#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).

Wow!

Some of you let their imagination and MOCing skills run wild and free.
Until the deadline, there were eighty-five images all in all.
Wow!
That number is quite impressive on its own.
Some of you went outside to shoot their models in the wild, others had to stay at home with their imagination- and some more bricks to add a surrounding.
At this point, we would like to thank each and every one of you for joining in the fun and taking your chances.
You all did a great job!

The Hardest Part

The tricky bit was now on us.
Believe me, it wasn’t an easy task picking only two winners for a new 10271 LEGO Expert Creator FIAT Cinquecento. Passionate discussions and new discoveries in every picture gave us two sleepless nights. But we had to make a decision.

With a heavy heart, we ended up agreeing on two favorites and two honorable mentions. Without further ado, let us share with you the honorable mentions.

Martin and Sprockövel

Martin on his way to his hometown Sprockövel…

Denmark’s highest cheese?!

Okay! Did you know we have a mountain in Denmark? Well… we have “Himmelbjerget” (= sky mountain), this mountain is wooping 147 meters tall! I know! It is crazy! One-hundred-and-forty-Seven !
Oh, then there is the cheese! Buko with shrimps, a delicate bite of cheese!

Okay! I hope this put a smile on your face, Because that what we need these days.

Sacha joined our special cheese challenge, Natasja kicked off, and she took this blue one with style.

And the winners are…

Hey.Light

Astrid aka hey.light on her way to Italy; at least that’s what we saw here with the Azzurro in the background… and all the epic artefacts she took from her favorite landmarks.

TaDaaaaa- here comes my little homemade Fiat500 – and of course we are on our way to the sea … to Italy … with everything you could need …and maybe even a tiny bit too much luggage … in these times #stayathome this is my way of traveling … in the land of unlimited possibilities, my imagination

We hope that the Italian police were as impressed by her driving skills as we are with her picture. Otherwise, we’re afraid of her driving license…

SteelerMatt

And here’s Matthew, aka Steelermatt who went to Stonehenge AND  the Netherlands as well to just name two of his three destinations.


The Fiat is based on a couple of mocs I saw online and the available parts I had. I wanted to try something different so I created a picture frame to frame the car then tried to show a Holland 🇳🇱 themed surroundings with a windmill, canal and tulips. Enjoyed the experience of building with limited parts and also using those bricks at the bottom of my Lego boxes

Congrats to these four!

Please, send us your addresses by DM on Instagram.
Matthew and Astrid will both receive their new yellow icons, while Sacha and Martin will receive a little surprise in their mailbox.

Thank You

One more time, thank you everyone for joining in on the fun.
Keep building and snapping, stay home and stay safe.
And don’t forget to wash your hands.

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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The Brick Fanatics Magazine

Brick Fanatics is excited to announce Brick Fanatics Magazine, a new LEGO-based publication for all fans of the brick, available for purchase now. We (read the Stuck In Plastic Crew) are proud to be part of this very first inaugural edition. Here is what they have to say on the very first paper issue. A different kind of Feature Friday, on a Saturday morning nonetheless.

The Magazine, what is it all about?

Brought to you by the team behind brickfanatics.comBrick Fanatics Magazine is a new 80-page, A5-size print magazine all about LEGO. For fans of the brick looking to build upon their hobby in any way they want to, including some exciting toy photography.

The magazine is packed with brick-based content. From tailored sections to one-off features, Brick Fanatics Magazine is carefully designed to give the reader (that is hopefully you) an immersive and comprehensive LEGO experience in each and every issue. And knowing the crew behind Brick Fanatics we are sure they will deliver.

The Ipsem Lorem Batwoman in action.
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Skærbæk

It is a wrap.

It is a wrap. Last week around this time Lluis closed the doors of the LUG Lounge on the first floor of the Skærbæk Conference Center, ending the very first SiP Pop Up exhibition. It took place in no less than the iconic Fanweekend.dk in Denmark. A good hour away from Billund. The hometown of the brick. Skærbæk, the Walhalla of (at least the European) AFOLs exhibitions.
And what a wrap it was.
Awesome.
But let’s back up a little and go back to the beginning.

And everything
Goes back to the beginning
Hollow Talk, by Choir of Young Believers
My theme song whenever I cross the bridge to Denmark
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Heavy Lifting

When The LEGO Group sent us a little email asking if we would be interested to review some LEGO Technic sets, we looked at each other and scratched our head. LEGO Technic is not the obvious sweet spot of the average toy photographer and while we have reviewed iconic LEGO Technic sets in the past with the Porsche and the Bugatti Chiron both reviews were two years apart.

Not your day to day toy photographer sets.Click To Tweet

And while we almost said “no, thanks”  I remembered the discussion we had in 2016 in one of our hangouts where I tried to convince Vesa to shoot the LEGO Technic Claas Xerion in the Finnish woods. I got that idea when I saw that beauty in the RLFM days of 2016 in Billund hidden behind the Porsche.  And while that idea did not realize itself in 2016,  it made me go all in two years later. Be brave and bold and hit the reply button with “Yes, Of course”. Continue reading “Heavy Lifting”

Harry Potter and the second half of muggle shots

Just two more nights of sleep before LEGO releases the new Harry Potter Minifigure series around the globe officially.

A new box full of awesome minifigures to delight kids, adults, Harry Potter fans and LEGO toy photographers all around the world and here is part two of our introduction into the magic world of JKR aka …
If you did not read the first one yet, we warmly recommend you zap yourself over to that magical booth and start from the beginning by clicking here.

For all of you who are eagerly waiting for part two of the mug(gle) shot … let’s just dive in with He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named after all the good vibes yesterday.

He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named

Tom Marvolo Riddle was born on the last day of 1926 as a half-blood wizard with serious father issues. His pure blood wizard mother was a direct descendant of Salazar Slytherin and died minutes after giving birth to one of the most powerful and dangerous dark wizards of all time, Lord Voldemort.

Sealed together in the same bag is Nagini.  A long, green female snake that belongs to Lord Voldemort.  She has a special bond mainly due to becoming a Horcrux after her master had killed Bertha Jorkins and new a piece of his soul is in her and it is obvious in our little photoshoot who is the alpha.

Nagina, a powerful Horcrux.

If you wonder what a Horcrux is, then look no further. Continue reading “Harry Potter and the second half of muggle shots”