Dedicated to showing off the best of Lego Minifig customization our latest interview is by Bansheeshee who was kind enough to agree to be interviewed:
1. How did you first get into custom minifigs?
I first got into custom minifigures about six months ago. I joined the online Lego community about a year ago, and for the first few months I was mainly an observer. After watching people’s uploads for months, I finally started delving into the ‘customizing’ realm. It started with just combining Lego and BrickArms into different combinations. I started getting really good feedback on minifigs that I were making with all printed/decaled/molded stuff, no painting, etc.
When I started getting *really* good feedback on ‘purist’ figures, I figured I might as well try out some painting. It was an interesting start, but I quickly grew to love it. I mainly started out with techniques I had seen done before, and then I started to try out my own.
2. Where do you get your ideas and inspiration from?
The majority of my ideas and inspiration come from video games and movies. Besides the obvious COD series, I’ve always enjoyed fantasy games such as Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy, I’ve always enjoyed games that have a medieval twist or inspiration, such as Elder Scrolls, LOTR, and Assassin’s Creed. Besides video games, I get a lot of inspiration from movies. I enjoy movies a lot, especially the Star Wars saga. This was my first customization genre that I worked in, so I owe a lot to Star Wars!
3. Are there any customizers that you look up to, or inspire you?
Flickr is beginning to fill up with great customizers. My first inspirations and those that are still the main ones are pecovam, PEDRO-79, and ~McLovin~. I find myself gaining inspiration from many of my friends and contacts on Flickr, from MinifigMaker and Roaglaan to the Bricker and Chef!.
4. What do you think of the Lego Collectors series?
What is the Lego Collectors series? lol
5. Are you currently on any new projects?
My projects that I’m currently working on are my Echo Squad (which is currently mainly purist, though I am adding Tiny Tactical and E-Tape, etc.), and making a good number of more modern warfare type figures. Two projects that I want to work on soon that I haven’t unveiled until now are the ‘A Team’ and Dumbledore’s Army 🙂