(Lego Wii fan by optimus-convoy)
It’s quite interesting being new to lego minifig customization at how real life inspired MOCs, its really nice to see how the nintendo has made into Lego history, I guess the point is that these real life imventions can make their way into the minifig world and enhance the lives of minifigs as well, making vignettes and scene more interesting, and adding a little more puzzle for minifig fans as they try to figure out how best to represent these on a Lego scale.
(end of days custom minifig vignette by nannan z)
It is phenominal, its simply impressive how detailed, and ornate this is, and thats not including the deep and detailed story line that is accurate based on various accounts. the Minifigs in this are also really cool, possessing various custom elements, including coats, brickarms custom minifig weapons, and sluban-esq custom minifig helmets. What really adds to this custom minifig vignette is the tents and crates of weapons that litter the vignette, I believe the crates and tents are from Lego and not custom minifig parts. You can check out the impressive back story here.
( Lego Spanish explorer custom minifig by mister007)
The Spanish discovered south America, which lead to loads of trade and Aztecs dying, and they did this all in silly pants, such as the ones shown on this Lego custom minifig. these custom minifig legs look like they were made from Techic pieces, arials and two ‘feet’ pieces.
Check out this cool Font by Bersa Mendes & JoÃ£o Angelim, its a free font for personal use thats designed around Lego minifigs, the minifigs are in a variety of poses and have a variety of accessories, and as far as I can see they all use standard Lego minifig parts.
Sluban are a Lego clone company, originating from China, and trading under the name of Oxford in Korea, I’m not entirely sure as the packaging and photos seem the same.
I’ve found various places including Wilkinsons (thanks Jasbrick) and Ebay that sell Sluban. It seems that Oxford, produce more products than Sluban. Additionally I found a Dutch website that seems associated with Sluban.
The Sluban bricks are virtually identical to Lego bricks and whilst the suffer from being slightly poorer quality anf finish, they seem to fit with Lego bricks fairly well. The Minifigs however are pretty useless, the minifigs are made similar to Lego minifigs with the same joint movements as a Lego minifig, however the significant difference in the sluban minifigs is the Legs, these are connected to the body differently and the Legs are more shaped, in actual facts this actually works against the Sluban minifig.
The one key feature about sluban that is brilliant is the minifig helmet (in this case), and the chest piece which Jasbrick commonly uses, these minifig helmets fit perfectly on a Lego minifig and are Idea for any custom minifig work you might choose to do.
When you consider that the Sluban Box I bought cost me less than £1.50 when I bought it in a market in south east asia, and i got two minifig helmets from it, that’s about £0.75 per helmet which isn’t too bad, and as for the bricks, I’ll probably still use them.
Shop Sluban Lego on Ebay now.