Have you ever taken a toy photo without the toy?

Well, maybe not quite without the toy, but certainly without the figure.

As toy photographers, we so often photograph figures. I mean, that’s the whole point right? Telling stories about and with our toy figures, be it LEGO, Playmobil, Hasbro, Hot Toys or any other kind of toy you photograph! We are photographers and story tellers and we love our figures.

That said, I wanted to try something different. So I started an ongoing series of photos featuring objects alone, without a figure, or only showing very small parts of the figure (a hand, for example). I wanted to tell some stories without characters. I wanted to showcase some of the wonderful accessories that are available to us.

For example, this magnifying glass is one of my favourite accessories in LEGO. I mean, it actually magnifies (a bit)! So many awesome ways to use this!

A magnifying glass that actually magnifies? How awesome.


I thought it would be cool to start a new hashtag to go alongside this idea of photographing our toy accessories.  So I’d like to introduce #nofigurefriday.

This Friday why not join in the fun over on G+, Instagram or whatever social media channel you use, and take a toy photograph without the figure.

Pick your favourite accessory, the one that speaks to you, snap a photo and post it up with the hashtag!

Maybe it will be a tiny cup of coffee…


A happy cup of coffee left on the side.

or your favourite hat…

Where there’s a cowboy hat, there’s probably a spaceman somewhere.

or maybe even some tasty sushi.

Everyone loves a little sushi!

You decide!

I’ll be watching the hashtag over the day so I’d love to see your photos appear on G+ or Instagram!

– Lizzi
Stepping on Bricks