Does Someone You Love Have Superhero Fever?

Action Figure-mainDoes your child like to wear superhero costumes from sun up to sun down? Does he pretend you are the arch nemesis and attempt to engage you in sword fights all day? You are not alone.

When by son was younger he went through the same phase, and truly believed he could grow up and become a super hero as his career.  Of course now he realizes that that isn’t going to happen, but I wish I’d known about this neat retreat back when he was younger.

Recently we visited the Toy & Action Figure Museum in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma.

Opened in 2005, the Action Figure Museum is the home of over 13,000 action figures, and hundreds of cartoonist drawings and other memorabilia. 

Most of the collection comes from owner Kevin Stark’s private collection. As an artist and private collector, he’s spent his entire life acquiring unique super hero memorabilia, especially the Batman series, which is his favorite. 

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As a skilled artist, he’s even been commissioned to work on franchises like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He graciously gave us a private tour of the museum, which made it even more interesting as we got to hear the back story to so many of the displays.

Ten minutes into our visit even I, who only went to see the action figures to please the men in my family, couldn’t help but be impressed by the breadth of items on display. From adult-sized Superhero Under-Roos, to the Stay Puft Marshmallow man in Ghostbusters, to classic GI Joe and Lone Ranger action figures, the museum covers at least 60 years of action heroes and villains.

As the mother of a boy who spent his early years in love with all things Spiderman, Power Rangers, and Star Wars, it was fun to watch my son take in the magnitude of all that’s on display. Even Dino, my husband was geeking out as the flood of memories from his own childhood washed over him each time he made a connection to a toy from the ‘80s.

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One portion of the museum is dedicated to housing birthday parties. There’s a large selection of superhero costumes for children and adults so everyone can be dressed up for the party. It’s a young boy’s dream playground. This would’ve come in handy for me about five years ago, before my son hit puberty and lost his superhero abilities.

 If you are driving through Oklahoma with your husband, son, or any other super hero enthusiast, I recommend you stop by and experience it in person. If you live in the area, you will want to go check it out this summer, especially with all the blockbuster movies coming out that feature some of these characters. However, if a trip to Pauls Valley isn’t in your near future, you can take an online tour from their website. Your loved one will thank you for it!

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Does Someone You Love Have Superhero Fever?

Shannon is a mother of 3 teens, who hit 40 and decided that instead of a "mid-life crisis", she wanted an adventure of a lifetime. She convinced her wonderfully open-minded husband to pack up their house, sell most of their possessions, and travel the USA in an RV for a year or two. Besides homeschooling her kids, running their online program, Watts in the World, Shannon loves to explore new places. Nothing is more exciting than waking up in a new city everyday, and discovering what's great abou ... More

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