We love to interview anyone that is into minifig customization, and get their views and inspirations. One person who’s work we love to feature is McLovin, so we were delighted when he was kind enough to agree to be interviewed:
1. How did you first get into custom minifigs?
Around June last year, it was just the beginning of my holidays, and I remembered the times when I was a Clonetard on MOCpages. It was anything Star Wars for me back then. I also remembered the few prized Brickarms I had, and decided to check the site out again. It was a month or so until I received my Brickarms order, and in time, started making custom guns. Soon after, I realised the stock parts of LEGO were insufficient for my customizing needs. I soon discovered Roaglaan, and that was when my customizing story began. Since then it has developed from paper glued to LEGO torsos, to painted armor pieces and custom parts. The rest is just history.
2. Where do you get your ideas and inspiration from?
Well, there are various sources to my ideas and inspiration for my work. They mostly come from my extremely supportive and helpful family, video-games such as the Fallout and Modern Warfare series, movies and my fellow customizers here on Flickr. Most of my inspiration has to be credited to video-games, namely the Fallout Series, STALKER, Metro 2033, Call of Duty, Battlefield and Assassin’s Creed.
3. Are there any customizers that you look up to, or inspire you?
Of course! There are a number of customizers on Flickr who I look up to, and even consider to be my friends! Some of my good friends here on Flickr such as Pecovam, Pedro, EclipseGrafx, Family Bricks, Geoshift, Shobrick, Chef and many others inspire a lot of my work. Some have even been crucial in my development as a customizer, and I am proud to call them my friends.
4. What do you think of the Lego Collectors series?
The LEGO Collectors Series is great. I love that they are trying to appeal to customizers with the new elements such as the lovely Gladiator helmet, except there is one problem – yellow. I really don’t like the yellow of the figures: I feel it is inaccurate and pretty bland. I prefer to skin to Flesh figures, but I feel the elements incorporated into the series is wonderful and I hope they decide to continue it further.
5. Are you currently on any new projects?
Well, to be honest, there are a few works which have slipped under the radar lately, including my Gears of War Project, which will be continued soon. I am also working on some Modern figures, which were recently posted, and I hope to use them in a Diorama soon. As always, I am still working on Post-Apoc, and it will always be a project of mine. I am also currently working on some Medieval works, inspired by the new Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, which will hopefully be done in the coming weeks.
Thank you very much for this interview, I enjoyed it thoroughly.