Stranger Things Action Figures are coming!

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been looking at your forlorn, staffed-only-by-Stormtroopers vintage Kenner Death Star playset and you’ve been thinking to yourself, “Hey, you know who would look good in the gunner seat of that top-floor cannon? The Demogorgon would.” Fortunately, Funko, the makers of the Stranger Things vinyl pops, hears us. Coming this August, Funko is rolling out two boxed sets of action figures based on the addictive Netflix show…which means you can sit down with the gang to watch the new season this Halloween and look nervously over at Will Byers and wonder “is he okay?”

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The accessories are to die for: Lucas has his slingshot. Eleven has some Eggos, as she should. The Demogorgon…well…that’s scary enough without accessories.

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These figures are in the “Star Wars scale” (assuming 3 3/4″ as the height of an average adult male), so they are most definitely compatible with your existing collection. They can hang out with Twiki and catch a ride in Luke’s landspeeder…and they can hide out while Batman fights the Demogorgon.

These are the Stranger Things we’ve been waiting for…now we just have to wait…patiently…possibly in a cupboard with a string of Christmas lights. Or maybe that’s just me.

New Retro Action Figures

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Last Friday was my birthday. Over the weekend I took some of the birthday money I received and drove over to Vintage Stock to see if they had anything I couldn’t live without. (Spoiler — Vintage Stock always has something I can’t live without!)

As you can see above, Vintage now carries a large collection of ReAction action figures. They had Doc and Marty from Back to the Future, Snake Plisskin from Escape From New York, and a couple of T800s (with skin and without) from the original Terminator.

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Just past the ReAction figures were these Twilight Zone figures from Bif Bang Pow! They had several to choose from, but when I spotted “The Gremlin” I knew he was the one I wanted. I took him home and unwrapped him, but he soon disappeared and I looked all over for him. A few minutes later, I finally found him…

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…on the wing, as usual.

Visiting the Toy and Action Figure Museum (Part Two)

Yesterday in Part One of visiting the Toy and Action Figure Museum in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, I covered the Army Room, the Play Room, the Star Wars Room, the Batman Room, and the Super Hero Collection. In Part Two of the article, I’ll be covering the rest of what we saw.

In the middle of the museum are two rotating displays.

LEGOs and Roy Rogers

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The left hand side held a huge LEGO collection — mostly newer, but still fun to look at, and massive in size. On the right hand side sits a large collection of vintage Roy Rogers toys. Both of these displays are on loan and change from time to time.

Kyle Windrix Collection

Kyle Windrix is a “master sculptor” from Purcell, Oklahoma, who previously worked for McFarlane before moving to NECA. All of the figures seen below are prototypes for toys which were hand sculpted and painted by Windrix. They are a sight to behold in person, I assure you.

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Misc Displays

There are miscellaneous displays all over the museum — some in glass display cases, others perched on top of displays, even others hanging above from strings. I literally have 30 pictures of random things I took; here are five of them just to give you a taste.

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A collection of Hawkman figures.

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Random toys.

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Kiss collectibles.

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Random toys.

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Spider-Man is not impressed.

Believe it or not, I still haven’t shared my favorite part of the museum.

Behold, the Adult Collector’s Bedroom Diorama

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Wow. Just, wow.

The Adult Collector’s Bedroom Diorama is located just to your left when you enter the museum. Assuming you work your way through the museum in a clockwise fashion, you’ll see the bedroom twice — once from a few feet away when entering, and then up close and personal toward the end of your visit. Like many families I assume, my kids instantly ran to the display upon entering and had to be pried away from it so we could see the rest of the museum.

I don’t know how many of the museum’s 13,000 action figures are in this single display, but it’s a lot.

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I mean like, a lot.

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Like, a lotta lotta lot.

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And the funny thing is, the longer you look at it, the more funny things you begin to discover.

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Like Crash Test Dummies on the Millennium Falcon…

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…and two pair of boxers…

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…and “the concert”…

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…and Beetlejuice…

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…and the Ghostbusters.

I have literally dozens more great pictures to share, but instead I’ll encourage you to visit the Toy and Action Figure Museum and discover some of them on your own.

When you go, take a friend!

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And make sure you don’t leave any of your kids home alone!

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Okay, okay, I’ll stop.

Link: The Toy and Action Figure Museum in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma.

Visiting the Toy and Action Figure Museum (Part One)

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Close your eyes and think of the word “Oklahoma.” What did you think of? Cowboys and Indians? Horses? Tumbleweed? Whatever image you conjured up, it probably wasn’t the Toy and Action Figure Museum. Located about an hour south of Oklahoma City in Paul’s Valley, the museum has over 13,000 toys and action figures on display. There are so many things to see there that it would be literally impossible for me to show everything there, but here are a few pictures from each of the museum’s themed rooms.

The Army Room

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The first room you’ll encounter is what I call the Army Room. These dioramas consist of Hasbro and Dragon 12″ military figures. These pictures only show a small section of the battlefield.

The Play Room

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The next area you’ll encounter is the kid’s play room. In this room there are toys, action figures, LEGOs, dolls, costumes, masks, and all kinds of things for kids to play with. My kids are getting a little old for this area so we didn’t spend too much time there, but there are certainly a lot of things to see and play with here.

The Star Wars Room

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These pictures don’t really do the Star Wars room service. On the right behind the glass there are a couple dozen carded figures — some new and some quite old. There are also lots of mail in figures from the old days and other things. Above this area on the wall there are tons of carded Star Wars figures from the 90s. Along the back wall are a dozen old framed newspaper advertisements from the late 70s/early 80s for toys and the movies themselves.

The Batman Room

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I took roughly a dozen pictures of this room and I’m still not sure I captured everything. Decorated like the Batcave, this room alone contains hundreds and hundreds of Batman action figures and collectibles, covering everything from the original television show to the latest movies. If you’re a Batman fan, this room alone is worth the cost of admission.

Super Heroes!

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If you don’t like your worlds mixing together, you’re in luck! Side by side there are two displays, one for DC action figures and another for Marvel ones. Just around the corner is a third display filled with female heroes. If things should go terrible in the universe, these are the displays you want to be standing near.

Want to see prototype action figures? Want to see tons of random displays? Want to see the most amazing bedroom you have ever seen in your life? Check back tomorrow for Part Two of my visit to the Toy and Action Figure Museum!