Hi Andy - good luck with this year's 52. I didn't do 2011 either - sometimes you just need a break, but hopefully this year the creative juices will flow for both of us!!!
Week 1 Direction - Does what it says on the tin - the emphasis on the compass gets the message of 'direction' across very neatly, and I like the yellow roads on the map being picked up in the cord of the compass - it gives a continuity around the shot (if that makes sense!)
Week 2 Fear - Don't apologise for using a very scary looking figure! That axe would send anyone running away. I love the processing - it's spot on for the theme.
Believe it or not both shots used exactly the same light. A single Bowens esprit 250 with a reflective umbrella. I moved it further away, collapsed the brolly a bit and stopped the lens down a bit for the lego shot.