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Interview With Sean-Michael Griffin

When looking for Custom Minifigures to feature on our site, one person’s minifigs keep catching our eye, so we were delighted when Sean-Michael Griffin said he would like to be interviewed:

 

First of all thanks for doing this interview as well as others I love how involved this blog is getting in the community!

1. How did you first get into custom minifigs?

I think almost every customizer owes a debt of gratitude whether they like it or not to the clone wars, I started by sharpie-ing clones (is that even a word?). Then I found brickarms and flickr after my first Brickcon and was inspired by the works of many people, Pedro was a big one, for the longest time I posted “purist” minifigs, but a friend, Crazy Brick got me into painting and slowly I got better until I got where I’m at and personally I think I’m a long way till I even make one custom as good as Pedro’s or Pecovam’s , I also owe a debt of gratitude to the world of Warhammer 40K which helped me a lot in my painting skill!

2. Where do you get your ideas and inspiration from?

Most of my ideas come from other customizers, Games and imagination. A recent inspiration is Crysis 2, the game is filled with medium armored human juggernauts with insane speed and agility. My recent apoc works where heavily inspired by Chef and others.

3. Are there any customizers that you look up to, or inspire you?

Plenty! To name a few the works of Bansheeshe, Mclovin, Chef, Pecovam, Pedro, you name them there probably an inspiration all of their work never ceases to amaze me.

4. What do you think of the Lego Collectors series?

I love it! And I’m sure LEGO does to, as oppose to others I kinda like not knowing what I’m gonna get, but that still doesn’t stop me from holding up the line feeling every bag! The new pieces are great and along with LEGO Universe which had a lot of creative pieces as well, I think LEGO is really trying to tell the customizers that they are supported and possibly brewing newer customizers waiting to blossom 🙂

5. Are you currently on any new projects?

Well, I plan on dipping my feat into the world of Gears of War and Battlefield three and the Modern Ware fare titles. I really liked doing the spetsnaz for his color , it was a nice change to the dark blandness that is apoc. I also want to try some more camo figures, as well as finishing the MOC for Commander Wolffe’s alternate Russia Christmas contest!

Once again thanks for doing all these interviews really puts a spot light on the community here 🙂

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Interview With Synner

These interviews seem to be causing quite a stir in the custom Lego community on Flikr. With so many people doing fantastic minifigs its hard to showcase everyone’s work, and interview everyone all at once. So just bare with us, and if you continually produce high quality work your time will come! Today’s interview is by Synner.

1. How did you first get into custom minifigs?

I started off in the custom minifig business pretty much like everyone else-customized Clone Troopers. I was really inspired by a bunch of people on YouTube, so I decided to buy a Clone Trooper Battle Pack and make my own. I first started off with Sharpie, but soon enough I realized that Sharpie just won’t cut it. This eventually led to the gradual change into using Sharpie Paint and decals. I then spent a few months in that, but after awhile I just got bored of repetition. I had a strong desire to make more than just Clone Troopers all the time. So then I focused on Sharpie Paint a good deal, practicing and discovering new painting techniques. When I first joined Flickr, I must say that I was overwhelmed by the work of certain people. I discovered and met a bunch of really cool people, and I was and am constantly being inspired by other people’s work. A couple of weeks ago, I really started to experiment with Electrical Tape, bandaging fleshie minifig arms with white Electrical Tape. All of this led to the customizer I am now. However, the trench coats you might see on some of my figures aren’t made by me; a friend of mine makes them for me, but I am slowly starting to get the hang of how to make them.

2. Where do you get your ideas and inspiration from?

What can I say? Video games. Well, not entirely video games. I get a lot of my inspiration from games such as Call of Duty, Battlefield, Fallout, and some others. Most of my military-style figs are inspired by watching a lot of the Military Channel, and sometimes from my Gun Encyclopedia that I got from Poland. As for Rebuilding Society, that’s mainly from people’s work on Flickr. Other inspirations include movies, and even sometimes music!

