Rudy Panucci On Pop Culture

JoeLanta and The Great Atlanta Toy Convention Tomorrow!

16938562_1263492210354850_6677931610011013306_nThe PopCulteer
March 10
, 2017

In case you hadn’t been paying attention, tomorrow is the big day for JoeLanta and The Great Atlanta Toy Convention. I’ve been posting about it every day here in PopCult, so you should have noticed by now.

We’ll have one more, very special, countdown post later today, and if we’re lucky, I may be able to post some photos from the convention over the weekend. It’s all a matter of time management.

I’ve told you about some of the cool things planned for JoeLanta and The Great Atlanta Toy Convention. Today we’re going to show you even more of the wild and fun things happening this weekend.

Now, to be honest with my readers, we’ve been down here for several days. I wrote almost two week’s worth of PopCult posts in advance so that I could take my time to pack, hunt down items for the lobby swap, and make my way down here in a leisurely fashion.

As you read this, I’m probably on my way to Stone Mountain to see the Cody lane Memorial Toy and Diorma Museum temporary exhibit at the Historic Train Depot. Registration for the deluxe packages is Friday night and the onslaught begins Saturday morning.

I’ll be back home on Monday and will jump feet-first into editing the wrap-up video, which I’m hoping will be online less than one week after you’re reading these words. I will offer up one spoiler: Don’t be surprised if, next year, the name is simplified to “ToyLanta!”

Okay, it’s not so much a spoiler anymore. Next year the name will be shortened to “ToyLanta,” but the JoeLanta roots will still be honored with the Commander’s Package and exclusive figures.

Understandably, I’ve got JoeLanta on my mind, so that’s what the PopCulteer is about today. Check out these cool parts of the grand puzzle that is JoeLanta and The Great Atlanta Toy Convention.


JoeLanta and The Great Atlanta Toy Convention grows into its new name!



Every year, one of the highlights of JoeLanta is the massive 1/6 scale diorama created by Mike Gardner. This year the theme looks absolutely Marvel-ous.


Restoration and how to identify reproductions are two key points that every toy collector should know about. This panel gives you a good head start.


Brazillian GI Joe customizer and outfitter, Felipe Monaco, will host a panel and have a table to sell his wares at JoeLanta. Here’s what he says, “Hi Folks, would like to share this with you. LoucoPorBonecos will be at Joelanta this year with many clothes and a Panel! The webstore is closed for now cause all the suits were aready shipped to Atlanta. Make sure you check out the website store to see all the new models and exclusive suits. I have tons of new stuff, Action Force Baron Ironblood, Falcon Estrela, Original creations and much more. Some are very limited and may not be produced again. Make sure you visit LoucoPorBonecos Store and go to The Great Atlanta Toy Con. It will be amazing! Oh, and there will be some custom eagle eyes heads for sale too.”


This Year JoeLanta and The Great Atlanta Toy Convention will sprout a convention-within-a-convention as one of the conference rooms is turned over to the good folks at Radio Free Cybertron for BOTLANTA!



Steve Stovall tells us all about Super Joe, the late-1970s MEGO-sized offshoot of GI Joe.


Brian Tatum, collector and customizer extraordinaire, is producing a limited-edition Skull Cave playset to compliment this year’s Commander’s Package figure. I got my name on one already.



More of Felipe’s incredible work.


Much like The Ghostbusters West Virginia Division, The Finest are a group of cosplayers who raise money for charity, only they dress like the Real American Hero GI Joes.



We leave you with a look at one side of the convention lanyard. I’ll be sporting one of these all weekend.

That’s if for this week’s PopCulteer. Check back for all our regular features and with luck, some special updates from the show.

1 Comment

  1. Thomas Wheeler

    Have a great time, Rudy! Definitely looking forward to hearing all about it!

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