Amazing LEGO Recreations of Classic Movie Scenes — And Some New Ones
LEGO produced some incredible sets in conjunction with major movie releases, like 'Iron Man 3,' 'Man of Steel' and 'Star Wars,' but chances are you've never seen these figures quite like this. Finnish photographer Vesa Lehtimäki one-upped LEGO by recreating some classic movie scenes through some pretty stellar photography featuring these mini-figures.
From the 'Star Wars' movies to 'Indiana Jones' to even the 'Indiana Jones'-'Star Wars' crossover movie we never got but secretly always wished to see, Lehtimäki utilized lighting techniques, unique perspectives and materials to bring LEGO movie figures to life in interesting ways.
As Lehtimäki told ScreenCrush over e-mail, the series developed as "a sum of many coincidences":
I used camera to make simple documents of our kid's toys for later use in a book, a memory book of childhood toys. While photographing 'Star Wars' action figures I got carried away, and pretty soon I found myself experimenting with various powders for snow, sand and whatnot -- I was just curious to see what can be done. I hadn't seen a falling snow in a miniature photograph and I wanted to give it a try. This quickly lead to the "LEGO on Hoth" series, for which I made up a little backstory of events around the attack on Hoth from the movie 'Empire Strikes Back.' I started to attach fun little texts to the photographs in order to make them stand out a little.
While "there are very few movie scene recreations," he says, Lehtimäki's LEGO photo series do feature some pretty impressive depictions of the famous Indiana Jones snatching the golden idol in 'Raiders of the Lost Ark,' Frodo and Sam grappling with the giant spider in 'The Lord of the Rings,' and a 'Star Wars' soldier trampling through the snows of Hoth (created using baking powder, no less) on the back of a Tauntaun, to name a few. "I like to think my images create scenes beside a movie scene, or next to it, or perhaps behind it," he continued. "Recreating any particular scene is difficult as it is, but for me there is not that much creative room ... to keep me going, so I move around a little."