Imaginations from the other side

As part of SiPgoesTT, our last movie genre of the year is fantasy.

Fantasy as a movie genre comes from the same genre in literature. It strongly relates to our previous two movie genres: science fiction and horror. The similarity lies in all of them being speculative fiction. The main difference is that fantasy uses myths and folklore as its main source of inspiration. However, it’s not uncommon for the border between them to be blurry with genres such as science fantasy (e.g. Star Wars), steampunk, and dark fantasy (which would include many of the movies listed below).

The Influence of Fantasy

Alongside Adventure, Fantasy is undoubtedly the genre that has had the most influence on my own photography. Do I even need to say more when my most photographed subjects are Elves and Dragons?

But beyond the toys I chose to photograph, I’ve always had a much deeper relationship with Fantasy as a genre throughout my life. Particularly as a teenager. Not only because of movies: fantasy also influenced me heavily through literature, video game, and even music.

As for movies, some of my oldest childhood memories are of the fantasy genre. The Neverending Story, Hook, Insektors, Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Last Unicorn, Dragonheart, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, or Legend. (And I guess I should also list a few Disney movies here such as Fantasia, Aladdin, The Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, The Sleeping Beauty, The Sword in the Stone, The Little Mermaid, or Pete’s Dragon…)

My love for dragons goes back to my childhood with movies like Pete’s Dragon, The Neverending Story, and of course Dragonheart, which I still consider as the best dragon movie ever made.

Peter Jackson and the Lord of the Rings

Fantasy often aims at showing something surreal and making the unreal believable. Thus, technical aspects are often essential in making a fantasy movie successful. Take IMDB’s list of best fantasy movies, and you will find on top the Lord of the Rings.

It’s no surprise considering how revolutionary were the special effects used for The Lord of the Rings.

I think the success of Peter Jackson’s trilogy partly lies in a good balance between practical and digital effects. (And of course, it also happens to be the film adaptation of the most influential piece of fantasy literature…)

Despite all the advances since then, I find the trilogy has visually aged much better than many other contemporary movies. This is particularly striking in comparison to movies from directors who decided to rely exclusively on digital effects.

More generally, The Lord of the Rings was the very first movie I paid attention to the cinematography as a teenager. I find Peter Jackson’s cinematography very inspiring and love his use of wide-angle lenses or various camera angles.

This photo, which was the topic of one of my recent blog posts, is directly inspired by the cinematography of The Lord of the Ring. Can you guess which character(s)/scene(s)/shot(s)?

Old and new

There has been tremendous progress with CGI that now allows creating almost anything. However, I think many fantasy movies from the 2000s have often relied too much on CGI. This often leads to a very polished look that 10 years later feels incredibly fake to me.

I think the 80s (and early 90s) were some kind of golden age for the fantasy genre. Because of the lack (or limitations) of digital effects, directors had to heavily rely on practical effects. This creates a very raw aesthetic that deeply contrasts with modern movies.

While certain things are near impossible to create with practical effects, practical effects make things appear more real in the long term. Practical effects might not be always the most realistic, but they feel real and don’t age as fast as CGI. A puppet on screen will still look as real in 50 years as it does now. The same can’t be said of CGI.

I find that the raw aesthetics of The Neverending Story still makes a far more believable world and story almost 40 years later than the artificial aesthetics of something like Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland does 10 years after its release.

Talking about The Neverending Story, I always found there was something of Falcor in the LEGO Elves Dragon Queen…

I don’t think it’s possible (or necessary) to completely avoid digital effects. Still, I find that the (modern/recent) fantasy movies I appreciate most are often those that manage to balance the use of digital and practical effects. One good example of such good balance is Netflix’s prequel series to the Dark Crystal.

The Dark Crystal and other Netflix series

The Dark Crystal Age of Resistance came out of nowhere for me last year. I only learned about it a few days before its release.

While the Dark Crystal isn’t necessarily my favorite fantasy movie from the 80s era (that title would go to the Neverending Story), I’ve always loved Jim Henson’s work. (And as I’m writing this, I’m waiting impatiently for my Sesame Street set to arrive…)

When I saw the trailer, I couldn’t believe it… There was going to be a 10-hour long fantasy show with muppets puppets. As a toy photographer, it’s the perfect material for inspiration. (After all, isn’t puppetry the closest art form to toy photography?)

