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

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I have made images straight from the Star Wars movies maybe once or twice before. I’ve always focused on the events just outside the filmed events. As a photographer I find that approach more intesting. You know, artistically satisfying kinda way.
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Anyway, today I made an exception because I wanted to see how my small MOC Millennium Falcon would look on a Star Destroyer. Pretty happy how it turned out, especially after a little break from photographing Lego.
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I have missed the plastic.
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#lego #starwars #theempirestrikesback #millenniumfalcon #stardestroyer #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #stuckinplastic #toptoyphotos #originality #moc

Still a few tiny details to attend to, but basically this thing is done. It’s a big monster, by far the most complicated scale model I’ve ever built.
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I’m not sure if the effort was really worth it, it took four years after all. But, you know, it's one of those things... I need to know. There is no other way to find out.
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#scalemodel #miniature #ywing #starwars #toy #toyphotography #studioscale

TK-24/7 likes cross-country skiing. Looking at this photograph, it’s hard to tell whether he is actually skiing or frozen solid.
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There’s nothing to worry though. There may be snow and ice accumulation on the exterior surfaces of the snowtrooper armor, but inside it’s always nice and warm. He could be having a nap, come to think of it. Impossible to tell, really.
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An old photo from two olympiads ago, 2010, when the winter games were in Vancouver.
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I am avoiding the last critical paint session of the model I’ve had on the workbench for months now. I should do it tonight and get over with it, but... well, it’s not easy. So, I edited an oldie to get my mind off the project for a moment.
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#lego #stormtrooper #snowtrooper #minifigure #starwars #theempirestrikesback #hoth #snow #blizzard #cold #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #toptoyphotos #stuckinplastic

Very busy with the THING in the workbench, only the paintjob to go. Started that last weekend but it’s going to take some time. It's very complicated a paint scheme – for me, that is.
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Meanwhile, a snapshot from when I was in London for one day a week before Christmas. There were lots of stormtroopers on the streets due to The Last Jedi premiere. Here, in front of the legendary Odeon Leicester Square theater, striking quick poses for the numerous photographers with ol’ Iggy. Cosplayers these days, mindblowing quality.
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Morning light. The day after the horrible night of the fiery pumpkinheads and dancing skeletons TK-24/7 woke up to a serene Hoth morning. All was good inside the cozy AT-ST cabin.
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I never posted this last photograph of the Halloween series. It didn’t seem to fit to the series no matter what I tried. This was photographed inside the Lego AT-ST walker, it was a very tight fit. Maybe that’s why it was so different, too different in the end, so I forgot about it.
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@_toyphotographers_ asked me to do a ”six” for their ongoing series and when I looked at this again, it seemed to fit much better. The one before this, however, seems the odd one off now. It’s strange how this goes.
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I’m off the camera for a little while. I just have to finish a scale model project I’ve been tackling on and off for the past three and a half years. It’s an obsession.
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What you see here is a bunch of Aavid heatsinks, the same they used for Y-wings and X-wings back in 1977. These are still in production and I wanted to use the real thing in mine.
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#scalemodel #miniature #madness

The Dead of Night.
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A patrol mission on the Hoth highland deserts does tricks to your mind. You can drift into very vivid dreams during the long nights on a shift. AT-ST cabin fever, as the phenomenon is known amongst the ranks. This was the weirdest of all the dreams TK 24/7 ever had.
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On the night after TK-24/7 made all those pumpkins he slept restlessly. He had these strange dreams of dancing skeletons and fiery snow lanterns. At one point TK-24/7 dreamt something very cold passed underneath his bed, colder than the deadly nocturnal Hoth blizzard. Spine chilling, as if he was sleeping on a grave...
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#starwars #halloween #pumpkin #hoth #snow #theempirestrikesback #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #stuckinplastic #avanaut #originality #lego #minifigure #skeleton
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I think this is as odd as this project gets. I mean, I took Halloween, a few pumpkins I made, my favourite environment and some Lego and decided to just go for it and see what happens. It didn't need to make much sense, it was just a simple idea to challenge myself to figure out what to do with these elements. Just something Halloweenish and snowy.
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It drifted a bit far from Hoth but, well, we'll see.

A happy Halloween to you all!
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Too early? Is it on tuesday? Anyway, it’s a bit weird this ”happy” thing. I just wonder, wouldn’t it be more apt to say ”Horrible Halloween” or ”Scary Halloween”?
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This is an outtake from yesterday’s shoot. I did four versions of the photograph I posted. I’d say this was the best (number 4), but I posted the first because I think it worked better in the small size these are often viewed. You know, cellphones and such. The details were bigger and contrasts starker. This one however, probably looks better in big print – if I printed it, that is. So, I cropped it heavily for a closer look.
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All Hallows' Hoth.
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In the howling deadly blizzard, sleeping in the safety of his trusty AT-ST walker, TK-24/7 had the strangest dream…
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#halloween #allhallowseve #pumpkin #jackolantern #snow #cold #hoth #starwars #theempirestrikesback #lego #minifigure #skeleton #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #stuckinplastic #originality #avanaut

The thing with the carved snow lanterns got out of hand just a little. One after another TK-24/7 made more, until there was nine. The AT-ST had only nine emergency torches to light them so there was no point making more.
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TK-24/7 was pretty happy with what he'd accomplished, he climbed back inside the walker for some hot cocoa.
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#lego #halloween #jackolantern #snow #snowtrooper #stormtrooper #atst #starwars #theempirestrikesback #hoth #minifigure #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #toptoyphotos #stuckinplastic #avanaut #originality #winter
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On a sidenote; it’s snowing outside right now, first snow of the winter. I have always liked that very much.

Inspiration in the Cold.
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As it happened, TK-24/7 was so happy with his work with the snowy scary lantern that he decided to make some more. He figured he had time for at least three before the temperatures in the howling Hoth storm forced him to go inside the cabin of his AT-ST walker.
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TK-24/7 wasn't afraid of the cold but enough is enough. Besides, the AT-ST was very cozy.
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#cold #snow #halloween #pumpkin #jackolantern #hoth #starwars #theempirestrikesback #snowtrooper #stormtrooper #lego #minifigure #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #toptoyphotos #stuckinplastic #avanaut #originality

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