Part of the thrill in buying LEGO’s Collectable Minifigures is what builders do with them after they’ve unpackaged them. Yuri Badiner has taken the yellow robot from Series 22 and has given it a job involving radiation that the rest of us wouldn’t want to do. This is nicely built however, the real star here (besides the happy little bot) is Yuri’s exemplary photography. The tilt of the horizon is a neat trick they teach us in art school that can denote tension and danger. Clearly, this is a dangerous environment but this bot seems happy to do it. The way the composition is lit here also gets glowing reviews from us. Yuri is no stranger to good photography and getting his minifigures into hairy situations. Click the link to see what I mean.
Boy, LEGO builder Yuri Badiner sure makes lunar exploration look like fun, doesn’t he? I was under the impression that space travel involves following strict procedures and abiding by careful measures and counter-measures. But this photo makes me want to switch careers to become an astronaut. These two are having a blast on their Apollo rover. While the build techniques are fairly basic you’ve got to give props to his excellent photography. In fact, excellent LEGO photography seems to be Yuri’s thing. With photos this engaging, we’ll be sure to be on the lookout for whatever other hijinks he gets his LEGO minifigs into.
The sensible thing to do when you see a bunch of terrified people running is to run with them (unless you are in Pamplona; then the sensible thing to do is to stay out of the street, away from the bulls in the first place). I have seen enough movies where something is attacking a city and the populace is running, or a disaster is striking and everyone hopes to get to safety to know what to do. I don’t know what kind of strange goo is creeping around the corner and through that door in this scene by Yuri Badiner, but by the look of those minifigures’ faces, I am not sticking around long enough to find out. Some sort of radiation must be leaking at the power plant, and in real life radiation does NOT turn ordinary people into superheroes.
What makes Yuri’s build special is the cinematic feel of the photograph more than the construction techniques on display (not that those are bad, mind you — I love the use of the ingot tiles). The light coming through the doorway, the green slime streaming through the air and pooling on the floor, the minifig posed in mid-leap, plus the perfect selection of anxious and terrified faces, makes this a special shot. There is even a touch of foreground and implied space with the hook and chain hanging from the invisible ceiling. It pays to go the extra mile and make the picture perfect, rather than to spend all of one’s effort on complex building techniques that can’t be seen because the build is poorly lit or the picture is grainy. I just hope that green stuff washes off the LEGO bricks and doesn’t stain the ABS!