Disney train station review

This summer I received the new Disney train station set to photograph from our friends at LEGO.

It took me more than 6 hours to build it and it was such a pleasure! As you may know, I’m not an AFOL (I’m more into skeleton toys) but I must admit that building a big LEGO set is something. One brick with another brick, with another brick and suddenly there is a wall, and then a complete floor! Yes, that was a nice building experience.

I can’t say if I preferred building the train or the train station.

The train

The train is composed of 4 different pieces. First, the locomotive with old vintage colors: red, green and gold. With Mickey driving it, so cute.

After the locomotive, there is the tender hiding the electric motor. We can run the train with an app, I didn’t test it yet, but I will probably write something about it once I try it. It’s simple but it has that old retro look that I like so much.

Then comes my favorite train piece, an open carriage to carry passenger around. It’s so beautiful with theses white and blue stripes on the roof. Dale is waiting for passengers to jump in.

The second carriage has a beautiful retro look, with platforms on bot side.

One side of the carriage can be removed, to show the interior, a cozy red sitting room. When not working, Chips’n Dale take a good cup of tea here.

The train station

The Disney train station is a quite huge piece and it’s not easy to photograph it. On the outside of the building, we have a nice European style.

I like this old look with red bricks, grey stones on the edge and the light roof.

Minnie is waiting for the train to enter the train station

On the inside of the train station, the ground floor is the reception, with all you need to wait for your train. Goofy is here to answer all passengers questions.

The first floor with huge red curtains.

On the right, we can find on the right a cozy waiting room.

Under the roof, what a surprise to find a LEGO set of the Disney castle!

Conclusion?

This set is cute and the train rails will make some happy kids and grownup, for sure. But it has been difficult for me to take pictures of this set, mainly because I’m more used to shoot tiny skeleton rather than big LEGO sets (I will probably write something about it later!).

Did you already have bought it? Do you plan to buy it? Or order it for Christmas?

Photographing large toys – part 2

Last week I talked about how I forced and trained myself photographing larger LEGO sets. Eventually, this led me to the Ultimate challenge of photographing the second tallest LEGO set: the Disney Castle.

This blog post is the continuation of last week, focusing on my two photo sessions with the Castle. The difficulties encountered and the lessons learned along the way.

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Looking for Uncle Scrooge

For the Disney II minifigs review, I chose Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck and Uncle Scrooge as they have so much potential to tell stories. Also, they were my favorite characters from Donald books when I was a kid.

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We can live like Jack and Sally

We can live like Jack and Sally if we want
Where you can always find me
And we’ll have Halloween on Christmas
And in the night we’ll wish this never ends
We’ll wish this never ends

And in the night we’ll wish this never ends
We’ll wish this never ends

When Stuck in Plastic asked for candidates to write a review for the new Disney CMF series, I only thought about Jack and Sally, and how (or whether) they could live happily ever after.

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Working For Peanuts

Disney Series 2 is just around the corner, which means two of my favorite childhood Disney characters are in stores soon! I grew up watching old Chip & Dale cartoons and have many memories of them pestering Donald Duck! I also was a big fan of Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers. Naturally then, I was delighted when Stuck In Plastic and LEGO sent me these two new minifigures to review.

Chip comes with a little acorn made of two small pieces. It looks great.
Dale comes with a small sack to hold all the nuts he finds.

One episode I always loved of Chip and Dale was “Working for Peanuts.” At one point in the episode they get painted white and trick Donald Duck into thinking they are rare albino chipmunks and that they should only be fed the best grade “A” quality peanuts. It’s hilarious, and so I decided to get some fun Chip and Dale working for peanuts shots.

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Arabian Nights

Last time, my first post about the new Disney minifigures was about relatively new Disney characters. Now it’s time to look at older characters. In particular, the ones from my childhood.

One of my favorite Disney movies, if not my all-time favorite, is Aladdin. Mostly because of its villain who fascinated me during my childhood.

In company of my brother, ready to celebrate carnival some 25 years ago.

Upon the release of the first Disney series, my disappointment was strong to see Aladdin and Genie, but no Jafar. I had no hope to see him as part of a second wave. Yet it happened. (Most likely thanks to the live-action adaptation to be released in a few weeks.)

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Disney Minifigures on Cooktop

I’m among the lucky ones who got a few minifigures for creative review. I’m very thankful that Mickey & Minnie, and Hercules & Hades found their way to me.

The figures

They are all great fun to photograph because I like the characters. I really like how Hades’s hair lights up in a photo with the right lighting. And Hercules’ warm colors really fit his character.

Mickey and Minnie are classics. It’s fun to see them in black & white and use them in colorful situations.

Mickey & Minnie

When I opened the package and saw Minnie for the first time, my first thought was that she is topless :O How come no one ever notices it? Or am I the last one to notice it?

Mickie and Minnie work quite well with colorful environment.
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