The LEGO Colosseum

I can tell you I was really surprised when I got the notification that I was receiving a package from LEGO with a weight of 12+ kg.

12+kg? What would that be???

So after a morning at work, I rushed home and gladly I was on time… and there it was a huge package!!! I was thrilled to open it!!

So when I opened it… I couldn’t believe my eyes and I could only say WAUW…WAUW…WAUW!!!

(A little note: I like the new design of the boxes with the bricks and black. I saw it also on the new Sesame Street set!!)

I used Benny to show how big the box is
You can see the four smaller boxes inside

Well back to the colosseum… the package looks very luxurious and classy.

When I opened the big box… there were four boxes inside it.

So four stages to build this wonderful Colosseum.

The Build

So I started with box 1.

Wauw… so many parts in it… and a beautiful instruction book.

So let’s start… I like the technical building parts for the bottom… so nice to use these technics so you get a solid substrate.

By using this technic you won’t make it heavy.

Building the first box was fun!

Opening the second box was again a little surprise feeling… so curious what’s about to be built next.

In the second box, there was also an instruction book… Leafing through the instruction, you can see beautiful photos from the amphitheater from how we know it looks like nowadays. And awesome stories by the designers! I’ve never been to Rome, only to Verona…. and that was amazing too!

Building the second part was sometimes a struggle with the plates. While building the bottom of the middle section of the ruins, the salmon 2×4 plates came loose in the middle. Maybe I pushed too hard but I had the two plates replaced for the gray ones

I thought I should replace them now when I could still turn the platter… at box four that would be more difficult.

After that I could start building the front, the lower part of the build. 

I don’t know if you all have a system for looking for the parts, but when I open a bag I’m sorting every part together on color (this time it wasn’t hard to sort the colors ;-) 

It is then much easier to search than having all the parts in one container together.

Well, building the second box was a lot of the same but Awesome to see the technic for building every section.

It’s very nice that you can see through the arches.

The structure of box two was already taking shape! And yes it was a lot like the same but I liked it!!

And then we have the third box (and a part of the fourth box)… I think that was my favorite part to build. Also there was an instruction book included with information.

It is the higher part of the build and every section was different to build and that was so nice.

There are so many details in it like the rollerskate part that was used to make the columns!! 

The result after the third box was stunning… now the building is coming to life.

I always feel a little bit sad when opening the fourth box. Just like reading the last pages of a book… the story is gonna end and actually, you want to postpone it as long as possible because you want the story to go on! ;-)

Well, my mind needed a reset because all the time we build with a view of the left side of the sections and now I had to build it with a view on the right side of the sections.

Maybe it’s me but that took some switching hahahhaha.

I also loved the finishing touch with the parts on the front of the building and with the olive trees and little Fiat cars.

The Final Model 

Again WAUW….WAUW…WAUW! What an outstanding build with so many beautiful details… I loved to build it and I will recommend it to everyone… There is only one thing: I need to buy a new dressoir to display it! ;-)

The price of this fantastic build is €499,-

Here are some specifications which I have taken over from the lego.com page.

Bring to life your own brick-built model of the mighty Colosseum with this engaging and rewarding LEGO® Colosseum (10276) model kit for adults.

With an astounding 9,036 pieces, this Colosseum model is the biggest LEGO® set ever (as at November 2020), providing hours of relaxation for adults who love building sets.

This Colosseum architecture model measures over 10.5” (27cm) high, 20.5” (52cm) wide and 23.5” (59cm) deep. With 9,036 pieces it’s one of the biggest LEGO® sets in the world, but is easy to lift and turn.

Hope you enjoyed my review!!

Hugs Natasja

Sing a Rainbow

This week you may have all been wondering about the story behind @bevvypix’s latest series of images? Well today she reveals the story so far regarding #wheresbevvyspackage.

