I have been making Minimate customs for over 11 years now, and I thought I would take a look back at some of my favorites. I am basing these choices on the custom figure itself, and not the character. My favorite customs also tend to be my most complex and time consuming customs. Basically these were all a pain in the butt to create, but the results were worth it. 🙂
5. Age of Apocalypse Colossus
This is probably the least time-consuming custom on this list, but he used the widest variety of materials. Colossus used parts from 6 different Minimates and he required sculpting, modifying existing parts, cutting plastic sheets, designing decals, and painting. Plus his two primary colors are red and yellow, which usually take twice as many coats of paint as other colors. He is one of my favorites because he looks very imposing next to other Minimates, and I think all of the separate pieces came together really well.
4. Crystar from The Saga of Crystar
This custom is from my set of 80’s Action Figures as Minimates customs. His decals took the most time to create of any figure on this list. I used my own Crystar figure that I have had for over 25 years as a reference for the decals. He was one of my favorite action figures when I was a kid, and I really wanted to capture the look of that figure in this custom.
3. The Diva from The 5th Element
The Diva figure is from my set of The 5th Element Custom Minimates. As you can probably tell, she needed a LOT of sculpting. I also used decals for her face and chest, and twisty ties for her… I’m not sure what to call them… tentacles? I would love to see Diamond Select Toys make one or two official box sets of 5th Element Minimates.
2. Morbius from Doctor Who
Morbius is a monster from the 4th Doctor’s era of Doctor Who. I made this figure as part of a set of monsters. The dome on his head is actually made of glass – I sanded down a tiny light bulb to make it. And as you can see, he has a lot of sculpting, and some decal work as well. I think he is a very unique looking custom, and he has been at the front of my Doctor Who shelf for many years. I have a longer article about his creation here.
This Mojo custom is special to me because it was mostly created using my 3D printer. I spent a lot of time modeling this in 3D, and then fine tuning the printing until it was perfect. I have an article about his creation here. I think 3D printing has huge potential for Minimate customizing, and there are already other Minimate customizers putting this technology to great use. For example, you can buy 3D printed Minimate parts from Dave’s Model Shop on Shapeways. I have not been putting my printer to good use lately, but I am hoping to have more time for that soon. 🙂