(Written by E.Mc.)
One way you can bring your models to life is with Minifigures you get in regular sets. You can swap legs, body, hair, faces, etc. You can even switch up arms and hands. How, though, can you do this well? That’s what we’re here to help you do.
STEP ONE; CHOOSE YOUR THEME
If you build a space model, what Minifigure would work well? A space Minifigure! Whatever model you build, you need to choose what would work best. Building a city? Use city characters. Building the ole’ west? Use western Minifigures.
STEP TWO; MATCH IT UP
Now that you know what theme, you need to find some things. Look at your parts. does your body have retro, space, or futuristic designs? Then you can use those for your space guy! This applies to any Minifigure you want to build.
STEP THREE; MAKE SURE SKIN MATCHES
Now you have parts, you can put them together now, right? Not quite. You need to make sure skin tone matches. A tan Minifigure head shouldn’t go on a body with yellow arms or legs. It just won’t look right. But what if you have no body that works without yellow hands? You need to take of the yellow hands of the body, and take tan hands from another body and put them on. The same goes with the arms. There is an exception to the rule; if you are giving him gloves, you can use brown or black or grey hands and still have it look perfectly fine. Note; The only problem with this technique is that it wears them out. Eventually, they are going to get loose. So try not to over remove them often, unlike me.
THE FINAL STEP; PUT IT TOGETHER!
Now you should have all the right parts. All you have to do is attach its parts and you are good to go!
When you add a head, make sure he is not double-sided, at least if you are going to make him bald. If you add hats, look at the back of the figure and see if you can see any facial expressions. A little bit is fine. Also, look and see if the body or legs have belts. If so, don’t use both legs and body’s with belts on your guy. It makes it look a little funky. Another item we haven’t discussed is capes, bracket accessories (accessories that have a flat square with a hole), or skirts. Use these only when it looks right. A space girl with a skirt or a caped business man will look odd. Adding a cape and shoulder pauldrons give it this brave, heroic feel.
I hope this helps you with your models. If you have any questions, post them in the comments. Build on!