My own “Escape the slug” picture

I am back from a well deserved vacation far from home and work. And I am happy to see that a new photo contest is in progress with #SiPgoesJedi.

When we received the news that TLG (read, The Lego Group) was sending us three sets numbered 6176782: Escape the Slug, for the challenge, I was excited and sad.

I was excited because it is an exclusive set which was only available in 2016 during the “May the Fourth” event and it depicts one of the most iconic scenes of the original Star Wars movies.

But at the same time, since I am part of the jury, I was sad because I will not be able to win one. But I am happy that three lucky and creative winners will receive this awesome prize.

The Rules

As a reminder, here are the rules:

Create a new image with the main actor being made out of LEGO.

The creative image should depict a real or imaginary scene from Star Wars, The Last Jedi.

It should be a new image.

An image that you have not yet used for a similar contest.

An image that you created.

You can submit your image on your preferred social media channel (IG, FB, G+, Flickr, …) and tag it with @stuckinplastic and #SIPgoesJedi.

The jury will select the three finalists based on the creativity and photographic qualities. We may reach out to you prior to the final selection to get a higher resolution image (Instagram is noteworthy low res) to look at the image in detail and hear more on your creative process and thinking. And maybe we will feature you here on the blog as well, so don’t wait until the last day to make your submissions.

The decision of the Jury is final.

The final submission date is the day before the movie release, so December 12th.

My picture for the contest

Anyway, even though I will not be able to win the set, I wanted to be part of the fun.

So I decided to share with you the picture I would have used for the contest.

My idea was simple. I wanted to recreate that famous “Escape the Slug” scene, but with a twist. The main character is still the Millennium Falcon but I wanted to change the slug by another monster. One from another universe that I like. So, I used Smaug, the dragon from the Hobbit.

With the help of an assistant and some Photoshop magic, I was able to use the same setup I used for another picture to maintain the Falcon in the air.

I hope you’ll enjoy this picture and that it will motivate you to be creative for the contest.

May the Photo be with you.

Escape the Dragon
Escape the Dragon

Julien / Ballou34

A new photo challenge

It is a (t)wrap.

October is a wrap.
November is good and well underway.
So it is time to get creative again after our little art exhibition on Bricklive last week (thanks, Mark and the team for having us). What better way to get the creativity flowing, than with a simple photo challenge. A challenge that is not only great fun but may make you the lucky winner of an exclusive Millenium Falcon. Not the 7541 pieces big Millenium Falcon, but the exclusive Millenium Falcon which is hidden in the rare Escape The Slug set. Talking about a trap.

The Mission.

Get creative, and shoot your favorite scene of Star Wars, The Last Jedi.
You are the director, the movie is not yet released, so anything goes. Your imagination is the final frontier.
Maybe you want to recreate some of the iconic trailers. Or you want to give the story a unique twist or an alternative ending. Maybe mix and match universes. Anything goes.
It is your story.
The rules are simple.

The Rules.

Create a new image with the main actor being made out of LEGO.
The creative image should depict a real or imaginary scene from Star Wars, The Last Jedi.
It should be a new image.
An image that you have not yet used for a similar contest.
An image that you created.

You can submit your image on your preferred social media channel (IG, FB, G+, Flickr, …) and tag it with @stuckinplastic and #SIPgoesJedi.

The jury will select the three finalists based on the creativity and photographic qualities and we may reach out to you prior to the final selection to get a higher resolution image (Instagram is noteworthy low res) to look at the image in detail and hear more on your creative process and thinking. And maybe we feature you here on the blog as well, so don’t wait until the last day to make those submissions.

Mastering your Craft – Rey practicing the craft of a lightsaber for the next movie coming her way …

The decision of the Jury is final.
The final submission date is the day before the release, so December 12th.

The Prize.

This piece of millennial space junk looks pretty cool according to Women of NASA (another awesome LEGO set available right now).

We got thee exclusive Escape The Slug sets to give away thanks to our great friends at LEGO.  A pretty exclusive set that never made it to the stores and has been handpicked for special occasions, just like this one. We will announce the winners the weekend after, and so maybe you get an extra little present under the Xmas tree this year.

Any questions, just ask.

#SiPgoesScotland2017 at Bricklive

Life.

If you follow the blog, you might have noticed that not much happened in the past week. Julien is on a non-disclosed island somewhere in the Indian Ocean. Boris is hanging out on some Big Inc. event in Amsterdam, Stefan is deep down in new challenges, and well, Maelick is crunching numbers in Northern Finland. It is that thing called life. It catches up with all of us and we hope we will catch up with the plastic side soon. Continue reading “#SiPgoesScotland2017 at Bricklive”

My First Toy Safari

I finally did it.

Well, I’ve done it, I’ve finally met a fellow toy photographer!