Since its release, I’ve been in awe with the series… So of course, I couldn’t resist buying some figures last year. I’ve wanted to write about it since then but never did.

A significant part of my inspiration for the past two years has come from a few Netflix fantasy series, such as the Dragon Prince or Guillermo Del Toro’s Trollhunters. But by relying on old-school techniques enhanced with modern digital imagery, The Dark Crystal stands above. It’s like that perfect mix between old and new.

My only disappointment with the series is that it ends on a cliffhanger… and that there won’t be a second season. (And also the poor quality of those Funko figures!)

Deets is still trying to cope with Netflix’s unfortunate decision…

SiPgoesTT and Fantasy

Want to join this month? Be sure to show us your favorite fantasy movie by making a photo inspired by it! And of course, don’t forget to tag your photos on social media with #SiPgoesTT and #SiPgoesTT_Fantasy

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!!!

(A little note: I like the new design of the boxes with the bricks and black. I saw it also on the new Sesame Street set!!)

I used Benny to show how big the box is
You can see the four smaller boxes inside

Well back to the colosseum… the package looks very luxurious and classy.

When I opened the big box… there were four boxes inside it.

So four stages to build this wonderful Colosseum.

The Build

So I started with box 1.

Wauw… so many parts in it… and a beautiful instruction book.

So let’s start… I like the technical building parts for the bottom… so nice to use these technics so you get a solid substrate.

By using this technic you won’t make it heavy.

Building the first box was fun!

Opening the second box was again a little surprise feeling… so curious what’s about to be built next.

In the second box, there was also an instruction book… Leafing through the instruction, you can see beautiful photos from the amphitheater from how we know it looks like nowadays. And awesome stories by the designers! I’ve never been to Rome, only to Verona…. and that was amazing too!

Building the second part was sometimes a struggle with the plates. While building the bottom of the middle section of the ruins, the salmon 2×4 plates came loose in the middle. Maybe I pushed too hard but I had the two plates replaced for the gray ones

I thought I should replace them now when I could still turn the platter… at box four that would be more difficult.

After that I could start building the front, the lower part of the build. 

I don’t know if you all have a system for looking for the parts, but when I open a bag I’m sorting every part together on color (this time it wasn’t hard to sort the colors ;-) 

It is then much easier to search than having all the parts in one container together.

Well, building the second box was a lot of the same but Awesome to see the technic for building every section.

It’s very nice that you can see through the arches.

The structure of box two was already taking shape! And yes it was a lot like the same but I liked it!!

And then we have the third box (and a part of the fourth box)… I think that was my favorite part to build. Also there was an instruction book included with information.

It is the higher part of the build and every section was different to build and that was so nice.

There are so many details in it like the rollerskate part that was used to make the columns!! 

The result after the third box was stunning… now the building is coming to life.

I always feel a little bit sad when opening the fourth box. Just like reading the last pages of a book… the story is gonna end and actually, you want to postpone it as long as possible because you want the story to go on! ;-)

Well, my mind needed a reset because all the time we build with a view of the left side of the sections and now I had to build it with a view on the right side of the sections.

Maybe it’s me but that took some switching hahahhaha.

I also loved the finishing touch with the parts on the front of the building and with the olive trees and little Fiat cars.

The Final Model 

Again WAUW….WAUW…WAUW! What an outstanding build with so many beautiful details… I loved to build it and I will recommend it to everyone… There is only one thing: I need to buy a new dressoir to display it! ;-)

The price of this fantastic build is €499,-

Here are some specifications which I have taken over from the lego.com page.

Bring to life your own brick-built model of the mighty Colosseum with this engaging and rewarding LEGO® Colosseum (10276) model kit for adults.

With an astounding 9,036 pieces, this Colosseum model is the biggest LEGO® set ever (as at November 2020), providing hours of relaxation for adults who love building sets.

This Colosseum architecture model measures over 10.5” (27cm) high, 20.5” (52cm) wide and 23.5” (59cm) deep. With 9,036 pieces it’s one of the biggest LEGO® sets in the world, but is easy to lift and turn.

