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Minifigure with moving knees

brickingbricking Member Posts: 58
edited October 2011 in Building and Techniques
Anyone like this idea?


  • princedravenprincedraven Member Posts: 3,764
    I have to say I would prefer mf's to stay 'as is'.
    Just my opinion, I think they risk being just another toy figure if you start adding joints like that. Also they are more likely to break.
  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ Member Posts: 4,179
    edited October 2011
    his legs look disproportionately long
  • pantenkindpantenkind Member Posts: 258
    edited October 2011
    ^ I personally think the normal legs are a bit too short. To me these are more to scale. That being said I hope LEGO does not make this change as we all love the figs the way they are. Plus those legs are really ugly with that joint in there like that.

    Also, I do give props for the "captains pose" though :-)
  • andheandhe Member Posts: 3,916
    I read mf as something totally different.
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation Member Posts: 5,572
    ^ i was hoping knees-up was going to be news of a party :)
  • war44lockwar44lock Member Posts: 75
    It looks ugly, also would be a hard one for LEGO due to the new figures not fitting into existing models, some of which struggle to fit the current size figures. All new models would have to be larger to allow the new figures to fit. More pieces and more cost.
  • brickingbricking Member Posts: 58
    When I started playing with lego we had the HiPs figures & if you wanted them to sit, you just moved their legs a stud forward. So I wanted to recreate a similar effect for the modern minifigs. I wanted to keep the arse-holes in the same relative position to the torso which meant the length of the thigh is based on the back-of-calf to centre of arse-hole distance being 4mm (when sitting). The vertical distance (when sitting) from bottom-of-thigh to sole-of-foot is 1 brick (9.6mm). Finally, when standing, the new knees-figure is exactly 1 brick taller than normal.
    This is how the lengths & proportions of the legs were arrived at.

    There is clearly a trend towards making vehicles slightly larger in the last decade so I don't think it would be difficult to accommodate the new figure. If it sits on a 1x2 brick then it occupies the same plan (but 2 plates taller). Or use the existing seat & push the legs forward with a slight bend at the knees (like you would have when driving). You would only need to remove the steering wheel from most cars to make this work. If the steering wheel was mounted on a special 2x2 or 4x1 plate the effect would be more realistic, with the legs going under the wheel.

    "I read mf as something totally different." I love a good double-entendre!
  • Silber334Silber334 Member Posts: 147
    I like the original looks, as some people have pointed out. I think the mfs would loose their classic touch when they become altered in any way. I'm sure they've had some minor alterations such as changing the structure of the "stud" on their heads. Besides, the Lego buildings and their doors will have to be altered to accomodate their inhabitants, meaning more bricks to use and thus the rising costs of Lego sets!
  • dimefielddimefield Member Posts: 314
    Im with you andhe, i thought something completely different and where are the
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Member Posts: 10,762
    To be honest if Lego ever made this change Id probably stop collecting and just be grateful for the existing sets....
  • brickingbricking Member Posts: 58
    if this was 25 years ago I'd have more sympathy but after zillions of variations including springy legs, mechanical arms, skeletons & sponge bob square pants characters FFS, a pair of knees is what would kill minifigs for you?
  • DunedinNZDunedinNZ Member Posts: 41
    If we have minifigs with bending knees, we get Mafia characters.

    If we get mafia characters we get gambling (and other stuff probably not mentionable on this site)

    If we get gambling ...
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Member Posts: 10,762
    ^^ Yes, because I did not care for the springy legs either.. they were only for sports so those did not bother me, as for skeletons, well they are skeletons, not really minfigs.. at least they did not have minfig townsfolks looking like skeletons.... same with Sponge bob....
    You are implying this would be for all minifigs, which I would pass on.
  • devilheaddevilhead Member Posts: 286
    As the cliche goes:

    If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
  • IstokgIstokg Member Posts: 2,362
    ^ Those were my exact same words 24 years ago...... ;-)
  • brickingbricking Member Posts: 58
    edited October 2011
    ^ it's 34!! This was my favourite HiPs: (from 1975).
  • brickingbricking Member Posts: 58
    bricking said:
    ^ it's 34!! This was my favourite HiPs: (from 1975).
    updating link =>
  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,526
    Wow, that's an old thread to bump for no reason.

    Even after more than 10 years since the last posts, I'm glad they haven't introduced articulated knees (and ankles, or elbows, or necks). There are plenty of fully posable mini action figures available now. None have the charm of the traditional LEGO minifigure.
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