3. Are there any customizers that you look up to, or inspire you?

Of course! For starters, a major inspiration to me ever since I discovered him is The Chef and his brother, EvilChef. Including them, some other people that really inspire me are McLovin, Pecovam, Family Bricks, EclipseGrafx, Pedro, Iris, Flying Jalopy, and many more!

4. What do you think of the Lego Collectors series?

I think the Lego Collectors Series is great! Even though I personally don’t have the money to buy them, I think it’s a really good chance to get some useful and/or unique parts to use for future minifigs! The Collector Series is a great resource, and I hope Lego doesn’t discontinue it like Lego Universe. I take my hat off to you, Lego!


5. Are you currently on any new projects?

Why yes, I am! Over the weekend I’ve actually been working on some customized BrickArms, and I’m going to make a few more in the near future. A big series I have going on is my Rebuilding Society series entitled Redacted. For the series, I plan to build a scene every month, as I do not have the time and pieces to build a new one each week. Thanks again for interviewing me, keep on building everyone!

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Interview With Commander Wolffe

Custom Minifig had its first worthy volunteer to be interviewed in our series of interviews to show off the best of Lego Minifig customization’s. So take it away Commander Wolffe:

1. How did you first get into custom minifigs?

It’s quite a long story. As a young boy, I lived in Asia. My dad was from the U.S., so we would go there almost every year. The first place I would want to go was M.O.A. (Mall of America) in Minnesota. We’d head down there and I’d always get one Lego set. Then we went back and it repeated each year. (I’m getting a little off-topic am I not?) Too make a long story short, we moved to the U.S. and I got hooked into Lego. But I wanted more. I searched Lego Star Wars videos on Youtube and soon discovered Fliplit, I watched his custom clone videos (which turned me into a clonetard), and then I moved on to Flickr. Being a noobie, I commented on several pros’ pictures and when they found my pictures, made fun of them, and many other things. But that didn’t stop me. I thought my clones were as good as MinifigMaker’s or Dutch’s. Months later, I don’t know how but I got transitioned to WWII, and from there modern and Post-Apoc, where I am today.

2. Where do you get your ideas and inspiration from?

As mentioned in the previous post, Fliplit was my first inspiration. After I was on Flickr, Justin Pyne inspired me to be less of a clonetard (you know, without the sharpie stuff), and then I discovered Pedro, EclipseGrafx, McLovin, and Pecovam, who I idolized.

3. Are there any customizers that you look up to, or inspire you?

Currently, my main ideas come from Bansheeshee, Natsy, Bricker, and McLovin, as well as the people listed in my previous post, who are good friends and inspirations. Others such as the famed Lego Junkie, TMM, and Silencer have inspired me to build as well.

4. What do you think of the Lego Collectors series?

I definitely love the series. Though I am not very fond of the mystery idea. Especially since the bar code option is gone. Sometimes it takes me forever to find one figure I want while my mom waits impatiently. IMO, the series would be a lot more popular and look a lot better if they were flesh-colored. Other than those, I really like the series and I hope it goes on for at least another year!

5. Are you currently on any new projects?

Yes. Not much really, as I do like to keep my builds up to “look at”. You see, every time I make a build, I have to take down my previous build. So I can never have two (good) builds at a time. My builds are mainly for contests, so I do it for the sake of that. To be more precise, I am currently working on a Task Force 141 (from the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series). I am awaiting time to make an order for more parts as I am low on supplies. Another project I am working on is a Christmas-themed moc, to lighten up the holidays. Last but not least, I am working on my faction (which still needs to be umphed-up as they are currently standard BrickArms modern Combat soldiers).

Well, thank you all for taking the time to read this as it’s been an honor to be able to answer these few questions. 🙂

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Interview With Bansheeshee

Dedicated to showing off the best of Lego Minifig customization our latest interview is by Bansheeshee who was kind enough to agree to be interviewed:

1. How did you first get into custom minifigs?

I first got into custom minifigures about six months ago. I joined the online Lego community about a year ago, and for the first few months I was mainly an observer. After watching people’s uploads for months, I finally started delving into the ‘customizing’ realm. It started with just combining Lego and BrickArms into different combinations. I started getting really good feedback on minifigs that I were making with all printed/decaled/molded stuff, no painting, etc.