Hope you enjoyed my review!!

Hugs Natasja

My Science Fiction Favourite

After last month’s scary movie theme, it’ s finally arrived.. sci fi ! By far my favourite of all the movie genres.

The Crossing over of Genres

Science fiction, often called “sci-fi”, is a genre of fiction literature where the content of imagination can be explored based on science.

The choice is endless with a lifetime of favourites. So many sci-fi classics ‘criss-cross’ several genres, it’s sometimes hard to nail down the specifics. Take Alien for example, is it sci-fi or horror? Or Blade Runner, is it sci-fi or film noir?

Alien Chase

Check out this definition

According to Wikipedia “Science fiction (or sci-fi) is a film genre that uses speculative, fictional, science-based depictions of phenomena that are not fully accepted by mainstream science, such as extraterrestrial lifeforms, alien worlds, extrasensory perception and time travel, along with futuristic elements such as spacecraft, robots, cyborgs, interstellar travel or other technologies. Science fiction films have often been used to focus on political or social issues, and to explore philosophical issues like the human condition.”

Star Wars

All of which sounds a lot like the big one…
Star Wars!
Star Wars is ‘technically’ an action-adventure fantasy film series, and perhaps it needs its own genre: science fantasy. For me, it will always be connected to the sci-fi world and is by far my biggest influence in toy photography. I couldn’t miss this opportunity to share some of my favourite Star Wars-themed shots.

And I thought they smelled bad…on the outside!

In conclusion, science fiction is a genre of imagination, innovation, and full of possibilities for the future of mankind and the universe in a way that is not only realistic but imaginative.

What’s your favourite sci-fi film? Let’s see what shots you can come up with this month. Don’t forget to tag your images with #sipgoestt_scifi and #sipgoestt

Ghostbusters ECTO-1

Hot off the press, the news is officially out and the Stuck in Plastic team were lucky enough to get their hands on an amazing new set.
Chris and Julien took it out for a spin and here’s a sneak peak of a couple of shots they created ahead of the release.

Be sure to keep an eye out for the rest of their images coming soon.

Ahead of the release of the hotly anticipated Ghostbusters: Afterlife film launching in 2021, the LEGO Group have announced the largest and most detailed LEGO brick recreation of one of the most iconic cars from the silver screen, the Ghostbusters ECTO-1.

This buildable version of the classic car is sure to delight Ghostbusters and LEGO brick fans alike, crammed full of authentic details from the iconic converted 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor ambulance which is sure to bring a retro feel to any LEGO brick car collection. This highly detailed set includes a range of tools and features needed by any Ghostbuster to track and catch ghoulish enemies.

The LEGO Ghostbusters ECTO-1 is perfect for film fans that want to build their very own piece of the new Ghostbusters: Afterlife movie. With a moving ghost sniffer activated by the wheels, an extendable rear gunner seat, working steering wheel and a whole host of other paranormal detection equipment on the detailed roof rack, the set ensures you’re ready for any ghost finding mission. The car also would not be complete without printed versions of the Ghostbusters logo adorning the car doors making this the ultimate gift for Ghostbusters fans and movie car enthusiasts.

The new LEGO Ghostbusters ECTO-1 is the most detailed LEGO brick recreation of the car ever produced and is the latest in a collection of film-based LEGO model building kits for adults who love building to relax and escape from the stresses of life. This set features two brand new LEGO brick elements including a new 6x14x curved windscreen and a new 5 module steering wheel.

Talking about the creation of the LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1, the sets LEGO designer, Michael Psiaki said “I love creating LEGO vehicles and having previously designed the LEGO James Bond Aston Martin DB5, I loved the challenge of working on the ECTO-1. This is the largest and most detailed version of this car that we have ever created, It is crammed full of authentic features and easter eggs, that I’m excited for builders to discover as they put this model together.

The LEGO Ghostbusters ECTO-1 contains 2,352 pieces and measures over 8” (22.5cm) high, 18” (47cm) long and 6” (16.5cm) wide. It will be priced at £179.99, €199.99, $199.99 USD, $299.99 AUD, $259.99 CAD.
The set will be available from 15th November ahead of the release of the latest film in the Ghostbusters Franchise, Ghostbusters: Afterlife that launches in 2021.

