Yesterdays post by Pinar, explaining what LEGO sets she likes and why, made me take stock of the sets I am attracted to and why. I will be frank, I am a toy photographer who specializes in LEGO, not an AFOL. I know, sometimes it is hard to tell the difference.

Pinar and I have similar tastes in the sets we like to purchase and play with but for different reasons. Her favorite sets revolve around the licensed sets for Pirates of the Caribbean, The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings and Star Wars because she enjoyed either the movies or video games that support them.  I like these sets because I can play with them in ways that go beyond the original source material.

It doesn’t take a big leap of imagination to turn the antics of Jack Sparrow into some serious pirate play. Star Wars can work both as a metaphor for life with the anonymous Stormtrooper or reflect a love of space and exploration.  I love the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit franchises not only because I love the books but because I am a big fan of fantasy and magic. I love to bring that sense of the improbable into my photography.

It was obvious The Lone Ranger franchise  would struggle, not only because  it is a mediocre movie, but who plays cowboys and Indians anymore? Talk about an outmoded stereotype. Luckily we where given the Tonto mini figure who remains one of my favorites to photograph. What a face!

With the imminent arrival of Scooby Doo I cant help but think of the far superior Monster Hunters theme. With the introduction of a Scooby Doo haunted mansion, we have an updated version of those classic monster hunters only now with Scooby and Shaggy doing the ghost hunting.  It will be interesting to see if this theme has legs beyond a few sets.

All this brings me to my favorite Lego line to photograph: Chima.  For me, as a photographer, I find their lack of pop culture baggage to be refreshing. The figures are some of the most intricate and beautiful LEGO has every created and they are a joy to photograph. I love the birds with their wings, the elephants, lions, crocodiles, spiders…the list goes on and on.  They are a photographers dream. I have watched a few episodes of the TV show that supports the theme so I have a general idea of the back story; butI find that it is just as easy to create my own.

I feel sure that LEGO knows what it is doing with all these different themes and licensed sets. No matter what your tastes or needs are, I know you will find something to satisfy you; whether it is a trip down memory lane or inspiration for a new photograph. It is this diversity that keeps LEGO strong across all age groups

~ xxsjc

What is your favorite theme to photograph? 

What is your favorite theme to collect?