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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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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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.

#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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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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