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Kris Snels is back with yet another fantastic themed shoot which this time focuses on “The Loners” of popular culture from Cat-woman to Rey coupled with a thorough narrative for each of Kris’s depictions.


It has been nearly 2 months since my last themed shoot (Pride). And oh boy did it change my toy-photography forever. I wanted to prove myself within my limits, and deliver good images, so I started planning a shot, and not just point and shoot as I did before. But it’s time to go a step further. Up until now I have used a Canon 1000D with a kit lens, an old camera but great for practicing, but I wanted more, I wanted a better camera to see if the camera can make the shot, or if it is only the person controlling it.

I wanted proof that my pictures do not look that good because I have an older camera, not because I suck. So, I decided before I buy one I will try a new DSLR.

I have rented a Canon EOS 760D (Rebel T6S) with a 50mm prime lens. I decided to spend a 1 week holiday with the camera and my action figures. And now I present to you in order of least favourite to favourite, my vision of “the Loner”.

“A person who prefers not to associate with others”

Unfortunately there is a lot of loneliness in geek culture. Some have chosen to be, because of all the disappointments they had to endure in life. Being bullied, being laughed at. So they avoid human interaction, and retreat to that safe place. Yes, they have some friends and family, but most of the time they just want to be left alone, but sometimes even they can’t help feeling alone. We are all human after all…


A loner can also be a loner because they had no choice. The end of the world for example, or being put on a desert planet as a child, or a workaholic, or being a superhero. You’ll know what I mean by the end of the article.

Figure used: DC Collectibles Batgirl of Burnside


“Honey, I’m home. Oh, I forgot. I’m not married…”

The Tim Burton Batman movies were part of my childhood, and they have a left a permanent mark. If I hear single ladies complaining or talking about how lonesome they are, I imagine them coming home like Selina Kyle in Batman Returns and say “Honey, I’m home. Oh, I forgot. I’m not married.”


Figure used: DC Collectibles Arkham Knight Catwoman

“I know all about waiting, my family, they’ll be back, one day”

Rey was alone for a long time on Jakku, she was scavenging the desert planet in search for scrap to sell for survival. But every so often, she found something she would like to keep. On an early morning she saw something glimmering in the sand, it was a nearly 30-year-old helmet from one of the rebel pilots who probably crashed. Rey took it with her and later that day, she would sit outside and put on the helmet while looking at the sunset, but then she heard a beep, and that beep would forever change her lonesome life…


Figure used: MedicomToy MAFEX Rey

This mask is my badge now.

Being a superhero must be a lonesome job, even though they team up sometimes if the end of the world is near. But most of the time they are alone, waiting for a siren, or scream. They are often on the lookout. But it being 2017, we all have smartphones, so we pass the time on our phones if we are alone. So does Gwen- Stacey’s Spider-Gwen who is kind of the hipster among the superheroes. At the time I completed this image, I noticed her feet are positioned a little weird, just imagine she is stretching her feet a little bit.


Figure used: Revoltech Amazing Yamaguchi’s Spider-Gwen

“Why are all of the people we meet skeletons? Ugh…”

Sometimes I like a figure’s look so much that I buy it without knowing much of the character. Hope Summers was one of those action figures. Even now I only know the stuff I read on a Wiki page, I know she is an omega level mutant and became the phoenix force at some point. She was taken to a dystopian future as a baby where Cable raised her. Being raised by one man, she must have felt lonely. She probably wandered alone a lot in search for food in what’s left of the world.


Figure used: Marvel Legends Hope Summers from the Terrax build-a-figure wave

Thank you for reading the article, I hope you enjoyed the content, I definitely enjoyed creating it, working with a new camera sure helped a lot. It is unbelievable how a good camera can change a shot, and I know it is still on an amateur level but I personally notice an improvement so I think it’s time for Toy_Kriz 2.0! The images are so clear and detailed, even in lower light conditions. It is at first not heavily noticeable, but once you zoom in you can clearly see the new camera is superior. See this comparison screenshot for example.


On my older camera the pink around her eyes is blurry and the details are lost, where you can clearly see the details on the EOS 760D. The only downside I encountered is the absorption of light in some situations. If the shutter speed was a little too high, some lights became washed. And ruined the picture. But isn’t that fun? Learning and experimenting? That’s what it is all about for me. To constantly move my borders. I will keep experimenting with the camera before I decide to buy it, but for now I think for a mid-class DSLR it is a great camera, but I do need to re-experiment indoors with the settings.

Thank you to the Exclu Collective for giving me a 2nd run at a themed shoot.

A huge thank you goes out to Kris for working on yet another spectacular shoot and so hot on the heels of his previous shoot for us too. Be sure to catch more of this work over on Instagram @toy_kriz and for all things toy photography stay tuned to Exclu.

Last modified: August 5, 2017

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