March 6, 2017 by Rudy Panucci
The PopCult Toybox
The dioramas at Joelanta and The Great Atlanta Toy Convention embody the true spirit of convention’s beneficiary, The Cody Lane Memorial Toy and Diorama Museum, a space dedicated to preserving the artistry and celebrating the educational value of creative play. Since Dioramas are sort of the raison d’être of JoeLanta, your PopCulteer decided to re-present this post from last year, right after we got back from the big show.
In the above video you can see all of our raw footage of the 2016 diorama room, set to music by Chuck Biel’s Punk Jazz (Chuck gave me permission to use this fantastic music).
Below you will find a rather large photo essay with pictures of almost every entry in the diorama and custom figure contest. Eariler last year we posted
a photo essay of Mike Gardner’s Route 66 diorama. You’ll see more of it in the video.
I do need to apologize for an unfortunate omission. The video we shot of Steve Bugg’s enormous Star Wars diorama (seen above right), which was set up in the dealer’s area, glitched and was not usable, so his remarkable display is not properly represented in the video. We have a few photos to lead off this photo essay, but I want to direct your attention to the
Wanderlust Atlanta blog, which has more photos of Steve’s masterpiece. If more folks post photos and video of Steve’s work, we’ll link to it.
This is just a bonus to show off the artistry that goes into JoeLanta and The Great Atlanta Toy Convention. There is amazing work on display all over the convention, and in the custom figure contest, which is overseen by my buddy, Dave Matteson.Keep checking PopCult all week for more details on this great toy show.
If only we could have salvaged the video
You could just walk around this all day and find something new on each trip
Detail in every corner
This was a majectic and gigantic diorama
I only got this one fuzzy shot of a cool custom Funko Pop of Abraham from The Walking Dead
On the far right, 3rd place Youth diorama winner, Nicki Kossin – Kreo Zombie Slayer
This one cracked me up
Mike Dickey – Moon Landing
3rd Place Adult Diorama – Cobra Castle – Matthew LeCroy
3rd Place Vehicle – Camo ATV W/Trailer – Jeff McGarry
2nd Place Vehicle – Beverly Hillbillies Olds Model 46 – Wayne Schoenberg. This one stopped us dead in our tracks
Cool cstomized packaged The Walking Dead customs
Adult figure 1st Place – Mountain Man by Joey Tutor
Jeff Joslin’s 12″ Big Jim, headsculpt by Jase Marshall
This B&W George Reeves Superman blew me away
2nd place Adult figure, Jimi Hendrix by Randy Sapp
Very cool custom by Terry Stair
All Hail DOB
Eugene Bullard – Robert Williams 3rd place Adult figure
Morgan Brown – SEC Cheer Squad – 2nd Place Youth Diorama
Brain Tatum’s Seaport pier. I brought one of these home with me.
If you know who did this, please tell us in the comments, it’s fantastic!
WWI German Trench by Hunter McGarry. First-pplace Adult Diorama winner
Joey Tutor’s first-place Adult Vehicle, M113 Vietnam
A very cool two-part sci fi diorama. If you knoow who idid it, please leave a comment
Cathy Jones incredible Steampunk Butterfly, check the video to see it in action. 2nd Place Adult Diorama winner
A figure/diorama commemorating Larry Hama’s appearance on MASH
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