Giant Midwest Mecca of Nerditude in Oklahoma
f you're a regular Wired.com reader, there's a good chance that
collecting action figures topped the list of your future careers when
you were a kid … and an adolescent. Let's face it, you'd still do it if
you could. Well, Kevin Stark from Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, has done it.
Stark is a figurine collector and comic book artist who has become
the Action Figure Museum curator. The museum has one of the largest
action figure displays in the world, along with a Batman shrine, a
superhero changing room and enough Transformers, G.I. Joes and He-Man
figures to fill a grown man's bedroom in his mom's basement.
In 2000, Stark convinced the Pauls Valley City Council that the town
needed a tourist attraction and the museum should be it. In 2005, it
finally opened its doors. The museum seems a little out of place among
Pauls Valley's other businesses: a gun store, a couple of gas stations,
an insurance company or two. But if you love action figures, you'll
find plenty to covet here.