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Vesa Lehtimäki  Illustrator, photographer, HUGO Award finalist 2017. I created blizzards with Star Wars Lego and had an influence on how The Lego Movie looks like.

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The Mos Eisley cantina was a wretched hive of scum and villainy. Comfortable with the clientele, Bossk used to hang out at the cantina from time to time. Despite the strict rule of not serving droids, IG-88 was a regular as well.
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The bad reputation following Iggy and Bossk everywhere repelled other customers effectively. They could go to the cantina only if they agreed to sit in the darkest corner of the room, farthest away from the bar. That was okay though, Iggy didn't need visible light anyway and Bossk, well, he didn't need light either, he could sense the body heat of anyone in the room.
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The truth is that in the privacy of the darkness they drank some blue milk, or Bossk did, Iggy consumed nothing but the ambience, and enjoyed Galactic Scrabble – the Trandoshian edition.
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Bounty hunters Bossk and IG-88 were evil only by reputation, it was a strictly job related thing.
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#starwars #moseisley #bossk #bobafett #droid #bountyhunter #tatooine #lego #minifigure #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #toptoyphotos #stuckinplastic

Well, how about that? I am shadowbanned by Instagram, it seems.
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Do you know about this? Have you been banned? I just ran into this and if it's legit.
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Expect no posts from me until I learn what is going on.
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EDIT: The reason for getting shadowbanned in my case seems to be the way hashtags were not included in the photo caption but rather on the first comment. Removing them from comments and adding to caption has lifted the ban on the photograph in this screengrab. In fact, it may be that it is not a ban at all, it's just a function of the hashtags: comments > followers vs. caption > everyone. So, take note, post hashtags in captions, not in comments to get exposure outside your followers.

The real story behind my earlier photograph of this same location a couple of weeks ago is not as straightforward as I let you to believe. The X-wing is of course mine and I parked it there for the photograph.
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It was a bit of a trouble to get the X-wing to slide under the lights. I needed some precision help to do that, but the help I got proved to not be much of a help. That droid. Oh man! It just drove around on the empty ice, babbling to itself, making noises. If I did't know better, I'd say it was giggling and having fun.
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Droids don't do that. Do they?
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#starwars #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #astromech #droid #mist #fog #snow #ice #miniature #scalemodel #xwing

Taking a walk in my neighborhood is a curious thing. Step off the most beaten path and you can see poorly parked exotic vehicles from time to time. Some of them are mine, I admit, but some just come and go.
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Go deeper in the woods and you may see, umm... the stranger. It's quiet most of the time, standing there like that, but sometimes, if you dare to go close (many don't), you can hear this quiet incomprehensible electronic chatter. There is something quite ominous in the stranger, as if it's waiting for something and is very irritated by that.
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There are stories about red lights flashing on it's head but I haven't seen any.
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#iggy #ig88 #sideshow #hottoys #collectible #starwars #fog #mist #woods #originality #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #stuckinplastic #toptoyphotos

Making plans for holidays next summer. Took my Eagle Tourer out for a short spin to check if it's ready and fit for any upcoming camping trips.
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My Eagle Tourer is a refurbished 1975 classic Transport model. The passenger pod is fitted with modern interior designed for light leisure travel. It bunks four, there is also a lounge and a small kitchenette. Toilet and shower took a little effort to fit in because, as you know, spaceships rarely have them, but in the end, they went in and work like a charm. Mosquito nets on doorways are a given, there is also a 100mb/s continuous broadband wi-fi.
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With the Tourer, any trip is a hoot. You can fly wherever you like (bar non-flying zones) and live in the comfort of the Tourer pod. Holidays – I can't wait!
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#miniature #scalemodel #space1999 #spaceship #fog #mist #eagletransporter #originality #stuckinplastic #toyphotographers #toy #toyphotography #toptoyphotos

Temporary post.
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When I was a kid, there were the Nobel, the Oscar and the Hugo awards. Those I remember. I became aware of the Hugo with Star Trek TOS episode "City on the Edge of Forever". A then favourite of mine which won the Hugo award for Best Dramatic Presentation in 1968. Well, I found out about the tv-show and the award a little later but you get the picture. Hugo award has had a ring of magic and prestige to it for me ever since.
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Today, the finalists for the 2017 Hugo awards were revealed. I am honored to let you know that I am one of the six finalists in Fan Art category. I am in a truly great group of artists and I am happy to congratulate all of them for this great achievement, especially Ninni Aalto, my fellow Finn.
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I don't care who wins, I am very happy with this nomination as it is.

