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Dioramas

Raiders of the Lost Ark LEGO Diorama

Raiders of the Lost Ark LEGO Diorama

Teenager Caleb Watson built one of the best LEGO displays we’ve ever seen. It’s a kinetic diorama of the opening scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark. It breaks the scene down into multiple segments, including fetching the idol, and the boulder rolling after Indiana Jones.

Bookshelf Back-Alley

Bookshelf Back-Alley
$Upon Request  Buy Comment

The artist Monde makes unique dioramas that are meant to be inserted between books in a bookshelf. The dioramas look like urban back-alleys, with air conditioners, pipes, windows and doors. They even have working lights.

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TARDIS Optical Illusion

TARDIS Optical Illusion

Maladroit Modeller made a “dimensionally transcendental” diorama of the Twelfth Doctor’s TARDIS. The phone booth opens and you can see a model of the laboratory inside. The lab, which was made from scratch, is actually hiding in a space behind the phone booth.

Batman vs. Superman Diorama

Batman vs. Superman Diorama
$699  Buy Comment

Sideshow Collectibles‘ statue depicts Batman duking it out with Superman. Bats is armed with a Batarang and a kryptonite ring, while Supes has an interchangeable head that shows him firing off his heat vision. Their capes are made of fabric and are poseable.

The Miniature Calendar

The Miniature Calendar

To commemorate the passing of time, Japanese artist Tanaka Tatsuya creates a tiny diorama every day from household objects like paper and food and figurines. He’s been carefully crafting his ongoing (and mighty) miniature calendar project since April 2011.

Jurassic Park T-Rex Attack Diorama

Jurassic Park T-Rex Attack Diorama
$2.5K  Buy Comment

Iron Studios made this highly detailed diorama set that depicts the T-Rex attack scene from the original Jurassic Park. The set is hand-painted and has LED-lit parts. It can be displayed with or without its environmental base. It also comes with a retro art card and a print.

Hank Cheng’s Dioramas

Hank Cheng’s Dioramas

Taiwanese artist Hank Cheng makes incredibly realistic dioramas and scale models. Whether he’s making vehicles, store exteriors or bedroom interiors, the finished work will make your jaw drop. Check out more of his work on his Instagram and Facebook pages.

Nix + Gerber: The City

Nix + Gerber: The City

National Geographic takes us inside the world of artists Lori Nix and Kathleen Gerber, who have been creating intricate miniature dioramas together for almost 15 years. The scenes portray a post-apocalyptic future in which buildings and material possessions have been abandoned.

Warhol Invisible Sculpture Diorama

Warhol Invisible Sculpture Diorama
$225  Buy Comment

In 1985, Andy Warhol made a satirical performance artwork by standing briefly on a plinth then walking away, leaving a lit but otherwise empty platform. Kidrobot tips its hat to this commentary on celebrity culture with this light up model.

1966 Batcave Diorama

1966 Batcave Diorama
~$570  Buy Comment

Factory Entertainment’s insanely detailed 1:50 scale replica of the Batcave from the 1960’s Batman TV series. It features all the crazy computers, LED lighting, and a Batmobile on a rotating turntable. Limited to just 500 pieces. More photos on ToyArk.

Largest Collection of Model Cars

Largest Collection of Model Cars

Former rally racer Nabil “Billy” Karam is once again the Guinness World Record holder for the largest collection of model cars with 37,777 items, 10,000 more than the record he set in 2011. He also holds the record for largest collection of dioramas with 577.

Horrorgami

Horrorgami
$17  Buy Comment

Create 20 awesomely creepy kirigami scenes from Paper Dandy’s book of horror-themed dioramas. The perfect decoration for your Halloween party, each intricate design requires a good deal of cutting, so they’re more for adults than unsupervised kids, though.

Satoshi Araki’s Miniatures

Satoshi Araki’s Miniatures

Satoshi Araki loves to create unbelievably detailed scale models and miniature dioramas, featuring both real world and fictional elements. Spoon & Tamago says he mainly uses styrofoam boards for his sculptures. More here.

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Look Into the Void

Look Into the Void

A group of scientists study a demon frog in a towering laboratory as its fellow creatures look on in this stunning award-winning diorama by Cristoph Blumenthal. Check out his gallery to see just how detailed and alive it looks.

Layered Earth Bookends

Layered Earth Bookends
$193-$275  Buy Comment

Artist Garth Borovicka hand makes these beautiful and substantial bookends from layers of wood whose rings symbolize the gradual passage of time on our planet, each topped off by a tiny diorama representing varied ecosystems.

Doom: Knee Deep in the Dead

Doom: Knee Deep in the Dead
$400  Buy Comment

Gaming Heads’ officially-licensed diorama recreates the famous Doom box cover art. It’s finished and painted by hand and has removable bullet effects. The Exclusive Edition has pulsing lights in its base. Standard version here.

Tiny Little Lives

Tiny Little Lives

(NSFW) Redditor CaptJax’s wife makes unsettling dioramas depicting people committing grim and lascivious acts in otherwise idyllic or mundane scenes. Because everything’s not all right.

LEGO Star Wars Hologram

LEGO Star Wars Hologram

YouTuber H1tmonchan spotted this kick-ass window display at a toy store in a mall in Norway. The diorama made of LEGO Star Wars sets came alive through the use of a hologram-style projection.

Epic LEGO Star Wars Diorama

Epic LEGO Star Wars Diorama

LEGO-maniac Jay Hoff used over 30,000 bricks to create this intricate scene of the Emperor’s arrival in Return of the Jedi. He “cheated” and used some Clone Troopers instead of Storm Troopers, though.

Disaster Dioramas

Disaster Dioramas

Bored at work? Use your office supplies to recreate infamous disasters using Spitefuls’ free template downloads. Build a paper volcano, a flaming airship, or even molasses. Oh, the humanity!

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Diorama: X-Force

Diorama: X-Force
$290  Buy Comment

The X-Men’s militant counterparts, X-Force, get a detailed polystone diorama that Cable would be proud of; it features Warpath, Wolfsbane, X-23, and Wolverine, the latter with two portraits.

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