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G-Bricks Interview

We haven’t done any interviews for a while, so there is no better place than to start with Richard Goff aka G-Bricks who has been wowing the Flickr community with his amazing custom minifigures.

How did you first get into custom minifigs?

After being into Lego as a Kid, I rediscovered my love for Lego after buying my daughter a vintage Lego castle (the same one that I had as a kid). I accidently stumbled across the Customminifig website whilst looking for some additional figures and I saw some figs by Natsty and Geoshift that just absolutely blew me away, as I had no idea that people were doing this kind of thing with Lego. After missing out on the whole Warhammer scene, I knew that I really wanted to give custom minifigures a go.

Witch King of Angmar Custom Minifigure

Where do you get your ideas and inspiration from?

My ideas come from the same sources as most other people: Computer games, films, comic book characters, TV shows, Military footage etc. I like to change genres every now and again, in order to keep things fresh and to avoid from getting stuck in one genre too much; however most of my figs do tend to have a military aspect. Also being an AFOL, I tend to have ideas about characters from slightly older material knocking around in my head.

I draw inspiration from lots of other customisers that I see on Flickr, to name drop a few: EclipseGrafx, Geoshift, Giovanni, McLovin, Natsy, Pecovam & Pedro (Brick affliction) Tuminio, Toxic, etc, etc, etc. There are many more, but I could be here all day naming them.

Metal Gear Solid 2 Gurlukovich Soldier Custom Minifigure

What process do you go through when creating a custom minifig?

My design process starts with identifying a character, for example “Terminator”. Then I’ll Google image “Terminator custom Lego fig” to see what has been done before; If there are hundreds of images with some excellent customs that I don’t think can be improved upon or approached differently, I generally leave it alone. If I think I can do something with it, then I’ll start researching the character, to find the best source images. Then I’ll look at obtaining a near colour match for the base figure and head and get whatever 3rd party items I need (usually just guns). I then prepare the base figure and construct or sculpt any pieces required. The whole fig then gets painted and assembled and any further details/finishing touches are applied. Finally the finished fig gets a coat of matte varnish to seal the painted pieces.

Post Apoc Victor Fernandez Custom Minifigure

What are your favourite minifigures you have made?

I think my favourite customs are “Post Apoc Victor Fernandez”, “Which King” and “Gurlukovich Soldier for different reasons. “Post Apoc Victor Fernandez” because I’ve never seen anyone else do a fig like this, “Witch King” for the fabric work; I just really like the old, dusty look of this fig and “Gurlukovich Soldier” for the technical work that went into the handmade helmet and NVG’s.

Do you have any tips to pass onto other customisers?

My tips to any would be customisers, is do lots of research when doing your customs and try to work from the source material as much as possible, rather than other peoples versions of the character. I think you gain a lot more knowledge and a much better skill set, when you approach the fig in your own way. It can also often lead to unique ideas that nobody else had thought of. That said, occasionally asking for advice doesn’t hurt.

Do you still do commissions?

I still do the odd commission or gift for friends and family and I still intend to put some more figs on FireStar Toys (eventually) but I’m selfishly enjoying doing figs for my own collection at the moment and I think that most people will say the same; that replicating figs is just not as much fun as making the original, even though the second or third version can often be better than the original.

Many thanks to Richard for a great interview and be sure to check out his photo stream on Flickr.

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CombatBrick Interview

CombatBrick offer a variety of Army builder model kits, custom LEGO minifigures and toy guns. They have an online store dedicated to custom LEGO Military creations. We decided to catch up with Alex to find out how his year had been and see what his plans for this year are. Alex runs the business by himself along with a demanding full time job and a family. So all his work is done in those few, “free” precious hours.

How was 2012 for CombatBrick, and what were your highlights?

2012 was the most exciting year for me, since it was the first year I introduced my custom, injection molded guns to the community. But it took all 2011 to prepare for it: learning about injection molding, computer aided design (CAD), LEGO, LEGO fan community etc. And finally receiving the first box from my manufacturer with pre-production run of my toy guns was a defining moment.

Combat Brick SMG-45 Sub-Machine Gun

What were your favourite pieces you released in 2012?

