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Sourcing LEGO Parts For Custom Minifigs

Following on from the overview of how to customize LEGO Minifigs. Lets go into more concise detail on how to source and find specific elements for a custom minifig. The reason we are focusing on this rather than the concept and design stages is because this part of the process is one which is not reliant on ideas.

Combat Brick Japanese WWII Type 99 Machine Gun

LEGO has designed hundreds of thousands of different sets, and mifigures, however there are also elements that LEGO do not produce, publicly they have stated for example that you cannot get LEGO weapons, so you would have to rely on external companies like BrickArms and CombatBrick for these.

Brick Warriors Pearl Gold Range

In order to source LEGO pieces for your custom minifig, you need to have you idea clear. First you want to break down your custom minifig design in to the individual body parts and accessories. Be sure to check out BrickWarriors and Brickforge.

To save you a degree of time there are a couple of sites that have a cool features that allows you to structure your minifig based on the different combination of elements, its certainly not exhaustive of the entire range of LEGO minifigs out there but its pretty close.

Additionally other sites such as Brick Link and LEGO Pick a Brick are all great places to source individual Custom minifig torso, arm and legs. We have a full list of Custom Minifig Suppliers. You have to be creative, for example for modern military custom minifigs, LEGO do not produce a torso that represents this, however the minfigs from the Dino Attack collection are very SWAT team-esque and could be used as a substitute, but the again the Dino Attack minifigures are no longer made so you would either have to find them second hand or produce your own decals for your custom minifig.

As a result of changing LEGO stock in the brand new and second hand market as well as the ever increasing demand for certain minifigs, when creating large quantities of custom minifigs, it may cost a lot, or you may have to wait for prolonged periods of time for the right minifig components to appear on the market. In these instances you may well find it easier to use flat colour minifigs and create your own decals, however even these flat colour torsos may be in short supply as well, so you have to be reasonably prepared to removed existing decals, or change the colour template or in extreme circumstances create your own casts and mould your own minifigs from scratch.

Lord Of The Rings Orc Army

Regardless of what you do in this context, sourcing the right minifig components can be the longest and most frustrating part of minifig customization, but it can also be very rewarding, just remember your LEGO invading army that’s the light at the end of the tunnel.

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Lego Minifigs for military vignettes

Whilst for most of use who make custom minifigs the dream would be either Lego actually make military collections, or we can get our hands on some durable minifigs with custom decals, the reality is getting decent military themed minifigs is quite difficult, you need to really plan out what you want to acheive, since the Indiana Jones collection does have some Lego minifigs with a Military theme, and StarWars has a whole range of storm troopers, its not so difficult for sci-fi or WWII custom minifig makers. But if you’re hopeing to make something modern, get ready to do some serious hunting.

so Lets take a look a the themes that work for military vignettes:

Cowboys – Lego Cowboy theme

Knights and castles – Lego theme

WWII – Indiana Jones Russian and German soldier minifigs

Modern – Dino Attack (these are now out of production so you’re going to need to source these), Power Miners Lego themes.

Sci-fi – Lego Starwars theme.

You’ll find that in order to build up a large army of minifigs, you’ll either need to buy loads of sets of Lego, leaving you with plenty of potentially useless spare parts and costing you an arm and a leg, or, you’ll need to search on the second hand Lego community to find individual parts, in this instance you’ll need to potentially├é┬á buy the minifig in seperate parts, ie legs seperate from arms, torso seperate from head etc, this can add to the cost, but you’ll be able to get exactly what you need.

In other instances you might have designed a custom decal for your Lego minifigs, your best bet here is to source the lego minifig whos plastic is as close to the base colour you want, then, using brasso remove the existing decal and apply your own one instead, this might take longer and costa bit, but the results are supurb.

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