December 7, 2023

SNOT Criminal – Fantasy Minifigures Series

Minifigure Monday is a weekly celebration of the amazing LEGO® minifig! Each week, I share some form of art inspired by a different character. For the last few weeks, I have been getting really creative. I am designing my own Fantasy Minifigures Series based on recording artists. Each one has influenced me somehow over the years and makes my personal favorite artists list. I have already shared Build On, #FreeBRICKney, Brick It Up, and Hollabrick Girl. This week, I am sharing the SNOT Criminal.

Wait a minute… “SNOT”? That might seem unflattering as a name. I get it. However, hear me out. We all know LEGO® bricks for their brick and knob configuration. In other words, each brick has studs on top that allow interlocking with other bricks. In order to attain a smooth finish on your builds, you have to use an assembly technique known as SNOT, or “Studs Not On Top”. This involves building on multiple planes or using tiles to finish the look of your product. As such, “Smooth” in LEGO®-speak is synonymous with “SNOT” See where I am going with this?

Left Image: MGEARTWORKS, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons; Right Image: !Original: Pintoandres91Vector: Jovianeye, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

SNOT means “Studs not on top”, a style of smooth building.

As you have probably guessed, this week’s inspiration came from Michael Jackson. He is the first performer who I remember being able to recognize for his music. He is also the first who has several songs that I liked. Before Michael Jackson, I am sure I liked songs, but I never knew who wrote or performed them. Bad and Dangerous played prominently in my childhood. For my tribute, I tried to pick an iconic MJ pose and look. Toe stand, white socks, black suit, white t-shirt, fedora. That is how I remember Michael Jackson. Despite being a little odd in his later years, Jackson’s passing in 2009 saddened me. The world lost a musical icon.

S.N.O.T. Criminal
SNOT Criminal. This is an original artwork which cannot be used or reproduced in any way. ©2021 True North Bricks.

So concludes this week’s Fantasy Minifigure Series SNOT Criminal entry. Check back next week for the next entertainer I would love to see in LEGO® form. Do you have a Fantasy Minifigures Series or character? Feel free to comment below or reach out on social media.

Until next time,


Brickstock Fantasy Minifigures Series featuring Build On, #FreeBRICKney, Brick It Up, Hollabrick Girl, and SNOT Criminal
Brickstock Fantasy Minifigures Series. This is an original artwork which cannot be used or reproduced in any way. ©2021 True North Bricks.

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