It’s one of the longest projects an AFOL can embark on, but with patience and persistence, creating a collection of monochrome LEGO minifigures (monofigs) can also be the most satisfying.
A collection of completely monochrome minifigures is a sight to behold – especially for those in the know about how hard it can be to curate.
A monofig (monochrome LEGO minifigure) is comprised of nine parts – a head, torso, two arms, two hands, hips and two legs – all in the exact same colour.
Currently, there are around 40 colours that can be completed, though this number changes as products are released and discontinued. That means, to complete a full set of monofigs with currently available pieces, you will need over 360 individual body parts. Remember when we said that creating a monofig collection can be a long process?
When it comes to monofig collectors, some consider themselves ‘purists’: they are unwilling to wipe the printing off body parts, using chemicals like Brasso, to build a monofig. That means, for purists, there are fewer monofigs that can be collected – as of 2017, there were only around 21 collectable colours.
The first ever monofig that could be completed (based on parts available at the time) was red in 1979. Over the years, different varieties of monofigs have been able to be created – some people collect ‘monospacefigs,’ building Benny in a variety of colours, while others build Star Wars monofigs.
So, while the premise is relatively straightforward, the possibilities are endless – and curating a monofigure collection can be a lifelong pursuit.
In a YouTube video with BlockBlaze, monofig collector Stephan Gerber explained that he uses black parts as placeholders while he sources the monochrome part he needs (or waits for it to be released!).
“I know some people’s OCD doesn’t work well with black parts replacing missing parts, but for me it just makes it easier to know which ones I still need,” he says.
Wondering which monofig will be the easiest to create first? Go for the basics – black, blue, red, white and tan. For something a bit more interesting (and not impossible) you may want to opt for olive green, pearl gold or bright light orange. And as for the most expensive or difficult monofig colours to source, they are currently flesh, magenta, medium azure and medium lavender – but remember, these can always change.
If you’re looking to start your own monofig collection, keep these tips in mind:
- Look through the minifigures in your current LEGO collection to see if you have any you would like to split. Starting a monofig collection can be overwhelming, and this will be a good starting point.
- Decide whether you are going to be a purist, or if you are willing to wipe.
- It can be better value to buy complete torsos and legs, even if they are not monochrome as you can always split them yourself.
- Keep an eye on the BrickResales website for our Minifigure Fun Packs and mixed bags – you could just find the part you’re looking for (and others you didn’t know you needed!)
- Patience is a virtue. Curating a monofig collection is a long game, which makes it all the more fun!
Completed your monofig collection, but wondering how to put it on display? Our MINIFIGURE Perspex Individual Display Cases are the perfect solution.
Image credit: Joe Samuel, LEGO Monochrome Minifigures Facebook page.