A Knights Tale

Did you know that Stuck in Plastic is currently taking part in an exhibition at The Hermitage in Amsterdam. If not, go an read all about it here . Since taking part in this exhibition, my thoughts keep on reverting back to the history that surrounds my own town of Pembroke and how Kings and Knights once roamed the land.

And I had to create my own Knights Tale.

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RLFM 21 And It’s a Wrap

During the next interview on the Stuck in Plastic schedule, we were joined by Signe the RLFM host and Head of Community Growth and Tormod, The Head of AFOL Engagement. Boris has met these wonderful folks before and has a great relationship with them. However, I was a rookie, a newbie to the whole RLFM Days. Shortly afterwards, we wrap up our interviews as we head to Hogwarts and speak to the Harry Potter Design team.

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RLFM 21 Architecture & Ninjago Interviews

Shortly after our interview with the MiniFigure Design Team. On our schedule were the Adult Design Team and Architecture. With Ninjago following the lunch break.

Coming up: The Ninjago Designer Interview after the lunch break. Photo by Bev
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RLFM 21 The Minifigures Interview

After a reflective night and a bite too eat. Boris and I were all ready for day 2 of the virtual RLFM 21 days. Today Stuck in Plastic were able to Interview the LEGO designers and ask them questions. We can share some of our conversations with you all. First interview was with the Minifigures Designers.

Bevvypix reporting to the crew during the breaks. Photo by Bev
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RLFM 21 Show & Tell …

Ooooh did I spy a SiP badge ;) on Hasan Jensen’s lanyard? I certainly did.

This session we got to see fan designed sets that are coming in the future. These were new unreleased, and not yet even in production just at the working stage. However, with the latest news of the impending Typewriter set, scheduled for release on July 1st, 2021. I’m sure we can say we saw this particular secret reveal.

Stuck in Plastic gets a little mention. Photo by Boris
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RLFM 21 Brick-by-Brick

During the first session, we were provided with information about the Brick-by-Brick Programme. The programme is led by children, based on the concept of ‘Play Included’ and aimed at young people, aged from preschool to adulthood who enjoy building LEGO models and need support.

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RMFL 21 Attending the Virtual Event

Just over two weeks ago, Boris and myself attended The LEGO Group’s virtual 2021 event. Boris is our Ambassador of Stuck in Plastic and has attended the RLFM days in person every year. However, it was my first ever attendance and I really wasn’t sure what to expect. Read on as Bevvypix reports …

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The High of the Spring Workshops

Reflecting on the two amazing Spring workshop sessions and after attending the May #SiPspringworkshop2021, it came to light that this was going to be a very different workshop for me. Interesting, because participants were required to shoot a toy that was non-LEGO along with their chosen brick colour theme. It was important to add the brick in preparation for the final group grid.

A Monster High Doll

When we were asked what our non-LEGO favourite toy, there was discussion throughout the group and I could virtually see excitement brewing. For this particular task, I had chosen the Monster High Doll that I purchased last year and never actually got round to shooting. Her name is Frankie Stein. As a matter of fact, this particular doll previously inspired a past post I had written, titled Hey Frankie Siren in which the challenge was to create a Frankenstein model out of the different Lego body parts.

In my childhood years, I grew up with Sindy dolls. I remember very well going to my local toy shop and purchasing ‘disco dance Sindy’. If I can be so bold to say, I do believe she may even be the only ever doll to be accompanied inside her box by a 7″ 45 RPM single Vinyl. The record by The Video Kids – Everybody Boogie! We’re having a party was released in the UK in 1981. Although Barbie was around at the time, I was never a fan of her beautiful perfections and her ever growing popularity. Nowadays, as an adult, I am loving the Monster High Themed Dolls and their haunting edge look, only wishing I could have played with them as a child instead.

