SiP Card Exchange 2020

Christmas card exchange 2020

Summer is definitively gone and autumn has brought some rain and cold weather, even in the south of France. At this time of the year, I’m looking forward to Christmas (baking some Christmas cookies, reading my postcards, next to the open fire with a hot chocolate, etc).

Sadly, Christmas is in three months. It’s a long time from now, but not so much if I’m thinking of preparing my postcard for this year SiP Card Exchange.

Because we will do a card exchange this year, of course, we do!
When Boris asked innocently last week “do we do the card exchange this year?”, we ALL nodded with enthusiasm! After two years of participating in it, it’s for me a new tradition to add to my perfect Christmas.

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SpoOktober

Hellooooouuuu Everybody

Natasja here with the theme for his month…….yes one of the best themes I think : HORROR. And this theme fits perfectly for this month coinciding with Halloween.

How creepy does it have to be???

When I think about horror in the movie theme, the first film that pops-up is The Exorcist. I think most of us have seen that movie, but for those who haven’t I want to give you some information about it. And although this is the one I would like to share with you, there are definitely loads of other Horror/Thriller movies to choose from.

The Exorcist

The Exorcist is an American horror movie that was released in 1973.

The scenario is based on a book written by William Peter Blatty and was directed by William Friedkin. The novel is inspired by a true story, thought by some to be an authentic possesion. The film went on to become one of the most succesful movies of all times, with worldwide revenues of 440.000.000 dollars

When twelve-year-old Regan MacNeil (played by Linda Blair) begins to engage in bizarre behavior, her mother (Ellen Burstyn) turns to the medical community for help. After many possibilities have been exhausted, only one solution remains: an exorcism.

A possessed twelve-year-old Regan MacNeil

I will not tell you more about the content of this film, but what i can say is that this film has made quite an impression on me and I think it is still very creepy these days. What is striking is the thoughtful increase of tension. The ominous prologue suggests extensive mythology that was never explored further throughout the film.

Yet it provides The Exorcist with authenticity, which makes the viewer almost believe in it. It didn’t just impress me. Even before the movie was released, seeing the original trailer, (which was immediately banned) made a huge impact on me.

Her mother turns to the medical community for help.
The doctors, thinking that Regan’s aberrations are mostly psychological in origin, recommend an exorcism be performed.

About The Trailer

After about 30 seconds, the trailer features bright, flashy images of, among other things, a close-up of the face of the demon and the possessed Regan, simultaneously with ominous music. This led some to immediately leave the cinemas in panic. Some people even had to throw up through the trailer. And others were reported to having had a stroke or passed out due to a heart attack, among other incidents.

Lalo Schifrin, who wrote the ominous music, told to a magazine that it was one of his most unpleasant experiences in his life. Nowadays, there are a lot of horror movies, that I think can’t compare to The Exorcist….especially for a movie from that era.

Regan speaks backward, in different voices.

Original And Follow-Ups

There are also a lot movies with several parts where the story is being continued. Unfortunately that does not always add to the original film. For example the series SAW: the first 3 parts were good, after these I felt that the tension was really gone.

Some of you know that i’m a big fan of Quentin Tarantino’s movies, and From Dusk Till Dawn is also one of my favorites.

So, Are You Scared Yet????

Now it is up to you to show your inner horror thoughts which are movie related.

Are you joining our month’s theme? Use the hashtags: #SiPgoesTT_horror and #Sipgoestt to share your ideas with us.

I’m looking forward to your creations!

Hugs, Natasja

It’s a book!

Well.


Stefan and I have a series in the making.
We call it The Unfinished Projects.
One day we will kind of start finishing them.
Or so they say.
So when we kicked off the #SiPgoesVirtual 2020 with the statement that “the book was written” and the only thing that was missing was the pictures, some of the participants most probably thought of the book of Denmark that is still in the making.
Unfinished projects.
Stefan and I are pretty good at that.

Anyways. Here we are.
Four weeks after the very first ever #SiPgoesVirtual.
And we are having a printed copy in our hands!

If you are curious what the story was all about, you can read the full book at Blurb (and even get your own copy if you want).

We have a super deluxe hardcover that goes well on any coffee table and a mini-me of the story for the collectors of books, who’s coffee table is already fully packed.

