How Lego Minifigures Are Made

Legos in the making


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By: Liam Shay, Journalist

You might think since LEGOS has populated the world with more than 4 billion minifigures and that there is every accessory and Lego person already be created. Yet the world of custom LEGO minifigures is vast! Lego fans still want more designs. LEGO fans have customized minifigures to be exactly what they want them to be through printing, injection molding, painting, sculpting, and more. But what do all of these terms mean? What goes into each of these processes and why does it matter? These are a few of the questions I aim to answer, but before we start, I must ask another question. There are many LEGO fans that have converted their hobby into a business. Sometimes all it takes is a spark of an idea, a wish for that one accessory that LEGO doesn’t make, or a willingness to provide the community with something new. Businesses typically fall into two categories: those that produce their own LEGO-compatible parts and those that use genuine TLG parts to create something new. Minifigures built from special, uniquely molded pieces were first introduced in life on Mars. Martians are composed of five tools: two pairs of double arms, a mechanical torso, a conjoined leg piece, and a head. This configuration is also used for many Star Wars droids. Battle Droids follow the same pattern, while super battle droids feature a head fixed to a torso. General Grievous has space for four arms, and  IG-88 has a head constructed of other Lego pieces.