How to build RIBBA Frame for Disney Minifigures

My favorite way of displaying my minifigures is using an IKEA RIBBA frame. It’s cheap, keeps the minifigures away from dust, you can add a cool background to it and is an awesome way do show them off. It’s such a good way that LEGO released a similar way to display them, but without the protective glass.

(click on the link to check the item on the LEGO shop)

In my opinion the official LEGO option has 2 major drawbacks compared to the RIBBA approach: It does not allow to add a background and does protected the minifigures from dust.

With this, lets start to build the RIBBA frame. In this example i’m using the Disney collectible minifigures with a background I made and that you can get for free here.

Step 1: The Background

Just print your favorite background and glue it to the back of the RIBBA frame.

Step 2: The Placeholder

With some old LEGO parts make a placeholder where you will insert the Black Slope Inverted 45º 2 x 2 (part 3660). It’s crucial that in the lower part of the inserts you put an old flat tile 1X2 so that you can easily remove the placeholder.

For this collection I adapted the placeholder to have a total of 18 inserts (6 on each row). The maximum number of inserts a RIBBA can take is 21 (7 on each row).

Step 3: Inserting the Pieces

Start gluing the Black Slope Inverted through the inserts. Glue the back part of the Slope and inserted it in a free space. Remember that you need to put the slope as near the flat tile as possible.

I used hot glue for this. For my experience, hot glue makes the slopes more stable then other types of glue. But be careful: you will not have a second try because the glue dries in seconds.

 

Step 4: Closer look to the piece insertion on the placeholder

With some more detail.

Step 5: The completed background

After you glue all the slopes, wait 5 minutes and remove the placeholder.

Step 6: The completed background with all the Minifigures

Just insert all the minifigures in the slopes and the most difficult part is done.

For some minifigures like the Little Mermaid I usually use adhesive Blu tack or UHU Patafix because other way they will not fit.

Step 7: Inserting the background into the frame

After all the minifigures are in place, just insert the background into the Frame, closet and job completed!

Hope you liked it. I’ll soon make a video with the Batman collectible minifigures that will show all the steps of the process in detail. Stay tunned.

The History of the LEGO Big Figures

A Big Figure is basically a big sized LEGO minifigure, normally with no points of movement and no customisation. This means that we cannot swap heads, torso or legs.

The first Big figure was released with the set Lego 4950: The Loader-Dozer in 1999 from the ROCK RAIDERS theme. The first Big figure was a Rock Monster, a figure that only moved the right arm.

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We then had to wait 8 years until the next big figure was release in 2007. The big figure was a Giant Troll from the set Lego 7036: Dwarves’ Mine.

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Several variations of this Troll were made, 5 to be exact, all between 2007 and 2009.

In 2009, in a upgrade to the ROCK RAIDERS theme, the Power Miners, 3 new big figures were made. They were called Geolix, Tremorox and Eruptor. These big figures were different from the previous because they had a translucid body.

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Next in line were several big figures from IPs that Lego acquired over the years like Star Wars, Marvel, DC, TMNT, Moana, Harry Potter and Lord of the rings. In the list are big figures like Wampa (Star Wars), Cave Troll (LOTR), Goblin King (LOTR), Rancor (Star Wars), Green Goblin (Marvel), Darkseid (DC), Gorilla Grodd (DC), Thanos (Marvel), Killer Croc (DC), Hulk (Marvel), Red Hulk (Marvel), Dogpound (TMNT), Leatherhead (TMNT), Troll (Harry Potter) and Maui (Moana).

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From all of the previous, most of them shared the same body although there were some exceptions like Dogpound (TMNT) and Harry Potter’s Troll that had a minifigure head and a full one piece custom body with something that is not common in a LEGO figure: clothes.

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From the LEGO brands there were only 2 more Big Figures: Dogshank (Ninjago) and Mungus (Chima).

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In resume, almost all the latest big figures that LEGO released share the same base (excluding a couple of exceptions): fixed torso with custom fixed head, removable arms and fixed legs in the same position walking position.

It’s and interesting type of figure, but the lack of customisation and movement makes it an uninteresting piece of LEGO. I would prefer a big size version of a minifigure where we could change the head, torso and legs and interchange parts. But, for most of these figures, it’s the only representation of them in the LEGO world, so they basically a need to have.

LEGO 71040 – DISNEY CASTLE

After my latest article about cinderella’s castle, today LEGO confirmed the set and yes, it’s official!

The set 71040 is actually going to be called Disney Castle and has some nice features:

  • Price of $349.99
  • 4080 pieces (still is smaller than the Taj Mahal)
  • An almost perfect replica of the castles in the Disney Parks.
  • Is going to bring 5 minifigures (i can imagine the prices these figures are going to achieve in the parallel market)
  • It measures over 29” (74cm) high, 17” (44cm) wide and 12” (31cm) deep.

The 5 minifigures will be: Mickey, Minnie, Donald Duck, Daisy and Tinkerbell.

