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Girls of The Finest 2015 Calendar!!

March 18, 2014 Leave a comment

999952_657218011004768_1707650334_nPosing with two of my favorite cosplaying sisters! Both Gals will be appearing in this new Calender!

spotFor those that have not heard of this fantastic calendar..this Baroness had to share this goodie! It not only celebrates the 50th Anniversary of GI Joe, the money that’s raised goes to help the Wounded Warrior Project!

Learn More At: Girls of The Finest!


Fund Raiser Girls of The Finest 2015 Calendar

1231615_565756866817550_1037918144_nWithout further Interview with the Joe Colton Team, centering on this wonderful calendar!

1. Tell me how The Finest chose a Calendar. Why not an action figure or something?

The 50th anniversary of GI Joe is this year, and we wanted to do something special to celebrate this milestone. At the time, we had not heard that Hasbro was doing anything special for the anniversary, so some of the members of our costume group, The Finest, came together and started floating ideas around. Since we are a costume group we wanted to showcase our amazing members and create something fun that GI Joe and Cobra fans everywhere could enjoy. We toyed with a lot of different ideas – some good, some bad, and some kind of silly. Then we just talking about what would be ideal for fans and that wouldn’t break people’s wallet, and thus, the idea for the calendar was born! The hardest part was coming up with a name. But we decided on Girls of the Finest!

2. How did you think of connecting to a charity?

We didn’t just want to produce a calendar, but we also wanted to give something back and support a charity directly linked to the spirit and ethos of GI Joe. It was logical that a charity benefiting veterans would be the choice, so the Wounded Warrior Project was selected. It was exciting to show our support for the Real American Heroes that make up the U.S. military and to thank them for their service and all the sacrifices.

3. How will you contribute to the charity?

All the net proceeds earned from this campaign will go to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Whatever money is left after we pay for the printing and distribution of the calendars and all associated perks will be presented to the Wounded Warrior Project with our thanks.

If it’s successful this year, we will do it again, with a new set of female costumers and a new charity.

4. So you will do this again?

I really hope so! There are a lot of great costumers, themes, and ideas that were brought forward for this project, so there are lots of things that can be done for next year!

5. What is your goal?

Our goal is $7,500.

6. Why did you pick the crowd funding tool of Indiegogo and not another one?

Since we knew we would be donating our proceeds to charity, we specifically selected a crowd funding tool that allowed for this in their rules. Not all of them do! Indiegogo met our needs for this project.

7. How were the costumers picked?What costumes will we see? What’s the theme? What is the size of the calendar? Details!

Sure! We are fortunate to have a huge list of Finest members/costumers, and it was decided early on to feature a variety of characters in the calendar; not just “villains” or just “good guys.” We wanted an assortment of Cobra and GI Joe costumers, and we also wanted to represent Finest members from all regions of the country. This year’s calendar will include a female Cobra Commander, Cover Girl, a couple Scarletts, a couple Baronesses, Daina from the Oktober Guard, a Female Viper, Zarana, Zanya, a joint Cobra PR and Recruiter picture, and also a special December photo! The characters will be in classic uniforms complete with filecards! The calendar will measure 8 ½ x 11 in full color.

8. What are the perks?

Donate $5 and receive a thank you shout out on our Facebook, plus an exclusive Girls of the Finest postcard thanking you for your donation.

Donate $10 and receive a thank you shout out, an exclusive Girls of the Finest thank you postcard, plus an exclusive Girls of the Finest collectible trading card.

Donate $20 and receive all above incentives, plus a PDF version of the calendar.

Donate $25 and receive I just mentioned, plus a copy of the printed Girls of the Finest 2015 Calendar.

Donate $50 and receive all above incentives, plus an exclusive Girls of the Finest collectible patch (only 50 available – first come/first served!)

Donate $75 and receive all above incentives plus an exclusive Girls of the Finest t-shirt (only 50 available – first come/first served!)

Donate $100 and receive all above incentives plus you get to contribute to the calendar! That’s right, you get to name your own holiday that will be included on both the PDF and printed versions of the calendar! (Keep it clean!) (50 Available)

Donate $250 and receive all above incentives, plus you will be invited to a private Q & A chat with the creators of the calendar and select calendar models (subject to time and availability) (5 Available)

Recently, the costumers donated some *very* special unique perks!

* Zarana’s sunglasses!

* PR’s armband!

* Scarlett’s crossbow! (SOLD)

* The Baroness’s boots!

These perks are the actual items seen in all the photos that have been posted. Once they’re gone, they’re gone!

9. Who will you be portraying in the calendar?

I will be portraying Daina from Oktober Guard. I costume a lot as popular female characters from comics and shows, but I really enjoy portraying strong characters who don’t get all the attention! Daina was perfect. She is tough as nails and mysterious. I first put together the Daina costume for the 2012 GI Joe Convention in New Orleans. The theme of that show and all the convention exclusives that year were based on the Oktober Guard, and it was a blast to assemble that costume since it required so much old Soviet/Eastern Bloc surplus equipment. When I ordered a lot of the old gear, some of it showed up caked with mud and smelling awful!

