In Bermuda 2011, my labmates got me a birthday cake with Transformers figures (the inferior Bay versions) on it. After 3 years of celebrating Pi Day there, I figured they would know I prefer pie to cake. Oh well. The toys made the cut on what to bring home and what to leave behind on the island. I used them to stage another birthday photo the next year.
Do you know of the Flat Stanley Project? Perhaps you remember the subplot in the French film Amélie, where her father’s garden gnome was stolen, traveled around the world, and returned. I decided to take the Optimus Prime cake toy with me through Europe, as a stand-in for me, since I was reluctant to hand over my camera to strangers to take photos of me. On the rare occasion that I did, they took terrible photos. I did some selfies, as evidenced by the Touching Famous Landmarks gallery. I figured Optimus Prime would be a little more recognizable than the Bumblebee figure, as the former was changed less than the latter for the Bay-ified designs. I had considered taking my Deep Tea Diver that was a gift from another couple of friends, but with the infuser being see-through, I thought it might be tougher to show up on camera and its small footprint meant it might not stay upright on various terrains.
Adventures through England:
Check out the full gallery if you wish, the rest of the photos will get their own posts shortly.