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Joelanta and The Great Atlanta Toy Convention:Dioramas

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Img_6812aThe 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.

In the above video you can see all of our raw footage of the 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. Yesterday 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.

In the coming days the plan is to post all the panels from JoeLanta and The Great Atlanta Toy Convention, plus bonus videos of the dealer’s rooms and the parachute drop. Then we’ll post the big wrap-up video. For now, it’s the dioramas and customs. If you can identify any of the talented customizers who we did not name, please do so in the comments below.

If only we could have salvaged the video

If only we could have salvaged the video

You could just walk around this all day and find something new on each trip

You could just walk around this all day and find something new on each trip

Detail in every corner

Detail in every corner

This was a majectic and giantic diorama

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

I only got this one fuzzy shot of a cool custom Funko Pop of Abraham from The Walking Dead

First Place Youth Diorama, Joseph Floyd - Rice Paddy

First Place Youth Diorama, Joseph Floyd – Rice Paddy

On the far right, 3rd place Youth diorama winner, Nicki Kossin - Kreo Zombie Slayer

On the far right, 3rd place Youth diorama winner, Nicki Kossin – Kreo Zombie Slayer

This one cracked me up

This one cracked me up

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Mike Dickey - Moon Landing

Mike Dickey – Moon Landing

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3rd Place Adult Diorama - Cobra Castle - Matthew LeCroy

3rd Place Adult Diorama – Cobra Castle – Matthew LeCroy

3rd Place Vehicle - Camo ATV W/Trailer - Jeff McGarry

3rd Place Vehicle – Camo ATV W/Trailer – Jeff McGarry

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2nd Place Vehicle - Beverly Hillbillies Olds Model 46 - Wayne Schoenberg. This one stopped us dead in our tracks

2nd Place Vehicle – Beverly Hillbillies Olds Model 46 – Wayne Schoenberg. This one stopped us dead in our tracks

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Cool cstomized packaged The Walking Dead customs

Cool cstomized packaged The Walking Dead customs

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Adult figure 1st Place - Mountain Man by Joey Tutor

Adult figure 1st Place – Mountain Man by Joey Tutor

Jeff Joslin's 12" Big Jim, headsculpt by Jase Marshall

Jeff Joslin’s 12″ Big Jim, headsculpt by Jase Marshall

This B&W George Reeves Superman blew me away

This B&W George Reeves Superman blew me away

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2nd place Adult figure, Jimi Hendrix by Randy Sapp

2nd place Adult figure, Jimi Hendrix by Randy Sapp

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Very cool custom by Terry Stair

Very cool custom by Terry Stair

All Hail DOB

All Hail DOB

Eugene Bullard - Robert Williams 3rd place Adult figure

Eugene Bullard – Robert Williams 3rd place Adult figure

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Morgan Brown - SEC Cheer Squad - 2nd Place Youth Diorama

Morgan Brown – SEC Cheer Squad – 2nd Place Youth Diorama

Brain Tatum's Seaport pier. I brought one of these home with me.

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!

If you know who did this, please tell us in the comments, it’s fantastic!

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WWI German Trench by Hunter McGarry. First-pplace Adult Diorama winner

WWI German Trench by Hunter McGarry. First-pplace Adult Diorama winner

Joey Tutor's first-place Adult Vehicle, M113 Vietnam

Joey Tutor’s first-place Adult Vehicle, M113 Vietnam

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A very cool two-part sci fi diorama. If you knoow who idid it, please leave a comment

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

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

A figure/diorama commemorating Larry Hama’s appearance on MASH

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"tHE bATTLE OF tHE hOTH" BY fERNANDO COTA

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2 Comments

  1. Thomas Wheeler

    That’s some serious talent on display!

  2. Scott Norris

    As Chung Kim’s table was right next to Steve Bugg’s Display we got to talk to him and enjoy the display the whole time. And on Sunday as we were tearing down the Dealers room he pulled off a couple of lights he used on the interior of the display that were from a dollar store of all things, and gave them to us as a keepsake. Lots of talent and fun displayed in the Dioramas room, still wondering if Larry Hama saw the one of his MASH days….

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