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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RLFM 21 And It’s a Wrap

During the next interview on the Stuck in Plastic schedule, we were joined by Signe the RLFM host and Head of Community Growth and Tormod, The Head of AFOL Engagement. Boris has met these wonderful folks before and has a great relationship with them. However, I was a rookie, a newbie to the whole RLFM Days. Shortly afterwards, we wrap up our interviews as we head to Hogwarts and speak to the Harry Potter Design team.

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RLFM 21 Architecture & Ninjago Interviews

Shortly after our interview with the MiniFigure Design Team. On our schedule were the Adult Design Team and Architecture. With Ninjago following the lunch break.

Coming up: The Ninjago Designer Interview after the lunch break. Photo by Bev
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RLFM 21 The Minifigures Interview

After a reflective night and a bite too eat. Boris and I were all ready for day 2 of the virtual RLFM 21 days. Today Stuck in Plastic were able to Interview the LEGO designers and ask them questions. We can share some of our conversations with you all. First interview was with the Minifigures Designers.

Bevvypix reporting to the crew during the breaks. Photo by Bev
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RLFM 21 Show & Tell …

Ooooh did I spy a SiP badge ;) on Hasan Jensen’s lanyard? I certainly did.

This session we got to see fan designed sets that are coming in the future. These were new unreleased, and not yet even in production just at the working stage. However, with the latest news of the impending Typewriter set, scheduled for release on July 1st, 2021. I’m sure we can say we saw this particular secret reveal.

Stuck in Plastic gets a little mention. Photo by Boris
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RLFM 21 Brick-by-Brick

During the first session, we were provided with information about the Brick-by-Brick Programme. The programme is led by children, based on the concept of ‘Play Included’ and aimed at young people, aged from preschool to adulthood who enjoy building LEGO models and need support.

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RMFL 21 Attending the Virtual Event

Just over two weeks ago, Boris and myself attended The LEGO Group’s virtual 2021 event. Boris is our Ambassador of Stuck in Plastic and has attended the RLFM days in person every year. However, it was my first ever attendance and I really wasn’t sure what to expect. Read on as Bevvypix reports …

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Stuck in Plastic at the Hermitage

The SiP Knights Crew

Last Saturday (June 5th) it was finally time … All museums were allowed to open their Doors again after being closed for a long time due to the COVID-19. So is the Hermitage who is located in Amsterdam.

Let’s Start at the Beginning

During December 2020, I received a message from Boris. He had noticed that there was a LEGO contest at the Hermitage in Amsterdam. LEGO builders were invited to become a part of an exhibition. The museum was calling for submissions of photos of LEGO structures depicting “mighty castles, knightly scenes and fantasy characters.

Anyone could have submitted a design. And a professional jury then selected the three best work from each category.

The Winners Creations

The nine winning creations were given a place of honor for three months scheduled for 2021. The new year exhibition is based on the Romanovs under the spell of the knights, on the knights balcony. The exhibition at the Hermitage, tells the story about the tsars and knights. On display are more than 250 objects from the collection of medieval art that were previously in the Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg. And now can be seen until the summer of 2021 in Amsterdam. So the LEGO contest fits perfectly with this exhibition.

In Conversation

Boris and I talked about how it might be nice if we could also contribute through our creative toy photography. So I contacted the Hermitage and that’s how I ended up contacting Madeline.

I explained to her, that it would be fun to contribute providing 8 pictures from our Stuck in Plastic crew. Fortunately, she also thought it was a great idea. And a collaboration was established.

In February, The Hermitage Amsterdam announced the names of the winners of the major LEGO building competition. But restrictions meant that we had to wait to see the exhibition until they could open again.

The Open Day is Finally here!

Now it was June 5th, this was the day the exhibition could open to the public.

Having been invited last weekend to attend the opening of The Art of the Brick exhibition with all the LEGOMASTERS from season 1 & 2. And staying in a wonderful hotel in the heart of Amsterdam, I contacted Madeline to see if I could come by for a sneak peek on Saturday. To not only admire the winning builds, but to see our Stuck in Plastic photographs on display. And of course she said that I could!

