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Next up in our up-and-coming features is a new themed shoot from @legostarwarsphotos titled “Denial” which focuses on several narratives played out by Star Wars Lego minifigures.

An Exclusive Photoshoot

When I was first given the theme “Denial” I couldn’t quite figure out what I wanted to do. But after hours of thinking, I found what I thought would be perfect for the theme. I instantly grabbed my camera and ran outside to take these photos. Given the chance to take a shoot for the team at Exclu, I had to perfect the photos and use the best of my ability.

Figures used below:

  • Lego Han Solo Death Star 2016
  • Lego Stormtroopers from various sets


For my first photo, I wanted to capture someone who doesn’t follow the rules. That’s when the perfect figure came into my mind, Han Solo. The well known rebellion leader and smuggler who doesn’t take orders from anyone but himself. This is resembled as he is denying his arrest from these Imperial Stormtroopers. This one was hard to shoot because I had to try to get the perfect angle. But I am happy with how it came out.

Figures Used Below:

  • Lego Emperor Palpatine
  • Lego Darth Vader
  • Lego Snowspeeder Pilot


For my second photo, I wanted to capture denial from a different standpoint. I chose Darth Vader because he has a clouded mind. As we see at the end of the Return of the Jedi, he turns against the Emperor’s decision and ends up killing him. In this photo, Darth Vader is in denial of killing this unarmed rebel pilot. Palpatine is demanding that Vader should kill him, but Darth thinks it would be better to take him to a detention cell.

Figures used below:

  • Lego Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi
  • Lego 212th Battalion Clonetroopers


Like the Han Solo shot, I wanted to capture someone resisting (denying) something. For my third shot, I thought that Order 66 would pose as a great topic for this theme. Considering that all of the Jedi during Order 66 were basically fighting for their lives, it’s no wonder that they denied the clones that betrayed them. In this photo, the Jedi has just killed one of the clones trying to kill him. While the other raises his blaster to fight back.

Figures used below:

  • Lego Custom Jedi Knight (used with Qui-Gon Jin’s body and Resistance Trooper’s head)
  • Lego 212th Battalion Clonetrooper


For my fourth shot, I wanted to capture the other side of Order 66. We learn that in the Clone Wars TV show, some clones took out the chip implanted into their heads. This Clonetrooper has done the same, and is helping his commander up after fending off against other Clones. This photo was another hard angle to shoot with, but the final product pleased me.


Figures used below:

  • Lego Final Duel Luke Skywalker
  • Lego Final Duel Darth Vader


My fifth and final photo was a challenge to brainstorm, but I finally figured out something I was happy with. In this sunset duel between father and son, Darth Vader is not trying to destroy Luke, but is trying to turn him to the dark side. Meanwhile, Luke is trying to turn Vader to the Light. Both are showing signs of denial, as both will not turn to either side. This photo was a lot of fun to take. The pink-orange sunset really suited this photo and the fertiliser on the ground made it look like they were fighting on some uncharted planet.

This was a lot of fun to do for Exclu, and I hope to do it again.

A huge thank you to @legostarwarsphotos_  for taking the time to share his work and for pushing his skill further so be sure to catch more content like this over on his Instagram feed. As always leave a comment below to let us know your thoughts.

Last modified: May 29, 2017

2 Responses to :

  1. L.D. says:

    This is incredible. I actually shared this on Facebook and people were amazed at his thought process with the photos. Great job!! would love to see more of his work @legostarwarsphotos

  2. Tracy Marshall says:

    This is amazing! I can’t wait to show my boys and have it spark some creativity at the beginning of summer vacation! Seriously, SO impressive!!!

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