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LEGO Halloween Minifigs – Behind the Scenes

One of my favorite LEGO customizers Morgan190 made it into a tradition to create custom LEGO Halloween minifigures during the month of October. Last year we got some awesomely spooky LEGO Halloween minifigs for every day of the month, creating a LEGO Halloween Advent Calendar. You can see them here: Spooky LEGO Halloween Minifigs!

This year, we don’t get a new LEGO Halloween minifigure for every day, due to time-constrains, however there is still a nice line-up of three LEGO Halloween scenes so far, with more to come as the end of the month gets near. As usual each of the scenes comes with an artfully edited background and a little quote or poem to set the mood.

Ardicanus, The Plague Knight – all parts are LEGO except the armor and hands. For the hands some custom horns are used by LEGO customizer BrickWarriors.com. Check out the backdrop and the glowing eyes!

The uttermost catastrophe, surpassing your worst dreams.
Chewing at the insides of vomit-coated cheeks, to prevent your final screams. A hoard of decayed twisted filth, a horrid mass of wormy flesh.
The air fills with the stench of rot, diseased and fetid putrid death.
A thirst for blood the taste of flesh, their only thought the need to eat. – Abramelin

Vocari Cresni, Elder Ashfiend – all parts are LEGO, except for the legs and the cape. Also the LEGO beard is trimmed a bit to fit the hair-piece.

Dark clouds foul the sky as the end is well at hand, the acid rain will fall sweeping death across the land. The poison rivers flow to a helpless dying sea, of the wicked race of man this world will soon be free. – Cirith Ungol

Tonight’s Nightmare – all parts are LEGO. Notice the excellent posing of the sleeping minifigure, and the seamlessly integrated background.

From the darkness, by the closet
Comes a noise, much like a faucet
Makes: a madd’ning drip-drip-dripping sound.
It seems some ill-proportioned beast,
Anticipating me deceased,
Is drooling poison puddles on the ground.

Suddenly a floorboard creak
Announces the bloodsucking freak
Is here to steal my future years away!
A sulf’rous smell now fills the room
Heralding my imm’nent doom!
A fang gleams in the dark and murky gray!  – Bill Watterson

Wonderfully artful LEGO Halloween images, aren’t they? And perhaps the best part is this behind-the-scenes video where Morgan190 reveals his editing and layering method using Photoshop. He says the following about the process:

“The video isn’t really a precise representation of the creative process per se, since in actuality I’m going through a lot of trial-and-error with different images and effects, as well as jumping back and forth between multiple layers during the Photoshopping, rather than it being as straightforward and methodical as is shown here… But the general concept is close enough.”

So what do you think? How do you like these LEGO Halloween creations? Have you ever used a combination of LEGO dioramas and Photoshop? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Also, if you would like to check out Morgan190’s other work you can visit his Flickr Gallery, or see his previous Halloween LEGO minifigures here: Spooky LEGO Halloween Minifigs!

{ 17 comments… add one }
  • Jacob October 8, 2012, 10:13 AM

    Normally, I am a purist, And don’t like third party or Non-LEGO elements in MOCs. However, Morgan’s work often makes me rethink this. It is among the best minifigure customization I’ve seen. Granted, some of this is due to great photography/ Photoshop skills, but that just makes them look that much better.

    • admin October 8, 2012, 2:08 PM

      Jacob, yeah, Morgan is a skilled LEGO customizer, however customizing is not always necessary to achieve this kind of look. Often LEGO parts and Photoshop are enough. The Nightmare composition above has no custom elements. Only the background is edited. 😉

  • JediToa October 8, 2012, 10:49 AM

    Impressive for a MOC

  • Eric at A Lego a Day October 8, 2012, 11:40 AM

    I do a lot of graphic design and Photoshop work, and planned on trying to mimic some of these images. I find Morgan’s work inspiring. I am amazed how many layers and elements go into each of these! Excellent work, and glad I got to see the video.

    • admin October 8, 2012, 2:12 PM

      Yeah, I also find the layering amazing. You really need good eyes and artistic skills to put together so many random elements then blend them together for a unified look. I have been following Morgan for a few years now and I always liked his work. 🙂

  • Dude October 8, 2012, 1:31 PM

    Admin i know this is off topic and there is no other topic for it. Do you know how to get the lego ninjago earth dragon head cheap. I already looked on ebay and the set is like 99.99 and i really don’t want to pay that much just for the Head!

    • admin October 8, 2012, 2:22 PM

      You can always post a question like that in the appropriate category, even if there is no specific related post. Just choose any post under the Ninjago section (the most recent one is a good choice), and go from there. I see all questions on one page as they come in, so I will see it for sure, and it won’t interrupt another theme this way. 😉

      Anyway, back to your question; you can get the Earth Dragon’s head on BrickLink. It only costs like a dollar: http://www.bricklink.com/catalogPG.asp?P=93071pb02&colorID=1

  • Taryn (Ninja of Electronics) October 8, 2012, 2:46 PM

    Did they take the minifigure’s legs off for the shot? 😯

    • admin October 8, 2012, 3:12 PM

      That is correct; the legs are removed. Also the arms. 😉

    • Morgan19 October 9, 2012, 2:43 PM

      Don’t tell me you’ve *never* removed parts of a figure? Where’s the fun in that? =D

      • admin October 9, 2012, 8:31 PM

        LOL! Yeah, way to liberate minifigs! :mrgreen:

  • Dude October 8, 2012, 6:00 PM

    THX Admin

  • Coles Girl October 9, 2012, 8:29 AM

    Wow That’s AWESOME ! 🙂 Way cool! 🙂

  • legodude19 October 9, 2012, 8:50 AM

    Good old Bill Waterson. I’m not a fan of halloween at all but the creative process in these is quite impressive.

  • Dude October 9, 2012, 9:13 AM

    I have the i could make the sleeping guy and i have the arms of the monster

  • Morgan19 October 9, 2012, 2:43 PM

    Thanks for the write-up! It’s always nice to know someone appreciates what I do. 😉

    If anybody has questions about how to create this sort of stuff, by all means please drop me a line on Flickr and I’d be happy to answer.


    • admin October 9, 2012, 8:30 PM

      Morgan, you are welcome! If you would like to write up a tutorial I would be happy to post it for you. I also sent you a PM with the same. 😉

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