Toy enthusiast Captain Dangerous is recreating game settings using toys of fan favorite series: The Witcher 3, The Legend of Zelda, and more.
Toy enthusiast and Instagram photographer Captain Dangerous turned her love of toys into art, by creating original product diorama-based photography using toys from her favorite video games. Some great examples from her page take inspiration from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Kirby, Pokemon, Animal Crossing, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Kingdom Hearts.
The toys surrounding some of our fan-favorite franchises often seem to be afterthoughts in the public mind, but companies like Jazwares and Funko tend to release their own set of collectibles or figurines for popular games. Fornite released action figures during the holiday season last year and, as we expected, Funko Pop released their own The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt toys in the apex of its popularity.
And while collectibles are always fun to have, Instagram photographer Captain Dangerous is hoping to make her own art with it. Found in her profile, she considers herself a self-proclaimed “Toy huntress forest dweller that brings the geek and gaming world to life” boasting over 53,000 followers on her Instagram page. With a quick look through her gallery, you can understand why.
In one of her posts, she shows Link in a small cave riding out a snowstorm, with the caption, “Link and little wolf look so cozy!”
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Safe and warm 🔥❄️ This is officially my favorite winter photo I’ve done. Link and little wolf look so cozy! I work so hard to build new atmospheres and sets and not always do the same thing and use the same props. I’m hypercritical of my work and myself. I push myself hard as an artist and as a photographer. But I can truthfully say I am proud of this set. It’s ok to push yourself to get better, but don’t be too hard on yourself that you lose the fun in what you’re doing 🖤 ~Q: What is an accomplishment you are most proud of? (Little skulls by my girl @legendarytreasures 🖤) #tokyootakumode #goodsmilecompany #nendoroid #toyphotography #zelda #videogames #winter #nintendo #link
Meanwhile, this post is of an adorable and cozy Geralt of Rivia. Sitting at a table with a drink captioned, “How about a round of Gwent.”
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“How about a round of Gwent?” ⚔️ The Witcher games hold a VERY special place in my heart. I was struggling terribly with depression when this game came out and was in a very tough spot in my life. This game was an escape. The characters, the story, the atmosphere, everything was just amazing. I know Gwent is a favorite mini game of a lot of people, so I decided to make a miniature tavern for Geralt to play in. 🖤 I really hope you enjoy the photos! And thank you @cdpred for such an incredible game. #tokyootakumode #goodsmilecompany #nendoroid #thewitcher #gwent #kawaii #toyphotography #gaming
Don’t be fooled into these shots being easy to take, either — take for instance this image of Kirby lounging around an igloo:
This has a ton of work go into the set-up, and if you don’t believe us go ahead and check out the timelapse of Captain Dangerous meticulously spreading confectioners sugar on her tarp outside:
Older time lapse of a #kirby snow scene I did last year! I hope you enjoy! ☺️ #nintendo #toyphotography #Nendoroid #gaming #diy #miniature @KirbyInformer @NintendoTweet @kotarokirby @teamkirby92 @Kirby_JP @GoodSmile_US @NintendoAmerica @Sora_Sakurai pic.twitter.com/1zHp1f7QtT
— Captain Dangerous (@CaptDangerous64) April 5, 2019
Captain Dangerous also has a Patreon where she offers behind the scenes shots and access to prints each month to her patrons. Meanwhile, check out her dedicated Instagram and Twitter accounts to see a full gallery of some of the work she is doing to bring games to life using toys.