How to design custom LEGO minifigures

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LEGO structures can range from real world houses to fantasy castles. Within these structures can also sit different LEGO minifigures. A LEGO minifigure is the small person with a cylinder-shaped head that is created to pilot LEGO vehicles or populate LEGO towns. You can design your own LEGO minifigure to match your friends and family or your favourite characters from popular culture. After you have created your LEGO minifigure design, you can use it to customise your existing figures or build new ones.

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Things you need

  • Reference photos
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Coloured pencils

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  1. 1

    Gather together reference pictures for the character you wish to create a custom LEGO minifigure for. Pictures can include photographs of real people or drawings of characters from a video game or cartoon.

  2. 2

    Write down the key features of the character. Because LEGO minifigures are small and simplistic, telltale physical traits are required to identify them. For example, if you are creating a LEGO figure to look like Freddy Krueger from “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” his main features are his red and green striped sweater, brown hat, burnt face and single glove of knives.

  3. 3

    Divide the characteristics into six categories: legs, torso, arms, face, hair and accessories. These main categories are how you will eventually construct your figure once you design it.

  4. 4

    Sketch an image of a blank LEGO minifigure. Draw a cylinder for the head, a trapezoid for the torso, two rectangles for the legs and two sticks for the arms.

  5. 5

    Colour in the torso and legs of the design with the colours that correspond to the features you categorised. The Freddy minifigure would have the striped sweater with brown trousers while a Wolverine figure would have yellow and blue to make his costume. If you are creating a real world person or celebrity such as Paris Hilton, you may colour the torso and legs pink for a dress.

  6. 6

    Add details to the face of the design. If your figure will wear glasses, sketch them in. The face should represent a caricature of your inspiration person. The face of a Madonna figure can have Madonna's mole on it.

  7. 7

    Sketch out the hair and accessories for your figure. If your figure will wear a hat, draw it in. Use chunky shapes whenever possible to ease the eventual translation into your figure. These accessories will be moulded out of sculpting putty.

  8. 8

    Mark on the sketch all the tools needed to create the figure. List the colours of paint, the sculpting putty and additional parts.

Tips and warnings

  • Once you complete your design, translate it onto a minifigure you have or purchase parts from a LEGO retailer to begin construction.

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