About KO Custom Minifigs
About KO Custom Minifigs
I own and operate an online business which produces and sells professional quality, custom LEGO minifigures. I’m inspired by characters that have been overlooked by LEGO. These limited, single production run, custom minifigures offer collectors an opportunity to fill voids in their collection. With their support I’m able to recoup production costs, and continue producing future custom minifigures.
Designing the Minifigure
I design the vector graphics that will be permanently printed onto the surface of the minifigure pieces. The method of printing I use is the same method that official LEGOs are printed with – pad printing. The actual printing onto the pieces is done by a third party.
The design for my “Chrome Claw” minifigure was inspired by Marvel’s Wolverine. The blue areas of the legs were printed onto yellow parts so that the yellow in the minifigure matched up perfectly and was consistent. This minifigure was so popular that knockoff companies in Asia copied my design, and have since flooded the internet with replicated minifigures.
Using a small scale, injection molding machine I produce custom ABS plastic pieces. The design for the pieces is done in collaboration with a CNC Machinist to ensure that the parts connect properly with LEGO pieces. An aluminum mold is fabricated and I injection mold and manufacturing the custom piece.
This character’s shoulder armor required a custom piece to be made. To ensure that the color was correct for center area of the shoulder armor I used existing LEGO parts in the same color as the plastic to inject with. The blue areas of the shoulder armor were airbrushed with pad printing ink that was color matched to the printed blue. The claw pieces were chrome plated to give the look of character’s signature “Adamantium” metal claws.
Designed to be reminiscent of vintage action figure packaging. The plastic clamshell allows the collector to be able to open the package without destroying it. The insert is printed on both sides. The front serves as the backing for the packaging. The back has a 3D rendering of the character in an action scene.
The personality of the character is that they are a ferocious lone wolf so I set the scene in a snowy wilderness which is a familiar place for the character. On the front of the card I positioned the character in an iconic pose often seen on the covers of X-Men comics.
I am not endorsed or affiliated with The Lego Group, and…
“This is not a LEGO® Product. These are re-used LEGO elements that have been repackaged or altered from their original form. LEGO is a trademark of the LEGO Group, which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this product. The LEGO Group is not liable for any loss, injury or damage arising from the use or misuse of this product.”