Smurf Village

I ran across these Smurf villages on clearance at Toys R Us not too long ago. Each had been marked $5 off and I suspect the prices will go lower than that soon.

When I see toys like this in stores today I wonder if there is a market for them? My kids got their fill of small plastic toys from McDonald’s and Burger King. When I was their age I was into collecting action figures; they are more into electronic games already. I can’t imagine my kids being adults and having a shelf full of Smurfs in their computer room…

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…like their dad. ;)

Fisher Price Alpha Interceptor

Fisher Price Alpha Interceptor

I’ve been collection Fisher Price Adventure People for a few years now and this is the first boxed vehicle from that line that I have run across in the wild. I was initially excited when I saw the $14.99 price tag, but the contents were incomplete and the box was in pretty poor shape. This picture doesn’t relay the amount of duct tape that was used to hold it together, and although the ship and instructions were inside the box, the man was missing and the instructions (and possible the box) had sustained some water damage.

Since I already own a loose version of this ship I had to leave this one behind on the shelf, but finding something like this in the wild always gives me hope that I’ll find something else the next time!

(Ages 5-9, hah!)

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!

Toyko’s Kaiju Monster Wall

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My local toy hangout Toyko has an awesome wall of Kaiju figures! Some of these guys look familiar and some of them just look weird, but all of them look awesome! I’d like to own all of them, but for the time being I’ll suffice by simply pulling them all off the wall, setting them up on the floor and playing Godzilla with them in the store.

(Note: While the employees of Toyko are all very cool and friendly people, please do not pull all the toys off the wall and set up your own Godzilla diorama without purchasing them first.)