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Lego-71040-Disney-Castle-Box-Back

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You can see the detailed press released in the brickset website.

The set is going to be released on the 1st of September.

Cinderella’s Castle

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It looks like that the partnership between LEGO and Disney is going to continue and now with a colossal set. According to this post on reddit LEGO is going to release Cinderella’s Disneyworld Castle, the same that appears in the beginning of all the Disney movies.

Looking at the first the set look amazing. A Castle with 5 floors and 8 rooms, each one of them with a different theme. I can identify Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast and the Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

Lego Cinderella's Castle

Lego Cinderella's Castle

Lego Cinderella's Castle

Looking at the images, it looks like the set will also bring 5 minifigures: Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Tinkerbell.

For now this set look like a rumour but, by looking at the last photo, it looks like the first photos released when Disney announce the Disney Minifigures. If it is in fact real, this set will certainly cost as much as the Death Star, around $400.

One thing is certain, my daughter would love to have this castle.

The Disney Series has arrived to the Den – Part 5

This is my final post regarding the Disney minifigures released by LEGO. The missing minifigures are: Peter Pan, Hook, Ursula and Ariel.

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

This is a human minifigure so we go back to the common LEGO head and hat. Has we can see in the picture above, the LEGO minifigure is faithful to its original, with all the details. In my opinion a good minifigure but it could be improved if the knife would have a color scheme similar to the original one.

Hook

Hook

I understand that the LEGO designer decided to take off the nose of all human minifigures, but, in this case, the minifigure became very strange. In terms of detail, the body is very similar to its original, although the sword could be improved with the upper part being grey and not gold. Special note for the hat that is fenomenal.

Ursula

Ursula

This is, for me, the best minifigure in the entire series. Very similar to the original, where the body gives the minifigure the right volume so it can appear fat. A special note for a hole near the tentacles where the trident can fit perfectly.

Ariel

Ariel

The little mermaid is the only princess in this series of minifigures and the last in the count. It possesses a little shell with a pink gemstone that complements the minifigure perfectly. The most interesting piece is the red hair: absolutely fenomenal. The body is the commonly used mermain body with a special color scheme for Ariel.

And this post completes my series of posts talking about the new and unexpected series of Disney minifigures. A series so special that had to have 18 minifigures instead of the typical 16. Even people that don’t collect minifigures, bought this collection because of its uniqueness. A series that has a lot of quality in its parts but misses a lot of accessories and details in some of the minifigures.

Now we will have to wait for a second series of Disney minifigures that has to happen given the success of this first.

The Disney Series has arrived to the Den – Part 4

A lot of time has passed since my last post about the Disney series. Today i’m going to talk about 4 more figures: Minnie, Mickey, Mr. Incredible e Syndrome.

Minnie

Minnie

Minnie is probably the most wanted figure in this collection (at least for girls). The body is obvious made of common LEGO parts, with a skirt similar to Alice that gives a pretty nice look to the minifigure. The head is custom and it’s very similar to the original character. It also has the common pink bow at the top of the head. Unfortunately this figure has no accessories which is a big fail.

Mickey

Mickey

Mickey is the most known character of the Disney Universe (and probably at the face of the earth). The minifigure is extremely simple, yet faithful in every aspects to the original character. The mould of head is exactly the same as Minnie changing only the eyelashes.

Mr. Incredible

Mr. Incredible

Mr. Incredible is one of the heroes of the movie The Incredibles. Like the other human minifigures of the Disney series, this figure has no custom head and all the parts are exclusive to it (head, air and body). It also has a small accessory with the frase “Doing our part” and a picture of the original Mr. Incredible suit.

Syndrome

Syndrome

Syndrome is the villain of the movie Incredibles Although is one of the most common figures that can be found in a box, it’s one of best. The body is a great copy of the one the original character uses, even capturing the small details in the arm. One of the most interesting item is the air which is very similar to Dragon Ball’s Goku and would look great in a MOC.

Only 4 minifigures left to review: Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Ursula and Ariel.

The Disney Series has arrived to the Den – Part 3

Today I’m going to talk about the next 4 minifgures in the list: Alice, Cheshire Cat, Daisy and Donald.

Alice

Alice

Alice is one of the most dear characters in all Disney animation. It’s hard to believe that 60 years have passed since the movie has been released.

Alice comes with her common blue dress and white apron. It also has single piece that acts has a skirt. Don’t know if LEGO has used this piece in the past, but in this collection it uses it twice (it also uses this piece in the Minnie minifigure).

My only note goes to the shoes that seem strange in the minifigure. It’s not usual to see painted shoes. It comes with 2 accessories, a cake and the shrinking bootle, which makes it one of the most complete pieces in the collection.

Cheshire Cat

Cheshire Cat

Who does remember the crazy cat from the Alice movie? Like the other non-human minifigures, the cat has a custom head and thank God it does. If it was a common LEGO head, this would be one of the most terrible figures ever. With the custom head at least the minifigure is closer to its original.

