Sunday, August 28, 2016

Pop Culture League: I Could So Win This Gold Medal

Welcome back to the second installment of the Pop Culture League. I'm posting a little late (traveling on business all week). The topic was:

If ____ was an Olympic Sport, I'd have a gold medal around my neck.

So my answer is - If "Collecting Toys to Build Dioramas, and then Never Getting Around To Them" was an Olympic Sport, I'd have a gold medal around my neck. Actually, I'd have more than Phelps and Ledecky combined.

People collect for different reasons. Most people like to display and admire their collections. My wife often asks me why more packages arrive every day and what I am going to do with them.

My answer - "I have some diorama ideas I want to do and photograph them."

If you take a look at the first two years (2009-2010) of this blog, you'll see a lot of different dioramas which I converted into jigsaw puzzles. I was trying to build a business out of that. In later years of this blog, you'll see a diorama, or a puzzle even from time to time, but most of the time it's just packaged photos.

But, rest assured, behind every purchase, there is a vision in my head of a diorama I want to build and photograph. Regular life often gets in the way, and so the visions stay right in my head and I never get around to it. But since that is an Olympic sport now, just hand me the gold medal before the race even starts.

As my wife continues to roll her eyes and shake her head, I have consolation in the fact that her mom is very similar to me. She has a hobby and starts a million projects. Finishes some. Has a list of 100 others. So I tell my wife - the next package of toys is my next "knitting project."

Here's a few puzzles and dioramas from the early days. If you click on Custom Puzzles on the keyword cloud, you'll see a ton more.

More from the rest of the PCL.


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks Big Tone. I need to get back to doing those. Need to find the time. :-)

  2. Love thee puzzles! You should join us over at toy disorderly ,would love to see more of these puzzles.

  3. Wouldn't it be great if we could make a career out of diorama building and photography? Where do I sign up for that gig?

  4. I have to admit you totally beat me at this D: