On Flickr I came across a character who calls himself Dunechaser. Aside from taking pictures of him and his pug, there's nothing he likes more than inventing Lego characters. As well as the X-Men and a series of Lord of the Rings characters, he and his buddies have also done Presidents of America, great philosophers (Bertrand Russell being a particular favourite), and authors (Ernest Hemingway anyone?). While he has yet to hit his stride recreating great figures of the Renaissance, this figure of Nelson Mandela totally rocks.
If you have five minutes, take some time to look at the rest of his Lego here. Duplo and Playmobil will never again shine quite so bright.