Everyone wants to be the hero.
Everyone wants to be James Bond, saving the world from impending doom. I get that, but I’ve always wanted something else: the heroes’ toys.
The hero ― at least the ones in the movies ― always have the best toys.
What do I mean? Here’s a few of the toys I wouldn’t mind having for when I need to save the day:
—I would start with every guy’s dream, James Bond’s 1964 Aston Martin DB5. The car was filmed in Goldfinger, Thunderball, and Skyfall and is a classic, with a 282 horse power engine and can travel zero to 60 mph in less than 8 seconds. Besides the car, who wouldn’t love the ejector gear shift button? I must admit that I can think of a few people I would love to take for a spin. Okay, I can think of lots of people. But even without the ejector button, the car would still be a gem.
—Captain Kirk’s transporter, the fictional teleportation machine that converts a person or object into an energy pattern and then “beams” it to a target. With a 45-minute commute to work each day, I must admit to fantasizing more than a few times over the years about having a transporter. You come up with some crazy ideas sitting in traffic five days a week for 52 weeks in a year. A transporter certainly has been tops on that list.
—Harry Potter’s wand. Every morning when I lean over to pull up my sheets and make my bed, I think of how much my back would thank me if I had a wand ― made of dragon heartstring or Phoenix feather, doesn’t matter what ― to help with the task. With a slight twist of the wrist and the recitation of the spell “Reparo,” my pillows, bedspread and blankets would magically fix themselves back to normal. I’d flick the wand again and our laundry room full of dirty clothes would wash, fold themselves and magically arrange themselves in my closets. With a wand, I just might start to enjoy the finer points of cleaning.
These toys are probably not possible, but I’ll keep dreaming for them. Who knows, maybe one day?