One of my most favorite guns is SMG-45 Sub-Machine Gun, just a very cool, futuristic looking gun. And I am very proud of bringing to LEGO life the WWII Japanese Type-99 machine gun. It might not be the hot-selling item but it just looked like a fine piece of engineering that I wanted to.

Combat Brick Japanese WWII Type 99 Machine Gun

What can we expect to see from CombatBrick this year, any sneak previews?

I am right in the middle of releasing a new, 3rd batch of my custom guns. It’s a themed release: Sniper Rifle. I am about to announce that it will feature an infamous British Sniper Rifle.

Combat Brick Long Range Precision Lord Rifle

I would like to have 6 releases this year if I could. And also diversify my offerings. Besides guns I would like to offer other LEGO compatible toy items – all Military themed of course. I am working with a couple well known Military builders to bring to life a set of various pieces for MOC/diorama builders, not guns but rather supporting pieces. It has proven to be a lot of fun to work on a crowd-sourced project.

We wish Alex all the best for the future and you can visit his site at www.combatbrick.com or the CombatBrick UK reseller.

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BrickWarriors A Review of 2012

2012 has been an excellent year for custom minifigures and LEGO compatible producers so we thought it would be a great idea to catch up with Ryan from BrickWarriors to find out how their year had been and see what their plans for this year are.

How was 2012 for BrickWarriors, and what were your highlights?

2012 was an awesome year for BrickWarriors…our best year yet! When we started back in September of 2011 I had no idea we would have grown this much by the end of 2012. Thanks to all our great fans, we were able to expand our product line much more rapidly than we had originally thought possible. We were also able to move into a greatly improved office space. It seemed impossible a few months ago when we made the move, but at this rate soon we’re going to have to move to an even bigger space!

There were probably three big highlights for me:

1. Going to all the conventions to meet our fans. The great thing about this is that we get to go back to all the conventions in 2013!

2. Opening the BrickWarriors cart at Christiana Mall. I had always shopped there when I was a kid, so it was so fun to set up our cart and see our products being sold at the mall. It’s even more fun to see how excited kids get as they walk by the cart and check out our products.

3. During the month of November we had our second annual Toys for Tots promotion. I thought we might be able to double or maybe even triple our donation from last year. It was definitely one of the highlights of the year when we calculated and realized we had quintupled our donation from 2011!

Photo courtesy of Thrashq4g

What were your favourite pieces you released in 2012?

The two-headed Ogre Armor is probably my favorite of all the pieces we released this year, but it was a hard decision between that and the Demon Armor/Dragon Wings/Dragon Tail all combined. I always wanted to have two headed minifigures when I was a kid, but there simply wasn’t any combination of bricks that you could put on top of a torso that would allow the minifigure to have two heads without looking entirely ridiculous. The whole point of BrickWarriors is to expand what you can do with a minifigure, and I think the two-headed Ogre Armor accomplishes that.

Photo courtesy of Thrashq4g

What are your favourite 2013 LEGO sets?

2013 or 2012? I guess I can answer both:

My favorite 2012 sets were easily all the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit sets. I guess that’s one or two whole themes though, depending on how you look at it. So let me narrow it down to one set from each:

The Mines of Moria: LEGO did a great job with the big blue cave troll, and the green orcs in this set were a big selling point for me as well. I admit, after I built it I had a lot of fun knocking the cave troll out by dropping the pillars on him.

Attack of the Wargs: The wargs are awesome, the tree is more organic than any other tree LEGO has done, and the slanted rock is also quite impressive. After building it I wanted to go out and buy about 5 more so I could have a whole army of Warg Riders. The only place that this set fell short was by including Yazneg rather than Azog, but I suppose that’s forgivable since the rest of the set was so awesome.

I haven’t gotten that great of a look at the 2013 sets, but given my answer about 2012 I think it’s pretty obvious that I’m most excited about more LotR and Hobbit sets! I wasn’t terribly impressed by the Chima sets based on the initial pictures, but last night I was looking through the new Lego Shop at Home catalog and decided that the sets are actually pretty awesome. The magazine included a poster that showed all the different minifigs in the series. Naturally I feel the need to collect all of them now.

