The Arrival of BrickArms Custom minifigs and weapons

I arrived home today to a small nondescript package with a little sticker on the bottom the sticker sad minifigforlife, so after a long day at the office my spirits were lifted, just time for Christmas and a few weeks off. This is the first time I’ve received anything from Brickarms and Minifig for life so I was eager to check out the merchandise that to be fair, its the cheapest items you can buy.

Opening up the white bubble wrapped envelope each order was packaged in a clear mini ziplock bag, with the mini fig separate from the weapons that came along with that particular minifig. Each packet also came with photo/printed label of the order and minifig, and there weren’t any instructions (not that you would need any).

upon opening the first item, the Mr White that I was very keep to get my hands on (i suspect this will eventually be a collectors custom minifig in the future) I was very impressed with the decals, BrickArms claim that the decals are delecate and as such these custom minifigs aren’t playable minifigs, but collectors minfigs, meant to be looked at rather than played with. All the joints on the minifig were stiff and solid, and there were no chips or scratches on the minifig, which was great. Suffice to say this minifig was in pristine condition.

On to the weapons, I’d orders as many items as I could from Brickarms before they temporarily shut shop, may main worry was cause of the media attention that had brought them into Lego’s radar there might have been some implications which might have meant you wouldn’t be able to get ahold of any of these minifigs or minifig weapons. (lucky that proved to be wrong!)

The minifig weapons are really well made, the level of detail and the finish on them is supurb, and because they are made from the same plastic as Lego minifigs, which gives them a ridged and strong quality that hints at quality. SO after stashing a few of these minifigs away unopened I’ll definately be ordering a few more and begin work on my custom Lego minifig british army chess set!

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Custom minifig Lego M16

There are several ways you can deal with custom minifig weapons, lets take a minifg M16, a pretty common weapon, and popular with custom minifig creators.

The easist way to acquire a custom minifig Lego M16 is to head over to BrickArms who make a whole variety of custom minifig weapons and a commando style minifig M16, the one with the retractable stock, BrackArms make these minifig weapons from  the same plastic used in Lego Minfigs so they are pretty solid.

The alternative way to get a Lego M16 for minifigs is to obviously try and make one yourself, below are two videos I found  showing two different ways to make a Lego minifg M16, obviously by making it yourself, the accuracy of how the Lego M16 looks to the real M16 is reduced but it can be more fun to make and cheaper.

Obviously you can take the same strategy  for any weapon you want to create for minifigs, and just to show you the full potential of making your own Minifig, check out this post about a custom built minifig M1917A1


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WWII custom minifig Heavy Machine gun

This is an awesome custom minifig heavy machine gun, an M1917A1 to be exact, created by Soren77 from the Brick Arms Forum, i think its really cool and very realistic (at least as realistic as Lego can make it) and it seems to be the perfect size for custom minifigs and looks great when you put it next to the BrickArms minifig weapons.

Lego minifig m1917a1 by soren77

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Exclusive Interview with cbla_member

I met cbla_member on the BrickArms forum, he’s a pretty cool guy and a very talented custom minifig builder and MOC (my own creations) builder, I’ve seen a stack of his work at his photo site, I think you’ll agree that these are some awesome MOCs and custom minifigs.

so over to the interview with cbla_member

who is cbla_member?

My real name is Aaron I live in Victoria B.C. Canada I came out of my “dark age” about 2 years ago and I’m 25 years old.

1. how did you find out about customizing mini figs?
I joined VicLUG in January and was shown the Brickarms site, after that I trawled MOCpages and Brickshelf. Since then I’ve moved on to flickr which is an amazing source for pics of custom figs but I still check out the fig section of the Brickarms forum.

2. how big is your collection now?
I buy Lego all the time so its almost impossible to track my figs let alone all my bricks. I know I don’t have nearly as many figs as most people but I get by.

3. your mini figs seem to follow the RAMM, there seems to be quite a few Lego armies out there, any reason why you chose to follow that format rather than strike out on your own?
To be honest RRAM is a bit of a poke at all of the fictional armies no offense intended I just don’t want RRAM to be taken very seriously because no matter what army you build its still in essence playing with toys which is all about fun. I have and will continue to strike out on my own with all of my other building styles my personal fave custom fig being my Punisher. (seen here) Military is in no way my most prominent building style either, I build space, mecha, castle and town. Every creation has its own custom fig thats part of the entire piece.

4. for those of us who are just starting out with minifig customization, do you think there’s any thing particular newbies should be aware of?
Always apply a clear coat to waterslide decals I learned that the hard way thats why my Punisher fig sports that battle damaged look. Aside from that whether you’re dismantling and experimenting with different leg arm torso combinations or getting crafty with decals paint glue or sculpting remember that these are toys and as long as your having fun then your doing everything right. When you do post pictures of figs take any criticism with a grain of salt as there are people out there who take this way more serious than you do.

5. in your opinion whos the mini fig customizer you most admire?
Thats a hard question Will and Ian Chapman are definitely up there its not very often a custom minifig gets worldwide news coverage. (you can see the fig here) Other than them I really think OBX crew does really nice customs he has a very keen eye for little details I like that a lot, Hazel did some really nice sculpting with his Gears of War figs, and recently Jasbrick has been posting these really great Brickviet figs with beautiful paint jobs on the Brickarms forum. Thats the beauty of custom figs theres so much to choose from and always new talent popping up too.
Thanks go out to cbla_member, you’re officially the very first interviewee on customminifig!

Here are some great examples of cbla_member’s work, you can see more here.

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BrickArms Back on Line

BrickArms, the custom minifig weapons maker is back online again after an interesting week as a result of the media getting a bit carried away with one of the custom minifigs created by BrickArms.

In addition to reopening the store a small selection of new items have been added, sadly no new minifigs or custom items, and the items aren’t really Lego or minifig related but, still its good to see BrickArms open again!

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