SiP Card Exchange 2020

Christmas card exchange 2020

Summer is definitively gone and autumn has brought some rain and cold weather, even in the south of France. At this time of the year, I’m looking forward to Christmas (baking some Christmas cookies, reading my postcards, next to the open fire with a hot chocolate, etc).

Sadly, Christmas is in three months. It’s a long time from now, but not so much if I’m thinking of preparing my postcard for this year SiP Card Exchange.

Because we will do a card exchange this year, of course, we do!
When Boris asked innocently last week “do we do the card exchange this year?”, we ALL nodded with enthusiasm! After two years of participating in it, it’s for me a new tradition to add to my perfect Christmas.

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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.

The Exorcist

The Exorcist is an American horror movie that was released in 1973.

The scenario is based on a book written by William Peter Blatty and was directed by William Friedkin. The novel is inspired by a true story, thought by some to be an authentic possesion. The film went on to become one of the most succesful movies of all times, with worldwide revenues of 440.000.000 dollars

When twelve-year-old Regan MacNeil (played by Linda Blair) begins to engage in bizarre behavior, her mother (Ellen Burstyn) turns to the medical community for help. After many possibilities have been exhausted, only one solution remains: an exorcism.

A possessed twelve-year-old Regan MacNeil

I will not tell you more about the content of this film, but what i can say is that this film has made quite an impression on me and I think it is still very creepy these days. What is striking is the thoughtful increase of tension. The ominous prologue suggests extensive mythology that was never explored further throughout the film.

Yet it provides The Exorcist with authenticity, which makes the viewer almost believe in it. It didn’t just impress me. Even before the movie was released, seeing the original trailer, (which was immediately banned) made a huge impact on me.

Her mother turns to the medical community for help.
The doctors, thinking that Regan’s aberrations are mostly psychological in origin, recommend an exorcism be performed.

About The Trailer

After about 30 seconds, the trailer features bright, flashy images of, among other things, a close-up of the face of the demon and the possessed Regan, simultaneously with ominous music. This led some to immediately leave the cinemas in panic. Some people even had to throw up through the trailer. And others were reported to having had a stroke or passed out due to a heart attack, among other incidents.

Lalo Schifrin, who wrote the ominous music, told to a magazine that it was one of his most unpleasant experiences in his life. Nowadays, there are a lot of horror movies, that I think can’t compare to The Exorcist….especially for a movie from that era.

Regan speaks backward, in different voices.

Original And Follow-Ups

There are also a lot movies with several parts where the story is being continued. Unfortunately that does not always add to the original film. For example the series SAW: the first 3 parts were good, after these I felt that the tension was really gone.

Some of you know that i’m a big fan of Quentin Tarantino’s movies, and From Dusk Till Dawn is also one of my favorites.

So, Are You Scared Yet????

Now it is up to you to show your inner horror thoughts which are movie related.

Are you joining our month’s theme? Use the hashtags: #SiPgoesTT_horror and #Sipgoestt to share your ideas with us.

I’m looking forward to your creations!

Hugs, Natasja

It’s a book!

Well.


Stefan and I have a series in the making.
We call it The Unfinished Projects.
One day we will kind of start finishing them.
Or so they say.
So when we kicked off the #SiPgoesVirtual 2020 with the statement that “the book was written” and the only thing that was missing was the pictures, some of the participants most probably thought of the book of Denmark that is still in the making.
Unfinished projects.
Stefan and I are pretty good at that.

Anyways. Here we are.
Four weeks after the very first ever #SiPgoesVirtual.
And we are having a printed copy in our hands!

If you are curious what the story was all about, you can read the full book at Blurb (and even get your own copy if you want).

We have a super deluxe hardcover that goes well on any coffee table and a mini-me of the story for the collectors of books, who’s coffee table is already fully packed.

It’s a book.
And it is finished.

And yes, we are a tiny wee bit super proud of it.

Sing a Rainbow

This week you may have all been wondering about the story behind @bevvypix’s latest series of images? Well today she reveals the story so far regarding #wheresbevvyspackage.

