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The JoeLanta Dealer Rooms

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Img_3117Your PopCulteer is back home and ready to start posting tons of photos and videos from his trip to JoeLanta, the ultra-cool GI Joe Collectors Convention held each year in Atlanta.

Our first salvo is a look at the Dealer’s Rooms. There were three huge ballrooms filled with vendors selling an incredible amount of really cool vintage toys. JoeLanta now incorporates the Great Atlanta Toy Show, so in addition to the tons of GI Joe stuff, there were also folks selling Hot Wheels, Marx Toys, 80’s action figures, Monster High dolls and all kinds of other neat toys.

We are presenting this photo essay with a minimum of commentary. If you are a toy dealer who was at JoeLanta, feel free to leave a link to your business in the comments. We know you still have plenty of cool stuff to sell.

Tomorrow we’re going to bring you Larry Hama, the creator of GI Joe: A Real American Hero, talking for nearly an hour about the legendary GI Joe comic book story “Silent Interlude” (read my review of a recent hardcover reprint HERE). For the rest of this week look for many more videos and photo essays from JoeLanta, mixed in among our regular PopCult features.

We’re kicking off this photo essay with a look at the looooooong lines waiting to get in to the Dealer’s Rooms last Saturday morning…

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The line went down the hall, around a corner, through the lobby, and out the door...then it continued down the street and backed up onto I-85

The line went down the hall, around a corner, through the lobby, and out the door…then it continued down the street and backed up onto I-85

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Chung Kim, who was selling stuff so fast I could only get blurry pictures of him

Chung Kim, who was selling stuff so fast I could only get blurry pictures of him

Cotswold Collectibles is the leading dealer in the 1/6 scale hobby...http://www.gijoeelite.com/

Cotswold Collectibles is the leading dealer in the 1/6 scale hobby…http://www.gijoeelite.com/

Legendary collector (and co-moderator of The Trenches with his wife Charlotte) spending money at Cotswold Collectibles booth with Greg Brown

Legendary collector (and co-moderator of The Trenches with his wife Charlotte), Scott Beckmann,  spending money at Cotswold Collectibles booth with Greg Brown

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Ace Allgood, with an all-good batch of toys

Ace Allgood, with an all-good batch of toys

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The annual "make Mark Wolfe drool" photo

The annual “make Mark Wolfe drool” photo

Aaron Luck, the master leather craftsman for the hobby...https://www.facebook.com/LuckyShotLeather

Aaron Luck, the master leather craftsman for the hobby…https://www.facebook.com/LuckyShotLeather

We were runing around shooting so many photos and videos that I forgot to go back and buy stuff from Aaron

We were runing around shooting so many photos and videos that I forgot to go back and buy stuff from Aaron

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Remember, this is just the beginning of our heavy-duty JoeLanta coverage. Keep reading PopCult for more in the coming days.

 

2 Comments

  1. Scott45

    Hint: to avoid line, volunteer to haul dealers wares and set up table….

    Doing that for Chung got me a dealers badge.

  2. Mark

    Volunteering is ALWAYS a good suggestion! 🙂

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