Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

July 22, 2013

Time close for superheroes to unite

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat — Superheroes are sure to unite in bunches as Pauls Valley’s Toy and Action Figure Museum is preparing for yet another battle for good.

With the local attraction only months from celebrating its eighth birthday, it will again play host to what could be a record-breaking International Superheroes Day on Saturday, Aug. 3.

For the second straight year PV’s downtown museum is looking to make its mark in the Guinness Book of World Records with the most original superheroes in one place at one time, complete with costumes of all kinds and colors.

Just like last year’s first installment, the event is looking for unique and original characters.

In other words, everyone has the chance to create their own superhero and show up to help fight the bad guy, together.

Museum curator Kevin Stark sees this event as having all the makings of being one of the biggest and best gatherings for the museum and the Pauls Valley community as a whole.

“It’s got all the characteristics of a great event,” Stark said during a relaxing visit while surrounded by action figures of all kinds inside the museum.

“I think it’s going to turn into one of the bigger events not just for the museum but for Pauls Valley.”

The reason for that is easy — International Superhero Day is a family oriented event that’s very creative with all the unique ideas of participants put on display for all to see.

“It also has a real positive feeling about it,” he said. “It gives everyone the chance to bring out their inner superhero.

“It brought out the best in people.”

If the 2012 version is any indication Stark might just be right on target about this event being one of the great ones.

“I thought it went good,” Stark said about last year’s event as in the neighborhood of 160 people who created their own unique superhero characters took part.

Ironically enough it was Hero Man who was voted the best hero last year.

“The positive feelings were not just in the museum but in the whole town. It surpassed all our expectations,” he said.

“Everybody was in a good mood because they were dressed up as superheroes. How can you not be in a good mood if you’re wearing a superhero costume?

“I believe everybody should wear more capes.”

All the fun begins with registration from 8 to 10 a.m. Aug. 3 at the museum. A group shot of all original superheroes present will be done around 10 a.m. in front of the museum located in the 100 block of South Chickasaw.

Then comes a “Save the Baby” obstacle course as superheroes test their physical skills through the course while carrying a “baby.” The activity is set to go throughout the day.

“We’ll also have a superhero scavenger hunt with a super villain and doomsday device,” Stark said,

What will happen is a villain like Dr. Sponge Brain will plant the handful of devices but only one of them is described as “real.” It’s up to the superheroes to save the day as the whole world is threatened with baldness.

“The superheroes will go out and find the doomsday devices and bring them back to the museum.”

As for this year’s superhero event, Stark is hoping even more people take part as the museum again goes for the record.

“We need as many superheroes as possible,” he said.

“We’ll also have a lot of photo ops around town that day — photos participants can take themselves.

“They can take photos of superheroes stopping the train at the depot. Photos like that.”