Frankie Stein’s love of the LEGO Brick

The Collaborative Grid

For the purpose of the task, each participant chose their own unique toy representing each individual on what seemed like a personal level. And it was great to see so many different toys being used in the process. For some of us, including myself that element of creatively leaving the comfort zone of shooting LEGO, with the aim to shoot something completely different from my usual toy photography sent my mind thinking. On the contrary, it turned out really exciting. And it has prompted my thoughts when I initially purchased these dolls. Thus, reverting to the potential conceptual photoshoots that I can create in the future.

The Collaborative Grid

The Workshop Brief

Deliver one image in a square format and the other in a 5.1 format. Indeed, 5.1 is not your average camera format. With square in mind, it is easy to convert an image to square format especially if you are already photographing images with Instagram in mind. Then you are generally allowing for the crop. However, 5.1 creates a narrower height and a wider width. Immediately I knew I had to shoot my toy with this in mind to my usually full-frame format perspective.

5.1 Landscape Format

A Designer Handbag

There have been many toy manufactures who have had lines that have not worked and Monster High has been no exception. These particular dolls were made by the toy manufacture Mattel. Unfortunately, after failed attempts to reach specific audiences, in 2018 the product line was discontinued having resulted in low sales.

Needless to say, although the drop in popularity, I really like the way these dolls look and their edgy uniqueness. They are also amazing to photograph… Well once you get the balance of standing. After the workshop, I decided to continue using these dolls as my photographic models. They articulate well and I feel that I can bring them to life in one way or another, plus I have the added benefit of photobombing the shots using the LEGO Bricks as designer handbags.

Sarah Screams and Frankie Stein sharing designer handbag chatter

“Be Yourself, Be Unique, Be a Monster”

Inspired by the concept and visual appearance of these dolls. Shooting these non-Lego toys can perhaps diversifying my toy photography, allowing me to showcase another narrative. Plus I loved their slogan which was “Be Yourself, Be Unique, Be a Monster,” However, in 2016 Mattel changed it to “How Do You Boo?” I actually prefer the original, I thought it sent out a positive message to the audience it was aimed at, and a quote I tend to relate to. Be yourself, be unique!

Sarah Screams and Frankie Stein ready to leave

Is Monster High coming back in 2022

Next year, according to the official Monster High website, Mattle Inc and Nickelodeon have entered a ghoulish partnership ready to reboot the franchise. So we could be seeing Frankie Stein and a few friends heading back to Monster High in an animated series.

Sarah Screams and Frankie Stein photographic models

With the addition of a new Monster High friend on order, I can also see what I can create with dolls. Perhaps I can get the LEGO Land Rover Defender back out. I seem to think the perspective could work together perfectly.

The Rabbit Season

It’s that time of year when rabbit-hunting is permitted! As the the season workshop comes to an end again. Or is it Duck season? Rabbit-season typically runs from early November to late February, however some hunters wait and on this occasion, after Daffy has convinced Elmer that it is in fact rabbit season, he sets out to prove his argument.

In the Beginning

Julien

It all started with that looney crazy Tasmanian devil commonly known as Taz. Best known mostly for his grunts and growls, he had chosen to spin and bite back to the beginning of cartoon history.

That single line drawing depicting a desert oasis to try to convince you that this was going to be an easy task. However, he was beaten to the start by Speedy Gonzales, tempted by the smell of delicious wedges of cheese.

Chris

Speedy Gonzales was no ordinary mouse, he was the fastest mouse in all Mexico. No cheese was safe with him around as he would always get to it first.

Saying this, he was prepared to share his treasure with his dear friend Tweety-Pie. They had something in common, that pesky cat. Speedy would share the cheese as long as Tweety let him know when Sylvester was around. Often you would hear Tweety saying “I taut I taw a puddy cat!” this sometimes confused Speedy because it was usually a false alarm, that was until offered cheese.

James

Cheese was precious and the sustainable food for all mice. Yet, Daffy in his wisdom thought he was missing out. Although he was deflecting duck-season away from himself. He just couldn’t help want a piece of that delicious cheese. He chose his moment after hiding in a barrel that had previously been full of carrots.

