TULSA, Okla. (KFOR) – There are people who stumble into Eric Lee’s home office and wonder if he’s going to have to quit forever.
“I have stories of people who come here when I’m doing cartoons and think I’m slacking off,” he chuckles.
But he’s actually working, honestly, sculpting what looks like a Wiley Post character in virtual reality.
While working, he told us, “I love the idea of hiding the shape of Oklahoma in these drawings.”
He is an animator by trade and a lifelong collector of small action figures.
Lee recalls, “The little rubber guys were called Muscle Men. They are Keshi boys. ”
When someone suggested he model a character based on Tulsa’s Golden Driller at a local fair, he accepted the challenge and went the extra mile.
“I made a sculpture of him, put it on Instagram and everyone was like, ‘Hey. Where can I get one of these? ‘”
Will Rogers seems to be someone most people know.
The Wiley Post followed up when Lee saw a photo of himself with his space helmet.
Eric says that Post reminds him of “an ordinary Iron Man”.
In the end, he decided to choose five pictures to put in a package.
Will and Wiley, the Gold Driller, the famous U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves and the character Buck Atom stand outside the Tulsa store that bears his name.
“How was it received,” asked one office guest about his OKIES line?
“I think people are very excited,” Lee replied. “It’s a great starting point to start talking to people about Oklahoma history.”
We found these sets at the Ida Red store in Tulsa.
Eric has boxes of these lying around in case someone orders more, but he also has other ideas at work.
“I did Chester Gould,” he told us, “Gary Busey, Belle Star. Everyone I meet tells me I need to be this person.”
Lee really takes a break from his hours of labor to actually play.
Have a drum kit and electric guitar close at hand.
He still loves playing with his action figures.
After all, ideas about the population growth of OKIES always come up.
“Folk art combined with popular culture,” he laughs.
You can find some genuine OKIES at Ida Red stores or Buck Atom stores in Tulsa.
Lee also just forwarded an order to Literati Booksellers in OKC.
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