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When Does Your Hobby Make You Laugh?

Whatever ideas we express through the prism of toy photography, this hobby is always a source of joyful energy. I’m sure you have your favorite funny scenes or memorable behind-the-scenes moments that make your work special. Now I’ll make an academic presentation of situations that are far from serious. Elaborately …

LEGO Cindy Sherman

Hello Toy Photography Group. My name is @bevvypix I have been asked to take over your blog today by Shelly. You normally see me over at StuckinPlastic.com writing blogs and on occasion photographing as part of their creative team for The LEGO Group. I am honored to be asked to …

Creating a New Reality

Adam Savage, the famous MythBuster, is fond of saying, “I reject your reality, and substitute my own.” With clever use of toys and Photoshop, substituting one’s own reality becomes child’s play. Recently I got the chance to put this into action. While on vacation in July, I found myself in …

Play Arts Kai Cloud Strife Review

Final Fantasy is an extremely long, very convoluted and barely coherent game series. There’s… uh…13 of them so far, I think? The only one that matters right now though, is Final Fantasy 7, because we’re going to be looking at the game’s protagonist Cloud Strife. Put in the simplest terms, …

Traveling with toys

Traveling with toys is problematic. How many toys do I bring, which ones do I pack, what accessories are important and what additional tools will I need is just the beginning of my decisions. Then I need to start asking how much time do I need to spend with my …

Mad Scientist’s notes

“My name is Dr. Curtis Connors. And yes, I’m left-handed. But I’m not a cripple, I’m a scientist, the world’s foremost authority on Herpetology, that’s Reptiles for those who don’t know. I want to fix myself, create a World Without Weakness!” “What you see here is a computer model of a …

Melbourne Meetup Updates

With the October the 19th Toy Photographers Melbourne Meetup just around the corner, here’s overview of the day we’ve got planned, including some of the locations, some of the competitions, some of the prizes, some of the activities. Yes, that’s a lot of ‘somes’, but I like surprises. And I …

SH Figuarts Mario

I can’t count the number of times the SH Figuarts Mario has made his way into my online shopping cart, only to be removed for some other toy. So, when I stumbled upon him at my local toy shop at a discounted price, I didn’t think twice about snapping him …