Spread your wings and fly away

Choosing one figure from this new Collectible Minifigures Series is really hard. Once again I’m very tempted of getting all of them. When asked which one I’d like to review, I thought about which one would better fit the Finnish landscapes surrounding me: forests and lakes. There were three possible choices: the Elf, the Dwarf and the Butterfly Girl. From those three my favorite is without a doubt the Butterfly Girl.

But good timing allowed me to actually take my first photos of the Butterfly Girl in a slightly different environment. Probably the most beautiful I’ve personally been given to see: Northern Norway. I headed there for a four-day weekend road trip, without any specific plan other than hoping the location would inspire me some kind of story.

The Story

Aria was living on a quiet island. She was spending a lot of time on the beach, daydreaming about the world. She wished she could go to the mountains on the other side of the sea. But the sea was too dangerous to be sailed.
Someday a fairy came to the beach and gave her a great gift…
…Which allowed her to finally leave her island to explore the wilderness.

The Figure

One of the best things about this figure is all the printed parts. Not only do we have some unique, and extremely cute, prints for the face, the hair and the chest pieces, but even the legs are printed for the shoes. I think this is a very nice addition from LEGO because they could have used the regular non-printed pink legs and the figure would still be a great one. But this additional detail really adds some nice contrast to the figure.

Now it obviously wouldn’t be honest to just mention the prints on the minifigure itself. What I was actually interested in was to reuse those majestic butterfly wings on another figure…

Here comes Butterfly Squid!

Do you also have plans about reusing these wings on specific minifigures?

Let me know.

Reiterlied.

Bunny it is.

I love LEGO animals.
I love them.
I love them because they are some kind of minifigures, yet completely different. I like how the designers at LEGO creatively give life to the animal kingdom making them fit perfectly with the brick world.
Every year I look forward to new sets or new minifigures series to see if LEGO has introduced some new mold, so you can imagine how excited I was when the new series of collectible minifigures number 17 was revealed.

Not just one, but two new animals! Two!

A bulldog and a white bunny.
Wait … A BUNNY!
A tender and fluffy bunny! Continue reading “Bunny it is.”

Marcel, a Parisian in Paris

Marcel is a Parisian.

He is a lover of good food, good wine and good art. He is a connoisseur of some sort. And, being 4 brick tall, he likes to wander around his own city: Paris, the city of lights.

Always carrying a baguette, he walks around with his small dog, a French Bulldog (of course). He wears a marinière (a striped shirt), a beret on his head, and a small red scarf around his neck.

Marcel, a Parisian in Paris

Marcel likes his city. He often starts his day at a café. His favourite one is “Le café des 2 moulins”. That’s where the movie Amélie (or Le Fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain, in French) was shot. A charming place. 

‘Can I get a coffee with my croissant?’ / ‘Are you sure you don’t want some grape juice?’

After a coffee and a croissant, he stopped by a “boulangerie” (bakery) to buy a baguette for the day. Leaving Montmartre (that’s where he lives), he passed by the Moulin Rouge and jumped inside a “Metro” (the subway). Continue reading “Marcel, a Parisian in Paris”

Memories of the future

Memories, they are a funny old thing. Some are etched on our mind, ready to be recalled seemingly at will, like those once in a lifetime events, our favorite holiday or heady moments of our youth. Yet, there are so many things that we do every day that are inconsequential, which often we do not dwell upon at all, only until something comes along that creates the right spark.

Retro Spaceman; saving the world, mostly at weekends

That is what happened to me when I first saw the Series 17 Retro Spaceman, which once I saw him made me think of something that I had not thought about for a long time; Home. But not a recent Home, he transported me back nearly forty years to those cold, dark winter evenings watching old black and white series like King of the Rocket Men that ran after the children’s shows had ended, which I would watch on the sitting room carpet, surrounded by either diecast cars or Lego. Not something that I had thought about for a long time, and clearly a reminder that everything that we have done must be recorded in our noggins somewhere. Continue reading “Memories of the future”

A little Easter baking

Hot-cross buns!
Hot-cross buns!
One a penny, two a penny,
Hot-cross buns!
If you have no daughters,
Give them to your sons;
One a penny, two a penny,
Hot-cross buns!
– traditional English nursery rhyme, credited to ‘Mother Goose’

Happy Easter everyone! It’s Good Friday here in the UK, which means just one thing in my house – hot-cross buns! It’s always a baking day for me, and the series 17 gourmet chef arrived just in time to help whip up a batch of buns for us to enjoy!

Whisks out everyone!

For a professional, she’s a pretty messy baker. Flour took over the whole kitchen (along with the heavenly smell of oranges and mixed spice!) Continue reading “A little Easter baking”

There´s A New Chef In Town

Oh boy, the release of a new generation of collectible minifigures is almost in sight. Almost, as most of us will have to wait until May to be getting their hands on the long awaited pieces of plastic. In order to pass the time we asked some of you to photograph a very first wave of the new buddies and to write down their thoughts about them. Today we’re starting our preview with the first of fifteen (and one mystery) new characters from the Lego universe. Stay tuned as more previews are coming in shortly. Continue reading “There´s A New Chef In Town”

Review 21034 – London here we come !

When LEGO asked us a while back if we were interested in reviewing The LEGO Architecture London Great Britain Set not everyone in our little creative collective jumped up and down to volunteer to review this skyline. When we accept a set for review, we have the unwritten rule we need to come up with a creative image. It is not so much about the unboxing or the actually build (they are great fun too), it is about taking the set to the next level. Make it our own. Take it for a spin, and come back with an image. A creative image.

I have a few LEGO Architecture sets in my little studio and used them before in some shots, so I was curious what I could come up with and said yes to the challenge.

Just a couple of days later, a friendly postman left a package behind with the classic LEGO logo on the outside, and I could not wait to unpack this beauty and see what I could come up with.

Shorty was curious at first when we started the unboxing …

A beautiful black box was revealed and the depth of the photographic challenge became instantly clear to me. Continue reading “Review 21034 – London here we come !”

Designing Weird, a review of set 75154: TIE Striker

In science fiction science is, well, fiction: the laws of physics can be put aside and substitute them with whatever fits the story. In Star Wars this means, among other things, spaceships with atmospheric flight dynamics in the vacuum of space. The X-wings fly like Spitfires, even the explosions spew flames and debris in the direction of airflow – which does not exist in space. Continue reading “Designing Weird, a review of set 75154: TIE Striker”