Stuck in Plastic at the Hermitage

The SiP Knights Crew

Last Saturday (June 5th) it was finally time … All museums were allowed to open their Doors again after being closed for a long time due to the COVID-19. So is the Hermitage who is located in Amsterdam.

Let’s Start at the Beginning

During December 2020, I received a message from Boris. He had noticed that there was a LEGO contest at the Hermitage in Amsterdam. LEGO builders were invited to become a part of an exhibition. The museum was calling for submissions of photos of LEGO structures depicting “mighty castles, knightly scenes and fantasy characters.

Anyone could have submitted a design. And a professional jury then selected the three best work from each category.

The Winners Creations

The nine winning creations were given a place of honor for three months scheduled for 2021. The new year exhibition is based on the Romanovs under the spell of the knights, on the knights balcony. The exhibition at the Hermitage, tells the story about the tsars and knights. On display are more than 250 objects from the collection of medieval art that were previously in the Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg. And now can be seen until the summer of 2021 in Amsterdam. So the LEGO contest fits perfectly with this exhibition.

In Conversation

Boris and I talked about how it might be nice if we could also contribute through our creative toy photography. So I contacted the Hermitage and that’s how I ended up contacting Madeline.

I explained to her, that it would be fun to contribute providing 8 pictures from our Stuck in Plastic crew. Fortunately, she also thought it was a great idea. And a collaboration was established.

In February, The Hermitage Amsterdam announced the names of the winners of the major LEGO building competition. But restrictions meant that we had to wait to see the exhibition until they could open again.

The Open Day is Finally here!

Now it was June 5th, this was the day the exhibition could open to the public.

Having been invited last weekend to attend the opening of The Art of the Brick exhibition with all the LEGOMASTERS from season 1 & 2. And staying in a wonderful hotel in the heart of Amsterdam, I contacted Madeline to see if I could come by for a sneak peek on Saturday. To not only admire the winning builds, but to see our Stuck in Plastic photographs on display. And of course she said that I could!

On Display, by the Stuck in Plastic Crew

We had a wonderful time creating these and we are so happy to see them included in the exhibition. We would like to thank Madeline for all her help making this possible. The Hermitage exhibition is currently open and if you are in Amsterdam, then pop in and admire the wonderful displays and of course check out our photographs.

Photo by Chris
Photo by Maelick
Photo by Julien
Photo by Beverley
Photo by Stefan
Photo by Karine
Photo by Boris
Photo by Natasja

After my visit we can tell you that the story suggests They Lived Happily Ever After …

The End.

The LEGO Colosseum

I can tell you I was really surprised when I got the notification that I was receiving a package from LEGO with a weight of 12+ kg.

12+kg? What would that be???

So after a morning at work, I rushed home and gladly I was on time… and there it was a huge package!!!
I was thrilled to open it!!

So when I opened it… I couldn’t believe my eyes and I could only say WAUW…WAUW…WAUW!!!

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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.

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It is LEGO MASTERS time

I never thought that when Evelien asked me to participate in this program but we are already watching episode 3 again tonight!

Yep. That is me and Evelien.

LEGO MASTERS it is.

It is really unreal and very exciting to see ourselves again!
In this difficult time that we all have to stay indoors, LEGO MASTERS is the best “outing” at the moment.
At home here too, we eagerly look forward to Saturday evenings.
Even though I have told them small pieces, the four of us are mesmerized watching LEGO MASTERS as we sit on the couch.
And one of my sons has been shouting for a few days now … “I’m so curious about Saturday Mom”.

It is Saturday evening … LEGO MASTERS time …

Speaking for myself (and I think for Evelien too), this was a very big adventure for both of us… also because we knew each other only from Instagram before the program.
So during the recordings, we had to manage certain things.
Evelien and I are very different and both have our own opinion and our uncertainty but I think we have found a good middle ground and a super friendship has emerged from it.

Banana

We also had a code word: “banana” for when one of us felt angry, sad or just didn’t know it anymore. Then the other person know that the other one needed some “me” time alone so that there would be no friction or saying things that we might regret later.
Hahahaha “banana” has become a thing in episode 1.

Bananas …


All in all a great time together.
We sometimes shout “why do you live in Zwolle and I in Zeeland?”

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The Wonderful World Of LEGO Dots

I was happily surprised when I opened the LEGO mystery box.
There they were…
The new jewelry line (bracelets) and crafty DIY projects from LEGO named “DOTS”.

The bracelets first.

There were 4 bracelets in my mystery box:

All the bracelet sets have 33 pcs.
And if you have them all you can combine them all together.
It is LEGO after all.
Each bracelet has a length of 20 cm and for my wrist (I measured it tightly….17cm) it fits well.
So this set for sure fits for AFOLs as well.

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The new LEGO DC Collectible Minifigures

For my first blog post as part of the SiP crew, I decided to write a review of the new LEGO Collectible Minifigures of DC characters.

Mister Miracle

Mister Miracle is a fictional SuperHero and his alter ego is Scott Free.

He first appeared in Mister Miracle #1 (April 1971) and was created by Jack Kirby.

This superhero had various Abilities like: Immortality, Super Escape Artist, Master hand-to-hand combatant and he is a Genius Inventor.

This minifigure comes with a few accessories like a green cape ( my bag had 2) handcuffs and a large chain.

The green colors of the suit, the hands, and the cape match perfectly.

Mister Miracle comes with one face printed.

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F•R•I•E•N•D•S

Our Friends at Central Perk.

For those who don’t know what the television series Friends is all about ….. (which I can hardly imagine), here is a quick intro:

The series revolves around a group of six friends: Rachel Green, Ross Geller, Monica Geller, Chandler Bing, Joey Tribbiani and Phoebe Buffay. They are all in their twenties and they live and work in Manhattan, New York in the nineties (there were 10 seasons with the first one released in 1994) .
The ups and downs of the characters take place in their apartments and Central Perk, a coffee house around the corner.

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75810 The Upside Down – A Review

Something Strange This Way Comes

Boom! The rumours could be heard here and there- and recently all over the place. Last night rumours became reality, when the new LEGO set 75810 The Upside Down was released exclusively in London´s Leicester Square LEGO store with a release event. Time for us to have a closer look at the set and the story it tells.

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