My sons (ages 2 & 4) are really into Duplos, especially the knight and pirate ones. There is a blonde haired Duplo knight figure with blue eyes that looks a lot like my younger son. The knight comes in the LEGO DUPLO Big Royal Castle (10577) set. I bought a second individual knight figure on BrickLink and set out to make a Duplo knight that looks like my older son, who has brown hair and brown eyes. Taking a Duplo figure apart and reconfiguring the parts (hair, eyes, arms, etc) ended up not being that hard. Read on to find out more!

I noticed that Duplo figures have a little circle on their hips that allows them to sit down and bend. When you push on that hip dot with a hard piece of metal (I used the blunt end of a 7/64″ drill bit), a plastic rod post pops out the opposite side. Getting the rod to pop out can take quite a bit of pressure.

Once the rod is removed, you can pull the legs off the figure.

Next, the waist piece can be pulled out.

With the waist removed, you can remove the figure’s arms.

Finally, when the arms are gone, you’re just left with the torso and head. The head is attached with a little pinch pin.

I used some needle nose pliers to pop the head off.

Then I repeated the same process with another brown haired figure and swapped heads. Success!

Share some custom Duplo figures you’ve made in the comments section below!

10 thoughts on “Building Custom Duplo Figures

    1. You’re welcome! Did you end up making your own custom duplo figures? If so, I’d love to see a picture of your creation!

  1. Thanks a lot, this helped us save one of our favorite figures after a bad accident and a leg amputation… :))

  2. Haha! I was looking all over the internet to find out how to swap parts between Duplo figures!
    Glad I stumbled on your site, thanks a lot!

  3. Awesome article! I was wondering if this was possible.

    Unfortunately, I was not able to remove the rod (I think this is the hardest part of all the steps you kindly illustrated). Hopefully Lego can provide some type of customization for their duplo figures just like the regular size Lego minifigures.

    1. Thanks Emilia. Getting the rod out is definitely the hardest part.

      I’ve had to hit the drill bit with a hammer before to get it initially dislodged – you might try that!

      We want that step to be hard as it is the one that keeps the process safe for little kids.

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