Toy Photography and some good news/bad news

Today I thought I’d do something different and share a little bit of my toy photography.

Being a kid of the 80s I grew up watching amd playing with toys like He-Man, Star Wars and GI Joe. Amongst other things like toy soldiers and matchbox cars too.

In the 90s, when I was in my teens, I sold off 99% of my toys at a market and probably spent the money on cheap booze and concert or movie tickets.

Fast forward twenty odd years and I regret selling them. Partly because some of those toys are worth a fair bit now. For example the original and complete He-Man with the original and complete battle cat fetches up to $7000.

However, I mostly wish I hadn’t have sold them so that I still had them for nostalgic and sentimental reasons.

I was lucky enough to have a few good friends at school and I had (have) to awesome older sisters but being lost in my own imagination with my collection of toys were some of my favourite times as a kid.

So, all these years later, I’ve started collecting some of the toys again. I won’t get all of everything, even though it’s tempting, because my future plan is to live in a tiny home and be quite minimalistic BUT I’ll need a nice wooden shed for my beloved miniature hobby of course hehe.

Obviously, and despite what some of you might think, I don’t actually play with the toys haha. Well I might do a few Pew Pew Pew’s now and then. No, what I do like to do is take insitu photos of them, just like I do with the miniatures.

It’s good fun and I like to, almost, tell a story with the photos. As some of you know I very much enjoy photography but it’s a long stretch to call myself a photographer haha.

Anyway, from time to time, I thought I’d share some of what I do on this here blog.

I’m a huge fan of Star Wars and the recent Mandalorian Series has been absolutely phenomenal to watch. Needless to say I felt compelled to get my hands on my very own Mando and his little friend Grogu (baby Yoda who isn’t actually Yoda but he is of the same species… I know I just lost some of you haha).

So here are some snaps of Mando.

This one is my favourite of this collection
If you know the show and/or Star Wars you’ll know about the force. Heres Grogu doing some sort of Jedi force mind trick on my dog Eddie. Eddie looks a little worried if you ask me.

I think toy photography is a lot of fun and sort of ties in with the miniature hobby. I even plan on painting some figures to look dirty or battle damaged.

Good or Bad news?

I’m in lockdown for a week (might end up being longer, not sure yet).

Good because it means I’ll definitely get the Fembruary Treehouse Diorama completed in the next few days I suspect.

Bad because I’m not working and as it’s my own business no work means no income BUT I survived two months last time so I’m not worried.

Obviously the bigger picture is that we jumped on it quickly this time and, really, we haven’t been hit nearly as hard as Italy, the UK and the US etc. So lockdown doesn’t bother me at all.

Apparently the mutant strain of the coronavirus has hit our shores but, like I said, we’ve jumped on it a lot quicker this time. Hopefully we can squish the problem quickly and efficiently.

Cheers

IRO

38 thoughts on “Toy Photography and some good news/bad news”

  1. Hope lockdown sorts out the problem for Australia- things are pretty bleak here atm…

    Love the photos too. 99% of my old action figures have gone too. Loads of old Star Wars figures from when I used to like it… Action Force stuff… Britains figures too. Ah well I have a shed full of new toys now.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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  2. Good luck with the lockdown – we are thinking of all you Victorians.

    Toy photography is an interesting one, there are people on Instagram and elsewhere who do some amazing work with the genre – interested to see what you do with it in future, though it’s not something I’m interested in doing myself I do like seeing what others do with it.

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  3. I did a similar thing at a similar age. I had the Kenner brand AT-AT, Snowspeeder, Death Star, Millennium Falcon, and all the figures. Sold them off for a few dollars which I then poured down my throat like the young genius I was!

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  4. Very nice and I do like the photos. I think we’ve all been there is respect of selling off our childhood only to later to regret having done so in later years, I know I did. Like you, and interestingly at around the same age, I started buying it back care of Ebay. Sadly as my kids have no interest it will all disappear once again!

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  5. Nice photo’s mate, not something I’ve ever done myself, though I was tempted about a year ago when my wife started collecting these little toy shopping items that you got free from Marks and Spencers, she even had a shopping trolley, that was just the right scale for the Mego dolls (sorry action figures) from the seventies that I think I still have a few of in the loft. so I did think about doing some shots of them shopping and buggering about on the trolley!

    Aus has handled the pandemic so much better than the UK, too little too late seems to be the game plan over here!

    Cheers Roger.

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  6. Your photography looks great IRO, it’s something I struggle with greatly and always striving to improve.
    Sorry to hear about the lockdown, but it sounds like your government are being more proactive than ours, who seem to be making the same mistakes all over again

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  7. We don’t see nearly enough of Eddie on this blog mate. I’ve got a serious dog craving at the moment, can’t have one where we’re currently living though. Those photos are looking great, some of them are particularly clever. Sorry to hear you’re back in lockdown but fingers crossed they’ve caught it early, you really don’t want it running wild like it is here.

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    1. Dogs aren’t for eating mate. They can really be your best friend though. I had a giant dog called Thunder once and he really was my best mate. I still miss him and he left me in 2008. I might get a few more snaps of Eddie and the other one called Ralphy hehe. Yeah we are lucky really compared to a lot of the world.

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  8. Really nice photos and cool to see Eddie too. What kind of camera- I’m assuming your IPhone. I need (or really want) to upgrade but I avoid any retail location that’s not necessary at this point. At least until I get the vaccine x2 and that’s maybe 2 months away so I’m laying low. Self partial lockdown sort of – at least not quarantine. Sorry to hear of your lockdown and the impact on your business. Hope it’s over soon. We are slowly reopening but I see all the data on cases in my Board of Health position. Anyways, I look forward to your next toy photos as these here are quite artistically done. I didn’t have these or similar when I was a kid. I had board games and sports stuff. Still have a lot of the board games (as many were Wargames after all). Stay safe buddy.

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  9. Ive seen youtube videos of people that show of their toy collections and stuff, some of the more famous toy collectors, specially this one chick, actually has fans sending her their long saved immaculate toys… its crazy the value some of these toys fetch nowadays. Wish i kept hold of some of my hemans…

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    1. Yeah I watch a lot of those. I knew someone who had a huge collection of Star Wars toys and memorabilia and got it insured for about 45k then he sold it. I asked him why he sold it and he said he’s going to start collecting again because for him it was about the thrill of the chase.

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  10. That is a bummer about the lockdown but from the US perspective, we’ve had nothing like a lockdown and look at where that has gotten us… On a happier note, the figures look awesome and you did a great job with the photography. There is a group that focuses just on the art of taking amazing pictures of figures. They take it way too seriously in my opinion but the high quality pictures they take are hard to argue with. While we love seeing what you paint, I’d say feel free to share more figures in the future. I’m pretty much out of collecting them but that doesn’t mean I don’t love to see what cool new stuff is being made 🙂

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      1. It is kind of comical and kind of sad to me. They’re great at what they do but they scare off a lot of people with their intensity. Glad to hear I’m not the only person who picked up on that 🙂

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  11. I hear ya, sold off comics, toys, CDs, games, etc. And bought them again, and then again. Ouch. Those pictures are pretty amazing man! On the third Mando one, if you cropped just above the knee joint, I doubt anyone would even know it was a figure!

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