Monochrome Minifigures how to start collecting?

DiggydoesDiggydoes Cologne/GermanyMember Posts: 1,076
Hi everybody i´m kinda interested in collecting Monochrome Minifigures but to be honest, i have no idea where to start?!
Are there any BL-shops that carry a good selection of Minifigure Parts to build Monochrome Figures w/o buying from different shops? Which are the "cheaper" ones, and which are expensive colours?
Any insight is highly appreciated :)
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  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    edited November 2014
    My monochrome collection is pretty far along now and the most expensive color has been Dark Pink, >$30 mostly due to the legs. Dark Tan was also a bit pricey due to the torso. Medium blue is expensive to complete due to the hands. Pearl gold is my favorite color so far and is relatively cheap to make. Most of the primary colors are covered tho, including all 4 shades of gray. But a lot of the more colors are not yet completable, like Dark Purple or Lime Green. Patience is a virtue when it comes to collecting monochrome.

    I would only stick with official released parts and avoid the rare prototype ones you might see for sale by 1 or 2 guys in Germany or east Europe. I'm too purist to consider using those, but that's just me.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,779
    There are some shops that specialise in mimifig parts for monochromes, but I suggest looking through your old minifigs first and deciding do you have any to split.

    It is also often better value to buy complete torsos and legs, even if they are not monochrome. Then split them yourself.

    You will also need to decide if you will be purist, or if you are willing to wipe.

    Start with easy colours first - red, blue, white, black, tan are all easy to do.
  • krklintkrklint Member Posts: 500
    @BrickDancer, is there a list (anywhere) which shows what various parts exist in various colours... maybe a list that shows what colors can be completed and what body parts are missing to complete other colors?

    I just saw someone mention that a series 13 minifig might have sand blue hands, and they mentioned they need them for a monochrome minifig.

    I guess I only ask, as a list might get others interested in building a monochrome list. I know I could look on bricklink at various body parts, but that wouldn't show a full list of complete minifig bodies.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,779
    Yes, there are such lists. I cannot link to them as I'm on my phone, but try googling for them.

    If you BL search for stores starting with fig, then there is one called figbits that has it on his shop page.
    luckyruss
  • petitetoilonrougepetitetoilonrouge Ottawa, CanadaMember Posts: 21
    Thanks for the info! I've wanted to start collecting those at well but didn't know where to start.
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    @krklint‌ here's a spreadsheet that was current as of a few months ago in the summer when I last updated it.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,779
    The place to start is pulling mimifigs apart and putting new ones together. I "discovered" black and white ones first, probably a year before I realised other people had been collecting them for years too.
  • Bosstone100Bosstone100 USAMember Posts: 1,394
    edited November 2014
    Ya know. I love and hate when these kinds of things are brought up. Love because it's something I've been thinking about for a while and hate because everybody and their mother will be doing it now.

    BUT... since it's Thanksgiving here in the U.S., I'll amend that to being thankful for this great community, those that are in it for the love of the hobby and those that go out of their way to help others.

  • Kevin_HyattKevin_Hyatt UKMember Posts: 778
    I remember seeing an all light grey statue in some set a year or two ago and recently saw something with all black silhouette minifig scenes somewhere, I think on brobrick.

    Apart from those I've not given much thought to this before but it sounds quite cool. I'd love to see any pics anyone has of their monochrome minifigs.
    yys4u
  • NatebwNatebw Tampa BayMember Posts: 339
    edited November 2014
    @Kevin_Hyatt‌ here is a shot of my monochrome minifigure display. Some are incomplete. I am not much of a photographer.

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  • DiggydoesDiggydoes Cologne/GermanyMember Posts: 1,076
    Thanks for all the input so far! Kinda stupid i didn´t even considered going trough my collection and see how far i get ;) Looks like the start of a new addiction :)
    Natebw
  • plasmodiumplasmodium UKMember Posts: 1,936
    I'm not into collecting monochrome minifigs, but I'd love to see pictures of others' collections. @CCC has brought up the topic once or twice before in the past month or so, and I've been wondering how extensive a collection it is possible to make!
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,779
    It really depends on what parameters you want to set yourself - there are clone makers of things like fleshie hips, for example, for parts that Lego will probably never make. For some colours it is necessary to wipe prints (I am a wiper), whereas more purists will wait in hope for the plain part. Some people go for headgear too, although I prefer the uniformity of plain heads. Although no longer monochrome, I like the look displayed with fleshie plain heads and hands, mannequin style. As they are non official, you're free to decide what is your own style.