It’s a book.
And it is finished.

And yes, we are a tiny wee bit super proud of it.

Sing a Rainbow

This week you may have all been wondering about the story behind @bevvypix’s latest series of images? Well today she reveals the story so far regarding #wheresbevvyspackage.

The Package

From time to time, we at Stuck in Plastic receive packages from our good friends over at The LEGO Group. We are fortunate to have this opportunity to build and review the products inside these packages, which are then written about in our blog and shared on social media. You can check out so many different reviews written by our wonderful team. And if you are specifically looking for a particular product then you can just use our search tool here on the blog.

Colour Idioms

So why and what led me to create this series of images using colour idioms? Since attending the SiP goes Virtual Toy photo Safari I became influenced by the colour scheme portrayed in our images. I decided to look up colour idioms. Idioms are basically expressions. They are metaphorical in their meaning and should not be taken literally. For example, using phrases such as if a person is “green with envy” really does not mean that their bodies are green.

Spectrum of Light appearing #wheresbevvyspackage

ROYGBIV

ROYGBIV is an acronym for the sequence of hues. This commonly describes making up a rainbow, and an easy way to remember the colour sequence. Historically, Newton chose to divide the visible spectrum into seven colours. Described, as a meteorological phenomenon, caused by reflectionrefraction and dispersion of light in water. This combination results in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky.

Sing a Rainbow

Growing up in the 70’s, this song became what I would regard as a bit of an anthem that children learnt. Nowadays, these lyrics remain embedded in my head, I can sing a rainbow or now known as sing a rainbow.

However, I often wonder about these lyrics written by Arthur Hamilton. In particular, pink is not actually identified as a rainbow colour, nor does the order perceive an actual colour spectrum.

Red and yellow and pink and green
Purple and orange and blue
I can sing a rainbow
Sing a rainbow
Sing a rainbow too.

Listen with your eyes
Listen with your ears
And sing everything you see
I can sing a rainbow
Sing a rainbow
Sing along with me
.

Red and yellow and pink and green
Purple and orange and blue
I can sing a rainbow
Sing a rainbow
Sing a rainbow too
.

#wheresbevvyspackage

And so the story began, a little joke between us and the fact that I was missing some “important” parts required for our virtual safari story. Such as the all important brown chest. Yep a brown one! I had a golden chest, but in order for the story to flow between all participants, it was crucial that the BROWN chest appeared in all the images. Good job I can edit, simply because the correct colour chests arrived later on the Saturday.

So the story goes on …

Red Letter day

#bevvypix is waiting for a package and some how @stuckinplastic MisFits wrong delivery from the virtual toy photo safari two weeks ago has made its way to Wales, mmm #wheresbevvyspackage

Yellow Card

“I found Benny’s head attached to an elf of all things. Yep I was also missing a vintage spaceman too.” Awww Benny that’s an offside chest and a ‘Yellow Card’ for you coz it’s a fish not #wheresbevvyspackage #bevvypix thinks you’re funny. And the story goes on at Stuck in Plastic 

Tickled Pink

Receiving the wrong letters doesn’t make #bevvypix ‘Tickled Pink’ and the story goes on and on at Stuck in Plastic #wheresbevvyspackage 

Going Green

#bevvypix is sure that foxy Roxy didn’t get the memo from stuck in plastic. I’m positive #wheresbevvyspackage shouldn’t be full of carrots. Nevermind, today we are Going Green.

Purple Haze

“Purple Haze, all around”, and I don’t know if #wheresbevvyspackage has been intercepted by this clown. Now he thinks it’s funny to keep #bevvypix on the run while she waits for stuck in plastic to deliver that all important @lego chest/package.

As I had already shot these images before, I then decided on titles. I proceeded to post this image on the day it was due (hence the lyrics Sing a Rainbow). Then herrsm pointed out in a comment that the timing had ironically coincided with the passing of the great Jimi Hendrix 50 years ago on that day.

Orange is the new Black

With all the control measures in place, #bevvypix will wear a mask but she’s not going over to wear the dark side mask, well not today. The Orange side is #wheresbevvyspackage will be delivered I’m sure. I think these two were trying to tempt me to accept the wrong package, and tell me that Orange was the new Black. 

