There are many brands of interlocking bricks. Lego is one of the biggest brands and has become the household name for “Bricks”. Instead of saying, “My son loves interlocking bricks” they would say “My son loves Legos” even if the brand was off brand or unbranded. When people customize Miniature figures they may say, “Lego Minifigures” or “Lego Minifig’s”, but that is just because Lego is the widely recognized name for interlocking brick miniature figures. This article is going to teach you how to customize your own Lego Minifigures. There are 3 phases of customizing Minifigures, these are picking a character, utilizing their traits that make them unique, and then customizing.
First, picking a character may sound easy. You have to pick a character that has unique traits (step 2 will be much easier) and they have to be widely known so anyone can recognize the character as a Minifigure. Some examples of characters that are customized are; Donald Trump, Michael Myers (Halloween), Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th), Freddy Krueger (Nightmare on Elm Street), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT), Carrie (Carrie movie), The Punisher (The Punisher movie), and many more! If you would take one look at any of these customized Lego Minifigures you would instantly know who they were! For example Michael Myers has an all-white face, brown/orange hair piece, a knife, and a blue jump suit. The Minifigure looks identical to the horror movie legend!
Second, utilizing their traits that make them unique can get complicated. What makes a villain or a hero the hero? What traits or symbols can make anyone recognize who they are? Captain America would need to have the blue and white suit, the famous star shield, and blue helmet of some sort. Those are his traits. Someone like Freddy Krueger would have to have a red/green striped shirt, brown/black hair/head piece, burned face, and knives for hands. Those are traits that must not be ignored – finding good traits ties in with picking the right character to customize.
Third, customizing the Minifigure will take skill. Some items you will need to customize are apple barrel glossy paint, cheap paint brush, tooth picks, X Acto knife, Testors paint, Lego rod pole to customize small pieces, oven baked clay, hot glue, and a plain Minifigure. Once your idea is set and you have all of the materials you need you can start by painting a plain Minifigure over with the Apple Barrel Glossy paint so that the Minifigure is all one color. Once this is done you can use the paint brush (for larger strokes) or tooth picks to apply the Testors paint to the Minifigures face/body. This step will take an artist. Paint well! After this is complete, use the Lego plate and Lego 1×1 rounds to create a rod/pole that can place a smaller item like a weapon or hair piece. Then use the brush/tooth pick to paint the smaller pieces. You can use the oven baked clay to mold new weapons/body parts. You will want to bake with the suggested degrees and time in order for the clay to harden and not damage the Miniature figure. Once all steps are complete let dry for 24 hours and you will have a masterpiece!