On Display, by the Stuck in Plastic Crew

We had a wonderful time creating these and we are so happy to see them included in the exhibition. We would like to thank Madeline for all her help making this possible. The Hermitage exhibition is currently open and if you are in Amsterdam, then pop in and admire the wonderful displays and of course check out our photographs.

Photo by Chris
Photo by Maelick
Photo by Julien
Photo by Beverley
Photo by Stefan
Photo by Karine
Photo by Boris
Photo by Natasja

After my visit we can tell you that the story suggests They Lived Happily Ever After …

The End.

Everyone is Awesome

A few weeks ago, Beverley and Natasja were asked to get creative with the latest Everyone Is Awesome set created by the Vice-President-Design, Matthew Ashton. Having both received the packages from our dear friends at The LEGO group, it was evident that these were going to be special sets. They were to create something that could be suggestive of the designer’s intent without knowing the backstory about the set and adding their own creative story in the mix.

Everyone is Awesome

The brand new set comprises of 11 mini-figures, the colors of the rainbow along with some monochrome. Each mini-figure represents the waterfall of colors on the base and the background, walking towards an imaginary brighter future.

Paint the world with colour because you are awesome

However, who says they have to stand on their own colors? Or even be stuck in their own colorful world. When Beverley photographed it in the UK, she thought it would be good to mix it up a little and place the figures on the different colors. Then when Natasja photograph it in the Netherlands, she went all in and mixed up all the body parts. Just showing that everyone is awesome is more than a display set, and can be used in many different creative ways.

Natasja’s Review

Wow! So many colors, that was the first thing that I thought of!!!! And then the text “Everyone is Awesome” what a wonderful statement that LEGO is doing for the LGBTQIA+ community. And that wonderful monochrome minifigures each with a generic hairpiece! Well, all apart from the purple figure and her beehive.

Wow! So many Colours

For me (Natasja that is) it was a really special set because a few months ago I was following Matthew Ashton on Instagram and when he was giving a hint on his account that he would be the guest jury on the Dutch/Belgium LEGO MASTERS grand final …. I thought it has to be this way.

In an official interview, Matthew tells fans about his set and how that acceptation begins with the children and I think he is right …
Children are pure and innocent and they do not form an opinion as grown-ups do … but I think there is a task for the grownups to do … because they are the examples for the children while growing up …
We are all responsible to tell our kids how to have no judgment.
About how others feel, love, doing, dressing, loving or color.

We are all the same, just different.

We are all the same, just different

That is what I’m telling my boys too.

If they gonna have a girlfriend … a boyfriend … another skin tone … feel themselves a girl/ boy? Then it is all gonna be love from me as a parent …

So that they won’t have boundaries or fear that they are not feeling themselves.
I think that is the basis of acceptation.

The set is nice to build … and it looks wonderful with all the colors as background!

Break out of the box

Beverley’s Review

As Natasja has pointed out, people/parents are responsible for teaching the next generation about inclusivity. On reflection, I would like to think, that over time I have set a positive example of my acceptance of others to my own boys and that they continue to live by that knowledge throughout their lifetime.

We will never all share the same views and opinions, life would be boring for sure if we did! … Indeed, we like and dislike different things.
Perhaps, I like red!
You like green!
He likes pink!
She likes blue!
It really shouldn’t matter and I don’t believe I have the right to judge how others continue on their path of life. What matters is how you treat, respect, and accept others for the colors of light they shine, that’s far more important.

Follow your own path in life and shine

This idea behind this set is such a perfect way to celebrate how diverse we all are and to especially represent the people in the LGBTQIA+ community. Many who have had to face obstacles in life that they shouldn’t have had too.

If you could be anyone, be you!

Thinking about how I was going to photograph this awesome set, I started to see ways in which I could bring together different groups and genders helping to raise awareness of different identities. Not only does this set, send out a powerful symbol of pride but it is a way of proclaiming who individuals are.

Because everyone is awesome.

Celebrating Everyone is Awesome

Tag Us

The set goes on sale June 1st, the start of Pride month and has a big thumbs up from Bev and Natasja.

Here at Stuck in Plastic, we would love to see a colorful representation of everyone’s photographs of this awesome set.
Tag us using the hashtag #SiPgoesAwesome and spread the love.