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May 17, 2012

Toy, action figure museum sets event

Woodward, Okla. — PAULS VALLEY - Fans of toys and action figures, and of the Men in Black movies may want to head Pauls Valley this weekend.

To celebrate the upcoming release of Men in Black III, the public is invited to don their favorite extraterrestrial costume and visit the museum this Saturday and Sunday for some special deals.   The museum is located in downtown Pauls Valley off Interstate 35 south of Oklahoma City.

"Come by the museum dressed as either a space alien or a member of Men in Black, with the skinny tie and black coat, and you'll get half off the admission price (for the museum)," Peacock said. "You'll have fun with the museum employees, as they'll be dressed up, too."

Visitors to the museum will also be able to pick up free passes for an advanced showing of Men in Black III. The movie will open nationwide May 25, but an advanced screening will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the AMC Quail Springs Mall in OKC.

, 2501 N. Memorial, Oklahoma City.

THE TOY AND ACTION FIGURE MUSEUM

Museum Director Ryan Peacock said the idea for the museum, the only one anywhere dedicated to the process of designing action figures, sprang from "Pauls Valley Vision 2010" meetings in 2000. "Pauls Valley Vision 2010" was an effort to encourage patronage of downtown businesses in Pauls Valley, which has a population of about 6,000, Peacock said.

"A local designer of many of these type of items, Kevin Stark, came up with the idea for the museum," Peacock said, adding that Stark's creativity has been featured on many projects, including "The Simpsons" TV series.

There are 13,000 action figures on display at the museum, which opened in 2005, and Peacock said there are another 5,000 to 7,000 pieces in storage.

Men in Black III isn't the only action flick getting some attention from the museum.

The Avengers is a hot movie right now, and Peacock said there are display items related to the movie in the Toy and Action Figure Museum.

The museum also plans on supporting more blockbusters with action figure ties this summer.

"We have giveaway items coming for the new Batman movie, 'The Dark Knight Rises,' which is set for release July 20," Peacock said.

Peacock said some 75,000 people from all the states and 40 countries have visited the museum in its 7-year history.

The facility is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 1 p.m.  to 5 p.m. The museum is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, Peacock noted.

"We offer group rates, senior and military discounts," he said.

Call (405) 238-6300 or e-mail ryan@actionfiguremuseum.com for ticket prices and details.  You can also check out the museum's website at www.actionfiguremuseum.com.

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