The Netflix trailer for Stranger Things 2 leaves us with nothing more than vague hints, and a killer remix of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. Anything else that’s hit the ‘net is likely just pure speculation… and so is this. Much like trying to see the future in a pile of tea leaves, this is an attempt to figure out what’s going on in the upcoming season with nothing more than things that happen to be on my action figure shelf. Chances are awfully good that my guesses connect with reality at no two points. (Actually, I can’t even guarantee one point, but it is fun to guess, right?)
First things first: this is also a bit of an under-the-radar review of Funko’s new box sets of Stranger Things action figures. You may rest assured that my verdict is that they’re awesome…though they’re rather delicate in a few places. Take time and care removing them from their packages, especially the surprisingly delicate Demogorgon. But do the figures hold any clues for the second season? Don’t ask me – ask them. Continue reading →
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?”
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.
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.
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.
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…
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
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.
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.
A collection of Hawkman figures.
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
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.
I mean like, a lot.
Like, a lotta lotta lot.
And the funny thing is, the longer you look at it, the more funny things you begin to discover.
Like Crash Test Dummies on the Millennium Falcon…
…and two pair of boxers…
…and “the concert”…
…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!
And make sure you don’t leave any of your kids home alone!