Heavy-Duty Tow Truck

When the call came in over the trucker radio station, actually it was over our Discord chat channel. But we thought it sounded cool to get into the zone as a trucker. Our dear friends over at The LEGO Group have provided us with the LEGO Technic Heavy-Duty Tow Truck #42128. We asked Bev and Astrid to take the truck out for a days work. Bev based in the United Kingdom and Astrid onboard in Germany. And this was the highlights of their day.

The Heavy-Duty Tow Truck

The Tow Truck consists of 2017 pieces and is aimed at the aged 11+ age range. What is fair to say, this age group will love the working parts and the robust build. The whole set has some tricky little bits to put together. Saying this, it is well designed and engineered full of pneumatic functioning elements. This technic tow truck is no exception. It’s big, 58cms in length to be precise.

On both sides there are turning gears that control the moving mechanical parts such as the rotating crane arm, winch, outriggers, boom and the side stabilisers.

The front has an authentic grille, complete with air filters, lights and exhaust pipe. And a 6-cylinder moving piston engine that is incorporated above the front axle under the bonnet, linked to the rear. At the same time, there is a rear axle which raises and lowers one set of wheels in order to spread the weight of loads.

The truck is colourful, and there are around 30 stickers that add to the orange, blue and white bodywork. In fact, the stickers as cosmetic as they are, to us represent what we expect to see from classic tow trucks.

Bevvypix calling 10-4 for a copy

If you have seen the American road action comedy film, Smokey and the Bandit, you will have heard them talking on CB radio’s and probably already know what the lingo 10-4 means.

Truckers have developed a language of their own. And growing up Bev also has fond memories of sitting up front in the cab of her dear ole uncle’s wagon and thinking riding in trucks is so much fun, whilst listening to the lingo broadcast over the radio. Although the cab she rode in was completely different from the American wagons of today.

Bevvypix reflecting on the Heavy-Duty Tow Truck

Whist on a truck stop break, a call came in. A vehicle had hit a ditch travelling at high speed on a country lane, thus blocking the way. Answering the call was Bevvypix. She powered up the dragging wagon (Tow Truck) and headed out to recover the over turned vehicle.

Power Up The Dragging Wagon by Bevvypix

As she made her way toward the location, she noticed she wasn’t alone. Suddenly, a herd of bulls appeared from nowhere. They stood watching from the field behind the fence. Bevvypix stopped the truck and got out to take a photograph, because she knew no one would believe the audience that had appeared. Needing to share her story, she got straight on the CB Radio and put out a call, Breaker/Breaker One niner …

10-12 Visitors present as Bevvypix passes by.

Breaker One-niner

Bev to Astrid “What’s your handle?”
Astrid to Bev “Heylight”
Bevvypix to Heylight “Copy that! “

Astrid had come online and the conversation began between them. Ironically, she also received a call to recover an abandoned vehicle. Passing the harbour area in Bremen, where all the containers were stored. Her engines were in full drive mode as she headed toward the Weser Flow.

Heylight driving passed the harbour

As she approached the bridge, Astrid could see a beautiful place and wondered where the abandoned vehicle lay. There was no sign. So she continued looking …

Heylight crossing over the Weser Bridge

It was some time after setting off, and the sun had started setting. As she got closer to the position of the car. Astrid discovered it was quiet and she was all alone. The vehicle looked like it had slipped down a steep slope. Without a doubt, Astrid slowly headed down the slope. Suddenly, with no warning a big wave washed over the tow truck. It was the after effects of a passing ship. Then as everything settled she continued down the slope.

As the sun sets on the river bank, Heylight takes a break

Having recovered the vehicle and placing it on dry land, it was time to gather her thoughts with a beer. As the sun went down, she chatted with Bev over the radio and they laughed about their experience driving the big heavy-duty tow truck.

Technic fans around the world will have endless fun and hours of play recreating real-life tow truck adventures, just as Bevvypix and Heylight have explored this engineering brilliance.

Roger that, over and out!

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The Marvellous Blue Carpet Wrap

The Blue Carpet review is coming to an end. When LEGO shared with us a box of chocolate Marvel Minifigs we wanted to share the fun with all of you. We shared the initial preview of these gorgeous characters on our blue carpet review. A creative collaboration between our resident old school photog Boris and the Mistress of The Marvel Universe Bev that was published here some good three months ago.

We then shipped these Marvellous creatures to the Autumn Workshop heroes and they put our heroes to good use as you can see below.

But it did not stop there.

