Let the Games Begin! UD Monthly Design Contest


The Emperor of Minifig Nation, Adolphus Bartholomew Smythe, has decreed that an arena be built for purpose of 'minifigure design combat'. This arena shall host contests of skill and cunning based on themes of his choosing. The challenges will be difficult and designed to push combatants out of their 'comfort zones', but glory and prizes shall await the victors.

We will open the field of combat to all on December 15th, 2010. At that time the Emperor will announce the first 'minifig design combat' challenge. Each month there will be a new design brief presented.

This is not a minifigure customization contest, but a design contest. There’s nothing that says submissions using official, non-modified LEGO parts couldn’t win if they embody the character design brief best. However, we also hope that folks who have never tried minifig customization before are inspired to do so through these challenges. We also hope participants will experiment with aspects of photography, lighting, presentation, and digital effects. By exploring new and different avenues we can generate new ideas and help folks explore many aspects of the LEGO minifigure universe.

FireStar Toys has agreed to sponsor these monthly contests. They are offering the winner a gift card to FireStar in the amount of 25 GBP (approximately $40 USD*). FireStar carries official LEGO products, as well as custom accessories from houses like BrickArms, Tiny Tactical, Si-Dan, and Amazing Armory Ltd. They also carry several custom minifigures from JasBrick and will soon carry BrickForge items. FireStar allows you shop all the best of the LEGO minifigure universe. FireStar also ships internationally allowing all designers the chance to compete and win. You can check out their offerings now by clicking the banner at the top of the site page.

Over the next week we ask you to join the Flickr group where submissions will be hosted. You can also read the rules and guidelines of the contest there. You will need to have a Flickr account to participate; however, sign-up is easy and free.

Again, the first design brief will be posted here and on the Flickr Group page on Wednesday, December 15th, 2010. You will have until January 14th to submit your entry. More details will be available when the first design brief is announced.

To all combatants ready to enter the arena, we of the Minifig Nation salute you.

Minister of Information
Ugly Duck Command Center
Minifig Nation

*Depending upon currency exchange rates at that time

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a lot of fun. I really appreciate the emphasis on design and experimentation. Can't wait to see the brief.