I’ve wanted to do it for years. I’ve watched from afar, read articles on blogs about Toy Safaris in far-away lands and even posted the odd comment on Instagram and Facebook posts.

The thing is, toy photography has always been a very personal and private thing for me. Yes, I’ve chatted online and even sold some of my work, my friends also know about my toy obsession, but the actual creative process was something I’d always done alone.  Continue reading “My First Toy Safari”

Skærbæk Fan Weekend 2017

A couple of weeks ago, after the fantastic LEGO house  Fan Pre-Opening, I left Boris to go to Skærbæk, a town on the western coast of Denmark, for SFW (read Skærbæk Fan Weekend).

But what is Skærbæk Fan Weekend?

If you don’t know what SFW is, here is an extract from their website to help you understand its history.

SFW Logo - (c) Skaerbaek Fan Weekend
SFW Logo – (c) Skærbæk Fan Weekend

In 2005 the LEGO® Company started a small get together with some AFOLs.
That event was called the LEGO Fan Weekend.
Through the years it developed and growed to a fantastic event. Somehow the LEGO Company decided ten years later not to continue the LEGO Fan Weekend. Seriously bad news for the fans and so three AFOLs decided to take over the organisation:
in 2015 the Skærbæk Fan Weekend was born!
Fans from all over the world are coming together in Skærbæk and share their passion for the brick. No hand-luggage bag is too small that even the AFOLs from oversea are bringing some of their brilliant creations to Denmark.
But not only AFOLs are joining us, through the weekend the event is open for public visitors.

Skærbæk Fan Weekend this year

This edition of SFW was the biggest ever in terms of participants and MOCs (My Own Creations – meaning original creations made out of LEGO by fans). We were more than 740 participants coming from 31 countries (including Australia, Brazil, the US, Japan, Hong-Kong, Italy, Spain, Germany, France ;-),…).

A gathering of people from all around the globe
A gathering of people from all around the globe

Continue reading “Skærbæk Fan Weekend 2017”

A Review of the LEGO Elves Dragons

As soon as the winter started to reach its end, I began to think I should focus on a project during the summer. When Boris announced his plan of making us work on a summer project, not only I already had a few ideas, but I had already started to work on some of them.

Up to now, I’ve been quiet about these summer project ideas. I wanted to take the time to let my ideas mature before releasing anything publicly. The only persons who have seen the result of my summer photography are the old and new friends I met last month in Edinburgh.

But I think it’s about time to give a glimpse of what I’ve been doing for the past four months through a review of 3 LEGO Elves sets. Set 41172 The Water Dragon Adventure, 41175 Fire Dragon’s Lava Cave and 41179 Queen Dragon’s Rescue. (Moreover, last month’s word was LEGO after all!) Continue reading “A Review of the LEGO Elves Dragons”

One Toy To Share In Scotland

After my trip to San Francisco and seeing people using the toys of others to take pictures, I came out with a small activity (challenge, exercice, game,… – call it what you want) and a hashtag for our safari in Scotland. One Toy To Share In Scotland (read #1Toy2Share_Scotland)

One Toy To Share (#1Toy2Share)

The principle is simple.
Someone brings one toy that everyone has to photograph at least once during the weekend. One toy to share (with everyone). Read #1Toy2Share
Simple, right?

This exercise will show how people are using their creativity while using the same model.

#1Toy2Share_Scotland

For Scotland, I was the one who brought that toy. Since most of us are using LEGO minifigures in our pictures, I thought it would be interesting to use something a bit different for once. Something a bit bigger.
So, I went with a bird  (the Osprey) from the toy company Four Horsemen Studios and some accessories. Once again, it was a line of toys that I discovered in San Francisco and that I loved immediately. They are very well made and full of details and colors.

Accessories
The accessories that came with the bird. Look at those amazing wings…  – Photo credit: Julien

So, let’s see what we came up with during our days.

Continue reading “One Toy To Share In Scotland”

And the winners are …

Where Is Anton.

Our latest creative contest #WhereIsAnton together with LEGO Ideas ended last weekend.  It was a real success with hundreds of photos tagged on Instagram. Since then, we’ve been browsing through all the awesome entries on Instagram, Facebook, Google+, Flickr and even 500px and LEGO’s own gallery to find the winners of this challenge.

Sleepless nights, painstakingly looking for chromatic aberrations, sensor dust, creative compositions and cheer creative fun kept your jury awake. A shortlist of nominations in different categories lead the jury to an almost all night hangout session to come up with the final nominations, some special category nominations with an extra honorary price and the ultimate three winners of the LEGO Idea House sets we are giving away. But first we want to thank ALL of you, for taking part in this fun creative context and we will for sure do it again.

Without further ado, time to get to the nominations … Continue reading “And the winners are …”