The Week continues in spectacular fashion as we bring an incredible exclusive themed shoot by Kris Snels (@toy_kriz) who bases his efforts around the word “Pride” with amazing results as he brings the female superheroes into the spotlight.

An Exclusive Shoot by Kris Snells
@toy_kriz

My name is Kris, Toy_Kriz on Instagram, I am 32 years old and I currently live in a small town in Germany. However, my origin story started in Belgium. I have been an action figure collector since I was 14 years old. I collected 3 3⁄4 inch Star Wars action figures, but just before I moved to Germany I sold everything, but I always regretted it. Two years ago my love for collecting reawakened with Star Wars: the Force Awakens. By that time I didn’t only love Star Wars, but superheroes as well. I focus on 6” and 7” action figures from Star Wars, Marvel and DC.

After discovering a whole toy photography community on Instagram I also wanted to give it a try, I have bought a used Canon EOS 1000D for a few euros at the start of this year. Before I spend big money on a new DSLR, I want to learn the tricks of the trade with this entry level DSLR. I am still trying to find my style by experimenting with different setups.

The theme given to me was “Pride”. In this series of images I want to bring the superhero women in the spotlight, and focus on the positive side of pride.

 

Batgirl

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The inspiration for the first photo is that of a promo shoot of actress Yvonne Craig who played Batgirl in the 1960 Batman TV Show. At that time it was not a common thing for a woman to have a strong character on television. Batman would often say: “crime fighting is for men”, but she could handle it well. I think this pose has the word “Pride” all over it.

The figure used is the DC Collectibles Icons Batgirl of Burnside Deluxe figure, as this figure has a lot of articulation, and has a classic feeling to it with the purple costume.

 

Wonder Woman

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I based this image off a movie poster for the upcoming Wonder Woman movie using the MAFEX BvS Wonder Woman Figure, as I think that poster is showing a proud Wonder Woman.
The inspiration for the tin foil technique came from another toy photographer Mohamed Yassin (Insta @mo_yassin). I finally found a use for it.

The first idea of this picture was a silhouette of Wonder Woman raising her arms also in a sunset setting, but I like this one more. While creating this picture I have learned an important lesson: keep the setup until you are 100% satisfied.

 

Bombshell Harley Quinn and Batwoman

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I was looking for inspiration on Google and I typed in “Pride”, and what I immediately noticed is that the word pride is heavily associated with the gay community. I was thinking about shooting something about that theme. But I was looking for a pose, a scene from the movie ‘Watchmen’ came to mind. There, you see a reimagining of the famous kiss on NY Times Square from 1945 with 2 women.
As I recently bought 2 of the DC Collectibles Designer Series DC Bombshell figures, my choice of figures was made, as Kate Kane’s Batwoman is actually gay, and the figures are pinup style. In the end I did go for an alternate pose and my original vision for this picture was totally different, but I really like the result. It’s interesting how a new idea or background can dramatically change an image look and feeling. This is my favourite image I shot for this theme.

 

Kamala Kahn’s Ms. Marvel!

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The image is based on artwork that I saw some time ago. I searched for it again, because I associated the image with pride. In this image Kamala Kahn is showing Pride for a nation. Marvel did a good job at inventing new superheroes for everyone, Kamala Kahn’s Ms. Marvel was sure one of them. Although Marvel tried to be politically correct a little too much after that, they made a good start with Kamala. With this picture I want to show pride for a nation, regardless of skin colour or religion.

I think that is what Kamala Kahn’s Ms. Marvel stands for.

 

Marvel’s Spider Ladies

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For the 5th and last picture, I had some trouble. I really wanted to do something with Star Wars figures. And I tried some setups, but I was not satisfied. But then after a quick chat with @toy-spectre, I wanted to give a photoshopped background another try. The first idea was proud Spider-Verse ladies who defeated the Hulk, it had a skyline of New York in the background, but I was not happy with the result. And it did not really stand out. As I scrapped the Wonder Woman silhouette picture before, I thought ‘let’s try that again’ with these figures.

All the Spider-Verse Ladies standing very proudly but one lady, (Ashley Barton’s Spider-Woman) is looking away with pride. So I did use a negative side of pride, but combined it with a lot of positive pride. The figures used in this setup are the following Marvel Legends figures from left to right: Ashley Barton’s Spider-Woman, Anya Corazon’s Spider-Girl, Gwen Stacy’s Spider-Gwen, Jessica Drew’s Spider-Woman, Cindy Moon’s Silk, May Mayday Parker’s Spider-Girl and Jessica Drew’s Spider Woman from Earth-1610.

I want to thank The Exclu collective for giving me this opportunity, it proves how awesome this community is, for also giving amateurs like me an opportunity to show their pictures. I also want to thank all the great toy photographers out there, you guys inspire me to become better and better. I learn every day, and I would appreciate some feedback.

What an incredible job by Kris Snels! A huge thank you goes to Kris for taking the time to compile a shoot of such quality so be sure to head over to his Instagram portfolio @toy_kriz and leave a comment below to let us know your thoughts!

 

 

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