Toy Envy Makes the World a Better Place

This post starts with a little toy envy and ends with (spoiler alert!) an act of kindness. Its a story about a great act of kindness and the joy of Christmas shared across the globe. But first, let me introduce myself. My name is Nicole and I’m fairly new to the Toy Photography scene. I may be new, but I’ve been enjoying every minute of the journey.

I started my toy photography IG account, @this.tiny.world, back in July and I’ve been embraced and encouraged by this community. Thank you! I’ve yet to join the G+ community but I have plans to! I simply need to find the time and patience to figure out another social media platform. Meanwhile, in my journey through the many Instagram feeds of wonderful toy photographers, I stumbled across Shelly’s feed. I immediately became a fan. Here is where I should confess that amongst all the various collections of tiny toys I had up to this point, Lego had not yet entered the picture.  After seeing how they can be used so creatively, I quickly became interested. And so another collection begins. 🙂

Enough about my journey into toy photography, I’m here to talk about toy envy.   Continue reading Toy Envy Makes the World a Better Place

Keko vs Neko: Epic Staring Contest

Keko vs Neko: Epic Staring Contest

What started out as a happenstance encounter has amplified into a full on battle of wits. Watery eyes or fried circuits are a possibility.

Keko: a charming Lego Robot designed by Peter Ried (Designer of Lego Ideas set – Exo Suit 21109)

Neko: Japanese for Cat (Cat designed by Schleich)

The first encounter: Early morning. Blue hues. Staring ensues.

Staring Contest Beginnings
Keko discovers Neko staring at him in the early morning light.
Round 2
Round 2
Red Stare
Red Stare – not to be confused with red scare
Staring through golden hour
Yellow stare – It was quite difficult for both parties to remain staring through such a beautiful golden sunset. They could see it in their periphial vision.
Level up: Obscured staring
Level up: Obscured staring
Robot attempts to pet cat
Will this be the end? Who will win? Cat eyes almost always close on the touch of a human hand… but will this strategy work for Keko?

~ Joseph Cowlishaw (joecow)

Space Cowboys and Saturdays

I’m fairly new to toy photography. I only started about a year and a half ago. I’ve always been into collecting toys of all sorts but had not followed the toy photography scene at all. Years ago I stumbled upon some comical 3.75” Stormtrooper images on the internet which I thought were fun, but I had not yet seen many Lego minifigure photos.

I took my first stumbling baby steps photographing toys in spring of 2016. It was without any plan or theme, just randomly choosing figures I liked, including 3.75” stormtroopers and some LEGO minifigs. In the early summer of 2016 my wife and I took a trip to Budapest. Before going there I got an idea of taking a vintage LEGO spaceman minifig with me. I had still not discovered the phenomenon of taking toys with you on trips and I thought I had come up with something original. No one has seen a red spaceman traveling the world, taking pictures while doing it. Right? How wrong was I and how little did I know back then.  Continue reading Space Cowboys and Saturdays

La Ronde

A Structuralist Tale: Six single pictures that may be seen independently from one another. Yet they are connected by a ‘structural’ idea, a formal rule. The story has no beginning, and no end: Pick any picture you want as a starting point. And you can also read the sequence backwards. Shuffling the pictures would not work though. Does this provide narrative? It is up to you to decide.

Review: LEGO 21312 Women of NASA

I’ve known Maia Weinstock via Flickr for a few years, so when I heard that her “Women of NASA” set was being released on November 1st, I knew I wanted one right away. I had a feeling the set would be popular, so I ordered one in the middle of the night on release day from LEGO Shop@Home.

I’m very happy with this set. All three vignettes were fun and interesting to build and are great tributes to these amazing women. There are already many reviews about this set and the builds, so I’d like to write this one from a minifigure photographer’s perspective. Continue reading Review: LEGO 21312 Women of NASA

Why? by xJohns

I’m Johnson aka xJohns, my moniker on the Internet. I love photography. When I first bought my DSLR camera in 2008, it was just to capture all the wonderful memories of my first-born daughter. Later, as my interest grew, I was eager to learn more about outdoor photography such as Nature, Architecture, Landscape, etc. But somehow, due to my commitment at work and family life, the chances to shoot outdoors became impossible.

Actually, I’m a grown-up guy with a kiddo heart. I love collecting toys to display in my entertainment room. Eventually my wife started nagging that my room has becoming a toy room rather than what it is supposed to be. Feeling discouraged by her words, my toy collecting slowed down. Both my favorite hobbies felt like they were coming to an end. Continue reading Why? by xJohns

Out-Create

“You have to out-create the destruction – it’s the only way.”

Tori Amos

It was a fluke, really, this whole photographing LEGO Minifigures thing. You see, I didn’t know what I was doing. But I started putting a LEGO stormtrooper in my pocket before leaving the house every day. I named him Larry.

The funny thing about Larry is that he’s a stormtrooper, right? He’s a soldier so he doesn’t show emotion and he’s part of the Empire, the bad guys. Except I gave Larry a backstory. He’s no longer in the employ of the Imperials. Sometimes the perceived bad guys are just in a bad situation, but they can break out of it. They can question authority and think for themselves. Once Larry understood the ideals of the Empire, he chose not to be a part of that. He chose to get out. So he defected and now he has this heavy heart, holding a piece of himself close: that beam of a stray light, that filament of a spark that no one can douse. Continue reading Out-Create