We have been asked to share our top five mini figures with you. This is a variation on one of those Instagram tags that occasionally circle through the toy photography community. The last time I did this, my choices where not well thought out and I totally muffed it; this time I am hoping for a better result. Instead of sharing my top five mini figures though, I am going to tell you who I would want to be stranded on a desert island with.
I know its a small distinction, but a crucial one. When you have all the collectable mini figures, classic space, TMNT, Ninjago, Star Wars, Middle Earth, Chima, Friends, Galaxy Squad, DC/Marvel, plus a fair amount of customs to choose from….the difficulty of narrowing it down to only five mini figures becomes a daunting task at best. So I am going to narrow my choices down to the five figures I would want to be stuck on a desert island with. Of course I am assuming I will still have a camera, fresh batteries, more than a few large SD cards and maybe a little internet access (a girl can fantasize…right?).
So without further ado, here is who I would pack and why?
1) Keiko, a Peter Reid designed robot
Ok maybe he’s not a true mini figure, but I love this guy and he goes on all my photo outings with me. In fact he has his own traveling case separate from everyone else. This might explain why I am currently using Keiko v2 since I lost v1 sometime this spring. This ended up working pretty well since I am in procrastination mode and I am sorting all our LEGO. I was able build him better now that I can actually find all the right parts! Keiko is the ultimate explorer.
2) ClassicWhite Space Explorer
This was an easy choice, ok maybe not that easy. But when I looked at all my Classic Space, MTron, Galaxy Squad and Star Wars mini figures I chose the original, the one that started it all. He can represents all that is good about space exploration in one simple mini figure.
3) Eris (fire suit)
I am pretty sure most people are aware that I have a
strange strong affinity for the Chima LEGO line. This is probably because the Chima characters don’t have a lot of pop culture baggage attached to them. Playing with Chima is like photographing in a new universe, anything is possible. Eris, in her fire suit, embodies all that is good about the Chima line: a strong character, beautifully designed and fun to photograph.
4) Swamp Monster
This is one of the first mini figures I purchased and he is still a favorite. (I am pretty sure I just outed myself as a newbie since this set came out in 2012). The Swamp Monster represents the perennial outsider questing for acceptance and love. Because he is at home in both water and on land, He is fun to photograph in any situation.
It’s always this last choice that trips me up. I could have chosen Cat Woman, Geisha Girl, a Ninja, Proto Boba Fett, the Watchers or one of the Native American mini figures just as easily. But I decided to go with the Lego Velociraptor because we have had so much fun together.
Now that you know who I would choose to pack on my desert island adventure, which LEGO mini figures would you choose?
Woah! Very awesome nomination Shelly! Great figs too!
Thanks Phil! What are yours?
My top 5 minifigures change with whatever project I’m working on, because what keeps them, and me, occupied is the story of their relationships and interactions. But, then again, I don’t see myself as a photographer as much as a storyteller, with the photos as tools for telling the stories (in fewer than 1000 words?).
Lynn, Considering how you use your mini figs, as an extension of your literary works, it makes sense that they would change depending upon your need. Although I do have strong fondness of Patricio. 😀
Great question, Shelly. I’ve been thinking I should count my minifigures sometime, not just keep them in boxes and dig them out at random when going on photowalks.
Selecting 5 was a lot of fun. Photographing them too, so thanks for the inspiration. And my 5 are… My 1st travel buddy, Furty, a stormtrooper, a rebel commando and a Futuron space explorer.
Here’s why: http://davirasm.blogspot.se/2015/07/my-5-castaways.html
Dave I read your post and your reasons. I love it! Thanks for sharing! Shelly
Great figures Shelly! My favorites must be Proto Fett, Stormtrooper (2012 version) Bartman, Frankenstein and Owen. It is so difficult to think of the favorites!!
I agree Matias, it is a near impossible task to have to choose! I like your choices though, they represent a nice range! 😀