|“||I happen to an affinity for Chuck E. Cheese's and my creation, Catgirl. I also like yelling inside the head of my 1980's Helen Henny costume.||”|
— Crystal Stainton in a 2011 interview
|Crystal in 2013|
|Born||September 8th, 1986 (age 31)|
|Other names|| "Cryssie"
"The Young Helen" (in the 1990's)
|Notable work|| Customed characters
|Home town||Utica, New York|
|Family:|| Aishwarya Nibhanupudi (wife)
Robert Stainton (father)
Crystal was born in Utica to Robert Stainton at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in 1986. Her biological mother, Selena Mészöly, is a known furry fandom member.
Crystal was interested in mascot characters and was often at the nurse's office due to her backbone being weak.
She became interested in the costume character industry in 1987 when Robert and Christine took her to the Union, NJ Pizza Time Theatre for her second birthday. "I enjoyed the CyberStar visuals of the characters... they made me wanna feel like I was gonna be with them. But I enjoyed Helen, most of all."
Her first walkaround role was (surprisingly) Helen at the Union location "In the not-too-distant past, 1998 to be exact" she recalls. Her other first role was a appearance as Helen at a CEC banquet that was captured on tape. She was 13 when she gained the role, making her one of the youngest performers at an CEC location. She mostly did substituting and road shows during visits to other establishments. When she was 16 in 2001, she gained the role fulltime.
She did her first voice acting role as Little Girl in the Greeny Phatom Kart game (doing "a very high-pitched impersonation of Georgia Denney's Little Girl voice"), and various female roles for her followed after, followed by her creation of Catgirl and the Clawed Crusaders.
In January 2002, Crystal gave birth to a daughter, Marina Stainton, via surrogate.
In 2006, she revealed her love of all things CEC in a post to her own blog. She also revealed she had embarrassing costume accidents, in one of which her head was knocked off after a Chuck E. performer's shoe flew into her face (and also a boy said "Helen's not real!"), one in which was during her audition as she walked aimlessly around the gameroom and got slammed down by a screaming child, one in which she got called "Birdie", and one in which she broke her jaw after landing on a rock after tripping while outside the restaurant trying to get motorists to honk at her and the performers.
Crystal attended Chicago Vocational High School for her high school education. In 2014, she graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in drama.
She has been dating a childhood friend of her, Aishwarya Nibhanupudi, since early 2013 and they adopted a second daughter, 12-year old Kishori Nibhanupudi-Stainton, in 2015. Crystal was interviewed by Greenyphatom.com in January 2016, where she came out of the closet as a lesbian, and she stated that "She's been with me ever since I was 7. We have two different nationalities, she's Indian and I'm a American, so we try to get along with being a different person from another country. In fact, I'm a lesbian woman. We don't date a lot, but when we do, we manage to be two cute girls." Crystal then came out to her father and his wife. The two married in November 2016, in a ceremony held at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
In February 2016, Crystal revealed her other embarrassing costume accidents in a interview, in one in which a kid ran away from her screaming "Don't stuff me into a suit", one in which an employee spilled his Tropicana Twister all over her costume's shoe, one in which got caught sleeping on a Baby Pac Man machine after playing it "for about 1 hour" while on a 4-hour visit to a beach for a fundraiser, one in which she tripped and fell into the Skee-ball machine, and one in which she got caught flipping off a angry mom.
- Reloop RP-8000 Advanced Hybrid Torque Turntable
- Roland TT-99 3-Speed Direct Drive Turntable
- Technics SL-B200 Turntable
- Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Turntable
- Technics SL-1200GR Turntable
- Roland Jupiter-80 Synthesizer
- Studiologic Sledge 2.0 Polyphonic Synthesizer
- Studiologic Sledge 2.0 Black Polyphonic Synthesizer
- Casio XW-P1 Performance Synthesizer
- Oberheim OB12 Synthesizer
- Casio MT-520 Synthesizer
- Yamaha CS01 Synthesizer
- GitHub Arduinoboy (fitted inside modified Nyko Shock 'n Rock)
- Game Boy Light (Silver, Japan import)
- ROLI Seaboard RISE 49 MIDI Keyboard
- Squier 20th Anniversary Strat (Torino Red, Rosewood fingerboard)