Out of the Blue

Then Out of the Blue, a notification that #wheresbevvyspackage has been scheduled and I wonder what is going to be inside? A spaceman perhaps or a stingray, some more fish or something to review???

Indigo and that my friends is a wrap

But wait there more … Stuck in Plastic forever and the packages just keep coming. Be sure to check out our blogs and reviews. You may even want to join our various themes and this years Twenty Twenty’s movie theme.

SiPGoesVirtual 2020 – An Editorial Review

We were supposed to be in Tallinn. But this is 2020, and things just haven’t gone according to plan for anyone. And so a new plan was formulated. We were going online. 15 intrepid photographers forging on this strange world.

ShtacyP has participated in seven SiP Toy Safaris: Hamburg, London, Edinburgh, Paris, Billund, Cambridge, and now Digital!

The similarities between a physical and virtual safari

It was always going to be different from our regular toy safaris. No holding of reflectors or lights for other people. No print exchange. And no walking kilometre after kilometre to get to that next spot just 10 minutes away. But that doesn’t mean that there weren’t similarities.

We still had (relatively) early morning coffee-fuelled starts (just no scrabbling to find the nearest open Starbucks). We still had safari bingo cards (#WhereIsBoris). And we still got to hang out with old friends and connect with new ones. And amazingly, we were still able to share toys with each other.

The #RainbowPatrol, passing on their favourite things to friends across 3 different time zones.

The differences between a physical and virtual safari

For this online adventure to work we needed structure. In real life safaris, we will plan to go to different locations, but largely we’ll meander across town playing it by ear, and the photos we take will just kind of, happen. This time though we had been set a series of wonderful challenges by our fearless leaders.

We had photo prompts, narratives to create, and we worked all together, in breakout groups, and individually. Shooting against the clock, so that the newspapers (Planet and Prophet) could hit their print deadlines! To make our deliverables it meant thinking fast, communicating effectively, collaborating (all those good corporate words, right Ian?) It was at times a little frantic, sometimes stressful, but hey, we were playing with our toys, how stressed out could we really get?!

ShtacyP, known for her ability to spin a yarn and tell a story about the most inanimate of rocks, became Editor-in-Chief, wrangling the outputs of her wonderful team of photographers and reporters into coherent (if laughable) stories, worthy of being printed in one of the many publications ran by Green Lantern.

Taking photos

One of my favourite things about safaris is watching how people create their photos, and then seeing them post the photos weeks later and understanding the story of how that photo came to be, where the light was coming from, why the photographer was in that weird position on the floor.

But this time around, the structure meant that photos were produced, edited, and shared almost instantaneously. We could see each other’s photos as quickly as they could be uploaded onto Google Drive (not that any of us snooped in the other teams’ folders of course…).

This process wasn’t any worse, just different. It still worked as a learning experience. Webcams were often left on whilst artists snapped away just out of shot. Tricks and tips were still shared. As were screens: “Do you like this edit better, or this one?” Every day is a school day.

The goody bag

In preparation for the weekend’s activities we all (well, depending on your country’s postal service) received very special packages in the days before the safari. Cruelly though we had to wait to open them. Those packages sat in our offices, on our desks, hidden away in cupboards, just asking to be played with.

Temptations were successfully resisted and as soon as we were allowed to rip them open and reveal the secret contents of the bags, we were off into the first of our challenges! The goodies found inside gave us some common threads that would help us tell our stories. Plus, we had been given hints about what sorts of pieces would be appropriate to pack for the safari, things that would help draw our creative outputs together.

Assessment

By the time Sunday afternoon came around, we had completed all our challenges. We had written our stories, the personal ones, and the collective ones. We had created incredible things, photos, and memories. Things that will be immortalised in hardback, should we want a memento of this one-off event. Friendships begun and firmly cemented, we logged off of the meeting, so that we could rest in preparation for our next viral marketing campaign.

Taking it easy like a Sunday afternoon after a toy safari.

As far as I am concerned the #SiPGoesVirtual2020 weekend was a resounding success. Whilst we couldn’t explore the cobbled streets in the medieval Old Town of Tallinn I think we achieved all the things I’ve come to expect as a toy safari veteran. We took photos of toys, we hung out with friends, and we had fun. Isn’t that what it’s all about?!

