Sunday, 10 December 2017

BTS - Meditation with Master Wu

This is just a very short BTS about my latest shot on Instagram called „Meditation“. I tried this for the first time and thought I wanted to share this with you guys! 😃 This is the finished shot:

And the background and everything is so easy done, I had to show it to you... 😉

And that is how it is done... some bricks, plates, tiles, a minifigure and your computer thats about it. 🙂 Simple but (at least I think) a great outcome which I will use more often from now on! What do you think? Do you have questions? Tell me about your questions, opinions and your experiences in the comments down below! 😃👍🏻

Sacha

Saturday, 12 August 2017

BTS - The Great Dictator

For all of you interested in some behind the scenes shots on my most recent post about Charlie Chaplins „The Great Dictator“.

I love that Charlie Chaplin Figure and thought about doing some kind of MOC around it instead of just shoot it on a white background. 🙂

This is how the original photos looked like on Instagram:
The Great Dictator
And here are some close-ups and shots from different angles to let you see a bit more details... 🙂





I hope you like that little BTS and also my shot of course... 😉 If you have some additional questions feel free to comment down below.

Sacha

Friday, 17 March 2017

How to clean your LEGO bricks

 
I recently bought an older LEGO Star Wars set. It was the echo base with the set number Lego Star Wars 7749 - Echo Base. 😃 I paid $ 20.- and it said it would be in good condition (since it was on display and not played with). It arrived very well packed complete with instructions and all the parts without the box.
 
When I opened the package and looked at the pieces, you could clearly see that there were some scratches, smudges and dirt in general... Kind of like my LEGO looked when I got them from the attic of my parents after 15 years... 😉 So I decided to clean everything to make them look great again. 👍🏻

What do you need for that cleaning process:
  • dish washer or washing machine
  • washing bag
  • dirty LEGO pieces
  • a dry towel
 
Place all the seperated pieces in the washing bag and put it into your washing machine or as I do it into the dish washer. I use only a short program of 30 min. at around 50 degrees celsius... I also heard of parents washing the pieces at 95 degrees celsius for their children in the washing machine... I guess that is totally up to you. 😃 I also use just a small spoon of cleanser just to give them a slight cleaning.
 
After the dish washer has finished I take the whole bag out and place the pieces on a dry towel to let them dry some hours. I'm just too lazy to dry everything by hand... 😉 But I haven't had any problems with water spots after that.

That's about it. That is how I clean my used LEGO. Do you have another way? Or do you have any questions? Let me know in the comments! 😃

Sacha


Thursday, 12 January 2017

My new Foldio 2 Lightbox

I started looking at the FOLDIO 2 by Orangemonkie a bit over a year ago. But since it wasn't a cheap thing I never got one.

Until now... 😃

I ordered it with a special price at one of our local electronic stores and received it only one day later. Maybe you have no clue about it, maybe you also think about buying. Whatever it is, here is my review for you guys. 😉 
 
First of all, look at that amazing package! 😃 It looks like it comes from Apple! 😉
 
The inside is very well packed and the box itself is already in it's fabric cover to protect it. On the right side you'll find all the adapters and cables you need to use your lightbox.
 
When the box is folded it is very thin and can be carried very easy with the handle on top of it. Unfortunately the cover can't be used with the handle... 😕
 
The following things are included in the package:
  • the lightbox
  • four backgrounds (white, grey, green, black)
  • two LED-lights, dimmable
  • the power-cable
  • four different adapters (from the USA, the UK to europe and Asia everyone should be covered)
  • a fabric bag for all the cables
  • a short manual
Everything seems to be very well packed and feels very sophisticated.
 
And that is how the whole box looks assembled. 👍🏻 It is really easy to put up, since you just have to connect the magnets and you can't do it wrong. In this shot, the box misses the lights and the backdrop. Also, the box feels quite sturdy which makes it great to take it with you.
 
These are the four backdrops. Black seems to be the most advanced fabric which absorbs the light very good and it is hard to put wrinkles into it. Green and grey are a bit thinner and more like paper so be careful and the white one is just a plain white (maybe thick) piece of paper which gets wrinkled very easy! 😳🙂 They come in a transparent plastic bag and I guess I'll use it in the future also to store them.
 
So this is the finished box with lights and the white backdrop. As you can see, there is plenty of space to put your figures, sets or mocs into it and shoot them without having to worry about lighting or the background. 😃
 
Now I did shoot some pictures just to show you how it looks like! 😃 This is the white backdrop. Works very good and the lights are awesome. I'm glad that I can dimm them, because otherwise it could be too bright sometimes.
 
