In regards to playing with LEGOs, I am fortunate in a way many people aren’t: I have a “Mini-Me.” Let’s face it, most of us do not have a distinguishing appearance which allows us to use an existing minifigure or create a new one as a personal stand-in in our builds. However, glasses and a beard stand out rather readily in the LEGOverse – there just isn’t many minifigure heads, traditional yellow or one of the skin-toned, to be found.
My original mini-me came directly from the parts found in the Build-a-Minifigure-Bar at my local LEGO store. Despite a concerted effort to make the minifigure as close to realistic as possible, the outfit didn’t closely resemble anything I would actually wear. However, that really wasn’t much of an issue. The important thing, I quickly realized, was the head, which could be substituted into just about any existing minifigure – especially after remembering that the light skin-toned hands in any torso assembly could be removed and replaced with yellow ones.
I’ve used this to full effect, and not simply in efforts to Mary Sue myself into various franchise sets. In addition to posing Mini-Me in the Jurassic World and Star Wars sets, I’ve reimagined it in a number of different ways in Facebook profile pictures. I’ve also used it alongside a minifigure version of my wife for special occasions, inserting them into various smaller LEGO sets when the appropriate date on the calendar arrived. I also have a minifigure version of my son I’ve used in similar ways. Unfortunately, neither of theirs is as easily recognizably as Mini-Me, but I make a point of not using similar head/wig combos when assembling builds.
Assuming there’s no future Lasik treatments or decisions to become clean-shaven, Mini-Me will continue to be recognizable in the future. Both a grey wig and a head with glasses and a grey beard already reside in the minifigure pieces drawer waiting for future use. Whenever it seems feasible, Mini-Me will show up in future Brick à Brac builds. Keep an eye out for him.