A Girls’ Day Out

You may remember.
A few weeks ago we at Stuck in Plastic had a VIP seat on The Blue Carpet.
We got to see the new Marvel Superheroes show off in front of the camera provided by our dear friends over at The LEGO Group. We decided that we also wanted to share the excitement with our new friends. So, we reached out on our Discord Chat Channel and asked a few lucky heroes and heroines to accept The Blue Carpet Marvellous challenge.
And they did.
So we ended up shipping a full box of Marvelness around the world, and this is what our heroines came up with.

First up we introduce AliceBrickland and her Girls’ day out

Right — even Superheroes need a break sometimes.
And Scarlet Witch, Monica, Sylvie, Captain Carter, and Gamora decided to take a trip to Harry Potter’s film set Diagon Alley.
A day full of nerdy fun, magical adventures, and tasty sweets.

But first things first.
No girls’ day can start without the compulsory group picture.
Yet, Gamora hates it…

A compulsory girlie group photo

On Set

Cheerful and excited, the girls enter the magical hurly-burly of Diagon Alley and stroll open-mouthed through the real-looking street with all its little shops, dressed-up wizards, and delicious smells. 

“Let’s go to Ollivanders Wand Shop!”

Scarlet Witch suggests.
Inside she found her perfectly matching wand within seconds.
To the amusement of the others Voldemort’s wand it is!
Maybe that’s why Scarlet Witch acts a little disrespectful?

What is up Next

Next, the heroes want to test their flying skills. While the others admire the different brooms, Captain Carter is kind of bored.
Sure she will be faster on her own shield.

“I accept this challenge!”

Gamora laughs.
And so the two of them compared themselves in a little air race.
What is your guess: who won?

Broom vs Shield

After the exciting race, the girls need to cool down and take a break.

Sweets it is.

So they went for delicious ice cream.
It seems that Alligator Loki loves gelato too.
Maybe even a little too much.
Out of sheer greed, he bit Sylvie on her hand and her chocolate ice cream fell down on the floor.
Luckily her hand isn’t badly hurt!

I Scream or was it Ice cream

Strengthened, the friends visit Scribbulus Writing Implements and the bookseller Flourish and Blotts to buy some souvenirs. Sweets in huge quantities can’t hurt either so they stock themselves up at Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. And of course one or the other might have exaggerated …

As a grand finale of a great day, Monica wished for a nerdy fan snapshot with a Hagrid double.

A fan shot :)

Pleased from the fun day the girls start their way home and agree that regular excursions will now become an annual tradition.

And so our marvelous girls end their visit to Diagon Alley.

Have you any suggestions on what the girls could visit next?
Maybe a stop at the Xmas village?
Or take that Fender out for a concert.
Write it down in the comments below and get Astrid inspired to shoot her next adventure.

Thank you, Alice

Thank you Alice for these wonderful photographs and storyline.
We enjoyed reading your girls’ day out and can’t wait to see what you come up next.
If you dont follow Alice on IG, we can really recommend to tag along and explore her journey and her Kingdom of Elandria.

Now, who will be next?

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Santa’s Visit

We know, we know it’s only September, so don’t panic. But do read on as we anticipate the arrival of a Santa’ Visit in the form of the wonderful new LEGO Christmas Winter Village set 10293 due for release on October 1st. But wait, Santa tells us there is a presale starting on 16th September for all LEGO VIPs. When we had news that our dear friends at The LEGO Group were sending us two presents ahead of release, we couldn’t resist getting all christmassy. We gave Julien and Bev the task of creating some Christmas magic.

Flashback

During the RMFL days back in June. We were given a sneak peek as Designer Chris McVeigh presented us with the finished build. He told us about his mother’s secret cookie recipe and how he incorporated this tiny little detail into the set. After all what is Christmas without the smell of cookies baking in the oven, made with lots of love!

Bev passes by a few weeks before and saw dad posting a letter to Santa

Twas the Night before Christmas

Picture the scene, it is the night before Christmas. As we snuggle up with family and watch tv or play some family games, you may even bake some cookies while we await the arrival of Santa Claus.

This brick built house is truly beautiful and full of exciting details. First we take a look at the exterior. A snow covered roof protects the family all warm and cosy inside. The house is made up of blue bricks and has a cute little elevation above the front door in which we get to spy a little present left behind hidden in the attic. The windows invite us to take a look inside, especially when we see the little bird sitting on the windowsill. Perhaps waiting for bread and cookie crumbs to take back to her bird box hidden in the snow covered tree.

Julien pays a visit before Santa arrives

And the all important chimney stands proud covered in snow waiting for Santa to visit and drop down below. Not forgetting the Christmas Tree, decorated so nice and complete with its very own lights.

