Minifiguniverse.com: rotatable views of minifigs

Posted by ,

A new website called minifiguniverse.com has just been launched that uses a cool camera setup and software to create rotatable images of minifigs.

Site operator Richard says "When I saw just how much buzz was going around about the Simpsons LEGO set and the LEGO MOVIE sets, I decided to create a website ‘Minifig Universe’.

"The idea of the site is to show off minifigs from current and recent LEGO themes, let people see them from all angles and decide if they want to purchase/collect them. It’s a good way to create some buzz about upcoming themes and figs. It’s not designed to be a complete reference for every minifig out there and it’s intended to complement, not compete with existing resources out there.

"I just launched yesterday in beta/preview mode. At the moment, there’s not as many collections of figs available as there will be, but I’m busy photographing more themes right now. I launched earlier than I would normally have done in order to show off the Simpsons and LEGO movie minifigs because those themes are very hot right now. "

Richard uses a Mindstorms NXT, custom software and a DSLR to generate the images. "Instead of doing it all manually, which would take way too long, I created a self-contained ‘minifig photo booth’ which is a computer with custom software I developed, an SLR camera and a Mindstorms NXT controlled turntable. The idea is I can clip a minifig on to the turntable, enter the item number and 2 minutes later, it spits out 400+ images (36 angles times 11 different sizes) and uploads them so they become available on the site. This page, with video, shows how this all works."

It's incredibly cool and in the next week or so I hope to be able to link in to the site from the minifig detail pages here at Brickset.

13 comments on this article

Gravatar
By in Australia,

awesome idea.

Gravatar
By in France,

Wow ! Just tried it on iPad and it works so well. There is so much potential. Hope the minifig catalog will grow fast !

Gravatar
By in United Kingdom,

Great looking site and easy to move around.... but bored after 2mins but thats because its still a new site in a few months time this site can be big......
HUW i think this person has outdone you in the photos. lol
I also like the cheeky request to LEGO to send minifigs for scanning under the contact us section on the website

Gravatar
By in Canada,

Huw this sort of takes over from where you left off with the Brickset Minifig Images; could we finally see the replacement of all the Bricklink images with a standard consistent format?

Gravatar
By in United Kingdom,

That is great. I think it's lacking a little something with just the minifigures, but if you could forge some sort of mutual collaboration and integrate these into set details pages on here, perhaps replacing the current images, I think it would be a real success.

Gravatar
By in Canada,

^ That's the plan. The minifig pages will have a tab 'Rotatable view' or something, a picture of the first frame from minifigsuniverse, and a link to the site.

Gravatar
By in Romania,

Very nice idea. I like it!

Gravatar
By in Netherlands,

I think it is pretty pretty cool!

Gravatar
By in United Kingdom,

^^Great stuff! :)

Gravatar
By in Australia,

This is sensational! Brilliant! This is what you needed Huw! Instead of the BL Pics, bit sad to miss out in contributing. But this simply kicks ass!

Richard has a Fantastic setup. A great man cave to be sure

Gravatar
By in United Kingdom,

I tried it and it's brilliant! The range of minifigs is currently quite limited and you can only rotate them side to side, not up/down. Apart from that, it's very cool. I've added the site to my favourites in the expectation that they'll be adding more minifigs soon.

I reckon that static, non-interactive images will eventually become quite passé online (or, at best seen as retro). And I don't just mean for LEGO, but throughout the interweb.

Gravatar
By in United States,

Hi everyone,
This is Richard from minifig universe. Thanks for all the comments so far, all I can say is that the Brickset effect is a very real thing - my inbox was flooded with feedback this morning! :)
Glad you like minifig uninverse so far.
We're very early in the release so as many of you have mentioned, there's only a few minifigs up there so far, but there's a lot more themes and collections to come - we're very busy right now photographing future collections. As Huw mentioned, we're collaborating on linking minifigs on Brickset to the rotatable version on minifiguniverse and we should more news soon.

Thanks for all the feedback, we are reading every message we get!

Richard.

Gravatar
By in United States,

Amazing so far! Currently trying it on my iPad, and it works perfectly. Bravo!

Commenting has ended on this article.

Return to home page »