Spread your wings and fly away

Choosing one figure from this new Collectible Minifigures Series is really hard. Once again I’m very tempted of getting all of them. When asked which one I’d like to review, I thought about which one would better fit the Finnish landscapes surrounding me: forests and lakes. There were three possible choices: the Elf, the Dwarf and the Butterfly Girl. From those three my favorite is without a doubt the Butterfly Girl.

But good timing allowed me to actually take my first photos of the Butterfly Girl in a slightly different environment. Probably the most beautiful I’ve personally been given to see: Northern Norway. I headed there for a four-day weekend road trip, without any specific plan other than hoping the location would inspire me some kind of story.

The Story

Aria was living on a quiet island. She was spending a lot of time on the beach, daydreaming about the world. She wished she could go to the mountains on the other side of the sea. But the sea was too dangerous to be sailed.
Someday a fairy came to the beach and gave her a great gift…
…Which allowed her to finally leave her island to explore the wilderness.

The Figure

One of the best things about this figure is all the printed parts. Not only do we have some unique, and extremely cute, prints for the face, the hair and the chest pieces, but even the legs are printed for the shoes. I think this is a very nice addition from LEGO because they could have used the regular non-printed pink legs and the figure would still be a great one. But this additional detail really adds some nice contrast to the figure.

Now it obviously wouldn’t be honest to just mention the prints on the minifigure itself. What I was actually interested in was to reuse those majestic butterfly wings on another figure…

Here comes Butterfly Squid!

Do you also have plans about reusing these wings on specific minifigures?

Let me know.

Reiterlied.

Bunny it is.

I love LEGO animals.
I love them.
I love them because they are some kind of minifigures, yet completely different. I like how the designers at LEGO creatively give life to the animal kingdom making them fit perfectly with the brick world.
Every year I look forward to new sets or new minifigures series to see if LEGO has introduced some new mold, so you can imagine how excited I was when the new series of collectible minifigures number 17 was revealed.

Not just one, but two new animals! Two!

A bulldog and a white bunny.
Wait … A BUNNY!
A tender and fluffy bunny! Continue reading “Bunny it is.”

Marcel, a Parisian in Paris

Marcel is a Parisian.

He is a lover of good food, good wine and good art. He is a connoisseur of some sort. And, being 4 brick tall, he likes to wander around his own city: Paris, the city of lights.

Always carrying a baguette, he walks around with his small dog, a French Bulldog (of course). He wears a marinière (a striped shirt), a beret on his head, and a small red scarf around his neck.

Marcel, a Parisian in Paris

Marcel likes his city. He often starts his day at a café. His favourite one is “Le café des 2 moulins”. That’s where the movie Amélie (or Le Fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain, in French) was shot. A charming place. 

‘Can I get a coffee with my croissant?’ / ‘Are you sure you don’t want some grape juice?’

After a coffee and a croissant, he stopped by a “boulangerie” (bakery) to buy a baguette for the day. Leaving Montmartre (that’s where he lives), he passed by the Moulin Rouge and jumped inside a “Metro” (the subway). Continue reading “Marcel, a Parisian in Paris”

Memories of the future

Memories, they are a funny old thing. Some are etched on our mind, ready to be recalled seemingly at will, like those once in a lifetime events, our favorite holiday or heady moments of our youth. Yet, there are so many things that we do every day that are inconsequential, which often we do not dwell upon at all, only until something comes along that creates the right spark.

Retro Spaceman; saving the world, mostly at weekends

That is what happened to me when I first saw the Series 17 Retro Spaceman, which once I saw him made me think of something that I had not thought about for a long time; Home. But not a recent Home, he transported me back nearly forty years to those cold, dark winter evenings watching old black and white series like King of the Rocket Men that ran after the children’s shows had ended, which I would watch on the sitting room carpet, surrounded by either diecast cars or Lego. Not something that I had thought about for a long time, and clearly a reminder that everything that we have done must be recorded in our noggins somewhere. Continue reading “Memories of the future”

A trip to Japan: work travel and toy photography

12 hours…!

I have just spent 12 hours in a metal can to fly across the globe.

It’s Thursday afternoon and I have landed at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport after a long trip back from Kobe, Japan. I was there during 2 days, for work.

My job demands me to travel a lot (in France and internationally). And, at the same time, I like my job and I like to travel, so when I am not at the office, I am happy.

I have been to the US, to several countries in Europe and to more “exotic” places such as Brazil, Australia, Taiwan, Laos, Tanzania, Indonesia, Kazakhstan and now, Japan.

“Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport.' - AnonymousClick To Tweet

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Happy Easter

From all of us to all of you, a Happy Easter.

Easter, a holiday celebrated in a lot of countries around the world. A holy day going back to the new testament and pageant traditions. A day of celebration involving Easter eggs and Easter bunnies.

And while there is lots of symbolism in it, it also makes for a great photo shoot Chez Albert.

A little project of three on this Sunday for all of you to enjoy while you are hunting eggs, eating chocolate or shooting plastic. Continue reading “Happy Easter”

A little Easter baking

Hot-cross buns!
Hot-cross buns!
One a penny, two a penny,
Hot-cross buns!
If you have no daughters,
Give them to your sons;
One a penny, two a penny,
Hot-cross buns!
– traditional English nursery rhyme, credited to ‘Mother Goose’

Happy Easter everyone! It’s Good Friday here in the UK, which means just one thing in my house – hot-cross buns! It’s always a baking day for me, and the series 17 gourmet chef arrived just in time to help whip up a batch of buns for us to enjoy!

Whisks out everyone!

For a professional, she’s a pretty messy baker. Flour took over the whole kitchen (along with the heavenly smell of oranges and mixed spice!) Continue reading “A little Easter baking”

There´s A New Chef In Town

Oh boy, the release of a new generation of collectible minifigures is almost in sight. Almost, as most of us will have to wait until May to be getting their hands on the long awaited pieces of plastic. In order to pass the time we asked some of you to photograph a very first wave of the new buddies and to write down their thoughts about them. Today we’re starting our preview with the first of fifteen (and one mystery) new characters from the Lego universe. Stay tuned as more previews are coming in shortly. Continue reading “There´s A New Chef In Town”

Travel

This month our word is travel.

Traveling to faraway destinations, exploring the unknown. Discovering new environments, new light, new sounds, and trying to catch the moment.
The world as our studio.

Some of us shoot mainly in the studio and like to recreate the magic on a blank canvas from the ground up, controlling all the variables, building the scene one strobe at the time. Others like to shoot on location and have the world as their backdrop.

Shooting on location always has that little extra, that unique moment, that imperfection and uniqueness that the studio does not have.
A variable that cannot be controlled.
A variable that influences by design the actual shoot.
A fleeting moment, you can capture only then and there.

You can do some location scouting, you can do some research and pack your gear (and toys) for the unknown, and yet, the unexpected will happen.

And that is what this month’s word is all about. Continue reading “Travel”