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Monofigs are minifigures made from parts of all one colour and collecting them seems to be popular. Some are easy to assemble, others pretty much impossible.

Morten in Denmark is something of an expert on the subject. He has just produced a beautifully illustrated eBook that rates each colour from easy (e.g. black) to hard (e.g. dark green) and explains where to source the parts to make them.

It is clear that tracking down the parts and, in some cases, removing print from torso and heads, is a time-consuming business so to help you start a collection Morten has set up a web shop, Monofigs.com, where you can buy single figures, or even a complete set of 36. And for a limited time, Brickset readers can enjoy free shipping on any set of 10, 21, 27 or 36 monofigs when you use the code BRICKSET at checkout.

18 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Those are some very expensive Minifigs. Lol holy sardines.

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By in Australia,

@Mrjay17: that's true. They are expensive but the prices are about the same as some custom printed minifigures. I guess it comes down to how much people want to pay to own the rarer colours. The eBook is a good read even if you dont want to buy a monochrome minifiure. Good luck to Monofigs!

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By in Norway,

Huh. I find this surprisingly interesting. I can assemble black, white and reddish brown.

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By in United Kingdom,

I don't know why, but it never occured to me to wipe the parts of the printing. I have collected 17 Stigs (from Top Gear) in solid colors. The only difference is I have to source a helmet rather than a head. I'm going to have to check if I can make some more ! Watto's hands were a pain to find, but I managed to find the set he's in on eBay, which worked out cheaper than just buying the hands.

For those interested check out my album on Flickr (search CamelBoy68)

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By in Sweden,

Eh. That is not very cheap. 535$ for 36 minifigures!

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By in United States,

No thanks, I'll take a pass.

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By in United States,

Given the time and expense to individually source all of the parts needed to create the set of 36 monofigs, I was actually surprised that it's only $535. I would never buy it myself, though -- high-quality custom printing and counterfeit minifigs flooding the market drove me away from collecting individual minifigs a long time ago.

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By in France,

hi guy, morten has done an incredible job you can find the cover of the free book he has done on my dedicated picture to his job
i am a huge fan of monochrome
my monochrome gallery https://www.flickr.com/photos/alex_thelegofan/albums/72157668829450806

and a link to he's minifig bible on issuu (96 pages) a guide to collecting and how you can build them (and why it's so expensive)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/alex_thelegofan/30276444153/in/dateposted-public/

thx for reading

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By in United States,

I might try to make some myself!

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By in United States,

This is one of those LEGO things that I look at and think, "what kind of nut would want that, let alone pay for it?" and then I think, "damn, that's really cool, maybe I should make room in the LEGO budget for it". ;)

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By in Poland,

It's a really cool collection. It looks like art. The only thing is the price, but I guess it's worth it. Might even buy the 21 minifigures box :)

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By in Germany,

If I win the lottery someday, I will get me the full set, plus source me a chrome gold C3PO for the missing hands. But as that day still lies in the unforeseeable future, I will have to make do with the parts that I have got in my own collection.
Actually I never thought about trying this before, but now that I have scanned his great e-book, I might just start doing so. Fascinating subject, and a kind of artform indeed.

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By in United States,

HAHAHA! Most of them are more expensive than my rent. (Yes I get cheap rent a little longer.)

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By in United States,

Free shipping really isn't much a consolation on these prices.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm also working my collection of mono figures. That guide is pretty good, and certainly nicely presented.

Some individual elements are extremely rare and pricey and it takes some research to track them down. But for me, that's more fun than just buying the whole figures, especially at those prices.

I've also been grateful to learn from this guy's Flickr record of his collection:
https://flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157634798024769
He also shows work in progress images on the as yet I completed figures.

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By in United States,

That's a great eBook! Thanks for posting this article. I starting collecting monocolor minifigures maybe a year ago and now have 15 "natural" minifigs - I don't like the wiping. A few questions:
1) If Chrome Gold is in there, despite mostly coming from a keychain, then why isn't Chrome Red? See this article: http://brickset.com/article/5679. The hands aren't chrome, but neither are the hands in the chrome gold figure pictured. It could at least be included in "The Next Colors?" listed on pages 82-83 (understandably we may have to wait a LONG time to see chrome red hands!).
2) I also don't understand what the author means when he writes, "While unprinted heads do exist, they are extremely rare and almost impossible to get hold of" (referring in this example to magenta, on pages 50-51, though he says that about a few colors). On other pages, he references where they came from, or the need to wipe printed parts, but is this implying that there are unprinted magenta heads that have been made in the factory and only obtained as a bootleg, or am I missing something?

The eBook is extremely helpful for me in summing up the current state of the colors that can't be completed yet, or can't be completed without wiping, which will help me focus my efforts elsewhere. I'm going for Pearl Gold next (need that Modok minifig to finish it up). Or maybe the Dark Blue - I have a CMF hockey player in my CMF display, but sold my second one at a garage sale. Drat!

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By in Denmark,

@DarthWalle: Thanks for your kind words. To answer your questions:

1) Chrome Gold hands do exist, so it's possible to complete a Chrome Gold monofig, and so it should be included. I just haven't spent $500 on a Chrome Gold C-3PO to get a pair of hands, so I had to use Tan hands for the picture :o)

I choose not to include Chrome Red under "The Next Colors", because I see Chrome Red as a discontinued color, as no parts are being released in that color. Actually it doesn't even exist according to BrickLink ;o)

In a future update of the book I will include a section with uncompletable colors - including Chrome Red (and Chrome Silver and Chrome Black).

2) You guessed it :o) I have unprinted Magenta heads, but they are not released in any sets and not widely available. I am only aware of a single source. Other colors like unprinted Dark Brown and Dark Green heads are also not released in any sets, but they are relatively easy to track down.

Good luck with Pearl Gold :o)

Best regards
Morten / Monofigs.com

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By in United States,

^Thanks Morten! I appreciate your reply. :-)

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