SiP card exchange 2021

Summer is just about to end in the northern hemisphere and we are waiting for our Autumn workshop next month. Yet at the same time, we are already looking towards winter, Christmas … and our annual card exchange.

Even though Christmas is more than three months away, we have already started preparing this year’s card exchange. We have opened our registrations through our Discord forum and as of now, we already have more than 20 people signed up.
We are now opening the registration to all toy photographers and are expecting even more people to sign up.
Yep. You. We know you always wanted to join.

We are super excited about this.

So excited we are just stealing Karin‘s images from last year’s post and really hope she will join as well. Steal like an artist, they say.

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Instafun

It has been a while.
I have to admit.
Not me neglecting the blog, that is tradition and comes in waves (more on that later).
No, instant fun when shooting LEGO.
Just out and about snapping fun images in the wild.
No previsualizations.
And no advanced planning.
No planned UGC shoots with NDA sets either. Just instant fun when walking around with a camera and some toys. And that is what happened this week. Instant, unscheduled, fun.

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An Awesome Explosion of Colour

It was no ordinary Saturday, in fact the Stuck in Plastic #SiPSummerworkshop2021 was due to commence. When suddenly! The crew and friends, realised they had actually woken up to an awesome explosion of colour. The colours of the rainbow had spread across the world. The bricks had landed in all sorts of different locations. With help needed. The workshop participants called on a group of superheroes to restore the chaos that had dominated Planet Earth. 

To save the day. The awesome citizens were asked to create a magical heart made from their generated colour. This would help to restore the rainbow, bringing peace and love back to the world. 

Along the way, the superheroes thought it best to have help because after all, everyone is awesome especially those who were already starting to rebuild the hearts after the explosion …

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Green

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.

The Rabbit Season

It’s that time of year when rabbit-hunting is permitted! As the the season workshop comes to an end again. Or is it Duck season? Rabbit-season typically runs from early November to late February, however some hunters wait and on this occasion, after Daffy has convinced Elmer that it is in fact rabbit season, he sets out to prove his argument.

In the Beginning

Julien

It all started with that looney crazy Tasmanian devil commonly known as Taz. Best known mostly for his grunts and growls, he had chosen to spin and bite back to the beginning of cartoon history.

That single line drawing depicting a desert oasis to try to convince you that this was going to be an easy task. However, he was beaten to the start by Speedy Gonzales, tempted by the smell of delicious wedges of cheese.

Chris

Speedy Gonzales was no ordinary mouse, he was the fastest mouse in all Mexico. No cheese was safe with him around as he would always get to it first.

Saying this, he was prepared to share his treasure with his dear friend Tweety-Pie. They had something in common, that pesky cat. Speedy would share the cheese as long as Tweety let him know when Sylvester was around. Often you would hear Tweety saying “I taut I taw a puddy cat!” this sometimes confused Speedy because it was usually a false alarm, that was until offered cheese.

James

Cheese was precious and the sustainable food for all mice. Yet, Daffy in his wisdom thought he was missing out. Although he was deflecting duck-season away from himself. He just couldn’t help want a piece of that delicious cheese. He chose his moment after hiding in a barrel that had previously been full of carrots.

The Hunt for Wabbits

Reisha

The hunting for rabbits caught the attention of Petunia Pig. The significant other to Porky Pig. She thought it would be a good idea to serve Rabbit up for Porky’s dinner, so she grabbed her blasters and went on her mission. Little did she know was that Bugs would be nowhere to be seen.

Jennifer

After a brief encounter with Marvin the Martian, they decided because Bugs Bunny was one of his long term enemies, they would both join in the search for the rabbit. Marvin had alternative ideas. He was bent on destroying Planet Earth, just because it blocked his view of the planet Venus.

Natasja

Marvin was certainly on another mission but he was pretending to search for rabbits. He came across Tweety-Pie. Tweety was concerned with his motives, she always thought him to be something of an earth enemy and wondered what his intentions really were.

Phil

Meanwhile, Lola Bunny was attending the local Space Jam games and about to score the winning shot, then from nowhere appeared Daffy. Was he trying to throw the game? Lola was Bugs Bunny’s girl and Daffy wanted her to tell him exactly where he was. No way was she going to spill his whereabouts and certainly not to the Duck.

A Desert Oasis

Jana

The hunt for the rabbit took Daffy to the most unusual places. The desert is a hot and humid place. Home too many Looney Tunes, and the desert can really play on your mind. It can make you see things that really aren’t there. This illusion makes Daffy see Petunia pig looking out of her window. If she couldn’t get the rabbit was she going for the duck?

