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Doodlefig! (all)


One of the hardest challenges (I find) to making custom figures is getting all the right parts – for example my mini-me figure has way better hair than I do (and more of it at the back too!).  Sometimes you have to just go with the closest match and recognise that it won’t be a perfect match.

There is a company that will create a 3D representation of your actual head on a Lego-compatible head – but I can’t say I’ve been overly impressed with the images I have seen of the results and certainly not for the money I would need to part with.

So, head and hair matching aside, the next challenge is the body and torso – and have stepped up with their Doodlefig range.

They have a template that you can download, draw your design on, send in and they will print it up onto a figure for you (within reason).  I decided to have a go and have been really impressed with the result (my head is already spinning thinking of what I can do next🙂 )

I used an early template which didn’t show the break lines for the torso and feet – this has been corrected now.  The template allows you to draw the face, the main torso (front only) and legs and feet (again, front only).  The arms are not printed.  The print is then put onto a white figure and it can head off to you.

I experimented using clip art from a drawing package I have on my tablet (which also prompted me to buy a fine point tablet drawing pen – to be be played with and results posted at another time) and as I said earlier, was really impressed with the results. show their example using one of their in-house designers (their 3 year old daughter) and this would be a fun creative activity – getting children to draw their figures and get them printed.


I guess I ought to address the elephant that sits in the corner whenever custom printed lego is discussed.  People seem to be so used to buying their Lego minifigures at £2 to £3 that anything that is more than that is considered expensive.  But it is worth remembering that these are either very limited runs (a few hundred) or one-offs and often by very small companies rather than the industrial set ups that ‘interlocking construction toy’ companies may have. is a small company and actually in this custom market produce stuff that is both hard wearing and very competitively priced.

The other alternative to getting someone else to customise your Lego is to do it yourself… you can use paint, Sharpies or decoupage….


I think I’ll leave someone else to print it for me…

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7:15 to Aldgate (all)

I was on the train the other day (hence the title) and as I hadn’t plugged the headphones in to shut out the noise of my fellow travellers I couldn’t help myself but overhear a near total monologue of someone in the train.  If her friend managed to get one word in it was a miracle.

It was especially the conversation about whether vegetarians could eat cheese that really stuck in my head – who knew that vegetarians could eat cheese but vegans couldn’t (and before you comment, I’m pretty sure that’s inaccurate as it depends on the rennet used to bind the cheese)


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Line art (all)

I read a post on social media this week about the validity of adult colouring as an art form. It was in response to a Pears Before Swine comic strip (link here but this wasn’t where I saw the comment). I don’t believe it was a wholly unreasonable statement – colouring a pre-drawn picture isn’t really art in a commercial sense (after all, who is the artist?).  However, I think it does miss a couple of interesting points:

  1. If it makes you happy and want to show it off, does it really matter (unless you’re hoping for some kind of material reward)
  2. What if you make some changes to the original art and change it in some way?

This second point was something that I picked up on last year when I saw the Banksy Dismaland show.  One artist in particular had taken some old artwork and had coloured over it in grey and added a few small figures to the frame – as if they were redacting the picture.  Additionally, I noted that (Banksy again) had bought a picture from a thrift store, added details to it and it was now considered a new piece of art.

I have quite a few of the adult colouring books – I particularly enjoy the post card sized images as they are more transportable in my case (for credit, the ones I have been using are produced by  But what I had started to do was to take the original line art, add a few extra items – a word, an image – and suddenly I had a wholly unique image. Plus in some cases I would also add a background to them?

So are these art?  Well, I don’t claim credit for the original line art and I’m not in it to make any money from these, so ultimately I don’t care.  But they do look pretty in my opinion.


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a cat of nine tales… coming soon (all)

Torch is back for a whole new adventure!
I’ve ordered the Lego City Advent calendar, ready for this year’s story telling challenge – posting a story on each of the 24 days, each a minimum of 500 words and the day must feature the item behind the advent door… which means I can’t prepare the details of the story in advance!