Written by | Top 3 2018

Throughout December we’ll be showcasing work from across the community in a retrospective project dubbed “My Top 3 2018”. Navid Pirzadeh (@dadfett)  is up next in our series sharing his personal favourites from 2018 along with a few reason behind why he chose them. Its over to Navid to introduce their selection :

The Shock Trooper


This was an outdoor shot paired with a single household magnetic light for lighting, shot on a low iso. I was trying to capture an effect of a lone Trooper patrolling some structure on some old planet with dense jungle terrain. I wanted to try and get the angle and perspective of walking down an overgrown path.

Lego Star Destroyer


What can I say but I try to look at a toy differently when taking a picture. This was taken indoor with a bunch of different lights/flashlights for effect and all of my window light edits were done in gimp. I was going for a cinematic look in this shot. I wanted my focal perspective to be on the nose, much like you were in a much small ship and this thing just appears in front of you like an ever terrifying presence.

Vader Titanium Series Helmet


This is my personal favorite shot I’ve ever taken and it was done because of a unique moment. So I was cleaning the dust off of this thing when I caught myself having my eyes come back to Vader’s eyes and the reflection of the TV. Then boom, it hit me like a toddler kicking with heavy bottom shoes in the junk… Why not try to see if I can get that in a shot. So I grabbed my tablet for a reflection of Obi-Wan Kenobi, my phone to have a red wallpaper for the colored lighting and two magnetic lights filter with tissue paper…(balling on a budget brochacho, that’s how I roll)…set my iso to 800 and shutter to 80 and just worked away until I got this. This was my attempt at the last time he’d see Obi-Wan  again.

I enjoy this hobby. It is my escape from the mundane narrative of everyday life. It helps me create a glimpse of a story I see in my head. I enjoy that someone out there enjoys what we create. Even more so when someone is inspired. I do this because I cannot live out most of my dreams but at least what I create can be shared with the world. We as humans are special for having art as a freedom of expression.

A huge thank you to Navid for sharing their 2018 favourite pieces and if you want to get involved and share your Top 3 then all you need to do is email with your 3 creations (toy shots, customs or dios) along with your name and a few paragraphs explaining your choices.

Be sure to catch more of Navid’s portfolio over on Instagram via @dadfett

For all the very latest from across the toy community, stay tuned to Exclu.

Last modified: December 13, 2018

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