Today I would like to introduce you to a LEGO customizer we haven’t talked about before, CitizenBrick.com. CitizenBrick offers custom printed LEGO minifigures, tiles, and various other printed LEGO elements. And by custom printed I don’t mean decals, stickers or paint. These are premium pad-printed LEGO elements with the exact same quality as LEGO’s own printing; the designs are amazingly detailed, the colors are brilliant (including metallic colors), and the printing is durable for play.
I have been eyeing CitizenBrick products for quite some time now, but it was only recently I decided to place an order. The custom printed LEGO minifigure that inspired me to place my first order is the limited edition Jungle Commando pictured below. The design and printing looked so impressive I just had to have one. And now that I have him right here on my desk, I’m even more impressed! His torso is fully printed front, back, and on both arms. His legs are printed on the front and both sides, and even his feet are printed! His head is also printed as well as his camo had-wrap. Let me tell you; this little guy is a work of art from head to toe!
CitizenBrick offers other custom printed LEGO minifigures with incredible quality. Many are military related, but there are also some very unique ones like the “Ink Enthusiast” with beautifully detailed tattoos. I mean he has a fully detailed sailing-ship tattooed on just one leg!
Fully custom printed LEGO minifigures are not cheap, (usually $15-$20 each) however you can still enjoy the quality printing and artwork of CitizenBrick by just getting printed minifigure parts: minifigure heads, legs, torsos, hats, helmets and other accessories.
Some of my most favorite products from CitizenBrick are these adorable minifigure babies. The head-piece is actually a custom part, not just a printed LEGO element. There is also a zombie-version of the baby.
Besides custom printing LEGO minifigures, CitizenBrick also offers custom printed LEGO tiles. In my opinion these are some of their best products and most useful for LEGO fans. There is a wide array of wood-grain printed tiles, cobble-stone printed tiles, steel-plate printed tiles, and tiles with various warnings. Even a few of these can really enhance a LEGO creation and give it realistic detail. I would highly recommend these. The printing on them is smooth, beautiful and durable.
CitizenBrick is run by Joseph Trupia from Chicago. His website where you can see all of his products is CitizenBrick.com. He also goes to LEGO conventions, if you would like to meet him personally. I also recommend checking out his Flickr Gallery where he shows off new products, his work-in-progress projects, and takes suggestions for other custom LEGO printed elements and minifigures.
So would I recommend CitizenBrick’s products? Absolutely! I’m highly impressed with the quality of the print, the color-match to LEGO’s colors, the artwork of the designs and the durability of the printed elements. I’m very happy that I ordered some of their products, and I’m sure you will be happy too if you decide to try them.
Here is something from CitizenBrick’s website that pretty much summarizes what to expect from this company: CitizenBrick is your online resource for impeccable custom-designed small toy collectibles. We know there are a lot of places to shop for these types of curios, and we also know that you appreciate quality craftsmanship. That much is clear. As such, we want CitizenBrick to be a place where you can avoid the bidding-wars, the disappointing durability, and the limited creativity. Buy with complete confidence that you have found the best available. You won’t find stickers that peel off or paint that chips away over time. This is the real deal: forged with professional-caliber equipment and designed to stand the test of time. Each piece is both a functional toy and tiny work of art. Whether you’re looking for a unique gift for a friend, a way to broaden your toy community, or just morbid curiosity, CitizenBrick has you covered. CitizenBrick collectibles are perfect for: nostalgia benders, identity crises, savvy gift-shoppers, jaded hipsters, reclusive diorama-builders, funny people, shirt-pockets, the populace…
You can check out all of CitizenBrick’s products at CitizenBrick.com. Also, remember that making a purchase from small LEGO customizers like CitizenBrick supports artists with real talent, craftsmanship and work-values. Although these products are more expensive then the ones made en-masse in places like China, in this case you are definitely getting what you pay for. You get incredible products and you are also supporting artists and craftsman who offer real quality, value and durability. Enjoy!
And you might also like to check out the Other Brands section for LEGO compatible custom accessories from LEGO customizers. I have personally tried them all and regularly use them, so if you have questions just let me know in the comment section below…