I recently purchased the book Minifigure Customization and I am busy sawing, grinding and painting my plastic. (Gasp!) To give you some idea of what a revolutionary statement that is for me, I currently store my mini figs by series and theme, I rarely ever mix and match parts and if I do I immediately put them back to their original configuration. Anything less makes me anxious.

To go from that purist mind set to painting LEGO has been a leap of faith for me. Funny thing is, I like it! I enjoy the creative rush of making something with my hands. I think it’s just a matter of time before I am going full on custom like my friend Krash_Override.

This image of my daughter dressed for her high school graduation is my first customization. I made the cape (including prepping the cloth so it doesn’t fray), painted the mortar board and carved out the hair so the cap fit over her hair. I’m very pleased with the results.


Next up on my agenda will be few new weapons, maybe a custom light saber and certainly my own TinTin and Captain Haddock. Because with my new found willingness to get down and dirty with my plastic…I won’t have to wait for LEGO or the HERGE Foundation to make my next adventure a reality.

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