The Machines Are Taking Over

Finally Back In Billund

The last time I went to The LEGO House was quite some time ago.
Back in March, I went to Billund to pick up my copy of the Tree of Creativity.
I had planned to return just two months later in May.
And guess what. Covid-19 made me change my plans.

Yesterday, a good six months later I finally was able to stop by the Home Of The Brick on my way further north for some holidays.
And lucky me it was.
It turned out that yesterday was only the second day of a new attraction at the store inside Ole Kirks Plads 1. A brand new Minifigure Factory. Open to the public. And yours truly.

Your reporter in the field …
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Hello September and Film Noir

The Golden Age of Film Noir

Last weekend the crew, along with old and new friends. we hung out together on our virtual toy photography safari. While the heat was on to make the deadlines, we sadly missed the scheduled post for our movie theme. So, here we are, one week the late introduction to this month’s theme, Film Noir.

This genre was prevalent in mostly American crime drama’s and regarded as the “classic Period” of film Noir between 1945 and the 1950s. However, the Noir style still continues to date with one particular movie that comes to mind. Typically known as Neo-Noir is Sin City. The style of filmmaking was characterised by such elements as stark lighting, cynical heroes, frequent use of flashbacks, intricate plots, and an underlying philosophy.

Some examples of the classic noir style to name but a few include, The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946), The Maltese Falcon (1941) with Humphrey Bogart, Kiss Me Deadly (1955) a novel by Mickey Spillane, or Orson Welles’s baroquely styled Touch of Evil (1958). Even though it is hard to classify some movies into this genre, the turn of the decade brought about the Neo-Noir. You are probably more familiar with films such as Brad Pitt immensely successful Seven in 1995 or Quentin Tarantino’s popular movie, Pulp Fiction.

How you interpret this theme is completely up to you, perhaps you might want to create your own plot and play around with artificial lighting.

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The SiPgoesVirtual special edition of the Daily Prophet

Remember yesterday, in our special edition of the Daily Planet, we ended up on a cliffhanger with the Yellow Lantern leaving the journal for its parallel universe competitor, the Daily Prophet. Well wewe just happen to have a special edition of the Daily Prophet for today…

The Daily Prophet is getting live reports of an ongoing situation at Azkaban Prison. The known Death Eater and #1 Female Tyrant, Bellatrix Lestrange has staged a breakout. Or has she? We understand that the person believed to be Bellatrix, who has been in lockdown in Azkaban for 7 months now, is in fact, star Hogwarts pupil, Hermione Granger. She has been protesting her innocence ever since and was able to get messages out to the wizarding world via the window in her cell.

Thanks to our special reporter (and editor in chief) @shtacyp

Initially, when people believed the prisoner to be Bellatrix, the suspected mastermind behind the escape was the powerful evil wizard Lord Voldemort. We have since confirmed that Voldemort was spending an easy Sunday morning in his pyjamas, reading his favourite newspaper.

Thanks to our special reporter @ballou34

Our sources claim that Hermione Granger was accidentally under the influence of polyjuice potion. She made the potion herself, a simple task for such an accomplished wizard, but the potion was intended for someone else.

Thanks to our special reporter @bevvypix

In an incident in the Gryffindor common room, Neville Longbottom clumsily tripped over, splashing polyjuice potion in Hermione’s face.

Thanks to our special reporter@sophiefigs

The whole operation almost came to a standstill however, key character Moaning Myrtle got stuck in the toilet! Attempting to pass on a message to Harry Potter (who she is also in love with), Myrtle got stuck in the pipes.

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The SiPgoesVirtual special edition of the Daily Planet

The Green Lantern has taken over as the Chief Editor of the Daily Planet this week. Having had successful spells at LEGO News, Brain Times, and the Gotham Gazette, he hopes he can bring some of his signature wit to his new newspaper.

Thanks to our special reporter (and editor in chief) @shtacyp

And there is more trouble ahead in the DC Universe. Mister Miracle wants to move to Fabuland City. But before he’s allowed in, he has to prove his incredible escapologist powers to the Major and Sheriff of the city. Will he make it and become the next citizen?

Thanks to our special reporter@_me2_

Other than Mister Miracle, Star Girl is already living in Fabuland City. Upon her arrival, she picked up the duty of lighting the stars above the city every night. So far the citizens are impressed and in love with her skills.

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