The Package

From time to time, we at Stuck in Plastic receive packages from our good friends over at The LEGO Group. We are fortunate to have this opportunity to build and review the products inside these packages, which are then written about in our blog and shared on social media. You can check out so many different reviews written by our wonderful team. And if you are specifically looking for a particular product then you can just use our search tool here on the blog.

Colour Idioms

So why and what led me to create this series of images using colour idioms? Since attending the SiP goes Virtual Toy photo Safari I became influenced by the colour scheme portrayed in our images. I decided to look up colour idioms. Idioms are basically expressions. They are metaphorical in their meaning and should not be taken literally. For example, using phrases such as if a person is “green with envy” really does not mean that their bodies are green.

Spectrum of Light appearing #wheresbevvyspackage

ROYGBIV

ROYGBIV is an acronym for the sequence of hues. This commonly describes making up a rainbow, and an easy way to remember the colour sequence. Historically, Newton chose to divide the visible spectrum into seven colours. Described, as a meteorological phenomenon, caused by reflectionrefraction and dispersion of light in water. This combination results in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky.

Sing a Rainbow

Growing up in the 70’s, this song became what I would regard as a bit of an anthem that children learnt. Nowadays, these lyrics remain embedded in my head, I can sing a rainbow or now known as sing a rainbow.

However, I often wonder about these lyrics written by Arthur Hamilton. In particular, pink is not actually identified as a rainbow colour, nor does the order perceive an actual colour spectrum.

Red and yellow and pink and green
Purple and orange and blue
I can sing a rainbow
Sing a rainbow
Sing a rainbow too.

Listen with your eyes
Listen with your ears
And sing everything you see
I can sing a rainbow
Sing a rainbow
Sing along with me
.

Red and yellow and pink and green
Purple and orange and blue
I can sing a rainbow
Sing a rainbow
Sing a rainbow too
.

#wheresbevvyspackage

And so the story began, a little joke between us and the fact that I was missing some “important” parts required for our virtual safari story. Such as the all important brown chest. Yep a brown one! I had a golden chest, but in order for the story to flow between all participants, it was crucial that the BROWN chest appeared in all the images. Good job I can edit, simply because the correct colour chests arrived later on the Saturday.

So the story goes on …

Red Letter day

#bevvypix is waiting for a package and some how @stuckinplastic MisFits wrong delivery from the virtual toy photo safari two weeks ago has made its way to Wales, mmm #wheresbevvyspackage

Yellow Card

“I found Benny’s head attached to an elf of all things. Yep I was also missing a vintage spaceman too.” Awww Benny that’s an offside chest and a ‘Yellow Card’ for you coz it’s a fish not #wheresbevvyspackage #bevvypix thinks you’re funny. And the story goes on at Stuck in Plastic 

Tickled Pink

Receiving the wrong letters doesn’t make #bevvypix ‘Tickled Pink’ and the story goes on and on at Stuck in Plastic #wheresbevvyspackage 

Going Green

#bevvypix is sure that foxy Roxy didn’t get the memo from stuck in plastic. I’m positive #wheresbevvyspackage shouldn’t be full of carrots. Nevermind, today we are Going Green.

Purple Haze

“Purple Haze, all around”, and I don’t know if #wheresbevvyspackage has been intercepted by this clown. Now he thinks it’s funny to keep #bevvypix on the run while she waits for stuck in plastic to deliver that all important @lego chest/package.

As I had already shot these images before, I then decided on titles. I proceeded to post this image on the day it was due (hence the lyrics Sing a Rainbow). Then herrsm pointed out in a comment that the timing had ironically coincided with the passing of the great Jimi Hendrix 50 years ago on that day.

Orange is the new Black

With all the control measures in place, #bevvypix will wear a mask but she’s not going over to wear the dark side mask, well not today. The Orange side is #wheresbevvyspackage will be delivered I’m sure. I think these two were trying to tempt me to accept the wrong package, and tell me that Orange was the new Black. 

