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Is a Lego Minifigure Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts?
The issue of taking minifigures apart or keeping them whole has been brought up in another thread discussing series 11, and this is something I was thinking of starting a thread about myself so here goes...
I received a great portion of my Lego collection from my step daughter who used to play with all of the different building systems when she was a child and received many sets. Now, even though I don't have a hatred for MB, I wanted to use Lego and only Lego so I sorted EVERY BRICK to make sure I was only using Lego! I didn't even know that TYCO made bricks too, and they are pretty damn close to Lego in look and texture so sorting was time consuming but I'm literally crazy enough to take the time to do it. So what does this have to do with minifigures? I'll tell you.
As I've stated, these Legos belonged to my stepdaughter when she was a child and she used to play with her step brothers. Apparently, they had no qualms about taking the arms, legs, hands and anything else that could be broken down on a minifigure and switching them around with other figures! I was APPALLED! Why would you rip the arms off of a poor, defenseless minifigure! So of course I had to try and piece them all back together so that all of the pirates and Civil War soldiers and forestmen were EXACTLY THE WAY THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO BE! I found out later that there were other Lego enthusiasts who also took apart their minifigures to make their own customs. I've tried a few times to do this but I was literally getting anxious about Jack Sparrow not having his head, even though I had four or five Jack Sparrows from other sets.
It was said by an AFOL in the other thread that it never even occurred to him to take apart his CMFs when the subject was brought up. Another AFOL said, isn't that what you're supposed to do with Lego, use your imagination to build what you want? (I'm paraphrasing a bit but that's the gist of what was said by both parties)
Neither of these people are wrong, of course, but how do you feel about it? Could you sleep at night knowing Legolas' head is on Boba Fett's body? Or are you the person that can't wait to rip the arms off of the man-bat so you can give Batman real wings?
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