusiastic discussion about DOCTOR WHO. Plus, Maria brought a Doctor Who quilt that she made herself! So rad. Thanks for the yummy treats and conversation ladies. Can't believe we only have one more meeting before we close out 2018 and we have to regenerate. πŸ€“πŸ˜πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜„
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Tonight the Perky B*tches had a very enthusiastic discussion about DOCTOR WHO. Plus, Maria brought a Doctor Who quilt that she made herself! So rad. Thanks for the yummy treats and conversation ladies. Cant believe we only have one more meeting before we close out 2018 and we have to regenerate. πŸ€“πŸ˜πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜„
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#doctorwho #perkybitches #comicbookclubforladies #books #december #quilt #fun #wednesday #women #love #bookclub

 

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Apple Apples

2 days ago

The Perky Nerd

Yay! It's new comic book day. Come get a comic and a candy cane from Groot!
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#iamgroot #groot #gotg #sideshow #candycane #babygroot #cute #makeminemarvel #marvelcomics #ncbd
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Yay! Its new comic book day. Come get a comic and a candy cane from Groot! 
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#iamgroot #groot #gotg #sideshow #candycane #babygroot #cute #makeminemarvel #marvelcomics #ncbd

2 days ago

The Perky Nerd

Ready for our Doctor Who discussion tonight in the Perky B*tches.

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2 days ago

The Perky Nerd

Harley Loves Joker.
The Perky Nerd Loves Paul Dini!!!
Can't wait to read Jingle Belle in The Perky B*tches this month.

Come get your @dinipaul fix today.

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#pauldini #harley #joker #jinglebelle #ncbd #newcomicbookday #dccomics #dc #burbank
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Harley Loves Joker. 
The Perky Nerd Loves Paul Dini!!! 
Cant wait to read Jingle Belle in The Perky B*tches this month.

Come get your @dinipaul fix today. 

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#pauldini #harley #joker #jinglebelle #ncbd #newcomicbookday #dccomics #dc #burbank

2 days ago

The Perky Nerd

While reading all those Batman Comics, pop a few PEZ from his neck hole and be a kid again. #eatingcandylikeavampire #nomnom ... See MoreSee Less

While reading all those Batman Comics, pop a few PEZ from his neck hole and be a kid again.  #eatingcandylikeavampire #nomnom

2 days ago

The Perky Nerd

Crazy New Comic Book Day, BATMAN! How are we going to decide? A bat who laughs, an annual bat, a detective bat, and a bat be damned... we're gonna need a bigger cave. #batweek

And if detective bats aren't your thing, we've also got a Sasquatch Detective #notunasaladformethanks #barefootbigfoot
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The Best Defenders ranks are complete with Dr. Strange and Silver Surfer. And a Grimm wedding is in the works. #oldschoolsocool #whatsizeringdoesthethingwear
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Ooh, and Miles Morales is back! #iwouldwatch500miles
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There is a blank, white, cover with a lovely, political suess-like comic inside #thegrinchisreal
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Batman DAMNED issue 2 will be gone quick, Harley has got my heart racing #DCblacklabel

Never would call myself a Batman fan, but I've read a lot... A LOT of Batman the past 3 months. I suggest you do the same.
- @t1garr @ The Perky Nerd
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3 days ago

The Perky Nerd

Who is ready for part two????? Be there tomorrow morning for more BATMAN DAMNED!

#NCBD #batman #tomorrow
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Who is ready for part two????? Be there tomorrow morning for more BATMAN DAMNED! 

#NCBD #batman #tomorrow

3 days ago

The Perky Nerd

Day 11 of the 25 Days of Perky Christmas! Get your friends and family the best gift ever. A signed copy of the WOMEN OF THE GALAXY by the author herself. Join us this Saturday December 15th from to 2pm to 4pm with special guest Amy Ratcliffe @amy_geek

Purchase book at The Perky Nerd to have it signed and meet the fantastic Amy. This book is full of amazing art and wonderful information on the strong women in the STAR WARS galaxy. Don't miss out!

#starwars #womenofthegalaxy #strongwomen #booksigning #burbank #author #christmas #books #awesome #theperkynerd
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Day 11 of the 25 Days of Perky Christmas! Get your friends and family the best gift ever. A signed copy of the WOMEN OF THE GALAXY by the author herself. Join us this Saturday December 15th from to 2pm to 4pm with special guest Amy Ratcliffe @amy_geek 

Purchase book at The Perky Nerd to have it signed and meet the fantastic Amy. This book is full of amazing art and wonderful information on the strong women in the STAR WARS galaxy. Dont miss out! 

#starwars #womenofthegalaxy #strongwomen #booksigning #burbank #author #christmas #books #awesome #theperkynerd

4 days ago

The Perky Nerd

I am Groot. I am Groot.

#iamcute #iamgroot #groot #christmas #adorable #stockingstuffer #christmas #shopping #gotg #guardiansofthegalaxy #marvel
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I am Groot. I am Groot. 

#iamcute #iamgroot #groot #christmas #adorable #stockingstuffer #christmas #shopping #gotg #guardiansofthegalaxy #marvel

 

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awwwwwwwwwwww

4 days ago

The Perky Nerd

Santa kitty. Hurry down the chimney tonight! This tentacle cutie is the perfect stocking stuffer.

