Happy Birthday, Ninjago!

Happy Birthday, Ninjago

Our good friends at the LEGO Group called upon all masters, young and old, of Spinjitzu to celebrate 10 years of LEGO® NINJAGO® with the launch of the awesome Ninjago City Gardens, some exciting collaborations, and a nostalgic look back at some of the theme’s key milestones.

We got to shoot some epic imagery for this.
And we are giving away two exclusive toy photography NINJAGO prints.

But first some history

In 2011, the LEGO NINJAGO journey started and changed the lives of children and AFOLs all over the world. Today, we celebrate the ten years of this epic range of Ninjas that continue to inspire children of all ages and build epic scenes while developing their ninja skills (and some of us their photography skills).

Many of us have explored NINJAGO over the years. Master Wu and the ninja Kai, Lloyd, Zane, Nya, Jay, and Cole have taught some of us how to catch their skills in action on the digital canvas. Or eat cornflakes .

Some of us may not agree with Master Wu when he states “There comes a time when we all must grow up. When that time comes, it’s important not to forget the lessons of our childhood. Because our childhood is the greatest training ground one will ever have.” But we all do enjoy some Ninja wisdom.

Go visit the LEGO anniversary website…

Maëlick and I had the great pleasure to shoot the Gardens over Xmas. Now, some of our work is featured on the anniversary website of 10 years Ninjago over at LEGO. We are super stoked to be part of this anniversary party and want to wish the full Ninjago team another 10 years ahead of them.

You can see all the images on the LEGO site first!

In order to celebrate the 10th anniversary we will be getting 11 new LEGACY Ninjago sets on the shelves throughout 2021. February 1st sees the launch of the exclusive three-level LEGO NINJAGO City Gardens set.
A true tribute to a decade of NINJAGO and a massive fun build. Trust us. We loved it.

The set showcases some of the main moments of the TV series, giving fans of all ages the opportunity to relive the show through a building experience and toy photographers a headache to shoot.

On www.LEGO.com/ninjago10anniversary there will be anniversary content telling the story of LEGO NINJAGO through the years and showcasing amazing fan-created content including fan art, awesome builds, and indeed some awesome toy photography.

The LEGO House will also mark the occasion by hosting an in-depth exhibition celebrating ten years of NINJAGO fandom.

How super NINJAGO is all of this?

And in order to celebrate this even more, we are giving an exclusive Ninjago toy photography print away to one true Ninjago fan.
Just leave a comment here or on any of our SoMe channels.
Tell us to whom you want to give this exclusive print (it could be yourself) and why.
Our innocent Master Wu will announce the lucky Ninja on February 7th.

BTS Coming

And don’t worry, we will have a post a little bit later about the behind the scenes and the challenges such a big set may give you to shoot both in and outside. But first … NINJAGO!

PPS. The Fine Print.

We included some official LEGO referral links for the very first time, which means that in the unlikely event you are reading it here first, click on the link, and happen to buy the Gardens the SiP crew will get a tiny kickback. Which we will use to keep this site completly add free and continue to bring awesome toy photography. Wanna buy the Gardens directly and support us right away then click here, just being honest.

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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Celebrating 4 years of LEGO Pirate Photography with the Pirates of Barracuda Bay

Today is a special day.
The new LEGO Ideas set, the Pirates of Barracuda Bay, is publicly revealed.

But Sunday, I noticed it’s even more special to me.

For the past 10 days, I’ve been playing with the new Pirates of Barracuda Bay LEGO Ideas set, taking pictures for LEGO. All this in secret. This has been a very special project for me as I have a special relationship with pirates.

And today, on the day I can finally talk about it, it also appears it is the 4th anniversary of one of my favorite photos. The One that changed everything.

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Better Run… Or Get Your Camera Out

The News Is Out

Today the LEGO Group announced some great news for all fans of Jurassic Park AND for toy photographers. Whether you’re into dinosaurs or not, this set will probably be a gem if you like to spend your time taking pics of toys.

The Set

The new set to come, 75936 Jurassic Park: T. rex Rampage,  will not only consist of a fantastic model of a beautiful dinosaur as the Dino will be  accompanied by a giant gate and six minifigures (three of them brand new). Additionally, the gate will be framed by a wall. If you turn this around there will be six rooms that were inspired by movie scenes. That sounds like a whole lotta fun!

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Happy Birthday, Mickey

It is raining birthday parties. Last week we had Barbie turning sixty. DUPLO turned fifty only a week or two before. And believe it or not, it only feels like yesterday when the Minifigure turned forty.
And here we are again.
The iconic mouse from Walt Disney is turning 90th this year.
Happy Birthday, Mickey!
And to celebrate this the LEGO Ideas Team released 21317 Steamboat Willie ahead of schedule (as it was only announced a few weeks ago).

Steamboat Willie

Mickey Mouse made his screen debut in a 1928 black-and-white animated short film called ‘Steamboat Willie’, which was also the first Disney film to have synchronized sound.

Moving Steampipes Ahoy …

This LEGO brick version of the S.S. Willie features steam pipes that move up and down and paddle wheels that rotate when the boat is pushed along and is a really creative and colorful build as we could explore ourselves. And a true tribute to the original movie (which you can see below)

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FFOL

Today is International Women’s Day. And we don’t have one but two posts to celebrate this. Our friends from the HispaBrick Magazine have worked hard to celebrate today with a special themed issue. An issue dedicated to this celebration around the globe. HispaBrick Magazine 032 celebrates the Female Fan of LEGO (FFOL) in many different ways.

The theme for International Women’s Day 2019 is #BalanceForBetter. To promote this theme the HispaBrick crew have invited Regina Mateos Rodilla to write an editorial as well as an article about what being a fan of LEGO means to her.
Today’s edition also includes interviews with female builders like Sachiko Akinaga, Mariann Asanuma, Alice Finch and Jessica Farrell. Our own Karine aka Eat My Bones did an interview with toy photographers @by_a.n.n.a and @lady_brick.

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Welcome to the Apocalypse

LEGO does it again and turns January into a collectors month of awesome pieces. First we had the classic gas station. And now we get the Apocalypse Burg which is the feature model of The LEGO Movie 2. The movie which will be released on February 8th in most parts of the world. If you don’t want any further spoilers then do not read on, as we will reveal some of the characters which will give away some of the movie plots. That said, the set already was leaked in various social media, and so it may sound as old news to some of us.

If you want to see the full set ahead of the movie, do read on …