Spring is here! From underneath the disappearing snow, all kinds of things emerge. Like this piece of junk. It's been there for years. If nobody turns up with proof of ownership soon, I'm going to claim it mine. There's room in my garage for another project.
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Even though they built those with duraluminum and all kinds of corrosion resisting materials, this needs a good and thorough overhaul, maybe even welding here and there. Winters can be a little rough on these.
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You know, that thing kinda HAS been there for years. This turned out to be a new version of a photograph I took five years ago. I didn't plan to do another reshoot but this just happened by itself. I walked past the spot the original was taken in on a foggy day and took some photos just in case. I couldn't resist trying to plant the Y-wing on one afterwards. Fogs are beautiful.
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#fog #mist #starwars #ywing #miniature #scalemodel #toyphotography #toyphotography #toyphotographers #toptoyphotos #stuckinplastic #originality

One thing that strikes to me as beautiful in the cold and generally dark winter are the brief moments of sunshine. If you spend a month without seeing the Sun once (our Novembers can literally be like that), you really appreciate the light.
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In the dead of winter, when the sun is briefly and barely above the horizon, you can see these things cruising against the clear blue sky. If the sky is clear, that is, it's very rare. The seemingly calm movement of the birds is actually pretty fast. You should use faster shutter speed to capture them properly but, well, the moment went by so fast. I'm just happy I got this.
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The winter is gone for this year, hello spring!
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#starwars #ywing #bluesky #winter #snow #miniature #scalemodel #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #stuckinplastic #toptoyphotos #originality

Carrying a camera with you at all times in case you run into something interesting is a burden. I should do it always but I rarely do, not with the big camera, at least. I do pack a pocket camera quite often though, and it came in handy the other day when we had a nice little blizzard. It wasn't a bad blizzard, merely some heavy snowfall, but enough to lure the snowspeeders out. That's always fun! I just love how they skim just above the snowy roads.
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And that sound! Man, it's amazing! These things have the most awkward aerodynamics, and all the drag and turbulence makes the most distinct sound.
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#starwars #snowspeeder #snow #winter #miniature #scalemodel #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #stuckinplastic #toptoyphotos #originality #blizzard

It's been a while since I last updated. I came across this thing yesterday and I couldn't resist. That place looked gorgeous in the fog!
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I know, I know, this doesn't really make sense. Why would anyone park an X-wing under those lights? And how? But, you know, I don't care, I think it looked fine and took the photo regardless of logic, or lack thereof. :)
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As usual with my scale model photos, the great Cedric Delsaux and Bill George loom very close by. Trying to avoid their paths is not easy but the snow provides at least some room to manoeuver without coming out as a exploiting someone else's work too much. Which is nice.
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#starwars #xwing #winter #snow #ice #scalemodel #miniature #mist #fog #helsinki #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #stuckinplastic #toptoyphotos #originality

The TIE Striker was a TIE fighter variant designed for atmospheric missions. It was, in fact, a truly fantastic design, fit to withstand the extreme temperatures of a night on Hoth. Yes, space is much colder, but on Hoth the changing temperatures caused condensated moisture to wreak havoc on manned vehicles. TIE Striker had none of that.
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TK-24/7 loved the Striker. He was the only non-pilot ranked trooper to be allowed to use it for experimental missions during the surveillance missions period on Hoth. It was not exactly official, but the officers did not see the need to play this by the book. Hoth was a desolate and remote place, there was no harm in giving some slack. The thing is that nobody knew that TK-24/7's "experiments" were mostly about how to build the perfect snow lantern. He was really good at that.
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#lego #starwars #rogueone #theempirestrikesback #hoth #snowtrooper #stormtrooper #minifigure #toy #toyphotographers #toptoyphotos #stuckinplastic #toyphotography #snow #tiefighter #tiestriker #originality

Moonlight Shadow
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During the nocturnal AT-AT maintenance shifts on Hoth the snowtroopers often built snow lanterns. This is a potentially lethal environment but the heat insulation on their armor really was that good!
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From Feb 2011. This has always been my favourite. I came up with the background narrative about the average trooper keeping things rolling for the empire early on. I think it was a different look at the Star Wars world and I like it very much. The troopers don't have names, just numbers, like the famous TK-421 on the Death Star. I sometimes focus my little stories on one particular trooper, TK-24/7. He is a versatile fellow and has served on Hoth, Tatooine, Endor and even on the most intimidating post of them all: the Death Star. He is somewhere in this photograph as well, but I couldn't tell where, they all look the same. :D
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I had this posted here earlier but it was brutally cropped for square format. I am taking advantage of #throwbackthursday to rectify that and post it as it should be. It's a double post, really, the one I posted a moment ago connects to this.
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#lego #atatwalker #snowtrooper #stormtrooper #starwars #theempirestrikesback #hoth #snow #winter #cold #toyphotography #toy #stuckinplastic #toptoyphotos #toyphotographers #minifigure #smallscenesfromabiggalaxy #dkpublishing

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