    I also don't do pearl or chrome ones as I prefer just plain solid colours. I think I've got about 20 / 21, with a few nearly there. The CMFs and Chima have been a good source of parts for me recently. It is quite rare for a new part to come along, hence the excitement at something like a new hand colour!
  • NeilJamNeilJam USAMember Posts: 271

    I remember seeing an all light grey statue in some set a year or two ago


    The knight statue in the first Hogwarts Castle set #4709 was made with all light gray parts, as was Peeves in the same set.
  • sklambsklamb speaker of American EnglishMember Posts: 481
    However, if I recall correctly there was printing on at least some of the Peeves minifig. I'm inclined to think a truly monochrome minifigure should have no printing--although figures like Peeves could certainly be put in a closely related category!

    Isn't there also a statue (monochrome, I believe) in the current Town Square set?
  • Big_SalBig_Sal UKMember Posts: 37
    This guy on flickr seems to have quite the collection:

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  • plasmodiumplasmodium UKMember Posts: 1,936
    Wow. There is something pretty cool about a group of monochrome figs. They look quite artistic!
  • NatebwNatebw Tampa BayMember Posts: 339
    I would love to have one in clear / crystal. But I don't think those are made. Just heads.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,779
    edited November 2014
    ^ There are customs makers (such as Arealight) that can provide parts if you want to go non-purist.

    https://flic.kr/p/i455Pc
  • NatebwNatebw Tampa BayMember Posts: 339
    Wow. I'd do that. A little. Thanks.
  • Kevin_HyattKevin_Hyatt UKMember Posts: 778
    Thanks for that @andhe‌ those pics are lovely.
  • Rolyat24Rolyat24 PA, USAMember Posts: 41
    Although it's not something I've ever tried, every time I see one of those pictures I can't help but start to think about giving it a whirl...
    yys4uchuckpandheMorkMan
  • Kevin_HyattKevin_Hyatt UKMember Posts: 778
    @CCC‌ what do you use to wipe? Wand of qtip and nail polish remover or does that just work for President Business?
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  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,348
    CCC said:

    It really depends on what parameters you want to set yourself - there are clone makers of things like fleshie hips, for example, for parts that Lego will probably never make. For some colours it is necessary to wipe prints (I am a wiper), whereas more purists will wait in hope for the plain part.

    I hope all of us are 'wipers'...

    Seriously though, I have wiped old torsos of their prints for torsos I have needed before. Usually with old space guys where the print was almost gone to the point where maybe you see the arrow left.

    @CCC‌ what do you use to wipe? Wand of qtip and nail polish remover or does that just work for President Business?

    I have used goo gone and WD-40 on torsos previously, but only on 'classic' minifgs where print was already worn, but I think the later figures seem to be a bit more resilient to those options.
    I know I have a Blacktron I guy where part of his print is rubbed off, but for the life of me I cannot get the rest to come off. Maybe If I let it soak a bit, but you have to be careful of anything you use and soaking the parts too long or you risk damaging the plastic.
    Kevin_Hyatt
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,779
    I've used various things to wipe. I find the best stuff is acetone diluted 1:20 or so with water. Then a couple if drops of it on paper towel, place on a flat surface and rub the part on it, not the other way around. This works well for torsos. Some erasers work on prints, some not. They need to be an abrasive type.

    If the part is a little scratched, use more concentrated solution, then finish off with a very fine grade sandpaper. I use p2500 grit. You can also use this to remove print from a torso.
    Kevin_HyattGurooo
  • DiggydoesDiggydoes Cologne/GermanyMember Posts: 1,076
    edited May 2015
    It´s been a while since i´ve created this thread and i´ve already started collecting Monochrome Figure-parts during the last months. So far i´ve completed 8 Figures, my question to the Monochrome-collectors out there, i keep it purist (no wiped parts, no custom-parts) and would love to know which Figures are the ones who are "easier" to complete besides the ones i already have (see pic, the colours seem a bit off, but it´s: Lt.Bl.Grey; Pearl Gold;Dk.Tan;Red.Brown;Green;White;Red;Blue)? Some pieces are stupid-expensive and i guess i´ll skip these, but which ones are reasonable?

  • DiggydoesDiggydoes Cologne/GermanyMember Posts: 1,076
    Here´s the pic:

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  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,779
    Black is probably the next easiest one. DBG too. Dark Red and Dark Blue are both fairly cheap (and such nice colours) - esp if you have Hockey Player and Conquistador from the CMF series for the torsos. Yellow is pretty easy too, if you don't mind using second hand hips. They are expensive new. Tan is now not too bad either thanks to the Hot Dog Guy.
    mldj77
  • Kevin_HyattKevin_Hyatt UKMember Posts: 778
    Nice collection diggydoes. I've got a complete white and half a dozen others with odds and ends assembled!
    Diggydoes
  • gold682gold682 UKMember Posts: 201
    Damn! Wish I never opened this thread. Never heard of this "collecting" before. Must say has a certain charm.....Hmmmm......
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  • DiggydoesDiggydoes Cologne/GermanyMember Posts: 1,076
    CCC said:
    Black is probably the next easiest one. DBG too. Dark Red and Dark Blue are both fairly cheap (and such nice colours) - esp if you have Hockey Player and Conquistador from the CMF series for the torsos. Yellow is pretty easy too, if you don't mind using second hand hips. They are expensive new. Tan is now not too bad either thanks to the Hot Dog Guy.
    Jup, i only need a Black Torso to complete a whole Black one ;) DBG is not that cheap since the Torso only came with a Ewok exclusive to the Ewok Village. I guess i´ll focus on completing Dk Red and Dk Blue after the Black one! I just don´t want to spend a fortune on these parts since there´s always the possibility that these Pieces will show up on coming Figures!
  • DiggydoesDiggydoes Cologne/GermanyMember Posts: 1,076
    gold682 said:
    Damn! Wish I never opened this thread. Never heard of this "collecting" before. Must say has a certain charm.....Hmmmm......
    Sorry ;)
    It can become quit a addiction, and pricey too...
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,779
    I got my DBG torso through bricks and pieces for about 60p, but it seems they no longer have it.

    It's quite funny with all the calls for more detailed print, I'm often thinking why can't we just have it plain.
    Diggydoes
  • Bosstone100Bosstone100 USAMember Posts: 1,394
    I went a little nuts with this over Xmas vacation. I know I completed a bunch but I'll have to wait until I get home from work to look at my list.
    Kevin_Hyatt
  • MorkManMorkMan Phoenix, Arizona, USAMember Posts: 857
    So is wiping a 'best practice' or is it the only way to get a collection like @Big_Sal references (this collection)?
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    ^It all depends on the individual's preference. For a purist, wiping is not a legitimate route to obtaining a part since it was never officially released in the first place.
  • chuxtoyboxchuxtoybox Member Posts: 711
    I'm amazed at some of the minifigures people have been willing to wipe. Or even to part out. One person I viewed on Flickr used the headpiece from a SCC Batman to get the purple color.


  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,779
    ^ surely he can just put it back on the batman once finished, so no damage to it.
    andhe
  • dimefielddimefield Edmonton Alberta CanadaMember Posts: 314
    And I thought I didn't have anything to do today!
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    edited May 2015
    These are the colors I've been able to complete so far based on official released colors. Most expensive has been Dark Pink and Medium Blue due simply to the hands. A couple colors are just one torso or hip away from being possible, but it takes a lot of effort to stay vigilant for when they get release.
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  • Bosstone100Bosstone100 USAMember Posts: 1,394
    Only finished pearl gold, tan and green but ordered some parts last night to finish a few more.

    It'll be helpful if we all kept posting when we notice new parts and what sets/figs have those parts. For example, when someone posted that the sand blue hands were on the CMF Cyclops fig.
    Diggydoes
  • Bosstone100Bosstone100 USAMember Posts: 1,394
    And I guess I should have pointed out that Lego [email protected] PaB had some fig parts. Lots of legs/hips but not many torsos/heads.
  • Poisso3Poisso3 Member Posts: 196
    I love this thread!

    Soooo...can a solid clear figure be made?
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    ^Trans any color will be hard to ever make it. Just imagine the probability of getting Clear hands or hips. Those two parts will always be the limiting factor for colors, so start with those when considering what colors are possible now.
  • Poisso3Poisso3 Member Posts: 196
    ^for some reason I thought there had been a transparent hand made at one time. Willing to bet that at TLG HQ, there is a transparent minifig.
    andhe
  • CupIsHalfEmptyCupIsHalfEmpty CanadaMember Posts: 547
    From what I recall transparent pieces can weld themselves together if left a long time so TLG has rules around transparent pieces and how they connect to each other and other normal bricks. From this we may never see all minifig pieces in transparent colours. 
  • MorkManMorkMan Phoenix, Arizona, USAMember Posts: 857
    @BrickDancer I count 23 in your photo. Can you name the colors for those of us who are not as well versed as others? PS. I think I can see how this could get addicting (and pricey).
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    Sure thing! And most of it is cheap to make except for a few colors.

    Black, Dark Bley, Old Dark Grey, Old Light Grey, Light Bley, Dark Blue, Blue, Medium Blue, Sand Blue, Old Brown, Reddish Brown, Yellow, Tan, Dark Tan, Dark Red, Red, Orange, Dark Green, Green, Bright Green, White, Pearl Gold, Dark Pink
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  • MorkManMorkMan Phoenix, Arizona, USAMember Posts: 857
    thank you, @BrickDancer !
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