The Arrival of Santa

One red suit, one red hat, two black boots and a white beard perfectly groomed, and yet never to be seen. Beneath the moonlight in the still of the night, he visits from house to house delivering presents to boys and girls around the world.

“Hey Bev, Did Santa get stuck in the Chimney? ”

Did Santa get stuck in the chimney? We can reveal, no he didn’t. In true Santa style, he drops down the chimney with all the presents ready to place under the tree. Once inside the family home, there is lots to explore, from a fitted kitchen with super cute accessories, a table for the family to sit around, eating cookies and drinking hot chocolate. Then resting in front of a beautiful fireplace, before going up to bed.

You are really going to love this set as much as Julien and I do. On that note, we will leave it up to you to explore the inside on Christmas morning. So, while the Autumn leaves begin falling outside, we will leave you with a little Stuck in Plastic recipe to get you into the Christmas Spirit.

A Santa’s Visit Recipe

by Bev

Ingredients

3 Cookies for Santa
1/4 glass of milk
1/2 Cup of Sugar & Spice
1 Spoon not naughty but nice
1 Cup of Love
3/4 Hang up the stockings high up above
Ps. Don’t forget the carrots for the reindeers

Method

  1. Go to bed early and close your eyes tight,
  2. Make sure you are sleeping, so you don’t see who’s coming tonight.
  3. Add some magic and some all purpose flour.
  4. Add in the chimes of the clock by the hour.
  5. Stir in some cookies and a little nice treat,
  6. Add in a pitter-patter of reindeer feet.
  7. Next listen for the clunk and the clatter, as Santa Visit’s our house,
  8. But no sound on the rooftop, not even a mouse.
  9. Mix in the silence of Christmas eve night,
  10. Bake until morning as the day turns to light.
  11. Add in the presents that you receive,
  12. And remember to dream, imagine and believe.
Santa enjoying his cookies and milk before the clock strikes 12 and secretly spotted by Bev

A final touch before Santa leaves, he greets with a snowman and gives him an extra little gift. On that note, from all the crew, let us be the first to wish you all a very “Merry Christmas,” “Joyeux Noël,” “Frohe Weihnachten,” “Prettige Kerst,” “Nadolig Llawen,” “Hyvää joulua!” and “god jul!”

Santa doesn’t realise he has been captured on camera by Bev

Let us know how you will be spending this Christmas eve, do you stick with tradition or do you go with the flow?

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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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RLFM 21 And It’s a Wrap

During the next interview on the Stuck in Plastic schedule, we were joined by Signe the RLFM host and Head of Community Growth and Tormod, The Head of AFOL Engagement. Boris has met these wonderful folks before and has a great relationship with them. However, I was a rookie, a newbie to the whole RLFM Days. Shortly afterwards, we wrap up our interviews as we head to Hogwarts and speak to the Harry Potter Design team.

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RMFL 21 Attending the Virtual Event

Just over two weeks ago, Boris and myself attended The LEGO Group’s virtual 2021 event. Boris is our Ambassador of Stuck in Plastic and has attended the RLFM days in person every year. However, it was my first ever attendance and I really wasn’t sure what to expect. Read on as Bevvypix reports …

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It’s A Small World with David Gilliver

Recently Bevvypix asked our Feature Friday guest if he would like to tell us all about his toy photography. And without hesitation David said yes. Bev was introduced to his work whilst studying her MA in Photography. Although she specifically use Lego in her images, she was interested to know there are other types of toy photographers out there, all creating little universes and highlighting environmental issues in different ways.

Without further avail, let us introduce the Miniature Worlds and creative Toy Photography of published artist David Gilliver.

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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.

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Did I fail my #SiPgoes52 project?

As you may have noticed if you follow me on social media, I haven’t posted a SiPgoes52 picture in a while. Now, it has been several months since my last picture on this project.

If you remember my initial post, I had everything planned in advance. A small set-up that I can install at home. I was trying to think about my picture ideas in advance, and take those pictures in advance.

But one thing came in the middle of that and ruined the initial plan: LIFE!

Yes. It was Saturday afternoon. I was planning my pictures to shoot on Sunday: Hope and Action. I was looking for an idea for Quality, but I was called to work on Sunday, and my plans got ruined.

I didn’t take any picture that Sunday, and thus missed my Wednesday slot. Then, came the weekend of our toy safari and once again, no time to take any SiPgoes52 picture. Then, I lost track of time and motivation, and so I didn’t pursue the project. And now, 20 weeks later, I have not taken any additional picture.

Does that mean that I failed? Will I ever continue? Continue reading “Did I fail my #SiPgoes52 project?”