“I shall call him ‘Mini-Me.'”

FullSizeRenderIn 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, IMG_2316and 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.

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About Matthew Appleton

A dad and loving husband who is also an easily distracted sf&f junkie, LEGO enthusiast, Phillies fan, and writer wannabe who really has too many other responsibilities to be working on his many different on-going projects.
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