Bev

After Daffy realises the heat has got to him, he stands still, realising he is lost and now he thinks he is going Looney. As the haze disappears, Daffy sees the martian. He has met him before and knows that this martian is hostile.

Having landed on Earth, Marvin is aware of all the signs revealing its Rabbit Season, but he remembers the trick Daffy played on him and he has not forgotten. he also knows it’s really duck season. Put into a difficult situation, Daffy tells him he knows where Bugs is, mumbling “Youuu’re deththpicable!” as they go off hunting.

Sacha

Tweety overhears the conversation that Daffy is having with Marvin. ” In order to hide Bugs Bunny from Marvin the martian and keep him safe. Tweety decides to use her hammer to help knock him under the sand. As Bugs disappears, he emerges into a dream or even a nightmare.

Is it a Dream or Nightmare

Boris

Carrots loads of carrots, more carrots than any cartoon could ever bestow. However, when Bugs found them, they had been eaten and just the stalks left behind, “Eh, What’s up Doc?” Standing there was Daffy holding a sign suggesting to Bugs that it was indeed Rabbit season. Bugs knew it really wasn’t that time of year as he had already dealt with the farmer and managed to escape.

This really was a nightmare, he never would have believed Daffy would do this to him. He was his best friend but then again, he could be his worst enemy. Only one who could sort this out was Road Runner. Road runner could always escape the clutches of the continuous efforts of a coyote and this help could really get Bugs out of the situation about to unfold.

Karine

And yet the show must go on. Taz thinks he can catch the rabbit by throwing carrots in all directions. What Taz doesn’t realise, is when he stops spinning, he is actually spotted and Tweety could see what he is up to.

David

In order to distract Taz, and to be honest not be eaten. Tweety crushes the carrots and tells Taz this is the way to catch the rabbit. She had an alternative motive thou, she knew Sylvester would never go near her if Taz was around. She found safety in his company even though he was the most unpredictable character she could befriend.

Maelick

Daffy was having none of it. He was adamant it was rabbit season and not duck season. Then in all the commotion, a volcanic eruption exploded (meep, meep) Road Runner ran after daffy to get to a safe place. Even though they were facing danger, Daffy wasn’t letting his argument go. And to this day, do you think Bugs Bunny was found during the rabbit season?

That’s all Folks!

Boris

For now stay Looney stay Toony and That’s All Folks! or is it all?

#SiPSpringworkshop2021
#SiPWS
#StuckinPlastic
#RabbitSeason

Haggis The Glittar Hero

Once upon a time in a land far away lived Haggis… Haggis was born to a wealthy family in Fife, Haggis eschewed his family fortune to travel the world instead, helping where he can. He’s truly happiest with the sun on his face and wind at his back.

The Glittar, a magical powder from the ancient times…

Haggis the Wanderer (James)

What a strange trail of Glittar. Is it evidence of the disappearance of Haggis the Wanderer?
Rahts-Putin, on his way to the chapel, stumbled upon those traces of lost magic powers and there was a sound of merry melody playing in the air. Rahts-Putin started following them and waited for the bus. Why walk when you can take the bus…

Rahts-Putin (Julien)

One day while out practicing Lacerta the Archer was practicing his archery skills in the woods. Lacerta could hear a melody and followed the sound while stumbling across a magical glowing dust on the forest floor and a tree frog. Could this be a link to Haggis’ missing magical power? He decided that today was a good day for an adventure and headed out to follow the trail.

Lacerta the Archer (Chris)

Zorbek is cursed to lead a life of persistent frigidity. A slave to the warmth, Zorbek never stops seeking the legendary fire being who would set him free! Perhaps he knows where Haggis is? Lacerta asks him and tries to help set him free from the fire to continue the journey to find their friend.

Zorbek the Cold (Reisha)

While Glittar was on his foray, he stopped at a castle. As he is the master of observation, he noticed a strange glow on the wall. He looked closely and spoke a magic spell. A message appeared on the wall. A good friend had disappeared and the message did show him where to go.

Glittar (Jenn)

The message of Glittar about Haggis was sent to Purpura. She is living in her Glitter cave and Purpura also wants to help Haggis. Purpura is the star in making smoke bombs with spells. She is a good person but helps all kinds of creatures and she doesn’t care if they are good or bad!! It’s like Yin and Yang. She really wants to help to give Haggis his sparkle back because he is a good friend! Purple is the best spell. Crossing our fingers it all goes well!

