It was almost a year ago when I celebrated Lunar New Year in Hong Kong. On one of the last days in tiger town, I couldn’t resist picking up a couple of knick knacks for myself and some coworkers. Friends of mine had blogged about Re-Ment before so I vaguely knew about the collectible miniatures. Back then, the appeal simply didn’t hit me. And then along came Stitch.
I’ve never been able to watch Disney’s Lilo & Stitch without crying a little bit, but I still wasn’t prepared for the Stitch fanaticism that persists in Hong Kong today. The rear dashes of cars were stuffed with Stitch plushes. Stores were brimming with Stitch and his girly pink counterpart. Stitch’s presence was second only to thirty-five-year old international sensation Hello Kitty.
The pic above was taken on my now generally retired Canon SD430 and the pic to the left was shot on Bill’s DSLR – But life is much better now that Bill got me my own aXma G12, so let’s move on to the big kid pictures!
I left Hong Kong with two blind boxes from a collab between Re-Ment and Disney. “Blind boxes” means you don’t know exactly which set of miniatures you’ve got in your hands, but that’s half the excitement. Pretty much all of the product shots I had seen of the series “Stitch enjoys cooking!” looked funny and cute, so it was a pretty safe bet that I’d love the surprises inside.
It turned out I had picked up Sets 2 and 3, with Stitch stomping around in ground hamburger beef and trying to prevent a towering sandwich from falling. They were adorable! I then haunted eBay about once every month to see what the possibilities were for acquiring the other six sets. Finally, in December – a full eleven months after I had first encountered the Re-Ment in Hong Kong – I caved in and ordered the complete eight sets. (With cardboard kitchen box.)
Then the Canon G12 came into my life and Bill said the five magic words: “You should do a photoshoot.”
These pics were all taken before I got a proper introduction to working with RAW files (Thanks, Juan!), so I decided to not try to attempt to edit them when I knew I’d have more capability in a totally different format. Overall, it was a good attempt given the ad hoc setup (two random lamps and a big piece of mat board), but the shadows aren’t perfect and a couple of the shots have a pinker tone than I’d like.
The characters and pieces are so perfectly designed, though, that you pretty much can’t take a bad photo of any item in this series. There’s so much life and character to each variation of Stitch’s face! It’s amazing how well action and energy is captured in these still poses. I can almost hear Stitch going “YAYAYAYAYRYARHAGH!” in the hamburger set.
My next step is to figure out a cunning way to display these eight sets. Though it makes sense, I don’t want to permanently secure the pieces with superglue. I’ve been flipping through Ikea hacks and searching for display cases on Craiglist, but I haven’t found the most optimal situation yet. At the moment I’m currently thinking of using random cardboard jewelry boxes as platforms, one for each set, and tacking the pieces down with something semipermanent. If you have ideas, send them over!
Why “I love Re-Ment” and outtake posts are on their way!