Best Place to See Action Figures - 2010
Arizona Pop Culture Museum
At first glance, the inside of the Arizona Pop Culture Museum in City North looks like a toy warehouse. Everywhere you look, there are rows of shelves crammed from top to bottom with colorful boxes housing action figures. The walls are adorned with numerous posters for comic books and sci-fi films. In short, it could be a kid's paradise — except that nobody's allowed to touch these toys. This massive collection of action figures (more than 10,000 in all) is the private bounty of Valley resident John Edwards, who's been collecting them since 1966. In an effort to promote education and creativity through his collection, Edwards put his treasures on display at the AZ Pop Culture Museum — and what a display it is: hundreds of Marvel Universe action figures (many custom-made just for Edwards) in a glass display case; every Star Wars and Star Trek action figure imaginable (including the coveted and valuable Caped Jawas), and dozens of figures by renowned comics guru Todd McFarlane. There are even G.I. Joe dolls of Bob Hope and Teddy Roosevelt. With an action figure collection like this in town, who needs to ogle eBay listings?