Friday, January 8, 2010

Willow -- Buffy's Best Friend

It's overdue that I talk about Willow -- Willow Rosenberg, Buffy Summers' best friend. I love Willow. She is amazing. Smart, funny, sexy and geeky. She's a great role model for all of us geeky girls.

One of the first ones I bought (and still, maybe my favorite) is "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Series 1 Willow (which is a Clayburn Moore figurine). It's classic high school Willow. She is wearing this cute, cute top. She's got her Chuck Taylors on and she's got books and a laptop for accessories. I think it's my favorite because it really captures Willow -- and looks very much like Alyson Hannigan.

Another great Moore figurine is "Transformation Willow." Willow is a bit older, but maybe not any wiser.... The figurine is from Season 5 of the series and sports the shorter hair style and clothes of that season. This figurine has the black eyes of the darker Willow which makes it an interesting counterpoint to the Series 1 Willow.

One of the fun aspects of Willow's character is her clothes. She wore such interesting outfits in the series. I'm looking forward to starting the series all over again to enjoy the subtler aspects of the storyline, the acting and let's face it, the wardrobe. Willow, Buffy, they both always look fabulous.

At one point there was talk of doing a "Halloween" Willow action figure. I wish they had. I love that episode -- to see Willow go from wearing a sheet to celebrating her changing body was really wonderful. Is there anyone who doesn't have at least the tiniest crush for Willow?

The question is do you like good Willow or bad Willow, because you have your pick! The "vampire" Willow figurines are great. I think they did a great job of blending the vamp features with Willow's sweetness. Episodes "The Wish" and "Doppelgangland" give Vampire Willow lots of screen time. And later we get "Dark" witch Willow, contrasted with the "White" witch in the "Chosen" action figure.

That Willow, she's complex. I think that's what I love about her. She goes through so much in seven years. Shy, geeky high school girl to strong, powerful magic user. We get to share in the journey and be inspired by it.