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JoeLanta and The Great Atlanta Toy Convention: Mike Gardner’s Diorama

Img_6859On Monday we are going to bring you video and a photo essay devoted to the amazing dioramas and custom figures we saw at JoeLanta and The Great Atlanta Toy Convention last week. But right now we’re going to present a bonus photo essay devoted to one huge diorama, Mike Gardner’s epic Route 66 diorama took up one entire corner of the diorama room and included dozens of figures and thousands of individual details and elements.

Buried within this grouping of a diner, a garage and a general store were such surprises and Easter eggs as a scene from Pulp Fiction, celebrity cameos, custom cars, riffs on classic movies and even Grant and Lee negotiating the terms of surrender at the end of the Civil War.

You will see plenty of video footage of Mike’s work later in the video, but we wanted to give you a sample of the talent and creativity on display at JoeLanta and The Great Atlanta Toy Convention, and also salute Mike for the awesome work he does. The level of detail is simply astonishing.

The diorama was so huge that we almost forgot to get a wide shot of it.

The diorama was so huge that we almost forgot to get a wide shot of it.

To start, let's go around the diner...

To start, let’s go around the diner…

You can see that there's a lot going on

You can see that there’s a lot going on

Looks like a commerical shoot with the hot rod

Looks like a commerical shoot with the hot rod

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Inside the diner, there appears to be a scene from Pulp Fiction happening

Inside the diner, there appears to be a scene from Pulp Fiction happening

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From the front door

From the front door

A closer look

A closer look

An amazing level f detail

An amazing level of detail

...really amazing

…really amazing

The view from outside the diner

The view from outside the diner

The street outside the diner

The street outside the diner

More detial

More detial

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The front of the garage/general store

The front of the garage/general store

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Inside the genral store there's a heck of a lot going on...

Inside the general store there’s a heck of a lot going on…

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Upatairs, Grant and Lee cut a deal over ice cream

Upatairs, Grant and Lee cut a deal over ice cream

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A couple of fellas, down on their luck, in the alley

A couple of fellas, down on their luck, in the alley

The garage

The garage

A view down the street from another angle

A view down the street from another angle

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More amazing detail

More amazing detail

Yeah, he looks sort of familiar

Yeah, he looks sort of familiar

And then there's that car

And then there’s that car

 

 

1 Comment

  1. Ms. Leo

    I love your dioramas! It gives me some great ideas.

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