LEGO Elves 2018 – Final roundup

Today is #ElvesDay

After having a look at all the creatures (the Eagle, the Turtle, the Lion, the Fox, the Wyvern, the Wolf and the Bat) from the new LEGO Elves sets, it’s time to have a look at what these sets contain. For this week’s #ElvesDay, we’re having a look at the minidolls, the small bats acting as the main bad guy gal’s minions, and one of the buildings included in the set.

The Minidolls

The major characters all come with an updated minidoll. Apart from Faran which always look a bit plain to me, the new outfits are nice even though the old ones were already great.

Azari with her new shiny armor and giant hammer

Lumia is by far one the best-looking of the new minidolls. I love the white outfit contrasting with the dark skin tone.

Lumia in Paris.
Who turned off the lights?
Fortunately, Lumia is here to save the day!

These new sets also include my favorite evil elf so far, Noctura. She has a completely black arm and a naked flesh-colored arm. She also wears a Batman-like cap with the amazing soft cape fabric LEGO has been using for the past few years, with one side black and the other teal.

Ready for some mischiefs in the woods.

The Little Bats

Each set also comes with one or two very cute little bats that act as Noctura’s minions. Together they make a nice family of bad guys (or bat guys?).

Am I the only one feeling these bats look a bit like cats?
Driving Noctura’s Bat-mobile…
The Bat Family.

The buildings

Some of the sets also come with very nice buildings, particularly the music school from 41193 and the tree house from 41196.

My first experience at photographing one of the larger builds coming up with LEGO Elves sets.

LEGO Elves usually has some very nice buildings, but I had never photographed any before. Taking sets outside is risky, between it breaking down during transport or losing parts outside, it’s something I’m not comfortable with. But like photographing the large creatures, the change of scale is a nice challenge for any minifigure or minidoll photographer.

Conclusion

So far photographing LEGO Elves, either Dragons, other mythical creatures or minidolls has been a lot of fun. The brick built creatures are a  great challenge for minifig photographers because of the different scale. They also offer a lot of posability with all the ball joints and are a great change from minifigs.

Minidolls, on the other hand, have less movement than minifigs. They can’t walk and often look weird when sitting. The arms are also hard to pose realistically, and so there’s rarely any other option than having minidolls simply standing up. A bit more than a year ago, minidolls would have been the last LEGO toy I would have wanted to photograph. But now I usually have at least two small boxes of toys in my backpack: one with minifigures and one with Elves minidolls. Although it’s very frustrating, I’ve fallen in love with the challenge of photographing minidolls.

Although my wallet wasn’t too happy about it, I really like that all of the sets from this year come with a nice brick-built creature. Some of them aren’t as interesting or fun to photograph as others, but there are a couple (like the Eagle, the Turtle and the Wolf) that I will continue to photograph.

If you decide to start photographing toys from LEGO Elves, may it be minidolls, creatures, or builds, be sure to join any Wednesday #ElvesDay on social media!

Week 41. Harmony

har·mo·ny

(här′mənē)n.pl.har·mo·nies
1.a. An orderly or pleasing combination of elements in a whole:
color harmony; the order and harmony of the universe.
b. A relationship in which various components exist together 
without destroying one another: 
different kinds of fish living in harmony.
c. A relationship characterized by a lack of conflict or by agreement, 
as of opinion or interest: family harmony.

The Origin

The Origin of Harmony … special thanks to the Google Dictionary
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The Brick Fanatics Magazine

Brick Fanatics is excited to announce Brick Fanatics Magazine, a new LEGO-based publication for all fans of the brick, available for purchase now. We (read the Stuck In Plastic Crew) are proud to be part of this very first inaugural edition. Here is what they have to say on the very first paper issue. A different kind of Feature Friday, on a Saturday morning nonetheless.

The Magazine, what is it all about?

Brought to you by the team behind brickfanatics.comBrick Fanatics Magazine is a new 80-page, A5-size print magazine all about LEGO. For fans of the brick looking to build upon their hobby in any way they want to, including some exciting toy photography.

