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Lego building techinques

Making Lego is fun, and building custom minifigs is great, but to truly harness the power of Lego, more sophisticated Lego building techniques need to be used. These techniques allow Lego builders to create far more dynamic and interesting models, and some of these Lego building techniques related to custom minifigs as well. Here’s a few useful Links relating to advanced Lego building techniques.

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Awesome Lego minifigs with custom decals

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(Custom Lego minifigs by Ryan Stebbins)

These custom minifigures are great, as they are really well thought out and very well executed, whats interesting about them is that the decals are made from stickers, which mean they are totally removable and easy to apply.

When it comes to applying decals on custom minifigures, there are three ways to do it. However first you’ll want to choose a lego torso that forms the base colour of the minifig.

1. You can apply water slide decals – water slide decals are very difficult to apply and will require you to remove the existing decal on the minifigs torso (you can so this with brass polish), you can then apply the decal and layer a few protective coats of gloss. The down side is the decal remains fragile, but the finish is fantastic. You’ll need to get these kind of decals specially made.

2. Sticky paper – you simply design, print and stick, really easy to apply and cheap too! the downside is that the edge of the sticky paper will show and if your printer or paper is low grade it will really show, best to try a photo printer with photo quality paper for a really strong glossy finish on the minifig.

3. If you can be bothered you can try using the old stencil format and effectively screen print on to the minifig.

As you can see the decal really contain the majority of the custom minifigures detail and really represents the ‘description’ of the minifig if the decal were not present the effect wouldn’t be as powerful.

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The Break down of a MiniFig

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Lego Minifigs are made of 6 parts, the head, arms, hands, torso, hips and legs, allowing for several points of movement, the head, arms, hands and feet all move. The Arms and legs are further divided into right and left sides.

Since the inception of Lego Minifigs, there have been some further variations to this basic Lego minifig design. Most notably in the legs and hips, you can find variations with springs in the feet (from the basket ball series) and ones with magnets (from the movie series). Additionally women with skirts were commonly illustrated in mini fig for by using a 3x1x4 vertical column with an angled side. Additionally a pair of squat legs was designed for shorter Lego minifigs such as yoda, these however don’t allow for any leg movement at all.

Lego mini fig leg variants

Accessories, decals and head gear are also additional elements which make up the standard Lego minifig. Accessories can take the form of objects that fit into the mini figs hand, as well as items that sit on the head plug (such as back packs or capes), or fabric items such as gun holsters and robes. decals are the design element and one of the key ways to distinguish the sex of the Lego minifig, typically decals are found on the front and back of the torso, this along with the decals that go on the faceĀ  form the basic ways in which a Lego minifigs personality and uniqueness come out. within Custom mini fig circles there have even been decals that go on the hands and arms that have been created.

In addition to these foundations Lego have also produced additional role specific Lego elements such as the ghost and skeleton as well as various other alien elements, and whilst these can be considered minifigs in the broadest sense their use within mini fig customization, at least for the moment seems limited.

Essentially by using these elements you can create totally customized minifigs that reflect a whole range of personalities. Below is a montage of some great examples of customized minifigs.

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