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and @silentmode did a review on them here http://silentmode.tv/review/brick-fortress-mini-action-legs/.
There are other things wrong with the shape of the lego minifigure compared to most humans. But for me, that is what makes them look so good. If they were just miniature Kenner style figures, I doubt I'd like them as much.
I think people put wayyy too much stock into how realistic LEGO has to look... It is LEGO for crying out loud, all the figures have yellow heads (non-licensed that is). LEGO was supposed to be a scale and design all its own, now we have a ga-jillion parts put there and lose the multi-purpose that used to be for sets, all of the purpose of being more to a model scale.
If you don't like them, you can always pull them off and replace them with longer legs. So far they have all tended to be single colour short legs anyway (although that is changing with Bart), so easy to replace with long legs in the same colour. Whereas if they did away with them, we could not have the choice of making some people shorter.
That said it's only really the hands and arms that can be swapped.
But back to the issue at hand, surely a smaller torso and legs would require a smaller head as well?
Note also that the design of the short legs piece is slightly different than the design of the regular-length legs, in that the rounded upper leg area is cropped at the top, thus creating the illusion that the upper body IS shorter and that the bottom couple millimeters of the torso piece represent the lower body.
This latter factor is also part of why I think most designs for articulated short legs fall short (no pun intended) of being practical. The articulation in the regular-length legs performs a more important function than just allowing for more creative poses. It also allows the minifigure's proportions to change when they sit. If short minifigure legs were hinged at the same point as regular minifigure legs, then not only would the figure's "crotch" sink to the level of the figure's toes, but the height of the figure would only change by 1.6 millimeters between sitting and standing poses. So one of the biggest advantages of articulated legs would basically be wasted on the short legs.
Too bad they don't seem to be for sale on PAB.
Woody and Jessie also have longer arms than usual, so that the legs don't look so out-of-proportion. Same with Zurg, although he uses a 2x2x3 slope instead of articulated legs.