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avanaut After working on the X-wing like a maniac for the last couple of days, I find myself missing the Y-wing. So, an oldie from May 2011: The Derelict. Yeah, it's Lego but it'll do. :D 16h

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avanaut Almost there, almost there... A long project is coming to an end, just a few more days and I have myself an X-wing fighter.

It's 200 days to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, by the way.
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avanaut A photograph from my "abandoned" pile, an experiment of motion blur from over a year ago. It was abandoned because I didn't have the time to work on the idea at the time and now it just feels done.

The same explained with a few more words in the #stuckinplastic blog.
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3d avanaut
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avanaut Closeup of Darthy's helmet, a cropped frame from yesterday's shoot. That snow effect is elusive, I thought I had it, didn't do it for a while and now it's surprisingly difficult to handle. I guess I need practice. 3d

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avanaut Darthy Darth Strikes Back. 4d

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avanaut Luckily, if a snowtrooper gets tired and falls under the strain, his protective wear keeps hypothermia away. It's actually quite cozy underneath all that armor.

I feel like the snowtrooper. Sort of. I posted a few words on tiredness on the Stuck in Plastic blog, it’s about the positive kind of tiredness.
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avanaut The Things That Go Bump in the Night. Another alternate image from the past, December 2010. This I didn't upload back then because the moon was not there when I shot this, I added it now to get the image that never was.

Going through these oldies is something I do to take my mind off from work, to think about something else when having a little break but being too immersed to go and take entirely new photos. Sometimes a nice frame is found while on such a break.
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avanaut I'm going through my photographs this week, opening archives I haven't opened in a while. I think I had most alternatives and rejects sorted out by now but this and that comes up. Like this one, an alternative to an unusually graphic depiction of life on Hoth photographed in January 2010.

A few weeks more and a couple of long projects come to an end and I'm off to new photographs.
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avanaut Ha! All these years photographing Lego and I never knew I had one of these.
After posting the tread link photograph a moment ago I went to the cellar trying to find the whole tread in an old box of Lego, my Lego, not the kid's. I didn't find the treads but I found a red spaceman I never knew I had. How could I forget something like this? I have no idea. But I am very happy I found this. I just had to shoot it on a 2001-ish setup with no cleaning at all. A true #flashbackfriday photo.

Oh, and there were several of those LEGO printed bricks.

Hey, @xxsjc, I got myself a genuine, worn out spaceman — and it's mine. :)
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  •   avanaut @sylamina2 Probably some I don't even know of, he's been awol all these years. 2w
  •   avanaut @legotologist It was fun indeed. :) 2w
  •   avanaut @smokebelch2 I was informed the red spaceman is the most ubiquitous of them all, but only one set had one with a sticker emblem. I am happy to own the rare one but at the same time I would like to have one with the printed emblem. Buying one is not really the same thing. The helmet is cool regardless. :) 2w
  •   brickadillo Super Retro! He's been lost in space for years, drifting helplessly on an epic adventure, but now he's home. Hope we see more of him soon. 2w
  •   avanaut @brickadillo There's certainly a history to this one, a history that may need to be explored a little. I will interview him for details. 2w
  •   brick_style Love the reflection...Kindly use #bricksplat! Thank you! 2w
  •   don_thefirst Awesome m8. 1w
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3w avanaut
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avanaut I stepped on this the other day, it didn't hurt but I thought it would make a nice #flashbackfriday post. Do you recognize it? It's an oldie, a link from a pre-technic Lego tracks. It's mine, hence the worn edges. 3w

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3w avanaut
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avanaut I bought a near-mint Graflex 3-Cell camera flash handle a few years ago, paid about $140 for it, which I thought was crazy. I missed a couple cheaper ones on an auction and I really, really wanted to own one, so I made a little too bold a bid and won. This was the closest I could get to owning a prop from Star Wars.

I added the Exactra bubble strip to the clamp and glued the rubber grips, which are pretty close to the originals. I didn't have the heart to drill a hole to the bottom of the handle for the D-clip that should go there, but other than that, this is a pretty decent replica of Luke Skywalker's lightsaber (apart from not being 'New York' stamped, this has the patent number, in case any true connoisseur out there was wondering #geek), it's a fun little thing to have around.

