Well, this guy FINALLY arrived at my local Toys R Us. I've been hunting for one of these NECA Soldier Apes for months, and had almost given up hope of ever finding one, but last night, there were a half dozen of them on the shelf. I've never been big fan of the original Mego figures, and have pretty much ignored the new "Mego-inspired" lines, but these Planet of the … [Read more...] about Planet of the Apes – 8″ retro figure by NECA
Did you feel that? A disturbance in the force of collecting, as if millions of collectors cried out with joy -- Hake's has released their latest auction catalog. Okay, maybe that's a little melodramatic but I actually feel that way when a new Hake's catalog is unveiled online. I feel as if collectors across the globe are simultaneously scrolling through the thousands of items, … [Read more...] about A few of my favorite things — Hake’s auction #214
It's amazing how the background of a picture can take a photo from meh to magnificent! It's not difficult to achieve some really exciting results using items you can find laying around the house. If you want your subject to really pop out, use a background color from the opposite side of the color wheel. Greedo is green, so an orange sheet of paper certainly makes him … [Read more...] about What’s going on back there? Taking better toy photos
So, there's a theme going on this week -- action figure photography. Taking photos of action figures is one of my favorite hobbies, it's like being a photographer to the stars, without the big budget and celebrity egos. Action figures are just lifeless lumps of plastic, but you might be surprised at how life-like those figures can be with the proper placement of your … [Read more...] about Lights, Camera, Action Figures!
I've been playing with my toys lately, and found this amazingly simple trick to really add some bang to your action figure photography. You only need three things that you probably already have laying around the house: 1. cotton, 2. yellow spray paint, and 3. flashlight. Spray paint the cotton -- don't worry about total coverage -- less is more in this case. Place the … [Read more...] about “Explosive” trick for action figure photography
The other day, I showed you my new lighting setup for taking action figure photos. The lack of a lightbox to diffuse the harsh light was preventing me from getting the shots I really wanted, especially for straight up product shots. A trip to the fabric store solved the problem. I purchased a yard of white nylon fabric, and draped it over some PVC pipes I rigged up to the … [Read more...] about Action figure photography … getting better
I love to take photos of action figures but it's a bit of a headache to set up the light booth and lamps. It's not easy when you have to dismantle your photo booth and lighting setup after every session. I was inspired by Philip's new home photo studio over at Battlegrip, and challenged myself to come up with a semi-permanent setup of my own. Here's an overview of the … [Read more...] about Action Figure Photography — new lighting setup!
It's cold. If you're living in the lower 48, you can probably relate. Our local schools were closed today because they couldn't get the buses to start. Despite the frigid temperatures, I braved the elements and went to Toys R Us. While standing in the NECA aisle, the power went out due to the cold. Have you ever been in a store when the power goes out? It's happened to … [Read more...] about The lights came on and there he was… Batman!