The Package

From time to time, we at Stuck in Plastic receive packages from our good friends over at The LEGO Group. We are fortunate to have this opportunity to build and review the products inside these packages, which are then written about in our blog and shared on social media. You can check out so many different reviews written by our wonderful team. And if you are specifically looking for a particular product then you can just use our search tool here on the blog.

Colour Idioms

So why and what led me to create this series of images using colour idioms? Since attending the SiP goes Virtual Toy photo Safari I became influenced by the colour scheme portrayed in our images. I decided to look up colour idioms. Idioms are basically expressions. They are metaphorical in their meaning and should not be taken literally. For example, using phrases such as if a person is “green with envy” really does not mean that their bodies are green.

Spectrum of Light appearing #wheresbevvyspackage

ROYGBIV

ROYGBIV is an acronym for the sequence of hues. This commonly describes making up a rainbow, and an easy way to remember the colour sequence. Historically, Newton chose to divide the visible spectrum into seven colours. Described, as a meteorological phenomenon, caused by reflectionrefraction and dispersion of light in water. This combination results in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky.

Sing a Rainbow

Growing up in the 70’s, this song became what I would regard as a bit of an anthem that children learnt. Nowadays, these lyrics remain embedded in my head, I can sing a rainbow or now known as sing a rainbow.

However, I often wonder about these lyrics written by Arthur Hamilton. In particular, pink is not actually identified as a rainbow colour, nor does the order perceive an actual colour spectrum.

Red and yellow and pink and green
Purple and orange and blue
I can sing a rainbow
Sing a rainbow
Sing a rainbow too.

Listen with your eyes
Listen with your ears
And sing everything you see
I can sing a rainbow
Sing a rainbow
Sing along with me
.

Red and yellow and pink and green
Purple and orange and blue
I can sing a rainbow
Sing a rainbow
Sing a rainbow too
.

#wheresbevvyspackage

And so the story began, a little joke between us and the fact that I was missing some “important” parts required for our virtual safari story. Such as the all important brown chest. Yep a brown one! I had a golden chest, but in order for the story to flow between all participants, it was crucial that the BROWN chest appeared in all the images. Good job I can edit, simply because the correct colour chests arrived later on the Saturday.

So the story goes on …

Red Letter day

#bevvypix is waiting for a package and some how @stuckinplastic MisFits wrong delivery from the virtual toy photo safari two weeks ago has made its way to Wales, mmm #wheresbevvyspackage

Yellow Card

“I found Benny’s head attached to an elf of all things. Yep I was also missing a vintage spaceman too.” Awww Benny that’s an offside chest and a ‘Yellow Card’ for you coz it’s a fish not #wheresbevvyspackage #bevvypix thinks you’re funny. And the story goes on at Stuck in Plastic 

Tickled Pink

Receiving the wrong letters doesn’t make #bevvypix ‘Tickled Pink’ and the story goes on and on at Stuck in Plastic #wheresbevvyspackage 

Going Green

#bevvypix is sure that foxy Roxy didn’t get the memo from stuck in plastic. I’m positive #wheresbevvyspackage shouldn’t be full of carrots. Nevermind, today we are Going Green.

Purple Haze

“Purple Haze, all around”, and I don’t know if #wheresbevvyspackage has been intercepted by this clown. Now he thinks it’s funny to keep #bevvypix on the run while she waits for stuck in plastic to deliver that all important @lego chest/package.

As I had already shot these images before, I then decided on titles. I proceeded to post this image on the day it was due (hence the lyrics Sing a Rainbow). Then herrsm pointed out in a comment that the timing had ironically coincided with the passing of the great Jimi Hendrix 50 years ago on that day.

Orange is the new Black

With all the control measures in place, #bevvypix will wear a mask but she’s not going over to wear the dark side mask, well not today. The Orange side is #wheresbevvyspackage will be delivered I’m sure. I think these two were trying to tempt me to accept the wrong package, and tell me that Orange was the new Black. 

Out of the Blue

Then Out of the Blue, a notification that #wheresbevvyspackage has been scheduled and I wonder what is going to be inside? A spaceman perhaps or a stingray, some more fish or something to review???

