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    Posted June 29, 2009 by
    Cumming, Georgia
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    My GI Joe Collection by Mike Gardner


    I've been collecting GI Joe since the early 90's. Mostly vintage 60's and 70s. I had a big collection until I decided to sell it. Got top dollar for it to on eBay. Now my collection has tripled in size and I collect anything 1/6 scale "GI Joe sized action figures and accessories"

    I build dioramas as an extension to the hobby with my good friend Steve Bugg. Steve has been building dioramas for Joelanta since the beginning, Ten years ago. http://www.joelanta.org/ The past three years we have built the center piece for the Dragon Con Art Shows. The first year Eric Nettles and Steve Bugg built a castle being attacked by skeletons. It was a giant success. The next year Steve and I built a Star Wars diorama 12 feet  by 8 feet by 10 feet tall, Last year we made an old west ghost town titled "Killer Mine at Bloody Canyon" It measured 20 feet long by 8 feet wide. Complete with Church, saloon, livery stable, general store, jail, working gallows, gold mine, and many more http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPHpWbx9Eek  . We have pictures of everything we have ever built. This year we built a "War of the Worlds" diorama for Joelanta. Check out the YouTube video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFuQIu9qyqo  This year was a very special year for us. Joelanta was handed over to David Lane to help start the Cody Lane Memorial Toy and Diorama Museum. All the proceeds this year went to the Cody Lane Foundation to help start the Toy and Diorama Museum.

    Let me tell you a little about Cody. Cody was a member of our GI Joe collectors club. Cody had a neurological disorder that took his life two years ago. He was our biggest fan when it came to our dioramas. His dad would push Cody in his wheelchair around the diorama for as long as Cody wanted. I loved to watch Cody's expressions as he went around the table. Cody was a Christian and lived his life as such. He once told his dad that God told him to touch as many lives as you can and come home, Cody did just that and much more and he is still doing it. He touched my heart and I will never forget what a wonderful person he was. http://codylanefoundation.com/ .

    We now have a mission and we want to share it with the world. Thanks to Cody.

    Mike Gardner

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