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I am a massive Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan. The sort of Buffy fan who gets Buffy birthday cakes, quotes extensively from episodes, reads fanfics, makes fan videos and can debate the merits of Spuffy (Spike and Buffy) versus Bangel (Buffy and Angel) for hours on end. In short, I am a geek.
My Buffy fan-ism has reached the level where I have begun to collect Buffy autographs and meet Buffy actors to have my photo taken with them. OK, so maybe super-geek would have been a better term. Anyway, I recently realised, as my photo and autograph collection began to grow, that I could do with somewhere to keep them all safe, rather than just putting them in a drawer. And so I decided to get myself a Buffy folder.
Inkworks produce an array of Buffy themed folders, which are intended to be used to store Inkworks trading cards in. I have never collected trading cards, but the folders can just as easily be used to store anything else.
I chose the Season Seven design for the folder because it is one of the few designs which isn't focused entirely on just Buffy, or just Buffy and Angel. Unlike most of the other folders, it includes all the other characters, which in my view is essential as Buffy is brilliant ensemble television where all the characters add something amazing to the overall effect.
The folder is beautifully made, with a thick padded front cover, back cover and spine. This makes it look much more luxurious and high quality than the non-padded folders and binders that you can buy. Inside it is smooth and black, with three metal binding rings down the side that can easily hook into any normal plastic folder.
The front and back covers are just stunning. Each has a colour photo in the centre, and then surrounding photos which are tinted midnight blue, with a gothic style pattern around the edges of the folder. The folder also has the Buffy logo in a white and red glowing style on the front and on the spine.
The central photo on the front is of Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) during season seven, looking gorgeous with straightened hair held back in a ponytail, and a white shirt. Around her are Faith, Willow, Kendra, Giles, Dawn, Anya, Xander, Caleb, Spike, a Turok'han (Uber-vamp), Principal Wood, the potentials, and Andrew. The way they are all circled around Buffy works really well, and all the photos are attractive (particularly Spike's with the open shirt!), but I do wonder about the sizes of some of the photos. The biggest ones are of Faith (Eliza Dushku) and Caleb (Nathan Fillion), neither of whom have ever been regular cast member and both of whom joined season seven for just the last few episodes. It seems odd that their photos are so large, when cast members who have been in every, or almost every episode since season one began, such as Willow (Alyson Hannigan), Xander (Nicholas Brendon) and Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) have such small photos. Xander's photo in particular is very small and tends to fade into the background which is a shame. However overall the effect is very good.
The back cover has a gorgeous colour promotional shot from the last ever episode, Chosen, featuring Buffy, Dawn, Xander, Willow, Faith and Giles. It is the iconic photo of them standing staring at the wreck of Sunnydale after the coach has stopped (those who have seen the episode will remember this well!). Surrounding this are blue-tinted stills from various episodes. These are really well chosen in my opinion, and include Buffy kissing Angel from Chosen, Buffy wielding the scythe in Chosen, Buffy and Spike cuddling on the bed in Touched, and the fiery hand-hold between Buffy and Spike in Chosen. These stills should satisfy any Spuffy or Bangel fan, and as a Spuffy fanatic I love them!
The only real downside to this folder is its price and availability. You may find it available to buy at Forbidden Planet, or at collector's exhibitions or conventions. At Forbidden Planet it is currently priced at a horrendously high £20. I personally acquired mine from Ebay for the still-very-high price of £13. This is a lot of money to pay for the folder, especially when you can acquire most of the other Buffy Inkworks folders for much less (the Women of Sunnydale folder is particularly cheap on Ebay and is regularly listed).
Still, I am glad to have this folder and would buy it again, as it is the best possible place for me to keep my treasured autographs and photos. I recommend it, but do shop around.