The MTSC Figure of the Week is not an easy title to bestow but when you assemble an army of 26,000 soldiers and put it on display for over 10,000 people to see as Jean-Michel Leuillier of France did..well how could you not hand him the crown of FOTW # 116! Below is an article from England's Daily Mirror in March telling the story of this amazing feat!
This Playmobil diorama is of the Battle of Zama, fought in 202 BC - and the model is about to beat the world record of the biggest diorama. It has been a labour of love for the 48-year-old Jean-Michel Leuillier, who is thought to be the world's largest collector of Playmobile. Jean-Michel has been collecting the figures for years and decided to go for a world record on March 19 in the sports hall of Heyrieux in southeastern France. He chose to depict the Battle of Zama from 202 BC, which had more than 40,000 Carthaginians facing off against more than 35,100 Romans in a battle that would end the Second Punic War.
Leuillier, 48, used more than 26,000 figures and it took him more than three days to set up. He even had to enlist the aid of his parents to get the diorama properly prepared. Representatives from the Guinness Book of World Records were on hand to document the event, which should set the Playmobil diorama record once properly verified.
While the diorama is not historically accurate in terms of depictions, it does combine several different Playmobil sets and gave the more than 10,000 spectators a chance to take in the epic nature of the battle and the collection.
Leuillier is thought to be the largest collector of the figurines in the world, having started when he was 6 years old. The collection is said to take up more than 11,500 square feet.