Celebrating 4 years of LEGO Pirate Photography with the Pirates of Barracuda Bay

Today is a special day.
The new LEGO Ideas set, the Pirates of Barracuda Bay, is publicly revealed.

But Sunday, I noticed it’s even more special to me.

For the past 10 days, I’ve been playing with the new Pirates of Barracuda Bay LEGO Ideas set, taking pictures for LEGO. All this in secret. This has been a very special project for me as I have a special relationship with pirates.

And today, on the day I can finally talk about it, it also appears it is the 4th anniversary of one of my favorite photos. The One that changed everything.

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Around the world in 90 minutes

You may remember back in July 2019, the image I created of the Apollo 11 Lunar Lander appeared on LEGO social media. The good folks from Billund have now sent me the not yet released 21321 LEGO Ideas International Space Station to review in preparation for the official launch at the beginning of February.

The International Space Station

For those of you who do not know what to expect, here are three interesting facts about the ISS:
1. It is one of the largest single structures that mankind has ever put into space.
2. The space station was taken into space piece by piece and gradually built in orbit.
3. The ISS circles the globe every 90 minutes at a speed of 17,500 mph.

I really did not know what to expect when I said yes to reviewing this set. I knew it would either be something else or just space junk. Once my son put it together we could see just what I had to work with for producing images for LEGO.

It’s big… And it really has to be if LEGO is going to create a replica model. Indeed, the actual space station including its large solar arrays, spans the area of a US football field. This scaled-down model spans a width of 19 inches (49 cm). The solar panel width span is 12 inches (38 cm) so you are going to need ‘SPACE’ to store it.

The International Space Station

It is fragile, oh boy is it fragile. I would not recommend you purchasing it for children to play with as it will be broken into the tiny little pieces it started off as. It is definitely a display model if you have the ‘SPACE’. The attention to detail makes it like the actual real thing and this set includes eight movable solar panels.

Three are a Team

The ISS generally holds crews of between three and six people who are responsible for science experimentation and maintaining the station. Included in this set are officially two (well actually three) Astronauts. However if you are expecting the usual size mini-figures I will have to disappoint you. These figures are only half an inch high. Nevertheless they add to the scale of the model. In addition as a nice little touch, a little Space Shuttle is also included.

Three Astronauts

The Mission

My mission was to photograph the International Space Station ready for the official release. As a matter of fact, it was a challenging mission. Firstly I needed ‘Space’ and not to mention good lighting. The model reminds me of the size of an old fashioned television aerial, remember them? Secondly, I knew I would have a few hours editing the final images. Nevertheless, the build itself took a few hours and I have created five different images in more time than the ISS circumnavigates the world. (Keep an eye out for the pix, remember to check every 90 minutes).

The question is, would I purchase this set? Personally I do not have the ‘Space’ to display it but if I did, yes I would, simply because I love the idea of this set and what technology can do for our learning experiences. I will never get close to the real International Space Station (ISS). Still this set gives me the opportunity to explore and learn. It allows my perception to envisage just what Space Agencies are achieving. The fact that different nationalities live together in harmony shows that it can be achieved. The team from LEGO Ideas has created something special and again I will say: If you have the ‘Space’ then make this station yours, too.

The Elves’ Treehouse

Last month, I got the chance to take part in a photo collaboration with LEGO on the new LEGO Ideas Treehouse. Thus, I got the opportunity to build and photograph this beauty before it was publicly unveiled. And it ended up being quite a surprise. (That said, it wasn’t the total surprise I was excepting. Like most people, I saw the leaked images that were circulating online while the set was on its way to Finland.)

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Building The Future

Blue, Beard and ZEUX

A few weeks ago we told you the fantastic story of Blue and Beard and the LEGO Technic 42081 Volvo Concept Wheel Loader ZEUX.
If you haven´t yet read the story, now is a good time …

It´s easy to enjoy your coffee when ZEUX is doing all the hard work.

…because: when you return, inspired to design the future, it just even got better! LEGO Ideas teamed up with the LEGO Technic Designers and The Volvo Construction Equipment team to design the future.
A creative LEGO Ideas hackathon of inspiring ideas for the next generation.
That´s a lot of fun and space for curiosity at the same time.
Unconstrained thinking for Big Inc. with a creative twist.

PEGAX at work, maybe inspiring your next idea?
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21314 LEGO Ideas TRON: Legacy

[Music] Daft Punk music [/Music]

In a digital world dominated by the color black, only enlightened with touches of neon blue or neon orange, everyone is a program.

This could summarize the universe where TRON: Legacy, movie released in 2010 (sequel to TRON movie from 1982), takes place.

Later this month, LEGO will release a new set based on this license.

The LEGO Ideas TRON: Legacy box
The LEGO Ideas TRON: Legacy box

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Fly Me To The Moon

Earlier this year I said that in the LEGO universe all sets that are space-related are my absolute favorites.
Please let me extend my statement: 
Every space-related set AND part of the LEGO Ideas theme are my most favorite sets.
(Yes, of course, the Monster Fighters do have a special place in my heart, too, just like Fabuland. But unfortunately, those were removed from the shelves long ago.)

So I was happily surprised when Hasan Jensen from the LEGO Ideas team announced on their blog that from the 1st of November 2017 there’d be a new set available:  21312 Women Of NASA.

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Where Is Anton

A must have iconic set.

When LEGO revealed the LEGO Ideas Old Fishing Store on the first night of the RLFM days, we knew we had just laid our eyes on a most gorgeous, iconic set. A collector’s item in the making.
Most probably one of the best sets of 2017.
A toy photographers dream.
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Caterham Seven

The Caterham Seven is a super-lightweight sports car produced by Caterham Cars in the United Kingdom. It is based on the original Lotus Seven, a fun sports car sold in a do-it-yourself kit by Lotus  from 1957 to 1972.  A built-it-yourself car that was originally delivered without any assembly instructions to avoid the hefty tax on ready-to-run cars (it did include a disassembly instruction instead).  So when our favourite build-it-yourself plastic brick company asked if we wanted to test drive the new Caterham Seven R620 LEGO Edition,  we Woody jumped on the opportunity and volunteered to take this beauty for a test drive. Continue reading “Caterham Seven”

Tintin

I woke up this morning to a lovely mention on Facebook of a new LEGO ideas of one of my absolute youth hero’s and I was instantly sold. This was not only a project I would like to see succeed because it looked cool, it is a project that will allow me to finally meet Tintin on the Death Star, and have Indiana (Junior) share his stories in the Cantina with Haddock and seriously expand the imagination of generations to come. My imagination and the rabbit hole of new adventures just exploded. Continue reading “Tintin”