The Apocalyptic Contest

Well, it has been a while since we last unleashed some good old school creative “fun” contest. You know, one without too many rules. So we thought it´s about time we did it again. And what better occasion could there be than to celebrate the LEGO Movie 2 ?? With just that in full swing all around the world we want to get your creative energies back to the max.

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Stars All Over The Place

This blog post is part of a series about the new LEGO Movie 2 Collectible Minifigures Series. Thanks to the folks from LEGO for providing us a box of Minifigures that we sent to 9 creative toy photographers to review for the blog.

Movies, Tales and a Confession

Here’s a confession I need to get off my chest: Although “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” is surely one of the sweetest melodies I have ever heard, I’d never seen the movie “The Wizard Of Oz” until recently. I hadn’t even read the book. And to be dead honest: I didn’t even know what the story was all about!

Of course, I knew the main characters: Dorothy and her dog Toto, the Tinman, the Scarecrow and the Lion. But what on earth were they doing together in this land called Oz? And why couldn’t I remember an image oft he Wizard himself?

Hadn’t it been for LEGO to include (most) of all of the above characters in their latest series of collectible mini figures (CMF) I’d probably never have found out. But the release of the gang was the ignition spark I needed to find out myself.

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Benny´s Space Squad- First impressions of the next generation

Yesterday our weekend shopping was done in no time. To me that meant there was some extra time. Extra time I could spend visiting a local toy store. As soon as I got there I went to check out the latest LEGO sets from the upcoming LEGO MOVIE 2.

Discover the best set of 2018, with Benny’s Space Squad …

Just that little xtra

LEGO decided earlier this year to create smaller little polybags with those little xtra‘s we as toy photographers tend to buy complete sets for. When they were first released we raided the LEGO store in Billund and were planning to do a review of this toy photographer’s delight. But as with so many small things, time passed by and so did the freshness date of these polybags.

And then we got a mystery mail from The LEGO Group if we were interested in reviewing the brand new LEGO xtra 40341 set.
No more info.
And of course, we said yes. Since Julien got the Minecraft sets to review and Stefan took the the speedcars , I ended up with the mystery xtra set. And I have to admit I was curious to see if the polybag series would continue or we would enter the next level of awesomeness in the xtra series.

A few weeks later I got an envelope in the mailbox, with three LEGO xtra 403411 sets inside (yes, three, do read on, there is another little giveaway coming up (you did see our speedcar giveaway, didn’t you).

Three little bags of the set 40341
Yes, do read on, there is a little giveaway coming up …

Fasten Your Seatbelts

…And Start Your Engines

2018 was a good year for car lovers amongst LEGO fans. I always like remembering the first of June when the Technic Bugatti Chiron was officially introduced in Billund. And while everyone was mighty impressed with the Technic version next to the real one, Woody and Jessie took the very first spin on the roof of the LEGO House. Good memories for sure.

Good times with Woody, the Chiron and Jessie.

2018 also saw som fantastic Speed Champions sets. The next year will be no exception. The series of modern cars in mini figure dimensions will continue. Just in time for their release next week,  we´re having a look at the models that will roam the streets of many LEGO cities and race tracks around the world.

From January 1st of 2019, five new sets will be available.

Read on and take your chance to win your set of Speedo’s

Cars and waters

Classic Cars and where to go to

We have already posted some articles about SiP’s photoshootings of LEGO’s classic Creator Expert cars. Today I’d like to share with you the look through my viewfinder. There may be many ways to approach “the next” photo project.
One simple idea is that it’s all about a vision.

You have an object.
You imagine a scenery where you see this object.
You think of a certain atmosphere, a mood.

And then it is all about finding the right location

The Fourth

The fourth advent.
Three has gone by.
Next is the turning of the light. The winter solstice.
Officially the longest night of 2018 was last Friday, but to keep things simple we like to celebrate it together with Christmas, celebrated by many people all around the world. And the winter solstice in the Roman calendar.
So today is the fourth advent.
The last Sunday in preparation. And also for us, it was preparation.

Remember last week?

We ended with a cliffhanger.
The Winter Holiday Train 10254 reached the Winter Village Train Station 10259. However, the mystery ticket 0937 did not reveal its mystery.
Maybe it will today. Maybe. Do read on if you are into Christmassy Cliffhangers just like us.
It is after all the fourth advent.

Last week the train got connected.
Yet ticket 0937 still a mystery.

Back to the beginning.

So, connecting the dots. That is what the fourth is all about. We got a winter train, a winter train station and even a winter village fire station, but the story would not be complete without some serious tracks.
Not the music ones, but the ones from set 60198 which The LEGO Group kindly provided on the last RLFM days (yes, a review of that set is coming soon).

Are you ready for those tracks and get the beat running? Read on …

Misadventures on a photo assigment

I’m not into cars.
For me, a car is mainly a utility object and not something I find particularly interesting to look at. If there’s one type of car I still find remotely beautiful, it’s the old and classic ones though.

So, when we got the assignment from LEGO to photograph the Creator Expert cars, I wasn’t too thrilled. The only Creator cars I didn’t own were the ones I found the least interesting. And those that fit the least in the Finnish Wilderness. Like the Aston Martin.
Nevertheless, I decided to finally build my VW Camper Van (which I bought more than 2 years ago…) and join the project.

Photographing it was one of the most difficult photographic exercises I’ve ever done. Not only for me but for my subject too.

Here are the (mis)adventures of my camper van…

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The Cliffhanger

Advent Number Three is upon us.
The true cliffhanger.
The final stretch of waiting for the turning of the light has set in.
One more Sunday until we hit Xmas.
One more Sunday until we turn the tide.
I mean the solstice.
The days will become longer.
More light to shoot outside.
The wait is almost over.
Yet, one more cliffhanger to climb.

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For Your Eyes Only

Some time ago Stuck In Plastic contacted me asking: “We are looking for a creative photographer to join us in a creative challenge…”  It turned out that LEGO was looking to get some of its iconic cars shot by creative toy photographers. Did  I accept the mission? Of course I did. 

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