I don’t know if it counts as sets, but I’m always excited for more collectible minifigs too!

What can we expect to see from BrickWarriors this year, any sneak previews?

We have tons of new items planned. I think that fans of all different themes will be very pleased with our line-up this year.

Yesterday I actually received some samples from my manufacturer of two new molds we’ve been working on. They aren’t quite finished yet so I wasn’t going to post any pictures, but since you asked nicely I guess I can give you a sneak peak…

Photo courtesy of Thrashq4g

You don’t get to see any new armour or armaments yet, but there is one new piece in the picture. In addition to being a neat new accessory, the new piece was crucial to a new project we’ve been working on. I can’t give any more details about that just yet though!

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Interview With Victor From EclipseGrafx

Joshua Hanlon from BrickPodcast.com stops by the EclipseGrafx booth at Brickworld in Fort Wayne, Indiana and interviews Victor Fernandez the owner and creative designer behind EclipseGrafx.

It is great to see someone like Victor who is so enthusiastic and passionate about his work. EclipseGrafx produce a range of fantastic printed custom LEGO Minifigures and printed LEGO accessories.

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Interview With Tuminio

Photo courtesy of Tuminio

Tuminio is new on the custom minifigure scene but I think we will all agree that he has made a huge impact with his inspirational minifigs, and we are really pleased that he has agreed to be interviewed:

How did you first get into custom minifigs?

Lego has been one of my favorite hobbies since I was a child and it continues to be with me to the college and university. I always have a small corner in house to display my creation. However, they are all original Lego. My customized minifig hobby has just begun about 4 months ago when I discovered a Gameworkshop nearby my house. I thought it would be awesome if I combine the detailed pieces of miniatures and Lego minifig into one. It also provide me the opportunity to meet new people with similar interests especially on Flickr community. Despite my busy life of study, social life and working, I still manage to get my hands on Lego in free time.

Where do you get your ideas and inspiration from?

The inspiration firstly came from the customminifig.co.uk website, that the first site appeared on my screen when I searched custom minifig on Google. From there I have discovered many wonderful customs and customizers. Following that, I have been greatly inspired from Geoshift and Pedro-69 who also used third party accessories, paints and cutting skills to create brilliant figures.

What process do you go through when creating a custom minifig?

The first step of course is to collect the customized materials. Initially, I purchased a lot from Ebay, then Firestartoys and directly from third party accessories like BrickWarrior, BrickForge, Minifig.cat, and Amazing Armory, and after all the miniatures from Warhammer and other related stuffs that can be customized. The cutting tools, paints and good brushes are also required. When all the materials have been collected, I divide them into different team which have 4, 5 members each and starting customized, based on reference from specific figures of just my own creation.

Photo courtesy of Tuminio

What paints do you use?

Most of my paints are Citadel which is easy to apply on plastic and also easy to remove by nail polish remover. Other than that, I use spray paints from Humbrol to quickly create a base layer on figure.

Do you have any tips to pass onto other customisers?

Making customized figures suits to people with an eye for detail and a lot of patience. This detail can be as elaborate or as simple as you like; many of my creation are made from things you find around the house and use imagination to turn into something else, for example the electric wire, the toothpick or cloths. In aspect of painting, Youtube is best source to learn different techniques in very detailed tutorials. On the other hand, to collect all best materials would be a lot to spend, therefore make sure you can afford it, and have the time to spare. As you begin, start small and then upgrading so that you can optimize to figure to best.

If there was one character that you wished LEGO could produce who would it be?

Well, I would love Lego could produce the Doraemon theme which is also one of my childhood favorite figure.

Photo courtesy of Tuminio

Are you currently on any new projects?

I have recently turned into 22, graduated from university, and starting finding a career. This is turning page moment in my life and the time for Lego would be reduced significantly. However, I still stock a lot of unused materials which I plan to finish them on the weekend. My current project is Halokalyptic, Apocalyptic Cyborg, Wasteland Orkclan, Bane Knight and Lion Space.I plan to keep on this hobby with me as the figures will last for a long time and I love to make everyone in community see them and smile.

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