The magazine is packed with brick-based content. From tailored sections to one-off features, Brick Fanatics Magazine is carefully designed to give the reader (that is hopefully you) an immersive and comprehensive LEGO experience in each and every issue. And knowing the crew behind Brick Fanatics we are sure they will deliver.

The Ipsem Lorem Batwoman in action.
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Skærbæk

It is a wrap.

It is a wrap. Last week around this time Lluis closed the doors of the LUG Lounge on the first floor of the Skærbæk Conference Center, ending the very first SiP Pop Up exhibition. It took place in no less than the iconic Fanweekend.dk in Denmark. A good hour away from Billund. The hometown of the brick. Skærbæk, the Walhalla of (at least the European) AFOLs exhibitions.
And what a wrap it was.
Awesome.
But let’s back up a little and go back to the beginning.

And everything
Goes back to the beginning
Hollow Talk, by Choir of Young Believers
My theme song whenever I cross the bridge to Denmark
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SiP goes Riddikulus

We are pretty excited to announce that we have another creative toy photography contest running this month. Like with the Collectible Minifigure Series 18, LEGO is running a contest in collaboration with us and three other awesome LEGO photography communities (Cheepjokes, Frost Bricks, and Toy Photographers). And you can win the one and only Hogwarts Castle by joining in the fun. How cool is that.

The Contest

Create a fun and creative before/after scenes showing the effect of the Riddikulus charm. The entry must consist of two elements; first showing a build of a Boggart in the shape of something frightening – then show the build after the Riddikulus charm has been cast. Enter by using the hashtag #LEGODarkArts on Instagram.

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LEGO Elves 2018 – The Fire Lion, the Wind Wyvern and the Earth Fox

Today is #ElvesDay

After the Eagle and the Water Turtle, we’re continuing our journey of exploration of the creatures from the new LEGO Elves sets. The stars of this week’s #ElvesDay are the Fire Lion, the Wind Wyvern, the Earth Fox.

The Fire Lion

The lion is found in set 41192 Azari & The Fire Lion Capture.

I had high expectations for this one. Although the lion works well against a warm sunset backdrop, I’ve often struggled with getting the photos I wanted. When it comes to photography, I’d rather choose the Fire Dragon over the Lion.

The Fire Lion enjoyed the snow in Oulu

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And the winners are …

The whole crew is traveling back from Skærbæk today. Some of us took a quick detour across the Peeeee Shop with a lot of other AFOLs, while others had to catch a plane or a ferry. A day of travels. A day of first reflections on a weekend that was just awesome in many ways… (But more on that later this week.) First, we have some winners to announce for our SiP goes BrickHeadz creative challenge. Winners we handpicked yesterday in Skærbæk.

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LEGO Elves 2018 – The Water Turtle

Today is #ElvesDay

Last week I started to share on the blog my photos and opinion about the creatures from the new LEGO Elves sets. For this week’s #ElvesDay, we’re having a look at the Water Turtle.

The Water Turtle

The Turtle comes with set 41191 Naida & The Water Turtle Ambush.

Winter or summer, she’s simply amazing to photograph. With the Eagle, she’s my favorite. Besides that… Not much to say so I guess pictures will speak louder than words :-)

The ideal companion for a day at the beach.

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Building The Future

Blue, Beard and ZEUX

A few weeks ago we told you the fantastic story of Blue and Beard and the LEGO Technic 42081 Volvo Concept Wheel Loader ZEUX.
If you haven´t yet read the story, now is a good time …

It´s easy to enjoy your coffee when ZEUX is doing all the hard work.

…because: when you return, inspired to design the future, it just even got better! LEGO Ideas teamed up with the LEGO Technic Designers and The Volvo Construction Equipment team to design the future.
A creative LEGO Ideas hackathon of inspiring ideas for the next generation.
That´s a lot of fun and space for curiosity at the same time.
Unconstrained thinking for Big Inc. with a creative twist.

PEGAX at work, maybe inspiring your next idea?
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