Monthly Archives: July 2005

LEGO Diablo II and StarCraft minifigs

Blizzard Entertainment develops many of my favorite games — games in the WarCraft, StarCraft and Diablo “universes.” Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been working on minifigs based on Diablo II:

This week, I also added Terran units from StarCraft:

To be honest, I’ve seen better Terran Marines and Firebats on Brickshelf, but all of them use bricks instead of minifig parts. This is my attempt to build StarCraft minifigs using “normal” minifig parts.

Electric Piano

I enjoy creating minifig versions of the bands and musicians I like, but the only instruments I’d given them so far were very basic guitars. To remedy that, I’ve created what I think is one of my best non-minifig creations in a very long time — an electric piano:

The piano has keys, a music stand, foot pedals, and three legs:

The black keys are hinge pieces and the white keys are 1×1 plates (the latter my wife’s idea). I particularly like how the legs look as though they have casters.

Late Night with Conan O’Brian

A few months back, I created a minifigure of Conan O’Brian:

Earlier today, Hman over on FBTB Forums posted his version, complete with the beginnings of a very nice set:

I really like the head he used, and the guest chair is fantastic! I’d love to see a version with a smaller desk and a full backdrop. Keep up the good work, Hman! (Click the image above for more pictures — don’t miss Conan interviewing a Stormtrooper.)

Minifig Anatomy

Each minifigure you get in a LEGO set usually consists of six components:

  • A head


  • One torso part


  • Two arms


  • Two hands


  • Two legs


  • One hip part

Arms, hands, and the torso always ship as one piece, as do the leg and hip parts. LEGO usually also includes headgear of some sort — a hat, helmet, hair, bandanna — something to cover that little bald stud! Finally, no minifig would be complete without accessories — tools, weapons, and so on. The old construction worker from the 1980’s is an excellent example:

But by taking apart the “default” minifig, you can do nearly anything. Here’s one of my recent favorites:

That’s Cloud Strife from the game Final Fantasy VII, as he appears in Kingdom Hearts. To create Cloud, I used Gilderoy Lockhart’s hair, Draco Malfoy’s head, and a purple cape from the Harry Potter line; Han Solo’s legs and Bib Fortuna’s torso from the Star Wars line (with Bib’s arms replaced with yellow arms and brown hands); a custom wing assembly I borrowed from my own flying Fury design; and a Buster Sword I created using three very basic parts.

Here’s the game art I used as the basis for my design:

I was fairly pleased.


Well, I’ve been online since 1993, and I work in the Engineering department at a software development company — I’m even a technical writer! — but I seem to be a fairly late adopter when it comes to blogs. Oh well…

This blog, or “blocklog,” will be all about those beloved plastic building blocks we all know and love — LEGO! My personal specialty is minifigs that use only out-of-the-box parts. Although I have a few pieces I’ve painted, cut, or otherwise mutilated, I’ve recently decided that’s something I’m going to avoid in the future.

So without further ado, here’s a link to my Brickshelf gallery.

I frequently post on FBTB Forums and Classic-Castle Forums, so post a comment here, or say “Hi!” over there.

Oh, and like the subject says, welcome. ;-)