Indigo and that my friends is a wrap

But wait there more … Stuck in Plastic forever and the packages just keep coming. Be sure to check out our blogs and reviews. You may even want to join our various themes and this years Twenty Twenty’s movie theme.

SiPGoesVirtual 2020 – An Editorial Review

We were supposed to be in Tallinn. But this is 2020, and things just haven’t gone according to plan for anyone. And so a new plan was formulated. We were going online. 15 intrepid photographers forging on this strange world.

ShtacyP has participated in seven SiP Toy Safaris: Hamburg, London, Edinburgh, Paris, Billund, Cambridge, and now Digital!

The similarities between a physical and virtual safari

It was always going to be different from our regular toy safaris. No holding of reflectors or lights for other people. No print exchange. And no walking kilometre after kilometre to get to that next spot just 10 minutes away. But that doesn’t mean that there weren’t similarities.

We still had (relatively) early morning coffee-fuelled starts (just no scrabbling to find the nearest open Starbucks). We still had safari bingo cards (#WhereIsBoris). And we still got to hang out with old friends and connect with new ones. And amazingly, we were still able to share toys with each other.

The #RainbowPatrol, passing on their favourite things to friends across 3 different time zones.

The differences between a physical and virtual safari

For this online adventure to work we needed structure. In real life safaris, we will plan to go to different locations, but largely we’ll meander across town playing it by ear, and the photos we take will just kind of, happen. This time though we had been set a series of wonderful challenges by our fearless leaders.

We had photo prompts, narratives to create, and we worked all together, in breakout groups, and individually. Shooting against the clock, so that the newspapers (Planet and Prophet) could hit their print deadlines! To make our deliverables it meant thinking fast, communicating effectively, collaborating (all those good corporate words, right Ian?) It was at times a little frantic, sometimes stressful, but hey, we were playing with our toys, how stressed out could we really get?!

ShtacyP, known for her ability to spin a yarn and tell a story about the most inanimate of rocks, became Editor-in-Chief, wrangling the outputs of her wonderful team of photographers and reporters into coherent (if laughable) stories, worthy of being printed in one of the many publications ran by Green Lantern.

Taking photos

One of my favourite things about safaris is watching how people create their photos, and then seeing them post the photos weeks later and understanding the story of how that photo came to be, where the light was coming from, why the photographer was in that weird position on the floor.

But this time around, the structure meant that photos were produced, edited, and shared almost instantaneously. We could see each other’s photos as quickly as they could be uploaded onto Google Drive (not that any of us snooped in the other teams’ folders of course…).

This process wasn’t any worse, just different. It still worked as a learning experience. Webcams were often left on whilst artists snapped away just out of shot. Tricks and tips were still shared. As were screens: “Do you like this edit better, or this one?” Every day is a school day.

The goody bag

In preparation for the weekend’s activities we all (well, depending on your country’s postal service) received very special packages in the days before the safari. Cruelly though we had to wait to open them. Those packages sat in our offices, on our desks, hidden away in cupboards, just asking to be played with.

Temptations were successfully resisted and as soon as we were allowed to rip them open and reveal the secret contents of the bags, we were off into the first of our challenges! The goodies found inside gave us some common threads that would help us tell our stories. Plus, we had been given hints about what sorts of pieces would be appropriate to pack for the safari, things that would help draw our creative outputs together.

Assessment

By the time Sunday afternoon came around, we had completed all our challenges. We had written our stories, the personal ones, and the collective ones. We had created incredible things, photos, and memories. Things that will be immortalised in hardback, should we want a memento of this one-off event. Friendships begun and firmly cemented, we logged off of the meeting, so that we could rest in preparation for our next viral marketing campaign.

Taking it easy like a Sunday afternoon after a toy safari.

As far as I am concerned the #SiPGoesVirtual2020 weekend was a resounding success. Whilst we couldn’t explore the cobbled streets in the medieval Old Town of Tallinn I think we achieved all the things I’ve come to expect as a toy safari veteran. We took photos of toys, we hung out with friends, and we had fun. Isn’t that what it’s all about?!

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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