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Shooting the deserts of Dune

It’s nearly time, after a long delay due to Covid restrictions, Denis Villeneuve’s version of the sci-fi classic Dune finally arrives in cinemas across Europe this month.

Although we predominantly shoot LEGO here at Stuck in Plastic, a lot of us also enjoy all sorts of toy photography. Being one of those people, I thought I’d share my experience of tackling the first wave of the Dune action figures from McFarlane.

Released nearly a year ago to coincide with the film’s original planned theatrical debut, not many people seemed to pick these figures up, and at the time of writing, you can still find them pretty cheap in a lot of toy store sales.

The first wave consists of four main 7″ scale figures, Lady Jessica, Paul Atreides, Duncan Idaho, and Stilgar with a fifth ‘build a beast’ Rabban figure built from parts that come with the other four figures.

Those familiar with the story will know that most of the tale takes place on the desert planet of Arrakis. Each character comes dressed in a Fremen Stillsuit, an outfit designed for the sun-scorched open deserts. I now had to find the equivalent of that dry desert landscape in the damp north west of the UK.

It was a little too far for a trip to the beach this time so I headed to the only local source of sand that I knew of… the local golf course and its bunkers!

Combining shots from both sunrise and sunset I added plenty of Atmosphere Aerosol spray for effect and managed to transform the boring bunkers into dramatic desert scenes.

Now all I need are tickets for the local Imax to catch the real thing in the cinema!

Check out the latest trailer below.
Dune is released in UK cinemas on October 21.

Santa’s Visit

We know, we know it’s only September, so don’t panic. But do read on as we anticipate the arrival of a Santa’ Visit in the form of the wonderful new LEGO Christmas Winter Village set 10293 due for release on October 1st. But wait, Santa tells us there is a presale starting on 16th September for all LEGO VIPs. When we had news that our dear friends at The LEGO Group were sending us two presents ahead of release, we couldn’t resist getting all christmassy. We gave Julien and Bev the task of creating some Christmas magic.

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I Love New York

Have you ever been? You know that place that’s been nicknamed The Big Apple or commonly known as New York City. As a photographer, I have been inspired by some of the greatest photographers who have walked the streets of NYC. Especially those such as Alfred Stieglitz who has timelessly captured these iconic buildings. One building in particular stands out in my mind, the image of the Flatiron captured in black and white.

Sadly, I have not had the pleasure myself to visit. But hey, one can dream and imagine what it feels like to walk those streets at any time of the day or night and find those hidden treasures.

And hidden treasures are what I have recently discovered when I was asked to review the Briksmax LED lighting that are compatible with LEGO.

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To Photoshop, or not to Photoshop

To Photoshop, or not to Photoshop, That is the question? Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous editing. Or to take arms against a sea of images. And by opposing end them. To die – to sleep, No more … Yep you know the rest. Excepts taken from the Prince of Denmark’s most famous speech, with a little photographic twist added.

Which in fact leads me onto a discussion that came up on our Stuck in Plastic Discord Chat Room. And it had me thinking back to the long term debate around photoshopped images. It also had me thinking back to the history of photography and rethinking the photographers intent. And that is too photoshop, or not to photoshop?

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Porsche 911 Turbo or Targa

When LEGO and Porsche get together you just know the finishing touches would live up to a very high standard. And for me, this 911 model #10295 really takes me back in time. I was lucky enough to take this set out on a test drive and it did not disappoint.

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Dear LEGO Friend …

Have a Minute?

When was the last time you intentionally took a minute (sixty seconds) to think about the miraculous invention of words? Especially the written word? Words, put together from letters, can be very helpful. They can be powerful, too. With a text put together from words you can create an image. The reader will be able to see an entire scenery in his mind’s eye. Whoever reads can possibly go on a journey, thousands of miles away (if not lightyears) without leaving their home. This simple idea has just become so omnipresent that those who can read (there are still millions of humans worldwide who can’t) easily take this little miracle for granted.

Another massive miracle is for a human mind to find a solution to a complex task. One of these tasks was probably for Steve Guinness to create a moving model of a typewriter and we asked Stefan and Bev to write down their thoughts.

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A Knights Tale

Did you know that Stuck in Plastic is currently taking part in an exhibition at The Hermitage in Amsterdam. If not, go an read all about it here . Since taking part in this exhibition, my thoughts keep on reverting back to the history that surrounds my own town of Pembroke and how Kings and Knights once roamed the land.

And I had to create my own Knights Tale.

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