Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Sixty Sundays: #LEGO #GameOfThrones on #Instagram

Sixty Sundays. I have been posting these Game of Thrones photos for past 60 Sundays on Instagram. Before that first Sunday, I sort of posted a LEGO photo here and there, if I had nothing else to post. I had just found the perfect head for my sigfig, but I didn't even know there was an active community of all kinds of people who take meaningful photos of timeless plastic toys.

Fifty-nine Sundays later, I have been interacting with people in the LEGO photography community on a daily basis. The pieces of plastic that I have chosen to represent my dog and myself have traveled the world, and they will continue to do so, if I can find more bubble mailers. Over the course of 60 Sundays, I find myself posting daily on not one, not two, but three LEGO-centric Instagram accounts -- one for often silly personal topics, another for a webcomic / community contests, and a third to try to give back to the community that's been so kind to the first two, by encouraging newer accounts to keep shooting, posting, and improving.

In any case, here are the final five Game of Thrones spoiler photos, until next summer, at the earliest.

In "Blood of my Blood," Samwell claimed House Tarly's family sword Heartsbane for his own, before running off to Oldtown with Gilly and baby Sam.

In "The Broken Man," we met the real hero of Season Six, Lyanna Mormont, for the first time.

In "No One," Arya Stark finally found herself, and she's either a killer ... or Batman.

"Battle of the Bastards" was the best episode ever, so far.

In "The Winds of Winter," Jon Snow was declared the King in the North! (Among other revelations and cliffhangers.)

And that's all 60 episodes of Game of Thrones.

I want to give a heartfelt thank you to all those who have joined me -- or should I say, who have graciously invited me to join them -- on this journey of smiles and high fives and LEGO. Cheers!

I don't know what to write about next month. I'll figure it out, hopefully. Cheers!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Penultimate #LEGO #GameOfThrones Post for 2016!

I started recreating still frames from Game of Thrones, in LEGO, in 2014 -- on Tumblr. Since I didn't feel like part of the community there, in any niche, that experiment lasted for about two posts.

I began to post LEGO Game of Thrones photos on Instagram right after the fifth season finale, in 2015. I re-recreated the first two episodes, previously posted on Tumblr, slightly improving the photograph quality. For the Tumblr version, I used an outdated point-and-shoot "superzoom" camera; for Instagram, I used a low-end DSLR.

I posted for 50 Sundays in a row, covering all episodes from the first five seasons of the show. I needed to fill the gap between the end of the fifth season and the anticipated beginning of the sixth. In fact, the sixth season was well under way by the time I finished the 50 episode photograph series.

I chose not to stop after episode 50. With the sixth season in progress, obviously, there were more episodes to recreate with LEGO photography. Without further ado, here are recreations from the first half of the sixth season of Game of Thrones, as spoilers in LEGO.

In "The Red Woman," the red priestess Melisandre is (1) older than she looks and (2) sleeps in the nude. Someone who uses the phrase "can't unsee this" in regards to physical appearance is almost always a superficial person. Being superficial is a very average thing do be, and I'm beginning to despise average superficial people. (Okay, not "beginning to" ... )

Jon Snow wakes up from his dirt nap in "Home." It's more of a table nap than a dirt nap. In any case, Jon was dead, and Melisandre's prayer/magic spell and ironic lack of faith did the trick. Cue the first lyric from "Days of the Week" by Stone Temple Pilots: "Monday, back from the dead ..."

We lost another direwolf in "Oathbreaker": Rickon's Shaggydog.

In "Book of the Stranger," Jon Snow reunites with Sansa Stark. He also rocks the man-bun.

In "The Door," a young stable boy named Wylis becomes Hodor, and Hodor dies while holding the door. Bran's direwolf Summer also dies fighting the White Walkers and their wights (zombies). The Three-Eyed Raven also dies, and so do Leaf and the last of the Children of the Forest. This is all Bran's fault.

I have three more episodes to recreate and photograph in LEGO, and that's it for LEGO Game of Thrones in 2016! Unless, of course, if George R.R. Martin finishes and publishes The Winds of Winter before the end of the year, I might recreate non-TV scenes from the book in LEGO form.

But probably not. I'll blog again sometime in August. Cheers!