Purpura (Natasja)

While ambling along, Barry came across what looked like a trail laid down by a previous individual. Barry did not like Glittar, colour or sparkles so in true Barry style he decided to blow up this sparkle trail. But in true Barry style, there was a big bang, smoke, and not much else. “Why is Glittar so indestructible?!” thought Barry as he lit another grenade…

Barry (Phil)

One of Yrsa The Cute’s secret missions was to help save Haggis’ magic, so she followed a trail of Glittar to a giantess. She had Glittar in her hair so she must know something! Turns out, that was her own magic and she knows nothing about Haggis and never met him.

Yrsa the Cute (Jana)

Spelk was poisoned after picking up sticks in the forest as a young girl. As her features changed, her beautiful soul remained the same. But because she looked different, she was forced to live in the shadows and help ward off the evil spirits by spreading magic glitter everywhere she walked. News had arrived that her old friend Haggis was missing so she decided to help find him. She had to go back into the forest as that was his last sighting, there was a glitter trail that she had not seen before. As she walked through, she saw the rain appear landing onto the Knight of the golden glue.

Spelk (Bev)

Marc, also called the Knight of the Golden Glue, is a bit clumsy. His sword is glued together, as he has the skill to drop it and break it. He has a limp on his right foot, as his foot has a tendency to get stuck in the strangest places.
He also has a thing for golden glitter, so he follows that whenever he sees it.

Marc the Knight of the Golden Glue turned into a skeleton and joined Skulor over the Dark Side.

Knight of the Golden Glue (Sacha)

Skulor wanted to help everyone to find Haggis, no matter what his parents would say about it (kindness is not good, you have to show people your power, stuff like this). So he follows the glitter trail and helps Heigg the Odd to create a magical portal. He didn’t notice that he has turned into a skeleton.

Skulor (Karine)

Heigg found the lost Glittar, hidden in a magical chest, guarded by two baby T-rex.

They spent some time telling jokes, as Heigg wouldn’t hit them with his sword, for they were way too cute.

Heigg the Odd (David)

Skoria the Scorcher was looking for ice cream, hoping he could finally taste some without melting it at the contact of his molten skin. While hunting for ice cream, he stumbled upon a trail of Glittar, hoping to find ice cream at the end. By the time he reached the end, the Glittar’s magic had turned the baby T-Rex guardians into adults.

Skoria the Scorcher (Maelick)

As the music got louder, Haggis appeared as he had followed the Glittar trail behind everyone else. He was wondering what all of the heroes were doing. He wasn’t really lost after all…

That’s all folks!

Can you ever have enough Brickheadz?

(No, you can’t)

When the crew of Stuck in Plastic asked us who might like to review some hot off the press LEGO Brickheadz I was quick to volunteer. Not least because my husband had suggested I can’t buy any more Brickheadz until I find a suitable way to display the ones I already have. Unsurprisingly one of the other SiP friends recommended that I look into a divorce lawyer with grounds of unreasonable behavior…

The mystery theme

I had no clue what theme these Brickheadz would be, so the parcel from LEGO HQ was hotly anticipated. Just imagine my heartbreak when the courier had delivered early one morning. While I was out walking the dog and although my neighbors had kindly taken the parcel in and then promptly left for work! 

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It is Looney Tunes Times

The latest CMF (Collectible Minifigure Series) that LEGO is about to unleash on the world is a toy photographers dream (at least if you like classic American Cartoons) and features the all-star crew of the immensely popular Looney Tunes cartoon series.

The full crew of the new Looney Tunes 71030 series

Looney Tunes is almost 100 years old and started in 1930 as a competition for that other classic mouse named Mickey. Originally the first shorts were created to promote the music of Warner Bros, and were the front runners of what later would become MTV (we think).  The oldest still standing Looney Tune is Porky Pig who made his debut in 1935 “I haven’t got a hat” . The series continued and started to introduce one star after another. Daffy joined the show two years later in Porky’s Duck Hunt, and Bugs made his intro in 1940 with a Wild Hare. If you want to dig deeper in the wonderful world of Looney Tunes, this article on Wikipedia can keep you entertained for a couple of hours.
But we are here for the review of the new series.
And not just a trip down memory lane.

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The Quest for the Easter Eggs

Let me tell the story of when the world almost came to an end due to the lack of chocolate eggs for Easter.

Rustlefeet the Hedgehog (Natasja)

Once upon a time, SmashMouse was playing with a big Easter egg and broke it accidentally. The egg was shattered into multiple parts that were scattered all around the world.

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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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