This is the grey backdrop. Not too much of a difference it rather looks like the white one only more dirty so... 😉
 
The green one is very useful for everyone that wants to work with the shot in Photoshop later. It is the classic green screen like in the movies. And also the free App (only for iPhones) is using that to make some fun pictures (read more down below). 📸
The black and the white background are my favourite. I really like the way these dark shots look like. Maybe they are just a slight touch too bright but you can easily dimm the lights even more or just make some edits afterwards. 😃
 
And as I said, there is an App in the AppStore to take pictures. Now you can use the App to adjust the temperature and the brightness of your picture which works very good for the people that ise their iPhone-Cam. But the highlight of the App is the special "filter" which recognises green, blue and red and turns these parts into another picture. So I took the snowtrooper onto the green backdrop and aimed at him with my iPhone, since the backdrop was all green the App changed the background from plain green to this snowy scenery automatically. It looks ok but you can see the problem. The green reflections... so maybe I need to work on it a bit more or yeah... maybe I just forget about the App to be honest... 😉

So for me the FOLDIO 2 is a great lightbox to use and I wouldn't give it back. It is easy to build up, easy to store, great to shoot everywhere and all in all a must-have for many toy photographers. 😃 (By the way: I wasn't payed to say that!)

If you need more information, check out it out here: FOLDIO 2 And as always, leave a comment if you have some ideas, tipps or if you think something is wrong. 😃

Sacha

Friday, 11 November 2016

How to sort and store your LEGO-Bricks

I always had a hard time finding the right system to sort and store my LEGO. As a child it was easy, since I did not care about every single piece too much or if I didn't find the right piece immediately. But as an adult I always wanted to build things myself and to store the bricks in a way that I could find everything fast and comfortable. 🙂
 
At first I tried to use the "Glis-Boxes" from IKEA (IKEA GLIS Box) They are quite useful and so I sorted everything in there. Then I numbered every box (at that time I had around 40 of these boxes).
 
Then I took 4 "Glis-Boxes" and put them into a "Tjena-Box" also from IKEA (IKEA TJENA-Box). Afterwards I took a photo of the content in every single box and printed a small book to find everything (according to the box-numbers) quite fast.

I can really recommend that system for smaller or mid-sized collections maybe up to 20'000 pieces max. But you can imagine, that the larger the collection gets the more problematic this system gets... So I was thinking of something new. And I found some inspiration in the last parts collection video by Jangbricks on Youtube (Click here).
 
And that are all of my parts today! 😳😃 I ordered these 5 big drawer-boxes on amazon and got 2 of the small tool-boxes for the small parts in my local DIY-/ Hardware-Store. Right now I sorted everything except of some display-sets and used around 4,5 of these boxes. You can find all details and prices about the boxes (and the different variations) on Amazon (IRIS - 12). For the smaller tool boxes you have to check your local DIY-Store since I got them in a sale and they aren't branded (Allit-Box). But honestly I like that they are made completely out of plastic so they aren't as heavy as the steel ones. 😃👍🏻
 
I sorted most of the pieces by color. Some are mixed when it comes to bricks and plates. Others are separated or even seperated into big or small plates. I did it how I think I find the needed pieces as fast as possible. I guess it is important that everyone finds his own system. 😃
 
In the smaller boxes and drawers are only the very small parts. Minifigure accessoires, steering wheels, seats, claws, 1x1 round plates, 1x1 plates, transclear pieces and things like that.

On top of all I placed some 16x32 and some 32x32 base plates with my most used minifigures... randomly put there and not in a specific order. Just the ones I'm not currently using but also don't want to put away. 🙂
 
Now that I sorted and stored everything this is my city layout and the place where I build or shoot. 🙂
 
Here it gets a bit less organised...
 
...and here I'll shoot my indoor shots! It changes from time to time but the place, the table and the lights stay. Not the best setup for sure but it works for me... The next thing I would love to get is one of the Foldio 2 Light Boxes with built-in LED's . But you know, we always need one next thing... 😉

I hope I was able to help you guys a little bit when it comes to organising and storing your loved bricks! 😃 If you have some tips for me and the others or if you have some questions just comment down below! 👍🏻

Sacha


PS: Update: I've got a Foldio 2, so check it out here: Link

Friday, 4 November 2016

My first ever MOC, Part 2

Last time I showed you my first ever MOC or actually the first part out of it. Today we are taking a closer look at the second floor. 😃

I knew from the beginning that I wanted to do a basement and a ground floor with completely different people and interiors. So what is really different than a secret lab in the basement? Yes, the flat of an older couple! And that's what I tried to create...
 
 
 
 
 
So that is my completed MOC. Honestly, I like it very much! And I'm a bit proud. I like the lab a bit more than the living room but both are my creations and I'm looking forward to doing more of that.

I wanted to do that for such a long time and had excuses every time I could have started. But now that I'm finished, it wasn't that hard but fun till the last second! 😃

Did you also create something? Do you have questions or tips? Feel free to comment!

Sacha

Friday, 28 October 2016

My first ever MOC, Part 1

I always wanted to build one of these little scenes in LEGO. A simple room or part of a building or whatever just comes to my mind. Unfortunately I never got around to doing it... 📝

In the last couple of days I had some more time and just started. I got some inspiration from fellow IGers and looked into the LEGO Neighbourhood book and then just started somewhere... and noticed it isn't that hard! 😃 So I buildt a lab in a basement...
 

 

 

 
That's it! 😃 I'm honestly pretty proud of it and I didn't had to buy a single piece... everything was here, sitting on my desk and waiting for me to use it! 👍🏻 And since this worked that well I actually thought about doing a floor on top of it, just for fun... but that will be another post (story). 😉

I hope you liked it and if you have any questions about the building, the pieces, the figures or whatever, put them into the comments or email me.

Sacha