The LEGO® Group and Das Auto did it again. Another cult vehicle will make it into the car collection of AFOLs around the world with the reveal of the latest version of the ubiquitous LEGO Volkswagen T2 Camper Van. Yep. Complete with pop-top roof with a tent.
Ready for summer road trip adventures and photo shoots alike.

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Last Year

Let’s travel back in time. Not too far, just about a year. Back then the pandemic was already a thing. Many people had left their offices to work from home. Events had been cancelled or, where possible, transferred into the digital dimension. So had last year’s Recognized LEGO Fan Media days, too. To me attending meetings from home was rather new. And yes, a little bit exhausting as well. Until then I was used to talking to people live, face to face, you know, physical. Towards the end of the event a new set was officially introduced to the AFOL world. It was a pretty green one.

Green Is Good

I am well aware that the colour green has different meanings in different languages. Some may still be similar. I’m sure that eating your greens is something healthy across all borders. And a green consciousness is undoubtedly good for our planet. And then there is something green that people are still discussing about, with no end to it in sight. What I’m thinking of here is the LEGO® Technic™ Lamborghini Sián FKP 37. Some will say it’s the model of a green car. Others may refer to it as the fifty shades of green.

Green And Beautiful

I won’t make a statement about who’s wrong or who’s right in this discussion. I’d like to take a look at the model itself (beautiful) and share with you a slightly different view at this model instead.

Just moments after the official reveal of the set had ended that Friday afternoon last year in May, my doorbell rang. Upon opening the door I looked in the face of a mailman who happily handed over a package from Billund! I instantly opened it and found something very green and beautiful. I had just received a copy of the set to shoot some images for TLG to be used on their social media platforms.

Building Green

I instantly started building. I don’t EXACTLY remember but I think I had finished the LEGO Lamborghini by Sunday evening. It was a rather challenging build (being in a rush so that I could take it for a spin and a photoshoot or two). Here are the images that were shared with LEGO:

A strange building? Welcome to Hamburg!
This car is set to turn the world upside down.
Coffee break with a panoramic view.
A kitty cat is staring with green eyes at the green Taurus…
Spread your wings- but don’t fly!

As is with most expensive sportscars, this one made for some great getaways over the summer. When autumn came, I parked it in my garage and hid it away from autumn and winter. Now, sitting here at 25 degrees Celsius again, I can’t help but thinking it’s about time to bring the Taurus back outside for more spins and photos.

Out and about with a member of the LamborghiniOwnersClub.

Green And Challenging

But before I do I’d like to highly recommend the LEGO® Technic™ Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 explicitly to all toy photographers out there. Yes, I know, it’s a Technic set. And yes, I’m also aware that this is not really cheap. And I also agree that this is a big beast to carry around to your next photo location. Still it is a model that holds a lot of fun.

I do believe that it’s a perfect set to challenge yourself to overcome some reservations you may have:

Shooting Technic can’t result in an aesthetic image. (Really?)

It will only attract the attention of people. (It surely will. There’s nothing wrong about it.)

I will completely have to leave my comfort zone. (Do it! That experience is priceless.)

Maybe you want to let some of the images sink in. And in case you’d take up the challenge, please do let me know and share your experiences with it, will you?

Post Scriptum:

Just one day after I had written this article, TLG came knocking with some great news. As with the 42083 Bugatti Chiron, they again built a life-sized LEGO model. This time a very green one… Even if this time it is a non-driveable version, it still is incredibly beautiful in my opinion. Have a look here and decide for yourself.

Post Post Scriptum:
This link to the LEGO store is an affiliate link, and in the unlikely event you are completely new to LEGO and we introduced you here first to the LEGO store and you end up buying this awesome green car we may get a little kickback that
goes completely back into the operations of this side. And you would be the first.

And Post Post Post Scriptum (because we cannot get enough of these smaller footprints): If you also cannot get enough of this green beauty than jump into our photo archive and enjoy my full-screen images or Boris´ take on the Sian in Stockholm. No cookies attached.

Twenty Years of UCS

An Easter Surprise For YOUR Coffeetable?

About twenty years ago The LEGO Group decided to sign a licensing agreement with Lucasfilm to produce sets based on the Star Wars saga. Shortly after the official announcement LEGO started a new series called Ultimate Collector’s Series. Last year author Rafael López from Spain published a book to celebrate the first twenty years of said series.

Describing this book with few words isn’t an easy task. The U2-CB Ultimate UCS Collector’s Book, Unofficial Guide is far more than just another fan book. It is more than a list of sets that have appeared under the name UCS so far. And no, on its 236 pages it doesn’t only contain SW material…

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From Us To You

Dear All

A most interesting year is coming to an end. It has been extraordinary in many ways. To some, it was a very busy year. Most everyone will have had to change their plans more than once. Others may say it has been a slowed down year with a low pace, less work (or none), and way too much social distance. We are all hoping for twenty-one to come along with more safety, more health, and more freedom than twenty did.

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Speed Champions – A Status Quo

Good-bye 20, Hello 21

While writing this we are in December of the year 2020. Many people can hardly wait for this year to end. That is for different reasons. Every human has in one way or another been affected by the pandemic.  Wishes for this year to end are often strongly connected to hopes for a better 2021, with fewer restrictions in everyday life and at best no more curfews. Others may feel that they can’t wait to find out what the next year brings along. As we’re aiming to mainly focus on toy photography and LEGO here, let’s take a closer look at one specific theme: Speed Champions.

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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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Laughing desired

But Wait

Oh my, this isn’t what we had in mind when we greeted the new year roughly six months ago, right? I guess it’s safe to say that we all had different plans for twenty-twenty. Plans of travelling, of meeting old friends and new ones. Instead life threw some event cards our ways. Here, take Covid-19. Here, deal with a lockdown. And hey, let’s not forget about the climate either, let’s change that, too.

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Notes From The Road- A Reminder

My oh my, so many new LEGO sets and awesomness has been released recently or is just about to. 

Got A Camera Close At Hand?

Two weeks ago we told you of our first hands keys-on of the new 10271 Creator Expert FIAT nuova 500, remember? We told you how much we fell in love. And we also told you that we´re giving away two copies of this yellow Italian marvel of engineering art straight from Billund. 

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