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The Counter-Claus Caper 2014

The Counter-Claus Caper 2014

Posted to Flickr on 30 December 2014.

It is a well-known tradition that each year an unlikely character steps in and saves Christmas. What is not so well-known is that these “Christmas heroes” sometimes team up for an adventure. This year they include:


At some point I realized that no one ever made a John McClane action figure, so I decided to make one. I took the head of a Joe Colton GI Joe figure and stuck it onto the head of a Login X-Men Origins Wolverine body.

Die Hard is one of the best action movies ever made, and many people say it’s their favorite Christmas movie, so I thought it would be fun to assemble a team of unlikely Christmas heroes. This photo is the result.


The setup for this photo was extremely simple. The figures are standing on a piece of white felt that is draped over the elevated black shelf that I often use as a base. The background is a sheet of black poster board.


Above the scene (but not visible) is a large circular diffuser, softening the ambient light in the room.


I initially envisioned a snowy white scene, but I realized two things:

  1. The figures look better on a black background.
  2. Christmas is usually saved at night.



This crackin’ Christmas crew has also been seen here:

Have you seen this photo somewhere else? Or are you using it yourself? I would love to hear from you! It's always fun to learn where my photos turn up.

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