For all I know, half of it had actually gone to Afghanistan in the 1980s when the Soviets invaded.

It’s a given that almost any GI Joe costume will rely on military surplus, but putting together a 1980s-era Soviet costume was really an awesome project to take on!

10. Did everyone get their pictures done for the calendar?

Yes! Most of the girls hired photographers and had their shots done specifically for the calendar, so there will be plenty of “never before seen” pictures!

Again For More Details Go To:

Fund Raiser Girls of The Finest 2015 Calendar

Categories: G.I. Joe

Remembering A Wonderful Talent: Harold Ramis

February 25, 2014 Leave a comment

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Very few friends online remember what I was like during the late eighties and early nineties. I was the type of teen that if I enjoyed something..I became obsessive with it. I still so at times. But..during that time period, as Ghostbusters 2 first appeared on the big screen. My obsession was on Egon Spengler and the Ghostbusters. Why was Egon/Harold Ramis my favorite. I blame it all on the glasses. Growing up. I always favored the characters that had glasses, just as I had.

Harold Ramis had worked and appeared on multiple movies, so instead of listing them all. I felt I’d share a few of my personal favorites. Ghostbusters of course was always a personal favorite, Stripes, National Lampoon’s Animal House, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Meatballs, Baby Boom, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Airheads and Caddyshack. Although there are countless others.

For more information on Harold Ramis and the news reports:

Entertainment Weekly

New York Times


Chicago Tribune

Looking Back On An Actor’s Life..

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Harold Ramis [1983] On National Lampoon’s Vacation

Harold Ramis On Ghostbusters II

Harold Ramis On Ghostbusters 3

Star Trekkin’ For The Kiddies!

February 5, 2014 Leave a comment

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Looking back on some of my personal favorites!

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Remembering DeForest Kelley On His Birthday

January 20, 2014 Leave a comment

deforest_kelley_portraitRemembering DeForest Kelley On What Would Have Been His 94th Birthday..

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Remembering The Partridge Family’s Dave Madden

January 19, 2014 Leave a comment

dave-madden.jpg w=625Growing up during the seventies, I remember fun shows such as The Partridge Family and talents that made it..such as Dave Madden. Although like many, I never met the actor, I still enjoyed his work a great deal.

This is my way looking back on his life and remembering the actor.

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Categories: Remember An Actor

Remembering The Professor: Russell Johnson

January 19, 2014 Leave a comment

Russell_JohnsonSad news this week, as yet great talent was lost in the entrainment world. Although I remember Russell Johnson best as the Professor, he was a true cowboy first and had a parts in movie classics way before he was stranded on an Island with six other castaways. For those that hadn’t known, he was also a war hero, having served in World War II, and earned the Purple Heart when his B-24 was shot down in the Philippines during a bombing run in March, 1945.

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Categories: Remember An Actor

Back To The Ponderosa: Bonanza Spotlight!

January 8, 2014 Leave a comment

bonanzaThe Cartwright’s sharing there adventures from 1959 to 1973

Sharing yet another of my television favorites! I can’t remember a time I hadn’t watched Bonanza and I still do, collecting the dvds and my personal favorite, was always Little Joe!

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Categories: Bonanza, Retro Television

Voice Actors Share Some Advice On: I Know That Voice!

December 30, 2013 Leave a comment

i_know_that_voiceRecently our friend Jack Doud loaned us this cool DVD centering on some amazing voice acting talents. A documentary directed by Lawrence Shapiro. Some of the amazing actors to make an appearance included: Jim Cummings, Corey Burton, Phil LaMarr, Gregg Berger, Maurice LaMarche, David Kaye, Kevin Michael Richardson and Jack Angel. Of course that’s only naming a few.

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Categories: Favorite Talents

Memories Of DeForest Kelley! An Interview With Kristine Smith

December 30, 2013 Leave a comment

DeGrowing up during the seventies and eighties,  I remember watching the classic Star Trek episodes constantly. I remember watching many of the movies as they first appeared on the big screen, and like most fans I have my personal favorites! DeForest Kelley, had been one of those favorites. But then who hadn’t loved Doctor McCoy?

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Television Favorites Of The 1960′s!

December 16, 2013 Leave a comment

Working on my website, I’ve added yet another favorite decade, the sixties! Although I hadn’t been around at the time, I remember the shows well! Spotlighting many of my personal favorites!


The 1960′s

American Bandstand

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American Bandstand was an American music performance show that aired in various versions from 1952 to 1989 and was hosted from 1956 until its final season by Dick Clark, who also served as producer. The show featured teenagers dancing to Top 40 music introduced by Clark.

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Categories: Retro Television

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