I have a Dream…
Where one day I can display all my collections (and maybe yours too) at an action figure and toy museum.
While there are toy museums, here and there, there are few that focus on action figures. The Kruger Street Toy and Train Museum (http://toyandtrain.com/) in Wheeling, West Virginia is pretty awesome but doesn’t adequately pay tribute to action figures. I mean, there is only one case of Star Wars figures. There should be a freakin’ room for Star Wars.
The Marx Museum (http://www.marxtoymuseum.com/) is pretty cool as well, but obviously only focused on Marx Toys. There is only one action figure museum, the Toy and Action Figure Museum http://www.actionfiguremuseum.com/site/ I discovered and it is in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, somewhere between Oklahoma City and Dallas, TX. It looks cool, and glad someone had the cojanes to build it.
My dream is to build it in a resort/tourist area – Florida, DC, Boulder, CO where there are a lot of kids, or people who fondly remember their childhoods. When people need a break from the beach or the weather isn’t cooperating, they can take their kids to the action figure museum.
While it would have endless cases of figures, I also intend to have large dioramas.
GI Joe – 12 inch and Real American Hero
Star Wars – vintage, modern, 12 inch
Marx, Conte, Barzso playsets
McFarlane NFL and NBA
McFarlane MLB and NHL
NECA/McFarlane – Aliens, Predator
Gears of War
Gentle Giant Jumbo Star Wars
Lord of the Rings
Combat Heroes Combat Heroes
1:18 Scale Military – 21st Century, BBI, Bravo Team
Marvel Legends and Univese:
World of Warcraft
GI Joe USS Flagg
Gears of War
Marvel Legends vs Sentinels
NECA “300” 300
Behind the Scenes
How an action figure gets from concept to market.
Books and Magazines
But it’s not just a dream. I’ve been researching commercial real estate, museum display cases, museum builders, and funding (my own, donations, corporate donations, Kickstarters).
I’m in my early 40s and was in fantastic shape, until my heart short circuited four months ago. So now I have a pacemaker. Why do I say that? You only live once…or in my case, I got a second chance. Go make your dreams happen.
Other Dreams include: