December 27, 2023•331 words
My recent quest for a Ms. Marvel action figure led me on an unexpected journey across countless Walmarts and Targets. Imagine my amazement 😲 when, after visiting what felt like the 20th store, I finally struck gold at the Walmart in Sugarland on Alt-90 Highway. Not just one, but multiple Ms. Marvel figures! And there, nestled in their modest comics section, were Ms. Marvel comics too. It suddenly made sense – Sugarland, with its vibrant Pakistani community, kids mirroring Ms. Marvel's age and background, was the perfect spot. It felt like a small victory, a recognition of sorts 🌟.
Some might view this as a classic move by Walmart, capitalizing on demographics. But to me, it's more profound. It's an acknowledgment, a nod to the Pakistani and broader South Asian American communities' long-felt need for representation 🙌.
A heartfelt thank you to Walmart for this – you've earned my respect 👏. Now, my adventure takes a new turn as I hunt for that elusive special edition Ms. Marvel action figure from SEGA, Japan 🇯🇵. The search this time isn't through store aisles but perhaps through online auctions and collectors' forums. I came close to winning one on eBay last week – not losing hope yet! 🕵️♂️
This little journey of mine has had an unexpected, beautiful ripple effect. My kids, who previously showed little interest in their Pakistani heritage, are now intrigued. They've started connecting with the culture, and for the first time, they're actually looking forward to our summer trip to Pakistan 🇵🇰. Oh, how I wish I could tell them about the action figures – their excitement would be palpable! 🎉
My collection of Ms. Marvel memorabilia isn't just about toys. It's about celebrating a character who resonates deeply with me, a symbol of our culture and identity 🌍. It's about embracing a part of ourselves that's often overshadowed. This quest, while seemingly trivial, has become a meaningful journey, intertwining the threads of representation, identity, and family 💖.