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Toy and Action Figure Museum: A Geek Paradise in Small-Town Oklahoma

Downtown Pauls Valley isn’t where many people expect to find a tourist attraction that’s put Oklahoma on the map.  If you blink when you drive by, you might miss it.  But don’t be fooled by its 6000-square-foot size.  The Toy and Action Figure Museum, tucked in next door to a 50’s style diner, has hosted visitors from all over the country and beyond.  The Tulsa World named it a top Oklahoma attraction.  It was featured in Wired Magazine and nabbed a spot in Time Magazine’s Top 50 American Experiences in 2009.  The museum is literally filled to the rafters with heroes, villains and nostalgia.  

  KOSU'sNikole Robinson Carroll visited the museum and talked with toy designer and museum curator Kevin Stark.

Nikole Robinson Carroll joined KOSU’s staff in November 2013. She began her professional broadcasting career at WEKU in Richmond, Kentucky, but her passion for radio can be traced back to her childhood bedroom, where she would perform “radio shows” on a tape recorder. She holds a Master of Public Administration from Eastern Kentucky University and has worked for a variety of social service and nonprofit agencies.
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