A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO MAKING CUSTOM LEGO MINIFIGURES
1. Firstly you need to lay out all the parts you have and see what minifigures you’d like to make and can make. Remember you can remove the arms, legs and head from the body. You can also remove the hands from the arms and the legs from the hip. Take note of extra pieces you have, such as fancy wigs, helmets, accessories, unique limbs and keep these in mind to make your minifigure more authentic.
2. Next, you need to find the right decal for the torso. Some of the decals I have made are at the bottom of the page. I’ve found with black decals, it’s easier to print it on photo paper for quality. with other colours just printing it in colour is ok. The decals need to be printed with a width of 1.5cm for torsos. You can also make your own decals! All you need is Paint! Make half of the decal (if it is symmetrical) in paint, and then save it and insert the picture into software such as Photoshop or Microsoft PowerPoint. Make the original quite large so you can add details easily. Once it is in Photoshop or Microsoft PowerPoint copy and reflect the image and join it together. You now have a full and symmetrical minifigure decal. Still use Paint for the full decal even if it isn’t symmetrical. The resolution of the image or any imperfections in the details don’t matter at all as the decal will be shrunk down significantly when it is printed.
3. Now you need to cut out the decal carefully and stick it on the front and back of the minifigure. At this stage the arms, head and legs of the minifigure should not be attached to the torso. This makes it easier and stops any damage to the other parts of the minifigure, or glue getting on everything. It is fine to use a normal gluestick to apply the decals.
4. Now you need to attach the head, wig, arms and legs and make sure it looks good. You might need to go through quite a few heads to find the right expression and maybe slightly modify them with a fine-point black permanent marker. It can be a difficult and frustrating process to find the ‘perfect’ face and wig for your minifigure if it is intended to represent a fictional character, so be patient and still take the time to make sure you get it right.
5. Now is the last stage, and that is adding patches for certain minifigures. To do that, you need to get a picture of the patch and shrink it in Microsoft Word to the right size. The resolution is irrelevant, as it will be so small. 2-3mm is a good size. Then print the patches, it’s usually good to print more than one because it is easy to make mistakes. Then cut them out CAREFULLY and stick them on with glue. It is a difficult process, and mistakes are likely, but you will eventually get it right! It can also be handy to use a holepunch to cut out the patch.
6. Now, you’re done. All you have to do is give the minifigure a stand. Just a 4×2 can be a simple stand, otherwise use a 6×4 piece and build on some details to make a more elaborate stand for your minifigure. The stands from the Minifigure Collection can also be useful.
Remember you can design your own! Also, it is best to print the darker decals on glossy/photo paper.
(Above) The Avengers: Black Widow(Above) Battlestar Galactica 2004: Pilot Flight Gear(Above) Battlestar Galactica 2004: Pilot(Above) Battlestar Galactica 1978: Pilot(Above) Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda: High Guard Officer(Above) Babylon 5: Interstellar Alliance Officer Back and Front(Above) Stargate/Military: Tactical Vest(Above) The Hunger Games: First Games Jersey Back and Front
(Above) Star Trek: Circa 2373 Starfleet Officer (Command Division)
All decals are my own design.