COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Sherricka Day and her young nephew discovered a summer showcase built for comic book and toy lovers young and old inside the Coca-Cola CSU Science Space Center.
"He's enjoying it, walking around and looking at the different toys," Day said. "And for me, it's a lot of fun because I see a lot of toys from my childhood - so I'm really excited about coming here and seeing what they have."
As Day, and dozens of families browse through the collection at Sunday's Comic Book and Toy Show, Dutch Cummings, a Space Science Center coordinator, said this interest proves these characters connect with all generations.
"You never grow up, you enjoy this stuff all the time," Cummings said.
Cummings said he attributes the popularity of comic books and toys to a steady stream of movies and TV shows taking characters from stories like Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
"Now," Cummings said, "we have these awesome movies and I'm back into collecting comic books, which I thought I would never do again."
While collectors and enthusiasts scoured through boxes, looking for hidden gems, Day discovered a blast from the past; a Viewfinder, complete with the disk, that she wanted to share with her nephew.
"He got to play with it, and say, 'Hey, this is what your 'T.T.' played with when she was little. He was fascinated by it," she said.
Cummings said the show also provides kids an opportunity to discover the wonder of science through the Space Science Center's interactive exhibits and shows, which could lay a foundation for students to develop their potential future careers.
"We like to show children about science and technology," Cummings said, "so as they get older, they can continue on that path, and maybe one day, do something in engineering, robotics, the space program or teaching."
Cummings and other center coordinators said they're getting ready to update the gallery and provide a new experience for kids visiting their exhibits and weekend shows.