custom minifig paratropper competition!

custom minfiig paratropper competition!
custom minfiig paratropper competition! by JasBrick

Inspired by the recent ‘competition’ myself and Jasbrick have been having, custom minifig are now going to Launch a 2month long custom minfig Paratrooper competition. details to be announced soon!

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Operation Iraqi Freedom: U.S. Marine Infantry custom minifig

This fantastic custom minifig has got a brilliant painted camo pattern, its a little over loaded with weapons, including some from brick arms but this custom minifig is still really cool and it would be great to see more of these.

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Lego Guantanamo custom minifig

As far as custom minifigs go this is by far one of the most tasteless I’ve ever seen! It does show how Lego has an ability to ‘tone down’ the things it illustrates, this Lego custom minifig is off the ‘Ghosts of Abu Ghraib’, and was featured as part of an exhibition at the 2008 IslamExpo in London, interestingly I’m very surprised Lego would be willing to have been used in such a public and controversial way.

this image came from the guardian in the uk, and you can read more from them here.

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Portola II Space Pirate custom minifig 1st place winner

Portola II Space Pirate custom minifig 1st place winner
Portola II Space Pirate custom minifig 1st place winner by ‘Nickre

This is Portola II the Space Pirate custom minifig 1st place winner from ‘Nickre, its a fantastic custom minifig, with a generous use of rubber bands as well as unconventional use of lego parts. the description and character of the custom minifig is also really good, so here the interview with ‘Nickre:

Than you very much! Below I have written my responses to your questions.

1) So congrats on your win at the Space Pirates competition, you must be really cuffed! Tell us a little about your self?

I’m very excited to have been a part of the first LEGO Space Pirate contest here on Flickr; it was a blast creating my minifigure! I’ve been involved in the online LEGO community for nearly a year now, and so far I haven’t created very many entries for building challenges. This is the second contest I have entered on Flickr and it’s my first first-place win! I intend to continue building as long as I can, and hopefully I’ll be able to practice creating custom minifigures while I remain active!

2) So obviously Lego and minifig customization is still quite an underground thing how did you find out and what made you start customizing minifigs?

How did I find out about custom minifigures? Well, it’s difficult to miss ’em, since there are so many on Flickr. After seeing some pretty amazing creations from fellow builders, I decided I’d give customizing a try back in 2008.

3) What inspired your design for your entry in the Lego space pirates competition?

My design wasn’t inspired by anything in particular; I just threw on whatever looked “space-piratey”. However, I did get the idea of using the bandanna piece as headgear from Michael Jasper.

4) It must be tough finding the right parts or even coming up with a good idea, how do you come up with your custom minifigs, is it just a case of working to a preset theme? Or is it something more sporadic?

Usually, ideas just pop into my head at random moments. If I try too hard to think of an idea, I either waste a lot of time and accomplish nothing, or I abandon the MOC entirely. I believe working to a preset theme could certainly help you design your minifigure and create his/her character traits, but I much prefer to create my own themes.

5) As a relative new comer, I am always trying to get more tips, so any tips or tricks or advice you’d give to others just starting out making Lego custom minifigs?

Well, I have a problem with over-detailing my minifigures. They sometimes lose their quality when I place too many rubber bands and accessories on them. I suggest trying to first find basic elements for your minifigure, such as the head, torso, and legs, then think about any extra details you might wish to add. I have attempted to jump right into detailing many times, but I think it’s always best to start simple.

6) Of course we’re excited to see more of your custom minifigs, are there any that you are particularly proud of?

Thanks. I’ve only built several custom minifigures in my time as an active MOCer, but I do like my wastelander character (inspired by the video game Fallout 3). I used some of my own techniques on that one that I found useful while I was building my space pirate.

7) Are there any other customizers that inspire you?

I’ve always loved the work of Morgan190 and Michael Jasper. Their excellent, creative minifigures intrigued me when I first discovered them, and I suppose they served as my inspiration.

Alright, thanks again timeforacatnap! Let me know if there’s anything else you would like me to do.

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Space Pirate winner number 3 custom minifig

This was the third place winner at the Lego space pirates custom minifig competition, its made by angelchix, who is one of the talented few who reached the final stages, whats great about this custom minifig isn’t just the good use of parts, the creative use of fabric and highly detailed decals, what also make this custom minifig impressive is the fantastic story that goes with it.

So without further delay here is an interview with the creator of this fantastic custom minifig:

Q. So congrats on your win at the Space Pirates competition, you must be really cuffed! Tell us a little about your self?

A. Thanks Ken! Well, I’m an average Asian-American teen who just pretty much hangs out with friends and such. What isn’t so ‘average’ about me is the fact that I’m an FFOL (Female Fan of LEGO). I also like playing a little bit of Airsoft with a few friends and my brother. Other than that, not much else about me.

Q. So obviously Lego and minifig customization is still quite an an underground thing how did you find out and what made you start customizing minifigs?

A. It kind of started a few months ago in October of 2008 I guess. My brother, Cody, started work on several custom minifigs for a small community of FOLs called ‘Alpha Company.’ I was interested and soon became addicted to LEGO Bricks and Minifigures.

Q. What inspired your design for your entry in the Lego space pirates competition?

A. I got my inspiration from a game called ‘Mass Effect’ while Cody was playing it. The Sci-Fi aspect of the game caught my attention and forced me to learn more. Other things that inspired me included several different Sci-Fi genres (Such as Star Wars) and it pretty much grew from there.

Q. It must be tough finding the right parts or even coming up with a good idea, how do you come up with your custom minifigs, is it just a case of working to a preset theme? Or is it something more sporadic?

A. It depends. Sometimes I just get an idea from a random source and create it. Other times I get it from a theme or specific source. And sometimes I just get it in such a random way I can’t even begin to explain it.

Finding the right part ofr a minifig is tough at times. But what I do is innovate using other parts suitable for the job. I’ll even resort to Decals, Custom Accessories, and other methods of achieving my goal.

Q. As a relative new comer, I’m always trying to get more tips, so any tips or tricks or advice you’d give to others just starting out making Lego custom minifigs?

A. Pretty much the only advice I can give a newcomer or a novice is just come up with an idea, and stick to it. If you come to a ‘wall’ in your path, go around it. Experiment and innovate with different methods or ideas. Even if you can’t think of anything, start reading or watch some videos. Maybe that’ll give you a thought.

As for tricks on making minifigs, I sometimes suggest even modifying the LEGO Element to suit your needs. Decals and Custom Accessories is what I recommend. Cutting and Gluing seems like taboo to some LEGO MOCers, but it isn’t so bad once you get the hang of it, and it can produce a lot of terrific results for your creations.

Q. Of course we’re excited to see more of your custom minifigs, are there any that you are particularly proud of?

A. All my custom minifigs have their own status in my book. Each has its own particular high and low points. It’s really hard to decide which is the best. But one stuck out of the crowd, or more like two, or several. My ‘Yuki Ikazuki’ and ‘Fuyu Keimei’ minifigs are two of the best minifigs I’ve made so far. Others include the same minifig that I entered for the Space Pirate Contest, and a few ‘Alpha Company’ Soldiers.

Q. Are there any other customizers that inspire you?

A. A lot of people inspire me. All the way from Justin ‘Saber-Scorpion’ Stebbins to Obxcrew. From Jasbrick to Scott Blank, and even your creations amaze me. I can’t even give a number as to how many MOCers give me inspiration!

Thanks again for the interview!

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