The Hunt for Wabbits

Reisha

The hunting for rabbits caught the attention of Petunia Pig. The significant other to Porky Pig. She thought it would be a good idea to serve Rabbit up for Porky’s dinner, so she grabbed her blasters and went on her mission. Little did she know was that Bugs would be nowhere to be seen.

Jennifer

After a brief encounter with Marvin the Martian, they decided because Bugs Bunny was one of his long term enemies, they would both join in the search for the rabbit. Marvin had alternative ideas. He was bent on destroying Planet Earth, just because it blocked his view of the planet Venus.

Natasja

Marvin was certainly on another mission but he was pretending to search for rabbits. He came across Tweety-Pie. Tweety was concerned with his motives, she always thought him to be something of an earth enemy and wondered what his intentions really were.

Phil

Meanwhile, Lola Bunny was attending the local Space Jam games and about to score the winning shot, then from nowhere appeared Daffy. Was he trying to throw the game? Lola was Bugs Bunny’s girl and Daffy wanted her to tell him exactly where he was. No way was she going to spill his whereabouts and certainly not to the Duck.

A Desert Oasis

Jana

The hunt for the rabbit took Daffy to the most unusual places. The desert is a hot and humid place. Home too many Looney Tunes, and the desert can really play on your mind. It can make you see things that really aren’t there. This illusion makes Daffy see Petunia pig looking out of her window. If she couldn’t get the rabbit was she going for the duck?

Bev

After Daffy realises the heat has got to him, he stands still, realising he is lost and now he thinks he is going Looney. As the haze disappears, Daffy sees the martian. He has met him before and knows that this martian is hostile.

Having landed on Earth, Marvin is aware of all the signs revealing its Rabbit Season, but he remembers the trick Daffy played on him and he has not forgotten. he also knows it’s really duck season. Put into a difficult situation, Daffy tells him he knows where Bugs is, mumbling “Youuu’re deththpicable!” as they go off hunting.

Sacha

Tweety overhears the conversation that Daffy is having with Marvin. ” In order to hide Bugs Bunny from Marvin the martian and keep him safe. Tweety decides to use her hammer to help knock him under the sand. As Bugs disappears, he emerges into a dream or even a nightmare.

Is it a Dream or Nightmare

Boris

Carrots loads of carrots, more carrots than any cartoon could ever bestow. However, when Bugs found them, they had been eaten and just the stalks left behind, “Eh, What’s up Doc?” Standing there was Daffy holding a sign suggesting to Bugs that it was indeed Rabbit season. Bugs knew it really wasn’t that time of year as he had already dealt with the farmer and managed to escape.

This really was a nightmare, he never would have believed Daffy would do this to him. He was his best friend but then again, he could be his worst enemy. Only one who could sort this out was Road Runner. Road runner could always escape the clutches of the continuous efforts of a coyote and this help could really get Bugs out of the situation about to unfold.

Karine

And yet the show must go on. Taz thinks he can catch the rabbit by throwing carrots in all directions. What Taz doesn’t realise, is when he stops spinning, he is actually spotted and Tweety could see what he is up to.

David

In order to distract Taz, and to be honest not be eaten. Tweety crushes the carrots and tells Taz this is the way to catch the rabbit. She had an alternative motive thou, she knew Sylvester would never go near her if Taz was around. She found safety in his company even though he was the most unpredictable character she could befriend.

Maelick

Daffy was having none of it. He was adamant it was rabbit season and not duck season. Then in all the commotion, a volcanic eruption exploded (meep, meep) Road Runner ran after daffy to get to a safe place. Even though they were facing danger, Daffy wasn’t letting his argument go. And to this day, do you think Bugs Bunny was found during the rabbit season?

That’s all Folks!

Boris

For now stay Looney stay Toony and That’s All Folks! or is it all?

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