After the news of a new Star Wars movie surfaced a while ago, the prices on these began to slowly go up, but when the second #TheForceAwakens trailer came out, and a glimpse of Luke's lightsaber was on it, the prices leaped. Last week someone paid $760 for a mint unit.
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  •   avanaut @oninross There is something about it really works, gotta admire Roger Christian's vision on this. 3w
  •   gaz_bot I bought the Darth Vader lightsaber prop replica. Well worth the money - and makes a great mantle piece! 3w
  •   avanaut @gaz_bot The MR replica? That's pretty nice. I tried to find an original MPP Microflash handle (Vader) as well at the time but never found one so I gave up. 3w
  •   theplasticgeek I think that $760 was a fluke, you can still find $300 buy it now auctions. 3w
  •   avanaut @theplasticgeek Yeah, this was on eBay, notorious for high prices, but apparently there were others that went for around $400 to $500. At this very moment there is an auction closing on a Graflex lightsaber in 30 minutes and the bid is a high $355.50. The thing is that it's allegedly a replica, not a genuine item. The seller never says it's a replica, nor does he claim it's a real one either. It's a pretty tricky thing to buy the real thing these days. 3w
  •   avanaut @theplasticgeek Oh, spotted one that seems to be real, starting bid $299.90. I haven't followed these in years, only heard about the rising prices a couple of days ago and checked them out. 3w
  •   theplasticgeek There are a few easy ways to spot replicas, such as square based on the brass plugs, or screws used on the ears instead of a rivet, but yeah expect a lot of replicas to pop up. I'm still hoping to get a real one some day. 3w
  •   gaz_bot @avanaut I think it's that version. The blade is detachable and it has accurate sounds based on how you hold it. I know it cost me over $200 though. 3w

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4w avanaut
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avanaut Time for the Silver Surfer. One from the archive, an unpublished frame. 4w

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4w avanaut
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avanaut The X-wings, you gotta love them! This one’s mine and far from being ready to fly, it's a project photo. Once I have cleared my current work related project, which keeps me really busy for a few weeks more, I can resume working on it, it only needs a couple of days and it’s done.

I am a big fan of the Y-wing fighter, always was. However, building the X-wing has allowed me to take a first hand look at the design of the hero starfighter of the Battle of Yavin and I’ve grown to appreciate it much more. I have not seen the movies in years, but with all the new information on the models that has surfaced during the past few years, my admiration for the early ILM model builders is only growing deeper.

If I wrote books, I’d write a one about these. It would be a big book!

Happy Star Wars day!
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avanaut A #throwbackthursday timezone special (it's thursday over here already). This is one of the earliest Lego on Hoth photographs I have taken, if not the first one. From Oct 2009. I was very happy with this even if the "snow" turned into a white mess. Still happy with it. 2mon

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avanaut Still messing around with the narrow poster thingies, this time with the Lego Slave 1 UCS model. 2mon

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avanaut Boba Fett was the most interesting new villain in the Empire Strikes Back, enigmatic and cool. To be offed in Return of the Jedi by accident is one of the more underwhelming moments in box office cinema. I would not object if one of these days we would hear the word of his return, perhaps in a standalone movie of his own.

Busy with projects, this is from May 2012. Re-edited a bit.
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2mon avanaut
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avanaut Ka-Boom! A flashback friday photograph from Feb 2011. Nobody was hurt. Have a great weekend! 2mon

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2mon avanaut
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avanaut This was a no-brainer, Boba needs his pal... associate... umm, fellow bounty hunter to be posterized too. 2mon
  •   smokebelch2 @avanaut yeah I know what you mean, feel the same about the Mezco Batman. Wonderful thing to play with, but can't seem to get a shot of it im particularly happy with. These Iggy shots are gorgeous though! 2mon
  •   avanaut @fancy_parts Yes indeed, how would anyone get a katakana tattoo without checking it out first for absolute certain is beyond me. I mean I check them even for these posters. Weird things happen in the world. 2mon
  •   fancy_parts @avanaut naah. Not things, just stupid peoples 2mon
  •   avanaut @smokebelch2 And what amazes me is that it's near impossible to know before actually photographing the item. Looking great doesn't guarantee screen appeal. 2mon
  •   fancy_parts @avanaut oh yes.. The idea in my head is always looks better, than I shoot it 2mon
  •   fancy_parts Also the same problem with shooting 1/43 scale cars 2mon
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  •   awesome_robots Wow 2mon

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avanaut I had to give Iggy another go. 2mon

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2mon avanaut
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avanaut IG-88, the difficult one. Iggy just doesn't like to be photographed, it seems, I always end up with frames that look either weird or like package art. Why? I don't know. Still, I try from time to time, I get decent frames but they lack that something that makes them worth posting. This one falls into the category of package art -ish. 2mon
  •   mrnostripes Awesome shot! 2mon
  •   fancy_parts Great work! 2mon
  •   steinerology True! I never really thought about it like that. I've always enjoyed the contrast that a white background has with a darker subject like this but I think your right it does shows allot! Love your work! 2mon
  •   tofero I'm digging it 2mon
  •   sandi_gee Beautiful!! 2mon
  •   grhymer The only backup a guy needs... 2mon
  •   scottyhaze1111 Wow that's so bad ass looking, I love how his arms are crossed, so sick!!! 2mon

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