When I started getting *really* good feedback on ‘purist’ figures, I figured I might as well try out some painting. It was an interesting start, but I quickly grew to love it. I mainly started out with techniques I had seen done before, and then I started to try out my own.

2. Where do you get your ideas and inspiration from?

The majority of my ideas and inspiration come from video games and movies. Besides the obvious COD series, I’ve always enjoyed fantasy games such as Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy, I’ve always enjoyed games that have a medieval twist or inspiration, such as Elder Scrolls, LOTR, and Assassin’s Creed. Besides video games, I get a lot of inspiration from movies. I enjoy movies a lot, especially the Star Wars saga. This was my first customization genre that I worked in, so I owe a lot to Star Wars!

3. Are there any customizers that you look up to, or inspire you?

Flickr is beginning to fill up with great customizers. My first inspirations and those that are still the main ones are pecovam, PEDRO-79, and ~McLovin~. I find myself gaining inspiration from many of my friends and contacts on Flickr, from MinifigMaker and Roaglaan to the Bricker and Chef!.

4. What do you think of the Lego Collectors series?

What is the Lego Collectors series? lol

5. Are you currently on any new projects?

My projects that I’m currently working on are my Echo Squad (which is currently mainly purist, though I am adding Tiny Tactical and E-Tape, etc.), and making a good number of more modern warfare type figures. Two projects that I want to work on soon that I haven’t unveiled until now are the ‘A Team’ and Dumbledore’s Army 🙂

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Interview With McLovin

We love to interview anyone that is into minifig customization, and get their views and inspirations. One person who’s work we love to feature is McLovin, so we were delighted when he was kind enough to agree to be interviewed:

1. How did you first get into custom minifigs?

Around June last year, it was just the beginning of my holidays, and I remembered the times when I was a Clonetard on MOCpages. It was anything Star Wars for me back then. I also remembered the few prized Brickarms I had, and decided to check the site out again. It was a month or so until I received my Brickarms order, and in time, started making custom guns. Soon after, I realised the stock parts of LEGO were insufficient for my customizing needs. I soon discovered Roaglaan, and that was when my customizing story began. Since then it has developed from paper glued to LEGO torsos, to painted armor pieces and custom parts. The rest is just history.

2. Where do you get your ideas and inspiration from?

Well, there are various sources to my ideas and inspiration for my work. They mostly come from my extremely supportive and helpful family, video-games such as the Fallout and Modern Warfare series, movies and my fellow customizers here on Flickr. Most of my inspiration has to be credited to video-games, namely the Fallout Series, STALKER, Metro 2033, Call of Duty, Battlefield and Assassin’s Creed.

3. Are there any customizers that you look up to, or inspire you?

Of course! There are a number of customizers on Flickr who I look up to, and even consider to be my friends! Some of my good friends here on Flickr such as Pecovam, Pedro, EclipseGrafx, Family Bricks, Geoshift, Shobrick, Chef and many others inspire a lot of my work. Some have even been crucial in my development as a customizer, and I am proud to call them my friends.

4. What do you think of the Lego Collectors series?

The LEGO Collectors Series is great. I love that they are trying to appeal to customizers with the new elements such as the lovely Gladiator helmet, except there is one problem – yellow. I really don’t like the yellow of the figures: I feel it is inaccurate and pretty bland. I prefer to skin to Flesh figures, but I feel the elements incorporated into the series is wonderful and I hope they decide to continue it further.

5. Are you currently on any new projects?

Well, to be honest, there are a few works which have slipped under the radar lately, including my Gears of War Project, which will be continued soon. I am also working on some Modern figures, which were recently posted, and I hope to use them in a Diorama soon. As always, I am still working on Post-Apoc, and it will always be a project of mine. I am also currently working on some Medieval works, inspired by the new Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, which will hopefully be done in the coming weeks.

Thank you very much for this interview, I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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