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Photographer Creates Scenes from Star Wars and LOTR using LEGO Minifigs

By Hanssie on October 31st 2013


Finnish photographer, Vesa Lehtimäki (known as Avanaut), has combined his love for photography, LEGOs and movies, to create extremely detailed photographs of scenes from Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. Using LEGO Minifigs, Avanaut creates make believe scenes complete with mini stories about what he imagines happens in the daily lives of the Imperial and Rebel forces.

Two of the great moments of my childhood were the first two original Star Wars movies,” Avanaut tells Wired. “As a kid I wanted to become a movie director. I made some Super 8 movies but it did not work out that well. With my photography, I’m revisiting an unfulfilled career path, I guess. With the attached little stories my photos are like tiny one-frame movie scenes. And I get to direct Star Wars!

What began as a hobby and a creative outlet, Avanaut started making dioramas of his son’s toys, taking photos of them and then uploading them onto Flickr. He then went on to create, the imaginary world, Hoth, with the most popular image,  “The Inconvenient Flaw of the Y-Wing,” shown below:

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“The Koensayr’s BTL Y-Wing Fighters often got their cockpit opening mechanism jammed in sub-zero operating temperatures. On Hoth It was not good, not good at all. “

With ground plaster of Paris and gypsum powder for snow and shooting underwater to slow down the particles, Avanaut uses a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM to capture the amazing sharp, detailed images of his movie fantasy worlds. Avanaut complied his Star War’s images in a Blurb book, of which he made only three copies, one for his son, the owner of the toys. He has no plans to publish more. He also has a sets featuring scenes from “Lord of the Rings” and “Indiana Jones.”

[Rewind: Amazing Stop Motion Lego Hobbit Trailer]

Check out the amazing images from ‘Hoth,’ ‘Tatooine’ and ‘Middle Earth’ below. To see more of Avanaut’s work, check out his Flickr page.


X-Wing Dawn Patrol


Call of the Wild


Lonely at the Bog


Boba Fett’s Wonderful Return


Sand Speeder Bike with Sand Scout


“Who cares about the droids, where’s our base?”


Bossk’s Cool Day Out


Breaking In the Tauntaun (Revisited)


Mr. Fett Goes Shopping


A Black Rider in the Middle Earth


Confusion at Fangorn’s Edge

CREDITS : Photographs by Avanaut have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.
[via @Wired]
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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  3. Paul

    I’ll share the link to Bohemian Rhapsody video stop motion I’ve made with lego if I ever get around to finishing the editing. It’s so much fun.

    These are stunning images, I may have to re-shoot some scenes now to bring up to standard ;-)

    Cheers for sharing

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  4. Kyle Head

    Yup. Definitely going to be busting out all my Legos again. This is some really great stuff!

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  5. Joseph

    sigh… now i have to find my starwars toys that i got when i was 21. er.. i mean…12…

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