Daisy Duck

Daisy Duck

Now we enter in the set of characters that define Disney’s animation. In this case we have Daisy Duck, the eternal girlfriend of Donald Duck. Has expected, the head its fully custom and, for this character, it could not be any other way. I has a little piece between the legs and the body that gives the minifigure a tail. In general is a very simple minifigure that could be much more with a little more detail and some accessories.

Donald

Donald Duck

Donald Duck is one of the most popular Disney characters and mandatory to be on this collection. It comes with the typical blue sailor costume and hat. Has Daisy, it has a custom head and a small tail. Although is a minifigure close to the original, it lacks detail and does not have any accessories.

By now I talked about half of the collection. 10 minifigures have been review, but there are still 8 to go. In my next post I will talk about Minnie, Mickey, Mr. Incredible and Syndrome.

The Disney Series has arrived to the Den – Part 2

Has promised in the last post, today we are going to talk about the next 3 minifigures: Aladdin, Genie and Maleficent.

Aladdin

Aladdin

There isn’t much that could been done to make this minifigure better. All the little details are there inclusive the custom hair, exclusive to this minifigure, and the skin tone slightly dark. It comes with a lamp has an accessory and overall is a very good minifigure.

Genie

Genie

This figure disappointed me. Although there is not much detail that could been given to the body, it could have had a more suitable head. The first mistake is the color of the head and the “hat” that don’t match, giving a sloppy look to the minifigure. The second mistake is the that the hat is dull while the head is shiny, which gives the group a strange appearance. Third error is that the group head + hat does not work well together! This figure was a candidate to have a custom head similar to the original character. At least that way it would be faithful to the original.

Maleficent

Maleficent

There is not much to say about the minifigure, because in its simplicity, it manages to be a very elegant. The only 2 negative points are the alignment between the torso and the legs and the quality of the “hat”. Although the “hat” is a visually appealing piece and it’s the detail that makes this minifigure look great, it’s made of rubber which gives me the feeling that LEGO outsourced the production of this piece to 3rd category Chinese factory.

In resume, 2 very nice minifigures, Aladin and Maleficent, and a Genie that must ask for a wish to be saved.

In the next post we will talk about Alice, the Cheshire Cat, Daisy Duck and Donald Duck.

The Disney Series has arrived to the Den – Part 1

After half world has bought the exclusive LEGO Disney minifigures collection, it finally arrived to the Den. There are 18 minifigures inspired in the most mitical characters of the Disney universe.

The collection, in general, is very good although there are some figures that could be a lot better. I don’t understand why some have a custom heads that makes them equal to the original and others have common LEGO heads that makes them… strange. If in some cases the head works, in others not really.

Stitch

Stitch

Stitch is the cute Alien the we can se in the animation movie Lilo & Stitch. It’s the first figure of the collection and one of the two that don’t have a pair. This means that we don’t have, in this collection, other minifigure from the movie Lilo & Stitch. The minifigure is really good, mainly because the head is very similar to its original. Has a good level of detail in the front and in the back, although i think the blue could be darker (more similar to the movie character). The head is made of rigid ABS plastic, which is good because LEGO, for these complex heads, sometimes uses rubber which makes the final product mediocre. In my opinion, one of the most accurate minifigures in all the collection.

Toy Story Alien

Toy Story Alien

The Alien is mitical figure in the Toy Story first movie. Who does remember the claw vending machine at Pizza Planet? Like Stitch, the head is made of ABS and the detail is enough to make it very similar to the original character. The figure is very similar with the one released in 2010 in the set 7598 Pizza Planet Truck Rescue. I would even risk to say that the head is the same. The body is more detailed and more close to the original.

Buzz Lightyear

Buzz LightYear

Buzz is the second Toy Story minifigure. In the image we can see the diference between the figure released in 2010 and the one release in the exclusive minifigure series. The head released in 2010 is more accurate which makes the minifigure more close to the original character. Regarding the detail, the one release in the Disney Series has more detail and the quality of the printing is also superior. The armour is the same piece, but the color scheme changed a little.

In resume, although the minifigure release in this series has more detail, I prefer the one released in 2010 because is closer to the original.

And that’s it for today. In my next post I’ll review 3 more minifigures: Aladdin, The Genie and Maleficent.

Toy Story Minifigures arrive to the LEGO Den

One of the movies that marked a generation was Toy Story, the first movie computer animated movie produced by the giant Pixar. Not only its quality was recognised globally, but LEGO had the excelent idea to transport the theme to their world. They created about 15 sets that cover themes from all the 3 movies.

As i mentioned in a previous post, i bought a pack of 13 minifigures. 2 were from Sponge Bob an the other 11 were from Toy Story.

Lego Toy Story

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These 4 green soldiers are well known in the Toy Story Universe. The figures are not complet and are missing some key elements like guns and binoculars. The doctor of the group also didn’t came with the purshase. These figures are available in the set 7595: Army Men on Patrol.

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Finally we have 2 of the supporting characters and one main antagonist:

In the end, each minifigure cost me about $3 which I consider a very good price for a minifigure.