Here is the long-promised PopCult JoeLanta Diorama and custom figure photo essay. Many, many thanks go to Dave “Tanker” Matteson who spearheaded the custom figure and diorama contest and got me the master list of all entries.
Keep in mind that these are photos of entries from all different age groups. We mixed in the work of kids with the work of professional model-builders. You might be surprised at who’s who.
I do have to point out one of my own failings. Some of my photos were too out-of-focus to use. I get so excited at being around so many cool toys that I occasionally vibrate without realizing it. If I missed getting a picture of one of the entries, or if you have better photos than mine that you’d like to share (or corrections if I messed something up) drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will revisit the JoeLanta dioramas in a week or two. I need to run pictures of the big dioramas too.
The video above is the raw footage that we shot, set to music by Punk Jazz because I’ve been in the mood to listen to Chuck Biel’s music a lot lately. And now, the photos…
Bryan Tatum built a cannon to help this year’s exclusive figure, Col. Caliber, become airborne.
Jack Hall’s two-room Man Cave blew us away with the level of detail.
Jack Hall gets bonus photos, just so we can show off everything that’s going on here…
Jack Hall’s Warriors and Furies
Joey Tutor’s “Resupply to the LZ”
Ben Browning’s Time Traveling Mountain Men
Richard Browning’s Howard Carter and Tut
Chris Johnson’s Steampunk League
Mike Dickey’s custom AT Command Vehicle needed a few extra photos to explore the detail.
Chris Johnson did an amazing update of “Game of Thrones”
Mike Gardner’s Breaking Bad
Breaking Bad detail
Mike Gardner’s Warrior 2, Rick Grimes and Negan, the latter two from The Walking Dead
Mike Gardner’s “Rip In Time”
Aaron Luck’s 1/3 scale Land Adventurer
Joe Hodge’s “SS Officer Rubble”
Scott Beckmann’s “Post apacolyptic Batman”
Cathy Jones’ “HMS Eternity”
Ariana Jallad’s “Oh My Goth” and “Sprinkles”
Joe Hodge’s “Gristmill”
Jeff McGarry’s really cool scratch-built Hiss Tank with lights and sounds.
Bryan Tatum’ Nautilus (somebody send me better pictures of this)
Keith Holmes’ incredible Cavorite Sphere from the science fiction classic “From The Earth To The Moon”
EJ White’s Steampunk Diver and Rocketman
Mike Dickey’s D Day and Terry Stair’s Dog Soldier
Dana Kossin’s “GI Joe Exploring the Rainforest”
Chet Peters’ Uneasy Rider
Robert Browning’s Luke Cage
Brian Becker’s Duke and Duke SAR
Sierra Jallad “Slept In”
Jason Small’s Cobra Headhunter Vamp custom
Tome Matteson’s Video Game Trooper
Danny Garrett’s “Surplus Store” requires a series of pictures