#tentaclekitty #santa #stockingstuffer #christmas #catsofinstagram #burbank #theperkynerd
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Santa kitty. Hurry down the chimney tonight! This tentacle cutie is the perfect stocking stuffer. 

#tentaclekitty #santa #stockingstuffer #christmas #catsofinstagram #burbank #theperkynerd

4 days ago

The Perky Nerd

Day 10 of the 25 Days of Perky Christmas!!! Deadpool is here bringing some unicorn magic for your feet. Their horns light up too. πŸ¦„πŸ¦„πŸ€“πŸ˜ May your days be merry and bright. Deadorable.

#christmas #deadpool #unicorn #gift #cute #candycane #makeminemarvel #marvel #love
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Day 10 of the 25 Days of Perky Christmas!!! Deadpool is here bringing some unicorn magic for your feet. Their horns light up too. πŸ¦„πŸ¦„πŸ€“πŸ˜ May your days be merry and bright. Deadorable. 

#christmas #deadpool #unicorn #gift #cute #candycane #makeminemarvel #marvel #love

4 days ago

The Perky Nerd

My new @elhofferdesign sweater is pretty amazing.πŸ€“πŸ˜πŸ€“

#captainmarvel #elhofferdesign #monday #makeminemarvel #marvel
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My new @elhofferdesign sweater is pretty amazing.πŸ€“πŸ˜πŸ€“

#captainmarvel #elhofferdesign #monday #makeminemarvel #marvel

5 days ago

The Perky Nerd

Day 9 of the 25 Days of Perky Christmas. Truly outrageous how fast these came out. Even more crazy how fast this month is going. Better get your shopping done now.

#jem #pizzazz #funko #funkopop #perkychristmas
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Day 9 of the 25 Days of Perky Christmas. Truly outrageous how fast these came out. Even more crazy how fast this month is going. Better get your shopping done now. 

#jem #pizzazz #funko #funkopop #perkychristmas

6 days ago

The Perky Nerd

This Oogie Boogie is gnarly. But this pouch is adorable. 😁😁😁😁

#nightmarebeforechristmas #nbc #oogieboogie #loungefly
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This Oogie Boogie is gnarly. But this pouch is adorable. 😁😁😁😁

#nightmarebeforechristmas #nbc #oogieboogie #loungefly

6 days ago

The Perky Nerd

The Doctor is in the house. New Doctor Who Funko and our Perky Bitches read of the month.

#doctorwho #christmas #funko #bookclub #tardis #thirteenthdoctor
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The Doctor is in the house. New Doctor Who Funko and our Perky Bitches read of the month. 

#doctorwho #christmas #funko #bookclub #tardis #thirteenthdoctor

6 days ago

The Perky Nerd

Look who joined us just in time for Christmas. Mickey Mouse!!! 90 never looked so good.

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Look who joined us just in time for Christmas. Mickey Mouse!!! 90 never looked so good. 

#mickey #mickeymouse #disney #funko #funkopop

 

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I might need one of these.

6 days ago

The Perky Nerd

Free with purchase for our X-Men event, receive this signed one sheet!!! Eric and Julia Lewald are sharing stories as we speak when you get your book signed.

#xmen #xmentas #freestuff #booksigning
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Free with purchase for our X-Men event, receive this signed one sheet!!! Eric and Julia Lewald are sharing stories as we speak when you get your book signed. 

#xmen #xmentas #freestuff #booksigning

 

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That's pretty rad.

6 days ago

The Perky Nerd

Come visit Eric and Julia Lewald from 2pm to 4pm today! They have the new book, hats, and script sheets. Plus, we are doing 25% off X-MEN comics, trades, and other X-MEN merch today. J. Lewald

#xmen #xmentas @ The Perky Nerd
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Come visit Eric and Julia Lewald from 2pm to 4pm today! They have the new book, hats, and script sheets. Plus, we are doing 25% off X-MEN comics, trades, and other X-MEN merch today. J. Lewald

#xmen #xmentas  @ The Perky NerdImage attachment

 

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Super bummed I have to miss this. The Lewalds are cool people.

6 days ago

The Perky Nerd

Day 8 of the 25 Days of Perky Christmas!!! Merry force be with you. This mug is huge and perfect hot cocoa.

#starwars #porg #perkychristmas
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Day 8 of the 25 Days of Perky Christmas!!! Merry force be with you. This mug is huge and perfect hot cocoa. 

#starwars #porg #perkychristmas

6 days ago

The Perky Nerd

Fly into the future with the lovely ladies of Skypad Apartments! #watchyerwallet #illbeyourgeorge ... See MoreSee Less

Fly into the future with the lovely ladies of Skypad Apartments! #watchyerwallet #illbeyourgeorge

 

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I "Eep Oop Ork Ah Ah" these figures!

6 days ago

The Perky Nerd

Jem and Pizzazz, ready to rock! #cosmicmakeover ... See MoreSee Less

Jem and Pizzazz, ready to rock! #cosmicmakeover

 

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Jennifer Kiger Carrigan for some reason Jem made me think of you!!

YAY! πŸ™‚ This is great!! πŸ™‚

Ok but do they come with earrings?

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