About Swapfig

How many times have you wanted a particular figure, but didn't want to buy the whole set, or spend hours feeling through packets and risk getting the wrong one? Wouldn't it be easier and less hassle if you could trade with someone who had what you were looking for?

Remember when you swapped Pogs, baseball cards, stickers and other collectibles when you were younger? Remember the excitement you had when you'd obtained a shiny or rare item?

The concept of trading, as an alternative to buying and selling, is what Swapfig is all about. Swapfig is a platform for trading – or swapping – your unwanted LEGO Collectible Minifigures, polybag sets, keychains and more for the ones you really want.

The Beginning

Swapfig started out as an experiment in managing LEGO Collectible Minifigures, and the challenges involved in keeping an inventory up to date and accurate. Realising that the process of trading minifigures online was a difficult process at the time, both in finding people to trade with and managing trades, it eventually it became a project to fill a gap in the market.

Launch and Relaunch

Check out our timeline of events.

Then known as Project Swapfig (complete with the "horrible" logo!), the site was officially launched on 01 May 2013. It has since expanded from being just about LEGO's Collectible Minifigures, to supporting polybag sets, keychains and other types of minifigures.

Two crowdfunding campaigns were run to aid in the development of Project Swapfig, with only the second – with the aim of redesigning the site – being successful. As well as a giving the Project Swapfig a makeover, work began on redeveloping the site from scratch.

A new and improved version – now simply known as Swapfig – was launched on 01 July 2015.

Who did this?

Swapfig is the work of Drew, known as SilentMode in the online LEGO community: web developer by trade and Adult Fan of LEGO (AFOL).

Among other things, he has a collection of Series 1 Cheerleaders, Series 3 Gorilla Suit Guys, Series 10 Bumblebee Girls and LEGO Friends minidolls. He's also very fortunate to have every Collectible Minifigure from the beginning, including Mr. Gold.


Swapfig version 1

Inspired by
http://swap.minifiguresseries.com.
Created by
Drew Maughan (SilentMode)
Architecture
Laravel, AngularJS and Foundation
Country flags
GoSquared flag GoSquared
The Swapfig logo
Old "horrible" logo
Drew Maughan (SilentMode)
New logo
olvanita via DesignCrowd
Badge icons
avatargr via DesignCrowd
Special thanks
  • Zequs
  • Beyond The Brick
  • Brickset
  • Kollectobil
  • Palace Designs
  • Kyle Johnson

Developed by Perfect Zero Labs.