Out of the Blue

Then Out of the Blue, a notification that #wheresbevvyspackage has been scheduled and I wonder what is going to be inside? A spaceman perhaps or a stingray, some more fish or something to review???

Indigo and that my friends is a wrap

But wait there more … Stuck in Plastic forever and the packages just keep coming. Be sure to check out our blogs and reviews. You may even want to join our various themes and this years Twenty Twenty’s movie theme.

How I failed at recreating one of my toy photos

Sometimes you make an image that you love, but end up not entirely happy with it. There is a tiny detail that you think is a bit off. You might notice it as soon as you take it. Or it might be years later. Eventually, you decide to attempt to fix it by reshooting the image.

The sad truth is that this is not always a successful endeavor.

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Tell a story

Huston, July we had a problem

And what happened to our sense of humour? We do have one , saying that as a team with the exception of @herrSM, we are guilty for not joining in last month, so please accept our apologies for our absence. As a result we did not have many entries either and choosing a winner was an easier task than normal. Thank you so much to everyone else who entered. So drum role please…

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The Mt Clutchmore Winter Classic

I’m sure like me you were all glued to your TV sets this weekend watching the sporting event of the year, right?

What do you mean you’ve never heard of the Mt Clutchmore Winter Classic?! It’s the most incredible show of athleticism in LEGO City! I was lucky enough to be there this year and I even paid for my own ticket this time (last time I got one for free!).

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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 Gingerbread House

A few weeks ago, Boris told me about the opportunity to review a LEGO Creator Expert set part of the Amusement Park series. I was a bit surprised as these used to be released in spring, and after the Roller Coaster, I wasn’t expecting something else in that series.

Nevertheless, I decided to accept the challenge. I had no idea what the set was, and was afraid it would be another set too big to easily transport outside. But I thought that if that was the case, then it would force me to take some indoor studio photos for a change.

Fast forward one or two weeks later, I get a shipping notification from our friends at LEGO. Two hours later, once back from work, I see on multiple LEGO news websites the official announcement for the new Creator gingerbread house. So it meant the set that had just been shipped from Billund was actually the gingerbread house.

I was partly disappointed (no new amusement ride for my city) and partly relieved (no struggle finding a place a place for it in the city). I was also partly excited (winter is coming!) and partly scared… It will take a few weeks before the first snow comes here in the North. This meant I had no choice and would have to put my (rusty) indoor photography skills to the test.

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The Best of the LEGO Jurassic World 2019 sets

I went to Denmark with a rather detailed (and long) list of the sets I wanted to buy while visiting the P-Shop. On top of that list, the complete series of new Jurassic World sets. I’ve spent my summer with all of them in my backpack. I even went on a road trip along the coast of Helgeland with them.

One of my first photo with the new Triceratops, taken during our fun challenge #ToyPhotographersDoItBetterTogether on the last day, in collaboration with @gehrkesven.

In this post, I want to share what inspires me photographically in the following sets:

I won’t go into all the details but focus on what I liked to photograph. If you’re looking for a full-fledge review, you can probably find one on Brickset which list both text and video reviews.

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A Dino in the Park

The new Jurassic park set is here. I’ve been lucky enough for LEGO to have sent me the set a bit earlier to shoot.

The set

As I opened the box I was immediately surprised by the sheer size of the set, clocking up 3120 pieces! The great thing about the build is that you can share it with a friend. There’s one book of instructions for the iconic “Jurassic Park” gate and another for the star of the original film, the T-Rex.

I set to work on the big beast and loved the way you can build it up section by section. You can then click each part, such as the tail sections, together.

My wife, Helena, tackled the gates and loved the fact that she got to build all the minifigs. She’s a big fan of the Jurassic World series so she knew all the characters’ names right from the off.

The first problem to hit me after the build was how on earth I was going to transport the model out to my version of Isla Nublar!
With plenty of small pieces on the gates, and the T-Rex being pretty heavy, I knew that I had a big job on my hands.

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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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