These interviews seem to be causing quite a stir in the custom Lego community on Flikr. With so many people doing fantastic minifigs its hard to showcase everyone’s work, and interview everyone all at once. So just bare with us, and if you continually produce high quality work your time will come! Today’s interview is by Synner.
1. How did you first get into custom minifigs?
I started off in the custom minifig business pretty much like everyone else-customized Clone Troopers. I was really inspired by a bunch of people on YouTube, so I decided to buy a Clone Trooper Battle Pack and make my own. I first started off with Sharpie, but soon enough I realized that Sharpie just won’t cut it. This eventually led to the gradual change into using Sharpie Paint and decals. I then spent a few months in that, but after awhile I just got bored of repetition. I had a strong desire to make more than just Clone Troopers all the time. So then I focused on Sharpie Paint a good deal, practicing and discovering new painting techniques. When I first joined Flickr, I must say that I was overwhelmed by the work of certain people. I discovered and met a bunch of really cool people, and I was and am constantly being inspired by other people’s work. A couple of weeks ago, I really started to experiment with Electrical Tape, bandaging fleshie minifig arms with white Electrical Tape. All of this led to the customizer I am now. However, the trench coats you might see on some of my figures aren’t made by me; a friend of mine makes them for me, but I am slowly starting to get the hang of how to make them.
2. Where do you get your ideas and inspiration from?
What can I say? Video games. Well, not entirely video games. I get a lot of my inspiration from games such as Call of Duty, Battlefield, Fallout, and some others. Most of my military-style figs are inspired by watching a lot of the Military Channel, and sometimes from my Gun Encyclopedia that I got from Poland. As for Rebuilding Society, that’s mainly from people’s work on Flickr. Other inspirations include movies, and even sometimes music!
3. Are there any customizers that you look up to, or inspire you?
Of course! For starters, a major inspiration to me ever since I discovered him is The Chef and his brother, EvilChef. Including them, some other people that really inspire me are McLovin, Pecovam, Family Bricks, EclipseGrafx, Pedro, Iris, Flying Jalopy, and many more!
4. What do you think of the Lego Collectors series?
I think the Lego Collectors Series is great! Even though I personally don’t have the money to buy them, I think it’s a really good chance to get some useful and/or unique parts to use for future minifigs! The Collector Series is a great resource, and I hope Lego doesn’t discontinue it like Lego Universe. I take my hat off to you, Lego!
5. Are you currently on any new projects?
Why yes, I am! Over the weekend I’ve actually been working on some customized BrickArms, and I’m going to make a few more in the near future. A big series I have going on is my Rebuilding Society series entitled Redacted. For the series, I plan to build a scene every month, as I do not have the time and pieces to build a new one each week. Thanks again for interviewing me, keep on building everyone!