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.

The High of the Spring Workshops

Reflecting on the two amazing Spring workshop sessions and after attending the May #SiPspringworkshop2021, it came to light that this was going to be a very different workshop for me. Interesting, because participants were required to shoot a toy that was non-LEGO along with their chosen brick colour theme. It was important to add the brick in preparation for the final group grid.

A Monster High Doll

When we were asked what our non-LEGO favourite toy, there was discussion throughout the group and I could virtually see excitement brewing. For this particular task, I had chosen the Monster High Doll that I purchased last year and never actually got round to shooting. Her name is Frankie Stein. As a matter of fact, this particular doll previously inspired a past post I had written, titled Hey Frankie Siren in which the challenge was to create a Frankenstein model out of the different Lego body parts.

In my childhood years, I grew up with Sindy dolls. I remember very well going to my local toy shop and purchasing ‘disco dance Sindy’. If I can be so bold to say, I do believe she may even be the only ever doll to be accompanied inside her box by a 7″ 45 RPM single Vinyl. The record by The Video Kids – Everybody Boogie! We’re having a party was released in the UK in 1981. Although Barbie was around at the time, I was never a fan of her beautiful perfections and her ever growing popularity. Nowadays, as an adult, I am loving the Monster High Themed Dolls and their haunting edge look, only wishing I could have played with them as a child instead.

Frankie Stein’s love of the LEGO Brick

The Collaborative Grid

For the purpose of the task, each participant chose their own unique toy representing each individual on what seemed like a personal level. And it was great to see so many different toys being used in the process. For some of us, including myself that element of creatively leaving the comfort zone of shooting LEGO, with the aim to shoot something completely different from my usual toy photography sent my mind thinking. On the contrary, it turned out really exciting. And it has prompted my thoughts when I initially purchased these dolls. Thus, reverting to the potential conceptual photoshoots that I can create in the future.

The Collaborative Grid

The Workshop Brief

Deliver one image in a square format and the other in a 5.1 format. Indeed, 5.1 is not your average camera format. With square in mind, it is easy to convert an image to square format especially if you are already photographing images with Instagram in mind. Then you are generally allowing for the crop. However, 5.1 creates a narrower height and a wider width. Immediately I knew I had to shoot my toy with this in mind to my usually full-frame format perspective.

5.1 Landscape Format

A Designer Handbag

There have been many toy manufactures who have had lines that have not worked and Monster High has been no exception. These particular dolls were made by the toy manufacture Mattel. Unfortunately, after failed attempts to reach specific audiences, in 2018 the product line was discontinued having resulted in low sales.

Needless to say, although the drop in popularity, I really like the way these dolls look and their edgy uniqueness. They are also amazing to photograph… Well once you get the balance of standing. After the workshop, I decided to continue using these dolls as my photographic models. They articulate well and I feel that I can bring them to life in one way or another, plus I have the added benefit of photobombing the shots using the LEGO Bricks as designer handbags.

Sarah Screams and Frankie Stein sharing designer handbag chatter

“Be Yourself, Be Unique, Be a Monster”

Inspired by the concept and visual appearance of these dolls. Shooting these non-Lego toys can perhaps diversifying my toy photography, allowing me to showcase another narrative. Plus I loved their slogan which was “Be Yourself, Be Unique, Be a Monster,” However, in 2016 Mattel changed it to “How Do You Boo?” I actually prefer the original, I thought it sent out a positive message to the audience it was aimed at, and a quote I tend to relate to. Be yourself, be unique!

Sarah Screams and Frankie Stein ready to leave

Is Monster High coming back in 2022

Next year, according to the official Monster High website, Mattle Inc and Nickelodeon have entered a ghoulish partnership ready to reboot the franchise. So we could be seeing Frankie Stein and a few friends heading back to Monster High in an animated series.

Sarah Screams and Frankie Stein photographic models

With the addition of a new Monster High friend on order, I can also see what I can create with dolls. Perhaps I can get the LEGO Land Rover Defender back out. I seem to think the perspective could work together perfectly.

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

With A Little Help from my Friends

As Stuck in Plastic’s virtual #sipspringworkshop2021 is about to kick off. It brought great sadness to @bevvypix, as she remembered the last workshop. You see, she had a chance to do some photographic commercial work and she really needed the work. So, she had to make a decision to give up her place on the workshop. 

That being said, she knew that although she had to work. She cheekily decided to try and get the crew to send her an envelope package anyway. She just knew, all the participant was going to receive a welcomed surprise filled with goodies to complete the workshop tasks.

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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.

#SiPgoesCinquecento

Contest Closed

Some weeks ago we asked you to join a little contest. We wanted to see your version of a FIAT500 in front of/next to/on top of your favorite landmark. The car itself didn’t have to be the real deal. The original from 1957. Neither one of the LEGO Creator Expert that hit the shelves recently.
You could just build one yourself (preferred out of your favorite bricks, called LEGO).

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Toy Photography Rembrandt Lighting

On Monday I mentioned Rembrandt lighting as one of the characteristics of Annie Leibovitz photographic style. Following that, I felt the need to play with toys and lights… at home. Something unusual for me who mostly plays outside.

Just out of curiosity, I wanted to see how easy (or difficult) it was to get something close to Rembrandt lighting with toys, and in particular with LEGO Minifigs.

Rembrandt lighting

A Rembrandt lighting is a technique used in portrait photography that imitates the lighting style of Dutch painter Rembrandt. One characteristic of many of Rembrandt’s paintings is the specific use of low-key light creating a shadow shaped like a triangle below one of the eyes of the subject. The goal is to create interesting shadows and lights driving the eyes of the viewer through the frame.

Self-Portrait of Rembrandt (1658)

In photography, this is usually achieved by placing the main source of light above the subject at a 45° angle.

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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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SiPgoes52 is complete!

I did it! I completed my SiPgoes52 project.

There are still some upcoming photos to clean up in Photoshop. Choices between alternate photos I need to make. Some upcoming words for which I want to take more photos, hoping a better one will come up. Some older words I want to revisit.

But I’m now sure that I’ve got at least one photo to post for each of the remaining words.

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Voltron

A mysterious telephone call

During the summer we got a mysterious call from an undisclosed number on a faraway island, asking us if we would be interested in collaborating on a top secret project. We had to keep it a secret, but we said yes. Of course! We love top secret projects, especially when they involve our favorite kind of plastic, some serious creative challenge and a good portion of photographic fun.

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