June 30 , 2017
It’s a rare video PopCulteer today as PopCult looks at the 2017 Marx Toy Convention, an annual event held at Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum in Wheeling, West Virginia. Yours truly and his lovely wife were in Wheeling last weekend for this event and had a wonderful time seeing old friends and meeting new friends while swimming amongst the vintage toy goodness.
In the video we speak with Allan Miller, one of the founders of the museum, and several of the regular attendees who tell us about their love of Marx Toys and the special bond that they feel with their fellow collectors. We also speak to Tom Heaton, author of The Marx Action Figure Encyclopedia, who has just published a new Update Module with detail information on the early days of Johnny West and the Fort Apache Fighters. You can contact Tom through his website for information on how to order all of his books, which are an indespensible research tool for collectors of Johnny West and other Marx action figures.
If all goes according to plan, we’ll have a brief video with highlights of the special sale of items from the Francis Turner collection, which was held last Friday night at the site of the former Marx Toy Museum in Moundsville. It was great seeing the Turner family again and they announced that American Pickers had come to the museum to film an episode which will air in September on The History Channel.
Here is the video…
All day today we’re reliving debut episodes of the programs on The AIR, as a way of prepping for next week’s anniversary of our re-branding.
We will also have a brand-new edition of The Third Shift with Jay and Jarod tonight at 9:30, so tune in at the website, or on this nifty embedded player…
All weeend long we’ll be replaying this week’s special looks back at our humble beginnings, so you probably don’t want to leave your computer. Just eat your meals there.
Maybe someday we’ll have an app.
And that’s it for the PopCulteer this week. Check back for all our regular features, and prepare yourselves for some special stuff coming up next week, as we celebrate the Fourth of July as well as some other interesting milestones.